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Weekend Getaways

Ayesha Khan, Misty Milioto and Janet Thomas | Edited by Alison Abbey and Allison Mitchell | June 5, 2014 | Articles

In the Club
Hey, sun goddess! Sizzling SoBe favorite the Shore Club is shaking things up for the summer season. By day, dive in to, not one, but two infinity pools, and grab a bite at Terrazza, Shore Club’s see-and-beseen poolside resto, which recently introduced the Ladies Who Brunch series on Sundays from 11AM-4PM. Cure your Saturday-night hangover with bottomless mimosas, bellinis and a scrumptious menu including bites like lemon ricotta pancakes and French toast with marinated strawberries and bananas. Yum! Once the sun goes down, make a splash under the stars: Shore Club offers incredible on-site nightlife—think dining at Nobu and late-night lounging and dancing at Skybar. Plus, the hotel has some red-hot summer specials to make your stay even sweeter: The Happy Shopping Package (from $339) offers exclusive discounts at local retailers, a 25 percent discount at the Spa at Shore Club and a bottle of Champ to pop upon arrival. We’re smiling just thinking about it... Rooms from $186, @shoreclubsobe –Alison Abbey

Continue to New York City >>

New York State of Mind
Take a bite of the Big Apple’s buzzing new haunts.

STAY
citizenM Times Square
This euro-chic boutique hotel brings its eccentric vibe to Times Square. The artful decor is mind-blowing (think Vitra furniture and specially commissioned installations); plus, there’s a library with an extensive collection curated by world-renowned MENDO bookstore (the books are available for purchase if you find one you can’t put down). Grab a snack, drink or barista coffee 24/7 at canteenM. Or get your sweat on: Workout fiends have access to a 19th-floor nirvana, complete with a fully kitted-out gym and breezy yoga terrace. Overnight rates from $350, @citizenm

Refinery Hotel
Raw and opulent all at once, this building was once home to a turnof- the-century hat factory. The revamped luxe rooms come complete with a rainforest shower, Frette linens and an iHome. Grab a farm-totable bite or sip Prohibition-era cocktails at Parker & Quinn, or invite friends over for live entertainment on the hotel’s rooftop—one of the hottest chill-out spots among NYC locals. Overnight rates from $329, @refineryhotel

Coming Soon!
Iconic French crystal house Baccarat will end its 250th anniversary year on a high note with the launch of its first U.S. hotel right off Fifth Avenue. Meanwhile on Park Avenue, ubercool L.A.-based hotel chain SLS will launch its New York debut in 2015. For those who prefer a downtown vibe, The Ludlow opens this month on the increasingly trendy Lower East Side, and will feature the much anticipated eatery, Dirty French.

EAT & SIP
Gato
Bobby Flay’s back in NYC, this time with a Mediterranean bonanza, which includes bar bites like the indulgent 11-layer potato app and to-die-for entrees like Spanish red prawns and mussels. No need to dress to the nines though; the casual warehouse-y vibe is befitting of Gato’s Lafayette Street locale. @gatonyc1

Margaux
This oh-so-cute eatery at The Marlton Hotel has become an instant hit since opening in January. Like so many Greenwich Village spots, the vibe here is relaxed, yet trendy enough to spot your fair share of celebs. Brekkie faves include gluten-free pastries, while the dinner menu offers up must-try housemade pastas. Wash it all down with a bevy of signature cocktails.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Celebrate Brooklyn! Concert Series in Prospect Park
Get down Brooklyn-style in Prospect Park, where a host of performers will showcase everything from hipster-loved indie rock acts to Caribbean and jazz musicians to local dance troupes. Food is catered by hip Brooklyn eatery The Farm on Adderley, and there are even stalls with Etsy crafts on sale. Free, weekends from June 4-Aug. 9, @bricartsmedia

PARTY
Queen of the Night
When it opened in 1938, the Diamond Horseshoe was the most sought-after vaudeville house in town. After being abandoned for over 60 years, the venue is back and better than ever. Equal parts fashion show (Thom Browne barely-there costumes), circus act, dance extravaganza, club night and culinary delight, Queen of the Night is the ultimate night out on the town. Originally planned for a six-week limited engagement starting in January, the show has been so wildly popular, it will now run though Aug. 31... at least! @qotn_nyc –Ayesha Khan

Continue to the Hamptons >>

A Hipper Hamptons
Beach it up in the lap of luxury, where NYC’s elite play during off-hours.

