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Best Local Coffee Shops In Destin, Florida

When in Destin, do as the locals do. Sure, there’s always a Starbuck’s nearby, but why not support a local Destin coffee shop and hang out with the local residents. Here’s a round-up of some of our favorite 30A and Destin Coffee Shops, including new openings and long-time favorites.   East Pass Coffee Company A Destin original, (literally), East Past Coffee Company opened in March 2020 by Mackenzie Destin along with her husband Grant Destin and their friend Hayden Shaw. East Pass Coffee quickly became a local favorite. Now Continue reading

Published on Friday, February 16, 2024

Things To Do With Your Dog In Destin, Florida

We know that your dog is an important member of the family, and when it’s time for your annual beach vacation, it’s hard to leave the furriest member of your family behind. Great news! Destin is dog-friendly. Here we answer your questions and share the top things to do with your dog when visiting Destin, Florida.   Can you bring your dog on the beach in Destin? Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed on the area’s beaches, however, there are plenty of near-beach activities for your pet. With tons of dog-friendly restaurants adjacent Continue reading

Published on Friday, June 2, 2023

2023 Concerts in the Village Features Live Music Every Thursday

The wildly popular, family-friendly, concert series runs through June 22. Held at the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation's Cultural Arts Village in Destin, FL, the 10-concert live music series will feature premier regional and national musicians and bands performing everything from classic rock, reggae, and disco to modern pop. Plan to bring a beach chair, towel or picnic blanket and relax on the lush lawn while being entertained by talented musicians presenting lively musical performances. Bring your own picnic dinner and beverages of your choice, or Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Destin, Florida Is Home to One of the Best Beaches In U.S. in TripAdvisor Best List

Sure, locals claim it, but it’s always nice to have outside sources name our beaches as the best in the nation. Recently, Henderson Beach State Park was named one of the best beaches in the U.S. on the TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Best Beaches List. The list, which is based on reviews and ratings collected over the past 12 months, is decided by real travelers from all over, sharing real opinions and stories. Among the Top 25 Beaches in the U.S., Henderson Beach State in Destin, Florida ranked #6, noting reviews such as “ The soft Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, April 4, 2023

Top 8 Things We Love About Destin, Florida

Destin, Florida is a popular vacation destination. As locals, we appreciate the special benefits we receive from living along Northwest Florida's Gulf Coast. Here are our top 8 reasons why we love Destin, Florida:  1. The Weather Destin enjoys a mild year-round climate with summers in the high 80s and cool winter days in the 60s and 70s.  Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 46°F to 88°F and is rarely below 32°F or above 92°F. The warmest months are July and August with an average high-temperature Continue reading

Published on Friday, February 10, 2023

What Others Are Saying About Beachside Inn On Google

We are excited to be back open after our extensive renovation. Our upgraded guest rooms have been a hit with our guests, bringing comfort, convenience, and a modern coastal style, while celebrating Destin’s rich fishing history. Accented with a warm color palate, each room features historic photographs of locals and visitors enjoying the coastal lifestyle and fishing traditions. Upgrades in each room include new LVP (luxury vinyl plank) flooring, fresh paint, an oversized tile shower with a corner bench, and an updated kitchenette with a quartz... Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Beachside Inn In Destin, Florida Reopens After A Four-Month Renovation

We’re excited to announce that Destin’s beloved Beachside Inn has reopened after a four-month renovation. With its freshly painted exterior, refreshed rooms, and updated pool deck, the popular spot for family beach vacations just got better!  Located at the gateway to Crystal Beach, Beachside Inn has been transformed into a modern coastal Inn while still embodying its original roadside charm.  The upgraded guest rooms reflect a modern coastal feel with a nostalgic nod to Destin’s origin as a small, friendly fishing village Continue reading

Published on Monday, May 16, 2022

Destin Little Adventures Offer Customized Experiences For Families

Destin has created customizable adventure packages that filter by age, price, location or duration, providing Bite-sized little adventures for the whole family. With more than 20 miles of coastline, plus protected bays and bayous, the best way to explore Destin, Florida is on the water. Coined the “world’s luckiest fishing village,” Destin is popular with anglers, but it also ranks high for watersports and nature activities as well. The tourism department for Destin-Fort Walton Beach wants to make accessing the area’s waterways Continue reading

Published on Thursday, May 5, 2022

2022 Gulf Red Snapper Season Opens June 19

Exciting news for anglers! The 2022 Gulf Red Snapper Summer Season has been extended to 57 days this year and will open on June 17 and run consecutively through July 31, 2022. This will be the longest combined season that has ever been available! In addition, Snapper Season will include a Fall Gulf Red Snapper Season, which includes 12 additional days, including Veteran’s Day weekend and Thanksgiving. Due to the popularity of Gulf Red Snapper, the community has invested heavily in nurturing this species. Destin has the most active artificial Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Easter Brunches In South Walton and Destin 2022

We are excited to welcome families to the beach for Easter celebrations during this holiday week. For those who are interested in leaving the cooking to someone else, we've gathered a list of some of our favorite South Walton and Destin restaurants serving Easter Brunch.  AJ’s -   AJ's Restaurants , AJ's Destin, AJ's Grayton Beach, and AJ's On The Bayou, are hosting Easter Brunch, Bottomless Mimosas, and a visit from the Easter Bunny from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The menu will feature breakfast as well as traditional seafood fare.  (850) Continue reading

Published on Friday, April 15, 2022

My Beach Memories Photo Contest Winners Spring 2022

We recently hosted our bi-annual Beach Memories Contest. It’s a joy sharing our guests’ experiences, including birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, firsts and much more! Hundreds of travelers shared their favorite memories from their last Destin vacation for a chance to win a vacation stay at the newly remodeled Beachside Inn in the heart of Crystal Beach. After reviewing the most endearing stories of guests’ special memories at the beach, the three submissions with the most points became our My Beach Memories photo contest winners Continue reading

Published on Friday, February 25, 2022

Beachside Inn Ranked #1 in Destin According to TripAdvisor Reviewers

One of the joys of staying at Beachside Inn is its premier location in the heart of the quaint Crystal Beach neighborhood in Destin, Florida. Located just steps from the beach, our guests have discovered the joy of our on-site team and 100% performance guarantee, fresh-baked breakfast bread upon arrival, and Camille’s Sidewalk Café for fresh homemade breakfast and lunch daily. But don’t just take our word for it! TripAdvisor reviewers have ranked us #1 B&B in Destin ! Here’s a glimpse at some of our recent reviews: Love this place Continue reading

Published on Monday, September 20, 2021

Watching the Storm - Ida Slated to Make Landfall in Louisiana

Like everyone along the Gulf Coast, we're monitoring Tropical Storm Ida, which is strengthening in the Caribbean Sea forecasted to make landfall in Louisiana on Sunday night (8/29)/Monday morning (8/30).  Our thoughts and prayers are with our western neighbors and our extended family of friends and guests who live in this area. We have availability for those who wish to move out of the storm's path and stay with us in Destin, Florida. A hurricane watch is in effect from Cameron, Louisiana, to the Mississippi-Alabama state line, including Continue reading

