SoWal Stories


Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach May 18-20

May 8, 2018
Our favorite graffiti festival returns to Alys Beach for the eleventh annual edition May...

30th ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival May 12 & 13

May 6, 2018
The 30th annual ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival is a Mother's Day weekend tradition...

Art Week South Walton | May 2018 SoWal Events

May 6, 2018
Art Week South Walton is an initiative of the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton C

Warming up the Gulf Fishing

May 1, 2018
It's a beautiful, warm, calm, sunny day and I am on the hill.

Seagrove on the Beach Property Rentals Has Your Perfect Vacation

April 27, 2018
When it comes to SoWal property rental and management, Gary Bennett and Ed Arnsdorff make...

Dog Harmony Celebrates New Home

April 25, 2018
As a certified, professional dog trainer, Nancy Brown knows a thing or tw

South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival April 26 - 29

April 25, 2018
The scope is impressive!

Walk, Run & Stroll at the 2nd Annual CVHN Smile Mile & 5K May 12

April 25, 2018
Lace up your shoes and get ready to move!

Walton County Florida Real Estate Report for March 2018

April 24, 2018
The latest SoWal Real Estate Report covers all of Walton County including

Underwater Museum of Art Fundraiser May 9 at Grand Boulevard

April 19, 2018
 The Cultural Arts Al

The Lucian Condominium in Alys Beach Florida Receives Top Green Certification

April 17, 2018
The Florida Green Building Coalition, FGBC, has awarded eight

Newbill Collection By The Sea Celebrates 25 Years in Seaside

April 17, 2018
As the owner of the longest-running gallery at Seaside’s Ruskin Place art colony, Annette...

Fourth Annual Tea Fore Her Fundraiser May 6

April 16, 2018
Please join us and Fore Her on May 6 from 1 to 3

Drift 30A Home & Gifts in Inlet Beach Embraces Collaboration

April 16, 2018
DRIFT 30A Home & Gifts is the kind of place that you walk in, and rat

Derby de Mayo at The Bayo May 5

April 13, 2018
It only happens once in a blue moon that The Kentucky Derby falls on Cinc

SoWal Style - Exotic Courtyard Home in Alys Beach

April 7, 2018
Most people who visit Alys Beach cluster around t

Seabreeze Jazz Festival Celebrates 20 Years April 18-22

April 6, 2018
Celebration is the theme as multi-platinum-sell

Spring Fishing at SoWal Beach

April 6, 2018
It's definitely Spring Break time here at the beach.

Another Broken Egg Café in Grayton Beach Transforms to Crackings

March 27, 2018
On a recent visit to Crackings in

Slick Lips Seafood & Oyster House Opens in Baytowne Wharf

March 27, 2018
Fresh off the heels of another award-winning season with their first

Walton County Florida Real Estate Report for February 2018

March 24, 2018
The latest SoWal Real Estate Report covers all of Walton County including

Get Down and Derby At The Market Shops May 5

March 19, 2018
The Junior League of the Emerald Coast (JLEC) is excited to announce The Down & Derby...

SoWal Summer Junior Lifeguard Program 2018

March 19, 2018
It’s time to start planning summer activities for the kids in SoWal, and

Gulf Coast Go Connects SoWal and Destin

March 18, 2018
Curtis Spagnola wants to go where no double decker bus or trolley has gon

30A St Patricks Day Parade & Festival Mar 17

March 15, 2018
Bust out your favorite green socks and hats, and practice your jig becaus

Café Thirty-A is the Heart of Seagrove Beach

March 15, 2018
Café Thirty-A has played host to anniversary dinners, engagement parties,

Red Fish Taco Opens at Red Fish Village in Blue Mountain Beach

March 14, 2018
There's a new place in Blue Mountain Beach to get our taco fix!

Early Spring SoWal Fishing

March 12, 2018
Been a long time since I stopped and wrote a fishing report.

Bay Breeze Patio Anniversary & Grilling Expo March 23 & 24

March 9, 2018
The most glorious time of year has returned once again to the shores of S

Sandestin Offers 77 Luxury Condominiums at Osprey Pointe

March 6, 2018
Sandestin Investments is launching a new condo development, Osprey Pointe at Sandestin.

