SoWal Stories


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...

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.

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...

Sundog Books Is A Seaside Original

May 1, 2020
Originally Pulished May 26, 2016

You Can Help Strengthen Our South Walton Community

May 1, 2020
South Walton is a strong and proud community, and an important part of our purpose at...

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,

Cheery Annual Holiday Markets in South Walton

March 27, 2020
It’s the most wonderful time of the year with more holiday mark

SoWal is "In a Relationship" with Tacos

March 27, 2020
If there's one thing SoWal knows, it's TACOS!

Cozy Spots on 30A for Date Night

March 27, 2020
For you food lovers and romance seekers, here is our latest

Where to Get Epic SoWal Pizza

March 27, 2020
Ninja Turtles love it. Travelers book flights to Italy for it.

Inspired Food Shopping at the Beach in SoWal

March 27, 2020
We enjoy discovering the freshest and most interesting foods whether its produce, cheese...

Get Fit in SoWal

March 27, 2020
We are lucky to have superb weather here in SoWal for much of the year, and being active...

30Avenue Defines Coastal Chic Lifestyle

March 27, 2020
30Avenue is a new upscale shopping and dining

Five Reasons We Love Grand Boulevard

March 27, 2020
With excellent stores like Anthropologie and Pottery Barn, Grand Boulevard’s retail mix...

Down, Set, Hike: SoWal Football Hotspots

March 27, 2020
While we may not call it America’s Pastime, a legion of frenetic fans get silly-excited...

Sip, Savor and Socialize at 45 Central Wine Bar

March 27, 2020
Everybody loves a good wine bar.

Beachy Brunch Spots in SoWal

March 27, 2020
South Walton sunsets rival any worldwide, as do the spectacular sunrises.

Lettuce Surprise You With Favorite SoWal Salads

March 27, 2020
It's the beach and in SoWal the livin' is easy.

Searching For The Best Beefy Beach Burgers

March 27, 2020
Long, hot days on the beach, and booze-infused nights call for serious nutrient...

Deck the Halls with Local Art, Jewelry, Clothes and More!

March 27, 2020
South Walton is chock full of rare and unique treasures that you can’t find just anywhere.

It's Time to Grab Some Food and Hit the Beach

March 27, 2020
Life at the beach is all about a having a free spirit and free time.

Wine Bars We Love in South Walton

March 27, 2020
We've got some great wine bars here at the beach in South Walton.

Sunny Side Up Breakfast Spots in SoWal

March 27, 2020
With so many great restaurants to choose from, it’s nearly impossible not to get a good

Finding a Fine Cup of Coffee on the Coast

March 27, 2020
Coffee shops in SoWal are the perfect places to perk up, grab a bite, do work, or just...

Tis the Season to Shop Local in South Walton

March 27, 2020
The best gifts are found at the beach!

Cozy Spots for Food and Drinks in South Walton

March 27, 2020
Many of our favorite spot in SoWal are big and boisterous, especially during busy season.

Stroll, Boat, Paddle or Bike to These Popular Outdoor Bars

March 27, 2020
Sun worshippers, surfers, beach babes, professionals, and entrepreneurs are all busy,...

South Walton Summer Fun for Kids

March 27, 2020
South Walton is bursting at the seams with events for kids and families in the summer...

Rent Great Gear for Your South Walton Adventure

March 27, 2020
You've finally arrived at the beach!

SoWal SpotsThat Hit the Sweet Spot!

March 27, 2020
Being at the beach sometimes calls for a tasty treat.

SoWal Sushi - This Is How We Roll

March 27, 2020
Sushi lovers are fanatical about their sushi.

South Walton Margaritas ¡Ay Caramba!

March 27, 2020
Ahhhh… the margarita – one of life’s lovely treasures.

SoWal Fashion Heats Up the Beach

March 27, 2020
South Walton fashion has changed so much over the years.

Pizza Any Way You Want It

March 27, 2020
We had the tough job of trying all the pizza in South Walton to bring you our latest

Oysters, Oysters, and More Oysters in South Walton!

March 27, 2020
Sowal is blessed to have access to some of the best seafood in the country, and our plump...

Get Geared Up and Beach Ready

March 27, 2020
It's always a beach day in SoWal and that means it's time to hit the sand!

Perfect Pampering Places in South Walton

March 27, 2020
We all love to relax on the beach, but sometimes a soothing massage, invigorating facial...

SoWal Spots for a Romantic Rendezvous

March 27, 2020
It’s always a perfect time to visit some of our most romantic South Walton spots to dine.

Take a Walk Through Old Florida at Camp Helen State Park

March 27, 2020
Do you love the REAL Florida? Do you love OLD Florida?

Nick’s on the Bay Still Fresh After Fifty Years

March 27, 2020
Nick’s on the Bay (aka Nick's in the Sticks) is famous for having the fre

Where to Go in SoWal When You Crave a Great Steak

March 27, 2020
Maybe it's an ancient survival instinct that causes us to crave steak.

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...

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.

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...

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 

South Walton Beach Access Maps, Features and Videos

February 1, 2020
SoWal.com has a complete list of all South Walton publi

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