28th Annual Seeing Red Wine Festival

Reds, Whites, and Roses Galore

SEEING RED WINE FESTIVAL – If wine is your hobby, this is an event you will definitely want to attend!

This year is Seaside’s  28th anniversary of its presentation of the Seeing Red Wine Festival. This iconic beach town’s annual festival was recently recognized by Fodor’s Travel as part of the ‘Top 10 Can’t Miss Fall Wine Festivals’ and its not hard to imagine why.

The event last 4 days and includes exclusive tastings, specially paired food treats, live music and more! You will be able to talk with winemakers and experts from all over the world.

Guests will enjoy sipping on delicious wines, and tasting unique and delectable food pairings. Wine connoisseurs  and foodies will savor carefully selected Gulf Coast-to-table dishes from Seaside’s famous restaurants while sipping beautifully-paired, quality-curated wines from around the globe.  This year, the festival will also feature a VIP experience in Ruskin Place. Each year has been a sell-out event, and this year will be no exception. Visit www.destin-palms.com for lodging and accomodations for this special event.

The Seeing Red Wine Festival will also be offering complimentary shuttles to all guests at the new County Public Lot on CR 283 in Grayton Beach. Shuttles will run continuously allowing guests the opportunity to arrive early, stroll through Seaside and stay late for dinner following the event.

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Bud & Alley’s Vintner Dinner – Featuring J. Lohr

  

Seeing Red Wine Festival festivities kick off Thursday, Nov. 8 with the Vintner’s Dinner at Bud & Alley’s restaurant featuring Steve Lohr from J. Lohr. Reserved Seating now available, please email elijah@budandalleys.com or call 850-231-5900

Gulf Coast To Table Dinner – Ruskin Place

  

Friday brings an exciting, new-to-Seaside event—a farm/Gulf-to-table, sit down dinner featuring an elegant evening of locally sourced offerings paired perfectly by an excellent culinary team and complemented by live music under twinkling stars in Seaside—an exclusive event not to be missed.  The chef team will be Chef Jim Shirley and his James Beard House culinary team and Executive Chef Zachary Keaton of Bud & Alley’s Pizza Bar.

Grand Tasting – Downtown Seaside & Ruskin Place

  

Seaside’s Central Square will come alive with quality wines for tasting curated by Seaside’s own restaurants and eateries, hand-selected food offerings chosen by Seaside’s popular and well-known local chefs, as well as live music, and the opportunity to purchase wines on site.VIP Attendees will have access to the VIP Tent starting at 12:30.

Celebration of Bubbles Brunch – Ruskin Place

  

Sunday wraps up the weekend with a Celebration of Bubbles, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. in Ruskin Place. Sparkling wine enthusiasts will explore Champagne, Cava, Prosecco and more, alongside a perfectly paired menu from Chef Jim Shirley.

Halloween Events in Destin

Spending Halloween at the beach in a vacation rental in Destin or the Gulf can be spooky believe it or not. Holidays here are always a good time to make great memories with your family. Check out these Halloween Events in Destin. There are a number of different festivities taking place not only this weekend but also on Halloween Day, October 31st, 2018 in the Destin area.

Destin Halloween Events

Halloween Haunt at Destin Commons

Get your broom and fly on over to the Destin Commons on Friday, October 26th, for their Halloween Haunt that starts at 6 pm.DChalloween2018_1920x1080ad_brightview-028649f6 This eerie event will be full of kid’s creepy crafts, fantasy face painting, trick-or-treating, and a costume contest. Get creative and bring the kids and dogs, dressed in their bewitching best for the costume contest. Come dressed to impress and you might win a hauntingly awesome assortment of prizes. After the contest, kids can go trick-or-treating in a safe and friendly environment at participating stores throughout Destin Commons.

Halloween Events at AJ’s on the harbor

AJsSeafoodAndOysterBar2018HalloweenAfterwards, head on over to AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar on the harbor to attend the Rocky Horror Picture Show viewing party and shadow-cast on AJ’s jumbo-tron at 10 pm on Friday, October 26th. Dress up like your favorite character and get in on the action! Prop “survival” kit awarded to the first 50 guests in costume. Aj’s will also have a late night costume contest with a $500 cash prize on Saturday, October 27th, along with other drink specials and live music with Black Eyed Blonde. While Halloween falls on Wednesday this year, October 31st, the kids in costume eat free at AJ’s from 4 pm – 6 pm. Afterward, be sure to join Flow Tribe at AJ’s for live music, late night costume cash prize of $500 and drink specials!

