SoWal Stories


Expanded WaterColor Beach Club & More at WaterColor Inn

May 27, 2020
WaterColor Inn guests can now enjoy two exciting, recently completed projects - an...

RUN/SUP Summer Race Series Fridays in July at WaterColor

May 27, 2020
Run/SUP Summer Series 2020 will take place at the BoatHouse Paddle Club in Water

Concerts in the Village Returns June 4

May 27, 2020
The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) is pleased to announce a new 2020 Concerts in

Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation Virtual Auction for COVID-19 Relief

May 27, 2020
Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF), one of the nation’s premier fundraising...

The Red Bar Rebuild Updates & Photos

May 25, 2020
Our beloved Red Bar was destroyed in an earl

Grayton Beach State Park Named Best Beach in USA

May 21, 2020
Dr. Stephen Leatherman, aka Dr.

Free Admission to SoWal State Parks Summer 2020

May 21, 2020
Summer outdoor lovers in SoWal have free admission to

Food For Thought Outreach Helping More Than Ever

May 20, 2020
Food For Thought's mission is to remove the negative impacts of hunger, and to empower

Vacation Rentals Now Booking in South Walton

May 19, 2020
Vacation Rentals in Walton County are now permitted, pursuant to the county’s safety plan...

Viritual Hands Across the Sand May 16

May 13, 2020
Virtual Hands Across the Sand takes place on Saturday May 16, 2020!

Free Coronavirus Testing for Walton County Residents

May 13, 2020
Until recently Walton County’s coronavirus testing has lagged far behind neighboring...

Walton County Florida Real Estate Report for March 2020

May 13, 2020
The most recent SoWal Real Estate Report covers all of Walton County incl

Wildfire in South Walton Info & Updates - Arrest Made

May 11, 2020
Walton County Sheriff's Office is on scene of an outside woods fire with South Walton...

How To Get A Walton County Beach Driving Permit

May 5, 2020
For this year, all driving on the beach permits until August 1st, due to limited county...

Sea Turtle Nesting Season 2020 Underway in SoWal

May 4, 2020
May brings the start of sea turtle nesting season on the Gulf coast in So

SoWal Style - Old Florida Cottage in Grayton Beach

May 4, 2020
There is a lot of history in Grayton Beach.

Caring & Sharing of South Walton Launches Covid-19 Relief Fund

May 4, 2020
Like many organizations across the country,

Hibiscus Coffee & Guesthouse Operating Details & Specials

May 4, 2020
Greetings friends,  we are sorry you can't be with us at the beach right now.  The sky is...

Signup for the SoWal Beach Newsletter

April 29, 2020
Keep up with all things Beachy in South Walton with the SoWal Newsletter (est 2003) - we

Point Washington Medical Clinic Freely Serves the Community

April 23, 2020
A doctor’s “bedside manner” will not usually appear on their resume, but

CVHN Receives $35,000 Grant for New Mobile Unit

April 17, 2020
Children’s Volunteer

Walton County Florida Real Estate Report for February 2020

April 10, 2020
The most recent SoWal Real Estate Report covers all of Walton County incl

Destin Drive Through Food Giveaway Apr 11

April 10, 2020
Destin Harvest, Farm Share, PERT, Event Tents, American Lunch,

CAA Launches Emergency Relief Fund for Local Artists

April 7, 2020
The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) has launched an Emergency Relief Fu

Join The Effort To Designate 30A As A National Scenic Byway

March 26, 2020
Scenic Walton is looking for your help in

SoWal Style - Caribbean Flair Florida Cottage in Grayton Beach

March 17, 2020
On a quiet street in the quaint coastal town of Grayton Beach in South Walton, Florida...

SoWal Live BeachCams

March 17, 2020
From Inlet Beach to Miramar Beach, our LIVE BeachCams

The 30A Gallery Trail - Must Visit Artists in South Walton FL

March 16, 2020
South Walton has always attracted creative types who are drawn to our san

2020 Perfect in South Walton Award Winners

March 15, 2020
The Perfect in South Walton Awards, now in its sixth year, are both nominated and voted...

