30A South Walton seagrove bike Seagrove Beach

Seagrove

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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30A South Walton Sandestin Golf Sandestin

Golfing in Sandestin, Florida

A massive (2,400-acre) golf and beach resort located just a few miles west of Scenic Highway 30A, Sandestin is home to 30 distinct neighborhoods, including pockets of beautiful villas, town homes, condos, resort homes and hotels. The lushly landscaped resort boasts seven miles of Gulf beaches and bay-front property, four championship golf courses, 15 tennis courts, 19 swimming pools, a 98-slip marina, shops, restaurants, nightclubs, fitness centers, a spa and 65,000 square feet of convention space. It’s big.

And yet, Sandestin somehow retains an authentic aura of community, with each of its beautiful neighborhoods possessing a unique charm.

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so pop another lime in an empty old beer can, and let the ebb and flow tide sing a song to you.

Bryan Kennedy, “Life Shines (The 30A Song)”

30A South Walton blue mountain lupine 580x480 300x248 Blue Mountain Beach

Blue Lupines likely gave Blue Mountain Beach its name.

Said to be the highest point anywhere on the Gulf of Mexico (at a whopping elevation of 64 feet), “Blue Mountain Beach” is hardly a mountain… but at least they got the beach part right. As for the blue? Folks say it likely originated from the blue lupine flowers that still flourish between the homes here. At one time, they blanketed these Gulf-side hills.

Today, Blue Mountain Beach consists mostly of private residences, but like the lupines, there are also a few funky local businesses sprinkled in for good measure. Don’t miss a chance to marvel at Justin Gaffrey’s Art Gallery (look for the colorful paintings that are frequently on display on dusty road on the north side of 30A).

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It’s another spectacular day on 30A! Hope everyone gets out there and enjoys it! Have a great weekend…