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Super Bowl 53: Watch in Destin

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Destin Super Bowl 53 Where to Watch

Wondering where to watch Super Bowl 53 in Destin? As much as I like football, I think we all know the Super Bowl is more about the company, food and drink, and commercials! There are lots of options and we’ve got you covered. Don’t wait until the last minute, Rams and Patriots fans make your plans now.

landshark super bowl

Reserve Ahead
If you’re looking to watch the big game at a fun brew pub Landshark’s Pizza is a great choice. They offer a couple of packages that guarantee you a seat at a table or the bar. Prices range from $60-85/person and include beer, wine, wings and pizza. Super Bowl watch party starts at 4:00.
Along with these specials, they still have their regular specials as well.
$8 Shock Top pitchers
$8 Domestic pitchers
$12 Domestic buckets
$6 Bloody Brian cocktails
$6.99 Brats and fries
See Brian to reserve your spot. Landshark’s Pizza is located at 300 Harbor Blvd Destin, Florida.

Another place you can reserve a table is Miller’s Alehouse. They offer 2 game day reservation packages:
*$35 4 person table with 20 wings, 2 orders of Zingers, and loaded fries.
*$70 6-8 person table includes 20 wings, 2 Mountain Melts, 2 Spinach dips and 2 Egg Rolls.
If you’re watching the game from home, order $50 of wings and get a $10 Bonus card for your next visit to Miller’s
34906 Emerald Coast Pkwy.
Destin, FL 32541
(850) 837-0694

No reservation needed

More Super Bowl game watch locations are found all along the Emerald Coast highway. From Fort Walton Beach to Destin, Miramar Beach and San Destin. O’Quigleys is sure to have the game on their huge TVs. Enjoy Legendary wings, burgers or pizza at Buffalo Jacks, where every table has a tv. Baytowne Marina in San Destin is showing the game on the big screen outside (with volume) as well as on several TVs inside. Enjoy the view and drink specials as well.

No matter where you choose to watch, just cheer on your team (Go Pats!), and have fun together!

Written by Stacy Loux of Sandnsol

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Celebrating National Pie Day in Destin

pie day

Did you know today is National Pie Day? If you find yourself in Destin, you are in luck! Whether you enjoy the traditional apple, chocolate cream, key lime or shepherd pie, you won’t have to go far to find the perfect slice.

dewey key limeFor those who crave something sweet and sour, the key lime pie at Dewey Destin’s Harborside satisfies all of your taste buds. It is homemade daily, and is light and creamy.  The generous slice is served with whipped topping. It is one of my all time favorites! I suggest ordering a whole pie for the table. Really, it is that good. If you have a large group, you’ll end up ordering more slices after you try a bite! Dewey Destin’s is located near the harbor.

Follow up your brunch at The Donut Hole with a slice of homemade Pecan or Chocolate Cream Pie. The sweet tooth in your group will thank you. They are located in Destin and Santa Rosa Beach.

If your crew has many individual tastes, head over to Mary’s Kitchen. They feature a wide variety of pies including Apple Crumb, Coconut Meringue, Coconut Cream, Cherry, Chocolate Pecan, and Chocolate Peanut Butter to name a few. Mary’s Kitchen is a quaint little cafe with 50’s decor, found near Big Kahuna’s and The Track.

shepherds pie
Remember, if you prefer a more savory flavor, McGuire’s Shepherd pie still counts as pie!  This casserole filled with ground steak and veggies is topped off with their special Irish mashed potatoes.  It is a hearty meal. Like many of their dishes, this can be shared. And yes, McGuire’s serves regular pie as well.

Why Celebrate?

National Pie Day, not to be confused with Pi (3.14) day, has been celebrated since the 1970’s when a pie-loving Colorado school teacher declared January 23, National Pie Day. So what if it’s not an official holiday? Who am I to argue with a teacher?

