SoWal Stories


SoWal Style - Craftsman Bungalow Perfection in Wild Heron

November 14, 2019
People are usually surprised to find inside the gates of Wild Heron a community full of...

Kous Kouri Race at Grayton Beach State Park Nov 30

November 14, 2019
There are lots of foot races that take place in SoWal, but few offer the communion with...

SoWal Santa Sightings!

November 14, 2019
It’s time for holidays at the beach and St.

Tis the Season for Holiday Markets in South Walton

November 12, 2019
It’s the most wonderful time of the year with more holiday mark

Beau Interiors Captures Holiday Spirit with 4th Annual Christmas Open House Nov 17

November 11, 2019
It’s the most wonderful time of the year at

SoWal Food Guide - Eat & Drink Like A Local!

November 11, 2019
See our guide to South Walton Restaurants, 30A Dining Info, Rest

SoWal Lunchtime - Seafood at Bud and Alley's in Seaside

November 11, 2019
Bud and Alley’s is the

Fun & Funky Nostalgia & Fashion at Quincy Avenue Art & Things in Seaside

November 11, 2019
Nestled in the heart of Seaside, there lives a small robot that surely co

First Responder Appreciation Free Lunch & Giveaway Nov 15

November 11, 2019
For the past 23 years, Jimy Thorpe has had the same vision for his business,

Spectacular Coastal Dune Lakes of South Walton

November 10, 2019
True Coastal Dune Lakes occur in only a few places around the world, but

4th Annual Grayt Holiday Market at Grayton Beer Taproom Dec 7

November 5, 2019
Get ready for a Grayt day of holiday shopping and drinking local!

Café Thirty-A Annual Christmas Charity Ball Dec 6

November 5, 2019
Time to get out your fanciest threads for the Café Thirty-A  annual Chris

Shimmering Seas Jewelry Sparkles at 30Avenue

November 4, 2019
30Avenue in Inlet Beach is a great place for holiday shopping, and there is no better...

NEAT in Alys Beach Features Wine & Song, Friends & Fun

November 4, 2019
Our SoWal team recently headed down to NEAT in

Shades Bar & Grill in Inlet Beach Popular with Locals & Visitors

November 4, 2019
After a very productive morning last week, the SoWal crew heade

Seeing Red Wine Festival Celebrates 29 Years in Seaside Nov 7-10

November 1, 2019
Celebrating its 29th anniversary, Seeing Red Wine Festival in Seaside brings four days of...

Walton County Florida Real Estate Report for August 2019

October 30, 2019
The most recent SoWal Real Estate Report covers all of Walton County incl

Mountainfilm on Tour at WaterColor Inn & Resort Nov 1 & 2

October 28, 2019
Get ready for our annual night of special films under the stars.

5th Annual Bloody Mary Festival Set for Nov 2

October 28, 2019
The Market Shops is spicing it up for the 5th Annual Bloody Mary Festival

The Zoo Gallery Keeping it Weird Since 1979

October 24, 2019
“It’s a Zoo in there!”

Raise your Stein to Oktoberfest at Seascape Oct 26

October 22, 2019
Event canceled due to bad weather.

Inaugural Firkin Fête at Alys Beach Oct 24 & 25

October 21, 2019
A new experience with fun, food, music, and a unique tasting hits South W

Harvest Wine & Food Festival at WaterColor Oct 24-26

October 21, 2019
Following their most successful auction to date, Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (...

SoWal Insider's Guide to 30A Songwriters Festival 2020

October 12, 2019
The 30A Songwriters Festival returns toSouth Walton January 17-20, 2020,

12th Annual Baytowne Beer Festival Oct 11 & 12

October 11, 2019
Time to roll out the barrel and discover unique suds & ales!

The Rep Theatre Membership Party at Grayton Beer Company Oct 15

October 11, 2019
Join The REP Theatre for an exclusive members-only event celebrating REP members, patrons...

Flutterby Arts Festival at WaterSound Origins Oct 20

October 11, 2019
Flutterby Arts Festival Update:

Animoré: A Weekend Benefit For The Love of Animals Oct 18 & 19

October 11, 2019
Alaqua Animal Refuge invites you to the first annual weekend fe

24th Annual Festival of the Arts at MKAF Cultural Arts Village Oct 26-27

October 11, 2019
Event canceled due to bad weather.

Panoramic Gulf Views Mesmerize at FOOW in WaterColor

October 10, 2019
Panoramic Gulf views mesmerize from every seat in the house at

Q & A with Chef Mark Eichin of Restaurant Paradis

October 10, 2019
Restaurant Paradi

Oktoberfest at The Bay Promises an Authentic Experience Oct 5

October 4, 2019
The Bay in South Walton is throwing down for Oktoberfest!

The Red Bar in Grayton Beach Destroyed by Fire [Updates]

October 3, 2019
Our beloved Red Bar was destroyed in an earl

Bud & Ally's Hosts 29th Seeing Red Vintner Dinner Nov 7

October 1, 2019
Every Year Bud & Ally's ushers in fall and kicks off the 29th annual

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

September 30, 2019
La Playa is open and serving daily!

Fore Her Hosts Pink Walk at Destin Commons Nov 3

September 29, 2019
Wear your pink and let's walk for a good cause!

