Black Bear Bread Company

Black Bear Bread Company in Grayton Beach

The Best Bread and Breakfast in Town!

Black Bear Bread Company recently opened in Grayton Beach and is one of the Nathan Abbott Team’s new favorite local eateries. Our friend Phil McDonald and his business partner Dave Rauschkolb introduced their neighborhood bakery, coffee shop and all-day seasonal café to Grayton Beach on August 21st, 2017. Freshly-baked naturally leavened bread, dynamically seasonal produce and sensible sourcing are the inspiration for the menu serving  breakfast and lunch.

“Winter 2016 we started experimenting with a bread culture (starter) at Bud & Alley’s Pizza Bar and began making our sourdough in a rudimentary oven. With practice, we started getting decent results. Initially, we were only baking bread for Bud & Alley’s Restaurant Group, but we officially debuted our breads to the public at the Seaside Farmers Market in May 2016. The response was immediate and overwhelmingly positive!” said Phil McDonald. All of their breads are naturally leavened, made from starter instead of commercial yeast. You can find a variety of fresh baked goodies including bread, pastries, breakfast sandwiches and tartines (a French open faced sandwich).

Another unique treat you can find at Black Bear Bread Co. is a variety of Stumptown Coffee Roasters blends. Some of the best establishments around the world serve Stumptown coffee that is sourced from high quality coffee plants and roasted just enough to bring out the best of what’s inherent in each particular bean.

Black Bear Bread Co. is named after the black bears that frequent the area behind the kitchen and many other places in Grayton Beach and Santa Rosa Beach. When they were testing sourdough starters early on, they soon discovered a bear was climbing into the dumpster and eating the starter! They thought it was the perfect name for the bakery and would pay homage to their furry neighbors that share appreciation for great sourdough.

They are open Monday – Saturday, 7am – 5pm and Sunday 8 am – 3pm. You can find details about their menu on their website –

Black Bear Bread Co’s social: @blackbearbreadco on Instagram, Black Bear Bread Co. on Facebook and @blackbear30a on Twitter.

Black Bear Bread Co. is located in The Shops of Grayton at 26 Logan Lane, Unit G, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459.

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Seascape Towne Centre Welcomes Thrills Arcade and Moo La-La Ice Cream

Thrills Arcade & Lazer Tag and Moo La-La Ice Cream & Fudge

Seascape Towne Centre Moo La-La Ice CreamLate December 2016, Seascape Resort announced two additonal venues that will be opening in the new Seascape Towne Centre: Moo La-La Ice Cream & Fudge and Thrills Lazer Tag & Arcade.

Thrills Laser Tag & Arcade, sister company to Blast Arcade & Laser Maze at Sandestin Resort, will be a one-of-a-kind unique experience, featuring a 3,500 square foot, 2-level laser tag arena, which can accommodate up to 24 players per game. Thrills Laser Tag will have the ability to play multiple game formats, such as Zombies, Capture the Flag, Gladiators and more. The arcade will feature 70 player stations using the most advanced games on the market and area’s largest redemption counter filled with current prizes. Thrills will be a great venue to entertain all ages, as well as host birthday parties, groups, companies and team building events.

Recently voted Best Sweet Treats in Destin, Moo La-La Ice Cream & Fudge will be opening its second location in the new Seascape Towne Centre, adjacent to Thrills. Along with its well-known 24 flavors of ice cream, specialty sundaes and shakes, Moo La-La will be producing its own fudge, using a 52 year old recipe voted as one of the Top 5 in the US. Moo La-La will also feature fresh made waffle cones daily and other assorted chocolate covered treats.

Acme Oyster House and Outdoor Attractions

According to an Oct 14th press release, Acme Oyster House and Aerial Entertainment will be part of the new Seascape Towne Centre that is scheduled to open Spring 2017. More great seafood and outdoor recreation will draw additional visitors to Seascape Resort and the Destin area.

“We’re very excited about the arrival of Acme Oyster House. It’s a great fit for our resort and we know our Seascape guests will love their authentic New Orleans seafood.” Seascape Resort’s General Manager Jay Nettles commented. With nearly 15 years of success in the Destin area, Acme Management Group is hoping to capitalize on the prominent location of the Seascape Towne Centre with visibility from Hwy 98 and easy access from Seascape residents and visitors.

Outdoor activity specialists, Aerial Entertainment, will have several attractions located in the outdoor events plaza at Seascape Towne Centre including a 9-pole, 2 level linear ropes course, which will be the largest in the area and a “Stairway to Heaven” climbing feature and a hole-in-one chipping challenge. And, boat captains of any age will be able to captain their own remote control boat at one of the life-sized steering stations on the adjacent lake.

Jay Nettles, Seascape Resort General Manager commented, “Aerial Entertainment is the activity component that pulls our Towne Centre together as the ultimate entertainment facility in Destin and Miramar Beach.”

