Justin Gaffrey

Justin Gaffrey

Justin Gaffrey Studio / Gallery

Over the years, Justin Gaffrey has become 30A’s signature artist, with his unique “sculpting with paint” technique.

Justin’s style of work is instantly recognizable. His Studio / Gallery in Blue Mountain Beach has also become a “must see” local attraction.

Once a renowned chef and South Walton restaurant owner, Justin left the daily grind of the restaurant business in 2001 to instead pursue the full-time creative lifestyle of a visual artist. With a palette knife and pure acrylic paints, Justin sculpts vibrant, deeply textured and multi-dimensional works of art. And although many of his works are wildly colorful, Justin also works with softer palettes, and even occasionally sculpts entirely in white.

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Seaside Repertory Theatre

Seaside Repertory Theatre

Founded in 2001, South Walton’s Seaside Repertory Theatre (often referred to as “The REP”) isn’t your typical small town community outfit.

This is Northwest Florida’s premier professional theatre company, with seasonal shows produced and performed by professional actors from around the U.S. who are eager to refine and share their craft.

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Pickos Ski and Wakeboard School

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Tucked away in a quiet neighborhood in Santa Rosa Beach, the Pickos Ski and Wakeboard School is the world leader in water ski and wakeboard vacations and instruction. Training both novices and world-class athletes, the school has one of the finest and most complete ski facilities found anywhere in the world.

In fact, the world-class facilities have been host to the Southern Regionals, the U.S. Nationals, The U.S. Open, The Jr. U.S. Open, and the 2000 Pan American Championships.

The school has also witnessed 10 World Records set on-site. In fact, more world records, champions and world medals have been seen here than all other schools combined!

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Kids at Seaside FL

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Kids of all ages love the beach. Hey, swimming, sandcastles, skim-boarding, wake boarding, snorkeling, surfingfishing, shell collecting… what’s not to love? But let’s admit it, eventually sand fatigue sets in, and sun-weary kids and parents alike look for alternative family-friendly activities to enjoy.

Fortunately, South Walton is home to numerous state parks, playgrounds, kids camps, shops and kid-friendly festivals and events.

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Furry Fest 2014 will take place at the Gulf Place Amphitheater and Lawn today, February 22nd, from 11 am to 3 pm.

The event’s goal is to raise funds for Alaqua Animal Refuge and H.E.A.R.T Animal Rescue, which will be used to help shelter pets throughout Florida’s panhandle.

The event will feature a silent auction and live music by KC Phelps, Kristen Barkulou, Andy Durand, Gary Clark and others. Pug Rescue of Florida will be also be there with pugs needing their FOREVER homes.

For more info, contact April Madr or call 850-685-6776.

Baytowne Wharf Dining and Nightlife

The Village of Baytowne Wharf

A bustling cobblestone town center perched at the edge of Choctawhatchee Bay, The Village of Baytowne Wharf is the thumping heart of the larger Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort that encompasses it. With dozens of quaint shops, excellent restaurants, nightclubs and plenty of attractions for kids (and kids at heart), Baytowne Wharf is a fun event-filled destination any time of day, night or year.

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Seaside Architecture

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Scenic Highway 30A is known worldwide for its diverse architectural styles and its groundbreaking town planning methodologies. In fact, Seaside Town Founder Robert Davis changed the development world when he, his wife, Daryl, and Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk of DPZ founded the New Urbanism movement (quite accidentally, at first).

The resort towns of Rosemary Beach and Alys Beach were later designed by DPZ, and WaterColor was certainly influenced new New Urbanist principles as well.

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Click here to rent an Official 30A Cruiser!

Click here to rent an Official 30A Cruiser!

One of the most authentic ways to enjoy South Walton’s stunning architecture and natural beauty is to do like the locals do — hop on a beach cruiser and take in the sights at the slower pace that life prefers here.

30A‘s 19-mile paved bike path (sometimes referred to the “Timpoochee Trail”) parallels the entire length of the scenic road and passes through all of its famous beach communities, from Dune Allen in the West to Seacrest and Alys Beach in the East. Enjoy the thrill of biking over rare coastal dune lakes and discovering a side of South Walton that’s difficult to see from a car.

For the slightly more adventurous, there’s Eastern Lake Trail, located within Point Washington State Forest. The trail system has 3-mile, 5-mile and 10-mile trail loops.

Bike rental and repair shops can be found throughout South Walton.

The 30A Cruiser (pictured above) is available for rent at 30ACruiser.com or call 888-750-7606.

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