SoWal Stories


SoWal Craft Beer and Spirits Festival Aug 2

July 16, 2019
What better way to beat the summer heat?

The Market Shops Celebrates 6th Anniversary With Walton Area Chamber Business After Hours Sep 19

July 16, 2019
The Market Shops, located at the entrance to Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, will host...

Shopping Head to Toe at Town Square Shoes on Seaside Square

July 16, 2019
The next time you find yourself strolling around Seaside, pop in our favo

Sandestin Offers 77 Luxury Condominiums at Osprey Pointe

July 13, 2019
Sandestin Investments has broken ground on a new condo development, Osprey Pointe at...

Shades Bar and Grill in Inlet Beach Celebrates 25 Years Aug 3

July 12, 2019
Get ready to party like you did back in the day!

Staying Safe at the Beach in South Walton

July 12, 2019
At SoWal.com, we are committed to helping locals and visitors stay safe while enjoying...

Local Craftsman Chris Alvarado Building 50th Anniversary Woodstock Guitar

July 8, 2019
Chris Alvarado, Owner & Founder of Driftwood Guitars, has a new project to build a...

Underwater Museum of Art Expands

July 2, 2019
Ten new sculptures have been added to our nation’s first permanent

Tickets Now on Sale for Harvest Wine & Food Festival at WaterColor

July 2, 2019
Following their most successful auction to date, Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (...

Smoke on the Coast BBQ & Fireworks at Destin Commons July 3

July 1, 2019
The 9th Annual Smoke on the Coast BBQ & Fireworks Festival takes place Wednesday, ...

23rd Annual Rags 2 Riches Regatta on Grayton Beach June 29

June 24, 2019
The 23rd Annual Rags 2 Riches Regatta will return to Grayton Beach on Saturday, June 29,...

Great Condos at Seagrove Beach

June 20, 2019
In the 1940s and 1950s families that visited SoWal every Summer stayed in

Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance Begins Invasive Plant Removal from SoWal Coastal Dune Lakes

June 10, 2019
Invasive plants are out-competing native varieties in our

Rise, Shine, Chow Down at Grits & Grind in Seacrest

June 10, 2019
Chef Erik Kellison and Christy Spell Terry have known each other for a go

Grilled Cheese Is A Delicious Art Form At Meltdown On 30A Airstream in Seaside

June 5, 2019
If your idea of comfort food has anything to do with a good ol’ grilled cheese sandwich,...

Digital Graffiti Festival at Alys Beach 2019 Winners & Photos

June 5, 2019
The 12th Annual Digital Graffiti Festival lit up in Alys Beach on May 17-18, 2019! 

RUN/SUP Race Series Kicks Off & More Summer Coastal Fun & Fitness

June 3, 2019
Here in SoWal, Summer is calling for folks to be outdoors in one fashion

Share SoWal! Free Access to Thousands of Beach Photos

May 29, 2019
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Make an Artsy Scavenger Hunt at Rosemary Beach's Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit

May 29, 2019
Stop by the Rosemary Beach Town Administratio

SoWal Style - Look Inside A Courtyard Home in Alys Beach, Florida

May 29, 2019
Construction is booming in Alys Beach and the first homes were built as c

Walton County Florida Real Estate Report for April 2019

May 29, 2019
The most recent SoWal Real Estate Report covers all of Walton County incl

Walton County Provides Free Day-Use Admission to State Parks for Third Year

May 29, 2019
Summer visitors to South Walton will once again be able to enjoy free day-use admission...

Sacred Heart & St. Joe Company Break Ground at Watersound Origins

May 28, 2019
Sacred Heart Health System, part of Ascension Florida, has officially begun construction...

SoWal People: Gina Shiflett's Soulful Journey Across India

May 14, 2019
Gina Shiflett, the intrepid owner of Salon Twist in Seagrove, was returni

Justin Gaffrey Gallery LIFE STILL Opening May 22 - SoWal Art Month

May 14, 2019
On Wednesday, May 22, the Justin Gaff

SoWal Style: Waterfront Florida Cottage in Point Washington

May 13, 2019
Just around the corner from Eden Gardens State Park in Point Washington i

Hibiscus Coffee & Guesthouse Celebrates 25 Years

May 12, 2019
Our favorite Grayton gem, Hibiscu

How to Do Seaside - Park & Ride on the Free Shuttle or Valet It

May 11, 2019
The next time you think about visiting Seaside, think again….think how co

"Under the Sea" UMA Fundraiser at Grand Boulevard May 9

May 7, 2019
Join the Cultural Arts Alliance on Thursday, May 9th from 6 - 10 PM in Grand Park for an...

