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25 Oct 2019
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‘Tis the season to book your winter getaway! Whether you’re traveling with the whole family, friends, or your significant other, 30A is the perfect holiday destination. To avoid the hectic planning that often comes with the season, we’ve curated a list of everything you need from things to do to places to stay. Plan in advance and simply enjoy when you get there! 


Things to Do

A winter beach trip doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy all the traditional holiday activities! Thankfully, 30A is packed with exciting things to do for all ages. So whether you’re in town with the kids or looking for something fun to do with friends, there is no shortage of good times on 30A. Checkout our list of favorites below!


1. Baytowne Ice Rink

Winter just wouldn’t be the same without ice skating! Located at The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin, the Baytowne Ice Rink will open late October and runs through February 2. Tickets are $11 per skater for 90 minutes. You can find the full schedule here.


2. Winter Wonderland

Head over to the >Winter Wonderland at Baytowne Wharf Saturday, December 21 for a day of snow-filled fun. Taking place from 9 am - 1 pm, you can slide down the ice slide, make snow angels, and enjoy a day of frosty fun for the whole family! 


3. Holiday Champagne Tasting

Get bubbly for a free wine tasting at the Destin Ice Market Friday, December 20 from 4-6 pm. This event is a great way to kick off the holiday season and celebrate the weekend ahead.


4. Beach Ball Drop 

Let the countdown begin at the 12th annual New Year’s Eve Beach Ball Drop at Pier Park on Tuesday, December 31. The event will start at 5:30 pm, featuring family-friendly activities, including the nation’s only family beach ball drop at 8:30 pm, and a New Year’s countdown at midnight.


Where to Stay

Whether you’re traveling with a few people or the entire family, 30A Cottages & Concierge has the perfect place for your stay. 


Just Us (Small Groups)


1. Down On The Corner: Cozy up and make yourself right at home at Down on The Corner. This 3 bed, 2 bath cottage is the perfect spot for a small family or a group of friends looking for a place to stay for the holidays. Enjoy a hot chocolate on the spacious old-time porch that wraps around the house, or curl up indoors for a movie and games with the family.


2. Captiva: For those looking for a more tucked away feel, Captiva is the one for you! This 2 bed, 2.5 bath cottage is tucked away in the quaint Bungalows community and has a beautiful view of the surrounding wooded area and wetlands. Both bedrooms have direct access to the shared balcony, perfect for a morning cup of coffee. This cottage is only a couple blocks away from the community hot tub — an ideal spot to warm up in the brisk winter air. 


3. The Front Row: Be sure the check The Front Row, an adorable 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom condo facing the St. Augustine Green. The luxurious open floor plan and wraparound porch allow for plenty of room for the kids to play. This home also includes 4 adult bikes with all reservations, perfect for easy transportation throughout the Rosemary Beach community. 

The Whole Crowd (Big Groups)


1. Checked Out: There’s plenty of room for everyone when you plan a stay at Checked Out! This 5 bed, 5.5 bath home features a private courtyard, outdoor pool (heating is available upon request with an additional fee), and giant double oven kitchen packed with everything you need for your holiday meal preparations. The home’s unique u-shape gives it a spacious open floor plan and living area, perfect for the whole family to gather. 

2. Sea-Esta: Plan a trip for everyone at Sea-Esta. With 6 beds & 6.5 baths, this home can comfortably sleep 15-16 guests, spaced out between its three levels. Equipped with a large covered porch and a kids’ den located on the third floor, this house has a little bit of something for everyone in the family!


Whatever size group you’ll be traveling with, make the most of this holiday season by enjoying all the fun festivities that 30A has to offer. If you’re looking for a place to stay, check out our full list of cottages or contact us today to start planning your holiday destination with 30A Cottages & Concierge.