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Not Affected, says Beaches of South Walton and Panama City Beach, Florida

Not Affected, says Beaches of South Walton and Panama City Beach, Florida
If you have travel plans his summer for the Florida Panhandle, keep them. Go to the beach and enjoy every minute of it. The Beaches of South Walton and Panama City Beach, Fla., wants everyone to know they are “open for business” and ready for you to visit. Of course, the two destinations are continuously monitoring the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. They are prepared to take immediate action when needed. If you have any further concerns or questions, you can contact Beaches of South Walton...
May 12th, 2010 | Apryl Chapman Thomas | Read More | Comments: 2
Filed under: Florida beaches, Florida Panhandle, Gulf, News, oil spill update

It’s Happening in the South: Happy 450th Pensacola, Florida

Certain birthday milestones deserve grand celebrations, especially when said milestone is 450. Birthday candles, flickr, creative commons by DavidInc Pensacola, Fla.’s 450 day celebration culminates on Saturday, August 15 with the world’s largest birthday card and a piece of birthday cake for everyone. “The party is free and open to the public,” says Ashley Chisholm, account manager at EW Bullock Associates. “It’s a family-friendly huge birthday bash.” The celebration kicks off...
August 12th, 2009 | Apryl Chapman Thomas | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: celebration, Festivals, Fairs, and Events, Florida Panhandle, It's Happening in the South, Southern-Byways, Things to See in Florida

Gotta Do This: “Back to THE Beach – All American Summer” Photo Scavenger Hunt Contest

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, and with THE Beach’s photo scavenger hunt contest, some pictures may be worth a grand prize of a three-day/two-night vacation at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. The “Back to the THE Beach – All American Summer” photo scavenger hunt contest is a different and fun way to get not only visitors, but also locals out and about to explore the region as well. Pamela Watson, pr and marketing coordinator at Coastal Vision 3000, says...
July 15th, 2009 | Apryl Chapman Thomas | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: beaches, Don't Miss This, Florida Panhandle, Gotta Do This, photography, Southern-Byways, Things to See in Florida

Tales from the Road: Discovering Carillon Beach

Carillon Beach was one of those places that I’ve heard of, but have never visited. Until now. And when I stepped inside the community, I wondered what took me so long. Located on the western edge of Panama City Beach, Fla., along Highway 98, Carillon Beach is different from anything else that you’ll find on the beach. Even with the few minutes I spent exploring the lay of the land, so to speak, I understood why Carillon Beach says they are “a world apart.” In travel, they say location...
June 24th, 2009 | Apryl Chapman Thomas | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Florida Panhandle, Southern-Byways, Things to See in Florida, Travelogues

Tales from the Road: A Florida Destination Where Leaving Hungry Isn’t an Option

View Full Album If the beaches aren’t reason enough to visit the Beach of South Walton, there’s the restaurants. One of the things I find so fascinating on this 26-mile stretch of road is the choices of dining options. Diverse and unique as the 15 communities themselves, you’ll be hard pressed not to find something to please your palate as well as your wallet. You all ready know about Caliza in Alys Beach, Hibiscus Coffee and Guesthouse in Grayton Beach, Smiling Fish Cafe in Santa Rosa Beach...
June 22nd, 2009 | Apryl Chapman Thomas | Read More | Comments: 3
Filed under: beaches, culinary travel, Florida Panhandle, Restaurants & Bars, Southern-Byways, Things to See in Florida, Travelogues

Hidden Gem: Exploring Florida’s Archaeological History in Pensacola

It was by accident that I discovered Destination Archaeology! Resource Center in Pensacola, Fla., but I’m glad I did. This unassuming museum provides information about the Sunshine’s State numerous archaeological sites. Why is it important to visit? Well, I believe with all of the historical museums and places in Pensacola, you want to be sure that you cover ever bit of history. At the museum, you find their permanent exhibit, “A Roadtrip Through Florida Archaeology.” This highlights the...
May 18th, 2009 | Apryl Chapman Thomas | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Florida Panhandle, Hidden Gems, history, museums, Southern-Byways, Things to See in Florida

Tales from the Road: Exploring Two Very Different State Parks

No doubt about it, last Saturday’s weather along the Florida Panhandle was perfect. And for me that only meant one thing, time to explore the outdoors. I had two places on my agenda that were must-sees: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and Eden Gardens State Park. Both state parks are as different as they can be, but they both represent the nature beauty of the area. Located on scenic Highway 30-A, Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is perhaps best known for having the most intact coastal ecosystem...
April 28th, 2009 | Apryl Chapman Thomas | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: eco friendly travel, eco-tourism, Florida Panhandle, outdoors, road trip, state parks, Things to See in Florida, Travelogues, vacation, Weekend Trip