PLAY
AERIN Southampton
For the beauty-minded, there’s AERIN, the eponymous lifestyle store of makeup heiress Aerin Lauder. Check out this Southampton boutique for everything from beachware and Aerin’s eponymous beauty line to home furnishings and books from Assouline. @aerin

DASH Hamptons
Celeb sightings are the norm in the Hamptons, but sisters Kourtney and Khloé Kardashian are calling this spot home for the next couple of months with a new season of their spin-off Kourtney and Khloé Take the Hamptons, which will film in the East End. Get in on the action by stopping by the fam’s DASH pop-up shop opening at 35 Main St. in Southampton this summer. @dashboutique

Tracy Anderson
Reenergize after a night of shoreside partying at Tracy Anderson’s new Water Mill outpost. Classes run the gamut from sessions using the celeb trainer’s patented DeTAil bands to traditional twohour master classes, sure to whip you into Gwyneth Paltrow-like shape. @tracyanderson

Blow
Prep for a night on the town at Blow. This salon is already a fave among East Enders, thanks to styles named after iconic celebs (try a beachy Blake or a Jen full of volume and flair). Or opt for The Fluff; a stylish refresh of yesterday’s blowout. @blowhampton

STAY
Topping Rose House
Although this Bridgehampton haunt is a bit of a splurge, weekday deals and other offers are available throughout the summer. (The Taste of Topping Rose offer, for example, even throws in a comp dinner.) Choose to luxuriate in the newly renovated Greek revival main house; the sleek, modern studio king rooms (located conveniently above The Spa); or the luxe-meets-rustic cottages. Plus, Tom Colicchio (of Top Chef and Craftbar fame) recently took the helm of the acclaimed Topping House Rose farm-to-table restaurant on the property, so you know you’ll be well-fed throughout your stay (breakfast, afternoon refreshments and goodie baskets are complimentary). Overnight rates from $825, @toppingrose

EAT & SIP
Harlow
Richie Notar (of former Nobu fame) just brought his New York City hit Harlow to Sag Harbor. With a fresh, nautical decor and the best sunset views in South Fork, this new resto is sure to become a must-visit. The menu is just as impressive as the aesthetics, thanks to dishes like branzino with wasabi stem gremolata and crispy hearts of palm; and lamb meatballs with kochujang marinara, mint and pickled red onions, each vying for the ever-fleeting attention of the Hamptons set. @harlownyc

Bay Kitchen Bar
Clam it up at Eric Miller’s new waterside eatery, where you’ll find a sizable raw bar and eats like the spit-roasted Long Island duck, and sea-to-table faves like dayboat sea scallops (with sweet pea risotto and roasted pepper vinaigrette). Oh, and the views are to die for!

PARTY
Finale
Formerly the site of uberchic hot spot SL East, this indoor-outdoor 7,000-squarefoot venue is bound to be the place for celeb-spotting and all-night partying in East Hampton this season. Every Saturday Finale will play host to some of the most renowned Djs, including A-Trak, Tommy Trash and Ruckus as part of #IHEARTSUMMERSATURDAYS. Party on! @emmgroupinc –AK

Continue to New Orleans >>

Best of the Big Easy
Succumb to the sultry sway of New Orleans.

STAY
The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans
Boasting one of the most updated and luxurious collections of guest rooms in the city, The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans recently completed renovations to its Maison Orleans wing (the hotel’s exclusive club level, consisting of 75 guest rooms) and The Ritz-Carlton Suite (the hotel’s 2,800-square-foot Presidential Suite). Lisambiance Interior Design updated the spaces with commissioned artwork from various local artists, masterfully refinished furnishings, LED lighting, custom cabinetry, espresso machines and mounted TVs. Meanwhile, The Ritz-Carlton Suite features one-of-a-kind blown-glass Mardi Gras masks, a luxurious canopy bed, an antique pool table, Venetian glass chandeliers and a balcony with expansive views of the Mississippi River and French Quarter. Executive suites from $599 per night, The Ritz-Carlton Suite from $3,500 per night, @ritzcarlton

Loews New Orleans Hotel
Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2014, the hotel is undergoing a significant face-lift this year with fresh rooms featuring new linens, draperies and more. To celebrate its anniversary, the hotel is offering exclusive deals throughout the year via its Facebook page, including discounted rates, complimentary in-room amenities and unique travel packages. But what’s NOLA without a little debauchery? Head to the hotel’s Swizzle Stick Bar for inventive takes on classic libations. Then, rejuvenate the next morning at Balance Spa & Fitness where offerings include nail services, waxing, facials, massages and more. Overnight rates from $149, @loews_hotels

