Things To Do During a Late Season Vacation

If you’re one of the lucky people that are taking a late season vacation to Cape San Blas, Florida, this year there are some exciting things taking place this time of the year! Things are cooling off though some days it might not feel that way. If you’re staying in one of our Sunset Reflections Vacation Rentals you’ll be in close proximity to the following local events so check them out and have some fun!
 
Gulf County Sheriff’s Department Annual Bass TournamentThis weekend is the Gulf County Sheriff’s Department Annual Bass Tournament. This annual catch-and-release tournament is taking place from Sept. 24-26, 2016, starting at George Gore Park, Port St. Joe. Anglers will be fishing the Intracoastal Waterway, Lake Wimico and the Apalachicola River Basin. Cash prizes lure the most avid anglers with first place being $5,000! For more information check out the tournament Facebook page at www.facebook.com/gcsoto.
 
Scallop & Music Festival in St. Joe
Don’t miss the Scallop & Music Festival being held at George Core Park in Port St. Joe from Sept. 30-Oct. 1. As the new home of the Cape San Blas Lighthouse, this park provides the ideal location for the popular autumn event. Come out and enjoy all the art & craft vendors, educational exhibits, a special kid zone and many great food vendors.

This 2-day event will be an enjoyable experience for all, with sweet southern-fried scallop dinners available. The event features Sister Hazel as the headliner on Saturday night. The Chamber of Commerce sells frozen scallops at the festival to take home and cook.

General admission, Friday: Active military personnel with valid I.D. is free. Children under 6 free, ages 6 & up $5. Parking is free.

General admission, Saturday: Active military personnel with valid I.D. is free. Children under 6 free, ages 6-11 $5, ages 12-up $10. Parking is free.
 
3rd Annual Apalachicola Oktoberfest The 3rd Annual Apalachicola Oktoberfest festival will be held on October 9, 2016 from noon to 9 p.m. on Commerce Street in front of Oyster City Brewing Company. This will be a full day of live music, bratwurst, and of course, great beer! The Oyster City Brewing Company will be making a special Oktoberfest brew especially for this event! There will be non-stop live music all day long featuring: Matt Law and the Usual Suspects, Johnny Barbato and the Lucky Doggs, The Krickets, and Bo Spring Band.
 
All of us at Sunset Reflections would like to wish all of you a very happy and fun-filled Autumn season!

Book Those Winter Rentals Now and Save!

Book Your Winter Rental Now and Save!
With the end of summer closing in on us, it’s the time of year when you should be booking your accommodations for a stay in one of our winter rentals in Florida. We have some super special deals that you’re going to find irresistible!

Take advantage of our amazing off-season rates on these Florida winter rentals during January and February 2017. For many people, the change of seasons causes people’s thoughts to turn to where they can go to escape those long winter months. Get away from it all for less in one of the spacious and well-appointed winter rentals in our inventory. Spend your days walking the beachfront and golfing or bring a lounge chair and that book you’ve been meaning to read. It’s a great way to spend those long winter months!

When you choose to stay with Sunset Reflections you’ll have everything you need (and more!) to turn the winter blues into the fun time you’ve always dreamed of escaping to. We offer $250 worth of free Sunset Beach gear when you book your vacation rental home with us. From bikes to kayaks and SUPS to beach loungers – you’ll have it all at your fingertips. Come enjoy the beauty of Cape San Blas and see why many people come back year after year.
 
Book Your Winter Rental Now and Save!
For those traveling with pets we have many pet-friendly winter rentals to choose from. Read the property descriptions for information related to bringing your pets along with you. Local ordinances allow for pets on the beach, so long as the owners follow certain guidelines. Animals must remain on the leash at all times while on the beach, and owners must remove any waste left behind by the animal, so carry baggies on all beach adventures.

If you have any questions about our winter rentals be sure to give Sunset Reflections a call at 1-888-527-9124. We look forward to having you join us this winter!

Mark Your Calendars Now for the Florida Scallop & Music Festival

For those planning on attending the Florida Scallop & Music Festival taking place from Sept. 30 through October 1, 2016, it’s not too early to book a vacation rental at Sunset Reflections. Any of our luxurious vacation rentals in Florida will have you in close proximity to Port St. Joe where the festival is being held.

