The winter holidays are a popular time to visit our hometowns along the famed Highway 30A, with crowds of people escaping the cold of their own hometowns in favor of spending Christmas (or New Year’s) in much warmer climes. Offering a festive cheer that blends in quite nicely with tropical breezes, turquoise waters, and our white sand beaches, the serenity, the vibe, and the carefree excitement can be just what you need for Christmas. And because we know what travelers want, we at Tropical Escape 30A understand that most visitors won’t want to spend their Christmas vacation doing chores, so we have provided this guide on where to have Christmas dinner on 30A.
Something Extra from Cuvee 30A on Christmas Eve, 12805 US-98 D101 in Inlet Beach
We get it. You don’t want to do anything that sounds remotely like chores while vacationing in Florida, but it is Christmas and you will still want something special to eat. Fortunately, the acclaimed chef Tim Creehan gets you too and has been offering a special Christmas Eve feast that will definitely be the highlight of your vacation adventures. The special Christmas Eve menu includes chef specials such as a juicy Prime Rib Au Jus or a succulent Rack of Lamb and the wine list, which is always quite extensive, will feature the perfect vintage for whichever dish you choose. Our favorite part of any meal, but especially Christmas dinner on 30A, is all the desserts that for one night we won’t feel guilty for eating and Cuvee 30A’s dessert menu is destined to make you wish you had a second, or even third, stomach! Fortunately, although we can’t help with the extra stomachs, we can recommend that you save room for the Cuvee Dessert Sampler offers a taste of their five signature desserts.
Brunch with Santa at Fish Out of Water, 34 Goldenrod Circle Santa Rosa Beach
This year a lot of the restaurants that are normally open for Christmas are closing to let their employees be with their own families, and Fish Out of Water is one. They aren’t however, skipping Christmas altogether, offering a Brunch with Santa on the morning of Christmas Eve, and we think your kiddos will be alright with that. Offering your typical brunch foods, not that it matters, because the star of the show will be Santa who will also be giving out sweet treats that represent the magic of Christmas. Posing for pictures with your kids, taking the time to find out what your tiniest traveler wants under his or her tree, ensuring that this Christmas will be special for everyone.
But What About Christmas Day?
We will admit, it is getting more and more difficult to find restaurants that are open on Christmas Day, but The Great Southern Café, located at 83 Central Square in Seaside, always steps up to the plate and are open not just on Christmas but every day of the year. Offering a standard menu of Southern favorites, it is also the perfect spot for enjoying a lobster dinner for your celebratory Christmas dinner on 30A.
Dinners to Go for the Holiday
Our Tropical Escape 30A holiday hideaways offer all the comforts of home, and just because you don’t want to cook your own Christmas dinner 30A feast, it doesn’t have to mean you want to leave all that comfort to go out for a meal on the big day. Fortunately, many of the same restaurants that are closed for Christmas are offering full dinners to go, so you can stay in your comfy clothes and still enjoy a fully prepared Christmas dinner. Fish Out of Water provides a meal for four, so order ahead of time and pick up your feast at 9 AM on Christmas day. The menu changes yearly, but we can promise, that everything they prepare will be the tastiest meal you have ever enjoyed. Cuvee 30A is also providing a to go Christmas menu serving Prime Rib Au Jus that will feed six to eight people, depending on how hungry you are!
For Those Who Like to Cook
Not everyone looks at cooking as a chore, and if creating a Christmas feast brings you joy, our fully equipped kitchens will let you make your holiday dreams come true. Updated and modern appliances will make meal prep a breeze and small appliances will help ensure that your dinner will be complete with everything your family loves. Some homes may offer wine coolers, others may offer Keurigs with hot cocoa pods, but of course, you can make your hot cocoa the old-fashioned way with milk and chocolate heated on the stove. Stone counters in many provide easy rolling for cookie dough prep and full-sized refrigerators are up to the job of holding any leftovers.