SATURDAY: 30A Charity Golf Classic Presented by The Aesthetic Clinique

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2016 SANTA ROSA GOLF & BEACH CLUB PRESENTED BY Each year, 120 players meet at Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club for the 30A Charity Golf Classic — a wild one-day tournament that’s raised over $73,000 for charity so far! The 4th annual tournament — PRESENTED BY THE AESTHETIC CLINIQUE — will held on Saturday, October 22, 2016. This year’s tournament will benefit Children’s Volunteer Health Network. Learn more or make a donation at their website. Player check-in and breakfast will begin at 7:30 AM, with a shotgun start at 8:30 AM. Complimentary snacks and Bloody Marys will be served along the course, and carts will be making the rounds, serving ice cold beer. The team that wins the 30A Charity Golf Classic scores fantastic prizes donated by 30A friends, sponsors, partners and local businesses. Just like previous years, there will also be tons of fun prizes, raffles and giveaways throughout the day. THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT! We would like to sincerely thank THE AESTHETIC CLINIQUE along with all of our 2016 sponsors: PRESENTING SPONSOR: The Aesthetic Clinique $1 Million Hole-in-One Challenge: 30A Television Driving Range: St. Joe Club and Resorts Putting Green: Kiwanis Club of Freeport – South Walton Breakfast Sponsor: Another Broken Egg Beverage Sponsor: Henderson Barrett LLC Beer Cart Sponsor: Rent 30a Signage Sponsor: Press Print Graphics and Eloquent Signs Trophy Sponsor: Mercantile Hole #1: Shore Thing Cigars Hole #2 (Par 3): 30A Television Hole #3 (Par 3): Howard Hospitality Hole #4: Maison Bleu Properties Snack Station #1 Sponsor: Roux 30a Hole #5: Pelican Real Estate and Development Hole #6: EcoCentric Brands Hole #7: Red Bar and Louis Louis Hole #8 (Par 3): 30A Cottages and Concierge Hole #9: Berkshire Hathaway Beach Home Services | Beach Properties of Florida Bloody Mary Bar Sponsor: Stinky’s Fish Camp Hole #10: Summer House Lifestyle Hole #11: T-Formation Hole #12 (Par 3): O.B. Laurent Construction Hole #13: Maurice Stouse, broker Snack Station #2 Sponsor: Chiringo Hole #14: Cafe Thirty-A Hole #15: Think It Wear It Hole #16 (Par 3): Aqua Title Hole #17: Bud & Alley’s Hole #18: The Aesthetic Clinique Lunch Sponsor: Barefoot B-B-Q Click here to sponsor our 2016 30A Charity Golf Classic! 100% for Charity Again this year, 100% of all proceeds from the 30A Charity Golf Classic will be donated to charity. In its first year, $23,000 was given to Off The Mat and Shelter House Domestic Violence Center. In 2014, $27,000 was raised for Alaqua Animal Refuge. In 2015, $23,000 was donated to Food for Thought. This year, all proceeds from the tournament will be donated to Children’s Volunteer Health Network (CVHN). CVHN seeks to enhance the lives of uninsured or underinsured school-aged children by facilitating free, immediate access to medical, dental and mental health care in Walton and Okaloosa counties. Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club Hugging the Gulf of Mexico, this hidden gem in Santa Rosa Beach has it all, including a highly sought after Gulf Front view. And if the view isn’t enough, this “member-owned” semi-private Club boasts an immaculate golf course that masterfully winds through natural habitats, making this course a must-play in the area. Holes three through five wind around a complex of dunes, all within a few hundred yards of the Gulf of Mexico. The 18th hole is a beauty and a superb finishing hole, as it doglegs hard right before rising to the green, perched on a hill with the club house in the background. Click here to learn more about Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club. Click here to become a sponsor or register to play! SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2016 SANTA ROSA GOLF & BEACH CLUB PRESENTED BY Read More

Thankgiving Day 30A 10K and Free Community Events!

