Coastal Living Magazine Visits Stuart To Experience The 'Happiest Seaside Town In America'
The magazine that dubbed Stuart the “Happiest Seaside Town in America” will be paying a visit to our award-winning city.
This weekend, writers and editors from Coastal Living Magazine will get a chance to experience Stuart’s “old Florida charm” in person. Organized by Stuart, the Martin County Office of Tourism and Marketing, and local businesses, their visit will be spent doing what the locals love best: relaxing in the Historic Downtown area.
“When they actually see [our town], I think they’re really going to understand what kind of community this is,” said Thondra Lanese, executive director of Stuart Main Street.
Coastal Living editors first released an unranked list of 10 towns lauded for a variety of factors—including percentage of clear and sunny days, walkability and crime ratings—back in January. Readers then voted for their favorite, and Stuart was crowned “America’s Happiest Seaside Town” in April.
Lanese said the visit will be a memorable one for Coastal Living Magazine, as Stuart is one of the only communities that has invited editors to experience the town.
“We let them know that we didn’t just want to take the honor and say ‘thank you;’ we really wanted to celebrate, and they were excited because other communities haven’t done that," Lanese said.
On June 26, the community can find Coastal Living’s writers and editors at the Stuart Green Market, the 4th Annual Pet Festival and Dog Wash, dining at one of Stuart’s many seaside restaurants, or shopping at various downtown boutiques.
Later that afternoon, Ryan and Friends will provide some tropical entertainment during Rock’n Riverwalk to celebrate both the visitors and Stuart’s accomplishment. Coastal Living will also be broadcasting the experience live over Coastal Living Radio.
The Coastal Living tour happens to coincide with the launch of #ProtectOurParadise, a new campaign that focuses on Stuart and Martin County’s most popular destinations, while advocating to resolve the threat our waterways face due to Lake Okeechobee’s freshwater discharges.
Although the overlap was not originally planned, Lanese says it is a “happy coincidence," due to Coastal Living’s awareness of the situation and their support for the town’s activism.
“Part of their brand and positioning is protecting the water, so they understand and are supportive of our efforts to heal it,” she said.
Visit the Stuart Main Street Website for the full celebration schedule.