Grayton Beach Vacation Rentals
For a relaxing change of pace from the plentiful activities, restaurants and seaside shops on the popular 30A coastal avenue of the Florida Panhandle, the slower-paced and less crowded neighborhoods of Grayton Beach and Blue Mountain, Florida, offer families a great alternative! The peaceful and simple beach surroundings of Grayton Beach and Blue Mountain represent a true ‘getaway’ from the other active and vibrant communities of the Emerald Coast.
Grayton Beach—the original ‘beach’ neighborhood of the western panhandle, affectionately known as a place where ‘Nice dogs, Strange People’ live—is perfect for families. Founded in the 1880’s by United States Army Major Charles T. Gray, this small, historic village is bordered by Grayton Beach State Park to its north, east, and west. This quaint community is also very close to the Port Washington State Forest, where you’ll find an abundance of interesting places to explore as you meander along the area’s walkways and footbridges.
There is so much to do in the surrounding beach communities along Route 30A. Grayton Beach is best known as a Florida state park. The beach provides an idyllic setting for swimming, sunbathing and surf fishing and is the backdrop for golden sunrises and silver moonlit evenings. The nearly 2,000-acre park features the area’s only public boat ramp, which provides access to Western Lake’s brackish waters for both freshwater and saltwater fishing. Visitors can paddle a canoe, paddle board or kayak on scenic to get a closer look at the area’s unique salt marsh ecosystem. Hikers and bicyclists can enjoy more than four miles of trails throughout park’s coastal forest under the canopy of Live Oak, Southern Magnolia and Long Leaf Pine trees.
If you want to venture further out into the western panhandle, try the Panama City Beach area. There are many water activities to choose from including charter tours, dolphin watching and a 3.5-hour tour on a sleek Catamaran to local favorite Shell Island. While on Shell Island as part of the Catamaran Sail Tour, you can kayak, snorkel or have fun on the giant water trampoline!
Want to try something fun to keep your fitness level up? Travel east to Pensacola and book a trip on a Pedal Trolley. The ‘Pub Crawl’ is a 2-hour tour where you’ll use your legs to pedal the trolley to a variety of pre-selected restaurants/pubs. Stop in to have an appetizer and a local cocktail or brew in each establishment. This unique adventure is sure to place a happy smile upon your face.
Restaurants in Grayton Beach
Chanticleer Eatery – This casual eatery is a favorite among locals and vacationers alike. Open for lunch and dinner, this bold and brightly decorated restaurant offers great food at reasonable prices, including sandwiches, steak, salads and more. Try an Open-Face Veggie Sandwich with rosemary sage bread, the 18 oz. Cowboy Cut Prime Ribeye, an authentic and delicious Jambalaya, and more. Adding to the vibe of this restaurant, the walls are adorned with large art pieces of painted roosters, which are available for purchase.
The Red Bar – The Red Bar is a can’t miss hot spot while visiting South Walton. Take in the eclectic décor, while listening to live music and enjoying great food and cocktails. The simple but varied menu includes pasta with crawfish and shrimp, panné chicken and mashed potatoes, stuffed eggplant, crab cakes, and a salad that’s arguably the best anywhere on the Emerald Coast! The lively Red Bar Jazz Band plays almost nightly during dinner. The party gets cranked up a notch after the dinner crowd thins, creating a fun and funky party atmosphere.
Redd’s Fueling Station – This unique local bar/restaurant has an automotive theme, and you just might find yourself ordering something a little out of the ordinary: Oil Changes, Engine Overhauls, Filters and Belts are some of the food menu categories. To top it off, they have live entertainment and the owner herself, Redd, struts her stuff while singing for the lucky patrons! Come and visit this fun place and try dishes like Lug Nuts and Hub Caps (meatball sliders and potatoes), or a simple burger and a beer! Fuel up, get pumped up, and have a great time!
Grayton Beach Vacation Rentals
There is so much to do while vacationing in this area. However, if not doing much of anything at all sounds like your kind of vacation, just sit back and relax in your luxurious vacation rental.
Exclusive 30A has 30A’s finest portfolio of luxury beach vacation rentals available in both neighborhoods. So, set your sights upon the peaceful communities of Grayton Beach and Blue Mountain, and get ready to escape the hustle and bustle of your hectic schedule. Listed below are the just some of the superior choices that are waiting for you:
Grayton Expectations – This large, spectacular home sits on a nicely landscaped lot overlooking Western Lake. This home sleeps 12, and offers 5 bedrooms and 5.5 baths. Complete with a convenient interior elevator, this casual chic rental property offers simple beauty and a clean look. The color palette of cream, white, and soft tan contributes to the overall feeling of moderately stated glamour. Dark wood beams loom over the living room and kitchen space, providing a chic, rustic touch to an otherwise crisp interior. Touches of simple elegance adorn the rooms with well-thought out design, sure to make anyone appreciate the attention to detail in all the finishing touches.