Published on Friday, August 27, 2021

Fourth of July Events in Destin and South Walton 2022

Happy Fourth of July! It’s a thrill to celebrate our nation’s independence and it’s even more fun when you’re at the beach. Looking for fun things to do for your independence day 2022 celebration? Here’s our suggestions depending on where you’re staying. Events Near 30A Vacation Rentals (including Sanctuary at Redfish) 4th of July Parade (Grayton Beach) July 4, 8 a.m. Starting at The Red Bar Come join in the fun for the annual July 4th parade in the wonderful and funky town of Grayton Beach Continue reading

Published on Friday, July 2, 2021

Join the Food for Thought Food Drive and Spread Love to Local Students

Join Newman-Dailey Resort Properties in Fighting Childhood Hunger by participating in the Food for Thought - Food Drive and earn a chance to win a FREE 3-day/2-night stay in a Destin vacation rental! The team at Newman-Dailey is passionate about serving our community and we think our guests and clients might like to join us in this effort. If you agree, we invite you to Vacation Forward and spread love to our community by supporting area students in need. Participation is easy and we'll reward your good deed with a chance to win a FREE 3-day / Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Concerts in the Village Continues through June

We are so excited to be welcoming back LIVE music. One of our favorite local traditions is Concerts in the Village each spring/summer season. Hosted at the Mattie Kelly Arts Village (next to Home Depot on Commons Drive), the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation brings in a variety of talented musicians and bands for Thursday night concerts at sunset on the green. The large open-air venue allows for social distancing and provides a vibrant setting for musicians to share their talents with music-hungry audiences. This year’s line-up showcases a variety... Continue reading

Published on Friday, May 7, 2021

Best Yoga in Destin

While the beach has naturally calming qualities, sometimes it’s nice to reach a deeper level of calm and relaxation. For those seeking the best yoga classes in the Destin area both in-studio and on the beach, we’ve gather our staff’s top picks for Yoga in Destin. We’ve divided our list by coastal community (west to east) to help you find the yoga experience that closest to your vacation rental home or simply try them all. We hope you enjoy exploring these meditative sessions and finding a new level of Zen. Sunshine Yoga ( Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Beachside Inn Guests Celebrate its Premier Location as City Expands Crystal Shores Beach Access

Destin, Florida is renowned for its soft white sand beaches and deciding the where to stay along the Emerald Coast’s sandy shores can be a challenge. Many families have discovered the joys of staying at the Beachside Inn, a charming 20-room Inn just steps from the beach. Beachside Inn – A Family Favorite It’s a long-time favorite due to the colorful, comfortable rooms located just steps from the beach. Guests are greeted with a loaf of fresh-baked breakfast bread and enjoy the use of the in-room kitchenette with microwave, mini Continue reading

Published on Monday, April 12, 2021

5 Things You Can Do in Destin, FL That Will Make Your Trip Special

The Emerald Coast of Florida, which runs along the Gulf of Mexico for 24 miles, is known for its sugar-white sand beaches. For spectacular beaches that are consistently voted among the best in the country, as well as some of the best fishing in the world, look no further than Destin, Florida. It has been called the "Crown Jewel of the Emerald Coast" and the "World's Luckiest Fishing Village." If you're looking for things to do in Destin to keep yourself entertained and make the visit extra special, this list is a great place to start! Check out Continue reading

Published on Monday, March 22, 2021

Southwest Airlines Launches Flights from Destin Fort-Walton Beach Airport for Destin Vacations

Southwest Airlines® is now offering direct flights to the Destin-Fort-Walton Beach Airport. Southwest Airlines travelers will now be able to fly into Valpariso (VPS) just 30 minutes from downtown Destin. Flights begin May 2021 for late spring and summer beach travel to  Destin–Fort Walton Beach Airport  (VPS). The initial flight schedule has launched and is now available for purchase on  Southwest.com. DESTIN/FT. WALTON BEACH, FLA., DAILY SERVICE BEGINS MAY 6, 2021 Beginning May 6, 2021, Southwest will commence Continue reading

Published on Thursday, February 25, 2021

Top 10 Romantic Things to Do in Destin

The most romantic day of the year is approaching and we thought it was the perfect time to share our list of the most romantic things to in Destin, Florida to help our guests create a romantic Destin vacation. These ideas are perfect for Valentine’s Day or a romantic escape any time of the year.  Plan a stay during February and enjoy $25 off per night up to 4 nights (up to $100 savings). Click here for details.  Sunset on the beach . Our number one pick for romance in Destin is to watch the sunset on the beach. Bring a blanket or Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Christmas on the Coast 2020

While this year has been anything but normal, we’re not going to miss the opportunity to celebrate the holidays along the Emerald Coast. For those considering a holiday getaway to the beaches of South Walton and Destin, Florida, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the opportunities to celebrate while staying safe. Here are our top festive holiday events for 2020: Jolly Jubilee 2020 at Destin Commons A series of holiday happenings will take place at Destin Commons now through Christmas. With a 50' Christmas tree as an anchor, the premier Continue reading

Published on Monday, December 14, 2020

The Best Place to Go Biking in Destin, Florida - Scenic Highway 98

One of our favorite Destin activities for social distancing is bike riding. Sanitize the handlebars and head out for fun! Rent bikes from one of the area’s bike rental companies, including Rent Gear Here or La Dolce Vita, and hit the trails.  The best place for biking in Destin is along Scenic Highway 98 (aka Scenic Gulf Drive), which offers a paved path that is perfect for biking. The path runs adjacent to the beach and there are lots of cool spots to stop and see the sights along the way.   Here we share our favorite stops Continue reading

Published on Thursday, August 20, 2020

Celebrating American Craft Beer Week with Local Destin Brews

It’s American Craft Beer Week (May 11-17) and as part of the nationwide celebration of small and independent U.S. craft breweries, we’re celebrating by featuring a craft beer from three of our favorite local breweries in the Destin area. Join the celebration and support independent brewery businesses by giving and enjoying the gift of craft beer and next time you're enjoying a Destin vacation, consider trying one of these delicious local craft beers.  Idyll Hounds – Divide & Conch’r Divide & Conch’r is Continue reading

Published on Friday, May 15, 2020

When Life Serves Lemons – Make A Lemon Drop Martini in Destin

We know our extended family of staff, guests, owners, and clients are feeling the strain from COVID-19. If it feels like life is serving lemons, we recommend making a lemon drop martini! In fact, there are all kinds of delicious citrus delicacies that can be made out of lemons. Here are some of our favorite recipes for creating lemon treats at the beach. Drink: Lemon Drop Martini One of our favorite uses of lemon is in a cocktail. For today’s Dailey Happy Hour, we’re featuring how to make a simple Lemon Drop Martini with lemon infused Continue reading

