SoWal Stories


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...

Black Bear Bread Co. Expanding to Hyatt Place Sandestin at Grand Boulevard

January 11, 2019
Black Bear Bread Company, LLC.

SoWal Chef Jim Shirley Wows Palates at the Governor’s Inaugural Dinner

January 11, 2019
Chef Jim Shirley of South Walton County, Florida was contacted by the Florida Restaurant...

A Biscuit Is More Than a Biscuit at Maple Street Biscuit Company at Market Shops

January 10, 2019
Sometimes, a biscuit is just a biscuit, but NOT so at the Maple Street Bi

Linger with Art, Friends, and Food at La Crema

January 3, 2019
La Crema in Rosemary Beach is a chic place to eat your way through Spain

Henderson Resort Art Wave Event Benefits South Walton Artificial Reef Association Jan 10

January 3, 2019
The Henderson Resort and Spa in Destin is

Rise & Shine Breakfast Spots in SoWal

December 26, 2018
Wake up early for a fabulous SoWal sunrise then treat yourself

Winter Programs on Wednesdays at Coastal Branch Library

December 14, 2018
Walton County Coastal Branch Library hosts Winter Community Programs Wednesdays from Jan...

The Merry Little Christmas Concert at The Boys & Girls Club Dec 20

December 12, 2018
The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast invite you to the first annual

South Walton Makes National Geographic Travel's Best Trips List

December 12, 2018
The rest of the globe is catching on to what we already know.

Carolers, Carriage Rides & Christmas Trees at Grand Boulevard

December 12, 2018
Tis' the season to be jolly!

Walton County Florida Real Estate Report for October 2018

November 28, 2018
The most recent SoWal Real Estate Report covers all of Walton County incl

George's at Alys Beach Rolls out Tasty Seasonal Menu

November 27, 2018
George’s at Alys Beach recently rolled out their Fall/Winter menu and we

3rd Annual Grayt Holiday Market Dec 1

November 26, 2018
Grayton Beer Company is hosting the 3rd Annual Grayt Holiday Market on Sa

Make a Difference SoWal - Create Wildlife Habitat in Your Backyard!

November 15, 2018
All South Walton backyards can be a gathering place for birds, butterflie

Kindness Pet Hospital East End Expansion Serving SoWal

November 15, 2018
Pet owners and their furry friends have welcomed the new

Old Florida Holiday & Winter Market at WaterColor Nov 24

November 12, 2018
The 11th annual Old Florida Holiday & Winter Market kicks off the season on

Holiday Parade & Turn On the Town in Seaside Nov 24

November 12, 2018
Combine the small-town atmosphere of a beach community parade, throw in a dash of Santa...

Hope Panhandle Concert at Grand Boulevard Nov 17

November 12, 2018
Come to jam, shop, dine, and fill a truck full of needed supplies for the victims of H

Walton County Florida Real Estate Report for September 2018

November 11, 2018
The most recent SoWal Real Estate Report covers all of Walton County incl

Seeing Red Wine Festival Celebrates 28 Years in Seaside Nov 8-11

November 8, 2018
Reds, whites, and rosés will be uncorked during Seeing Red Wine Festival for four days of...

Bud & Alley’s 28th Annual Seeing Red Wine Dinner Nov 8

November 5, 2018
Bud & Alley’s Waterfron

Dixon, Kazek & Morrison Excel in the Art of Custom Home Building

November 2, 2018
Partners Steve Dixon, Jon Kazek, and Chris Morrison (DKM) have truly mast

Make Lasting Memories with Sterling Resorts 30A

November 2, 2018
Sterling Resorts 30

Pescado Raises the Bar with New Happy Hour Menu

November 2, 2018
Here in SoWal we kind of have a thing for rooftop bars overlooking the Gulf.

Mountainfilm on Tour at WaterColor Nov 1-3

October 28, 2018
Mountainfilm on Tour returns to WaterColor Marina Park Amphitheater on November 1-3, 2018...