The Saint Hotel
This hip boutique hotel in the French Quarter recently completed five luxury suites that comprise the entire second floor of the 166-room, eight-story property. High-end amenities include Egyptian cotton linens and custom throws, Bose Wave sound systems and at least two 60-inch Tvs. The two 1,800-squarefoot master suites (each named for the opposing archangels Michael and Lucifer) also feature entertainment spaces, a bar and Carrera marble bathrooms. When you’re not soaking up the heavenly room accommodations, head to Burgundy Bar for a sinfully-sweet nightlife experience. Suites from $750, @thesainthotel

EAT
Casa Borrega
Look no further than this hot spot for funky street food from Mexico City (with an added dash of flavors from the states of Puebla, Veracruz, Oaxaca, Jalisco and Yucatan). Located in a renovated Greek Revival home in Central City (an area between Uptown and the French Quarter), the resto features recycled and salvaged elements from buildings in New Orleans, Texas and Mexico. The colorful ambience only enhances the food, such as specialty plates of Chilaquiles del Dia (fried corn tortilla strips topped with crema Mexicana and queso fresco). Oh, and the bar features over 100 tequilas and mezcals. @casaborrega

Ivy
A bit off the beaten path (for tourists anyway) is the hidden gem, Ivy, located Uptown on Magazine Street. Executive Chef Sue Zemanick whips up sumptuous small plates (think cheese and charcuterie plates, mint-lamb meatballs with tomato-sherry jam, or spicy fried baby back ribs with celery and blue cheese), all paired with carefully chosen wines and classic cocktails.

Pêche Seafood Grill
With two recent James Beard Foundation Awards—one naming Pêche as the Best New Restaurant in the country, and another naming chef and co-owner Ryan Prewitt Best Chef: South (he tied with culinary star Zemanick)—you know you’re in for a treat. Located in the burgeoning Warehouse District, the resto serves up coastal seafood with a modern twist, cooked on an open hearth over hardwood coals. Sure-fire winners here include the whole grilled fish and anything from the raw bar. @pechenola

SIP
Cane & Table
Island flare and Creole cuisine go head-to-head at this new restaurant and bar in the French Quarter. Grab a seat at the relaxing bar, and order one (or several) of the fruity tiki drinks. Our fave cocktail of choice is the Animal Kingdom, made with house-spiced rum, Angostura bitters, Bäska Snaps (a Swedish-style bitter spirit), Falernum, lime, pineapple and passion fruit. @caneandtable

Ohm Lounge
Expect a Zen-like ambience, small plates meant for sharing and topnotch attention (bottle service, anyone?) At this ubercontemporary Asian-themed lounge, located in the Warehouse District. Over-the-top decor includes 24K gold-leaf domes, 350-year-old vases and a bar topped in solid bamboo. Choose from an extensive menu of Sake, crafted slings (a type of libation that predates the cocktail) and artisanal cocktails.

Fulton Alley
This new bar and resto—located along the Fulton Street pedestrian mall near Harrah’s Hotel & Casino—just so happens to offer 12 bowling lanes, plus a mixture of traditional and craft cocktails (with one of the most extensive collection of liquors in the Crescent City). A Southern/ American-influenced menu features snacks and sharable small plates. It’s fun; it’s flirty; it’s a lucky strike! @fultonalley

NOLA Brewing
If you enjoy local craft beer, then you’ll love the new tap room at NOLA Brewing’s Irish Channel-area brewery. Choose from an array of beer that’s sold on the market (such as NOLA Blonde, Hopitoulas and Flambeau Red), plus eight specialty beers that are only available in the tap room. And be sure to catch the brewery tours (and free beer!), taking place every Friday from 2-3PM. @nolataproom –Misty Milioto

Continue to Miami >>

Miami Heat!
Play in the city that sizzles, even after the sun goes down.