Published on Friday, May 8, 2020

Homemade Margaritas & Take Out - We're Still Celebrating Cinco De Mayo in Destin

Happy Cinco De Mayo! We're not letting social distancing stop our Cinco de Mayo celebration in Destin. The “new norm” simply means we are doing things a little differently this year. Since we have been staying at home, we're celebrating with homemade margaritas and "take out" from our favorite restaurants.  First and foremost, a margarita is the perfect way to start the celebration. As part of our Dailey Happy Hour, we’ve got a great suggestion for creating a deliciously fresh margarita with ingredients you may have at home Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Corona Virus Update - South Walton and Destin Beaches Re-Open May 1

As promised, we want our “Dailey Insiders” to the be the first to know about South Walton and Destin beaches re-opening. We’re excited to celebrate the re-opening of South Walton and Destin beaches! Here are the details of the beach re-opening requirements to allow enjoyment of area beaches while keeping beachgoers healthy and safe.  South Walton Beaches The 26-miles of beaches in Walton County beaches have reopened with restrictions for use as well as requirements for social distancing. The beaches may be used for activities Continue reading

Published on Thursday, April 30, 2020

Corona Virus (COVID-19) Cleaning and Sanitization Process for Our Vacation Rentals

Cleanliness and safety are always a top priority at Newman-Dailey Resort Properties. As such, our team has developed new practices that achieve the highest standards of cleanliness and sanitization as recommended by the CDC to prevent the spread of Corona Virus (COVID).  Our Housekeeping and Laundry Manager, Eddie Gray, former Vacation Rental Housekeeping Association Executive Housekeeping Professional of the Year, has been an industry leader in developing COVID protocols. He and his team have developed cleaning protocols that achieve the highest Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Spend Easter at the Beach in Destin, Florida

Springtime at the beach is a beautiful time of year. The mornings are cool and crisp as the sun rises in east over the Gulf of Mexico. Guests will relish spending days relaxing on Destin’s soft white sand beaches while waves wash away worries and make way for renewal and rebirth. PLAY:  Comfortable temperatures by day and cooler nights make springtime the perfect time of year for outdoor pursuits, including hiking the area’s state parks and state forests, bicycling scenic beach towns and playing golf on one of the area’s top ranked courses. Watersports Continue reading

Published on Monday, January 27, 2020

Top 10 Destin Beach Resolutions

Every year we all make New Year resolutions to be better - to eat better, to exercise more and to spend more time with family, etc. This year, we invite our extended family of friends and guests to make a beach resolution for your next Destin vacation. Here are some ideas for beach resolutions to get you started:

    Pick up trash found on the beach (plastic straws, cigarette butts, balloons and pieces of plastic are among the top finds and some of the most harmful objects to endangered sea turtles)  Read at least one book during your beach
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Published on Thursday, December 26, 2019

Christmas Dinner in Destin - Dine In or Dine Out

If you're celebrating Christmas in Destin, you're probably weighing your options on where to eat Christmas dinner. While most restaurants are closed for the holiday, there are a handful of great  Destin restaurants serving Christmas dinner . Many enjoy the joys of a renting a vacation home or condominium in order to cook their favorite family recipes in the chef-ready kitchen and dine at home. For those families, here are the best local stores and markets to gather ingredients.  Publix at Paradise Key 4425 Commons Drive, Destin Continue reading

Published on Monday, December 23, 2019

Top 10 Hot Spots for Breakfast in Destin

Looking for the best hot spots for breakfast in Destin, Florida? Check out our team's local favorites. We know you'll be satisifed and have energy for your day at the beach!   Best Bets for Breakfast & Coffee: 2 Birds Coffee + Café At this quaint little café, they serve up some delicious sandwiches, pastries, and of course coffee and wine in a fun and inviting atmosphere. Stop for a snack, breakfast or lunch. $-$$ 80 Seascape Drive, #103, Miramar Beach, FL, 32550,  (850) 279-3375.   https://www.2birdscafe.com/ Continue reading

Published on Monday, December 16, 2019

My Beach Memories Photo Contest Winners

Newman-Dailey Resort Properties hosted a My Beach Memories Photo Contest through the summer of 2019 and it was great to see all the great family moments and beautiful scenic vistas. Our team enjoyed reliving our guests’ experiences through their stories and images. With 263 storytellers, there were a vast array of special memories with loved ones and friends along Florida’s Emerald Coast. Our guest shared stories of time with family and friends along Destin and South Walton's beaches.  There were many incredible submissions, it would have Continue reading

Published on Thursday, October 31, 2019

71st Annual Destin Fishing Rodeo, Oct. 1-31

Destin has long been known as the World's Luckiest Fishing Village and this month kicks off the  71st Annual Destin Fishing Rodeo , Oct. 1-31, 2019.  Anglers from all over the nation will put their skills to the test as they fight to reel in the biggest wahoo, king mackerel, blackfin tuna, grouper, and more. Winners are recognized in several different divisions and the rodeo is open to anyone who registers and loves to fish and simply registers or fishes aboard a boat registered in the Destin  Fishing Rodeo. From kids to seniors Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Avoid Traffic in Destin During Your Beach Vacation

At Newman-Dailey, our goal is for our guests to have a great time on their Destin vacation. Right now, we ask that guests pardon our progress as the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) widens and improves our roadways to make our destination easier to traverse. In the meantime, traffic can be an issue especially during our busy summer season and on rainy days. Here’s our guide for navigating traffic in Destin: Timing is Everything As locals, we’ve learned that the early bird not only gets the worm but he/she avoids traffic. We recommend Continue reading

Published on Thursday, June 6, 2019

Live Music at the Cultural Arts Village in Destin

We know our guests are fans of live music. At the Beachside Inn in Destin , we’re blessed with a great location in Destin across the street from the beach with live music venues nearby. In addition to Club LA, which is less than a mile away, we’re less than 2 miles away from the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s Cultural Arts Village . Each year, MKAF hosts a spring/summer and fall concert series on Thursday nights.  Check out all the great performances! 2019 SPRING-SUMMER LIVE MUSIC IN DESTIN:  May 16 - Az-IzZ Known as one of the most versatile Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Beachside Inn is the Best Place to Stay for Shows at Club LA in Destin

At Beachside Inn, we’re not only blessed with a spectacular location near the soft white sand beaches and sparkling waters along Florida’s Gulf Coast, but we’re within walking distance to Club LA in Destin. Club LA is one of the best small setting venues to enjoy live music from a variety of bands and genres. From tribute bands to nationally acclaimed acts including Everclear, Blues Traveler and the Band Perry, Club LA features the artists you love in an intimate setting. Earning the Certificate of Excellence as well as ranked within the top 10 Continue reading

Published on Friday, March 29, 2019

Sea Why Saltwater Restaurants Are A Great Place to Eat For Good Reason

We are often asked for recommendations on where to eat in Destin. While there are many incredible restaurants in the Destin area, there are a group of restaurants that not only feature great menus but also give back in our community. Saltwater Restaurants Gulf-front restaurants, including Surf Hut in Miramar Beach,  Floyd’s Shrimp House, Lobster Tail and Rockin’ Tacos on Okaloosa Island and Al’s Beach Club & Burger Bar and Nick’s Boathouse in Pensacola as well as The Crab Trap with three locations (Destin, Okaloosa Island and Pensacola), make Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, July 10, 2018