Seascape Towne Centre

Seascape Towne Centre

Seascape Towne Center Rendering (image property of Seascape Resort)

The 55,000 square foot Seascape Resort Towne Centre is slated to open in the just before Spring Break in 2017, with numerous retail and restaurant tenants to be announced. Some plans include a large scale tiki bar, an ice cream parlor and other food and beverage offerings.

Seascape Resort is a 300 acre golf, beach and tennis resort, in Miramar Beach, Florida and boasts the largest stretch of privately owned white sand beach in the area. Conveniently located between Destin and 30A in South Walton, Seascape Resort offers access to a variety of shopping, attractions and family fun.

With its accessibility and attractions, and the new Seascape Towne Centre, we anticipate a rise in Seascape visitors. With the overall area’s growth and a new focus on Seascape, property inside the resort should become more desirable.

The Nathan Abbott Team knows the details of Seascape, with team members also being owners in the Resort. To learn the value of your Seascape property or schedule viewings of available units, contact us today.

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Lulu’s Restaurant Destin

Live Like A Local:

A video blog series of Nathan Abbott Team’s favorite venues along Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast

Venue Video Blog #1: Lulu’s Restaurant Destin

Nathan Abbott shares one of his favorite spots in Destin – Lucy Buffett’s LuLu’s Restaurant Destin.

Lulu’s restaurant is located at the foot of the Mid-Bay Bridge in Destin, next to Legendary Marine (aka: The Whaling Wall). Kids can play in the large outdoor beach area with benches, play ground equipment and toys. While you eat and relax, there is a ton for them to play with and they are in a safe guarded spot. Have some “ME” time while your children think you are awesome.

This family friendly restaurant boast over 20,000 square feet and provides 180 feet of bay front views. The large inside dining area seats about 350 people.  Covered open air outdoor seating provides even more space for diners.

Lulu’s Restaurant Destin also features the Crazy Sista Bay Bar, with a spectacular view of the sunset.  LuLu’s Destin has ample parking and provides a convenient “Gumbo Train” to assist guests to and from the parking lots.

They also host various events throughout the year and have live music nightly.

Lulu’s Restaurant Destin is currently open 7 days a week, from 11 am to 10 pm.

Lulu’s Food

Everything at Lulu’s is made in-house and fresh to order. Some of the most popular food at Lulu’s includes:

  • Crab Claws
  • Fried Green Tomatoes
  • Crazy Sista’s Crab Toast
  • Cheeseburger in Paradise
  • Seafood Gumbo
  • Big Ole Salads
  • Fresh Gulf Red Snapper Basket and Sandwich
  • Mahi-Mahi
  • Oysters
  • Shrimp and GritsT

They have a special allergy menu that provides tasty items for six different types of allergies: gluten-free, egg-free, soy-free, seafood, shellfish, dairy. Lulu’s also serves a variety of margaritas, domestic and specialty beers, draf beer, Crazy Sista Honey Ale, Wine and specialy drinks.

Lulu’s Food at  Home

Lulu recently published a new cookbook, Lulu’s Kitchen, A Taste of the Gulf Coast Good Life. With 120 signature recipes from Lulu’s restaurants, this book allows you to taste the Gulf Coast goodness even when you’re back from vacation. Recipes include Southern delights like West Indies Salad, Perfect Fried Shrimp, Blackened Grouper Sandwich, Garlic Cheese Grits, Fried Green Tomatoes, and Heavenly Fried Crab Claws. And there’s a whole chapter on 25 specialty drinks, including “Bama Breeze” and “LuLu’s Painkiller.” There are also some personal stories tucked inside the book, for good reading.

Lulu’s History

Growing up in Mobile Bay with brother Jimmy Buffett, Lucy “Lulu” opened her first restaurant, Lulu’s Sunset Grill, in 1999 in Fairhope, Alabama. After much success due to her fabulous cooking, Lulu’s re-located to Gulf Shores. Lulu’s in Gulf Shores serves approximately 4,000 people a day during the summer! The restaurant also offers a ton of activities and entertainment like the Bama Breeze bar, Sunset Grill, Fountain of Youth splash pad, Mountain of Youth rope course, face painting, hair-wraps, volley ball nets, live music, retail store and a beach area.

Lulu opened Lulu’s in Destin in June of 2015 and was received by locals and visitors with enthusiasm. Lulu’s has become a local hot spot and is sure to be one of the top restaurant/attractions in the area.

Lulu’s Restaurant boats a great Destin location!

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Seaside airstream food trucks

Seaside Airstreams

Airstream Row in Seaside

While food trucks are anything but new, Seaside joins the popular urban trend with classic silver Airstream trailers offering a variety of fare. Illustriously known as “Airstream Row”, the grouping of food trucks are at the center of Seaside directly on Scenic Highway 30-A. Airstream trailers are as much a part of the landscape and style of Seaside as any of the other elements.

