Every Monday night, 360 Blue hosts a beach bonfire from 7:00-9:30 PM. Guests and non guests are invited to join in on the fun! Relax and enjoy s’mores on an open flame, Bob Marley playing in the background and a view that can’t be beat.
DIRECTIONS: Turn North onto Western Lake Drive and take an immediate right into the parking lot. We will be set up on the beach between Seaside and WaterColor. The bonfire is complimenary and we will have plenty of s’mores, great music and lots of fun for the whole crew. Bonfires will not take place if the rain forecast is over 60% and if the wind is over 15mph. If bringing flashlights, we strongly recommend using red colored bulbs as to not disturb sea turtle nesting season!
And as always, send us your photos! Tag us @360_blue and hashtag #my360blue. We’ll share our favorites!
In South Walton, beachgoers are well familiar with the beautiful turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico. But the area is also home to 15 coastal dune lakes, a geographical feature so rare that it only exists in a handful of places on Earth.
The dune lakes of South Walton were created by wind and waves thousands of years ago and are constantly evolving. They’re unusually shallow, with an average depth of about five feet, and the dunes surrounding them can get as tall as 30 feet high. Water in the dune lakes is brackish, meaning it contains a widely varying mix of salt and fresh water.
Occasionally, the water level in a dune lake reaches a critical level due to rainfall and inflows from streams. At that point, the lowest elevation of the beach gives way (locals call it a “blow out”), sending lake water into the Gulf via a temporary waterway called an outfall. Depending on tidal flows and wind conditions, saltwater from the Gulf may enter the lake along with saltwater plants and animals. The exchange between Gulf and dune lake continues until it reaches a natural equilibrium, and the connection closes again.
Because of those ever-changing water conditions, the lakes are known to be a biologically diverse, critical habitat to a wide variety of plants and animals, as well as an important natural estuary between the Gulf and upland areas.
Deer Lake State Park is a 1,995-acre facility named after a freshwater coastal dune lake within its boundaries. The trail access to the Gulf of Mexico opens to a magnificent dune field and beach. Deer Lake State Park contains 11 natural communities including: beach dune, mesic Flatwoods, sandhill, scrub, basin swamp, depression marsh, domeswamp, coastal dune lakes, black water stream, estuarine tidal creek and unconsolidated marine substrate. Blackwater streams are lined with spring azaleas. Summer wildflowers are seen around cypress domes throughout the sand hills and long-leaf pine habitat of the park.
Deer Lake Park boasts a diversity of plants and wildlife. Rare plant species include Cruise’s golden aster, Godfrey’s golden aster, Gulf Coast lupine, large-leafed jointweed, oak scrub and spoon flower. Fishing, hiking and swimming are just a few of the activities enjoyed in Deer Lake State Park.
Dune Lakes and Deer Lake State Park write up by visitsouthwalton.com | Oyster Lake images by SoWal, Destinto30a.com and Kleinsoldmine.com | Stallworth Lake images by Discover30a.com, SoWal and Destinvacation.com | Western Lake images by Moon Creek, SoWal.com, Visitsouthwalton.com, Markbair.com | Deer Lake State Park images by Sowal.com
Is your mouth watering yet? A few of us 360 Blue employees stopped by Pop Stop after lunch after hearing rave reviews from locals and we were NOT disappointed!
A bio on how Pop Stop was born:
“Our business grew out of our love for people and food, as well as our readiness to get out from behind the corporate desk! Studying in college, no one ever told us we could make what we love our job. After a few years behind our laptops, we decided we were going to do something we love; something that would be a positive impact on our community. This is where our slogan, Live. Your. Flavor. was born. We decided to create happiness through our business, expressing our love and our uniqueness, the “flavor” within each of us.
With the support of our families and friends, we began experimenting with local produce in the comfort of our home. At the same time, we were learning all we could about the food business. Luckily, we had some close family members and friends that were farmers, restaurateurs and businessmen. After months of trial and error, sweat and tears, Pop Stop was born. With a focus on health, quality, passion and love, we began selling our unique popsicles in the town we now call home, Seagrove, Florida.
Today, we sell our pops at our Pop Stop 30A Seagrove shop.. You will also find us at a number of stores in the area as well as local farmers markets and special events. We are growing in the flavors we offer and where you can find our pops. We hope next time you are in our neighborbood, you will “pop” by and enjoy a tasty treat with us. “
We tried 3 different flavors:
Raspberry Cheesecake: super creamy and sweet; not watered down at all! Strong flavor. It was literally like taking a bite out of a fruity, cold piece of cheesecake.
Tiramisu: creamy with textured pieces throughout. A perfect treat right after lunch!
Mango: The first taste is a light hint of mango and then the orange flavor comes out. It wasn’t over powering at all. Bianca calls it, “a ray of sunshine!”
GET TO POP STOP. You will leave with a smile on your face!!
This post is written by our Brand Manager, Kaylyn Weir.
You’ve heard the famous quote before: “Life begins after coffee.” From what I’ve learned after only 2 months of working at 360 Blue, it couldn’t be more true.
My first day here was a combination of introductions, getting a feel of the place and settling in. While most of the day was a blur, I walked away learning one important thing: our office runs on coffee.
It’s not a simple thing, you see: K-cup negotiations are made and sacrificed; IOU’s are issued; lines are formed just to use the Keurig. One would be surprised to know that we have more coffee cups than we do drink glasses! And if that wasn’t enough, the coffee cup game is fierce! A simple, white coffee mug won’t do here. The more text, the brighter the colors, the funnier the mug – the better!
I asked each employee to bring their own coffee mugs to work this morning. I was interested in doing a little bit of analyzing to see what kind of insight I could gain about my friends by checking out the coffee mugs they chose to bring. If coffee mugs could talk, what would yours say?
Snowcone title photo by KevinandAmanda.com | Yolo board image by Moon Creek | Food truck photo by KevinandAmanda.com | The Art of Simple photo by Moon Creek | Perspicasity photo from Perspicasity Facebook page | Seaside Amphitheater photo from camelsandchocolate.com | Shop excerpts from seasidefl.com