5 Wildlife Encounters on Your Destin, Florida Vacation

Bears, Birds, Bonnetheads...Oh my! Beachgoers received a surprise recently when a black bear cub was spotted swimming in the crystal blue waters of Florida’s Emerald Coast. CNN Video Report shows the bear cooling off in the crystal blue waters. Wildlife experiences such as this are possible during a Destin vacation. While seeing a bear on the beach is unusual, it is common to see lots of other wildlife during your stay in Destin and Miramar Beach, Florida. Here's a look at the top 5 animal encounters that are common in Destin, Florida:   Continue reading

Published on Thursday, June 29, 2023

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

Private Chefs and Catering Services for Destin, Miramar Beach & 30A

One of the joys of staying in a Destin vacation rental is the fully stocked kitchen. That being said, one of the joys of being on vacation s not having to cook. To experience the joy of both, many vacationing families have discovered the benefits of hiring a personal chef to create an intimate in-home dining experience.   Whether coming to the beach for the holidays, a special celebration or just a romantic rendezvous, travelers staying in Destin, Miramar Beach and along Scenic Highway 30A have a growing number of options for in-home catering Continue reading

Published on Friday, December 10, 2021

Top 3 Reasons to Book Your Destin Beach Vacation Early

You’ve probably already started dreaming about your next beach vacation. Relaxing on the soft white sand beaches with warm coastal breezes rolling over your skin and cool drink in your hand, you’re relaxing and soaking up the beach life. Now is the time to stop dreaming and start planning. Here’s the top 3 reasons to book your 2022 South Walton or Destin beach vacation now: Best Selection.    The early vacation planner gets the best vacation rentals. With Gulf-front vacation rentals in high demand, those who book Continue reading

Published on Monday, November 15, 2021

My Beach Memories Photo Contest Winners 2021

We enjoy seeing and hearing about our guests’ experiences at the beach. Each year, the beach is where families come together to rest, reconnect, and celebrate life’s special moments. For more than 36 years, the team at Newman-Dailey has been welcoming families to the beach and we always enjoy hearing about our guests' experiences and the joys of their vacation. Our annual My Beach Memories photo contest allows us to read and see our guest’s stories and reward the winning submission with a free vacation rental stay. We’re Continue reading

Published on Friday, October 1, 2021

Toasting Mom with a MOMosa Vacation in Destin, FL

We’re celebrating Moms! This has been a tough year and Mom has been doing it all! She's the chef, the housekeeper, the launderer, the teacher, the chauffeur, the cheerleader, the coach and so much more. We know the stress of this last year has added up and taken a toll on Mom's mental and physical health. That’s why we created the MOMosa Vacation! Plan a trip to the beaches of South Walton and Destin, Florida this fall (September - November 19) and take advantage of our MOMosa Vacation package , which combines our low fall rates on vacation Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Newman-Dailey Happy Hours Provide Creative Cocktail Ideas for Destin Vacations

At Newman-Dailey, our team enjoys toasting sunset with delicious libations. We’ve participated in our share of beach bonfires and sunset happy hours along the beaches of South Walton and Destin, Florida. As such, one of the things that got us through quarantine during COVID-19 was our "Dailey Happy Hour" at the Beach series. We had the joy of stepping out on the deck and enjoying the coastal breeze and sounds of the surf while we made some of our favorite happy hour concoctions. Check out these creative sunset cocktail ideas for your next Continue reading

Published on Friday, February 19, 2021

New South Walton Restaurants and Businesses for 2021

Welcome 2021! The New Year brings new beginnings and as such we are welcoming new restaurants and businesses to our community.  Thanks to our friends at Visit South Walton who helped us create this list of the new dining options and new businesses that you’ll want to try out on your next South Walton and Destin vacation. The Citizen (Alys Beach) On Scenic Highway 30-A in Alys Beach, The Citizen has opened as a coastal tavern with fine indoor, outdoor and take-away dining. An 18-seat bar and 12-seat custom raw bar along with outdoor seating Continue reading

Published on Monday, February 15, 2021

Best Things to Do for Spring Break in Destin, Florida

Destin, Florida is one of the most popular spring break destinations for families with children and teens. Destin’s soft white sand beaches and emerald green waters provide a playground for all ages in an expansive outdoor setting. Beyond the beach, there are a variety of activities and experiences that will allow everyone in your group to have fun! In addition, when you stay with Newman-Dailey, you'll enjoy FREE activities with each day of your stay. Here’s a list of our favorite things to do in Destin for Spring Break. Stand Up Continue reading