The impressive features of this home begin on the first floor with the screened-in, outdoor deck area. This relaxing space offers a sleek, low-back white sofa, a dining table, and an outdoor cooking area with a wet bar, a large TV, and a ping pong table for game time fun! An outdoor seating area with a fire pit allows you to relax and take in the views of the surrounding natural environment. The addition of overhead string lighting offers an ambient touch for quiet evenings spent with your favorite people and your favorite beverage.
The second floor consists of a gourmet kitchen with beautiful marble counter tops for prepping your meals, and a conversation-friendly circular dining table with seating for 8. A comfortable guest king suite rounds out the second floor.
The third floor include the master king suite, a regular king suite and a convertible bunk bed suite that offers either 2 king beds or 2 single bunk beds. Located at the head of the beds and next to the vertical windows is a lovely reading nook. Want a full outdoor view? Walk onto the spacious outdoor porch to sit and relax while watching the activity on Western Lake. The views are absolutely spectacular!
But, wait, there’s more! The fourth floor is perfect for entertaining when the kids fall asleep (wet bar and Smart TV included), or for your teens to watch a movie while munching on their favorite snacks. This floor also has a guest room with full bunk beds.
Rounding out the amenities at this property are the use of the private community pool, a boat slip and boat launch, and the use of 4 kayaks, 4 YOLO boards and 5 bikes, which complement the interior comfort and casual elegance with outdoor adventure!
Grayt Joy – This vacation rental with a view of the Gulf of Mexico offers 3 bedrooms, 3 baths and sleeps 10. One block from the beach, this home has its own private pool for swimming or tanning when you decide not to go to the beach, and a grill for cooking outdoors. This property has a lush backyard filled with trees and twisted branches that create a ‘fairy tale’ atmosphere, and a swinging hammock to rest upon while your mind drifts to another place in time.
You will find the interior of this property decorated with serene gray, white, beige and blue colors in the main living area on the top floor, which boasts spectacular Gulf views. The kitchen features white, cream, and marine blue décor, providing an aesthetically pleasing palette to enjoy your meals while taking in the beautiful views of the Florida Panhandle.
All of the bedrooms are situated on the ground floor: The master king suite has a simple but comfortable four-poster bed with an adjoining bath. A bright orange/coral queen bunk bed is the centerpiece of the guest room, which is another ‘fun’ space to occupy. Finally, an additional guest room with a king bed completes the bedroom options.
Way atop the highest floor—accessible from the outdoor steps—is a bird’s eye vantage from a small ‘above the rooftop’ deck that may be everyone’s favorite spot. You can see for miles across the beautiful Gulf of Mexico waves and the pristine white beach below!
Blue Mountain, the highest point on Route 30A, is a quiet beach community that sits due east of Draper Lake and south-west of Grayton Beach State Park and Point Washington State Forest. It was named ‘Blue Mountain’ because of the lovely color it appears from below, thanks to the blue lupine flowers that inhabit its slanted slopes.
Restaurants In Blue Mountain
Marie’s Bistro – Offering breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks, this Japanese/American Fusion restaurant has something for everyone. From Eggs Benedict in the morning to Pasta, Sushi or Ribeye, this establishment has plenty of menu items to choose from, with both indoor and outdoor seating. Coffee, soda, cocktails, beer and wine are also available.
La Loba’s Bakery – There is no indoor seating at this small but well-known eatery, but there are small tables with umbrellas for a pleasant outdoor dining experience! Delicious pastries, famous cinnamon rolls, quiche, and muffins can be yours for breakfast, while hot nachos, pot pies or burritos will tempt you for lunch.
Blue Mountain Vacation Rentals
Bella Vita – This beautiful condo has outstanding views of the Gulf. Sit and relax on the large, covered patio after entering through a private entrance in the King Master Suite. This comfortable and well-appointed condo sleeps with 3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. This stunning condominium complex is located in the Blue Mountain area on the western portion of Blue Mountain Road. Parking is available for 2 cars, and an elevator provides convenient access to your condo. Luggage carts are available for your transition from weary traveler to relaxed and calm vacationer.
Step inside your private condo and embrace the elegant foyer, which is the first indicator of what will be a great rental experience. Walk past decorative columns to the grand living space where you will find comfortable furnishings and luxurious touches throughout. White, caramel, and brown colors provide a warm and cozy feeling. A large, soft sofa in the living room is close to the large vertical windows where you can sit back and enjoy your view of the sea. Loungers and chairs on the balcony are provided for tanning after swimming laps in the pool. Rounding out the living room is a gas fire place and an extra large HDTV.
A large, inviting kitchen with high-end appliances and accessories awaits those who want to cook up a great meal. Deep, warm-colored cabinets and black counter tops add to the elegance of the room. The bedrooms consist of a Master King suite with dual vanity sinks, a jetted garden tub and a walk-in shower, plus a King guest suite and a Queen guest suite. Plenty of room for a family, groups of business travelers, or even two small families. The main draw of this convenient vacation rental is the nearby water and Gulf breezes! Special amenities include the two community private pools that sit next to the blue-green Gulf waters. With a private, gated entrance to the condominium community, you will feel safe and secure while you create memories with your loved ones.