30A South Walton Sheila Goode Cowgirl Kitchen Porch Parties with a Purpose in Seagrove

Sheila Goode and her husband, Jimmy Green

Cowgirl Kitchen recently hosted a fun new event at their Seagrove location, called Porch Parties with a Purpose. Featuring live music and Ladies Night drink and food specials, a portion of proceeds from these parties honored a courageous woman of the 30A community who embodies the ‘Cowgirl Spirit’ — a local heroine who blazes her own trail and goes against the grain of life.

“This season we are honoring local Sheila Goode, a seven year cancer survivor who is a nationally known fashion photographer and a good friend to countless people in our area,” said Cowgirl Kitchen owner Nikki Nickerson. “Since her diagnosis in 2007, Sheila truly has grabbed life by the horns and continues to live life with moxie, no matter the obstacles.”

Live music for the June Porch Parties were be performed by different local bands. Drink specials include $5.00 Tiamo splits, 2-for-1 wine, and $2 Michelob Ultra.

For more info, visit Cowgirl Kitchen or call 850-213-0058.

30A South Walton Lesley Taylor Bio   North Florida Jameson Brand Ambassador 11 Jameson Whiskey Ambassador to Visit Maries Bistro

Lesley Taylor

Marie’s Bistro will host a whiskey-tasting session with Jameson Brand Ambassador Lesley Taylor on June 10th at 5:30 pm.

Arriving from Ireland, this will be Taylor’s first visit to Scenic Highway 30A. The 90-minute tasting session is designed for a group of 20 to 25 guests (first come, first served). Guests will sample and learn about numerous high-end whiskeys from the popular Irish brand, paired with delicious appetizers from Marie’s kitchen.

The whiskeys hand-selected for this special tasting session are:

Jameson Regular
Jameson Gold
Red Breast 12 yr
Red Breast 12 yr Cast Strength
Green Spot

The price per person including taxes and gratuities is $45.

For reservations, visit Marie’s Bistro or call 850-278-6856.

30A South Walton poster Rosemary Beach Foundation Presents 3rd Annual Walk Her WayMen, women and children of all ages are invited to don high heels during the annual WALK HER WAY event at Rosemary Beach today, June 13th at 6:30 PM.

But Walk Her Way isn’t just a fun family-friendly event. It carries a serious message about respect and healthy relationships, and aims to raise awareness about domestic violence. The walk will benefit Shelter House, the domestic and sexual violence center serving Okaloosa and Walton counties, and Rosemary Beach Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting cultural, educational and other charitable activities in Rosemary Beach and Walton County.

Led by a New Orleans style brass band, walkers will stroll around the square in Rosemary Beach as they show off their favorite pair of high heels.

Will you walk in wedges? Strut in stilettos? Prance in pumps? Whatever your preference, sign up now to Walk Her Way.

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30A South Walton 10394486 10152161789201824 474732168917379297 n Topsail Hill State Park to Host First Walk for WilliamsAs part of an initiative to generate awareness about Williams Syndrome and to raise funding for critical WSA programs and initiatives, the Williams Syndrome Association is organizing Walk for Williams today, June 14th from 9am to 1pm at Topsail Hill State Park.

Organizers Searcy Kelly and Valerie Hamon will be joined by friends and family throughout the Gulf Coast to help spread the word about Williams syndrome and raise critical funding for research programs. In addition to the Walk, activities at the event will include a raffle, beach party, food donated by the Seagrove Market Cafe, and more.

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30A South Walton Alys Beach Architecture Alys Beach

Alys Beach, Florida

Scenic Highway 30A’s most visually striking community features architecture influenced by the brilliant-white, traditional homes of Bermuda. When complete, the 158-acre resort town of Alys Beach will be twice the size of nearby Seaside and will consist of some 900 custom villas and courtyard homes.

As you enter Alys Beach, the first architectural features you’ll notice are the white “butteries” that stand like centurions at the property’s edge. Before refrigeration (and even before ice was manufactured), homeowners in Bermuda’s hot island climate often maintained butteries, which were unattached minaret-shaped structures designed to make, store and preserve butter, milk and other perishable foods.

But the four white butteries perched along 30A in Alys Beach preserve something quite different: Sixteen unique mosaic murals depicting scenes of the region’s history and heritage. Concetta Rothwell Morales, a highly talented and well-recognized mosaic muralist, created the murals. The butteries are open to the public.

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By Shannon J. Winslow-Claunch
30A South Walton black bear released Bears in South Walton: What You Need to Know

Black bear sightings have increased in South Walton, but is it because there are more bears, or because more people now share their encounters on social media?

Here in South Walton, rising temperatures mean an increase in tourists. And it also means more opportunities for potential encounters with some of our longtime locals: Florida black bears. In fact, Florida’s black bear population is on the rise, with sightings doubling statewide to nearly 6,200 every year.

There are a few things that every person who works or plays along 30A should be aware of regarding our furry neighbors.

Catherine Rodriguez of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office warns that it’s spring and black bears are waking up from their winter lethargy. Many mothers have cubs to protect and feed. Bears are motivated by hunger and with the dense population of well-fed humans making 30A their springtime get-away (and sometimes leaving their common sense back home), bear safety is a major concern for local authorities.

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WHO DAT! Our 30A intern, Jessie Taylor (decked out in the protective gear below!) has been hanging out in Sandestin today with the New Orleans Saintsations for their annual calendar photo shoot. Click here for Jessie’s behind-the-scenes videos!

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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