Share SoWal! Free Access to Thousands of Beach Photos

March 12, 2020
Join us in sharing SoWal!

2020 New Stores and Events Happening at Grand Boulevard

March 10, 2020
We know how you feel! It's hard to keep up with everything happening in SoWal.

South Walton Beach Accesses - Beach Parking, Lifeguards, Restrooms

March 10, 2020
Everyone wants to know where to park at the beach in South Walton.

The Clubs by JOE Adds Private Aircraft Amenity for Members

March 10, 2020
We got up close and personal with the coolest new amenity from The Clubs by JOE: access...

Book Your Next Vacation from Destin to Inlet Beach with Destin Getaways Vacation Rentals

March 10, 2020
When it comes to booking your perfect vacation getaway,

Art in the Park at WaterColor Mar 21-22

March 10, 2020
Spring is here and so is one of the most beautiful events of the year!

30A Trolley is Rolling - Hop On, Hop Off

March 6, 2020
A new trolley service is rolling up and down Scenic 30A, offering scenic

Elmo's Grill Serving Succulent Seafood & More for Nearly 30 Years

March 4, 2020
Elmo’s Grill has been in business in SoWal for almost 30 years now and owners Brad and...

SoWal Style - Alys Beach Southside Luxury Living

March 4, 2020
Exquisite end to end, top to bottom.  Imagery and words attempt to describe the beauty...

Caliza Receives Top Honors for Dining Experience

March 4, 2020
Caliza Restaurant at Alys Beach, now open for the season, has received th

Purses with a Purpose Returns to Grand Boulevard May 14-16

March 4, 2020
Purses with a Purpose, a signature

Loving Lunch at La Cocina in Seacrest

March 2, 2020
Last week, I joined the SoWal team for lunch at La

Walton County Florida Real Estate Report for January 2020

February 28, 2020
The most recent SoWal Real Estate Report covers all of Walton County incl

Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa Sunny Spring Savings March 15 - April 30

February 26, 2020
Come enjoy the beach in SoWal as you soak up the sunshine — and savings — at Hilton...

Taste of the Race at Seaside Features Dozens of Local Restaurants Feb 28

February 26, 2020
The Seaside School Half Marathon & 5K weekend kicks off in delicious style with

Live@TheREP is Back and Full of New Music

February 20, 2020
We have a lot of great spots to catch live music in SoWal, but it's hard to match the...

Bikes & Tacos Go Together at Piper's Kitchen in Alys Beach

February 18, 2020
Visitors to SoWal spend a lot of time along Scenic 30A, and a MUST visit to Alys Beach is...

Emerald Coast Boat & Lifestyle Show Feb 28 - Mar 1

February 17, 2020
The Emerald Coast Boat & Lifestyle Show takes place February 28 - March 1, 2

Walton County Florida Real Estate Report for December 2019

February 12, 2020
The most recent SoWal Real Estate Report covers all of Walton County incl

Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood Rolls Out Winter Menu

February 11, 2020
Using the finest ingredients, Executive Chef Lee Guidry has enhanced its seasonal menu at...

SoWal Style: Grayton Beach Gulf Front Blends Old Florida and Modern Comfort

February 8, 2020
Gulf House is nestled in the dunes overlooking the Gulf in Grayton Beac

South Walton Valentine Tour of Homes Feb 15-16

February 6, 2020
Valentine’s Day weekend typically means romantic dinners and flowers for most, but for...

Spectacular Coastal Dune Lakes of South Walton

February 3, 2020
True Coastal Dune Lakes occur in only a few places around the world, but

Sandestin Gumbo Festival at Baytowne Wharf Feb 14-15

February 3, 2020
The Sandestin Gumbo Festival has been known as one of the largest and most popular winter...

