Tour Seaside With Local Expert Mark Schnell

There are tourists and then there are tourists - no matter where you travel. In Firenze or Milano, the shoes are usually a dead giveaway. The natives are wearing soft leather loafers. The Americans are often decidedly less stylish.

In Seaside, the tell-tale signs are often times even more revealing. Anyone in a bathing suit and flip flops is here to have fun.

The men in black and women decked out head to toe in an equally monochromatic manner of dress are likely on a mission, or more specifically, an architectural pilgrimage.

Beaches of South Walton TDC - Behind The Scenes

For lodging providers in Walton County, collecting bed tax is just part of doing business. Explaining why the money is collected and where it goes is not part of the mission for the Beaches of South Walton Tourist Development Council, but it’s becoming an important aspect in the business of running the organization.

“We are misunderstood,” says Tracy Louthain, director of communications for the TDC. Given the chance, she explains not only the basics – how and why the TDC exists – but also what it does with all those bed tax dollars.

A SoWal Classic - Seagrove Villas Motel

You’ve just re-connected with a high school classmate on Facebook. Unfortunately, your newly found former acquaintance has just invited herself and the entire family to the beach for the long holiday weekend.  What to do? 

First, thank your lucky stars the old Seagrove Villa Motel survived the real estate bubble. Next - tell the friend in Atlanta or Nashville or wherever she currently calls home to make better use of her time online and surf over to and get a room at the Seagrove Villas Motel. 


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