Need an incentive to get the family to lace up those running shoes this fall? Join us for the 5th annual 30A 10K Thanksgiving Day race in Rosemary Beach for three days of family fun, fast racing and the chance to help fundraise a record-breaking donation for local charities. The race featured three days of activities — and you don’t have to be a registered racer to participate! Sign up for the 30A 10K, ranked one of the top 5 Thanksgiving Day races in America! The 2016 30A 10K features three days of events including a race expo at 30Avenue, a Thanksgiving Day 10K race & 1 mile fun run down scenic highway 30A, and the inaugural 30A 10K Black Friday Shopping Spree Contest with special deals and prizes for our runners. The fun before the run starts on Wednesday, November 23, at 30Avenue, with a fall festival and packet pick-up. The event is free and open to the public. The festival runs from noon to 7 p.m. Forrest Williams Band plays from noon to 3 and Chris Alvarado takes the stage from 3:15 to 6:15 p.m. The party includes lawn games, a silent auction, photo opportunities with Lucky the Turkey. We’ll also have the 30A Gear truck out with great race gear and other fun items. After the race, join local shops and businesses for the inaugural 30A 10K Black Friday Shopping Contest, which is also free and open to the public. All you have to do is snap a photo where you are eating, shopping or working out on Black Friday. Post it on Facebook and tag the 30A 10K. Winners will be randomly selected for a bunch of cool prize packs (including one from 30A Gear!). All proceeds from the race are donated to the annually selected charity partners. “We are so excited to celebrate our 5th anniversary and expand our event with a new expo venue and the Black Friday Shopping Spree Contest,” said Race Director Karen Meadows. “We love that so many families make our event their Thanksgiving Day tradition and celebrate the spirit of the holiday by helping us give back to those in need.” This year the 30A 10K is raising money to help four charity partners including: the South Walton Fire District, the Walton County Sheriff’s Department’s Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Anchorage Children’s Home and the Northwest Florida Guardian ad Litem Foundation, Inc. The race expects more than 6,000 runners, volunteers, vendors and spectators in three days of events. “We have something for everyone,” said race organizer Craig Baranowski. “Runners of all ages and paces are welcome. And now, with our expanded race expo and the Black Friday Shopping Contest, we have exciting events for our non-runners as well.” In the past four years, the race has raised more than $150,000 for local 501c3s. This year, the event’s goal is to top that grand total and exceed the $200,000 mark. “It’s been an honor to help so many needy organizations in our area,” said race organizer Amy Stoyles. “The success of this race is a reflection of the support of our local business sponsors and race participants.” Find us online at or on Facebook and Instagram for more information about the race! Read More

We Asked the Experts: What Are the Best Local Fish to Eat?

By Caroline Giddis Salty, meaty, flaky, mild. These are some of the characteristics of the favorite fish of executive chefs, seafood market managers and fishing captains in South Walton. Whether they come from the bay or the gulf, our local fish are some of the best in the world, and highly sought after by fish […] Read More

Take it ‘Easy on 30A’ at Beloved Benefit Concert — July 3

The fifth annual Easy on 30A benefit concert will take place on Sunday,  July 3, from 5 to 10 p.m. at WaterColor’s Marina Park. This year’s performers are Geoff McBride, The Courtyard Saints, Chris Alvarado and Scott Rockwood. Admission is free and open to public. South Walton locals Beth and Randy Carroll founded Easy on 30A in 2012. The non-profit organization works together with the local community, businesses and musicians to host a benefit concert for Northwest Florida charities. Check out this 30A Radio interview with Randy and Beth Carol: The event also features a craft market and a silent auction. Silent auction and raffle items will include donated vacation stays, restaurant gift certificates and much more to benefit The Sonder Project, Muscogee Nation of Florida, Lighthouse Family Retreat and Alaqua Animal Refuge. Picnic blankets and chairs are welcomed. Food and beverages will also be available for purchase. Easy on 30A works together with the WaterColor Community and WaterColor Resort to bring this fun charity event to fruition during one of the busiest weeks of the summer. For more info, follow Easy on 30A on Facebook. Read More