2018 Paddle at the Porch in Destin Returns to the Back Porch

Stand Up Paddle Board races are growing in popularity across the U.S. and around the world. In Destin, Paddle at the Porch has become one of the premier SUP races in the Southeast. The 7th Annual Paddle at the Porch will be held on Saturday, August 18, 2018. (yes, 8/18/18!) While there are SUP races on bodies of water around the world, there is definitely something special about competing while paddling over the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico in Destin, Florida. When the race concludes, participants and spectators often stay and enjoy Continue reading

Published on Thursday, June 7, 2018

Summer Concerts in Destin, Florida

There is just something magical about being outside and listening to live music. Luckily, here in Destin there are opportunities to enjoy live music most nights of the week. We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite places to relax and enjoy outdoor concerts this summer   Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village Concerts The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation celebrates the arts with its Concerts in the Village series. Every Thursday, now through June, MKAF features some of the most popular bands from around the region. From your favorite genres to Continue reading

Published on Monday, May 21, 2018

Mother's Day Brunch for Moms in Destin, Florida

Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms! Our CEO is a mom who has proven that women can be and do anything they set their mind to with hard work and perserverence. A Mom's job is hard work and we want Moms in Destin to be rewarded this Mother's Day with a meal out, no laundry and time together with those they love. We've rounded up some of our favorite Destin, Miramar Beach and Santa Rosa Beach restaurants offering a special brunch for mom to make her day even more special.   From west to east: Okaloosa Island  The Gulf Continue reading

Published on Friday, May 11, 2018

Free Fitness Classes at the Market Shops For Your Destin Vacation

Want to continue to your fitness program (or start a new one) while you’re on vacation? There is a fantastic option this spring and summer at The Market Shops in Miramar Beach.   The Market Shops will host free weekly fitness classes on the lawn beginning Wednesday, May 2, 2018, through Monday, July 30, 2018 . Free Fitness on the Lawn will take place on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. The classes are free to attend and open to individuals of all fitness levels. Classes include:    Monday – Slow Flow Yoga Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Destin, South Walton and Grayton Beach Among the Best Spots for Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Northwest Florida was one of the leading Florida destinations to embrace the stand-up paddle boarding movement more than a decade ago. In the spring of 2007, YOLO Board launched, highlighting a sport that was common around the globe to locals. In 2009, BOTE Boards launched with a focus on merging the capabilities of boat with the simplicity of board. It didn’t take long for locals and visitors alike to embrace the sport and SUP boards were quickly on waterways all along the Emerald Coast.   Northwest Florida is well suited for Continue reading

Published on Monday, March 19, 2018

Best New Destin Restaurants of 2017

Just when we thought Destin and the beaches of South Walton couldn’t get any better, we enjoyed the opening of some delicious new restaurants this year. Here’s a list of the best new restaurants in Destin and South Walton in 2017. Shunk Gulley Located on 30A right across the street from the beach, you cannot beat the breathtaking view and the beach bum vibe. Shunk Gulley is serving up a dozen delicious raw oysters for only $8 all day every day. Named after a historic reef that was a secret fishing goldmine, Shunk Gulley is focused on Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Santa and Snowbirds Arrive in Destin this December

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Destin is decorated in its holiday best as we welcome Santa and our first flock of snowbirds for the winter season. As our winter guests arrive to town, we look forward to quickly getting you acclimated to your winter home and wanted to start with some of the fun activities taking place around town as well as 2018 events planned by the Destin Snowbird Club.  Holiday Festivities: The City of Destin’s 33rd Annual Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 10am . This year Continue reading

Published on Monday, December 4, 2017

Destin Veterans Day Events Honoring Military Heroes

With several military bases in the area, including Eglin Air Force Base, Hurlbert Field and Tyndall Air Force Base, the Destin community loves and honors our service men and women. And for Veterans Day, it is only appropriate that there are a variety of celebrations along the Emerald Coast that recognize and celebrate their service. In addition, the team at Newman-Dailey honors military families year-round with a special  Military Discount. Active and retired military personnel receive 10% off any South Walton or Destin vacation rental. Here Continue reading

Published on Thursday, November 9, 2017

Annual Festival of the Arts in Destin, Oct 28-29

One of the things we love about Destin is the many traditions and annual events. We’ve been enjoying the daily weigh in’s as part of the Destin Fishing Rodeo, which has been taking place in October in Destin since 1948. Over the years local interests have evolved from fishing and agriculture to an appreciation for culture and the arts. In 1995 the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation was formed, and hosted the first Destin Arts Festival. The popularity of this event has grown over the last 22 years, and this year, the Festival of the Arts will welcome Continue reading

Published on Friday, October 20, 2017

Best Sandcastle Builder in Destin

Looking for a fun activity for your next Destin vacation? Consider a sandcastle building lesson by Beach Sand Sculptures . They have been a Newman-Dailey partner for many years and have hosted our staff and many of our guests for a two hour sand sculpture lesson that is fun and rewarding. Beach Sand Sculptures Founder Rick Mungeam tells us the number one question he hears from beachgoers is “How did you do that?” so he offers classes to show you exactly how he creates his castles in the sand.   We recently visited him on Continue reading

Published on Monday, October 2, 2017

October Kicks off Festival Season in Destin

October is the kick off to the fall festival season in Destin. To start the season, the first weekend in October is full of some of the locals’ favorite festivals. Festivals celebrating craft beer, Bloody Marys and seafood fill the weekend calendar. Idyll Hounds Brewery in Santa Rosa Beach hosts Houndfest, The Market Shops at Sandestin host the Bloody Mary Festival, and the Destin Harbor is home to the famous Destin Seafood Festival. Here are details so you can start planning your fabulous fall vacation. Bloody Mary Festival The Market Shops will Continue reading

Published on Thursday, September 21, 2017

Destin is Open

Updated: 9/12/17  The storm has left our area. Today, we're experiencing sunny skies and highs in the low 80's.   We are aware that the Southeast has experienced some road closures due to the storm. For those traveling to the beach, you may need to identify alternate routes. If you are going to be delayed, please call us at 1-800-225-7652 to make arrangements. Our offices are open 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.  There was no storm surge and no impact to the Destin or South Walton beaches. We invite you to  view Gulf Coast Beach Cams Continue reading

Published on Thursday, September 7, 2017

Cornhole Tournaments Held Across the Emerald Coast

Are you a backyard Cornhole player? If you answered, “yes” you may want to take your cornhole game to next level and compete for prizes. This fall, Cornhole Tournaments are being planned from Destin to Rosemary Beach on 30A. Here’s a round-up of tournaments:  September 2 – Rosemary Beach Cornhole Tournament taking place Labor Day Weekend. Come out for a day and cheer on teams or join the friendly competition. Registration (Two-Member Team) $60, $65 after August 30. Players will receive two complimentary drinks and pizza. Court assignments Continue reading

