It’s National Flip Flop Day!

Celebrate National Flip Flop Day with flip flop lights from Amazon.com (photo courtesy Amazon.com)

If you ask us, as soon as spring has sprung, and the air becomes warmer and the days get longer…well, that means that every day is suitable for Flip Flop Day! However, one smoothie chain has officially declared Friday, June 18 as the day to “free your feet” and revel in National Flip Flop Day.

This is the fourth annual “holiday” for the Tropical Smoothie Café. To mark the celebration, should you happen to throw on a pair of your favorite flip flops and walk into any Tropical Smoothie Café, they will reward you with a FREE 24 oz. Jetty Punch smoothie. Not bad!

We should mention that they also use this opportunity to raise money and awareness for their philanthropic cause, Camp Sunshine. This very special camp is designed as a retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. We love that you can enjoy a free treat in your favorite flip flops and then give a little something to others!  

Better get going though… the free smoothies are limited to the first 500 flip-flop-wearing customers that stroll into each store. (And, by the way, if you need – or want – a new pair of flip flops for the summer, then National Flip Flop Day seems like the perfect excuse to do a little shopping and indulge your fetish for this casual footwear icon!) We’d love to see or hear about your favorite pair of flip flops so be sure to drop us a comment and share. Enjoy!

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Weekend Getaways at Hangout Beach Music Fest and MayFest

Beach Festivals in the South!

Love the beach? Love music? Then you are in for a treat this weekend. Pack your bags and head for a mini-vacation by the shore at a beach music festival near you!

We know the Gulf Coast beaches from Louisiana to Florida have gotten a lot of attention lately because of the oil spill, but this weekend Alabama’s Gulf Coast is the place to be for fun, music, art, food – and of course gorgeous, sandy-white beaches. All reports show that the water and beaches remain clear, and the weather isn’t bad, either! You couldn’t ask for more perfect conditions for the area’s first annual Hangout Beach Music Festival. It kicks off tonight with a pre-party and officially gets underway Friday (May 14). This festival is on the beach in beautiful Gulf Shores, Alabama and for a first time festival, it has been able to attract over 60 amazing bands and musical artists.  

Among those lined up are the Zac Brown Band, Black Crowes, Allison Krausse, Ben Harper and Relentless7, Gov’t Mule, John Legend, and The Flaming Lips. Truly, this is a small sampling and we can assure you there is something for everyone at this festival. The festival runs through Sunday (May 16) with a three-day weekend pass for $159 and day passes for $82. We’ll also have folks on the beach all weekend covering the festival for us at 365Beach, so check in with us frequently to get updates and catch interviews with some of the artists.

If you happen to be on the east coast this weekend, Myrtle Beach is also throwing quite a shin-dig! Saturday, May 15 kicks off the month-long MayFest and the grand re-opening of the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. This mile-long oceanfront boardwalk has been highly anticipated, so much so that they are celebrating its re-opening with the area’s first Beach Music Festival. They have a celebrity-packed weekend planned with everyone from TLC’s The Cake Boss to the legendary, Ben E. King. Also performing are coastal favorites, The Embers and Jim Quick & Coastline. You can even catch a sneak preview of things on Friday morning’s broadcast of the CBS Early Show – they’ll be live on the Boardwalk to kick things off.

If you’re not going to make it to South Caroline or Florida in time for one of these festivals, don’t despair. From now until early fall, there are hot and happening beach music festivals planned from coast to coast. We list four fabulous festivals on 365Beach, but there are plenty more. If you have a favorite festival (music or otherwise, drop us a line (at info@365Beach.com) and let us know about it so we can add it to our events calendar!)

Classic Seaside Accessories from The Brimfield Fair

Sail away at Brimfield Fair

One of our favorite things to do is peruse thrift stores, vintage shops and antique shows for coveted treasures from (or inspired by) the sea. And we have quite a collection growing! However, there’s always room for more. That’s why our second favorite thing to do is to shop finds put up for sale by other savvy scavengers. And it just so happens we heard from a new friend yesterday who found some adorable belt buckles from the Brimfield Fair.

Designer and boutique owner of The Pink Pineapple, Stacie Hall was fortunate to find these buckles –  one spells out “SAIL” and the other is a Whale buckle that says “Save the Whales”  ($38 each, buckle only). She is making them available in her store but tells us there is a limited supply – only about a dozen of each.  These will be available online today, but you better hurry!

"Save the Whales" Photo courtesy Stacie Hall

We can’t wait to hear what other treasures folks find at this May’s  Brimfield Fair. For those of you not familiar. The Brimfield Fair is a very popular antiques fair held a few times a year in Massachussetts. It is thought to be “one of the top three flea markets” in the U.S., according to Frommers. A tradition since 1959, more than 700 exhibitors offer their wares. The Brimfield Fair opens to the public this weekend, starting at 8am Friday ($5 admission fee) and continues Saturday (free admission).  If you can’t make it this weekend, no worries, you can try again in July and September. In the meantime, thanks to Stacie Hall for giving the rest of us an opportunity to scoop up one of her great finds!

