Arriving to 30A feels like being transported to another world altogether. A Utopian community on the shores of paradise, you’ll see happy (tan) people, friendly dogs, and the best beaches, according to everyone from Trip Advisor to Dr. Beach. Consequently, you can make the most of your stay with our weekend guide to 30A.
Friday Night — Family Movies in Seaside
When night falls, the liveliest place to be on 30A is the Seaside Amphitheater. At the heart of the quintessential beach town that defined new urbanism, it hosts Friday night movies all summer long—and even into the fall. So at 8 p.m., ride your bicycle over to Central Square and find a spot on the lawn. Of course, you need to bring a blanket or lawn chairs to enjoy family-friendly movies on the big screen. Find the complete line-up of movie titles here.
Saturday Morning — Breakfast in Seagrove
It’s Saturday, it’s sunny, you’re ready to spend the day on the beach. But first, breakfast. Even though you’re on vacation, it’s worth waking up early for Cowgirl Kitchen’s grumpy hour, featuring a Bloody Mary, Mimosa, Crimson Cowboy, or Flirtatious Cowgirl. Additionally, their mouthwatering Southwestern style fare kick-starts the day. Cowgirl Kitchen is “where beach meets West on 30A,” and where queso fresco and green chiles meet grits. Get your fix with spicy cheese grits, the chipotle breakfast sandwich, or the fluffiest bacon, egg, and cheese biscuit you’ve ever put in your mouth.
Saturday Night — Date Night in Rosemary Beach
If there’s one spot you want to see on 30A, it’s the Havana Beach Rooftop Lounge in Rosemary Beach. On Saturday nights, Havana hosts “Cocktails & Classics,” poolside. Enjoy craft cocktails and classic films under the stars. Furthermore, Havana overlooks the charming boutiques of Barrett Square and the Gulf of Mexico, making it one of the best vantage points on 30A. Even if you’re not there for the film, the French, Spanish, and Portuguese inspired cuisine is enough of a reason to visit.
Sunday Morning — Brunch in Blue Mountain
Is it even Sunday if you don’t do brunch? Not at the beach. Trebeache, at the intersection of Redfish Village and Blue Mountain Beach, is touted as the “best brunch on 30A.” An absolutely stunning restaurant in itself, Trebeache wows with its seasonal dishes and bottomless mimosas. Beignets, Belgian style waffles, blue crab omelet, and oysters on the half shell are the stars of the brunch menu. Reservations are suggested, book yours now.
Sunday Afternoon — Sand Ol’ Opry at The Bay
Alright, so this isn’t on 30A, but it’s just a few minutes away and you can’t miss it. Every Sunday afternoon, The Bay hosts Sunday pickin’—live music on the Bayfront porch. Gather ‘round on big comfy couches and let the kids play in the sand. Then, enjoy the sounds of local musicians and the unmistakable flavor of South Walton. From 4-6, you’ll find half-off happy hour specials, including wine, beer, and cocktails. Plus, chef Jim Shirley crafts some of the best burgers, sushi, and seafood dishes around.
Not on 30A yet? Get here and breathe new life into your vacation with Southern’s weekend guide to 30A.