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Eat, Play, Shop, Stay In Grayton Beach

October 17, 2013 by Jill Tanner

Grayton Beach is unlike any other beach town on Scenic 30A because of its untouched charm and laid-back lifestyle. There are fewer simple shell roads, but all roads are memories of beaten paths, almost completely shaded by old oak, pine, and magnolia.

Grayton Beach has grown up over recent decades but is still charming and quiet even though every year more visitors choose Grayton Beach as their vacation destination. Here are a few favorite SoWal Insider spots to Eat, Play, Shop, and Stay in Grayton Beach.
 

 
EAT

Grayt Grounds of Monet Monet is the place to start your day in Grayton Beach. Enjoy a cup of coffee and light breakfast fare while you relax in the gardens, read the paper or just take in the scenery.
 
Stacey Bakes is the newest restaurant and bakery in South Walton. Everything on the menu is gluten-free, soy-free, egg-free, and dairy-free (except for optional cheese on a few items). You wouldn’t know it though, as everything on the menu is delicious. Open from 10 – 5 everyday. Stop in for fresh baked donuts when Stacey Bakes open.
 
Chanticleer Bakery and Eatery is a local favorite – serving up big, scrumptious sandwiches, savory soups, and salads piled high with toppings. Open for lunch and dinner. It's tucked away just north of Scenic 30A, so ask a loval how to find it at 55 Clayton Lane in Grayton Beach.
 
The Red Bar is the ultra-popular, dark and divey hot spot that is a favorite among locals and visitors. Any given Sunday you will find the ramp to the back deck lined with local musicians, fisherman, real estate agents and every other walk of life exchanging stories over cocktails while local band Dread Clampitt jams. And any day of the week you will find Red Bar packed with folks craving Crab Cakes or Panne Chicken. The bartenders are among the best in town – always mixing up the perfect libations for any occasion.
 
Shorty’s Surfside & Topside is just across the street from the Red Bar and boasts a long porch where locals and visitors gather to people-watch while sipping drinks and admiring the view. Shorty’s serves lunch and dinner with a great variety of menu items.
 
Pandora’s Steakhouse is the perfect place to enjoy prime rib, filet, or seafood, but you will also find a great band playing almost every night of the week.
 
Uptown Grayton is a vibrant shopping and dining destination located on Scenic 30A. Another Broken Egg is a breakfast spot in Grayton with everything you can think of eating for breakfast - pancakes, beignets, omelettes, and more. Plus salads, burgers, and sandwiches for lunch. Sergio's Little Italy is a quaint Italian restaurant serving salads, pizzas, pastas, and other traditional Italian entrees - perfect for a romantic dinner or quiet lunch. 
 

 
PLAY

Grayton Beach is the beach where locals go to hang out, grill out, fish, watch the sunset, kayak Western Lake, take a surf lesson, or bring the kids for a day in the sun. It’s sort of a ritual to go to Grayton on Sundays.
 
Let’s not forget Grayton Beach State Park – one of the most popular parks in all of Florida for its campground, cabins, winding trails, wildlife, dunes, beach, and of course Western Lake. Spend a day or spend a week at the park and let us know what you think. Grayton Beach State Park is a wonderful place to visit. 
 

 
SHOP

Grayton Beach has a variety of shops with everything from swimwear, beach gear, and fashion forward boutique clothing, to art, jewelry, and home décor. Whether you need a dress for dinner tonight, a swimsuit and sunscreen for a day on the beach, or you need to furnish your beach home, you will find what you need in Grayton.
 
Uptown Grayton is loaded with beautiful shops and art. Ginger Leigh’s art located in her gallery, The Workshop, has become must-have art locally and around the country. Don’t miss Islanders, a one-stop-shop for beachwear and He Said...She Said, an adorable boutique with flowy dresses, darling hats, and other fashionable clothing for men and women.
 
Some great shops throughout Grayton Beach include Zoo Gallery (across from Red Bar) with art, t-shirts, and jewelry, Beau Interiors with simple, understated, and elegant home décor, Ophelia with beautiful swimwear, Lily Pads with a diverse collection of art, furniture, accessories, jewelry, and collectibles and the Grayton General store with everything from groceries and beer to beach games and sunscreen. Shop local, Shop Grayton Beach.

On the north side you will find Sirens at the Beach, the beautiful lingerie and bridal shop, boasting some of the finest lines in the world. Nest 30A, next to Sirens, is a darling little home decor store specializing in contemporary easy living furnishings and unique fine gifts. Stop in these two stores when you need a great gift for a wedding, for yourself, or for your home. 

 
STAY

By now you are probably ready to book your next vacation in Grayton Beach. We know just who to call…
 
Rivard Realty has tons of Grayton Beach homes on its roster that can accommodate big and small groups. Rivard offers a concierge service to its guests and has someone on-call 24 hours a day to assist with your needs.
 
Hibiscus Coffee and Guesthouse is an old fashioned bed and breakfast with 12 distinctly different accommodations, all furnished and decorated with an Old Florida feel. It's a romantic getaway spot with Cafe Hibiscus located on the grounds for breakfast. 
 
Bottom line… Grayton Beach has it all. So when considering where to book your next vacation with your family, friends, or just by yourself, think of all Grayton Beach has to offer and make the perfect choice.
 
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Jill is a long-time SoWal local transplanted from Georgia. Jill enjoys writing movie scripts in her bit of spare time.

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