SoWal Lifeguards On the Beach for New Season

March 1, 2018
South Walton Fire District (SWFD) lifeguards report today to their FOURTE

Taste of the Race at Seaside with Emeril Lagasse Mar 2

February 28, 2018
Taste of the Race kicks off the Seaside School Half Marathon & 5K Ra

Emerald Coast Boat & Lifestyle Show at Pier Park March 2-4

February 26, 2018
If you love outdoor adventure on the world's most beautiful beaches, you'

South Walton Beaches Wine and Food Festival Apr 26 - 29

February 26, 2018
Tickets are on sale now for

Grayton Seafood Co. Is the Local's Choice

February 26, 2018
When Kenny Griner was a young boy, he learned to throw a cast net and soo

Walton County Florida Real Estate Report for January 2018

February 26, 2018
The latest SoWal Real Estate Report covers all of Walton County including

Smiles are Free at The Art of Simple in Seaside

February 20, 2018
The Art of Simple is one of those special place

La Lumière: A Metropolitan Affair - Fundraiser Set for Feb 10 at Grand Boulevard

February 10, 2018
La Lumière: A Metropolitan Affair  is the upcom

Walton County Florida Real Estate Report for December 2017

February 8, 2018
The latest SoWal Real Estate Report covers all of Walton County including

Margaret Ellen Bridal Opens at 30Avenue

February 8, 2018
Come celebrate with all of SoWal at the grand opening of Margaret Ellen Bridal at...

SoWal Insider Guide to Valentine Shopping

February 5, 2018
Love is all around us in SoWal and it's the time of year to show your special someone...

NEAT Bottle Shop And Tasting Room at Alys Beach Expands Space & Menu Offerings

February 3, 2018
NEAT Bottle Shop & Tasting Room has expanded following the completion of the...

Seaside Dune Restoration Project Underway

February 3, 2018
In an effort to mitigate storm effects and maintain its beaches in the be

Unlimited Golf & Tennis Specials at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort

February 3, 2018
What could be better than a sandy, salty, sunny vacation at the beach?

Good Times Cooking at Sandestin Gumbo Festival Feb 16-17

February 3, 2018
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort cooks up great gumbo paired with first-rate fun at the...

Cultural Arts Alliance Valentine Tour of Homes Feb 17-18

February 3, 2018
This Valentine's weekend get intimate with some of SoWal's finest homes!

Camellia Festival at Eden Gardens State Park Feb 17

January 29, 2018
The Friends of Eden and Florida State Parks pay tribute to the Camellia Saturday, Feb.

The Red Bar Celebrates 23 Years on Super Bowl Sunday

January 27, 2018
Once upon a time way back during the last century, destiny led Oliver Pet

Topsail Talks: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Artificial Reef with SWARA Feb 9

January 27, 2018
Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for a Topsail Talks Educational Discovery Series on...

Toast to New Experiences at 45 Central in Seaside

January 16, 2018
45 Central in Seaside offers more than just an opportunity for a fantastic happy hour and...

Walton County Florida Real Estate Report for November 2017

January 16, 2018
The latest SoWal Real Estate Report covers all of Walton County including

SoWal Winter Fishing Report

January 16, 2018
My computer is telling me I haven't written in a while but there is good

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Hosts Love Tracks - 5K Fun Run/Walk Feb 17

January 15, 2018
Join outdoor SoWal lovers at To

SoWal Insider's Guide to 30A Songwriters Festival 2018

January 10, 2018
We know you love the beach. And who doesn't love music?!

Polar Bear Plunge January First 2018

December 27, 2017
In conjunction with South Walton Fire District (SWFD), Gulf Place will host the 5th...

A Brand New Start for NWFL Fitness & SoWal Crossfit

December 27, 2017
It’s hard to imagine two people at the beach more fit than Matt and Megan

Bud & Alley's Waterfront Restaurant Receives Golden Spoon Hall Of Fame Award

December 22, 2017
So many great memories and so many delicious meals and sunset toasts! Con

Walton County Florida Real Estate Report for October 2017

December 20, 2017
The latest SoWal Real Estate Report covers all of Walton County including

SoWal Style: Diamond Dunes Gulf Front on Inlet Beach

December 18, 2017
Diamond Dunes is an Inlet Beach Beauty which sits very close to the clear

Flounders For Fishmas 2017!

December 17, 2017
That time of the year when two of my favorite seasons collide, Christmas

Idyll Hounds Brewing Company Raises The Bar

December 15, 2017
Beach, Beer, Repeat - that is the slogan you se

Stinky's Bait Shack Fishing Report for December 2017

December 14, 2017
Our latest trip launched from the new Pilcher Park under the 331 Bridge. 

Christmas Candlelight Tour & Open House at Eden Gardens State Park Dec 16

December 14, 2017
A time-honored wonderful holiday tradition in South Walton! 