Tales from the Road: Discovering Wine off an interstate in Florida

Yes, I was on the road yet again this past weekend. Since I was heading to the 23rd annual Sandestin Wine Festival, it make sense for me to stop in a local winery. And Chautaqua Winery and Vineyards couldn’t have been more convenient for me (or anyone heading to the beach) as I was making my way to Sandestin and the Beaches of South Walton. Located at the corner of I-10 and Hwy. 331 in DeFuniak Springs,  Chautauqua Vineyards and Winery has been producing wines since 1989. In addition to muscadine...
April 27th, 2009 | Apryl Chapman Thomas | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Florida Panhandle, road trip, Southern-Byways, Things to See in Florida, Travelogues, vacation

It’s Happening in the South…Sandestin Wine Festival

It’s all about the grape at the Village at Baytowne Wharf in Sandestin this weekend. Over 600 wines will be poured (and then poured some more) during the 23rd annual Sandestin Wine Festival happening through April 26. Highlights of the weekend include the Grand Wine Tasting, noon – 4 p.m. on Saturday, and 1 – 5 p.m. on Sunday, where you can sample (and then later buy in the retail tent) domestic and international wines. In addition, you also have the opportunity to meet some of...
April 23rd, 2009 | Apryl Chapman Thomas | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Festivals, Fairs, and Events, Florida Panhandle

Tales from the Road: Returning Back to Nature at the Beach

It’s only fitting that for Earth Day that I talk about the ways I communed with nature during my visit to Panama City Beach, Fla. If you haven’t figured it out by now, I really enjoy finding places of natural beauty in destinations and while at the beach this past weekend, I spent time in two such places. One of them was St. Andrews State Park, located on the east end of Panama City Beach. Here you can discover a great combination of beaches,  marshes and pinewoods. Spend the morning...
April 22nd, 2009 | Apryl Chapman Thomas | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: eco friendly travel, eco-tourism, Florida Panhandle, road trip, Southern-Byways, state parks, Things to See in Florida, Travelogues, vacation

Tales from the Road: Visiting Historic St. Andrews

In my 24-hour quest to do different things while in Panama City Beach, Fla., I decided this was the perfect time to head inland to visit St. Andrews.  Located about 10-15 minutes from where I was staying at the Shores of Panama on Thomas Drive (may be longer with lights, traffic and if you are staying on the other end of the beach), the neighborhood is exemplifies “old Florida.” After parking my car in the free, public parking lot across from the marina, it was time to explore. St....
April 21st, 2009 | Apryl Chapman Thomas | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Florida Panhandle, Hidden Gems, outdoors, seafood, Southern-Byways, Things to See in Florida, Travelogues, vacation, Weekend Trip

Tales from the Road: Sipping a Wine Slushy at the Beach

This past weekend I found myself in Panama City Beach, Fla., which isn’t exactly a hardship. However, Saturday morning I was presented with a dilemma of what I was going to do. I know, I could’ve taken the easy way out and lay on the beach for the entire day, but since I only had 24 hours here, I wanted to make the most of it. So, my plans were to visit places I’ve always wanted to visit (but never had the time) and revisit those places that I haven’t in years. On the top...
April 20th, 2009 | Apryl Chapman Thomas | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Florida Panhandle, road trip, Southern-Byways, Things to See in Florida, Travelogues, vacation

Dining Out: Caliza Restaurant in Alys Beach

... food? Perhaps it’s striking a balance with all three, something you’ll discover at Caliza Restaurant, the newest place to dine along Florida Panhandle’s 30-A. Located in Alys Beach, one of the 15 communities in the Beaches of South Walton, chef Olivier Gaupin (who is no stranger to the area, having worked at WaterColor and WaterSound resorts) is quick to say that the menu selections aren’t your typical fare. He describes it as more of an American bistro with top steak cuts,...
March 23rd, 2009 | Apryl Chapman Thomas | Read More | Comments: 3
Filed under: beaches, Florida Panhandle, Gulf Coast, Restaurants & Bars, Southern-Byways, Things to See in Florida