Written by Stacy Loux

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Calling Music Lovers: Destin Winter Concert Series

Calling all Music Lovers to Destin’s Winter Concert Series

Destin’s Winter Concert Series opens this Sunday at the Harborwalk Village.  Music lovers of all ages can enjoy these free concerts every Sunday afternoon in January and February. The concerts take place at the Harborwalk Village main stage from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Kicking off the first show of the season this Sunday is David Hall Duo.  Some of the other performers this season include local jazz bands, Bobby D Duo, Paradise Bayou and Beachcomber Music Hall of Fame blues pianist Joe Fingas.

harborwalk village sign

When: Sundays 2:00-4:00 p.m. January 13-February 24th

Where: Destin’s Harborwalk Village main stage


David Hall Duo (Jan 13th)

Tate High School Jazz Band (Jan 20th)

NW Florida State College Jazz Band (Jan 27th)

Joe Fingas (Feb 3rd)

Choctaw High School Jazz Band(Feb 10th)

Bobby D Duo (Feb 17th)

Paradise Bayou (Feb 24th)

Before heading to the concerts, hear a sample of their music:

piano man Joe Fingas joefingas

Choctaw High School

Paradise Bayou



Written by Stacy Loux of Sandnsol Destin vacation rental

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A Little Bit Of History in Destin

Funpoker runTropical Storm Gordon will be long gone by Saturday’s Jetski FunPoker Run on the Chochatawhatchee Bay. This family-friendly fun event has seven stops around the bay, and covers about 70 miles.


There is still plenty of time to register for the 5th Annual FunPoker Run Jetski Classic on September 8th. $40 registration fee includes one t-shirt, one poker hand, and one chance to win the grand prize. $20 passenger fee includes one poker hand and a chance to win. You can register online or at the door at Lulu’s Saturday, September 8th beginning at 8 am. Pre-registration parties are at Lulu’s (Destin) and Giovanni’s One89 Friday September 7th from 6-8 p.m. Pre-registration allows you start from the location of your choice.

lulus destin

Participants pick up a card at each of the seven stops and compete for prizes.  Stops include Lulus, The Gulf, AJ’s on the Bayou, Giovanni’s one89, LJ’s Schooners, Island Time, and 2 George’s. The first ski goes in at 10 a.m, and the last ski comes out at 4 p.m, followed by the After Party at Lulu’s. The prize for the best 7 card stud poker hand is a trip for 2 to Hawaii! If you prefer to stay on land, volunteers are needed as well.



Pre-registration through September 7, 2018 

Pre-registration parties at Lulu’s and Giovanni’s One89 6-8 p.m September 7, 2018

Register at the door at Lulu’s 8 a.m. Saturday, September 8, 2018 

After Party at Lulu’s 4 p.m. Saturday, September 8, 2018

The event benefits Children in Crisis, an organization that works to provide homes for children while keeping siblings together.


Written by Stacy Loux of Sandnsol Destin vacation rental

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Mermaid on The Emerald Coast

Mermaid is sighted in Fort Walton Beach!

The Little Mermaid, that is. The Emerald Coast is the perfect setting to go Under the Sea with The Little Mermaid. Who can resist the exciting story of Ariel, Eric, Sebastian and Flounder?  The production at Stage Crafters Theater includes all of the classic songs including “Kiss the Girl,” “Part of Your World,” and “Under the Sea”. Stage Crafters Theater is a non-profit theater in Fort Walton and has been entertaining audiences for over 40 years.  

Brighly colored costumes and sets, along with wonderful voices bring this beloved classic to life. Audience members of all ages are falling in love with this classic tale all over again. Don’t be one of the Poor Unfortunate Souls who miss this!

Cast features local actors London Bailey as Ariel, Ben Sala as Prince Eric, Laura Hernandez as Ursula, Katrin Woods as Flotsam and Sophie Hagel as Jetsam. 