Published on Monday, February 1, 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

My Beach Memories Photo Contest Winners Fall/Winter 2020

While 2020 was a tough year, we were able to celebrate the silver linings with our guests through our fourth My Beach Memories photo contest. We’ve been accepting submissions from August 2020 through December 29, 2020 of our guests’ favorite beach vacation memories and we’re excited to announce the winners! From stories of COVID-blessings and first visits to the beach to weddings and favorite activities, our hearts were warmed sharing in our guests’ joys, celebrations and beach vacation traditions.  We’re honored Continue reading

Published on Monday, January 11, 2021

Coastal New Year’s Resolutions for 2021

As we say goodbye to 2020 and welcome 2021 with open arms, this is a great time to start healthy habits for the New Year. We’ve all made resolutions in year’s past that don’t always come to fruition so this year, we’ve created a list of resolutions for your next Destin vacation that we think will bring you joy and jump start a healthier happier you. Try Something New on Your Next Visit to Destin If you are a foodie, it could be trying a new South Walton or Destin restaurant. Or if you love to cook, rent a vacation rental Continue reading

Published on Thursday, January 7, 2021

Top 10 Destin Vacation Memories of 2020

As we reflect on 2020, we enjoy finding the silver lining on an otherwise tragic year. Through our “My Beach Memories Photo Contest” stories, we had the joy of sharing many special memories with our guests. We think that coming to the beach with your family and friends provides a much needed, safe escape to enjoy a change of scenery and to relax and reconnect.  The following are priceless stories of each family’s 2020 memories and unique blessings. #1) COVID Blessings “My husband and I both work in the hospital and after Continue reading

Published on Monday, January 4, 2021

Best Places to Go Hiking Around Destin, Florida

While most families come to South Walton and Destin, Florida for the soft, sugar-white sand beaches, the Destin area is also a great place to go hiking. With five state parks and Point Washington State Forest, the area’s natural lands feature miles of trails and geological gems such as rare coastal dune lakes—only found in South Walton, Africa, Australia, and Madagascar. The best part is that hiking is a great activity that allows for social distancing, and provides hikers fresh air and fun. From Henderson Beach State Park to Eden State Continue reading

Published on Monday, November 2, 2020

Best Things to Do in Destin for the Holidays

While 2020 has taught us to expect the unexpected, the team at Newman-Dailey knows that annual traditions provide comfort in the midst of chaos. Therefore, we've gathered some of our favorite things to do in Destin for the holidays that have become annual holiday traditions for many. The team at Newman-Dailey wants to help keep your traditions alive and maybe even start some new ones. Our private, vacation rental homes and condominiums provide a safe, sanitized home away from home through our enhanced cleaning standards, allowing your family to Continue reading

Published on Friday, October 16, 2020

5 Reasons to School from the Beach in Destin, FL

Is your family one of the many that now have a virtual classroom and school from home? If so, consider providing your student with a change of scenery and School from the Beach. Here are 5 great reasons to bring your virtual classroom to the beaches of South Walton and Destin, Florida: Edu-tainment Field Trips Combining education and fun, Destin is home to many attractions and activities that are fun and great for hands-on learning. From Gator Beach at Fudpucker’s where you’ll learn about Florida’s most misunderstood reptile to Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Take a Field Trip to Gator Beach When You School from the Beach in Destin, FL

When your kids school from the beach, there are lots of fantastic edutainment venues that combine learning and fun. One of our favorites is Gator Beach at Fudpucker’s in Destin . This FREE attraction features more than 100 alligators, including hatchlings, juveniles, and the famed, Ms. Pearl, an albino alligator. Here are some of the highlights you’ll enjoy when you take a break from your virtual textbooks and take a field trip to Gator Beach. CLICK HERE to join us for a virtual tour of Gator Beach! At Gator Beach, students will have Continue reading

Published on Monday, October 5, 2020

Hidden Dunes Resort Renovated Condominium Tower - Best Condos in Miramar Beach

Renovations are complete on the Gulf-front tower, which was repainted and the condominiums have re-opened with new balcony railing as well as flooring that is non-skid and waterproof. The condominium’s Gulf-front pool was updated with new pool tiles, a new pool deck, and renovated pool restrooms. When you stay at Hidden Dunes Resort, you’ll enjoy access to the basketball and horseshoe courts, the award-winning tennis center with clay courts, community pools and spas, picnic areas with community grills, and a private beach walkover to Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, September 30, 2020

