Vintage SoWal - Boys Love Big Fish

I love this photo and have a big copy of it on my wall. It's our old friend Maunsel White and two of his friends on the docks in Destin back in the sixties sometime.

- Payson Comer Howard

Photo from the family archive of Payson Comer Howard Payson and crew are based in Seagrove Beach, offering vacaiton rentals and services every day all along SoWal Beaches to help you make your own vacation memories at Sunburst Beach Vacations - It's Time To Vacation!

Jeanne Dailey Named 2014 Van Ness Butler Jr. Hospitality Award Recipient

The Walton County Tourist Development Council (TDC) named Jeanne Dailey as its 2014 Van Ness Butler, Jr. Hospitality Award recipient. Dailey first experienced South Walton as a visitor to Grayton Beach in the early ‘80s. Her time spent there enjoying the pristine beaches, expansive dune system, coastal dune lakes and the quiet serenity along 30A, made a lifelong impression. 

Namaste from the Mind and Spirit of Justin Gaffrey

There's no doubt that Justin Gaffrey is one of South Walton's most successful and appreciated artists. His beautiful work is usually drawn from natural SoWal features and is distinct and instantly recognizable. He's recently entered a new phase of work which is a bit deeper and more personal than his usual popular work of flowers and local landscapes.

SoWal People - Joe Elmore of Elmore's Landing

Artist Joe Elmore is a big fella. Some would describe him as being “larger than life.”  Although he excels in almost every art medium, his huge wood sculptures reflect his skills with the chainsaw. Witness the huge cypress Indian head and California redwood buffalo sculptures that grace the entrance to his gallery, Elmore’s Landing, located on Hwy 331 just north of South Walton High School. The huge piece of redwood used for his big buffalo sculpture washed out of a California state park.

Made in SoWal: Bad Byron's Butt Rub

Some folks in the South seem born with thick, red, spicy sauce flowing thickly through their veins. Byron Chism is one of those folks. He grew up in Texas eating and loving barbeque and ended up here in SoWal with sand between his toes. When he arrived in South Walton, little did he know that he would someday be selling his own barbeque seasoning famously known as “Bad Byron's Butt Rub”.

Sarah Carolyn Shines at McCaskill & Company

Walking into Sarah Carolyn at McCaskill & Company, I am greeted by a tiny woman in a crisp white shirt with blonde hair and a bright smile. We have never met, but that does not seem to matter. I am offered a beverage and receive the complete Southern treatment, sprinkled with delicate y’alls and dainty pearls. I am convinced that Reese Witherspoon would play Carolyn Brigman, the store’s owner and buyer in her biopic.

Mosley Insurance Has You Covered

Back in 1996, Anne Mosley was living with her three children on a horse farm in Wisconsin. She endured the cold winters there and took them in stride, but on a particularly brutal day she looked at a map, drew a line straight south, and decided to call the Pensacola Chamber of Commerce. When she received the chamber information with the beach pictures, she was sold. In March of 1996 she moved her family to Pensacola.

“It was 30 below when we left Wisconsin and it was nice to peel off the layers as we headed south”, she remembers.

SoWal People: Jeff Talbert of the Florida Park Service

Jeff Talbert loves the outdoors and he loves photography. Being a Resource Management Park Services Specialist for the state of Florida and stationed at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park gives him unique opportunities to combine his interests. Jeff often is in a great position to photograph South Walton wildlife in the park. We've enjoyed his photography for years and are happy to share a bit.


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