Festival of the Arts at MKAF Cultural Arts Village Oct 27 & 28

October 25, 2018
Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation presents the annual Festival of the Arts October 27 & 28...

Harvest Wine & Food Festival at WaterColor Oct 25-27

October 24, 2018
Welcome to 2nd Annual Harvest Wine and Food Festival weekend in WaterColor, Flor

SoWal Style: Day Dreamer in Seagrove Is A Modern Classic

October 23, 2018
Nestled among the oaks in Old Seagrove is a proud example of modern architecture.

Customary Use Battleground in Walton County, Florida - Public Hearing Nov 3

October 15, 2018
Many visitors to SoWal are shocked to find out that much of the stretch of beach between...

Registration Open for Seaside School Half Marathon & 5K Run 2019

October 15, 2018
Every year it is one of the most anticipated events in SoWal and every year it sells out...

Rivard by Ocean Reef Vacation Rentals Transformation Underway

October 14, 2018
Rivard of South Walton in Grayton Beach was acquired by

Proffitt PR & Destin Commons Coordinating Hurricane Michael Relief in Okaloosa County

October 14, 2018
Several local businesses have come together in order to gather supplies and raise funds...

Hurricane Michael News from South Walton, Florida

October 13, 2018
Here in SoWal we are very thankful that we had very little impact from Hurricane Michael.

Hurricane Michael Update From Sandestin

October 13, 2018
As Hurricane Michael has moved out of our area, we are thankful that Sand

Borago in Grayton Beach is Charming & Delicious

October 9, 2018
Nostalgic and charming, Borago opened its doors in March of 2000 with the

South Walton Fire District All You Can Eat Pancakes & Prevention

October 8, 2018
The South Walton Fire District (SWFD) has been “serving from the bay to t

Walton County Florida Real Estate Report for August 2018

October 4, 2018
The most recent SoWal Real Estate Report covers all of Walton County incl

Fourth Annual Bloody Mary Festival Oct 6 at The Market Shops

October 4, 2018
On Saturday, October 6, The Market Shops will host its 4th Annual Bloody Mary Festival...

Annual Baytowne Beer Festival Oct 12 & 13

October 3, 2018
Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival is known as the Best Beer Fest on Florida's

Music, Food & Fun at WaterSound Origins Porchfest Oct 7

October 3, 2018
Porches become stages and strangers become friends on October 7th in the

30A Blue Crab Festival Celebrates Food & Music at Trebeaché Oct 5-7

September 28, 2018
Fueled by more than 4,000 blue crabs from our local harvesters and craft

FOOW - Fish Out Of Water Happy Hour On The Gulf

September 27, 2018
Four diamond service. Panoramic Gulf views. Casual vibes.

Mahi Madness in South Walton

September 25, 2018
The big fish news the past 10 days has been the Mahi!

The CVHN Big Give: Caftans & Cocktails at Bud & Alley's Sep 28

September 25, 2018
The CVHN Big Give: 2018 Caftans & Cocktails

Treat Your Taste Buds to Roux 30A (& Nanbu Noodle Bar Coming Soon)

September 20, 2018
As Roux 30A  Executive Chef/Owner Nikhil Abuvala likes to put it, “I want

Serenity by the sea Spa Will Take You On A Fall Wellness Journey

September 13, 2018
Treat yourself to a spa day at

Crackings in Uptown Grayton Serving Scrumptious Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch

September 10, 2018
This past March a new sign appeared outside a familiar Uptown Grayton eat

Gather at Gulf Place for Food, Fashion and Fun

September 6, 2018
Gulf Place

National Drive Electric Event at Destin Commons Sep 15

September 6, 2018
For the third year, National Drive Electric Week is celebrated at Destin Commons with a...