6 Reasons to Work from the Beach

With more companies directing staff to work from home while we wait out COVID-19, we know where you’d rather be—working from the beach! In fact, if you have to work you might as well do it in a place where you’re happiest. And for many, their happy place is at the beach. Here are our top 6 reasons to work from the beach this year: When You Participate in Zoom Meetings, You Win for the Best Live Background Zoom meetings have become the new norm. When you work from the beach, you’ll have the best “LIVE” background Continue reading

Published on Friday, August 28, 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

Best Beach Cottages in Miramar Beach are at Hidden Dunes Resort

Are you looking for the best beach cottages in Miramar Beach, Florida near Destin? Consider staying in a Hidden Dunes Cottage. Located near Hidden Dunes top-ranked tennis center, the cottages are an affordable and comfortable home away from home for your next family vacation. The Carolina-style Cottages are nestled in a naturally wooded landscape and enhanced by spacious and private screened porches, shaded walkways, reflecting pools, and bubbling fountains.  Hidden Dunes Beach & Tennis Resort is located on 27-acres of beach-front property Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, August 19, 2020

My Beach Memories Photo Contest Winners 2020

We had so much fun seeing our guests’ memories that we launched our third My Beach Memories photo contest last fall. We’ve been accepting submissions of your favorite moments from your beach vacation from October 1, 2019 to July 31, 2020 and we finally have our winners! Sharing in your special moments from baby's first steps and family traditions to sunsets and wedding proposals, our hearts have been warmed and our optimism renewed. We are reminded that South Walton and Destin’s beaches are some of the most beautiful in the world Continue reading

Published on Friday, August 14, 2020

Celebrations Are Not Canceled in Destin, FL -- Families are Celebrating Safely at the Beach

While Corona Virus may have forced us to adopt new norms, 2020 celebrations are not canceled. In fact now more than ever, it is comforting to come together with loved ones and celebrate. The team at Newman-Dailey is ready to help you celebrate that special occasion. Whether it’s a honeymoon or anniversary, a birthday, baby’s first step, a graduation or holiday gathering, our spacious Destin vacation rental homes and condominiums provide a safe location to celebrate life's commemorative moments. At Newman-Dailey, guest and staff safety Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, July 7, 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

Fresh, Local Ingredients for Sunset Beach Cocktails in Destin, Florida

When you slow down long enough to breathe deep and stop rushing to the next appointment or next task, it is easier to make time for the details. One of the ways we love to slow down at the beach is to enjoy sunset happy hour. We are blessed with a wealth of local farmers and fisherman that reward us with the freshest seafood and produce available. As such, we enjoy infusing local ingredients to create the freshest beach cocktails.  This week, we’re making Rosemary By the Sea cocktail for our Dailey Happy Hour. Here we’re sharing how we make Continue reading

Published on Thursday, April 9, 2020

Be A Dailey Insider

Our extended family of friends, guests and people who love the beach as much as we do spans the globe. As Destin locals, our team enjoys sharing our knowledge and insider tips with you.    For those who join the club and become a “Dailey Insider,” we’ll be sending monthly updates with the inside scoop on South  Walton and Destin’s beaches, the hottest local events and concerts as well as share travel deals and secret special offers.   Here’s why you should join the Dailey Insider Club:  Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Best Mojitos along the beaches of South Walton and Destin, Florida

Whether you’re planning a future trip to Destin or just day dreaming about relaxing along Destin’s white sandy shores, a Destin beach tradition is a sunset toast. At Newman-Dailey, we enjoy celebrating a “Dailey Happy Hour” and sunset toast whenever possible, and since we're all staying at home, we've decided to bring happy hour to you.    This week, we’re creating one of our favorite beach drinks, the strawberry mojito. As such, we're sharing our recipe and bringing the beach into your home to enjoy a toast with us. And Continue reading

Published on Thursday, April 2, 2020

What to do now that our Spring Beach vacation is cancelled? Top 9 Ways to Bring the Beach Home.