ART FIX
Pérez Art Museum Miami
Miami is home to Art Basel, the country’s hottest contemporary arts festival, so there’s no shortage of art for art’s sake. Launched in December, Pérez Art Museum Miami features 200,000 square feet for art in a sleek building designed by architects Herzog & de Meuron. Check out the museum’s on-site resto, Verde—with stunning views of Biscayne Bay—after you’ve worked up an artistic appetite. @pamm

Wynwood Arts District
Once a warehouse wasteland, Wynwood is now a sizzling hotbed of Miami art with more than 70 galleries, shops, bars and more. Check out Wynwood Walls, one of the largest graffiti installations in the world. And if you’re in town on the second Saturday of the month, galleries stay open till 10pm, offering a festive night of drinks, music and an ongoing parade of artsy peeps. @wynwoodmiami

STAY
Gale South Beach
Given that most hotels in Miami are leaning toward a brand-spanking-new ethos, the Gale provides a breath of fresh, err... balmy South Atlantic air. Although it was just renovated and relaunched, it includes all the decor and flair of its original 1940s aesthetic. Even the restaurant, Dolce Italian, is a modern-day throwback, featuring the glamour of Italy’s classic films (Fellini’s La Dolce Vita included). Fun fact: The rooftop—complete with infinity pool—is the only one on South Beach with full sun all day long. Plus, Menin Hotels will unveil the Suites at Kaskades this fall, a hotel across the street which will act as an extension of the Gale with a focus on comfort and luxury. Overnight rates from $169, @galesobe

The Redbury
Unleash your inner rock star at this Miami installment of the famed Hollywood and Vine establishment known and loved by music’s finest, which swung open its doors in December. Rooms feature Bohemian counterculture decor, and dining is unpretentious at the hotel’s Italian offering, Lorenzo. Staying here also gives you access to sister properties the SLS and The Raleigh Hotel, which happen to be the hottest spots in town for dining, nightlife and good old-fashioned people-watching. Overnight rates from $116, @sbecollection

Coming Soon!
The most anticipated hotel to come to Miami (this November, allegedly) is 1 Hotels & Homes, which promises to be totally eco-friendly, plus will include a new resto from celeb chef Tom Colicchio. Other haute hotels expected to open their doors include Argentina-based designer-turned-developer Faena’s Saxony and Ian Schrager’s The Miami Beach Edition.

PARTY
Hyde Beach
It’s no secret that South Beach throws the best all-night beach bashes in the country, and Hyde Beach at the SLS is perhaps the best sandside party in town. Avicii has been known to spin here, and Djs Leo Medina and TonyG get the party going on the regular. If you party hard on Saturday, Hyde has the perfect hair of the dog Sunday brunch: The just-launched J’Adore Sundays midday spread serves up a modern Spanish twist on traditional brunch faves. @hydebeachmiami

EAT & SIP
Restaurant Michael Schwartz
With supercool poolside decor befitting of The Raleigh Hotel’s storied design past, this hip spot, which is coming up on its one-year anniversary, is the ideal place to grab a lunch of snacks or a boxed meal for the beach. Come back for dinner alfresco, where courses are separated in order of size (small to extra large) depending on how much of an appetite you’ve worked up while sunbathing. Tried and tested faves include local snapper ceviche (from the small column) and grilled rib-eye cap steak (from the large column). @theraleighhotel

AQ by Acqualina
Take a break from the crowds of SoBe and indulge in some seriously delish dishes courtesy of chef Dewey LoSasso. Head over to Sunny Isles to check out the Acqualina resort’s newest eatery, which opened in April. Small plates such as sunflower crostini with spaghetti squash topped with Saint Andre cheese and crispy onions perfectly complement more filling entrees like grilled skirt steak sliced and served atop a bed of wild boar black beans with foie gras tostones. @acqualinaresort

Cavalli Restaurant and Lounge
Launched in December, this posh Ocean Drive haunt is, in classic OTT Roberto Cavalli style, bathed in leopard and loud colors. The menu features Tuscan fare (Cavalli is from Florence, of course) such as wild boar ravioli with white truffle zabaglione, while the extensive beverage list features wines from the designer’s own estate. Don’t be surprised if you spot Cavalli cohorts like J.Lo and RiRi quietly noshing in a corner. @cavallimiami –AK

Continue to Captiva and Sanibel Islands >>

Island-Minded
Explore the Florida shores of Captiva and Sanibel Islands, where leaving it all behind is easier than ever.