Walton County Florida Real Estate Report for March 2019

May 7, 2019
The most recent SoWal Real Estate Report covers all of Walton County incl

Modica Market Celebrates 30 Years in Seaside

May 7, 2019
Modica Market, which opened March 17, 1989

Sea Turtle Season Spans South Walton Summer

May 5, 2019
Sea Turtle Season runs May 1 - October 31 in South Walton.

Introducing The Camden & Whitby at Alys Beach

May 3, 2019
On the Alys Beach amphitheater overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, Alys Beach

30 Years of Hard Work Brings Overnight Success for 30A Realty

May 3, 2019
This article's title is of course, tongue in cheek.

ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival Headlines Art Month During May

May 1, 2019
The 31st annual ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival, a Mother’s Day weekend tradition, takes...

Erica Courtney Drop Dead Gorgeous at McCaskill & Company May 10-11

April 30, 2019
McCaskill & Company Fine Jewelry is hosting an Erica Courtney Drop Dead Gorgeous ...

SoWal Beach Town Spots Where We Love to Rise & Shine

April 30, 2019
SoWal Mornings are made for breakfast outside, people watching, and explo

South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival Hits Grand Boulevard April 25-28

April 24, 2019
The 2019 South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival, April 25-28, has emerged as one...

Seabreeze Jazz Festival 2019 April 24-28

April 24, 2019
Smooth jazz, white sands, and fun set for April 24-28, 2019 in beautiful Panama City...

Volunteer Beach Ambassadors Hit the Sand to Educate and Inform

April 24, 2019
When Laurie Reichenbach walks the Beaches of South Walton, she does so with the...

Food For Thought Expands to 10,000sf Warehouse

April 19, 2019
Food For Thought Outreach, Inc.

Roasting, Grinding, and Sipping on Amavida Coffee's Roastery Tour

April 19, 2019
The next time you sit down with your favorite cup of joe, as you ponder y

The Red Bar in Grayton Beach Destroyed by Fire

April 5, 2019
Our beloved Red Bar was destroyed in an earl

Walton County Florida Real Estate Report for February 2019

April 5, 2019
The most recent SoWal Real Estate Report covers all of Walton County incl

Sandestin Wine Festival April 11-14

April 5, 2019
The much anticipated Sandestin Wine Festival's Grand Tasting events take place on Friday...

Florida SweetTea Style Launches at WaterColor Store

April 5, 2019
Rebranding an icon isn’t for the faint of heart.

SoWal Lunchtime at Thai Elephant

April 5, 2019
“I remember the moment I first realized I've been living my whole life in black and w

Destin Ice Market 30A Covers All the Gourmet Bases

April 4, 2019
Destin Ice Market 30A owner Pamela

Camp Longleaf Offers Overnight Summer Camp at E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center

April 4, 2019
Learning and having fun go hand-in-hand this summer at the

Grayton Beer Brewpub Weekend of Celebration April 19-21

April 1, 2019
Grayton Beer Brewpub in Grayton Bea

Walton Artist Joan Vienot Awarded Artist in Residency for Forgotten Coast en Plein Air

April 1, 2019
Santa Rosa Beach artist Joan Vienot has been awarded the prestigious hono

Creating Art & Filling Glasses at Gulf Place Wine Walkabout

March 26, 2019
Gulf Place is a happening place!

SoWal Lunchtime at Basmati's Asian Cuisine

March 22, 2019
The SoWal crew went to lunch at

Shades Bar and Grill Hosts 12th Annual Seafood Boil Benefit April 6

March 20, 2019
Shades Bar and Grill will host the 12th

Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation 2019 Concerts in the Village Lineup

March 16, 2019
The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundatio

La Playa at Gulf Place Has a New Owner with a Familiar Face

March 15, 2019
Mario McNally is the new owner of

Funky Fresh AJ’s Seafood & Oyster Bar in Grayton Beach

March 15, 2019
AJ’s Seafood & Oyster Bar is a one

12th Annual 30A St. Patrick's Parade March 16

March 15, 2019
The 12th Annual 30A St. Patrick's Parade is set for 3pm on March 16th, 2019.

Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach May 17-18

March 15, 2019
Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach is a colorful and creative projection art festival where...

Emerald Ball at Hilton Sandestin to Benefit Sacred Heart Foundation May 18

March 14, 2019
The Sacred Heart Foundation is rolling out the green carpet for the inaugural Emerald...

SoWal Style: Costa Blanca New Luxury Living on Scenic 30A

March 11, 2019
Right next to Gulf Place on the beach is a gleaming white building comprised of luxury...

Moving & Shaking in Seaside Town Center

March 11, 2019
One constant in SoWal is that things are always changing in Seaside.

SoWal Women with Soul: Margie and Kristen of Beau Interiors

March 10, 2019
Mother - daughter duo Margie Perry and Kristen Foley are happy and busy r

Walton County Florida Real Estate Report for January 2019

March 8, 2019
The most recent SoWal Real Estate Report covers all of Walton County incl

Tacos from Every Corner of SoWal

March 7, 2019
Everybody loves tacos at the beach!