When Seaside began development, many of the owners building homes stayed in Airstream trailers (aka land yachts) awaiting completion. Starting out as a necessity for housing, the airstreams are still a staple of Seaside and the 30A restaurant community today. Right when you enter Seaside, you will surely notice the line of charming airstreams that now encompass independent food vendors featuring anything from ice cream to organic juices or the perfect grilled cheese.

While Seaside’s “Airstream Row” is catchy, fun and cool to visit for the novelty alone – obviously THE most important thing about the trailer is the food! And that is what locals and tourists alike will remember and go back for time and time again. The Airstream restaurants in Seaside are unique in style and cuisine making them stand out among the other more traditional dining establishments. There are great benefits to owning and operating an Airstream trailer food truck. Chefs can have more creative control and often inventory maintenance managing a food truck. They are entrepreneurial, nimble, and flexible – changing menus on the fly!

“Airstream Row” includes:

  • Frost Bites – Hawaiian shaved ice, homemade frozen custard, fresh squeezed lemonade and cold drinks.
  • Barefoot BBQ -Specializing in beachside BBQ in retro, tiki-style atmosphere. Meat is hormone, steroid & antibiotic-free.
  • The Meltdown on 30A – Everyone loves a traditional grill cheese sandwich! Now you can also try specialty. Serving traditional and specialty grilled cheese sandwiches.
  • Wild Bill’s Beach Dogs – Best hot dogs on the beach! No antibiotics, hormones, nitrates, filler or junk.
  • Raw & Juicy – Organic juices & smoothies, raw food and homemade organic snacks like specialty granola, macaroons, kale chips and more.

Be sure to stop by and checkout the airstreams everyone if raving about! 

Raw JuicyHere is photo of Amanda Abbott enjoying her delicious Raw & Juicy fresh juice on a lovely summer day in Seaside.

If you are looking to purchase real estate in the 30A area, please contact the Nathan Abbott Team.

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Grayt Santa Pub Crawl

The GRAYT Santa Pub Crawl

Crawling For A Cause!

Join Amanda Abbott and other Nathan Abbott Team members this Saturday for a night of fun benefiting a great local organization! Whole Life Fitness and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Florida Panhandle Chapter are excited to announce their new partnership. In 2014 the owners of Whole Life Fitness organized The Inaugural GRAYT Santa Pub Crawl as a way to raise awareness and support for their adult sports leagues and aquatics programs. The physical benefits of exercise have long been established, but the benefits to your mental health can be just as vital. This year, the GRAYT Santa Pub Crawl benefits the Florida Panhandle Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – that is why this partnership makes a GRAYT team! The GRAYT Santa Pub Crawl Benefits not only a GRAYT cause but also allows for the growth of local youth and adult athletic programs in our area.

Grab your friends or meet new friends by spreading the holiday “SPIRITS” through Grayton Beach, Florida. The GRAYT Santa Pub Crawl hits all the best local bars that beautiful Grayton Beach has to offer. There is a limited amount of wristbands sold this year. Don’t get left out in the cold!

ONLY registered Santa crawlers will have entry access to bars, the prizes, live music, DJ’s, drinks and food and drink specials offered by each participating location.

Saturday, December 16, 2017 – 3 pm  |  Wristbands – $60  |  Click Here to Register – Whole Life Fitness website

GRAYT Santa Pub Crawl Wristbands Include

2:30PMHurricane Oyster Bar & Grill – Wristband check-in
1st StopThe Red Bar – Music by Quillespie, Free chicken finger and French fry buffet, $2 fireball shots
2nd StopThe Craft Bar – Music by Luke Langford, 1 free holiday cocktail, $5 Pub Crawl menu with food and drink specials
3rd StopAJ’s Grayton Beach – Music by The Mulligan Brothers, $5 Holly Punch, Free brats and teriyaki chicken skewers and shrimp kabobs with mango sauce
4th StopHurricane Oyster Bar & Grill – Music by DJ 30A, Free breakfast buffet and 1 Grinch cocktail
Food, drink and shot specials at each participating bar locations
FREE shuttle rides to each stop! Don’t drive…..CRAWL! Shuttles provided by 30A Party Bus
Keepsake photos
Costume contest prizes (Naughty or Nice?!)
LIVE MUSIC at every stop

This is not your average tacky sweater party. BIG Prizes will be given to The “Most Naughty Santa” and “Most Nice Santa”! Check in with their Facebook page for daily PRIZE updates. By golly it’s a jolly good time!
Costume judging and prize giving @ Craft Bar.
Suggestions: Reindeer, Presents, The Grinch, Cindy Lou, Mrs. Clause, Bad Santa, Cousin Eddie, The Abominable Snowman, Sexy Santa, Elves, Santa’s Helpers, Angels, Candy Canes or anything that reminds you of the holidays!

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