No recipe today, but I have put together our top experiences in Destin over the past four years. Our house was only about 10 miles from the edge of Destin, so we got the opportunity to spend a lot of time in the area. Here are my previous posts on Fort Walton Beach and Niceville.
Harborwalk Village is an area next to the Destin Bridge with a large hotel, the Emerald Grande, and an abundance of restaurants and other activities. There are also events and special activities scheduled during the summer and holiday season. We often came here when visitors were in town.
It was great to walk along or eat next to the boardwalk and watch all the boats (and occasionally dolphins!) go by. We ate at Harry T’s a few times for seafood. They have a dog friendly seating area on the boardwalk and brunch on the weekends.
One of our favorite Italian restaurants was La Famiglia. They have two locations, the original a little further down Highway 98 and a newer location at Harborwalk.
Destin Commons is closer to the center of Destin and recently went through a huge renovation to add a few new stores and restaurants. This was completed in July 2014 right before our move, so we didn’t get a chance to go back and see the new additions. I often took Evan to the Destin Commons on weekday mornings to enjoy the play area and splash pad. I really liked that the play area also catered to smaller toddlers. It was one of the first areas he enjoyed as a new walker.
We visited the new Destin Harbor Farmer’s Market a couple of months before we moved. As I was looking up the information to add to this post, I discovered that the Destin Harbor Farmer’s Market is no longer in the same area and has merged with the Grand Boulevard Farmer’s Market in San Destin.
One thing I noticed was the intense heat. The gravel seemed to bounce back the sun and make that June morning even more hot. We grabbed a couple of popsicles from Swell Pops and they really helped. Swell Pops is based in Seaside, Florida, but also have products available in Watercolor and Destin.
We got a few treats for Sophie and Riley from the Fetch booth. Fetch makes a variety of dog treats without using chemicals, fillers, or preservatives. Our two liked the PeaMUTT Butter the best.
MB Family Foods is based in Pensacola, Florida. Run by a husband and wife team, MB Family Foods offers a gluten free Jamaican Jerk Sauce and a Jamaican Style Hot Sauce. Chad brought the Hot Sauce home with him.
Jenefer’s Garden, based in Greenwood, FL, offered an abundance of fruits and vegetables.
Alligator Pear originally was a food truck, but currently sell their products at the local farmer’s markets. They are based in Destin, Florida, but are also able to ship their products to other locations. At their booth, you can find homemade tortilla chips (Salt Pepper and Zesty flavored) with guacamole and corn and black bean salad.
3 Diva’s Divinity and Divine Delights offers a variety of sweet treats- Divinity Candy, Fudge, and a colorful assortment of Whoopie Pies. They are based in Crestview, Florida and you can find their booth at the local farmer’s markets. Evan was a huge fan of their Birthday Bash Whoopie Pie.
Walking by the Vmac Pearls booth, there was a beautiful arrangement of unique and handmade jewelry. You can find bracelets, necklaces, and earrings made with pearls, leather, and gemstones.
Philosophia is based in Pensacola, Florida and has delicious freshly baked, organic bread and other baked goods.
The Formula Fresh Juice booth offered an assortment of organic juices and nut milks. You can pick from flavors to boost metabolism, defy aging, help with digestive health, fight inflammation, for post workouts, and numerous other choices. All the juices are cold-pressed and never heated. The Juicery is located off of 30A in Redfish Village.
In April, we visited The Track for a friend’s birthday. The is a great area for a family day. Evan especially liked riding with us in the Go-Karts and playing in the arcade. We didn’t get a chance to try the mini golf and he was too small for the bumper boats. Kids Country has a few rides for little ones, but Evan wasn’t a fan of riding by himself.
The Silver Sands Outlet Stores are east of Destin in San Destin. We spent a lot of time here. There are lots of stores and restaurants. My favorites were the numerous children clothing stores, Le Creuset, Kitchen Collection, and the Disney Outlet. The playground was recently redone (but does get quite hot during the summer).
Our favorite places to eat were Ciao Bella Pizza and Pino Gelato Cafe (originally San Gelato). Pictured above is from Ciao Bella Pizza- Pasta Bolognese and a custom pizza with meatballs, tomatoes, spinach, and onion.