30A South Walton Gulf Place 175 Gulf Place is a Pet Lovers ParadiseWith a sprawling grass amphitheater, plenty of sidewalks, park benches, outdoor dining spaces, and a super-cute cluster of shops that specifically cater to the whims of every pooch, Gulf Place is undoubtedly Scenic Highway 30A’s pet-friendliest place. Unofficially called “Bark Avenue,” this family of pet-centric merchants is on every local pet owner’s speed-dial list.

Furry Fanatics: Pet Supplies

56 Spires Lane, Unit 12A | 850-278-6902 | www.furry-fanatics.com

Furry Fanatics offers a complete and unique selection of all-natural pet foods, treats, supplies and novelties. Owner Julie Brown is simply the kindest, sweetest soul you’ll ever meet, and her genuine passion for all-things-animals is evident from the first moment you walk through the doors. Furry Fanatics also carries official “30A” and “Dogs of 30A” pet gear. Furry Fanatics is the must-stop spot for treats following every grooming and vet visit.

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30A South Walton Book Cover 740 x 480 NEW BOOK! Meet Me on 30A by Susan Vallee

Cover Photo by Brandon Babineaux

We are super-excited to announce that our very first 30A book is now hitting local shelves! The book — published by Southwestern Publishing Group — is entitled Meet Me on 30A and it’s written by long-time local resident and author Susan Vallee. 

In the book, Susan delicately blends together Old Florida village life with New Urbanism’s resorts and towns, protected habitats and pristine beaches, as only someone who enjoys it every day could do. But Susan’s certainly not the only local who helped pull together this gorgeous 128-page book.

“The book features stunning images by so many world-class photographers,” said 30A’s Mike Ragsdale, who wrote the book’s foreword. “The book also features over two dozen recipes from 30A’s top chefs and restaurants.”

The book features photography by Lauren Alsobrook, Brandon Babineaux, Jamie Conley, Tommy Crow, Amanda FaganJack Gardner, Sheila Goode, Paul Johnson, Shelly Swanger, Jay Thomas, Jacqueline Ward and Dawn Chapman Whitty among others. The dozens of images found throughout the book perfectly capture the unique beauty of 30A’s communities, rare coastal dune lakes, state parks, local restaurants and shops, signature annual events, and of course, Scenic 30A’s pristine white-sand beaches.

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30A South Walton 110116 WC DECK 001 Fish Out of Water Receives Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator

Fish Out of Water

The famous Fish Out of Water restaurant at WaterColor Inn and Resort just added to its growing list of honors with an “Award of Excellence” from Wine Spectator magazine.

Fewer than 3,000 restaurants worldwide make this prestigious list, and the award is bestowed on restaurants that feature an exceptionally well-chosen selection of wine from quality producers, usually offering at least 90 wine selections on the menu.

“Our wine program boasts more than 475 selections,” said Tony Liartis, Director of Food and Beverage at St. Joe Club & Resort’s gulf-front WaterColor Inn and Resort. “Currently, we have 3,649 bottles in our inventory and our goal is to provide guests with an extensive selection of wines from around the globe at a range of prices.”

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Drinking 30A Beach Blonde Ale – brewed by Grayton Beer Company — is pretty darn fun to begin with. But deciding who’s gonna buy the next 30A beer can be something of an awkward dilemma. So, we decided to come up with a little game to help speed along any possible brew bureaucracy.

30A South Walton photo 1024x745 How to Play the 30A Beer Bottle Cap Game

Our version of “The Secret,” but without all of the metaphysical mumbo jumbo.

Underneath each 30A bottle cap, you’ll find one of these three symbols: a SHARK, a HOOK or a CRAB.