Published on Friday, August 25, 2017

Lucy Buffet Releases New Cookbook Gumbo Love

We are a fan of Lucy Buffett. Sister to Jimmy and the owner of the beloved destination restaurants, including LuLu's Destin, she won us over with her fun-loving personality, delicious meals and passion for supporting the Destin community.  A delicious love letter to the Gulf Coast’s vibrant food culture, this summer Lucy released her second cookbook, "Gumbo Love." The definitive guide to regional fare, interwoven with her philosophy of relaxation, freedom, gratitude, and enjoyment is a fun glimpse into Lucy's personality Continue reading

Published on Monday, August 14, 2017

Best Happy Hours in Destin

When  you're on vacation, you're on beach time and that means it's never too early to enjoy a delcious alcoholic beverage. Therefore, we've gathered the Best Happy Hour Drink Specials in Destin and presented them below. Cheers!  The Beach House Drink Specials: $4 house wine; $3 well drinks; $2 off select apps; $1 off all draft beers from 4-7 p.m. daily. RelaxDrinkEat.com 4009 S. Sandestin Blvd., Miramar Beach 850-608-6300 Crab Island Cantina Drink Specials: $4 house margaritas; $3 well drinks and house wine; $3 Corona, Continue reading

Published on Thursday, August 3, 2017

Best Italian Restaurants in Destin

If you're craving authentic Italian cuisine, Florida’s Emerald Coast does not disappoint. Like many cities across the nation, Destin has attracted Italian families who enjoy our beautiful white sand beaches and relaxed beach lifestyle. For those looking for the best Italian restaurants in and around Destin, Florida, here’s our list of best locally-owned Italian restaurants:  Clemenza’s and Fat Clemenza’s  Locally owned by Dominic and Tammy Damiano,  Clemenza’s  in Fort Walton Beach is consistently ranked Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Top Pizza Places in Destin

Ready to relax after the drive-in to Destin? Don’t feel like cooking that first night… or any night because you’re on vacation? Well, here are the top pizza places in the Destin area. And most of them deliver!  1. Jet’s Pizza “Life is short. Eat better pizza.” That’s their motto at Jet’s Pizza. They have all different kinds of delicious pies, including a BLT and Philly Cheese Steak pizza. They deliver and you can order online at Jet's website . Receive 10% OFF when you mention you’re a guest Continue reading

Published on Thursday, July 20, 2017

New in Destin - Rock Climbing Gym

We are frequently asked “what’s new in Destin?” And this month, we’re excited to share that Destin has a new attraction—Rock Out Rock Climbing Gym. This is a great addition to our coastal community, especially on those not so sunny days, double red flag days or days when you just need a break from the Florida sunshine.  The new 8,000 square foot gym offers 3,315 square feet of climbing space. The best part is that the entire facility is rope free so climbers will be bouldering, a form of rock climbing done without the use of a harness. The Continue reading

Published on Friday, July 7, 2017

Magic Shows in Destin

Looking to be entertained while visiting Destin, Florida on vacation this summer? Consider being “wowed” by a magic act. This summer, variety shows, magic performances and hypnotics take center stage to delight audiences of all ages. Consider checking out one these sensational summer shows: Maximum Magic Dinner Show For more magical fun, consider checking out Maximum Magic with Noah and Heather Wells. Held at Fudpucker’s Theater located at Fudpuckers on Okaloosa Island, the family-friendly show is set to "wow" audiences of all ages. Illusionist Continue reading

Published on Thursday, June 29, 2017

Thrills Laser Tag Opens at Seascape Resort in Miramar Beach

Vacationing with kids? If you answered “yes”, you’r family may enjoy the newest entertainment option for kids in Miramar Beach. Thrills Laser Tag & Arcade is now open at Seascape Resort. in Miramar Beach. Lccated a mile west of Silver Sands Premium Outlets, Thrills Laser Tag & Arcade is a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience, featuring a 3,500 square foot, 2--level laser tag arena for up to 24 players per game.   Thrills also features an arcade with more than 70 player stations and the most advanced games on the market. Most games allow players Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, June 20, 2017

2017 Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival, June 2-3, in Fort Walton Beach

In Destin, we love any reason to celebrate and this weekend we’ll be donning our best pirate attire, drinking pirate grog and telling pirate jokes for the  2017 Billy Bowlegs Festival, June 2-5, in Fort Walton Beach.  The dastardly Billy Bowlegs has been spotted and he’ll be docking his ship at the Fort Walton Beach Landing.  Here’s ye schedule: Friday, June 2nd – Pirate Festival The Festival grounds at the Landing will open at 3pm on Friday. A Defense of the City” demonstration by Reed’s Raiders will Continue reading

Published on Thursday, June 1, 2017

Daily Destin Happy Hour at Camille’s Beach Bar & Coffee Shop

One of the things we love most about the beach lifestyle is enjoying live music outdoors. At Beachside Inn, the sidewalk café,  Camille’s Beach Bar & Coffee Shop , is the place to be from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. during the summer. Conveniently located on the ground level of Beachside Inn in the heart of Crystal Beach, Camille’s Beach Bar & Coffee Shop features daily happy hour and live music. Guests will enjoy beachy tunes performed by one of our talented local solo artists while enjoying a refreshing daquiri, wine or cold brew. Happy Hour includes Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Tips for Destin Snorkel Tours

After a couple of days on the beach, families are often ready for their next adventure. A great place to start your planning your Destin adventure is through Newman-Dailey’s Be Free Bundle . These businesses have partnered with Newman-Dailey to offer our guests experiences for free or at a discounted rate. Our team recently experienced the Destin Snorkel two-stop snorkeling excursion and came back with these great tips. Destin Snorkel Has All the Equipment. When you arrive, Destin Snorkel staff will size you for fins. Mask, snorkel and fins are included Continue reading

Published on Monday, May 15, 2017

Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation Concerts in the Village Every Thursday

Florida’s Emerald Coast enjoys a continuous beat. Locals and visitors alike appreciate live music and there are an abundance of live music venues in and around Destin. One venue that that is tucked away off the beaten path is Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s (MKAF) Cultural Arts Village located off Commons Drive near the Home Depot. While it’s not visible off Highway 98, this lush grass amphitheater with Dugas Pavilion is a local treasure.   Over the years, MKAF has enjoyed the annual tradition of presenting Concerts in the Village. Now in its Continue reading

Published on Friday, April 21, 2017

Best Live Music Venues in Destin

Live music soothes the soul, especially on vacation at the beach. What better place to listen to live music than the beautiful Destin Harbor overlooking the Gulf or on the Bay overlooking the Mid-Bay Bridge? We have so many great locally-owned restaurants on the water that have live music performed by some very talented local artists. Here are the top 5 Best Live Music Venues in Destin: Boshamps This place is always a favorite for the amazing oysters, prepared six different, delicious ways. The band Continuum performs live every sunny Sunday afternoon Continue reading