Mark Your Calendars Now for the Florida Scallop & Music Festival
This popular event offers top notch entertainment, art & craft vendors, educational exhibits, a very popular Kids Zone and over 50 vendors featuring food, art and more. The event provides free parking for all.

General admission, Friday: Active military personnel with valid I.D. get in free. Children under 6 are free, ages 6 & up $5. The Kids Zone is free.

General admission, Saturday: Active military personnel with valid I.D. is free. Children under 6 free, ages 6-11 $5, ages 12-up $10. The Kids Zone is free.

Mark Your Calendars Now for the Florida Scallop & Music Festival
The entertainment schedule to date is as follows. More details will be available closer to the event.

Friday, September 30
4:30-6:00 PM: The Krickets
6:30-8:00 PM: The Currys
8:30-10:00 PM: McKenzie’s Mill

Saturday, October 1
11:00-12:00 NOON: Cypress Trio
12:30-2:00 PM: Jerry Thigpen Trio
2:30-4:00 PM: Bo Spring Band
4:30-6:00 PM: John Sutton Band
6:30-8:00 PM: The Springs
8:00-10:00 PM: Sister Hazel

If you’re looking for some special end of summer deals on festival accommodations take a look at our Sizzling End of Summer Specials but book fast because these won’t last long!

Pampering Your Dog at the Beach

Did you know that Cape San Blas is one of the top 10 most spectacular dog-friendly beaches in America? Because dogs love going to the beach and we love dogs, we’re sharing the following tips from a recent Facebook post we made to our page. These ideas will help to keep your dog happy and safe.
 
Pampering Your Dog at the Beach
• Provide plenty of fresh water and shade for your dog. Bring an umbrella tent for shade and a dog bowl for water. Don’t let your dog drink salty ocean water or they will get sick.

• Sand is HOT! If you can’t walk on it with bare feet, then neither should your dog. Hot sand and asphalt can burn your dog’s paw pads.

• Dogs are able to get sunburned. This is especially true of short-haired dogs and those with pink skin and white hair. Limit your dog’s exposure in the sun. When it is unusually strong, apply sunblock to his ears and nose 30 minutes before going outside. Use a sunblock that is specifically made for dogs.

• Check the daily water conditions – dogs are easy targets for jellyfish and sea lice (microscopic larvae of jellyfish). Sea lice are virtually impossible to see when in the water and the only sign that they are present is the blistering rash they cause.

• Salt and other minerals found in the ocean can damage your dog’s coat. When you are ready to leave for the day, rinse him off with fresh water at an outdoor shower found near most beaches.

 
Pampering Your Dog at the Beach
Most dogs can swim and they love it, but if this is your dogs first time to the beach test them to be sure they can swim.

Tips for teaching your dog to swim:
• Never throw your dog in the water.

• Start in shallow water and call your dog’s name, or coax him in with a treat or toy. Always keep your dog within reach.

• Try introducing your dog to the water with another dog that already swims and likes the water. Your dog will learn from the other dog!

• If your dog begins to doggy paddle with his front legs only, lift his hind legs and help him float. He should quickly catch on and will then keep his back end up.

• Swimming is a great form of exercise but don’t let your dog overdo it. He will be using new muscles and may tire quickly.

• Be mindful of strong tides that are hazardous for even the best swimmers.

• Never leave your dog unattended! You should always be in a position to help him out of the water if he tires quickly.

 
Pampering Your Dog at the Beach
There are dogs that just don’t like water. Some dogs can’t swim, but they may learn over time. For dogs such as Greyhounds with low body fat, they can sink (and expend extra energy panicking and trying to swim) and are prone to hypothermia. Consider getting them a pet life vest available wherever pet supplies are sold.

Don’t Miss These Hot Deals and Local Events

If you’re planning on taking advantage of our hot deals on vacation rentals over the next few weeks, there are plenty to be had as well as local events you shouldn’t miss. With so much to see and do you can count on having an exceptionally good vacation whether you’re here for the Easter holiday, for business, or just getting a jump on your summer vacation before the crowds arrive. If you’re in need of accommodations get in touch with us at Sunset Reflections and we’ll set you up in style at a price you’ll be delighted with.

