Designing an Idyllic Lifestyle Along Florida’s Scenic Highway 30A

Originally featured in BEACHES, RESORTS & PARKS magazine
30A South Walton scenic beach walk 960 30A: Paradise Planned

Paradise Protected

Since the very beginning of time, mankind has demonstrated a special knack for ruining a perfectly decent Paradise. It seems to be somehow ingrained into our genetic code. As picture-perfect as any place may be, we tend to believe that we can somehow improve upon it.

That’s always been the problem with writing about an “undiscovered” piece of pristine paradise—as soon as a few folks learn about it, you can bet that it won’t be too long before there are condo towers, water slides, goofy golfs and loud cannons blasting off to spoil that otherwise serene sunset.

Time and time again, Paradise is lost. Lost to greed, poor execution or just a general lack of vision.

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30A South Walton 30A Mason Jars 740x480 NEW: Plastic 30A Mason Jars

Every true Southerner knows that it’s not a real party, unless you find yourself sipping from a mason jar. The problem is, glass just isn’t cool at the beach (or on a boat or out by the pool).

Problem solved. Our new 25-ounce Plastic 30A Mason Jars not only let you take the fun anywhere, they even come with color-coded jar lids and straws, so you can keep your drinks straight as the party progresses / devolves.

There won’t be another breakthrough in Southern Drinking Technology like this for at least another 25 years.

30A South Walton Lauren Lege Fast Food Made Fresh    Thats Whats CUP

By Lauren Lege

Redfish Village and Peddler’s Pavilion in Seacrest is home to 30A’s one-and-only “fast food” joint, CUP. But don’t get the wrong idea: “Fast food” is in quotations for a reason. Yes, it’s fast and it’s food, but it’s also healthy and well-prepared in 20-oz. cups with a CUPlement sauce, ready to go, just waiting to be plucked out of the display cooler.

“There was a niche to be filled for busy people on the go who wanted to eat better; wanted their families to eat better,” said Paulette DeGraw, CUP’s owner.

CUP creates low calorie, high protein recipes. Most recipes, including desserts, are gluten free. “We have taken traditional recipes and created quick, healthy, and delicious meals,” said DeGraw. “Our meals last up to 7 days, so people can come in only once a week, but enjoy the convenient and tasty meals all week long. Some customers have been known to buy 16, 17 or 18 CUPs at one time.” 30A South Walton Screen Shot 2014 04 23 at 7.40.21 PM Fast Food Made Fresh    Thats Whats CUP CUP’s “Bottoms Up” recipe was inspired by the American classic cheeseburger and fries, made with rotini pasta, a beurre blanc and queso sauce, lean seasoned steak, gherkin pickles, grape tomatoes, potato chip sticks, and a CUPlement savory steak sauce. This is a big hit among kids, and a convenient choice for the busy parent.

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Our famous 30A stickers have been spotted all over the world! Have you seen a 30A sticker in a fun, creative or exotic place? Email us a pic, or share it with our 260,000+ 30A Facebook fans! While you get packed, check out some of these amazing photos submitted by 30A fans from around the globe:

30A South Walton beach walk 252x252 The Panhandler... A Short Story

Photo: Jacqueline Ward Images

Burt sat on the pollen-laden hood of an otherwise maroon Honda Accord. It wasn’t his car, of course, but that didn’t matter. “This is a public beach,” he thought. “I can sit wherever I damn well want.”

He shifted his dark eyes up and down the bike path, scouring for a potential victim.

“Slim pickins today,” he thought.

Burt was a diehard local, having grown up along the Emerald Coast. In all his days, he had never strayed far from the water. He couldn’t explain why. Something primitive anchored him here; something ancient. Perhaps it was the soothing ebb and flow of the Gulf. Perhaps it was just the fresh seafood.

Still, Burt was a shiftless drifter; routinely meandering from Ft. Walton to Destin to Panama City, and back again. But this 20-mile stretch of sugary beaches along 30A was his favorite.

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PARKING: Satellite parking with free shuttle service to and from Gulf Place will be available at Arnett’s Gulfside Stables, Cross Point Chapel and St. Rita Catholic Church (all located along County Road 393 S.). The Green at Gulf Place, where the concert will be held, is located on the corner of Scenic Highway 30A and County Road 393. Watch for signs and parking attendants as you arrive. Please drive slowly and watch for pedestrians!

SCHEDULE: Gates open at 3:30pm, and Forrest Williams Band will entertain the crowd starting at 5:15pm. Gregg Allman will take the stage at 7:15pm.

TIPS: Fans are encouraged to bring low back chairs and blankets, but please note that no coolers, food or drink may be brought into the concert venue.

GET SOCIAL: If you’re at the concert today, be sure to hashtag your Instagram photos #30A and #gulfplace. You’ll see your photos live in the lower right side of 30A.com! If you can’t be here with us, watch this page for real-time videos during tonight’s show!

TICKETS: www.GulfPlaceEvents.com

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30A South Walton 352C24041 BACK FROM THE DEAD:<br>Dying Defender Finds Life Off The Beaten Path

Photography by Dawn Chapman Whitty • Story by Mike Ragsdale

Sincere thanks to our friends for their help with this photo shoot, including Louis and Kasie Petit of Louis Louis, Shannon and Ashley Johnson of September Sun, Bridgette Mitchell of The B Line, and Mike Whitty of The Courtyard Saints.

I was infected on New Year’s Eve 2011.

30A South Walton cappadocia turkey BACK FROM THE DEAD:<br>Dying Defender Finds Life Off The Beaten Path

Göreme, Turkey

It happened in a cave in Göreme, Turkey, a few hundred miles from the Syrian border. While our kids were busy Skyping with their friends back home (it was a very pleasant wi-fi enabled cave), Angela and I were throwing back shots of Turkish Raki with Brandon and Julie Halstead, two friends from Alabama that we hadn’t seen in nearly 20 years.

Snow dusted the surreal Tatooine-invoking sand spires that surround the tiny town, and despite a strong temptation to toast the magic midnight hour in some local haunt, we instead bunkered into our stone lair for the night, determined to catch up on lost years.

I did not know that Brandon was a carrier.

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30A South Walton 30Acover Gulf Place Announces Sunday Concert Series Lineup

Gulf Place on 30A

Gulf Place on 30A announced its full line-up for their Summer and Fall Sunday Concert Series. The series will take place every Sunday starting Memorial Day weekend through October.

Gulf Place’s weekly concerts are FREE and open to public. Every shows starts at 6:00pm and goes until 9:00pm.

Each week features a different local or regional group, spanning many musical genres. Performances are appropriate for attendees of all ages. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets to enjoy the show from the Amphitheater lawn.

Here’s the official summer and fall line-up (although please note that dates and acts are subject to change without notice):

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