CAPTIVA

STAY
South Seas Island Resort
From simple guest rooms to six-bedroom homes (think partytime couples trip!), guests have their pick of digs here. The South Seas Island Resort’s aim is to please, especially with stellar new management in place. Tour mangrove forests on one of the resort’s paddleboards or float in one of nearly 20 swimming pools. A full-service marina makes it a snap to rent your own boat, or let a professional captain take the wheel on a sunset cruise or fishing adventure. Overnight rates from $219, @ssislandresort

’Tween Waters Inn
Take your pick of activities at this modernized resort, spread out across 13 gorgeous, tropical Gulf front acres. Fly above the islands in a seaplane for an unforgettable tour; hit the hot tubs or the Olympic-size pool; dine at Oasis Pool Bar; catch nightly live music at the Crow’s Nest; or relax in your dreamy seaside suite. Overnight rates from $165

EAT & SIP
Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille
This new resto and bar serves up a tasty lunch or dinner, but it’s the sunset mojitos that will have you ordering up another round!

The Mucky Duck
This British-style pub is the “it” spot on the sugar-white beach of Captiva. With great sunsets— and new ownership—this eatery features a massive bar, dart boards and beachside picnic tables. Grab a frosty beer (there are 16 on tap!) And some delish crabcakes.

SANIBEL

EAT & SIP
Traditions on the Beach
While this beachfront must-try isn’t new to the scene, the exceptional Italian and Mediterranean cuisine, plus live music and dancing nightly make it a noteworthy spot when heading to Sanibel. Try the new Early Sunset Menu which includes three courses for a flat $27, plus drink specials. Score!

PLAY
Sanibel Thriller
Hit the great outdoors and book an adrenalinepumping ride on the Sanibel Thriller—a highspeed 55-foot yacht which cruises the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and Pine Island Sound. Bonus: There’s even a dolphinwatching portion of the tour!

Blue Coyote Supper Club
New to the Sanibel scene, this sophisticated eatery will spoil you rotten. Don’t miss the ultimate Sunday brunch, which includes inventive fare like a lemon-glazed puff pancake and a bacon-and-egg Bloody Mary.

STAY
Sundial Beach Resort & Spa
After a recent major reno, the Sundial shines. Chill by the sparkling pool; kick it up a notch at the lively beach bar; then snag a primo table at the resort’s Waterview Restaurant where American bites and a breathaking view of the Gulf awaits. Overnight rates from $140, @sundialresort

Island Inn
The revamped Island Inn may be new and improved with an aesthetic facelift but still rocks the beachfront charm that’s made it famous. Feeling sporty? Be sure to take advantage of the kayaks and paddleboards to explore beyond the shore. Overnight rates from $115, @islandinn –Janet Thomas

Continue to the Florida Keys >>

Unlocking the Keys
Get down in the southernmost point in the States.

STAY
Islander Resort
Islamorada’s Islander Resort is the latest rustic resort from the Guy Harvey Outpost Resort family, which swung open its doors last June. Quaint cottages shaded by palms inhabit 25 oceanfront acres where an outdoorsman’s paradise awaits. Hop aboard a 40-foot sailing catamaran for a snorkel cruise above and below the emerald waters, or explore the island’s natural beauty by bike. If R&R is more your style, head to the poolside Guy’s Beachside Bar & Grill, or grab a cocktail in The Trophy Room social lounge. Overnight rates from $179, @islander_flkeys

Tranquility Bay Beachfront Hotel & Resort
Whether you stay in one of Tranquility Bay’s 16 new Tropical Garden guest rooms or go bigger in one of the resort’s threebedroom beach houses, the resort’s accommodations are unparalleled. Luxe linens, beachy-chic decor and to-die-for views make each room the best in the house. Amenities abound: There are three pools, 1,000 feet of shoreline with nearly 3 acres of sandy beaches for on-site watersports, inroom spa services and more. At the end of the day, pull up a seat at the beachside TJ’s Tiki Bar, which serves up tropical cocktails that will have you toasting the good life. Overnight rates from $251, @tranqbayresort

PARTY
Schooner Wharf Bar
For a true Key West experience, throw one back at the recently expanded Schooner Wharf Bar. With a drink menu of over 30 specialty cocktails, it’s the perfect vacay indulgence (Wasted Away margarita, anyone?). Snag a spot on the brand-new second-floor deck and be wowed by insane views of the seaport’s jaw-dropping luxury yachts.

Key West Legal Rum Distillery
A first for the Florida Keys, chef Paul Menta’s Legal Rum Distillery recently launched in Key West at a former Coca-Cola bottling plant. Enjoy free rum samples—just buy one of the cola brand’s classic glass bottles. A must-sip is the Legal Vanilla Rum & Coke, a unique twist on a classic.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Third Thursdays
Absorb some culture (hey, man can’t live on cocktails alone!), every third Thursday of the summer, when the Morada Way Arts & Cultural District showcases fine arts, food and live music. We’re totes there for their next 200-person dinner party!