Published on Thursday, April 6, 2017

Seasonal Tram Service for Guests of the Beachside Inn

New for 2017! Beachside Inn in Crystal Beach has partnered with 654-LIMO to offer guests of Beachside Inn complimentary seasonal tram service to popular points of interest in Destin, including the Destin Harbor and  HarborWalk Village , Destin Commons, Silver Sands Premium Outlets, and popular restaurants in Destin and Miramar Beach. In addition, as part of this partnership, guests staying at select Newman-Dailey vacation rentals within walking distance to Pompano Joe's may try this fantastic new amenity. This includes vacation rental homes Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Legendary Destin Landmarks

While we know Florida's Emerald Coast is renowned for its white sand beaches and beautiful turquoise water, there are some legendary Destin landmarks that are iconic to our coastal town. We've compiled a list of these “must see”, photo-worthy places in Destin. And while it may not be possible to experience all of our landmark locations during one visit, this will give you a reason for a return trip or it may inspire you to purchase your own landmark in paradise.   Crab Island. Located on the north side of the Destin Bridge, Crab Island Continue reading

Published on Monday, March 20, 2017

Best Event at Sandestin Invites You to Pursue the Roux, Feb. 17-18

One of our favorite aspects of February is the annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival at the Village of Baytowne Wharf. This annual event is held in a beautiful setting overlooking the Choctawhatchee Bay and serves up a delicious variety of gumbo. On Friday, Feb. 17 at 5 p.m., the Crawfish Boil Kick-off Party begins at Hammerhead’s Bar & Grill. Guests are invited to come out and enjoy a plate of boiled crawfish for $15/plate.  On Saturday, Feb.18, the main event will be held throughout the Village. The 28thAnnual Sandestin Gulf Festival invites tasters Continue reading

Published on Friday, February 10, 2017

Destin Day Trip to the Seacrest Wolf Preserve

Are you a nature lover?  Animal Lover?  Are you up for a totally new experience that will touch your very soul?  If your answer is yes (or maybe) then we recommend a day trip from Destin, Florida to tour the Seacrest Wolf Preserve.   Located approximately an hour northeast of Destin, Fla., Seacrest Wolf Preserve is home to 34 wolves in three natural habitat enclosures. Seacrest Wolf Preserve is a place where humans and wolves connect in nature for educational purposes. The rare hands on wolf-human interaction are profound learning Continue reading

Published on Thursday, February 2, 2017

Eat at Lulu’s on Jan 31 and Eat For Advocacy

With so many incredible South Walton and Destin restaurants, deciding where to eat is always a challenge. But on Jan. 31, the decision will be easy. For every meal purchased on Jan. 31, Lulu’s will donate 10% of their food proceeds to the Emerald Coast Advocacy Center (ECCAC).   Located at the foot of the Mid Bay Bridge in Destin, the family restaurant, owned by Lucy Buffett, sister of the famous crooner, Jimmy Buffett, will donate 10% of the food proceeds from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. to ECCAC.  Not only is the atmosphere great and gumbo delicious Continue reading

Published on Monday, January 30, 2017

Free and Fun Things to Do in Destin This Weekend

It is January in Destin and we know visitors and residents alike will be out enjoying the many free as well as fun things to do in Destin this weekend. Here's an overview of events scheduled throughout the weekend for families, snowbirds and couples.  On Friday, Jan. 27, kick off the weekend with“ Snowbird Day at the Museum. ” From 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida.  Snowbirds will receive a reduced admission of $2 per person, complimentary tours, and light refreshments. Discover the rich history of Northwest Continue reading

Published on Monday, January 23, 2017

Free Winter Concerts at The Market Shops at Sandestin

Our winter season is here and with it comes the joys of a quieter and cooler time of year. Our expansive soft white sand beaches are wide open this time of year, which is ideal for walking, collecting sand dollars and enjoying the restorative qualities of the beach. Beyond the beach, our winter guests want to know about things to do. We're pleased to announce that the Market Shops at Sandestin will again host their FREE weekly winter concert series.    Every Sunday in January and February, the Market Shops will feature a different local Continue reading

Published on Friday, January 13, 2017

Allegiant Announces New Flights to Destin

Great news! Allegiant Air will begin new, nonstop air service from Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) to 11 cities around the U.S. starting in May 2017. Locals love to travel to destinations, including Austin, Washington D.C. and Louisville, among others, and families love to travel to Florida’s Emerald Coast to enjoy our soft white sand beaches and fun family activities, making this expansion a win-win. This is the largest single expansion into Florida in the company's history. To celebrate, the Allegiant Airlines move to Destin, the Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Save Our Bay Oyster Roast, Jan. 28

Oysters are not only a delicacy, they are also critical to the health of the Choctawhatchee Bay, which the community depends on for fishing and recreation. In celebration of the oyster and to raise funds for the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA), the non-profit organization responsible for sustaining healthy local waterways through monitoring, education, restoration, and research, Whole Foods Market-Destin is hosting the “Save Our Bay Oyster Roast” on Saturday, Jan. 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.    The community is invited to Continue reading

Published on Monday, January 9, 2017

Most Popular New Year's Resolutions for 2017

 It is the time of year for goal setting and New Year’s Resolutions. We recently read the Most Common New Year’s Resolutions for 2017 as reported by NBC News and we want to help you achieve your goals. Here’s how Newman-Dailey can support the most common 2017 New Year’s Resolutions: Get Healthy. The goal to get healthy emerged as the most common resolution with more than 62 million searches on the topic. And there is no better place to support this goal than with the healthy beach lifestyle. Florida’s Emerald Coast embraces healthy living and Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Shopping for the Holidays in Destin

As we welcome the holiday season, many of our guests are asking for recommendations for the best shops in Destin with one-of-a-kind items for a special gift for a friend or a loved one. Along Florida's Emerald Coast, we’re lucky to have many locally-owned, small businesses that carry unique, limited-quantity and hand-made items that are perfect for gift giving. Here’s some of our recommendations for gift ideas when shopping in the South Walton and Destin area:  QUEORK. Our friend Amanda Dailey brought QUEORK to the Emerald Coast last Continue reading

Published on Monday, November 28, 2016

2016 Destin Festival of the Arts

The beauty of Florida’s Emerald Coast inspires many to create. The vibrant colors, textures, landscapes, wildlife, all work in tandem to create aw-inspiring moments that often translate to works of art. Our thriving arts community enjoys sharing their passion for the coast and art by welcoming art lovers and artists alike. Thanks to the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) artists from around the country are united within our beautiful beachside setting for the annual Festival of the Arts, Oct. 29–30. The two-day signature event features exhibits Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Tips to Enjoy the Destin Seafood Festival like a Local