Dixie Theatre

The Dixie Theatre at 21 Avenue E in Apalachicola, FL, is having a Tribute to Jim Croce: John Reno & Brett Gambino on Saturday, March 26, from 8:00-10:00 p.m. Dixie Theatre Professional Season 19 Box Office can be reached at 850-653-3200.

First Friday’s Art & Music Series in Port St. Joe will be held on Friday, April 1 at The Thirsty Goat, Port St. Joe. Live music will fill the air as you relax and watch the sun go down over St. Joseph Bay. There is live music and local art at The Thirsty Goat in Port St. Joe on the first Friday of every month.

Apalachicola Art Walk & Wine Festival
The Apalachicola Art Walk & Wine Festival is being held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 2 in downtown Apalachicola. Come enjoy art in an assortment of mediums. Art will be all around picturesque downtown Apalachicola where artists and musicians will be showing, selling and demonstrating their talents. The festivities last into the evening with a wine tasting at 3:00 p.m. Following the wine tasting, area chefs will prepare dishes at their restaurants paired with special wines.

The Dixie Theatre at 21 Avenue E in Apalachicola, FL, is presenting Sarah Mac Band on April 2, from 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. Dixie Theatre Professional Season 19 Box Office 850-653-3200.

Boat And Car Show
Apalachicola will host the 18th Annual Apalachicola Antique & Classic Boat & Car Show on Saturday, April 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Antique boats, classic and traditional vessels, workboats, and fiberglass and aluminum classics will be on display. This festival emphasizes the maritime history of this picturesque coastal town. Come see up close the assortment of home-built boats by skilled craftsmen, authentic oyster boats and workboats, antique outboard engines, plus antique automobiles and artist booths.

The Apalachicola Maritime Museum will be hosting tours of the Heritage, a 58-foot wooden Herreshoff-designed ketch and have demonstrations of steam engines with their antique steam powered vessels. The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve will have displays on the Apalachicola River and its flora and fauna, along with booths.

The Apalachicola Traders’ Canoe, a hand built 50-foot long vessel used between 1750-1850, recovered from the Apalachicola River will be on display at the Cotton Warehouse and the restored 1877 gaff-rigged schooner the Governor Stone will also be in attendance. Questions? Please call (850) 653-9419 or visit http://www.antiqueboatshow.org.

If we can help you with your room selection or answer any questions you may have, please don’t hesitate to call us at 877-265-4252. Wishing you all a very happy Easter!

Popular Local Events Still to Come This Month

Even with February more than half over there’s still plenty of important (and popular!) local events coming up before month’s end. These are annual events that get a big turnout every year, so if you’re visiting the area be sure to check them out. All of the events are open to the public – residents and visitors alike. If you’re planning a visit but haven’t made your reservations yet, be sure to check out our affordably priced Sunset Reflections vacation rentals big enough for any size family!

Here’s what’s coming up in the local area before February ends:

Popular Local Events Still to Come This Month

The Annual African-American History Festival will be held from February 19-21, 2016 in Apalachicola. There will be live entertainment, handmade arts and crafts, dance and much more. The festival opens Friday at 4. For more information call 850-323-0544 or 850-653-7515.

 

Popular Local Events Still to Come This Month

Annual Forgotten Coast Chefs Sampler in Apalachicola will take place on Feb. 28, 2016 at 4th Street & Avenue D in Apalachicola. Area Chefs present their finest fare at the Fort Coombs Armory. Benefits will go to the Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce. Includes silent auction with original artwork, vacation packages and more. Area shopkeepers give the event extra flair by decorating each table individually ranging from funky to elegant to artistic. For tickets call the Apalachicola Bay Chamber at 850-653-9419 or email info@apalachicolabay.org.

 

Popular Local Events Still to Come This Month

Don’t miss the Mexico Beach Gumbo Cook Off taking place on Feb. 20, 2016 starting at 10 a.m. in Sunset Park, Mexico Beach. Are you ready to cook the rice, peel the shrimp, stew the veggies and bask in the aroma of roux? If so, then tie on that apron and enter to be one of the 25 chefs competing for the title of Gumbo King. For complete rules and an entry form call 888-723-2546.