As we endure the current health crisis and all practice social distancing to stop the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), we're all thinking of sunny days ahead. We know you're ready to pack your suitcases and get back to the beach!   So in the meantime, we wanted to help you virtually enjoy the beach at home. It is the sights, sounds and smells that can easily take you back to a place. So we thought it would be fun to share tips on how to bring the beach home until you can get back to your beach vacation.    Here are the top 9 ways Continue reading

Published on Friday, March 27, 2020

What is there to do in Destin since Coronavirus?

We know you need a change of scenery and don't want to miss taking your treasured Destin beach vacation this year. At Newman-Dailey guest and staff safety is our top priority. Therefore in addition to our enhanced sanitization and cleaning protocols and new COVID-19 procedures, our team has created a list of things to do in Destin that allow for social distancing. Here are our top suggestions:  Try Stand Up Paddle Boarding.  This fun water activity is an individual watersport. Get out on the water, either in the Bay, the Gulf, or the Sound Continue reading

Published on Friday, March 13, 2020

Tips to "Be Local. Act Local." in South Walton and Destin, Florida

Our team is proud to be Destin locals and as such we want our extended family of friends and guests to feel like a local when they come to town. So in addition to sharing all the local Destin hotspots, we’re sharing another way to feel like a local and help us protect the beach and the endangered sea turtles that nest along our shores.  Therefore, we’ve identified 7 ways to Be Local and Act Local when you visit the beach:  Join Us in Removing Trash from the Beach It is important to leave only footprints when visiting the beach. As a local Continue reading

Published on Monday, March 9, 2020

Destin, FL Vacation Coronavirus Tips

Updated September 1, 2022 We enjoy welcoming guests back to the beach, and the health and safety of our guests, clients, and staff remains a priority for the team at Newman-Dailey. Our clean, sanitized private vacation rentals are a safe option for taking a South Walton and Destin beach vacation. Newman-Dailey has instituted enhanced sanitization and cleaning practices and procedures for all of our vacation rentals, which includes an extended time between stays for sanitization and cleaning of each vacation rental. VIEW OUR COVID-19 SANITIZATION PRACTICES HERE   Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, March 4, 2020

2018 Memorial Day Week Update for Destin, Florida

First and foremost, we would like to honor and thank ALL active and retired military members for your dedication and service. We enjoy so many freedoms due to your service. From all of us at Newman-Dailey, we send a BIG heartfelt “Thank you!”   We are looking forward to welcoming our extended family of guests from around the country to spend time relaxing and reconnecting along our shores. We know some of you have questions regarding your upcoming stay so we’ve done our best to highlight answers for the most frequently asked Continue reading

Published on Thursday, May 24, 2018

Moms Just Wanna Have Fun in Destin for Mother's Day

Motherhood can be exhausting. That’s why Anna Jarvis helped make Mother's Day an official U.S. Holiday in 1914. Moms give so much and what do they get in return? Runny noses, dirty clothes and tons of thankless tasks. So what does mom want for Mother’s Day? We know she wants to relax and have fun.   In fact, the “State of Fun” survey commissioned by the shoe brand Crocs, which polled 2,200 U.S. moms, revealed mothers are not having enough fun. As many as 79 percent of mothers reported that they are yearning for more fun in their lives Continue reading

Published on Thursday, February 15, 2018

Top Destin Bucket List Adventures for 2018

It’s a New Year and we know you’re ready to set your sights on a new list of adventures for your upcoming Destin vacation. As you search for things to do in Destin during your next spring, summer or fall beach getaway, we’ve outlined some of the fun bucket list adventures in South Walton and Destin, Florida:  Snorkel Grayton Beach State Park Reef Submerged several years ago by SWARA (South Walton Artificial Reef Association), this reef is now teaming with marine life. View fish, urchins, and even sea turtles while swimming around the collection Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, January 2, 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

Florida Trend Names 4 South Walton Restaurants among Golden Spoon Winners

Excerpt from Florida Trend (Dec. 2017):  “Fifty years ago, long before Zagat, TripAdvisor or Yelp, Florida Trend embarked on a novel project to find the state’s best restaurants. In a survey to 1,000 subscribers, editors explained “most of our readers—and all Florida Trend staff members—travel around our state a lot. The men who read our magazine like good restaurants.”   The “Mad Men” – era language reflected notions that restaurants were for businessmen who mostly wanted steaks, lobsters Continue reading