Justin Gaffrey Gallery to Showcase Newest Collection “MOON SHOW” Sep 28

September 25, 2019
On Saturday, September 28, the Justin Gaffrey Gallery invites the community to an opening...

PROST! Grayton Beer Brewpub Hosts Inaugural Oktoberfest Sept 28

September 25, 2019
Join us for suds, games, fun, food, and more suds at Grayton Beer Brewpub

Destin Charity Cornhole Tournament Sep 29

September 25, 2019
Do you love Cornhole and good causes? And shopping and beer?

Eggs On the Beach Cooking Competition at Seascape Resort Sep 28

September 25, 2019
The Emerald Coast’s official Big Green Egg EggFest cooking competition, E

CVHN to Host 15th Annual Big Give at Bud & Alley's Sep 27

September 25, 2019
It's time to get out your favorite  coastal chic threads, put on your dan

RUN/SUP Outdoor Fall Events & Activities in SoWal

September 24, 2019
Cooler days  translate to “come get outside with us” for Tom Losee and hi

SoWal is "In a Relationship" with Tacos

September 24, 2019
If there's one thing SoWal knows, it's TACOS!

South Walton Events Calendar

September 23, 2019
For every event and activity in South Walton, Florida in the Scenic 30A area, visit the

Grayt Vibes Art and Music Festival Hits the Streets of Grayton Sep 22

September 18, 2019
Join the fun at our local "Block Party" on Grayton Beach's main drag in "

Cocina Cubana Spices up Seaside

September 18, 2019
There's a new eatery in Seaside and they have what you need to spice up y

Walton County Florida Real Estate Report for July 2019

September 17, 2019
The most recent SoWal Real Estate Report covers all of Walton County incl

RUN/SUP Challenge at Baytowne Marina in Sandestin Sep 21

September 17, 2019
Cross training for a good cause is what RUN\SUP is all about and this tim

Amavida Features Coffee, Tea & Art in Seaside

September 15, 2019
Amavida Coffee & Tea is celebrating 15 years in 2019 and the party co

Beachy Coffee Company Perks Up South Walton and Beach Lovers Everywhere

September 11, 2019
Bob DeBellis and his wife blew into SoWal in the late nineties, after Hur

The Camden & Whitby Rise in Alys Beach

September 4, 2019
The old world charm of Alys Beach shows in two new luxury condominiums un

Sinfonia Gulf Coast Set For An "Out Of This World" Season

September 4, 2019
Keeping the tempo at the forefront of the Emerald Coast’s cultural scene

Third Annual Harvest Moon Celebration at Seaside Sep 14

September 3, 2019
Traditionally, the harvest moon symbolizes a new beginning and that's why

Fall Events at The Rep Theatre in Seaside

September 3, 2019
The REP's Fall 2019 lineup brings theater, music and film to the Meeting

The Witches Ride Again for CVHN Oct 31

September 1, 2019
The gathering of good witches is upon us!

Alys Beach 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run Sep 1

August 23, 2019
The 8th Annual Alys Beach 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run takes place Labor Day weekend

Walton County Florida Real Estate Report for June 2019

August 12, 2019
The most recent SoWal Real Estate Report covers all of Walton County incl

SoWal Lunchtime: Red Fish Taco in Blue Mountain Beach

August 12, 2019
Lunchtime at Red Fish

SoWal Craft Beer and Spirits Festival Aug 2

July 31, 2019
What better way to beat the summer heat?

North Beach Tortilla Co. Opens On The Bay

July 31, 2019
Chef Jim Shirley has expanded his collection of popular SoWal restaurants with the...

Marie & Hanie Nasri Open PJ’S Pasta, Pizza, Ice Cream & Catering

July 30, 2019
Restaurateurs Hanie and Marie Nasri have come full circle in their quest

Emerald Coast Theatre Company Launches 7th Season

July 30, 2019
Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) announces its seventh annual season on the Northwest...

SoWal Live BeachCams

July 30, 2019
From Inlet Beach to Miramar Beach, our LIVE BeachCams

Experience Real Grayton at Grayton Corner Café & Wine Shop

July 29, 2019
If you want to get some REAL Grayton flavor - this is where you wanna go!

Shaka Sushi and Noodle Bar Rolls with Good Vibes

July 25, 2019
Shaka Sushi and Noodle Bar is the place to hang loose and catch some posi

Live Your Best Life at Beach Ready Spa in Seaside

July 22, 2019
You deserve some rest and relaxation from the hustle and bustle of summer

SoWal Style: Stay Cool at The Pointe in Inlet Beach

July 22, 2019
Carefully curated for those who enjoy the finer things in life, The Aqua

Walton County Florida Real Estate Report for May 2019

July 18, 2019
The most recent SoWal Real Estate Report covers all of Walton County incl

Why We Love Raw & Juicy's New Location at Alys Beach

July 17, 2019
Raw & Juicy has a new home in

Underwater Museum of Art Expands

July 17, 2019
Ten new sculptures have been added to our nation’s first permanent

Alys Shoppe is the Friendliest Boutique on Scenic 30A

July 17, 2019
In the heart of Alys Beach

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...

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

75-Room Inn Included in St. Joe's Plans for Camp Creek Lifestyle Village

June 1, 2019
Those who enjoy golf history know that the first course in America is said to be The...

Share SoWal! Free Access to Thousands of Beach Photos

May 29, 2019
Join us in sharing SoWal!

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