When:  August 3, 4 & 5 and 10, 11 & 12

Friday & Saturday Nights: Doors Open @ 7:00 pm / Show Starts @ 7:30 pm

Sunday Matinee: Doors Open @ 1:30 pm /Show Starts @ 2:00 pm


Where:  Fort Walton Beach Civic Auditorium

109 US-98, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

Tickets: $25/adult, $15/student

If you miss out, you can catch A Chorus Line in November.

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The Turtles are Coming to Destin Beaches

Beach-goers in Destin this time of year are likely to hear something about sea turtle nests, but few give it much thought. What does sea turtle nesting in Destin Mean for beach-goers? We may be slightly aware that turtles like darkness or that they are kind of rare, but that that is usually the extent of our thoughts.  The truth is all four of the turtle species (Loggerhead, Green, Leatherback, and Kemp's Ridley) nesting in Destin are either threatened or endangered. How we treat our beaches directly impacts the survival of hatchlings.

I often see people walking the beach with flashlights after dark. They are searching for crabs scurrying about the shoreline, but regular flashlights are actually harmful to baby turtles and nesting mothers.  Late summer and early fall is the busiest time for hatchlings who are trying to make their way from their nests to the ocean. Hatchlings use natural light of the horizon over the ocean, along with the white crests from waves to find their way to the ocean when they leave their nests

turtle species
This journey is one of the most dangerous in a turtle’s life because of the predators and obstacles it faces along the way. It’s an important stage in their lives, as this imprinting will determine where they return to lay eggs for up to 30 years.   Disoriented or lost turtles likely burn in the sun or fall prey to birds, dogs and other predators. It’s estimated that only 1 in 1,000 hatchlings will reach adulthood.turtle hatchlings sand

Although most of the turtles on Okaloosa beaches nest at night, Kemp’s Ridley turtles typically nest during the daytime. What can we do to help ensure the safe passage of these tiny amazing creatures?  First of all, if you happen upon a nest or hatchling, call Okaloosa Sheriff’s office at (850) 689-5705.  Per state laws, they cordon off nests, with stakes, tape and a sign to tell people to stay away. Do not shine a flashlight on them. It is illegal to harm, harass or kill any sea turtles, their eggs, or hatchlings. sea turtle nest

What else can you do to help during your visit? Follow the county motto “Leave no trace.”

  • Keep things clean and flat; knock down sand castles and fill in beach holes
  • Remove chairs, umbrellas, toys and tents when leaving the beach for the day
  • Keep it dark; turn off lights on balconies and close drapes in rooms that can be seen from the beach
  • Plan ahead: Bring specially designed red flashlights for exploring at night, or use a turtle-safe sticker to filter the light

Follow these tips, and increase your chances of having an close encounter with one of these bigger guys in the future!

Seagar’s for Cocktails and Prime Steak in Destin

seagars martinis

Friends and guests often ask for a recommendation on a good place to treat yourself with a cocktail and steak dinner in Destin.  Seagar’s in Sandestin is our go-to restaurant for a true fine dining experience.  It’s the area’s only AAA Four Diamond steakhouse, and it lives up to the standard of being a “culinary experience to savor and enjoy”.

seagars entrance

Whether celebrating a special birthday, anniversary, new job, or just needing a romantic evening, Seagar’s is just the spot.  On our latest visit, the hubby and I began the evening with a cocktail in the bar; a dirty vodka martini with blue cheese-stuffed olives for him and a Seagar’s Lemondrop rimmed with sugar for me. Live piano music, elegant table settings, rich wood finishes and a fireplace create an intimate space. It was so enjoyable, we actually decided to stay in there and dine at the bar rather than the dining room.