New Vending Machine Concept Carries 30A Gear

Vending machines are not just for chips and candy bars any more. At least not the kind Scott Turner runs. Turner’s business, TBOX, operates a series of high-tech vending machines across Northwest Florida where customers can purchase t-shirts, hats and now even 30A Gear. Turner’s concept is part of a growing movement for businesses to provide higher-end products in vending machines. Red Box, the movie rental kiosks, may be the most popular in the United States, but people across the globe have started using vending machines to sell everything from iPods and phone chargers to shoes. “Once we got into researching it ourselves, we found these kind of machines are popular in Asia and Europe, but not a whole lot of people are doing it in the states,” said Turner, who started out with ice vending machines, but quickly saw a need for something more. A vending machine can serve as a pop-up store — without the expense of overhead — and the concept is catching on. “It helps businesses expand to an area they might not be able to otherwise, to have a presence without having to have a storefront, staffing and all that goes with it,” said Turner. The technology has come a long way since the days of coin-operated soda and snack machines. Turner’s machines use LED lights and a system of infrared sensors so the machine conserves energy when not in use. All merchandise is tracked electronically, as well, which helps decrease the business’s ecological footprint. In years past, vending machine stockers had to travel with a big semi-truck full of products and assess what needed to be restocked on site. Turner can use a compact car to visit and restock machines. He knows exactly which products and how many he needs before he ever leaves the warehouse. Customers make purchases with credit cards and if any problem arises, the machine sends a text to Turner and he can operate it remotely to provide whatever customer service is needed. 30A Gear vending machines are in place at HarborWalk Village, Destin Commons, Silver Sands Premium Outlets and Pier Park. You can buy t-shirts, hats, drink huggies, license plate decals, Tervis tumblers and even coffee. “With the technology available, these things are pretty amazing,” Turner said. “They’re eco-friendly, business and customer friendly. We’re really excited to have them out there for people to use.” Read More

THIS WEEKEND: Hunt is On For Big-Game Fish at Sandestin’s Blue Marlin Classic

In a few short weeks, a fleet of powerful sport-fishing yachts will blast through the Destin Pass in a mad dash to fame and fortune as the 2016 Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic gets underway at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. At stake will be nearly $2 million in prize money and bragging rights for one of the premier events in the sport. Tournament Director Adam Alfonso said they have already surpassed all previous records for the number of sponsors and donations for the tournament, which will be held June 22-26. “We’ll have a ton of great gifts for all the anglers and especially the winners,” he said. Boat owners will receive an exclusive package from presenting sponsor Wind Creek Casino & Hotel-Atmore along with a custom fishing shirt from Hook &Tackle, while the captains will take home a special Wind Creek gift bag. Get a look inside the festivities from last year: Category winners will be awarded goodies from Costa, Orion Coolers, Jackson Fishing Kayaks, Glas Designs custom jewelry, Larry Rackley paintings and custom sculptures from beneath the blue. “Best of all, based on the pace of pre-tournament registrations, we’re on track to top our record number of boats and record $1.68 million in overall prize money,” Alfonso said. “I’ve ordered plenty of beautiful Florida weather and some really big fish, so it’s shaping up to be another fantastic tournament week here at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.” Now celebrating its 14th year, the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic draws teams from across the Gulf Coast and Southeastern United States. Eligible species include blue marlin, tuna, wahoo and dolphin, plus a billfish release division. In 2015, Johnny Dorland’s Cotton Patch crew from Orange Beach, Alabama, set the new tournament benchmark by weighing in an 899.6-pound blue marlin. The record billfish was measured at 134 inches with a girth of 74 inches to earn Team Cotton Patch first place and a payout of $195,277. The tournament held at Baytowne Marina at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort doled out more than $1.5 million in winnings during the 2015 event. Check out this video with the Cotton Patch crew: “This year adding new boats that have never fished with us before, so that bodes well for spirited competition and more available prize money,” Alfonso added. “We’ve also re-arranged the weigh station to increase the viewing area to accommodate more spectators for the Friday and Saturday weigh-ins. The public is welcome to come watch all the festivities as the boats unload their catch.” The 2016 Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic, presented by Wind Creek Casino & Hotel—Atmore, runs June 22-26 at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. For registration forms, dockage or more information, visit To make your reservation, visit or call 800-320-8115. Use GROUP Code FISH16 for a special discount. Read More