Published on Friday, December 8, 2017

Best Beach Portrait Photographers in the Destin Area

One of the joys of a Destin beach vacation is capturing the moments and memories that will last a lifetime. To help ensure this special moment in time is remembered forever, many families enjoy scheduling a beach portrait session with a professional photographer. There are dozens of photographers along the Emerald Coast and each has a different specialty. Here are some of the best beach portrait photographers depending on your budget and goals: Best Photographer on the Emerald Coast: Roland Moriarty Voted “Best Photographer of the Emerald Continue reading

Published on Monday, November 27, 2017

Silver Sands Premium Outlets Is Rewarding Our Guests with Shoes & More

Newman-Dailey and Silver Sands Premium Outlets have teamed up to help you achieve your shoe goals. Available with stays of four nights or more now through Nov. 18, 2017, “ The Perfect Pair ” package includes a $100 Silver Sands Premium Outlets Gift Card to put toward the purchase of a pair of new kicks or any other product or accessory (gift card may be used at any Silver Sands Premium Outlet store).  With many of Silver Sands Premium Outlet stores featuring shoes at incredible savings, our guests have the opportunity to find their dream pair Continue reading

Published on Friday, October 27, 2017

BBQ, Beer, and Blue Crabs Take Center Stage at these October Festivals

Fall is in full swing and fun October events fill the calendar this weekend. Whether you love to eat, drink or just have fun with friends, there is an event this weekend that will add a dash of fun to your weekend at the beach.   Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival (Oct. 13-14) For those who prefer to skip the barbecue and focus on the beer, the 10th Annual Baytowne Beer Festival is made for you. On Friday from 6-8pm, Beer from Around Here will feature local craft beers and samplings of appetizers from area restaurants. Featured breweries include Continue reading

Published on Thursday, October 12, 2017

Run for Fun – Race Along the Emerald Coast this Fall

While visiting the beach is a restful, relaxing experience, some guests like to earn their rest by participating in a 5K run while at the beach. Participating in a 5K, 10K or Half Marathon is a great feeling. You get up early and feel accomplished even though the day has just begun. In addition, you’ll get your daily dose of exercise while supporting some great local causes. Feeling inspired? Here’s some of our upcoming runs:  30A 5K and Half Marathon (Oct 13-15) Looking for a more challenging and rewarding run? Sign up for the 30A 5K and Half Continue reading

Published on Monday, October 9, 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

Best Beach House Recipes - Perfect for Destin Vacation Rentals

One of the joys of staying in a South Walton or Destin vacation rental is the fully equipped kitchen. And while you certainly want to go out to eat some meals, it is nice to have the convenience and cost savings of preparing meals at your beach house. So as you plan your next beach vacation, you may be thinking about recipes that are easy to prepare and will feed a large group of your closest family and friends.  We recommend The Beach House Cookbook. Written by New York Times Best Selling Author Mary Kay Andrews, The Beach House Cookbook is Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, September 5, 2017

New Stores and Dining Options Open at Grand Boulevard

We’re always asked “what’s new in Miramar Beach and Destin?". Recently, we’ve been sharing the news that there are new stores and dining options at  Grand Boulevard at Sandestin. Conveniently located in Miramar Beach, Grand Boulevard has become the place to go for shopping, dining, and to catch the latest movies on the big screen. Here’s a round-up of what’s new at Grand Boulevard: Everkrisp Now Open in Grand Boulevard Everkrisp is now open in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin. Created and owned locally by husband and wife duo Brendan and Ashley Continue reading

Published on Monday, August 7, 2017

Enjoy Florida’s Tax Free Back to School Shopping in Destin, Aug 4-6

If you’re anything like us, you love to save money. This week our guests will enjoy a beach vacation coupled with Florida's tax free shopping for back to school items, including supplies (under $15) as well as apparrel, shoes and accessories (under $60). This weekend, Aug 4-6, shoppers along Florida’s Emerald Coast will enjoy no tax on certain items, including clothing and footwear priced $60 or less. ( click here  for details on Florida's Tax Free Holiday).Here are our suggestions for the best back to school shopping in Destin: Continue reading

Published on Monday, July 31, 2017

Top Reasons to Love Destin in the Fall

It’s never too early to start getting excited about fall. For many, fall means cooler temperatures, football and falling leaves. But for residents and visitors of the Emerald Coast fall means the best time of the year. Why you ask? Here are some of the top reasons why we love fall along the beaches of South Walton and Destin, Florida.  Best Sunsets.  There is something about fall sunsets that are extra special. We're not sure if it's the way the sun sets over the shimmering Gulf waters or if it's the spectacular array of colors Continue reading

