Happy Trails at Arnett’s Gulfside Farm and Stables

Saddle up for a one-hour trail ride through the scenic Point Washington Preserve. Visit Arnett’s website to schedule your trail ride, hand-led ride or private lesson. Photo by JP Kollar

Minutes from the bustle of beachside roads, the sugar white sand leads to rolling green pastures and serene shade trees, reminding us that there is another tranquil side of Northwest Florida.

Arnett’s Gulfside Farm and Stables wishes to bring this hidden gem to the forefront of people’s minds when considering the beauty and distinctiveness of this region.

Along Scenic Highway 30A and adjoining Point Washington State Forest, is a slice of serenity offering a plethora of activities and services, all resulting in experiences unique to this region.

Owners Karen and Tom Arnett envisioned a destination where families could engage in new experiences together and create lasting memories.

Arnett’s is most known for offering over 30 well-trained horses and providing trail rides, lessons, carriage rides and horse education. The guided trail rides occur three times per day, Tuesday through Saturday, and take riders along picturesque forested pathways.

Amongst the horses, you will likely spot the farm’s mascot — Frank the Donkey.

On Friday nights, the Tack Room event center comes alive with music during the Friday Farmhouse Concert series, which welcomes families to enjoy local, regional and national music acts from a variety of genres.

The Tack Room is rentable for any event and has become increasingly popular for weddings. With space for over 200 people, a wine and beer bar, food curated on-site at 30A Smokehouse by Chef 30A Christopher Holbrook and a top-notch event planning team, Arnett’s offers an all-encompassing event experience.

Fall also ushers in one of the farms’ top events — the eighth annual Pumpkin and Music Festival, set for Oct. 20–21 and 27–28.

Bright orange pumpkins lead the way to pony rides, hayrides, bounce houses, live music and food. The ticketed event is an ideal farm day for the family.

It is no surprise that Arnetts was recently voted 2018 Best of the Emerald Coast for Place for Kids Birthday Party.

“We want people to visit Arnett’s and experience something new and different,” said Jennifer Sundal, Event Director and Social Media Coordinator for Arnett’s.

“It’s serene and secluded here, which allows undivided family attention. The best part is when families were able to have a brand new experience together. Many people love it so much they want to make a tradition out of their visits. That’s the feeling the Arnett’s always wants people to have.”

613 S. Co. Hwy. 393, Santa Rosa Beach | (850) 208-3114 | arnettfarm30a.com

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