30A South Walton regatta hobie sail 300x257 Rags to Riches Regatta

Grayton Beach, Florida

What could be more beautiful than a day spent at Grayton Beach? How about a day spent at Grayton Beach, while a rainbow-like parade of sailboats glide (and/or dash) by across the emerald waters?

Originally created by locals Lynn Stone and Charlie Thornton, Sr., this spectator-friendly race combines 30A‘s love for the beach with the joy of sailing.

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30A South Walton rosemary gulf lawn2 Rosemary Beach

Rosemary Beach, Florida

One of 30A’s planned New Urbanist communities, Rosemary Beach is an architectural treasure trove, boasting influences from the West Indies, New Orleans, Charleston and St. Augustine, among others.

The grand homes (many with adjoining carriage houses that are just as extraordinary) are interconnected by a discreet network of pedestrian paths and boardwalks, which become even more charming at night, basked in the soft flicker of gas-lit lanterns.

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Awesome YOLO Board Race Series video by Thought Factory Films. 30A.com and SouthWalton.com are very proud sponsors of this annual tradition, presented by Destin Real Estate Company. This race took place on Western Lake at WaterColor‘s Boat House.

One of my all-time fav YOLO Board videos… Got a fun water dog video or photo to share? Make sure you post it at www.SUPdog.com.

30A South Walton seagrove bike Seagrove Beach


Families have been making the pilgrimage to Seagrove Beach’s soothing shores since the 1940s, and the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of those early pioneers still return to relax in some of the very same cinder-block cottages of their youth.

That could be because, when you’re in Seagrove Beach, you’re arguably “in the middle of it all.” Seaside, WaterColor and Grayton are just a mile or two to the west, while the newer planned communities of WaterSound, SeacrestAlys Beach and Rosemary Beach are just a few miles east.

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30A South Walton  Coastal Living House Open For ToursCoastal Living magazine announced that its 15th Anniversary Ultimate Beach House in Rosemary Beach is now open for tours.

“The pages of Coastal Living come to life in the Ultimate Beach House,” said Nicole Hendrick, Associate Idea Homes Director for Coastal Living.

“Rosemary Beach is an architecturally stunning New Urban neighborhood set along the sugar-white sands and clear turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico – the ultimate amenity.”

30A South Walton Rosemary shopping 300x257 Coastal Living House Open For ToursExpected to draw as many as 10,000 visitors from across the country, the home will be open to the public for tours through October 7th, 2012. Tickets are $15 per person, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Rosemary Beach Foundation, which promotes and supports cultural, educational, environmental, literary and other charitable activities in Rosemary Beach and throughout Walton County. Tickets are available for purchase at the Ultimate Beach House.

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In the morning when you rise,
Aren’t you glad to be alive?

Jimmy Buffett, “Why The Things We Do”

30A South Walton 219 300x217 30A Introduces Allison Wickey Shirt DesignsAward-winning artist Allison Wickey has created a series of new shirt designs showcasing iconic imagery from Florida’s Scenic Highway 30A. The designs will be featured exclusively in A.Wickey Studio-Gallery, in various official 30A® retail locations and on the new 30Agear.com website.

“Allison’s paintings are distinctly 30A,” said Mike Ragsdale of 30A.com. “The colors, textures and imagery are all authentic and locally inspired.”

Honored as Walton County’s 2011 Artist of the Year, Allison Wickey is the owner of A.Wickey Studio-Gallery in Rosemary Beach, Florida. Prior to moving to Scenic Highway 30A in 2007, Wickey was a muralist and faux finish painter in St. Louis for seven years.

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