Posted on 10/17/2023
Although many of our esteemed Ocean Reef Resorts guests reside at one of our fine vacation rentals during the “high season” of summer, others have discovered the “shoulder season.” This glorious time of the year occurs in the autumn months into early spring. The temperatures are usually in the low 70s during the day and 50s at night. There is no humidity, and the skies are a crystalline blue color with abundant sunshine every day. There is far less traffic this time of year, and restaurants, bars, and shopping venues are easily accessible. There are also a lot fewer people on the beach, so leisurely walks along the sugary shoreline are enjoyed by many. These beach strolls are romantic since the sun sets gloriously into the Gulf. Many enjoy wining and dining at restaurants along the coast while experiencing these magnificent heavenly sunsets. This is also the perfect time of the year to enjoy the company of friends and family around a nice Fire Pit, but they can be hard to find. We are happy to let you know about eight gracious vacation homes in Destin and along Scenic 30A that feature fire pits so you can enjoy such an enchanting warm setting while having your favorite drinks with savory snacks. Here is a brief look at each one!
Once Upon A Tide
6 Bedrooms / 7 Full & 1 Half Bathrooms / 32 Guests
Once Upon a Tide is a huge stately three-story vacation home in fashionable Frangista Beach that can sleep an amazing thirty-two pampered guests with multiple beds, bunks, and two queen-size sleeper sofas. This makes this home a superb place for a Destin big beach reunion since it is a short stroll away from the crystalline white shoreline and a lushly landscaped neighborhood swimming pool oasis. However, it also features its own private pool and a soaking tub for relaxation. A round stone fire pit is located off to the side of the tropically landscaped pool area. A lower-level Game Room overlooking the swimming pool features an entire wall with a Wet Bar, a small refrigerator, an icemaker, a Wine Cooler, and a wall-mounted flat-screen TV for entertainment. It also has a raised cocktail table, a game table, and a convenient powder room. This home is comfortably furnished, filled with creature comforts, and close to popular gulf-front restaurants with friendly beach bars. Grocery stores, liquor wine outlets, and outstanding shopping adventures are also nearby.
5 Bedrooms / 5 Full & 1 Half Bathrooms / 14 Guests
Grayt Lake is also located at the lovely waterfront ‘Grayton Landing’ residential enclave with five bedrooms that can accommodate fourteen carefree guests with multiple beds, bunks, and a queen-size sleeper sofa. It is comfortably furnished and styled with urbane tropical décor, which includes breezy verandas that overlook the sensational scenery. This rental home also has a lower-level Game Room with a ping pong table, Wet Bar, seating area, picnic table, and a flat-screen TV for entertainment. However, this home’s Game Room opens out into a lush green lawn with a patio that has white Adirondack chairs centered around its own fire pit with a gas grill nearby to inspire a fun cookout.
5 Bedrooms / 5 Full & 1 Half Bathrooms / 12 Guests
Grayt Oasis is a five-bedroom home that can sleep twelve privileged guests in the prestigious lakefront residential enclave of ‘Grayton Landing’ which only includes six homes. This magical place is on the shore of a rare Coastal Dune Lake treasure that harbors abundant wildlife, fish, and waterfowl. It is within walking distance of the captivating historic village center of Grayton Beach and the sugary shoreline. This wonderful vacation home features a charming Old Florida design with three levels of verandas on each side, offering lake and pool views on the east side. The fire pit is not far from the lakefront pool patio area, which also has a dock to go paddle boarding or take a kayak excursion. An outdoor kitchen, tables, and chairs encourage poolside dining. However, this home has a Game Room on the lower level with a ping pong table, a Wet Bar, a seating area, a picnic table, and a large wall-mounted flat-screen TV for entertainment.
4 Bedrooms / 3 Full Bathrooms / 16 Guests
Breakaway is a four-bedroom home a short distance from the glowing jewel-toned gulf in the heart of Miramar Beach that can accommodate sixteen happy guests using multiple beds, bunks, and two queen-sized sleepers sofas. This locale off Scenic Gulf Drive is close to popular beachfront restaurants with bars, grocery stores, liquor wine shops, and bargain shopping for world-class designer goods at the famous Silver Sands Premium Outlets. It is also close to championship golf and tennis at the Seascape Resort, where Ocean Reef Resorts guests receive special reduced rates. The Mediterranean-styled home with two upper-level verandas is filled with wonderful cottage and tropically inspired furnishings. One of the verandas overlooks a swimming pool below out back, where the fire pit is located. The patio, which includes lounge chairs, a gas grill, and an outdoor table, is studded with palm trees. The fire pit is located in a gazebo with a wraparound couch near one of the palm trees, while an adjacent gazebo includes another table for drinks and meals.
