When you’re planning a fall vacation in Florida, the Emerald Coast area is the perfect spot to relax and recharge. In fact, Good Morning America has called this one of the "Top 10 Most Beautiful Places in America." There’s no better time for Emerald Coasting than in the fall, when crowds have dissipated and temperatures have moderated. From beach strolls to fishing, restaurant hopping to shopping, there are plenty of activities in the fall to appeal to families, couples or retirees looking for a Florida getaway. So, spice up your autumn season this year with a getaway to the Emerald Coast of Florida! Fewer crowds, fantastic temperatures and great vacation discounts - there are several exciting reasons fall is a great time to book your getaway to Destin at Pelican Beach!
FALL IS EMPTY-NESTER SEASON
At the Resorts of Pelican Beach, we don't want to keep the secret that fall is the best time of the year to plan your romantic getaway to Destin, Florida. Fewer crowds, sugary beaches and warm weather - celebrate the season reconnecting with your loved one. For nest newly emptied, a retreat to the Emerald Coast is the perfect remedy to adjust to your newfound freedom. Experience why fall is the season to celebrate "you": travel without worrying about school breaks, enjoy foods you have yet to try and escape to our relaxing beachfront location. Turn your Destin vacation into an epic getaway for two with the Emerald Coast's vast selection of exciting events, "I can't believe we just did that" adventures and dining experiences that will make you fall in love all over again.
Once you've been to the Emerald Coast - you'll understand there is no need to go to the ends of the Earth for a tropical and romantic getaway! Experience the Emerald Coast's romantic vibes as you rekindle the passion on a playful, romantic escape for two enjoying the area's beachfront dining spots and charming events. Whether you're empty nesters ready to prove parents can have more fun or a couple looking for a second honeymoon experience- Destin, Florida has no shortage of romantic outings and unique experiences both of you will love. The ideal destination for couples, soak in our Gulf Coast lifestyle during your romantic retreat this fall!
FABULOUS FALL EVENTS
Destin's fantastic weather and a Fall festival calendar creates the ideal season for memory-making events. Located close to the Resorts of Pelican Beach is one of Destin, Florida's biggest fall event destinations - Destin Harbor and HarborWalk Village.
ArtWalk on the Harbor takes place every third Sunday from 11am-4pm! The artist's market features dozens of artists showcasing their vibrant, engaging and creative work ranging from traditional to contemporary art to jewelry and paintings and more. You’ll find a mix of unique, handmade items from both emerging and established artists. This event is free and open to the public!
On Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm - discover HarborFest. Discover the Luckiest Fishing Village in the World and enjoy gulf-to-table fare from your favorite local restaurants, as well as a tasting of local and regional craft brews at the 1st Annual HarborFest Celebration, September 22nd from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Enjoy an evening of sipping, savoring and shopping your way along the Destin Harbor. Celebrate the arts, dining, history and community spirit that makes Destin, Florida so special. The Destin History and Fishing Museum along with Charter Captains from HarborWalk Charters will be sharing their favorite fish tales and fishing heritage of Destin highlighting the areas fishing heritage alongside freshly prepared seafood dishes from local chefs. The area’s best artists will be displaying hand-crafted jewelry, paintings and more. The youngest guests can stop by the Abrakadoodle table to create and take home their own masterpiece. Local favorite, Flash Flood, will be featured on the main stage. Sing along to your favorite tunes from throughout the decade. The evening ends with a firework show over the Destin Harbor at 9:00pm.
In October, "The World's Luckiest Fishing Village" hosts the annual Destin Fishing Rodeo to celebrate Destin's rich fishing history. The Destin Fishing Rodeo is the ultimate fishing tournament for salt water anglers of all ages. The event runs October 1st to October 31st and is FREE to anglers who fish aboard boats registered in the Destin Fishing Rodeo. Get in on the action by clicking here to learn more!
Located right in the heart of the Destin Fishing Rodeo action, enjoy the 40th Annual Destin Seafood Festival on October 5-7, 2018 along the Harbor Boardwalk. More than just a seafood festival - this event is the perfect opportunity for visitors to discover the area's unique Gulf Coast cuisine and soak in the friendly culture of the Emerald Coast. With approximately sixty-thousand locals and visitors expected to attend the Destin Seafood Festival, you will not want to miss this Emerald Coast celebration! Learn more by clicking here!
This November is barbeque season on the Emerald Coast and the annual Blues, Brews & BBQ bash is set to take over HarborWalk Village on November 3rd. Head down to the Destin Harbor for the 11th Annual Blues, Brews, & BBQ competition held at the HarborWalk Village on Nov. 4th starting at 11am. Area restaurants will once again compete in a spirited and fun BBQ competition. They will offer samples of creative BBQ styles (not necessarily the traditional pork, beef, or ribs!) and signature coastal food. Prizes will be awarded to the top winners in each category, including "Best Traditional BBQ" "Best Seafood BBQ" and "Most Original BBQ."
EXPLORE THE EMERALD COAST
If getting out on the town is on your itinerary - take time during your retreat to discover the charming coastal towns of Destin. Explore the Emerald Coast's enchanting farmers' markets and spend the day getting lost living our lifestyle in the sweetest setting with our other half. Within a short drive of our Resorts of Pelican Beach location, take a drive on Scenic Highway 30A and you will find a captivating journey through the Emerald Coast's gulfside towns - each with their own signature appearance.
On Sundays year-round, visit the 30A Farmers' Market from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM in Rosemary Beach and visit the Seaside Farmers' Market Saturdays year-round from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM in Downtown Seaside.
