By Jessie Taylor
30A South Walton unnamed2 Cruisin Through the Good Life Aboard SunQuest Cruises SOLARIS

SunQuest Cruises’ Solaris

Want to be wined and dined in style on your next beach vacation? Be sure to book a trip aboard SunQuest Cruises’ SOLARIS. This beautiful ship stays docked at Sandestin’s Baytowne Marina and is readily available to host large events or just a special occasion for two.

I recently went to Baytowne to tour the Solaris. When I was walking down the dock, I paused to call for directions to the yacht.

The man on the phone had to be questioning my eyesight, considering that you literally can’t miss the Solaris.

Little did I know she’s the biggest boat docked at the marina.

I toured the entire vessel with owner, James Murray, and I have to say it is pretty awesome. Not only does the boat have a full bar (I’m talking everything), but they have a very nice wine list as well. The Solaris hosts everything from weddings, class reunions, and corporate dinners to public dinner cruises.

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30A South Walton Copy Copeland Cody Copeland Coming to Grayt Grounds of Monet Monet

Photo: Andy Still Photography

Local fav Cody Copeland will perform at Grayt Grounds of Monet Monet in Grayton Beach this Thursday, July 24th from 6:30-8:30 PM.

Copeland’s acclaimed “alternative acoustic pop” sound will be accompanied by a small acoustic combo, and Grayt Grounds will feature food specials. Copeland’s Alt-Pop originals employ a wide span of instruments, ranging from thick slabs of vintage synthesizers, to both analog and electronic drums, glockenspiel, acoustic guitar, and occasionally accordion — all of which he plays, records and produces himself. These textural elements back a bright smoky vocal delivery, which Copeland says is influenced by a childhood favorite crooner, Roy Orbison.

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30A South Walton Jessie Taylor 175 Chef Giovanni Pairs Southern and Seafood with a Spectacular VueBy Jessie Taylor
30A South Walton Vue on 30a with Gio Chef Giovanni Pairs Southern and Seafood with a Spectacular Vue

Chef Gio, Jessie Taylor & Manager Shawn Biesel

I recently had the opportunity to chat and dine with Scenic 30A’s very own celebrity, Chef Giovanni Filipponi of Vue on 30a. For anyone who doesn’t know, “Chef Gio” starred on season 5 of Hell’s Kitchen. I’ve watched the popular show a few times, and to me, it seems as if Hell’s Kitchen is the Chef version of going into the Marines. After serving his time under the famously temperamental Chef Gordon Ramsey — and then serving as Executive Chef at several restaurants — Chef Gio finally found his home at Vue on 30a.

While I was waiting on Chef Gio to bring out a few of his masterpieces, I spoke with Membership and Marketing Director, Sarah Brazwell. She let me in on the number one thing that wins over their customers (aside from Chef Gio’s delicious entrees, of course). It’s instantly apparent.

Walking into Vue on 30a, you cannot help but be mesmerized by the flawless panorama that is the Gulf of Mexico.

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30A South Walton 10478432 462496167220254 2121232069309569864 n1 Hungry Native SUP Sprint Classic SeriesHungry Boards presents the SUP Sprint Classic Series on Saturday, July 26th and August 9th at Pickos Ski and Wakeboard School in Santa Rosa Beach.

There will be 100, 200 and 400 yard races, 1/4 and 1/2 mile Sprint Races, a Slalom Race, a Turn Race, a Team Phun Relay and a Fun Race for kids and grown ups. Prizes will be given to all race winners.

To participate, simply click ‘Going’ on the event page and that will automatically pre-register you. The tournament gives you a chance to win over $1,000 in prizes.

For more info, follow Hungry Boards on Facebook or call 850-267-1197.

30A South Walton beyonce Beyoncé Needs a Forever HomeBeyoncé is a sweet German Shepherd / Hound Mix looking for someone to ‘put a collar on her.’

Having just returned from a training program called “Unconditional Love,” this beautiful girl is one of the most easy-going, fun-loving dogs currently sheltered at Alaqua Animal Refuge. Take her home and you’ll have a loyal friend for life.

Here’s a log of her eventful life, in her own words:

2014 has been a very big year for me. I am a German Shepherd/Hound Mix and just a youngster of about three years old. I have kept a diary since January so that I could share it one day:

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By Ashtyn Smith
30A South Walton Sweet Henriettas 3 Cakes, Pies and All Things Nice at Sweet Henrietta’s

Sweet 30A Locals, Rick & Tina Stanfield

Banana pudding cupcakes, key lime pie cupcakes, even the ’30A Heat’ cupcake… Sweet Henrietta’s has been providing 30A with their mouth-watering cupcakes, cookies, cakes and more since 2007.

30A fans have consistently voted Sweet Henrietta’s as one of 30A’s “Hot Spots for Baked Goodies,” and the owners, Rick and Tina Stanfield, are regarded as some of the sweetest locals you’ll ever meet — literally and figuratively.

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30A South Walton 2014 ECBC Top Marlin Reel Worthless Awards Record Payout Purse for 2014 Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic

The 12th annual Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic took place in June at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, and team Reel Worthless scored big. Angler Steve Brown and his team combined with the Reel Fuelish crew to land the biggest—and only—blue marlin of the 2014 Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic.

That 594.9-pound fish was worth an ECBC record payout of $498,450, topping the previous mark set by UPTOIT in 2008 by more than $61,000.

Reel Worthless swept the marlin division, top crew and all but one of the optional jackpot entries to claim the biggest share of the overall $1.68 million in prize money.

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30A South Walton george 800 300x222 Georges at Alys Beach Raises $7,500 to Help with 22 Year Olds Cancer Treatment

Bailey Byrd was a carefree twenty-one year old waitress at George’s at Alys Beach when she started feeling tremendous pain in her abdomen. She was later diagnosed with a rare form of Ovarian Cancer Juvenile Granulosa Cell Tumor, which is most commonly present during the perimenopausal or early postmenopausal period, with a median age of diagnosis between 50 and 54 years.

To help raise money for her surgery and medical bills, George’s recently hosted Bailey’s Day at George’s and raised over $7,500 in one day to help her cause.

“It was a pleasure to see our community come together and help such a sweet young woman,” said Ann Hartley of George’s at Alys Beach. “People showed up in their Bailey t-shirts, servers gave their total tips for the day, and customers reached deep in their pockets and put cash in the donation jar. It was truly an amazing day and touched many hearts.”

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