 

LuLu’s 4th Annual BooLu’s

BooLus-Special-Event-ImageThe spooktacular week has just begun folks. Enjoy a day full of Halloween festivities and kid’s costume contest at LuLu’s 4th Annual BooLu’s.  From 11 am to 4 pm on Saturday, October 27th, the spooky fun will have pumpkin decorating, face painting, kid’s crafts, and inflatable play area.  Trunk or Treat will feature trick-or-treating on the LuLu’s grounds during BooLu’s with various businesses and non-profits handing out candy treats to the little goblins. Register by 3:30 pm for the 4 pm costume contest, age categories 0 – 3, 4 – 6 and 7+. Kids can partake in a faboolous costume contest in age categories for boys and ghouls with prizes for the winners. Best of all, this day of fun events is all free. For more information, call 850-710-LULU (5858), or visit www.lulubuffett.com.   LuLu’s is located in Destin at the foot of the Mid-Bay Bridge next to Legendary Marina.

Halloween at The Gulf

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You can also celebrate at another popular waterfront venue in the area, the Gulf on Okaloosa Island! They will be hosting Halloween festivities on Saturday, October 27th, for little ones and adults with Kids events starting with a candy hunt at 2 pm, where little ghouls and goblins can wander around the large lawn at The Gulf to find treats of all kinds to fill their Halloween buckets. At 4 pm, a costume contest will take place with fun categories including cutest kid/pet duo, funniest, scariest and more! Winners will receive a fun prize from the gift shop.  A photo station will be set up for pictures with the whole family! Guests are encouraged to share their photo on social media and use #TheGulfOI for a chance to win a $50 gift card. Parents can enjoy a scary good happy hour during the entire kid’s event. As the sun goes down and the Full Moon rises up, adults can come out for the Full Moon Halloween Party featuring DJ Doc Roc and some deliciously dark drink specials.  Attendees will be greeted with complimentary champagne upon arrival before hitting the waterfront dance floor with music by DJ Doc Roc. Plus, you won’t want to miss out on a live aerial jet ski show by Adventure Marine! VIP tables and bottle service will be available.

Halloween Bash on the Harbor

The-Party-2As always the Harbor will have Spirited nightlife to savor at their thrilling & chilling Halloween Bash! The night of fright begins Saturday, October 27th, at 6 pm with the Monster Mash Pub Crawl, then live music on HarborWalk Village’s main stage at 7 pm, followed by fireworks over the Harbor at 9 pm and the adult costume contest on the main stage. The winning stakes for the most creative costume are high during this grown-up ghouls costume contest. Looking for something the family or perhaps your four-legged friend might enjoy? Don’t miss the kids costume contest at 2 pm and pet costume contest at 3:15 pm on Sunday, October 28th.

Halloween Day Activities

If the weekend line up does not get all the ghouls and goblins out, Halloween Day has a number of different activities for you and your family to participate in on Wednesday, October 31st, 2018!

  • Families are invited to trick or treat in Grand Boulevard’s Town Center in celebration of Halloween from 4 pm – 7 pm.
  • The Witches of South Walton are set to host the 15th Annual Witch Ride as well to support the mission of local nonprofit, the Children’s Volunteer Health Network, or CVHN. Beginning at 7 am sharp at the Gulf Place Amphitheater, this annual fundraiser will head West on 30A for about 1.5 miles before looping back around 8 a.m. to end at Shunk Gulley for the Gathering Brunch.
  • You can also make your way to the local Gulfarium for their Splash or Treat event. See details for the Splash or Treat GulfSCarium below:

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Harvest Wine and Food Festival 2018

Harvest Wine and Food Festival

Spending time on the Gulf Coast during the fall season is an experience that will go unmatched! Not only can you enjoy the beachy weather while staying in one of our vacation rentals but also take part in culinary traditions such as the Harvest Wine and Food Festival.

The Grand Tasting in Cerulean Park

On Saturday, October 27th, 2018 from 1-4 PM experience the festival’s main event, The Grand Tasting in Cerulean Park which is designed to highlight harvest season at the beach. Large seafood, BBQ and provisional stations manned by celebrity chefs and supplemented by the best restaurants along the Gulf Coast are combined with tasting stations featuring over 150 wines from around the world. Craft beer and spirit tents and an exclusive VIP activation will also be available.

Grand Tasting Culinary Demonstration Schedule:

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1:30PM – Busy Corner Cheese & Provisions – Building the Perfect Holiday or Game Day Cheese Board

2:00PM – Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q Smokin’ with The Brothers Fox

2:45PM – Busy Corner Cheese & Provisions – Pairing Old World Wines with New World Cheese

3:15PM – Jackacudas Seafood + Sushi

 

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Silent Auction

It wouldn’t be a DCWAF event without the opportunity to bid high and bid often. A silent auction featuring a variety of rare wines, staycations, and unique experiences will open Friday, October 26 at 9:00 a.m. and will run through Sunday, October 28 at noon. The silent auction will be hosted on the Give Smart mobile bidding platform. Give Smart attendants will be on site throughout the festival for registration.