 

Popular Local Events Still to Come This Month

The annual Crawfordville Swine Festival is held the last Saturday in February.  This popular “Pig Party” at the livestock pavilion grounds starts at 10:30 a.m. and lasts throughout the day. It’s a real down-home event with a parade, booths, beauty contests, pig scramble, swine judging and exceptional BBQ plates. Free admission to the public. Call 850-926-3931 with any questions.

If you know of other February events taking place around Cape San Blas, feel free to leave a comment below.

Gulf Oyster Season Brings Great Seafood to Cape San Blas

With the Gulf oyster season having just started this is the time of year when you can get the freshest catch ever in the area’s local restaurants. It’s in our Cape San Blas seafood restaurants where you’ll find larger oysters than you can get elsewhere in the country. The Gulf’s warm water is the perfect environment for oysters to thrive and quickly grow up to 8” across.

 

Whether you enjoy oysters served raw, deep-fried or as a base for soup, stews or with pasta, there’s no better oysters than the Gulf oysters harvested right here in Florida. Here are a few of the best restaurants in the area for local seafood:

 

Indian Pass Raw Bar
8391 Indian Pass Road, Port St. Joe, FL
(850) 227-1670

Indian Pass Raw Bar

Indian Pass is well known for their casual dining atmosphere, wonderful food, and friendly service. When you arrive, just grab a seat and get a drink from the cooler! Then, find a waitress and let her know what you want to eat. This is where to come for not just everything seafood but also barbeque, music, family and friends!

 

Boss Oyster
125 Water St, Apalachicola, FL 32320
(850) 653-9364

Boss Oyster

As one of the top five fish houses on Florida’s Emerald Coast, Boss Oyster harvests and serves the world’s tastiest oysters at all of their waterfront restaurants: The Boss Oyster, Caroline’s River Dining and the Roseate Spoonbill Lounge. They take pride in serving local Gulf seafood, as well as their passion for oysters. Their signature grouper is fresh and they guarantee it’s never frozen.

 

Cone Heads
8020 Cape San Blas Rd., Port Saint Joe, Fl 32456
(850) 229-5252

Cone Heads

Cone Heads is a restaurant that is uniquely located between the gorgeous Gulf of Mexico and the stunning St. Joseph’s Bay. Cone Heads 8020 serves everything from the freshest seafood to Key Lime Pie and ice cream, too! Now this is a restaurant you should not miss!

 

When you’re looking for great places for food and drink be sure to check out the full dining guide for Cape San Blas on our website!

Don’t Miss The Top 5 Outdoor Activities In Cape San Blas

When you’re at the beach you don’t want to think about work. That means no spreadsheets, no emails, no phone calls, and most importantly – no schedules!

To help keep your mind off the job, we’ve created this list of the top 5 outdoor activities in Cape San Blas. Mix and match to create your perfect vacation, but always remember the one rule of the beach – RELAX.

St. Joseph’s Peninsula State Park

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Located on the North end of the peninsula is the beautiful St. Joseph’s Peninsula State Park. Just a few of the many reasons to visit the park include:

— 2,500 acres of wildlife refuge and wilderness

— A 10 mile beach, with a charming bay

— Plenty of boat access

St Joseph’s Bay Country Club

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700 Country Club Rd, Port St Joe, FL 32456

If you’re a golfer, you have to check out St. Joseph Bay Golf Club. This exciting championship grade, 18-hole golf course is located on St. Joseph Bay, right off County Road C-30.

 

Cape Palms Park

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Spend a day with the family at Cape Palms Park.  From fishing to picnicking this park has all the amenities you need to make a great day on the Cape.

Amenities in the park:

— Restrooms

— Showers

— Charcoal grills

— Picnic tables

— Playground

— Plenty of parking

Cape Salinas Park

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This park with easy access to pet-friendly beaches is widely known as a great place for equestrians to access the beach for horse rides in the surf.

