View More: Cruises is hosting its annual Valentine’s Day Dinner & Dancing Cruise on the SOLARIS yacht this Valentine’s Day weekend, Friday, February 14th and Saturday, February 15th from 7 to 10 p.m.

Guests will embark on a romantic evening that includes a three-hour cruise, three-course seated dinner, live entertainment and premium champagne packages.

“If you’re spending Valentine’s Day on 30A, you want to enjoy a romantic dinner overlooking the area’s natural beauty,” said James Murray, General Manager for SunQuest Cruises. “We take waterfront dining and romance to the next level.”

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Sam Bush: The King of Newgrass

Sam Bush: The King of Newgrass

What happens when you combine fine bourbon, craft beer, incredible live music by GRAMMY-winner Sam Bush, Boukou Groove and Dread Clampitt, and delicious bar-b-que by Barefoot BBQ??

You get ‘Bourbon, Beer & Butts’ at Alys Beach on March 7th!

It’s one EPIC party to help kick-off this year’s 30A Wine Festival. Bourbon will be provided by companies such as Breaking & Entering Bourbon, Four Roses Bourbon, High West Distillery, Junior’s Midnight Moon, Medley Brothers Bourbon, Smooth Ambler Spirits, Wathen’s Kentucky Bourbon and Wild Turkey.

Or, if authentic craft beer is more your speed, Grayton Beer Company, Oyster City Brewing Company and SweetWater Brewing Company will be there pouring too. Of course, our new 30A Beach Blonde Ale will be flowing freely, courtesy of Grayton Beer!

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Jimmy Buffett in Beaches MagazineWith an estimated net worth of $400 Million, Jimmy Buffett is undoubtedly one of the most successful musicians in history.

In fact, he’s ranked as the third richest musician in the world, right behind the likes of Sir Paul McCartney and U2’s Bono.

And yet, J.B. will be the first one to admit that he’s pretty average as far as his singing and guitar-pickin’ talents go.

So what is it about this Gulf Coast original that devout believers around the world adore so darn much?

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30A’s very own REGINA JACQUES was nominated for the World Games’ Athlete of the Year, and she placed third worldwide in the online vote.

You might know Regina as the Pharmacist and Owner at Emerald Coast Compounding Pharmacy, but did you also know that she’s won Gold Medals in slalom and jump, set 8 World Slalom Records, 4 World Overall Records, is three-time World Overall Champion, World Trick Champion, and is a two-time Slalom World Champion??

Regina was one of only two Americans in the running for this World Games’ Athlete of the Year honor.

Congrats on all of your success, Regina! We are all very proud of you, and are very blessed to have you as a part of our community!

The Seaside Institute is hosting a fantastic series of creative workshops this year. We’re very fortunate to have these resources in our community:

JohnDufresneHeadShot2.1.1.1Creative Writing Workshop with John Dufresne: This short fiction workshop will meet from 9 a.m. to noon to discuss the stories that you’ve written. Dufresne will address concerns about writing and storytelling and lecture on narrative techniques and the fiction writing process. Writing exercises will complement the workshop. Dufresne will also meet individually in conference with each student. In the late afternoon, students will gather for social time and informal discussions of the writing business. Bring your manuscript! There are just a few spots remaining.

When: February 6 – 8, 2014

BrianBomeisler.1.1Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: Thousands of students have taken this course with Brian Bomeisler, which is based on the work of Dr. Betty Edwards. Bomeisler continues to have tremendous success in teaching people to draw and paint, as well as helping to build their levels of artistic confidence and creativity. By the end of this 5-day workshop, you will see a remarkable change in your drawing skills.

When: April 7 – 11, 2014

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What is Murph’s favorite spice? Click here to find out!

We are thrilled and very proud to see so many of our local friends featured on Emeril’s Florida. There’s Murph at Barefoot BBQ, Jen at Raw & Juicy, David at V Seagrove, George at 723 Whiskey Bravo, Bill and Heavenly at Wild Bill’s Beach Dogs, the team at Crust, Havana Beach Bar & Grill, Dan at Seagar’s, Marlin Grill, The Wine Bar at Grand Boulevard and more!

In fact, South Walton will be featured in nine different segments this season. Two episodes focusing exclusively on the 30A area will air on Sunday, January 26th at 1:30 p.m. CST and on Sunday, March 2nd at 1:30 p.m. CST.

Here are some of the upcoming show times on The Cooking Channel:

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