Looking for the ultimate beach vacation? Look no further! These 10 Ocean Reef Vacation Rentals have got you covered and offer the best of both worlds - a private swimming pool AND the beautiful beach just minutes away (or seconds, depending on the property).
4 Bedrooms / 4 Full & 1 Half Bathrooms / 14 Guests
In the charming beach community of Blue Mountain Beach, just south of Scenic highway 30A, you'll find On Point! This updated home has an interior chock full of design nuances and functionality. The vibe is cozy yet rustic, with modern touches everywhere. For starters, it's a real vacation complex, perfect for your extended friends and family, with room to stretch out and a whole separate living area to boot - connected by a very accessible patio. The lighted pool deck/patio is home to a large pool and a very tropic-styled, covered wet bar, with a stainless grill, of course. The focal point of the whole shebang is the, wait, you guessed it - the fire pit! Framed by chic wicker chairs and a comfy love seat, the fire pit stands almost 2 feet off the ground and is circled in brick pavers. It's a propane-fueled unit, so you won't waste any time getting the fire started, and it's easy to operate. Bring the fams to On Point, come for the beach, stay for the outdoor living!
4 Bedrooms / 5 Full Bathrooms / 12 Guests
Day Dreamer is a stylish contemporary coastal home in Seagrove Beach just off 30A with four bedrooms that can sleep up to a dozen fortunate guests with king-size beds and bunks. The comfortable furnishings throughout this home feature vibrant décor with a fashionable Vintage Modern look, colorful abstracts, and Pop Art. The home is a short stroll away from the beautiful beach but also features a swimming pool that can be heated and an outdoor kitchen with a gas grill. The second floor, where the Bunk Room and one of the Guest Bedrooms are located, has access to a hallway Wet Bar that leads out to a deck overlooking the pool, and an outdoor spiral staircase leads up to the awesome rooftop sundeck that is centered upon the gas fire pit. Six large unique, comfortable turquoise bean bag-type chairs ensemble around it to enjoy the warmth while experiencing panoramic 360-degree views.
4 Bedrooms / 4 Full Bathrooms / 12 Guests
Discover opulent beach living at Bella Mar, a Tuscan-style haven in the renowned Frangista Beach community—a location so captivating it once graced the screens of HDTV and the pages of Coastal Living Magazine. From the palm-lined driveway to the elegant interiors, every detail is crafted to impress. The home boasts an open layout adorned with hardwood floors, a European-style kitchen, and vibrant artistry. Yet, the heart of Bella Mar lies outside: a meticulously landscaped stone patio featuring a luxurious fire pit—a perfect centerpiece for evening gatherings. This two-story villa offers four exquisite bedrooms, including a primary suite that opens to a romantic balcony. Proximity to Gulf-front amenities elevates the experience.
4 Bedrooms / 2 Full Bathrooms / 8 Guests
Southern Wind is a two-story tall home in Santa Rosa Beach south of Scenic 30A with a wraparound deck and four bedrooms with the ability to sleep eight guests. This home provides a casual, laid-back setting a close distance away from the neighborhood Gulfview Heights beach access. It also has a large rectangular swimming pool off to one side and a large yard. A rustic porch with an open truss beam ceiling on the poolside level includes a wooden counter for drinks and a gas grill for fun cookouts. A large screen porch on the second floor which overlooks the pool includes a dining table and seating area off the living area indoors. The round fire pit, along with two benches, are out in the yard near some pine trees and a stone wall. This seemingly remote location is less than a handful of minutes away from the Santa Rosa Beach village center of Gulf Place. It features restaurants, friendly bars, galleries, boutiques, specialty shops, and a coffee shop. A grassy lawn amphitheater hosts live concerts, fun festivals, and art shows.
Enjoy looking at each of these vacation rentals that include fire pits here on our acclaimed Ocean Reef Resorts website to find the one that suits your needs best. You will see detailed descriptions, vivid property images, aerial satellite views of each locale, our low seasonal rental rates, and calendar dates available for reservations. Get excited about experiencing a beach vacation during this magical time of the year to warm your soul around the fire pit of your choice!