30 A is the highway that runs along the Gulf of Mexico in South Walton County. It’s full of the beach towns and villages as well as condominiums, cottages and single-family homes, but, if you’re planning a trip along this historical highway you won’t want to miss these unique, little hidden gems along the way.
Located in Seagrove Beach in a screened in porch along the Eastern Lake, diners can enjoy a beautiful relaxed setting with lots of glass windows and stunning view. Built by owners Jill McDonald and Sandy Thomas in 2014, this fantastic bar is built from sinker Cypress logs, that is wood that fell off logging ships hundreds of years ago one of been sitting at the bottom of nearby rivers. The Porch is open every day of the week from 11:00 AM until 9:00 PM. During the summer, the Porch is used as a venue for the songwriters Festival and is a perfect local hangout spot. It’s part of the Old Florida Fish House, but this restaurant is only open for dinner. If you plan on getting some delicious food while you’re at it, check out their gulf fresh seafood.
Chris truly unique experience check out the singing bartender and other live music at the swanky restaurant in Santa Rosa Beach. Nestled right along Highway 30 A, this unique experience is something not to miss. On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays you can enjoy Redd, the singing bartender, while she sings and slings at the same time. This is much more than a drink, it’s dinner and a show starting at 6:30 PM. Not only is this a bar but you can enjoy fantastic local cuisines such as brisket tacos, Southern fried chicken, double chocolate brownies and lots of unique sides.
La Crema is a necessarily hidden but it certainly a place not to miss on your journey down 30 A. Located at 38 Main St. in Rosemary Beach next to the town hall, this tapas and chocolate eatery is open seven days a week from 11 AM until 9 PM and open until 10 PM on Friday and Saturday. Not only do they have fantastic chocolate pairings but delicious wines with mulled spices, and mixed drinks. Their little bites also include things like serrano wrapped pigs, lobster tail, crab cakes, cheese fondue, honey goat cheese stuffed piquillos peppers, lamb lollipops with rosemary and saffron scallops. Grab a few little bites, a couple glasses of wine and finish your meal off with some decadent chocolate.
Located in Blue Mountain Beach, this is a great stop on your way along 30 A. Enjoy locally made homemade ice cream, sorbet and yogurt by owner Christine and Jed Taylor. Their fresh fruit sorbets offer a nonfat, nondairy alternative and their ice creams include toasted-coconut-pineapple, orange-mango, and pomegranate-cranberry-blueberry. The frozen yogurts have unique flavors such as cantaloupe, lemon-chiffon and strawberries and cream. It is a welcome stop on a hot afternoon along 30 A. (Be sure to check out the beach while you’re at it!)
While we might be all about the food something of a novelty. The Grayton Beach State Park located at 357 Main Park Rd. is one of the best-kept secrets along 30 A. According to one visitor, “the beach area is gorgeous! The Rangers and park staff are a plus! The showers are clean and hot! The proximity to beach and 30A is outstanding! This is the best a part we have ever visited!” Not only did they provide campground locations by cottages with kitchens, grills and gas fireplaces. If you’re staying along 30 A you won’t want to miss the Grayton Beach State Park.
For an adventure unlike anything else along the highway, rented airboat for an afternoon of scenery, wildlife discovery and fun. This thrilling eco-tour glides through the pristine backwaters of South Walton County. You’ll see gators, manatee, and some of the most beautiful scenery in the area. This company provides Sunset Tours, daily tours which run every two hours between sunrise and sunset or you can even book a private tour just for your group or party.
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