Supporting Those Affected by Hurricane Michael

As many of our neighbors to the east have a long journey ahead on the road to recovery, Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation will be hosting a virtual paddle raise during the festival to raise funds in support of those affected by Hurricane Michael. The paddle raise is live now on their mobile bidding website, and you do not have to be a ticket holder to donate or bid on the other items available.

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October 25th – 27th, 2018

*Please note that while the festival begins on Thursday, October 25th, 2018 tickets to the event (Celebrity Wine Dinner) on this day are sold out. Tickets are still available for the festivals events on Friday, October 26th, 2018 and Saturday, October 27th, 2018.

Hurricane Michael Reminds Us The Importance of Travel Insurance

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As many of you know, one of the strongest Hurricanes to date made landfall just East of us in Panama City, Mexico Beach, and along the Panhandle October 10th, 2018. Unfortunately, when Mother Nature intervenes here at the beach, the only option we have is to get out of her way! We have been working hard and are dedicated to assisting our customers, neighbors, and all of those that were affected by Hurricane Michael.  We have made every effort to ensure swift communication at all times before and after the hellacious storm. Emails answered, phone calls returned, and even calling after the Storm to inform our guests that were still able to keep their reservations.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Most importantly, we would like to thank first responders and volunteers for all their hard work at this time and to help those of you who have been affected or displaced by Hurricane Michael, to the best of our ability. Please contact us for discounted lodging at (850)270-5227 or visit destin-palms.com/specials.

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We Anticipate the Unexpected, So You Don’t Have To

A Gulf Coast beach vacation is a financial investment, and like any investment, you will want to protect it. Here at Destin Palms Vacations, we always offer and strongly recommend all of our guests to obtain optional CSA Travel InsuranceCSA Vacation Rental Insurance takes care of you before, during, and after your vacation. Our travel insurance plans cover you door to door – from the day after you buy your policy until you return home. All plans include CSA’s renowned 24-Hour Emergency Assistance Service for worldwide help whenever and wherever needed.

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Travel Insurance You Can Trust

Even when everything goes right, vacations can be a stressful time: making flights, renting cars, traveling with young children, finding activities …. the last thing you need is something to go wrong. We can assure you that with Travel Insurance all of the unexpected circumstances will be taken care of and can help you keep your cool. With coverage for Baggage Delay, Emergency Assistance and Transportation, Trip Interruption and more, you can focus on the more important things – Enjoying the beach with your family!

If you or someone in your party is interested in additional information or adding CSA Travel Insurance to your Destin/Miramar Beach vacation rental with Destin Palms Vacations visit: www.destin-palms.com/travel-insurance

 

 

 

70th Annual Destin Fishing Rodeo

Destin Fishing Rodeo

It is officially time to break out your rods and reels and book your Destin vacation rental for the 70th Annual Destin Fishing Rodeo if you haven’t already. There is truly no better way to experience “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village” than this 70-year local tradition that lasts the entire month of October! If you’re visiting the first weekend of October be sure to check out the Destin Seafood Festival located on the Harbor as well. Destin Palms Vacation homescondos, and cottages are located in the Destin/Miramar Beach area. Ask about our fall discounts and specials, plus receive free VIP perks during your stay!

Destin Fishing Rodeo History

Since the inception back in 1948, thousands of people from all over the world travel to Destin each year to take part in the ultimate fishing tournament for saltwater anglers of all ages. Registered participants can cruise the emerald waters and have the option to fish about a registered charter or private boat for free! Shore fishermen can participate by just bringing their catch to the scale. Kayak fishing, Paddle Board fishing, Pier, Bridge, Jetty fishing, as well as Surf and Shoreline fishing are also all available options to participants for a fee. Weigh-Ins are conducted daily along the Harbor and are free and open to the public. Throughout the month the Destin Fishing Rodeo also celebrates “Shark Saturday” each weekend, where a cash prize is awarded to the Angler who reels in the largest set of Jaws. Come watch fishermen bring in the BIG ONE, and meet Miss Destin and the Rodeo’s weighmaster, Bruce Cheves.

Family Friendly

In addition to the rodeo, the Harbor will also be hosting the Kids FallFest on October 9th. This is a free family event that will take place between 12 – 2PMthat afternoon. There will be a ton of fun activities to do including face painting, arts and crafts, and pumpkin decorating.

Where to Stay

70th Annual Destin Fishing Rodeo

Accommodations are booking up quickly due to this popular event, so please call us today to reserve one of our spectacular vacation rentals! The local experience doesn’t get much better than this…You can sauté your fresh catch while watching the waves crash! For availability and pricing give us a call at (850)270-5227 or visit our website at www.destin-palms.com. Let’s Go Fishing!

 

DESTIN FISHING RODEO EVENT SCHEDULE

  • Monday, October 1st, 2018 – Wednesday, October 31st, 2018