Bookmark This Site…sandestination.com

Imagine there’s a destination whose many amenities include seven miles of sugar white sand beaches and a pristine bay front, the nation’s largest designer outlet center, four nationally-recognized golf courses, and numerous dining and entertainment options for every taste and budget. (Okay, go ahead and admit it, I had you hooked when I mentioned the seven miles of beach, didn’t I?) At sandestination (formed by an alliance of area businesses that are marketing the individual destination),...
March 15th, 2009 | Apryl Chapman Thomas | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: beaches, Florida Panhandle, Southern-Byways, Things to See in Florida, websites

Bookmark This Site…www.TheBeachFLA.com

... And if that isn’t enough, you can also make bookings through it too. So, whether it’s a quick weekend jaunt or a week getaway to the Florida Panhandle, it’s in your best interest to visit www.TheBeachFla.com before you make any plans. photo credit: Computer Keyboard, flickr, creative commons by freefotouk ...
March 1st, 2009 | Apryl Chapman Thomas | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: beaches, Bookmark This Link, Florida Panhandle, Gulf Coast, Southern-Byways, Things to See in Florida, websites

It’s Happening in the South…Mardi Gras Celebrations Around the Region

Now that you know a little about Mardi Gras, it time find the celebrations. Here’s a quick look at what’s going on in the South this weekend when it comes to Mardi Gras. In Missouri, St. Louis is the place to be for Mardi Gras. There’s a little bit of everything happening here. If you are in Arkansas, don’t miss the 4th Annual Eureka (Springs) Gras Extravaganza, happening through Feb. 24 that includes a Eureka Gras Mardi Gras Parade on Saturday (Feb. 21.) There’s...
February 20th, 2009 | Apryl Chapman Thomas | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: celebration, Fat Tuesday, Festivals, Fairs, and Events, Florida Panhandle

Celebrate 2009 Southern-Style with These Events and Deals

... After all, this is Texas. Experience New Year’s Eve in the Village of Baytowne Wharf in Sandestin, along the Beaches of South Walton in the Florida Panhandle. If you are thinking about Panama City Beach, Fla., don’t miss the Beach Ball Drop at Pier Park. While the festivities begin at 5:30 p.m., it’s probably best to arrive early. You can read my take on Pier Park here. If you are in the market for some hotel deals, be sure to check out ALL the hotel listings available in Panama...
December 29th, 2008 | Apryl Chapman Thomas | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: celebration, Festivals, Fairs, and Events, Florida Panhandle, holidays, Southern-Byways, Things to See in Arkansas, Things to See in Florida, Things to See in Mississippi, Things to See in North Carolina, Things to See in Tennessee, Things to See in Texas, Things to See in West Virginia

It’s Happening in the South…Holiday on the Harbor in Destin, Fla.

If the 22nd Annual Holiday on the Harbor in Destin, Fla., doesn’t get you in the holiday spirit, well, you just might need to check your pulse. Scheduled for December 14, the event features over 20 boats gussied up with lights and other decorations. Sponsored by the Destin History and Fishing Museum (worth visiting when you have the chance), the activities along HarborWalk Village begin at 5 p.m. (however, it is highly recommended to show up before 5 p.m.) During the Holiday on the Harbor,...
December 13th, 2008 | Apryl Chapman Thomas | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Festivals, Fairs, and Events, Florida Panhandle, holiday lights, holidays, It's Happening in the South, Southern-Byways, Things to See in Florida

Tales from the Road: Discovering Grayton Beach State Park

On my brisk bike ride from Redfish Village to WaterColor and Seaside, I past by Grayton State Park.  Since I didn’t have a pressing agenda (I’m at the beach, after all), I decided to was going to explore it. And I’m glad I did. After paying a $1 entry fee (remember, I was on a bike; it’s $4 for a car), I was taken aback by the park’s natural beauty. I know that I have talked up a blue streak about how pretty and old Florida like this area is, but it really doesn’t...
December 1st, 2008 | Apryl Chapman Thomas | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Florida Panhandle, Gulf Coast, outdoors, Southern-Byways, state parks, Things to See in Florida, Travelogues

Tales from the Road: Discovering New and Old Places in WaterColor and Seaside, along 30-A

I love to go exploring when I’m away, yet really don’t want to explore by car. So, I will walk or find another means of transportation. You can’t imagine how happy I was to find out that Redfish Village offers complimentary bike rentals. So braving the cold and donning a stylish gray bike hat, it was time to hit the bike paths. For those who aren’t familiar with the area, 30-A is about 20-miles long. At first, that may seem like a lot, but since the communities are close...
November 30th, 2008 | Apryl Chapman Thomas | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Florida Panhandle, Gulf Coast, Hidden Gems, Small Towns to Visit, Southern-Byways, Things to See in Florida, Travelogues