One of our most favorite Fall events is the annual Destin Seafood Festival and Fishing Rodeo!
The beautiful Emerald Coast and the stunning white sand beaches on which the charming 30-A Suites are built, the premier boutique, beachfront hotel on the Florida Panhandle, are made all the better by the gorgeous, crystal clear skies, mild temperatures and low humidity of Fall, and not to mention, the uncrowded attractions and low, off season rates.
Around our coastal paradise, there's always so much to do, no matter the time of year, that it's hard to fit everything into one vacation. However, there are a few seasonal events that the beautiful 30-A Suites Hotel, in lovely Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, consider to be extra special and certainly worth marking your calendar for!
Guaranteed to be an authentic taste of Northwest Florida cuisine, culture and lifestyle, this favorite, local event runs just as it did in its first year - 1979 - with whole hearted, community involvement, which is what makes the Destin Seafood Festival the great success it is.
In 1979, the first festival was a 1-day event produced by a small group of local women for the benefit of the small village's fishing industry. The local husbands were in the business of fishing, and they wanted to encourage more people to visit the docks, take in the Fishing Rodeo, and become interested in fishing. The whole town turned out to help and have fun, in the process, history was made.
The first festival took place on what was then called "Kelly Hill," where The Lucky Snapper is now located, and they had about 50 arts & crafts booths, a few food booths, and some activities for kids, with a flatbed for a stage, where locals provided free entertainment.
That was then, and now the Festival has grown to be one of the highlighted events every year during the fall along the Emerald Coast. This year, the 39th Annual Destin Seafood Festival is going to set up along the length of Destin harbor from Harborwalk Village to the Boathouse Oyster Bar, including the original landmark grounds at the Lucky Snapper Grill & Bar, as well as now extending to include Olin Marler Charter Boat Service, A.J.'s Seafood & Oyster Bar, Galati Yacht Sales, Dewey Destin's, the City of Destin Royal Melvin Heritage Park, Fisherman’s Wharf, and East Pass Marina on October 6th - October 8th, 2017.
The location puts the festival right in the heart of the action along the harbor and the Destin Fishing Rodeo, which takes place the entire month of October. More than 30,000 locals and visitors attended the 2011 festival to enjoy live music, delicious seafood, and more.
So come check out all the fun, including headliner country music stars performing live on stage every night (Visit DestinSeafoodFestival.org for music lineup), fishing tournament, local arts, handmade crafts and jewelry, and tons of fresh seafood prepared by some of our areas most accomplished chefs. There is sure to be something for every member of your family!
For more ideas for your visit to the Emerald Coast, contact the professionals at the exclusive 30-A Suites to learn more or to book your stay. Ideal for the traveler that prefers a more authentic, laid back vacation, our gorgeous rentals are the epitome of personalized comfort with a modern flare.
Each uniquely decorated unit has been designed to be your coastal oasis surrounded by lush tropical foliage and fragrant blooms of jasmine or magnolia. Our guests will find spacious living areas complete with cozy furniture, fully equipped kitchens, sumptuous bedding, crisp linens, oversized bathrooms with modern luxuries, and private patios overlooking our breathtaking landscape.
Nearby activities you will love include exploring the historical grounds of Eden State Park, visiting a preserved plantation, perusing art vendors along the boardwalk, golfing at some of the most prestigious courses in the country, diving, sports fishing charters, and so much more you may not know where to begin.
Enjoy a romantic dinner for two at one of many gourmet eateries close by to your rooms, then enjoy a leisurely stroll down the soft white shoreline as you count the shooting stars.
Or stay in and wrap yourselves in our Egyptian cotton bathrobes while you dine on freshly caught gulf seafood prepared right in the comfort and intimacy of your suite's complete kitchen. Close the night with a movie, snuggled into our down comforters and plush pillows, serenaded by a chorus of crickets, tree frogs, and owls mingling with the steady sound of the surf, just a few steps away from your room.
So this Fall, take a break from it all and come take advantage of the cool weather and uncrowded beaches, along with all the great outdoor festivities, on the Emerald Coast with a stay at the incomparable 30-A Suites, the most gorgeous boutique hotel in Northeast Florida.