Florida has a lineup of fall festivities celebrating everything from beer and cocktails to films and music. South Walton is heating up the state with events throughout its 16 distinct beach communities. South Walton has something for everyone during the fall season to highlight the destination’s culinary, art, fashion and fitness offerings.
Baytowne Beer Festival, Oct. 14-15
The Baytowne Beer Festival returns to Sandestin for its ninth annual, two-day celebration of everything beer. From more than 40 breweries and close to 200 domestic and international beers, the festival features taste testing of beers and appetizers. A VIP event on Saturday includes access to a pre-party, lunch and a chance to skip the long lines. General admission tickets start at $30, while VIP start at $60. A complimentary beer tasting glass is included with every ticket purchase.
Sparkling Wine and Holiday Lights Event, Nov. 19
Kicking off holiday celebrations in Southern style, visitors at the Village of Baytowne Wharf in Sandestin can sample more than 30 Champagnes while strolling the festive streets. Attendees will experience holiday entertainment, a sneak peak of the tree lighting and food samples from local restaurants. The Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is offering special event and accommodation premiums to Saturday’s tasting, with rates starting at $139 per night.
Nashville Songwriters Florida Sunshine Tour, Oct. 6-8
The seventh annual, Nashville Songwriters Florida Sunshine Tour returns to South Walton at the Village of Baytowne. The free concert series will showcase songwriters who sing country’s biggest hits and will share their stories and inspiration behind the songs. The free concerts feature acoustic performances by Nashville songwriters who sing chart-toppers from country-music stars like Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney, Faith Hill and more.
South Walton Fashion Week, Oct. 5-9
The fourth annual South Walton Fashion Week features national and local designers, models, stores and boutiques at Grand Boulevard at Sandestin. With pop-up parties, shops, style lounges and trunk shows, fashionistas will be over-the-moon. Christian Siriano, best known from Project Runway, will headline this year’s festivities. Highlights of the week include Sirano’s trunk show at Caliza Pool in Alys Beach and buying opportunities at Alys Shoppe. Purchase tickets in advance for $50 to $1,260.
MountainFilm on Tour at WaterColor, Nov. 4-5
Grab a blanket and enjoy hot apple cider or hot chocolate during the 19th annual MountainFilm on Tour at WaterColor Marina Park Amphitheater. This year’s program will include documentaries on environmental issues, epic adventures and eye-opening political and humanitarian causes. The Kidz Kino at WaterColor’s LakeHouse will be open for kids six and older, which features fun films just for them. MountainFilm stops at 100 destinations on five continents on an international quest to inspire and evoke thought and empathy through independent films.
30A Half Marathon and 5K, Oct. 23
Get ready for the first ever 30A Half Marathon and 5k with a course along Science Highway 30A, beginning and ending at Gulf Place. Runners participating in the race have the opportunity to take in the stunning scenery, iconic landmarks, coastal dune lakes and beach communities. 30A, a globally recognized brand and a top social media travel influencer, presents the event. Price for the 5K is $60 per person and the half marathon is $90 per person.
30A 10K and Fun Run, Nov. 24
A holiday tradition continues with one of the largest fundraisers in South Walton during Thanksgiving week. The three-day 30A 10K celebrations begin Wednesday with packet pick-up, lawn games, entertainment and more. Thursday morning, runners begin the race along the highway taking in views of the Gulf of Mexico, Camp Creek Lake and the beach communities along the Gulf. The festivities come to a close on Friday with the inaugural 30A 10K Black Friday Shopping Spree, which allows runners to be eligible to win prizes from race sponsors by sending in photos of themselves shopping throughout South Walton. The fun run is $25 per person and the 10k is $60 per person.
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group announced plans to take over an existing hotel in Switzerland. The property is undergoing extensive renovations in preparation to open at the end of next year as Mandarin Oriental Palace, Luzern. The property was previously Hotel Palace Luzern, on the shores of Lake Lucerne and in the heart of the city; it originally opened in 1906.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
As part of Germany’s climate package, a plan to reduce emissions, the country will raise departure taxes at German airports. Taxes will go up as much as 60 percent, and are expected to raise up to €740 million. The funds will then be used to lower VAT on rail fares from 19 percent to 7 percent.
Norwegian Cruise Line took delivery of its newest ship, Norwegian Encore, ahead of its naming ceremony Nov. 21. The 1,100-foot-long ship boasts a guest capacity of nearly 4,000. Since Norwegian Cruise Line took delivery of the shi, Oct. 30, Norwegian Encore sailed from Germany to England before making its way to New York City, then Miami, where the christening ceremony takes place next week.
Swiss-Belhotel International boasts an impressive portfolio throughout 22 countries, including 10 ASEAN member countries. This growth is continuing with the group’s new plans to debut four properties in Thailand.
One of Palm Desert, California’s, signature hotel properties recently finalized its biggest-ever redesign. The JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa is home to 884 guestrooms and nearly 250,000 square feet of event space. Every facet of the property has been redesigned ahead of the property’s grand re-opening in January.