We want to help you experience the 30A Songwriters Festival like a local so our local expert, Andi, shared her top tips for making the most of your 30A Songwriters Festival experience. Either watch her video or read her top 5 tips for the 30A Songwriters Festival below: Stay on 30A or at a nearby South Walton rental. Newman-Dailey condos at Sanctuary at Redfish in Blue Mountain Beach are a great central location for traveling to nearby venues in Santa Rosa Beach, Grayton Beach, WaterColor and Seaside. Hidden Dunes Beach & Tennis Resort is a short distance from Highway 30A and offers an array of lodging options, including gulf front condos, villas and Carolina style cottages.
Download the app. The 30A Songwriters Festival mobile app (available for iphone and Android) provides maps to 30A Songwriters Festival venues, 30A Songwriters Festival schedule, Santa Rosa Beach Weather, songwriter bios and updates regarding venues and 30A Songwriters Festival lineup in real time. For things to do in the area, you can link to VisitSouthWalton.com or 30a.com, which feature "things to do" and "30A calendar of events."
Dress comfortably. Weather in South Walton and Destin can be very unpredictable in January. It can be warm one day and chilly the next. Andi recommends layers. Some attendees will be wearing jeans while others will be dressed in casual dresses and boots to show off their Seaside style. Since some venues are indoors and some are outside, layering is key.
Pack light. You don’t need much at the venues. You are welcome to bring a non-professional camera or smart phone to capture the special moments. For the outdoor venues, you may also want to bring low back lawn chairs or a blanket. The venues will be selling food and drinks as well as commemorative merchandise.
Embrace experiencing new artists. The 30A Songwriters Festival lineup is extraordinary and the festival is filled with unexpected surprises. Venues fill up so if there is an artist that you simply "must see," Andi says get there early. Vue on 30A is one of Andi’s favorite venues because of the spectacular views of the gulf. If you hang out at one venue for a while, you're sure to get a great seat and hear a talented songwriter you've never seen before, like local songwriter Kyle Lamonica.
*Note: Pets, coolers, and professional cameras are not permitted at the festival. For more information on the 2015 30A Songwriters Festival lineup or to purchase 30A Songwriters Festival tickets visit www.30asongwritersfestival.com. To reserve your 30A rental, visit www.SouthWaltonVacation.com or call one of our friendly vacation specialists at 1-800-225-7652.
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