Published on Thursday, July 13, 2017

Plan A Birthday Celebration at the Beach in Florida

Our guests often plan their vacations around a birthday or special occasion so the celebration lasts longer and is even more special. At Newman-Dailey, we love a great celebration and are always happy to provide tips and suggestions for those planning a special birthday celebration in Destin or South Walton. If you’re considering a birthday or special occasion celebration vacation, here are some ideas to get you started: Meal Planning Plan easy to prepare meals that easily feed a group. Or take advantage of the catering menu at area grocery Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, May 9, 2017

2017 Emerald Coast Easter Egg Hunts

Easter Weekend is here. And if your family is looking for a fun and festive Easter Egg Hunt, there is an abundance of Easter Egg Hunts in the South Walton and Destin area.  April 15: City of Destin Easter Egg Hunt The City of Destin’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, April 15, beginning 9:15 a.m.at the Morgan Sports Center. The Easter Egg Hunt is for youth ages 12 and under. There will be a special egg hunting zone for Crawlers & Toddlers, along with a visit from the Easter Bunny. Map the location April 15: Grayton Beach Faith Continue reading

Published on Thursday, April 13, 2017

Top 5 Summer Beach Moments You Won’t Want to Miss

It’s just not summer without a trip to the beach. Why? Because while you can visit a cabin in the mountains or take a trip to the lake, you’ll miss out on these magical summer beach moments. Feel the soft sand on your feet. There is no substitute for the feeling of stepping onto our soft white sand that actually squeaks when you walk on it. Whether you’re seated or walking, the feeling of the warm soft sand brings a wave of relaxation. Then, cleanse your mind, body and soul with a long leisurely walk down the coast. It’s a great way to clear your Continue reading

Published on Friday, April 7, 2017

Moms Just Wanna Have Fun on Destin Beach Vacation for Mother's Day

With Mother’s Day nearing, it is time to start planning. What would mom want? From our experience, Moms just wanna have fun on a South Walton or Destin vacation. Whether you whisk mom away from chores for a long-weekend with the family along our sandy shores or you present mom a “girls getaway pass” to gather her best friends for weekend, she will be grateful. In addition, Newman-Dailey is featuring a special promotion for Mother's Day featuring 10% off beach vacation rentals and a free gift for mom. By booking the  Mother's Day Beach Town Special Offer Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Best Golf in Destin

Destin’s mild climate ensures the Emerald Coast is where you’d rather be during the winter months. And our winter visitors like to be outdoors and stay active. Golf is a popular year-round activity in South Walton and Destin so we’ve compiled a list of the best golf courses in the Destin area that offer special rates for guests of Newman-Dailey: Regatta Bay Golf and Country Club This breathtaking 6,894-yard par-72 course along the Choctawhatchee Bay is a golfer’s paradise.  Designed by Robert C. Walker, Regatta Bay has been named one of Golf Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, December 20, 2016

8 Best Holiday Happy Hours in Grand Boulevard

What better way to enjoy this holiday season than with a cocktail after a long day of shopping? ‘Tis the season to treat yourself and friends to some delicious treats without breaking the bank. Save the money for the shopping, and grab the real deals at these holiday happy hours in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin . All of these locations are sprinkled throughout the Grand Boulevard Shopping Center.   Cantina Laredo Happy Hour happens every day at Cantina Laredo at Sandestin from 4 PM- 7 PM. $2 domestic beer, $3 imported beer, $4 well drinks and house Continue reading

Published on Friday, December 9, 2016

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

South Walton and Destin Holiday Celebrations 2016

It’s time to begin planning for the holidays and our guests and owners look to Newman-Dailey for recommendations on holiday events and happenings along the Emerald Coast. Therefore, we’ve compiled a list of the best Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s Eve events planned along the Emerald Coast for 2016: Holiday Parades We love a parade and the holidays are no exception. Starting on Dec. 10, the Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin welcomes Playground Music Center’s “A Tuba Christmas” with more than 30 brass instruments playing holiday classics Continue reading