30A Wine Festival at Alys Beach Feb 19-23

February 3, 2020
The ninth annual 

OLLI at FSU, PC30A Classes Come to SoWal

January 25, 2020
Locals interested in expanding their creative horizons will be able to do so shortly with...

Restore Customary Use Town Hall Meeting Jan 30

January 25, 2020
Local Public Beach Use advocates will come together to share information about proposed ...

Camellia Festival at Eden Gardens State Park Feb 15

January 25, 2020
The Friends of Eden Gardens invite the community to the annual Camellia Festival

Annual Events and Festivals in South Walton

January 24, 2020
South Walton has something great going on every month of the year, and every wee

South Walton & 30A Live Music, Venues, Concerts, Festivals

January 20, 2020
It's always time for live music in South Walton!

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

January 20, 2020
After a very productive morning last week, the SoWal crew heade

SoWal Food Guide - Eat & Drink Like A Local!

January 20, 2020
See our guide to South Walton Restaurants, 30A Dining Info, Rest

SoWal Style - Craftsman Bungalow Perfection in Wild Heron

January 20, 2020
People are usually surprised to find inside the gates of Wild Heron a community full of...

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

January 20, 2020
Bud and Alley’s is the

Walton County Florida Real Estate Report for November 2019

January 20, 2020
The most recent SoWal Real Estate Report covers all of Walton County incl

SoWal Insider's Guide to 30A Songwriters Festival 2020

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

Great Days Ahead for Grayt 30A Vacation Rentals

January 17, 2020
Not long ago, in a not-so-far-off land, there existed a magic kingdom kno

Outside the Festival Live Music in South Walton Jan 17-20

January 10, 2020
Music is a very special part of our SoWal beach community and you can hear it and see i

SoWal Food

December 28, 2019
So, you like to travel for the food. We do, too!

New Year's Eve RUN/SUP Race at WaterColor BoatHouse

December 27, 2019
The RUN/SUP New Year's Eve Race on 1

Where to Stay in Sandestin from Beach to Bay

December 23, 2019
From the white sandy beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, to the Old Florida fe

Planet Secure Specializes in Smart & Secure Homes and Businesses

December 23, 2019
The seed was planted for Planet Secure in 2005 when Ken Richard’s business in St.

Where We Slurp Oysters Every Day In South Walton

December 23, 2019
Yummy, salty, dressed, stuffed, baked, fried and RAW - just how you like

2020 Digital Graffiiti Call For Artists

December 20, 2019
The Alys Foundation has opened the call for entries for the 13th annual Digital Graffiti...

Walton County Florida Real Estate Report for October 2019

December 20, 2019
The most recent SoWal Real Estate Report covers all of Walton County incl

Have a Holly Jolly Baytowne!

December 10, 2019
Have a Holly, Jolly Christmas at The Village of Baytowne Wharf with a pac

Big Daddy's Sets Gold Standard for Bicycle Sales, Rentals & Service

December 4, 2019
There are lots of places that sell lots of bikes, but Big Daddy’s Bike Sh

Café Thirty-A Annual Christmas Charity Ball Dec 6

December 1, 2019
Time to get out your fanciest threads for the Café Thirty-A  annual Chris

Holiday Parade & Turn On the Town in Seaside Nov 30

November 26, 2019
Combine the small-town atmosphere of a beach community parade, throw in a dash of Santa...

SoWal Santa Sightings!

November 26, 2019
It’s time for holidays at the beach and St.

Tis the Season for Holiday Markets in South Walton

November 26, 2019
It’s the most wonderful time of the year with more holiday mark

The REP Theatre Makes Holiday Magic With Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)

November 26, 2019
Every Christmas Story Ever Told brings together the magic and wonder of all your beloved

Walton County Florida Real Estate Report for September 2019

November 26, 2019
The most recent SoWal Real Estate Report covers all of Walton County incl

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

November 18, 2019
Get ready for a Grayt day of holiday shopping and drinking local!

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...

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

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,

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

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