October 2013

Found 13 blog entries for October 2013.

The Flutterby Festival is an annual event found in the panhandle of Florida and this year it will be held at Rosemary Beach on November 9th and 10th. This is a special event for the area with plenty of fun activities for the entire family to enjoy.

This festival celebrates nature, art and the Monarch Butterfly throughout the community. It's a family-friendly event with plenty of great entertainment from the local area. The festival believes Rosemary Beach is a great setting, as the community loves the event here.

Butterflies and Children

A huge part of the festival gives children the opportunity to create their own butterfly wings and wear them in the costume parade. This parade happens both days at 3pm. Children can also enjoy creating butterfly

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Laguna Beach - Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jcarbaugh/37906832/Found in the Panama City Beach area, the area known as Laguna Beach is known as a quiet and uncrowned area. The beauty found here is known throughout the entire world. This isn't a heavily commercialized area and you won't find massive High Rise condominiums, Hotels or any other huge structures. Instead, you will a place to connect with nature, view a beautiful sunset or just enjoy the serenity of an escape from the world.

Shopping, dining and entertainment are found very close, with many choices on the east side of Panama City Beach, just a few miles away. This area is full of events, festivals and fun all throughout, but Laguna Beach is the quiet escape found within this pocket of business. Many people decide to live here because of how quiet it is

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shops_250Whether you live in Destin, Miramar Beach, Panama City or any other part of the Emerald Coast, you have access to many shopping options. You can find everything from boutique clothing stores to antique stores to anything else you could imagine. Here are some of the best choices for shopping throughout the area.

Smith's Antiques Mall & Interiors Market

Found in Miramar Beach, this massive showroom will provide you with the opportunity to find all types of vintage goods. Ninety dealers are found in this mall and many great items are waiting for you to give them a new home.

Hugs and Hissyfits

Children need plenty of clothing and getting the best fashion for your kids is easy along the Emerald Coast. Hugs and Hissyfits is found in Destin and they

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The South Walton area is full of great events and they happen all year long. Some of the best events happen around the holidays and leading up to the holidays. Here are two upcoming events ready for you to enjoy.

Fall Festival - October 25th from 10am to 4pm

The fall festival will provide one of the best events of the season. This event will be held at the Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and will give you and the entire family plenty of fun to enjoy. With plenty of food, games for kids, activities for all ages and the haunted tram ride, you can enjoy all type of fun. Some age restrictions do apply to the haunted train ride, but there is certainly something here for everybody.

Waves for Wild Things - November 1st at 5pm

The Waves for Wild Things

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Image Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaredjennings/731348255/The right services can make living in a new area more comfortable. Once you settle in, it's time to find a new doctor’s office, accounting firm and the many other services necessary to make things run just right. Whether you run a business or you just need services to keep your house in order, you can find the right ones in the Emerald Coast area.

Sam Taylor Buick-GMC-Cadillac

If you need a new or used vehicle, this is the best automobile dealership in the area. They are found in Fort Walton Beach and provide some of the best customer service in the city. They are also known as the best auto repair shop in the area.


Banking is a vital service and everybody needs a local bank. Regions is the best bank in the area and they are a part of the

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The Emerald Coast area offers plenty of great choices for your entertainment needs. If you just relocated to the area or you're coming for the winter, you need to know where you can go to enjoy art, music and so much more. Here are some of the best choices throughout the area.

A. Wickey Studio-Gallery

This gallery is found in Rosemary Beach in the World Six art-boutique. This entire area features plenty of great 30A artists, but this specific gallery provides works from Allison Wickey. She won the Artist of the Year award in 2011 for Walton County. Other artists featured in this area include Andy Saczynski, Francisco Adaro, Steve Wagner and Shantell Martin. You can also find jewelry from Wendy Mignot and clothing from Nicole Aloma here.


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If you love dining and drinking poolside, The Marigny provides exactly what you're after. It’s located on East Hewett Road, just north of US 98 and provides plenty of great features. Whether it's good food, sports or fun you're looking for, you will find it here.

This is one of the places found off the beaten path. It's not as mainstream as some of the other places, but it's known as a local treasure. The restaurant serves up New Orleans-style Cajun and creole food with plenty of great choices.

You can dine poolside at the large outdoor bar and enjoy live music or a game on one of the massive TVs. However, if you prefer to dine inside, they provide a beautiful interior dining room with a rustic feel. Chef Chris Mongogna Jr., provides plenty of great

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The 12th Annual Back to Nature Festival will be held October 17th to 20th. It will be hosted by the South Walton Community Council and will provide all kinds of fun. Visitors and locals of all types enjoy this event every year and it's sure to be another great year full of fun. Events throughout the festival include:

Artists Reception for Scenes of South Walton Art Show

This event will be held on Thursday, October 17th from 5pm to 7pm. IT will feature many inspired works from around the Florida coastal area and a portion of the proceeds will benefit SWCC. The reception will be held at the Hidden Lantern Gallery in Rosemary Beach.

Opening Night Party - October 18th from 6pm to 9pm

At Grayt Grounds of Monet Monet, the event will kick off the weekend

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Recently, The Pearl opened its doors to provide a level of luxury hard to find along the Emerald Coast. This beautiful hotel features a spa, plenty of facilities for meetings, excellent rooms, a view of the Gulf of Mexico and delicious cuisine.

Found just 20 minutes form the Northwest Beaches International Airport, the facility is perfect for business travelers, visitors and guests of all types. It provides 55 rooms with an incredible guest experience.

When you first arrive at your room, you will notice the Nordaq FRESH water and fresh juices provided, along with the in-room spa products from Kerstin Florian. The staff at The Pearl will anticipate your needs and provide a relaxing stay with everything you could imagine at your fingertips.

Wake up

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halloween_emerald_coast_250With so much happening on the Emerald Coast during Halloween, it's important to find the right choices for your holiday season. Starting it all off with some scary fun and trick-or-treating is the best way to go. Here are the top events throughout the Emerald Coast for Halloween.

2013 Monster Paddle Poker Run - Saturday, October 26th at 9am

This is the biggest SUP Halloween Party in the Southeast and will provide plenty of fun for everybody. Many awesome prizes, a poker run and plenty of other events will be provided throughout the day.

17th Annual McGuire's of Destin Halloween Run - Saturday, October 26th at 9am

This 5k/10k Run/Walk will benefit the Saint Mary's Cross Country and Volleyball teams and will provide the opportunity to enjoy the

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