30A South Walton WaterColor Inn WaterColor Inn & Resort Awarded Four Stars by Forbes Travel Guide

WaterColor Inn & Resort

Forbes Travel Guide unveiled its 55th annual listing of Star Award-winning hospitality establishments worldwide, and named 30A’s WaterColor Inn & Resort as part of their prestigious list. WaterColor Inn & Resort will be showcased with all of the 2013 award winners on Startle.com, the online home of Forbes Travel Guide.

“The annual Star Awards represent the best in class in luxury hospitality,” said Michael Cascone, President and COO of Forbes Travel Guide. “Travelers seeking exceptional experiences rely on our ratings to guide them to the world’s finest hotels, restaurants and spas. By continuing to evolve our ratings categories, we are establishing a global benchmark for the highest standards in hospitality service and facilities.”

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30A South Walton Jay Liles 300x238 Red Bars Jay Liles Now on iTunes

Jay Liles

Congrats to our friend Jay Liles, who just releases two new tracks on iTunes: Dare You and Jesus Loves Me.

Liles started performing as a house musician at The Red Bar in 2007, and he’s currently enrolled in the Mississippi College School of Law. During this year’s winter break, Liles returned to 30A to work on some new tracks with Florida natives Chris and Gileah Taylor. (Dare You is a Jay Liles original, to which Chris and Gileah lent their vocals.) Liles said that he hopes to be back on 30A playing more music after finishing school or during the summer break.

Please support our local talents by downloading both songs on iTunes now!

Missed January’s incredible 30A Songwriters Festival? Well, there’s certainly no substitue for the real thing, but our Visit South Walton team did a great job capturing the flavor of the weekend in this brief video recap!

30A South Walton 2013 YOLO Board Relay Series 1024x599 YOLO Board Seeks Teams & Sponsors for Race Series

Each spring, area stand-up paddleboard enthusiasts gather for an exciting season of four monthly relay races known as the YOLO Board Relay Series. A high spirited kick-off for the 6th edition of the beloved event is set for Thursday, May 30th at the WaterColor BoatHouse on Western Lake. YOLO Board is currently seeking both community sponsors and race teams for this year’s series.

Presented by longtime sponsor Destin Real Estate Company, the 6th Annual YOLO Board Relay Series features relay-style competition between male and female teams of three in the Recreational division and the Next Level division. The light-hearted series includes racers of all skill levels and ages from junior to seniors vying for the coveted champion title and engaging in fun, friendly competition out on the water. New additions to this year’s event include race giveaways, live music, refreshments and special kids activities.

“Destin Real Estate Company is proud to support the YOLO Board Relay Series for the fourth consecutive year,” said owner Blake Morar. “The races are a blast whether you are a racer or a spectator. It’s a great showing of the spirit of our South Walton community, and we are looking forward to cheering on all of the participants this year.”

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Thanks to 30A fan Rod Chandler for sharing this winter sunset in Santa Rosa Beach!

30A South Walton Seaside Race Party Rhett Miller Concert at Caliza on FridayRhett Miller – the front man and main songwriter of the rock ‘n’ roll quartet the Old 97’s and a very accomplished solo artist — will be the featured entertainment for the Seaside School 5K and Half-Marathon Pre-Race Party on March 1, 2013 at 7:00 PM. Rhett Miller will take the stage around 8:00 PM.

An Evening for Education Under the Stars at Caliza Pool in Alys Beach is just part of the many events for the Seaside School 5K and Half Marathon weekend, which runs March 1st to March 3rd. Presented by Vera Bradley, the Seaside Race attracts runners from around the country and is one of the signature fundraising events for the Seaside Neighborhood School, an award-winning public charter school in South Walton County Florida.

For more info, click here. Tickets are $30 at www.ticketalternative.com or 877-725-8849.

The Seaside Half Marathon and 5K needs volunteers in a variety of capacities on race day, March 3, including water stations, intersection control, entertainment and at the finish line. Please contact info@snsrun.com if you would like to help, while getting to share in the fun of the race. See www.snsrun.com/volunteer-info for details. All proceeds benefit Seaside Neighborhood School.

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30A South Walton Greg Sauer 225x300 Free Concert in Rosemary Beach on March 3

Greg Sauer

The public is invited to a free awards ceremony and concert on Sunday, March 3rd at 3pm in Rosemary Beach’s Town Hall.

As part of Rosemary Beach Foundation’s 2nd Annual Music in Pictures, approximately 1,300 students from 14 Walton County schools listened to and visually interpreted musical selections from Carnival of the Animals by French composer Camille Saint-Saens. The grand prize winners will be recognized at the March 3rd ceremony followed by a concert with international award winner and assistant violin professor at Florida State University, Benjamin Sung, along with principal cello of the Tallahassee Symphony, Gregory Sauer.

The musical program will feature selections from different eras and different cultures.

“Arts education gives students a tangible way to experience the purpose of all learning,” said Sauer. “Not simply to receive and store information and skills, but to be enabled to synthesize those gifts in a new and creative way that continues the process of cultural growth.”

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30A South Walton Phil and Emeril 810 Emeril with Chef Phil McDonald at VIEs Harvest Dinner

Look who showed up on 30A last night for a special “Sea + Farm + Table” harvest dinner hosted by VIE Magazine!

Table Five Private Chef + Catering‘s Phil McDonald (who prepared the amazing feast) is seen here enjoying Apalachicola oysters with Chef Emeril Lagasse at Arnett’s Gulfside Stables.

Krutz Family Cellars also provided some delicious wine pairings, while the boys from Dread Clampitt rocked the roost. What an incredible night!

Watch for VIE Magazine’s March/April issue for the full story!

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Photos courtesy of M Public Relations