The annual South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival brings together wine enthusiasts, foodies, entertainers, chefs, and vendors for four days of sampling and fun. Attendees engage with wine connoisseurs during four-hour Grand Tastings, where they can sample more than 800 wines from regions across the world while listening to catchy tunes from a cadre of Nashville songwriters. When their engines run low on food, revelers can refuel by snagging a bite to eat from the Culinary Village. Other festival activities include tasting seminars and special celebrity guest appearances.
Owned and operated by the tour guides themselves⎯Dave Posey and Scott Wells⎯Kayak Fishing Destin sends fishers and nature buffs on four-hour excursions across the warm waters of the Gulf. The seasoned sailors teach guests how to properly cast from their vessel before shoving off from the crystal-white sands and into the ocean to ensnare fine specimens of redfish, flounder, speckled trout, and mackerel. Kayak Fishing Destin outfits customers with all the equipment they need to capture a silvery fish, from six-pack coolers for chilling drinks to sea-shanty hymn books for mastering traditional kayaker songs.
Parachuting and boating fuse into a single sport at Goin’ Coastal Parasailing. The company's CWS motorboats pull visitors harnessed to rainbow-hued parachutes on airborne adventures above the waves as a United States Coast Guard-certified captain helms each boat. Staff ensures safety with new equipment that's checked daily for wear and tear or hostile seagull graffiti. Posttrip, they help adventurers commemorate their one-, two- or three-passenger rides with video footage and T-shirts. To mark special occasions, the captains also embark on chartered parasailing journeys.
S.E.A. Chase Watersports outfits oceanic explorers with kayaks and pontoon boats for leisurely exploration of Destin's waterfront. Nestled under a pontoon’s shade, instructors teach guests go over Emerald Coast boating rules. They then allow customers to set sail or kayak, cruising through the Choctawhatchee Bay to Crab Island, Noriega Point, or past Poseidon’s luxury yacht. Guests with fishing licenses and their own gear can rent the 18-foot pontoon boat, which is replete with fishing holders and a live well.
As its website states, it's always 5 p.m. at The Wine Bar, located inside Wine World Miramar Beach. Guests can select from a generous selection of lunch items that include soups, salads, and sandwiches. For hungrier patrons, the menu is adorned with larger dishes such as blackened grouper, crab cakes, and gourmet macaroni and cheese. The Wine Bar also stocks myriad craft cheeses from around the world, which customers often pair with a refreshing glass of wine.
Members of the Pink Crew at Flamingo Parasail enjoy watching passengers soar above the Gulf of Mexico as much as they enjoy parasailing themselves. With the belief that participants will have their best experience if they are led by someone who loves what they’re doing, they keep journeys playful and fun as they safely captain boats, review flight instructions, and help passengers strap into double seats before sailing into the air.