As we moved from our cozy bar table, a friendly bartender welcomed us to the bar.  He was attentive and happily recommended a nice Pinot Noir from their extensive wine list. Resisting one of the numerous appetizers, we split the Seagar’s Wedge salad with Blue Cheese.  Lettuce was fresh and crisp and garnished with roasted tomatoes. For entrees, I had a mouth-watering petite fillet perfectly cooked to medium rare. Tom’s fillet oscar was prepared medium rare and we shared grilled asparagus. 

seagars fillet

Several dessert items caught our eye, including Bananas Foster, which is prepared tableside and served over ice cream.  However, in the end, we decided we would have to plan ahead next time in order to leave room for dessert.

For those who prefer surf over turf, Seagar’s offers a large selection of gulf fresh seafood as well as several lobster and crab options. Another nice touch is that the menu varies by season, as different fresh fish, vegetables and fruit become available. Several items are gluten-free as well.

It’s always entertaining to observe the staff bringing out other selections while waiting for food to arrive. Seagar’s takes presentation seriously, and the chefs make some beautiful creations. This time, we happened to see Steak Diane prepared tableside.

I could go on and on, but I better go…need to book a flight for my next visit!

More Information:

Seagar’s is located in the lower lobby of the Hilton SanDestin Beach Resort and Spa.
4000 Sandestin Blvd. South, Miramar Beach, Fl 32550

Written by Stacy Loux of 

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Shoulder Season: Escape Summer Crowds and Fully Enjoy Destin

The term “Shoulder Season” is becoming a buzzword in the travel industry.  You may wonder exactly what is considered a Shoulder Season. It is a term describing the period of time in between the high prices of peak season, and the less desirable weather of low season. What does that mean for Destin? Officially,  it refers to the months of April and May, before the temperatures climb above 85.  Unofficially, the fall shoulder season might be an even better time to visit!

destin average water temp

Several factors make the fall shoulder season an ideal time to travel to Destin.  In addition to lower prices, fewer bodies sprawled across the beach, and cheaper rates, one of the best reasons for a fall vacation in Destin is that the water temperature is warmer than in the spring.  In fact, the average water temperature for April and May is 71.5 degrees, whereas, September and October temperatures average 79.5 degrees.  That’s quite a difference, especially when you consider the air temperatures in the spring are cooler as well. This 40 something’s body appreciates a refreshing jump in the ocean as much as the next guy, but it’s much more enjoyable when I’m not shivering under my towel when I get out! That might be a bit of an exaggeration, but you get the idea.

boogie boards destin

Let’s face it, the emerald blue water is what sets Destin apart from many other beaches. The fall shoulder season is a great time to enjoy the water and beach to the fullest.  With fewer crowds, there is plenty of room to boogie board, float and play around without bothering anyone around you. That is, unless you count your annoying younger/older sibling. In which case, there is no such thing as too much space!

Another benefit is there are fewer people to scare off the wildlife. Consequently, snorkeling, tubing, paddleboarding and kayaking are quite entertaining this time of year as well. Turtles, dolphins and many fish play and even race alongside people in the water!

When planning your next vacation to the Emerald Coast, consider booking a place during the shoulder season.  Whether that be during the official shoulder months of April and May, or the unofficial months of September and October, Destin will not disappoint. Escape the crowds, save some money and enjoy the ideal temperatures on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

*Written by Stacy Loux of Sandnsol vacation rentals

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Hot Summer Nights: Fireworks and Music in Destin and Fort Walton

baytowne wharf

Nothing says summer more than music and a night sky illuminated with colorful fireworks.  If you’re vacationing in Destin, you don’t have to wait until July 4th to enjoy a fireworks show. All summer long you can find a display near you.


Tuesdays: Head to the Miramar Beach area for Boomin Tuesdays on the wharf.  Festivities kick off in Baytowne Wharf beginning at 6:30.  Activities include lawn games and inflatables for kids, as well as shopping and dining.  The fireworks over the wharf begin at 8:30. Bring a chair or blanket.