Zuma at Alys Beach Offering Fitness Center Memberships to All

March 6, 2019
The new fitness center at Alys Beach is nearing completion and it is a wonder to behold.

Crêpes du Soleil Shines in a Shiny Airstream in Seaside

March 6, 2019
Driving through Seaside on Scenic 30A, SoWal newbies are often surprised

SoWal People: Jennifer Steele Art Scene Star

March 5, 2019
Jennifer Steele is a busy woman.

Changes & Additions at Grand Boulevard Includes Williams Sonoma

March 4, 2019
One of the biggest specialty retailers in the world, Williams Sonoma, is set to open in...

12 Designs Unveiled for Second UMA Installation

March 3, 2019
The Cultural Arts Al

Visit South Walton 2018 Economics & Visitor Studies

March 3, 2019
Stats, stats, and more stats - excellent information compiled for South Walton tourism...

OceanFilm Tour at WaterSound Origins Apr 5 & 6

March 2, 2019
Adventure. Action. Ocean Life.

SoWal Mardi Gras Parades, Parties, Pooches

March 2, 2019
Mardi Gras festivities kick off this weekend in South Walton and along the Emerald Coast...

Emerald Coast Boat & Lifestyle Show March 15-17

February 24, 2019
The Emerald Coast Boat & Lifestyle Show fe

SoWal Lunchtime at Local Catch Bar & Grill

February 23, 2019
We adore our delicious lunchtime breaks at our local SoWal eateries.

SoWal Live BeachCams

February 23, 2019
From Inlet Beach to Miramar Beach, our LIVE BeachCams

Pescado Seafood Grill & Rooftop Bar Serving Sunday Brunch

February 23, 2019
Pescado Seafood Grill & Rooftop Bar is excited to announce two fantastic new events...

Walton County Florida Real Estate Report for December 2018

February 23, 2019
The most recent SoWal Real Estate Report covers all of Walton County incl

30A Wine Festival at Alys Beach Feb 20-24

February 23, 2019
The eighth annual 30A Wine Festival returns to the beautiful community of

SoWal Lunchtime at Grayton Beer Brewpub

February 20, 2019
On Valentine’s Day the SoWal Staff lunched at

30th Annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival Feb 15-16

February 15, 2019
Known as one of the largest and most popular winter food events along Florida’s Emerald...

Valentine Tour of Homes Opens SoWal Doors Feb 16 & 17

February 12, 2019
Valentine’s weekend typically means romantic dinners and flowers for most, but for South...

Cozy Spots on 30A for Date Night

February 7, 2019
For you food lovers and romance seekers, here is our latest

New Eateries Coming to Destin Commons

February 6, 2019
Foodies Rejoice!

Seagar's Prime Steaks & Seafood at Hilton Sandestin a Cut Above the Rest

February 5, 2019
Northwest Florida’s longest standing AAA Four-Diamond Restaurant,

Camellia Festival at Eden Gardens State Park Feb 16

February 1, 2019
The Friends of Eden Gardens invite the community to the annual Camellia Festival

State Parks & Forests in South Walton, Florida

February 1, 2019
The State Parks and State Forest Lands in South Walton are spectacular.

La Lumière: Feast of the Gods Fundraiser at Hilton Sandestin Feb 8-10

February 1, 2019
Broker Associate, Hannah Martin, of The Premier Property Group is pleased to announce her...

Where to Get Epic SoWal Pizza

January 23, 2019
Ninja Turtles love it. Travelers book flights to Italy for it.

Sinfonia Gulf Coast’s Annual Fundraiser Crescendo! Feb 15 - 17

January 22, 2019
Sinfonia Gulf Coast, our region’s only fully professional symphony orchestra, is pleased...

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Hosts Moonlight Paddle Feb 18

January 22, 2019
Join Topsail Hill Preserve Sta

SoWal Insider's Guide to 30A Songwriters Festival 2019

January 18, 2019
Beach breezes blend with tunes every January in SoWal during the annual 3

Walton County Florida Real Estate Report for November 2018

January 16, 2019
The most recent SoWal Real Estate Report covers all of Walton County incl

Hyatt Place Sandestin at Grand Boulevard Opens with Style

January 15, 2019
Hyatt Place Sandestin at Grand Boulevard opened doors and welcomed the pu

Café Thirty-A Raises $26,200 for Caring and Sharing of South Walton

January 11, 2019
Café Thirty-A recently held its annual Christmas Charity Ball on Friday, December 7, 2018...

250 Room Sandestin Hotel Set to Open in 2020

January 11, 2019
Sandestin Investments, LLC (SDI) has received a development order from the Walton County...