Seaside Pavilions are Unique Gateways to Beach Bliss

September 5, 2018
If you’ve ever driven down Scenic 30A through Seaside, then chances are y

Rainy Day Activities in South Walton

September 4, 2018
The beach is a wash and the sun is taking a vacation - what to do on a ra

Sinfonia Gulf Coast Presents A Stellar Line-up of Artists And Concerts for 2018-2019 Season

September 4, 2018
Keeping the tempo at the forefront of the Emerald Coast’s cultural scene

Pitch In for International Coastal Cleanup Day Sep 15

September 3, 2018
The Annual International Coastal Cleanup is a day SoWal Beach lovers converge on

Eggs on the Beach Competition in Miramar Beach Sep 29

August 31, 2018
Eggs on the Beach Cooking Competition, taking place at Seascape Resort in Miramar Beach...

Changing Time Zones and Fishing Venues

August 31, 2018
Been awhile since I wrote but I just got back from Indian Pass this week

Underwater Museum Of Art in SoWal Named to Time Magazine’s World’s Greatest Places 2018

August 29, 2018
TIME Magazine has revealed its inaugural list of the Wor

6th Annual Fore Her Golf Outing Sep 28

August 28, 2018
Get teed up and ready for a day of golf at the 6th Annual FORE HER Golf Outing o

Old Florida Fish House to Honor Late Fish House Band Member Sep 8

August 28, 2018
Join the SoWal community for a tribute dinner and fundraiser to honor the life of Mike...

Annual Events and Festivals in South Walton

August 25, 2018
South Walton has something great going on every month of the year, and every weekend.

Kerri Parker Named As Executive Director of Communications for Seaside

August 25, 2018
Seaside Community Development Corporation (SCDC) has named longtime local Kerri Parker as...

SoWal Style - Classic Florida Cottage Near the Beach and Bay

August 23, 2018
Just north of Grayton Beach is a serene neighborhood by the bay consisting of new and...

30A Oyster is a Great Shucking Time

August 17, 2018
Watching Oyster Rick work will flat wear you out as your hunger builds!

Hop Aboard 30A Brew Tour With Gulf Coast Go

August 12, 2018
You do the drinking, let G

Chef Jim Shirley at Forefront of SoWal Culinary Style

August 11, 2018
SoWal Chef Jim Shirley has imprinted his cooking style across the South Walton landscape...

Red Fish Taco has Happy Hour Every Hour

August 10, 2018
Red Fish Taco is where the tequila flows like water and the Tecate comes

Ready to Ride? Welcome to 30A Horse Farm at Arnett's Gulfside!

August 9, 2018
While SoWal is known for amazing beaches, water activities and fine dinin

The State of South Walton Real Estate in 2018

August 4, 2018
SoWal locals know that the real estate market is intense and it's often h

Seaside is for Lovers

August 4, 2018
Beach lovers. Art lovers. Food lovers. Movie lovers.

La Cocina in Seacrest Beach has Next Level Latin Flair

July 30, 2018
The team at La Cocina has made big changes and big plans!

Changing Gears and Fish Seasons

July 26, 2018
Hard to believe it's getting towards the end of July and Red Snapper seas

Inside the Studio with Justin Gaffrey Chapter Two

July 24, 2018
Justin Gaffrey is a sensitive, insightful, creative and successful SoWal

Walton County Florida Real Estate Report for June 2018

July 23, 2018
The most recent SoWal Real Estate Report covers all of Walton County incl

Old Florida Fish House Serves Succulent Seafood, Steaks, And Sushi on the Lake

July 16, 2018
Old Florida Fish House has been a local's favorite for a decade, and it's

BoatHouse Paddle Club in WaterColor Offers Fun on Western Lake

July 13, 2018
YOLO Board co-founder Tom Losee has been coaxing, cheering, and leading l

Southside Slice Serving Perfect Pizza in Rosemary Beach

July 11, 2018
Here at the beach, Pizza is as essential to life as Marley and SPF30.