Spend the Emerald Coast's sunny autumn weekends strolling through these markets in between beach sessions and you'll fall in love with our the Destin lifestyle.
If you're a couple who enjoys wine and beer tastings, fall is the best time of the year to visit the Emerald Coast and our festive collection of events. The perfect setting to bond over beers, discover over 200 unique domestic and international craft beers at the 11th Annual Baytowne Wharf Beer Fest on October 13-14, 2018. Time to roll out the barrel and discover unique suds & ales! American specialty beers from around the nation will be available for participants to sample and savor. The main event on Saturday, October 13th will feature more than 200 domestic and international craft beers available for sampling. Brewery representatives will be available at the event, offering an opportunity to learn about the different types of lagers and ales from a variety of styles. Live music will be also featured during the festival.
For an unforgettable moment for all your senses, get cozy at the MountainFilm on Tour event this November 1-3, 2018 in WaterColor at the WaterColor Marina Park Amphitheater. Bring a blanket, vino for two and soak in a few hours of film from the International Film Festival against the backdrop of WaterColor's lakeside amphitheater.
November 8-11, 2018, turn your romantic trip into a wine-tasting getaway at the Emerald Coast's highly anticipated Seeing Red Wine Festival. Experience decades of southern tradition in this charming 30A beach town as its complimented by this acclaimed wine tasting event. Reds, whites, and rosés will be uncorked during Seeing Red Wine Festival, four days of wine and culinary events being held in Seaside.
Now in its 28th year and recognized as one of the “Top 10 Can’t-Miss Fall Wine Festivals” by Fodor’s Travel, the festival draws attendees from around the world who make the trip to the iconic beach town a yearly tradition. Guests will enjoy sipping on delicious wines, and tasting unique and delectable food pairings. Wine aficionados and foodies will savor carefully selected Gulf Coast-to-table dishes from Seaside’s famous restaurants while sipping beautifully-paired, quality-curated wines from around the globe.
This year, the festival will also feature a VIP experience in Ruskin Place. Each year has been a sell-out event, and this year will be no exception. Tickets are limited. Attendees will want to purchase their tickets early.
Don't worry about dense crowds and over-the-top heat - fall is one of the best times to explore the area's unique experiences. Destin has a variety of charters and unique activities that are sure to turn your trip into an unforgettable escape on our tropical coast.
Book the Nathanial Bowditch Schooner Sailing "Wine & Cheese Cruise" for a relaxing sunset cruise featuring your choice of six fine table wines, a hand selected variety of seven imported or exotic cheeses and free beer. Spend quality time together among adults as the Schooner sailboat creates a dreamy experience on the water to enjoy our stunning sunsets.
Another wine-tasting opportunity- visit Chan's Wine World's Friday Wine Tastings from 5:00 - 7:00 PM for a social event among wine enthusiasts that lasts throughout the season.
Take your vacation to the next level with these great bonding opportunities and turn your romantic vacation into an epic adventure! Book a customized, private sailing charter with Sailaway Destin - a truly exhilarating way to absorb our coastal lifestyle and Destin's tropical beauty. With Sailaway Destin, create your ideal sailing trip of your choice - snorkeling, fishing, dolphin cruising or sunset cruising!
If you are ready to take your romantic retreat to new heights, spend quality time four-hundred feet in the air riding together on a parasail trip with Just Chute Me! Parasailing and witness some of the best views in Destin!
If you prefer being just a few inches from the water, jump on a waverunner with Boogies Watersports' Dolphin Excursion and get ready for an up-close and personal experience with the Destin area's dolphins.
For the ultimate adventure, swim just like a dolphin and walk on water with JetPack Destin flights! The newest thrill of the coast- JetPack Destin allows guests to fly up to thirty-feet high, thirty-feet below the water and thirty miles per hour on this action-packed ride!
Enjoy a vacation where the hardest decision during your Resorts of Pelican Beach escape will be deciding which award-winning dinner-for-two you will choose first!
For casual dining close to HarborWalk Village's late-night fun, Jackacudas Seafood & Sushi is a great option - especially if you're looking for the best fish tacos in town and water views! Jackacudas is also well known for participating in a program called "Fish Trax" which gives guests the ability to look up exactly when and where your seafood meal was caught.
Visit the best daily happy hour in Destin during your vacation at The Back Porch Seafood & Oyster House. A top locals' spot to unwind after a day on the coast since 1974 - The Back Porch is popular for their seafood happy hour menu and for continuing the tradition as one of Destin's most celebrated seafood restaurants.
Another locals' dining destination, couples will love dining at Marina Cafè and their popular weekly specials. Enjoy Marina Cafè's nightly Early Dining Special from 5:00 - 6:00 PM and Marina Cafè Lounge Specials: Half Price Happy Hour Monday - Friday nights from 5:00 - 7:00 PM, Wednesday Ladies' Night for $2 drinks and Thursday Martini Night for $6 martinis.
Turn up the romantic and celebrate your retreat on the water with a Dining, Sunset & Dancing Cruise aboard the SunQuest Cruises' Solaris. Arguably the best fine dining experience in the Destin area, spend the evening on one of the most romantic places on the Emerald Coast - the water. You and your loved one will be captivated by the romantic ambiance and views of the Solaris yacht's decks while dining and dancing under the stars.
Located near the best of the Emerald Coast - book your stay with the Resorts of Pelican Beach this fall and turn your Destin vacation into a treasured retreat. Take advantage of Destin's more relaxed fall season, which gives you the chance to authentically experience our Gulf Coast lifestyle and turn your Destin getaway into the vacation of a lifetime.