Amenities at the park:

— A picnic area

— Public restrooms

— Handicap accessible boardwalk

Bike Path

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If you’re looking for a way to get a little exercise into your vacation or just want a fun way to explore Cape San Blas then you’re in luck! There’s a scenic new bicycle path on the Bay side of the Cape San Blas Road beginning just north of Scallop Cove to the St. Joseph State Park entrance.

Pet-Friendly Beaches

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If you brought your pet on vacation and are worried about leaving them alone in the rental – no need to fear! Most beaches in the area are completely pet friendly, just keep the following rules in mind:

— All dogs must be on a leash

— You must pick up after them

How To Get to Cape San Blas

Go one mile past Port St. Joe, U.S. 98 forks to the right, CR 30A.
U.S. 98 will take you to Apalachicola, or fork to the right along C-30A to Cape San Blas and Indian Pass.
Drive approximately 9 miles and the Cape San Blas Road (CR 30E) will turn right. Continue about 3 miles on CR 30A and the Indian Pass Road will also turn to the right.
Directly opposite Indian Pass Road is Indian Pass Raw Bar.
If you turn right at the Raw Bar, you will come to the end of “the pass” where you will see St. Vincent’s Island across a narrow stretch of water.
If you take CR 30E you will drive out onto the St. Joseph Peninsula and eventually reach the State Park entrance.

We’re The Most Pet Friendly Destination In Florida!

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Dog On The Beach / Think Stock Photos / July 23, 2015

When it comes to vacations, most families that have pets look for places to go where they can bring their four legged family members. It’s not just about the accommodations either, though that’s pretty important. Families that bring their pets on vacation with them are usually active outdoorsy type people that enjoy being on the go whether swimming, biking, hiking or boating. Sure, there are those who have the “toy” dogs, smaller dogs they carry around, that aren’t into long walks, hikes, or getting wet, but that’s a whole different post. For the sake of this posting we’re talking about the active dogs.

Choosing Cape San Blas, Florida, as your vacation destination will allow you plenty of things to enjoy with your pet along. Dogs are allowed on the beaches here but must be leashed at all times. You are required to pick up after your dog. Something we know the majority of responsible pet owners are good about.

There are two public parks on the Cape where pets are welcome. Salinas Park is close to the end of the Cape San Blas Road. There is a picnic area and public restrooms at this park and also a handicap accessible boardwalk. The second park is Cape Palms Park, located just past the Trading Post on the Cape Road. There are restrooms, showers, charcoal grills, picnic tables, a playground and plenty of parking at this park.

Access to the public beach is available on the Gulf side at Salinas Park, Cape Palms Park, Bay Street in Indian Pass, on C30 just east of the Cape San Blas, the Indian Pass boat ramp and at the Stump Hole. Don’t miss the Cape San Blas lighthouse while you’re in the area!

Local ordinances state that pets are not allowed on the beach within the State Park but the remainder of the coastline is fair game. Gulf County has installed 20 pet waste disposal stations along the beach access points for the public’s use. Bags are also provided at these stations.

Be sure to check out the local water sports too! There are fishing charter trips offering inshore, offshore and bottom fishing opportunities for the whole family. There are also waterfront tours and water safaris offered by the area’s local businesses.

When it comes to vacation accommodations with a pet we know you’ll love our Cape San Blas vacation rentals. Each and every one of them is pet friendly and that’s something other rentals don’t offer! Whether you want to stay oceanfront, bay front, on the Gulf, or 1st Tier, we’re sure to have the perfect place to accommodate you as well as your four legged family members! Gives us a call at 850-227-1508 if we can answer any questions or help with your vacation plans in any way.

Welcome To The Sunset Reflections Blog

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Welcome to the new blog for Sunset Reflections Vacation Rentals! With this blog comes the launch of our newly re-designed web site that you’re sure to find user friendly and easy to navigate.

Everything you need to know about our pet friendly vacation homes in Cape San Blas, Florida, can be found on each of the property pages. We’ve made it so easy to find the exact type of property you want and with the amenities you’re looking for. And we’ve made it easy to book it online instantly!

Take a look at our new site and come back to read our blog often. When you keep in touch with us you’ll be the first to learn about our specially discounted offers on our pet-friendly beach home rentals. If you ever have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re looking forward to seeing you!