August 2013

Found 10 blog entries for August 2013.

Bud & Alley's will host another great hurricane party on September 27t to help support the Children's Volunteer Health Network (CVHN). This charity helps provide medical and dental care for children in the area. The event will start at 7pm and run until 10pm with all the proceeds going to benefit (CVHN).

The 9th Annual Hurricane Party will feature entertainment from Destin's DJ Joey, along with a silent and live auction. Some of the silent auction items will be available online for viewing and a pre-auction will be held two weeks before the party. Anybody interested can bid on the items available at

The owners of Bud & Alley's, Dave & Carol Rauschkolb, stated they are excited to host the party once again and they've always been

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Food is a very important part of our lives and many new things are popping up around food in the 30A area. Here are a few of the new happenings for the foodie.

Popularity of Artisan Bakery Explodes

Located off US Highway 98, Artisan Bakery provides hard-to-find gourmet goods, deli items, salads, sandwiches and more. This bakery gained massive popularity in 2012 and has soared to new heights in 2013. Due to the success of the bakery, owners Kim and Mark Fressell opened Crust Artisan Bakery in the spring. The pizza at the bakery spurred this movement and the Neapolitan style pizzas, pastas and pastries are an excellent edition to the area.

Rosemary Beach Celebrates the Opening of Havana Beach Bar & Grill

With some of the best South Walton area

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paddleboarding_250It seems that every other picture you look at from South Walton features a beautiful look at the way the water and land work together. Along with the beautiful scenery, it seems there's always some man or woman on a board, standing up, with a paddle. The evidence of the stand up paddleboard craze taking over the area is piling up.

As one of the most popular activities, many residents didn't even know about a few years ago, the SoWal area has become the popular home for many paddleboarders. This new watersport fits right into the lifestyle here, which is full of nature, unique water sports and so much more. With the ocean and the many dune lakes covering the area, it's no surprise this sport has caught on so fast.

Where did SUPing come from?


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Luxury living in Destin, Florida is more than just the house or condo you choose. It's also the amenities you have around your new home and the things you want to do in and around the area. The beach is extremely popular, since it's so beautiful. It's a large part of why many people move there, because they want to enjoy the way the sand and salt air feels to them. It's hard to find a more peaceful and calming location. You can't spend all your time on the beach, though, so you'll want to explore what else Destin has to offer.

Shopping is another big part of living in Destin. The Silver Sands Factory Outlets are there, and you'll have access to more than 110 stores that can provide you with everything you'll need and want for your new house. Since it's

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592982_1_250Most people who live in Destin, Florida move there because of the great beaches. The sugar white sand and crystal clear waters are hard combinations to beat. However, there's more to the area than just the beach. When you're looking for something else to do or you want an indoor activity, you'll have choices. Shopping is one of them, and Silver Sands Premium Outlets is an excellent choice. There are more than 110 stores, most of which are high-end retailers. You can get the brands you love at prices you never thought possible.

After a great day of shopping, it's time for a fine meal. Harbor Docks or the Marina Cafe are good choices. You might also want to consider Boathouse Oyster Bar or Bonefish Grill. Both of those are also good options, and have

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601372_1_250If you're moving to the Destin, Florida area and you're looking for luxury, you can certainly find it there. A lot of people come to the area and choose an existing condo or townhome where they can live. They want to be close to the beach and shopping, as well as having a lot of amenities and dining options. If you haven't found something that's just right for you, though, you can always build a home that meets all of your specifications. That way, it will really feel like home and will have everything you want in it.

There are many fine builders in the Destin area, because of the large number of luxury homes that are seen there. By asking around, you'll quickly get a feel for the best builders in the area. You also have to find land, which is available

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Coastal Dune lakes are rare and provide a unique ecosystem only found in a few locations across the globe. South Walton has many of these lakes and Dune Allen is home to three of them including, Lake Allen, Oyster Lake and Stallworth Lake. These dune lakes provide beauty and balance for the wildlife. Many photographers flock to the area and the lakes are popular for bird watching, as well.

Found between Blue Mountain beach and Santa Rosa, Dune Allen is the western-most of the 30a beaches. It's home to some of the best restaurants in the area and provides plenty of public beach access. This is the perfect place for serenity and a great place to escape.

Homes in Dune Allen

The cinder-block houses found on the top of sea dunes are popular throughout

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An area full of luxury, South Walton provides plenty of unique boutiques, luxury stores and so much more. Some of the best shopping areas in the panhandle are found here, along with a few incredible spas. Whether you need a day of relaxation or a day of shopping, you'll find it here.


If you're searching for a paradise meant for shoppers, you'll find it in South Walton. Excellent shopping is found at:

  • Gulf Place
  • Merchants of Seaside
  • Shops of Grayton
  • Silver Sands Premium Outlets
  • Grand Boulevard
  • The Market Shops at Sandestin
  • The Village of Baytowne Wharf

All of these great shopping areas provide plenty of luxury shops, including:

  • Calvin Klein
  • DKNY
  • Michael Kors
  • Nautica
  • Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th
  • Tommy Hilfiger
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jetski_250Destin, Florida is known for fishing, but this isn't the only watersport in the area. Many types of recreation are found throughout the city from boating to snorkeling and many others in between. Some of the best places for watersports in Destin include:

Boogies Water Sports

Found at the foot of the Destin Bridge, Boogies allows you to rent pontoon boats, jet skis wave runners. Rent by the hour, half-day or overnight and enjoy plenty of great watersports within the area.

Boogies also offers parasailing including single, double and triple flights. Dolphin Excursions are available by reservation, as well.

Dolphin Cruise

Found at the HarborWalk Marina, you can enjoy a two-hour cruise through the emerald green waters as Captain Steve steers the

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park_001_250When you move to Lynn Haven, Florida, you'll quickly notice, you're surrounded by parks. This part of the panhandle is just north of Panama City and provides a great place for families to relocate. Here's a list of the parks found throughout the Lynn Haven area.

A.L. Kinsual Park

Found on the east side of 5th street, this park is located by the water. It features a Community Center, concession stand, lighted sports field, lighted picnic pavilion and a waterside gazebo.

Cain-Griffin Park

This used to be a large baseball field, but has been turned into so much more. It's located off 17th and Illinois Avenue and contains nearly seven acres of space including:

  • Two lighted tennis courts
  • Two lighted basketball courts
  • Playground
  • Three
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