30A Launches Apparel Line Made From Recycled Water Bottles

The 30A Company launched a new line of sustainable apparel designed to decrease human impact on the environment, while celebrating the unique aspects of small-town beach life along Scenic Highway 30-A. Called Dumpster Diver, the eco-friendly product line features shirts made from water bottles and other recycled plastics and materials salvaged from southeast landfills. With 13 designs now available in multiple styles and coastal colors, each shirt features a beach-inspired theme, including words, phrases and images associated with 30A lifestyle and culture. Dumpster Diver is the latest product line from The 30A Company, a lifestyle media and merchandising brand founded in 2007 by entrepreneur Mike Ragsdale in South Walton, Florida. The brand has built a loyal fan base around the country, shipping more than 13,000 orders of its 30A Gear merchandise to customers in all 50 states. “We’ve spent nearly two years researching and developing 30A’s Dumpster Diver brand and could not be more excited to finally launch,” said Ragsdale. “Dumpster Diver embodies everything that represents the 30A brand — a love of the fun, laid-back vibes of the beach and a commitment to protecting and preserving beach environments for future generations.” Interesting facts about 30A Dumpster Diver shirts: — The shirts are produced using a ‘trash-shred-spin-wear’ manufacturing process in which discarded plastic waste is collected from landfills, shred, spun into yarn and woven with recycled cotton. — Plastic materials collected and recycled in production include water and soda bottles, lunchroom food trays, discarded film and plastic beer bottles. — Each shirt saves approximately six to ten 16-ounce water bottles from landfills, depending on the color. — Designs are imprinting using a digital printing process, which is more advanced, uses fewer harmful chemicals and is an environmentally cleaner approach than traditional screen-printing. “As a brand, we wanted to create a product that not only reflects our sincere love of the beach, but also demonstrates the responsibility we maintain to leave the lowest impact possible on the environment around us,” said Ragsdale. Sustainable and stylish, 30A Dumpster Diver shirts are available now at and at our official 30A Stores located in Gulf Place, Seagrove Plaza, Rosemary Beach and Pier Park. Check out this behind-the-scenes peek at the new line: Behind-the-scenes sneak peek of our new line!3…2…1… and we’re LIVE with a behind-the-scenes sneak peek of our new line! Posted by 30A on Monday, June 20, 2016 Read More