Super Spots for Sparkling SoWal Jewelry

December 12, 2017
From luxurious leather & pearls to shimmering silver and glorious gol

Let's Talk Sustainability at Seaside Institute Dec 11: The Washed Ashore Project

December 7, 2017
Join the Seaside Institute for the next Let's Talk 30A Sustainability meeting: The Washed...

Santa Comes to the Dock of the The Bay Dec 5

December 3, 2017
The Bay Restaurant Welcom

GRAYT Holiday Market at Grayton Beer Company Dec 2

December 1, 2017
Grayton Beer Company will host the 2nd Annual GRAYT Holiday M

SoWal Style: Seagrove Modern Luxury Penthouse at The Viridian

December 1, 2017
The Viridian is modern luxury right in the hear

Seaside Post Office Moving to Back of Seaside Square

November 30, 2017
Seaside is excited to announce the beginning of a new Post Office Plaza.

Black Bear Bread Co. Is A Local Favorite in Grayton Beach

November 30, 2017
“This is the first time I’ve had good bread in America in 30 years,” Delphine Debono...

The Hibiscus Café in Grayton Beach is Pure Goodness

November 30, 2017
Every morning in Grayton Beach at Hibiscus Café is special but Sundays ar

Café Thirty-A Charity Christmas Soirée Dec 1

November 29, 2017
Café Thirty-A owner Harriet Crommelin is hosting the annual Charity Christmas Soirée on

Thankful for Thanksgiving Fishing

November 27, 2017
The Thanksgiving holiday is over and we have had a great run of weather h

Seagrove Village Market Café Celebrates Anniversary

November 21, 2017
It was a sad day for many SoWal folks back in 2015 when the old Seagrove

RUN/SUP Holiday Race Series at The BoatHouse Paddle Club

November 21, 2017
Run/SUP Holiday Series will take place at The BoatHouse 

Chef David Bishop Celebrates a Decade of Cooking Up Good Times at Bud & Alley’s

November 16, 2017
Though you may find him fishing, you won’t likely ever find Chef David Bi

Five Daughters Bakery Sweetens Airstream Row in Seaside

November 16, 2017
Nothing Is Sweeter Than family

Locals Form New Nonprofit: Safe Water for Walton, Inc.

November 14, 2017
A group of Walton County residents has incorporated “Safe Water for Walto

The Nutcracker Ballet at Seaside Amphitheater Nov 18

November 14, 2017
The Merchants of

Sinfonia Presents A Rockin' Holiday with Mary Wilson Dec 15

November 13, 2017
Mary Wilson of the Supremes is bringing her larger-than-life vocals and a

The Temps are Fallin' and the Fishin's Fine

November 10, 2017
We have had a great stretch of wonderful weather here at the beach.

A Celebration of Bubbles with Chef Jim Shirley Nov 12

November 9, 2017
Finish your weekend of great food and wine at the Seeing Red Wine Festival with the...

Seeing Red Wine Festival Highlights the Best of Seaside Nov 9-12

November 9, 2017
This fall, reds, whites, and rosés will be uncorked during Seeing Red Win

Walton County Florida Real Estate Report for September 2017

November 5, 2017
The latest SoWal Real Estate Report includes all of South Walton real est

MountainFilm on Tour at WaterColor Nov 3 & 4

November 3, 2017
Mountainfilm on Tour returns to WaterColor Marina Park Amphitheater on No

Harvest Wine & Food Festival at WaterColor Nov 2-5

November 3, 2017
This November, a new wine and food festival is coming to the South Walton area.

Absurd Form Exhibit & Reception at Justin Gaffrey Gallery Nov 9

November 1, 2017
South Walton artist Justin Gaffrey will be unveiling his new contemporary body of work,

Fishing When We Can in SoWal

October 27, 2017
I know it's been 3 weeks or so since I wrote but we have only been able t

Fishing, Sightseeing and Dolphin Tours with Osprey Charters

October 23, 2017
Captain Greg Burnett has a ton of fish tales and he likes to tell 'em!

Festival of the Arts Set for Oct 28-29

October 22, 2017
The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) presents its annual Fes

RUN/SUP Gains Momentum in SoWal & Beyond

October 20, 2017
Some of us work out for vanity or for sanity.

Coastal Dune Lake Day at Grayton Beach State Park Oct 21

October 17, 2017
Walton County Coastal Dune Lake Advisory Board is hosting Coastal Dune Lake Day

A Superior AC Company Expanding Facilities & Charitable Giving

October 17, 2017
While keeping his customers “cool as a cucumber” for the past 15 years, J

Century 21 Blue Marlin Golf Tournament Oct 20 to Benefit Five Local Charities

October 16, 2017
Take a swing for a good cause (actually five!) at Century 21 Blue Marlin's 5th Annual...