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo Beachside!

Celebrate with handblown margarita glasses

Did you celebrate Cinco de Mayo?  Although the official “holiday” has passed, you can still enjoy the foods, drinks and traditions of the Mexican culture throughout the month of May – and beyond! We found a few recipes, stories and products to share with you as you start mixing your Margaritas, beachside (or poolside, or barside, or wherever you may be)!

While you may think you are celebrating a true Mexican holiday, it turns out this an occasion that has been embraced more by Americans than by our neighbors south of the border.  True, it is a day that evolved as a pseudo-celebration of the 1862 Mexican victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla. However, according to this story, it gained attention in the U.S. in the 1950s by political activists looking for a way to bridge our two cultures and improve cross-border relations. A few decades later, it was capitalized on by savvy marketers (read beer companies) as a fun way to increase sales in a nation that was happy to have another reason to party.

Well, as we know many of our 365Beach readers do enjoy entertaining and imbibing in the occasional cocktail, who are we to deny the opportunity to celebrate a neighboring culture? And we particularly love a celebration filled with good foods and drink! If you haven’t already planned your menu, we suggest Continue reading

Music Festivals Make a Splash at the Beach

Attention all music lovers: the season of beach music festivals is upon us! Today, West Palm Beach kicks off its annual SunFest. This much-anticipated beach festival includes a wide range of bands from Weezer to Patti LaBelle and Sean Kingston to the B-52s.

In other words, there is truly something for everyone at the festival known for being “where the music meets the waterfront.” And, if any of you are in the neighborhood and ready to have a little fun, be sure to check into the special promotions that offer $6 to $10 off some daily tickets.

If you’re not going to make it to Florida in time for this festival, don’t despair. From now until early fall, there are hot and happening beach music festivals planned from coast to coast. We list four fabulous festivals on 365Beach, but there are plenty more. If you have a favorite festival (music or otherwise, drop us a line (at info@365Beach.com) and let us know about it so we can add it to our events calendar!)

Meet Sara Peterson: the New Face behind Coastal Living Magazine

Sara Peterson, Editor in Chief (photo courtesy Coastal Living)

Recently, one of our favorite magazines underwent a bit of a behind-the-scenes change. Coastal Living magazine announced Sara Peterson would take the helm of the magazine, while its former Editor in Chief (Lindsay Bierman) headed to sister-magazine, Southern Living. Well,  as soon as we heard the news, we couldn’t resist asking for a chance to interview Sara. After all, Coastal Living magazine is near and dear to our hearts – for the simple reason that since its inception, every issue delivers us a tropical escape, a source of inspiration, and a celebration of our passion for the coast.  Like many others, we are quite simply devoted readers.

Frankly speaking, there was an inexplicable need to know more about this newly announced editor and her vision for the future of Coastal Living. We know it might sound kind of silly, but we honestly couldn’t wait to hear first-hand what might be in store for the magazine under a new editor’s direction. Fortunately, Sara was gracious enough to oblige (and never once indicated that she thought we were silly for asking all these questions!).

Coastal Living Magazine- a favorite for beach enthusiasts

She comes to this position with plenty of experience, having worked for Family Life and Redbook magazines, and even Southern Living. Not to mention, she had already spent time as Executive Editor at Coastal Living and was instrumental in its re-design that launched last year. There is no doubt that Sara is not only a talented editor, but she truly shares her readers’ passion for the coast. We are quite excited about what’s in store for our favorite publication and have quickly become loyal fans of its new Editor in Chief.  Sara Peterson will officially be on the masthead with her new title in the May issue (on sale this weekend). To get a better idea of what “beach” really really means to her, we asked Sara a few fun, on-the-spot questions. Keep reading to see what she had to say. And for the full Q&A session, you can read the rest of the interview at 365Beach.com. Enjoy! And think of Sara as you Continue reading

For Earth Day…Celebrate with Surfrider Foundation

The Surfrider Foundation - Get Involved

As most everyone (hopefully) has heard by now – April 22 – is Earth Day. This annual day of observance is currently celebrating 40 years! That’s quite a feat. And we’re very pleased about and supportive of this global initiative that has spent four decades “inspiring awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment.”

In honor of this special day, we thought it only fitting to highlight an organization that works diligently to bring focus to the world’s oceans and beaches – the Surfrider Foundation.  This non-profit grassroots organization is “dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches.” Self-described as being founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, the Surfrider Foundation has grown to more than 50,000 members with 90 active chapters across the globe. We, at 365Beach.com, first stumbled across the organization via Twitter and have loved hearing about the great work being done by this once grassroots group. Hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours have been logged from coast to coast with beach clean-up days, lectures and other special events. When we say this is an ACTIVE organization, we mean it!

The good will and dedication of this group and its extensive support base of volunteers is evidenced on a daily basis. That’s why we are stoked about this chance to help them spread the word. How can you help? Start by shopping! Continue reading