Wednesdays: The Okaloosa Boardwalk bustles with activity prior to the fireworks show which begins at 9 pm. Bring a blanket, beach chair or towel as you watch the colorful display of pyrotechnics from the beach.

red white blue fireworksThursdays: Destin Harborwalk Village is the place to be if you want to catch a spectacular aerial display over the Destin Harbor.  The “Let Freedom Ring” show celebrates Americana and the Destin Harbor heritage. An airshow and music are followed by fireworks which begin at 9 p.m. Grab a front row seat at one of several restaurants on the harbor, such as Crab Island Cantina, Harry T’s or Margaritaville. If you’re up for a hike, venture out on the beach to find a spot on Noriega Point. For a more peaceful viewing, wander out to the pedestrian walkway on the bridge. It’s an easy 10 minute walk from the main parking at Emerald Grande, and there are rarely other people around. Anywhere on the bridge gives you a good view.

Special events:

June 1-2:  Kick of the summer with Billy Bowlegs 63rd Annual Pirate Festival in Ft Walton.  The fireworks portion is Friday night at 9 p.m. Want to avoid the hassle of parking downtown? Take advantage of the free shuttle service sponsored by EC Rider and Uptown Station. Pickup is at Uptown Station from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday night and from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

July 3: – Smoke on the Coast – The annual BBQ and Fireworks festival is at Destin Commons from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.  Enjoy family entertainment and live music starting at 5 p.m. BBQ aficionados can sample treats from 20 area restaurants and BBQ groups and cast votes for their favorites. The evening is topped off with a patriotic fireworks display.  Proceeds benefit area charities.

July 4:  Okaloosa Island Pier Fireworks – Fort Walton Beach, FL
July 4:  Red, White, and Baytowne – Miramar Beach, FL
July 4:  4th of July Celebration – HarborWalk Village – Destin, FL
July 4: Fireworks at the Fort Walton Beach Landing – Fort Walton Beach, FL
July 5: Let Freedom Ring Tribute – HarborWalk Village – Destin, FL


Summer Fireworks Lineup:

Tuesday: “Boomin Tuesday” 9300 Baytowne Wharf Blvd, Miramar Beach, FL 32550 Fireworks at 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday: Okaloosa Pier Fort Walton. The last show of the season is Sunday, September 2, 2018 at 9:00 p.m.

Thursday: “Let Freedom Ring” Destin Harborwalk Village (May 31, 2018 through August 16, 2018).

  • 6:30 | WWII Vintage Airshow over the Destin Harbor
  • 7:00-9:00 | Modern Eldorados– An American Music Tribute on the Main Stage
  • 9:00 | Fireworks Show over the Destin Harbor
  • 9:15 | Just Add Fire on the Main Stage
  • 9:30-Midnight | Americana Music Videos on the Main Stage

For a complete calendar:

*Written by Stacy Loux of Sandnsol vacation rentals

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Cravin’ Crawfish? Come to the Destin Boys and Girls Club Crawfish Boil

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crawfish chefharry ts lighthouse

Nothing says spring along the gulf coast more than a good old fashioned crawfish boil.  Harry T’s Lighthouse is hosting the 2nd annual Boys and Girls Club of the Emerald Coast Crawfish Boil from 11am-4pm on Saturday, May 19th. Come out and get your mudbug fix before it’s too late!

Enjoy fresh crawfish prepared once again by chef, Billie Adams. Take in the gorgeous harbor view, feast on  delicious crawfish, and enter to win a raffle basket. As always, come for the view and stay for the fun.



crawfish dinner

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased ahead at the Destin BGCEC. Proceeds benefit the local Boys and Girls club, allowing their continued efforts to inspire, encourage and motivate area children ages 5-18 years old.  The Emerald Coast Boys and Girls Club currently serves over 1200 youngsters.crawfish boil flyer

Contact: Bert Little 
630 Kelly Street
Destin, FL 32541
(850) 833-3132

Proceeds will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Emerald Coast.

Written by Stacy Loux of Sandnsol vacation rental

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