Planning a trip to Destin this fall? Be sure to check out the 2016 Destin Seafood Festival , September 30 - October 2. The 38th Annual Festival will begin on Friday, September 30 (4:00pm-10:00pm) and continue on Saturday, October 1 (10:00am-10:00pm) and continue through Sunday, October 2 (11:00am-4:00pm). The festival takes place along the scenic Destin Harbor Boardwalk and is sure to impress the whole family with live music, endless food, crafts, and children’s activities. Best of all, there is no admission charge. Our team member, Missy Windes Continue reading

Published on Friday, September 16, 2016

Props Brewery Introduces 6-Pack Cans

 In honor of National Beer Lover’s Day, we’re celebrating more of our favorite local breweries along the Emerald Coast. We’re a big fan of Props Brewery in Fort Walton Beach and are excited to share that they have started packaging their Flying Coffin IPA in six packs of 12 oz cans. Since glass is prohibited on Destin’s beaches, this is the perfect way to enjoy a local brew on the beach. They are for sale at the brewery as well as at select package stores in Fort Walton Beach, Crestview, Pensacola, Niceville, Destin, and Panama City areas.& Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Tropical Storm Hermine Heads to Tallahassee

Tropical Storm Hermine has turned up the surf as she makes her way toward Tallahassee (166 miles east of Destin) so we’re on double red flag conditions and water is closed for swimming. After more than 30 years of living and working along the Emerald Coast, we’ve learned what to expect depending on where the eye of the storm is forecasted to make landfall. We are very fortunate to be on the west side of the storm and far from the eye. We are not anticipating much beyond high surf and some rain. Once the storm moves through, we anticipate a sunny Continue reading

Published on Thursday, September 1, 2016

Destin Day Trip to the Pensacola Naval Museum

If you are looking for something fun to do on a rainy day or even a beautiful day on the Emerald Coast, consider a day trip to Pensacola to visit The Naval Museum.  The Naval Museum is the largest museum of its kind in Florida. With 150 restored aircrafts from the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Aviation, this museum is fun for all ages. Since the beautiful Emerald Coast has many surrounding military bases, we take pride in that and The Naval Museum is a local favorite. It is a vital part of our history and culture in Northwest Florida Continue reading

Published on Monday, August 8, 2016

Best Ice Cream Treats in Destin

Hot summer days call for cold treats and nothing tastes better than a cold ice cream treat at the beach. The Destin area has many types of frozen treats. From homemade ice cream and frozen custard to frozen yogurt and Dippin’ Dots to sorbet and gelato, there is no shortage of cold, refreshing snacks to cool you down on a hot day. Here’s our list of best ice cream treats in Destin:  Bruster’s in Destin It may be a nationwide chain, but it’s become a tradition to many families visiting Destin. In fact, Bruster’s Real Ice Cream was voted “ Continue reading

Published on Friday, July 22, 2016

Gulfarium in Destin Welcomes Baby Seal

Everyone loves babies! And the Gulfarium in Destin was excited to welcome a new baby seal to the Gulfarium family this spring. The wide-eyed harbor seal was born in April and is now a curious, playful three-month old. His name is Ollie and he’s melting the hearts of all who visit him. Gulfarium visitors can see Ollie at the Harbor Seal Exhibit where they may catch him sleeping, nursing or playing in the water alongside the other seals.  The Gulfarium is home to dozen’s marine animals so be sure to check out the dolphins, sea turtles, rays Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Best Family Attractions in Destin

As any local will tell you, there’s more to Destin than our infamous sugar white sand beaches and emerald green water. There are some great family attractions in Destin too. When planning your next Destin beach vacation, here are the top 3 family attractions in Destin: Big Kahunas Waterpark With over 40 different water play areas, rides, slides and pools, Big Kahuna’s is a great water park attraction for families. Enjoy the giant wave pool, or cruise down the lazy river. Scream down the 5-story Jumanji or holler down the Maui pipeline Continue reading

Published on Friday, July 8, 2016

Buddy Goes Beachside Book Signing, New Children's Book, June 30

Destin provides a scenic setting that inspires songs, movies, novels, and most recently, a children’s book. Based upon Author Angel Kitts’ stay at the Beachside Inn in Crystal Beach, the new children’s book, Buddy Goes Beachside, is playful tale of a Destin beach vacation through the eyes of a Maltese pup. Beachside Inn and Camille’s Café  will host Author Angel Kitts for a special appearance and booking signing on June 30 from 3-5 p.m.  Held in conjunction with Camille’s daily Happy Hour, which features live music and drink specials Continue reading

Published on Thursday, June 9, 2016

Endangered Sea Turtle Release in Destin

What a sight!  We were able to join locals and tourists alike to see the release of Mars, a 121 lb. loggerhead sea turtle, get released into the wild at Henderson Beach on May 19th.  The 21-year old Mars was found stranded off of Perdido Key on December 29, 2015.  She was in bad condition and was missing her left rear flipper, and had barnacles and red algae all over her back.  She was taken to the Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center on Okaloosa Island for rehabilitation and some TLC. How did she get her name?  The Gulfarium C.A.R.E. Center Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Best Places for 4th of July Fireworks in Destin

Start planning your patriotic celebration and celebrate Fourth of July in Destin. It’s a timeless tradition to spend Fourth of July at the beach or on the water. After a day at the beach, head to one of the Emerald Coast’s popular fireworks displays. Here’s a list of the best places to watch Fourth of July Fireworks around Destin:  In Fort Walton Beach : Fourth of July Celebration at Fort Walton Beach Landing In Destin: Fourth of July Celebration on the Harbor at HarborWalk Village on the Destin Harbor In Miramar Beach : Red, White and Baytowne Continue reading

Published on Friday, June 3, 2016

Things to Do in Destin-The Emerald Coast Theatre Company

A question we’re often asked is “what is there for families to do in Destin at night?” While there are attractions such as The Track with Go-Karts, games and mini-golf as well as the Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin with its Adventure Zone, there are also family-friendly performances to keep families entertained long after the sun goes down.  Laugh Out Loud with the Family Comedy Improv Show This summer the Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) is staging a Family Comedy Improv Show at the Bart Rockett Theater at HarborWalk Village on the Continue reading

Published on Thursday, June 2, 2016

Top 3 Places for Trivia Night in Destin

After the sun goes down, what is there to do at night in Destin? One of our team’s favorite things to do is Trivia Night. Here are our top 3 spots for Trivia Night in Destin: Props Brewery If you enjoy good food, local craft beer and fun, Props Brewery may be the perfect spot for you. Located just across the Brooks Bridge in Fort Walton Beach, Props Brewery is a popular local hangout. OnTuesday from 8 – 10 p.m., it is the place to be for some healthy competition for Trivia Night. If your table wins, you get a gift card to use during your next visit Continue reading

Published on Friday, May 27, 2016

Top Things to Do at the Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival, June 3-6

June means it is the time of year when kids are out of school, the weather is warmer, and our favorite pirate festival, Billy Bowlegs has everyone talking like a pirate.   Billy Bowlegs is a local legend that comes to life and takes over Destin and Fort Walton Beach for a weekend of fun, resulting in the annual festival encompassing fireworks, pirates, live music, and a parade. Here is our list of the best things to do during this annual local tradition: Billy Bowlegs Pub Crawl Thursday, June 2 at 5pm -9pm Downtown Fort Walton Beach Don your Continue reading

