SoWal Stories


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.

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.

Searching For The Best Beefy Beach Burgers

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

Lettuce Surprise You With Favorite SoWal Salads

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

Beachy Brunch Spots in SoWal

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

Sip, Savor and Socialize at 45 Central Wine Bar

March 27, 2020
Everybody loves a good wine bar.

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...

Five Reasons We Love Grand Boulevard

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

30Avenue Defines Coastal Chic Lifestyle

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

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...

Inspired Food Shopping at the Beach in SoWal

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

Where to Get Epic SoWal Pizza

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

Cozy Spots on 30A for Date Night

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

SoWal is "In a Relationship" with Tacos

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

Cheery Annual Holiday Markets in South Walton

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

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

SoWal Food & Dining Information

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.

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.

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

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 (...

South Walton Artists Have Unique Vision

October 17, 2019
Art is personal. Each of us has our own tastes.

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!

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

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...