Things to Do in Blue Mountain
Redd’s Fueling Station 30A’s only dive bar is worth a visit. The front is an unassuming gas station and convenience store, but venture ‘round back and you will find a restaurant with an experience all its own. Redd not only slings drinks but sings and performs. This “singing and slinging” draws quite the crowd so reservations are recommended. Nothing compares to the atmosphere of a restaurant with live music. Guests often find themselves singing along as Redd belts out tunes creating an evening you won’t soon forget. Redd brings in top talent.
Recently we were lucky enough to enjoy a night with one of Nashville’s top songwriters creating our own MTV unplugged session. For something on the other end of the nightlife spectrum, McTighe’s Irish Pub is exactly what you’d expect for a favorite local hangout. It lives up to its name offering a wide variety of great beers and Meghan’s favorite tator tot nachos. McTighe’s is not fancy or elaborate, just good times with great folks, which is why the locals love it. Cash only, but an ATM is available onsite.
Blue Mountain is home to three of the area’s 15 coastal dune lakes which exist only in a handful of places around the globe, including New Zealand and Australia. These lakes share a connection with the Gulf but are not exclusively saltwater bodies. They fill with runoff and swelling groundwater. As they overfill their banks, they mix with the Gulf making each one a unique brackish environment for wildlife and vegetation. These unique lakes offer calm waters to try your hand at paddle boarding or kayaking, a signature outing for anyone visiting 30a!
Blue Mountain Restaurants & Shopping
Breakfast & Brunch: Blue Mabel is a favorite Blue Mountain brunch spot. Come for the bottomless mimosas, stay for the smoked tomato gravy. Stop by Blue Mountain Bakery for an assortment of scratch-made baked goods, frittata, and quiche. We don’t know if they are technically “breakfast” food but dunk their chocolate puddle cookies in your coffee and I bet you will agree they are worth every delicious calorie.
Lunch: Red Fish Taco is steps away from our office, and we always enjoy grabbing lunch together as a team. Meghan’s favorite is the taco salad, Sarah likes to head over after a long day for live music from her favorite local artists. If you are looking for a quick stop on the way to the beach, Cowgirl Kitchen relocated from their original Seagrove location and is right next to Blue Mabel.
Supper and Snacks: Basmati's Asian Cuisine fuses fresh local ingredients with Asian flavors in a casual, yet sophisticated atmosphere that is never stuffy. Goatfeather’s in Blue Mountain offers sit-down dining or you can grab a few pounds of peel-n-eat shrimp on the fly. ProTip: They will steam/season them for you! (And don’t forget their homemade cocktail and remoulade sauce for dipping.) A visit to Blue Mountain isn’t complete without stopping by family-owned, Blue Mountain Creamery. The typically very long line is worth it, but don’t forget cash because they don’t take credit cards. ATM available onsite.
Ready for Retail Therapy? Justin Gaffrey Gallery Justin Gaffrey has become 30A’s signature artist with his unique “sculpting with paint” technique. His work is instantly recognizable and highly sought after for private homes and public venues around the world. His Studio/Gallery in Blue Mountain Beach is a must-see local attraction.
Lola’s on 30A A family-owned dream come true for this mother /daughter pair, this coastal lifestyle shop is filled with an assortment of all things beach, gifts, decor and more. Lola’s offers both new and consignment pieces and has one of the best gift selections in Blue Mountain. A current favorite is artist Lee Hensley’s art - on beautiful coasters of unique marble quarried in the mountains east of the ancient city of Ephesus. You gotta love a gift with a beautiful history. Definitely worth checking out one of our favorite shops on the west end!
If you’re looking for a healthy snack or meal option, For The Health is one of my favorite places to pick up fresh juices, smoothies, homemade wraps and sandwiches. You can also grab local, organic produce, meats, and groceries at this quaint Blue Mountain grocery.