11 Best Places to Grab a Drink with a View

By Caroline Giddis With so many gorgeous views and an impressive selection of delicious beers, cocktails and wines, it’s hard not to say “it’s 5 o’clock somewhere” here in South Walton. Whether you’re looking for a view of the gulf, rolling dunes or a beautiful lake, there are so many places in the area that allow you to sit back, relax and enjoy a cold one. It’s even a cultural norm here to find a spot each night where you can see the sunset. Here are 11 places that are perfect for getting your drink-in-a-beautiful-place fix. Havana Beach Rooftop Lounge at The Pearl Hotel Located in Rosemary Beach, the Havana Beach Bar & Grill Rooftop Lounge provides visitors with an eclectic, relaxing feeling. Although the lounge overlooks the stunning European-style hotel pool, it has a breath-taking view of the gulf as well. The drink menu offers everything from Ernest Hemingway-inspired classics to Cuba Libres and Mojitos. The lounge has a variety of seating options from comfy couches and hammocks to high-top tables. Happy hour lasts from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunset Bay Cafe The gulf isn’t the only thing you can see from bars and restaurants. Located on the glittering Choctawhatchee Bay, Sunset Bay Cafe shows it’s appreciation for the Floridian lifestyle with a full bar, Tiki bar and outside dining. From the cafe, the view of the bay spans for miles. With a name like Sunset Bay Cafe, it’s obviously the perfect place to say “cheers!” and watch the sun go down. I’ll have one piña colada please! Bud & Alley’s When many people think beach bar, they think Bud & Alley’s … and they’re right. Nestled between the dunes and overlooking the gulf in Seaside, Bud & Alley’s is where families and friends go to experience what Kenny Chesney sings all about: beautiful views, great beer and no worries. A 30A go-to for over 30 years, Bud & Alley’s is a wonderful place to enjoy for a few minutes or a few hours. The best view for grabbing a drink is from the roof deck bar. Say hi to Mo the bartender who has been slinging refreshing beach cocktails for almost as long as the bar has been open. Try the Seaside punch, a mouth-watering blend of Stoli vodka, apple, peach and black raspberry puree, pineapple juice and house-made sour mix — a perfect beach-side thirst-quencher. If you’re there at sunset, join in the longstanding tradition of ringing the sunset bell and cheering as the sun sets into that beautiful gulf. It can’t be beat. The Porch at Old Florida Fish House For a more “hidden” hangout, check out The Porch at Old Florida Fish House in Seagrove Beach. Overlooking Eastern Lake, The Porch is the ideal place to just chill. A number of big-screen TVs make it a great place to bring your friends when there’s a big game on. However, when you want to escape, you can just look out into the uncharted wilderness that surrounds the beautiful coastal dune lake. It’s the perfect hideaway. The Beach House Appetizers, moonshine and a gorgeous view …  what sounds better than that? Enjoy all three at The Beach House in Sandestin, which sits right on the beach and allows you to soak up some sun and soak in an incredible view of the Gulf. Enjoy a drink in their double insulated solo cups and listen to live music on Tuesdays during their open mic nights. You can find a wide variety of wines on their drink menu, including our 30A Chardonnay and 30A Red Blend, which both go really well with their shareable appetizers – YUM. The Bay Whether you get there by car, boat or paddle board, The Bay is a waterfront-lovers dream. Grab a seat inside, on the covered outdoor lounge,  or at a picnic table with your toes in the sand. A beer haven, The Bay has 12 different beers on tap, many brewed locally. Their Sunday Bayside Brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. is an especially great time to enjoy the scenery of the Choctawhatchee Bay. Marina Bar & Grill at Sandestin For a unique right-on-the-dock experience, try Marina Bar & Grill. Sitting directly on the Baytowne Marina in Sandestin, the restaurant invites shoe and flip-flop wearers alike to join the party. Marina Bar & Grill celebrates sunset every day as if it were a special occaision, shooting off a cannon and ringing a bell as the sun goes down. Order a brew and watch the boats pull into the Marina with their fresh catches. What could be better than that? Growler Garage In a growing craft beer community, it’s important for there to be a place that focuses on the same passion — a good, cold beer. Hoppy, pale, blonde, however you like your beer, Growler Garage has it. Their focus is beer brewed locally or in different Florida micro breweries. With a constantly changing draft menu and a great view of the gulf from their patio out front, Growler Garage is beer heaven. Wanting to sip that beer a little closer to the waves? Fill up one of their signature growlers and stroll across the street to the beach. Plastic and stainless steel are available of course. Remember, no glass on the beach! Chiringo Here’s a little secret: Chiringo is the only place in Grayton Beach where you can drink a beer with a gulf view. With great open-air spaces, Chiringo aims to present its visitors with vibes of a Spanish beach restaurant. The building and furniture are covered in bright, inviting colors, which show off Chiringo’s desire for beachgoers to come on in and grab a drink. They have a variety of beers on tap and a even a fresh juice bar. Get yours virgin or spiked for the ultimate refreshing cocktail. Watermelon and vodka makes a great combo! Vue on 30A Like it says on their website, “as if the view was not enough,” Vue on 30A also offers a great cocktail or dining experience. Dolphins frequent the shore near the restaurant and the location is great for watching for boats on the horizon. Seasonal, import and domestic beers are all options to enjoy while watching the gulf. Or try a refreshing Emerald Coast Martini, a tricolor treat that mimics a gulf view with Malibu rum, Midori, Blue Curacao, house sour mix and a splash of Sprite. (Learn about more thirst-queching cocktails on 30A.) Brunch on Sunday runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., which is a definite chance to have a wonderful Sunday Funday. 723 Whiskey Bravo Another amazing rooftop bar, 723 Whiskey Bravo, looks over Seagrove Beach and celebrates a clean, modern atmosphere. Their Happy Hour lasts from 5 to 6 p.m. daily and is a great way to start off a night. Umbrellas are set up on the rooftop to block out any unwanted sun during the day, and the comfy lounge chairs help set the mood for relaxation station. Bravo! Caroline Giddis is a summer intern at The 30A Company. For more on this topic check out: Secret Bars of South Walton 15 Thirst-Queching Cocktails on 30A Read More