And the game is pretty simple, because it’s just our beachy knock-off of ROCK-PAPER-SCISSORS. Simply pop a couple of tops and compare your symbols:

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30A South Walton Jessie Taylor 175 WaterColor Merchants Offer Everything Under the 30A SunBy Jessie Taylor

30A South Walton Blue Giraffe WaterColor Merchants Offer Everything Under the 30A SunWaterColor Merchants offer everything that your little heart could ever desire. I know this firsthand after meeting with Debbie Taylor and Christi Sheffield, the owners of The Blue Giraffe in WaterColor. For three hours, Debbie graciously gave me a personal tour of the many fabulous shops that WaterColor has to offer. Not only do these shops have everything that you could possibly need for a fun beach vacation, but these shop owners clearly share a special kinship that radiates all around WaterColor’s main square.

The WaterColor Merchants are not just a family-friendly series of stores: They’re like a family themselves.

Trekking around WaterColor, I got to know each store’s unique personality, and all of the many different things that they offer our community and 30A visitors. Just as I had the chance to get to know all of these wonderful people and their businesses, I’m now excited to offer you the same opportunity. Let’s start with The Blue Giraffe, because without the time they spent personally touring me around, there certainly wouldn’t be any article to read:

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30A South Walton PicMonkey Collage4 “Bite Size” Plays at THE REP to Benefit Alaqua Animal Refuge

30A South Walton REP Shorts  ALAQUA 697x1024 “Bite Size” Plays at THE REP to Benefit Alaqua Animal RefugeTheatre-goers will not only support their local arts organization by attending a special performance at THE REP this Thursday — they’ll also be helping Alaqua Animal Refuge.

The special Thursday July 31st performance of Seaside Shorts — a ‘bite-sized’ collection of short plays — will help raise money for the Walton County-based animal shelter, the area’s only “no-kill” sanctuary that’s currently home to more than 250 animals.

“We have enjoyed a fun-filled season,” said The REP’s Executive Director, Brook Stetler. “What better way to enter the ‘dog days of summer’ than to add a performance that will benefit a cause we are all so happy to support.”

“Seaside Shorts” is a collection of five short plays by established and emerging playwrights and is performed at a fast-pace by the cast of The REP, the Gulf Coast’s leading professional theatre company.

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30A South Walton surf camp Register Now for 30A Surf & Skim Camps!

30A South Walton Meyer 30A board 1200 960x1024 Register Now for 30A Surf & Skim Camps!

Meyer Boarding Company and 30A.com are proud to present summer Surf & Skim Camps, now through August 12th. The camps will be held every Monday and Tuesday from 10:00 AM - Noon at Ed Walline Beach Park, just across the street from Gulf Place.

Anyone who can swim, ages 5 and up, is welcome to join each two-day camp.

The camp is taught by former professional skimboarder Jesse Davis. He’s an incredibly talented skimmer and instructor.

The cost for the 2-day camp is $300, which includes a 40″ 30A SKIM BOARD from Meyer Boarding Company (or $200 without the board).

Attendees will also get a swag bag full of goodies from local merchants and free ice cream. Beach chairs and umbrellas are provided at the camp for parents and friends.

Space is very limited! Click here to sign up now or call 850-830-1893.

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30A South Walton Jessie Taylor 175 Meet 30As World Champion Wakeboarder Andrew AdkisonBy Jessie Taylor

30A South Walton 522562 356924251030310 1991314191 n Meet 30As World Champion Wakeboarder Andrew AdkisonDuring Christmas break last year, our group decided to go out one night. We arrived at a friend’s house, only to discover that someone had decided to bring a couple of randos. The definition of a “rando” according to our made-up dictionary is: “Someone that only one to two people in our group know.”

Side note: We’re sometimes a little wary of rando strangers.

In fairness, it’s not entirely our fault that we’re so quick to judge the randos: We’ve had some very unusual experiences that created a real need for this “no rando” rule. Usually bringing randos to these intimate gatherings without checking with the group well in advance is frowned upon. But when the girls heard that one of the guys was a professional wakeboarder, we decided to let the “no randos” rule slide for the night.

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