Fresh! Exciting! So Inviting…

By Chris Manson


Can you tell we’ve had some work done?


I mean, most of you are old friends, and you’re far too kind to even mention it. “Hey, Beachcomber, you look like you’ve had a few injections of fresh!” you would never say in a million years.


Or, “Gosh, Beachcomber, I can’t quite put my finger on it, but something is… different about you.”


Well, cat’s out of the bag, dear readers. We’ve given your favorite magazine a facelift. A do-over. A makeover. A full-on overhaul. Step back, have a good looksee, and drink it all in.


Our newfound sexiness aside, we’re sticking to our guns as far as our continued pledge—dare I say promise—to provide useful information about all things Emerald Coast. That said, you will stumble upon a lot of great new features within these pages, too.


Although, once again, my Page Six Girl pitch was shot down. Sigh.


I want to thank our hard-working team for bringing their A-game and putting in long hours that could just have easily been spent binge-watching that new cheerleader show on Netflix.


As always, your feedback is welcome. I’m here to serve you, both in my capacity as editor of The Beachcomber and if you happen to stop by the house for cocktails and light bites.



Our website, has a fresh new look, too, so you’ll want to visit often and sign up for our weekly newsletter. The Weekender is delivered to your inbox every Friday—not too early in the day, mind you—and The Beachcomber will never, ever sell your info to anyone no matter how much they twist our arms.



The week of March 7-14, both Auburn University and the University of Alabama will be visiting, when in fact they should be hitting the books because, let’s face it, college is hard. Look for friendly arguments on the beaches, in the tiki bars, at the Walmart… Oh, who am I kidding, it’s gonna be a bloodbath!


Notably, the kids from Harvard University will be on Spring Break the following week. Now, I don’t know how many of them actually visit Destin-30A-Fort Walton Beach, but you might want to talk up all those youngish complete strangers when you’re out and about. Who knows, you could be meeting the next head writer for Saturday Night Live or The Simpsons.



A recent article—I’m assuming it’s recent, anyway—at titled “The 20 Best Things to Do in Destin for First-Timers” gets quite a few things right. Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park on Okaloosa Island and the Destin History and Fishing Museum are must-visits. Dewey Destin’s and The Surf Hut are delicious. The Village of Baytowne Wharf is like stepping into a whole other world.


And someday I hope to work up the courage to try this “golf” thing.



Join me Saturday, March 7, in Miramar Beach’s Seascape Towne Centre, as I judge the Tequila & Taco Fest, starting at 1 PM. The fest promises to be bigger and better than ever. And brasher, whatever that means.


I’ve been training very hard for this event, so you won’t want to miss out.


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