Anything That Floats Race
It’s sink or swim in Key Largo Aug. 16. Grab your oars, and expect the unexpected at this crazy festival—an on-the-water race of vessels crafted from, well, anything that floats! Not up to building your own boat? Take in the spectacle from waterfront bars and restaurants, surrounded by live music and questionable behavior. -JT

Continue to the Panhandle >>

Panhandle Paradise
Head south for a tropical vacay along Highway 30A.

SHOP
Alys Shoppe
Fashionistas will die for the designer duds at Alys Shoppe, the chic new boutique on Alys Beach. The inventory includes racks of unique, thoughtfully sourced pieces including duds from ATL-based Annie Griffin Collection. Word to the wise: Shop till you drop; then head around the corner to nosh in style at George’s at Alys Beach. @alysbeachfl; @georgesatalys

STAY
Home, Sweet Home
The dreamy stretch of highway known as 30A is a huge secondhome market, meaning a slew of fab rentals for visitors. Find your perfect home away from home at Vacation Rentals by Owner, and through rental agencies like Cottage Rental Agency (@seasidecra), Sandcastle Escapes (@sandcastleesc) and Rosemary Beach rentals (@rosemary_beach).

The Pearl
The Pearl is the latest boutique hotel to liven up the Panhandle. This Rosemary Beach respite has something for everyone: By day, relax on the resort’s private beach just footsteps from the hotel; or enjoy a treatment at the ohm-inducing Spa Pearl. By night, sit down to dinner at signature restaurant Havana Beach before hitting up Sol Luna, The Pearl’s sexy, open-air rooftop lounge. Overnight rates from $370, @pearlrb

EAT & SIP
Messina’s
Craving Creole? Head for justdebuted Messina’s for a quick fix. Fresh Florida seafood and Louisiana-inspired recipes mix and mingle at this Gulf Place haunt. Plus, the eye-catching spirit selection includes more than 40 bourbon offerings. Cheers! @messinas_on_30a

Acme Ice House
This resto is the newest addition to the bustling Village at Seacrest Beach. The decor is vintage Americana with a contemporary edge—think walls clad in reclaimed wood, rows of flat-screen Tvs and photographer Tommy Crow’s classic rock ‘n’ roll-style portraits. The food (and drinks!) Rock just as hard. Vacay it up with daily half-price margaritas and Bloody Marys from 11:30am to 6pm while munching on bar bites like baked elbow macaroni, cheese fries and Acme fried rice balls. @acme_ice_house

PLAY
Grayton Beach Catering
Beach it up Florida style with Grayton Beach Catering’s Thursday night shrimp boils. You bring your friends and the booze and they’ll provide dinner, a bonfire, beach chairs, music and a menu that includes jumbo shrimp, andouille sausage, potatoes, corn, watermelon and more. Nothing says summer like dining in the sand!

The Bowery on Thirty-A
Brand new eatery, The Bowery on Thirty-A, is named after the iconic street and neighborhood in Manhattan. Owner Joel Williams has spared no expense: Think citychic decor, NYC-worthy dining (crazy-good breakfast, lunch and dinner), and a major live music venue that draws acts of all genres. @thebowery30a

The Bay
South Walton Beach’s celeb chef Jim Shirley just launched The Bay. Sit and sip at the 55-foot bar and enjoy the 12-draft-beer system, or grab a casual bite alfresco, with menu highlights including Cajun truffles, pestoseared snapper and crabcake, and fried oysters—all while admiring views of Choctawhatchee Bay. Live music on the weekends makes it the perfect vacay escape.

PARTY
Grayton Beer Company and Idyll Hounds Brewing Company
Take a tour—and some swigs—at Santa Rosa Beach’s Grayton Beer Company, launching a stellar new set of beers for beach- and sudslovers (30A Beach Blonde Ale, anyone?). Then, hit Idyll Hounds Brewing Company which will debut the Divide & Conch’r, a double IPA and the Man o’ Wheat this summer. Those clever brew gurus! @graytonbeer; @idyllhoundsbrew

Gulf Place
Head to Gulf Place on 30A for local tunes at the venue’s Summer and Fall Sunday Concert Series. Each week features a different local or regional group, spanning every musical genre. June’s lineup includes Cadillac Willy, Flow Tribe, Chronic Jester, Déjà Vu and Tony Vegas. Bonus: The concerts are free! @gulfplace30a –JT



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