Published on Thursday, May 19, 2016

What’s New in Destin, Florida for 2016

As we kick off the 2016 beach season, many of our guests are asking what’s new in Destin and South Walton this season. Great question! So we’ve polled our team and industry contacts and here’s some of the new things to do in Destin for 2016: Lulu’s Jelly Jump Lucy Buffet is always looking for ways to have more fun. We were thrilled when she opened Lulu’s Destin last fall and now she’s adding a new activity. The Jellyfish Jumper is LuLu's Destin newest attraction. Children (and adults) that are over 42 inches and under 250 lbs can enjoy this fun Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, April 5, 2016

MKAF in Destin Hosts Tribute to ABBA, April 9

More music news! Destin will celebrate the sounds of the 70's as the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation hosts a tribute to ABBA. The live performance will be held on April 9 at 7 p.m. at the  Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village off Commons Drive. The tribute band, ABBAFAB is making its Northwest Florida debut performing a spectatcular multi-media tribute to the iconic ‘70s-era band. The live performance will be high energy and feature chart-topping hits from the ‘70s and ‘80s such as “Mama Mia,” “Dancing Queen, “SOS,” “Waterloo,” “Honey Honey, Continue reading

Published on Thursday, March 31, 2016

Best Happy Hour in Destin

It’s a great time of year to get out and visit with friends. So you’re probably wondering where to find the best Happy Hour in Destin and South Walton. Here are some of our favorite restaurants in and around Destin with drink specials: The Wine Bar  With three locations (Destin, Grand Boulevard and WaterColor), Chan's Wine Bar is nearby featuring “Wine Happy Hour” daily. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., the Wine Bar offers a 12 oz carafe of wine for the price of a glass. Choose from their extensive selection of wines from the Continue reading

Published on Monday, March 21, 2016

Whole Foods Market Opening in Destin on April 20

Now that the building is nearing completion, our community is buzzing about Whole Foods Market opening in Destin this spring. Whole Foods new Florida location is just east of Destin Commons in front of Lowe’s Home Improvement store.  For those who have not experienced Whole Foods Market, residents and visitors are in for a treat. Whole Foods started as a small grocery store in Austin, Texas and has grown to be the world leader in natural and organic foods with 439 stores in North America and the United Kingdom. Coined the Healthiest Grocery Continue reading

Published on Monday, March 14, 2016

Allegiant Air Adds Flights from Memphis to Destin and More

Last month, we learned that Allegiant Air was beginning direct flights from Destin to St. Louis and Cincinnati this summer. The results were so positive that Allegiant Air is now adding direct flights from Destin to four more cities, including Memphis, Knoxville, Oklahoma City and Fort Lauderdale. This is especially good news for our friends in Memphis, Tennessee.  Beginning Memorial Day Weekend, Allegiant Air will offer direct flights from Memphis International Airport (MEM) to the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) on Mondays and Fridays Continue reading

Published on Thursday, March 10, 2016

Dewey Destin's Habor Restaurant for Lunch

Are you searching for a Destin restaurant with a great view of the Harbor and fresh seafood? While we have many favorite restaurants, we were recently reminded how much we love Dewey Destin’s Seafood Restaurant . Dewey Destin’s has two locations, both with views of the water, and we recently visited their Harborside location. We’ve been to this eatery for dinner many times but usually don’t think of Dewey Destin’s for lunch. Our winter guests, Linda and Butch Baldini who stay with us at Jade East Towers in Destin, invited Continue reading

Published on Monday, March 7, 2016

Best Margaritas in Destin

 Today is National Margarita Day! There is no better way to start the week than with a delicious margarita. Do you prefer yours on the rocks? Frozen? Salt? No salt? No matter how you like it, here’s where we go for the best margaritas in the Destin area: Cantina Laredo at Grand Boulevard . Cantina Laredo has the best selection of margaritas in South Walton. With 10 different styles of margaritas, Cantina Laredo has a refreshing beverage for every taste. The signature margarita, Casa Rita, is a blend of Giro Giro Silver Tequila by Sauza Continue reading

Published on Monday, February 22, 2016

Everkrisp Comes to Destin

Families living along and visiting the Emerald Coast are always looking for fresh healthy meal options in and around Destin. We’ve been blessed with some great new additions including CUP, DIG and Formula Fresh in South Walton. Now, Destin celebrates the addition of Everkrisp  at Plantation Commons! Everkrisp is a locally-owned restaurant committed to offering locally grown, fresh food fast. At Everkrisp , diners are presented fresh menu selections ranging from salads to grain bowls to seasonal soups. In addition, Everkrsip offers a build your Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Jim N Nick's Best BBQ in Destin

Looking for great barbecue in Destin, Florida? Consider Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q. With three locations, Jim 'N Nick's is convenient and family-friendly, and offers an affordably delicious meal. In fact, one of our Newman-Dailey team members is from Memphis and here's what she had to say about her recent visit to Jim 'N Nick's: "I am a very picky BBQ lover. I lived in Memphis for many years, so I know good BBQ. This eatery hands down has the BEST to offer. From ribs to smoked chicken, you'll go home satisfied. This Continue reading

Published on Monday, January 25, 2016

Direct Flights From St. Louis & Cincinnati to Destin in 2016

The Destin Fort-Walton Beach Airport (VPS) is expanding air service in 2016. Beginning this summer, new carrier, Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) will be providing nonstop service from Cincinnati and St. Louis to Destin, Florida. Now, our guests will have quicker access to the sugar white sand beaches they love, and locals will enjoy direct access to popular Midwest cities. Known for offering exceptional travel deals, Allegiant will launch by offering one-way fares for as low as $39*. Seasonal non-stop service to Cincinnati will begin on May 20, 2016, just Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Destin Ranked Top 3 Destination in TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards

Welcome 2016!  It is the time of year for goal setting and making plans for a fun-filled year that is punctuated with special moments with family and friends. And to help travelers select their vacation spots for 2016, TripAdvisor recently announced its "2015 Travelers' Choice Awards." We were thrilled to read that Destin, Florida ranked #3 for  TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice U.S. Destinations on the Rise . The rankings were compiled by using an algorithm that primarily measures the year-over-year increase in positive TripAdvisor Continue reading

Published on Saturday, January 2, 2016

TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards Ranks Destin #3 Destination on the Rise in U.S.

We know that travelers trust friends, family members and other travelers more than they trust businesses and even the news media. That is why we greatly appreciate guest reviews .  And it is through millions of travelers’ personal stories and rankings throughout the year that TripAdvisor is able to tally their annual Travelers’ Choice Awards . Upon reviewing the 2015 Travelers’ Choice Award lists, we were delighted to read that Destin, Florida ranked #3 for U.S. Destinations on the Rise . Millions of traveler reviews are aggregated to determine Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, December 22, 2015

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