Published on Monday, November 14, 2016

Best Free Destin Activities with the Newman Dailey Gift Card

We were recently reminded that some of the best things in life are free. So true! It cost nothing to sit on the beach at sunset and marvel at the magnificent colors in the sky after the sun dips into the Gulf. There is also no charge to walk for miles along Destin's white sand beaches searching for sand dollars and other beach finds. As an added bonus, vacationers staying in participating Newman-Dailey vacation rentals enjoy free Destin activities through the  Newman-Dailey Gift Card . Here’s a round-up of the best free Destin activities Continue reading

Published on Monday, November 7, 2016

Make the Most of Owners Weekend in Destin

Planning a trip to visit your beach home in Destin or South Walton for your annual homeowners association meeting? If so, Newman-Dailey Resort Properties would like to help you make the most of your time at the beach. We’ve compiled a fun list of things to do in Destin and things to do at your beach house while you’re here: Take a Break: Attend the 68th Annual Destin Fishing Rodeo. Destin’s Annual Fishing Rodeo dates back to 1948 and is held the entire month of October. Weigh-ins are held daily behind AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar from 10 am until Continue reading

Published on Monday, October 3, 2016

What's New at Eggs on the Beach EggFest, Sept 24

The  3rd Annual Eggs on the Beach  EggFest will return to Seascape Resort this weekend! On Sept. 24, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., more than 30 Big Green Eggs will be fired up and teams will be cooking and serving samples of their best recipes for a chance to win cash and prizes. The cooking competition benefits two local non-profits--the Fisher House of the Emerald Coast and Food For Thought. Here's what's new at the 2016 Eggs on the Beach Cooking Competition: More Cook Teams. The 2016 competition of foods cooked on the Continue reading

Published on Monday, September 19, 2016

What Makes the Best Destin Real Estate Agent

With many miles of sugar white sand beaches and shimmering emerald green water, it’s natural for families to want to own a slice of paradise. There are hundreds of listings, dozens of websites, and a wide range of prices. Where to begin? We recommend starting with a trusted and experienced real estate agent. What makes the best Destin Real Estate Agent? Here are some things to look for in a Emerald Coast Realtor: Narrow Destin Real Estate Options. In today’s technology driven environment, information is at our finger tips, and often creates information Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Destin Family Beach Traditions

Our guests have been staying with us 10, 20, even 30 years in some cases, and we enjoy hearing about their family traditions that began at the beach. Now many return to the beach with kids and grandkids, and keep their traditions alive. Of our extended family of guests, some enjoy staying in the same Destin vacation rental annually, while others like to try different rental homes and condos, providing a different experience year after year. Whether your family enjoys consistency or craves the thrill of a new experience, we think you’ll appreciate Continue reading

Published on Monday, August 15, 2016

Vacation Like An Olympian in Destin

 It has been great fun cheering for Team USA during the 2016 Olympic Games. It is motivating to watch these athletes achieve their personal best and break world records, and we can’t help but be inspired. So we’ve compiled a fun list of ways to create Olympic-style fun on your next Destin vacation. Don’t let summer set without a beach getaway.  Beach Volleyball in Destin. Yes, Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross have been a dynamic duo and watching them play beach volleyball is indeed inspiring. So on your next Destin Continue reading

Published on Friday, August 12, 2016

Top Reasons to Celebrate Labor Day in Destin

Don’t let summer slip away without a beach vacation (or two). You deserve a Labor Day beach getaway! Did you know that the average employee in the U.S. works 47 hours per week and 40% of employees report working 50 or more hours per week? If that’s not enough to convince you that you deserve a break, here are a few reasons to plan a Labor Day getaway to Destin:   To Relax. The beach is the perfect place to rest and relax. Lounging on the sugar white sand beaches listening to the waves lap the shore is a great way to recharge Continue reading

Published on Thursday, August 4, 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

Best Craft Beer and Breweries in Destin and South Walton

Here along Florida's Emerald Coast, craft breweries are celebrating a growing fan base. While Maguire’s Irish Pub was the first to serve up its own locally brewed beer more than 25 years ago, there are now a variety of breweries producing micro-brews in South Walton, Destin and Ft. Walton Beach. Here’s a list of the best craft beers and breweries along the Emerald Coast: Idyll Hounds Brewing Company This local brewery is located in Santa Rosa Beach in the heart of South Walton. Idyll Hounds founder Frasier Hansen has been brewing Continue reading

Published on Thursday, July 14, 2016

Best Family Attractions in South Walton and along Hwy 30A

As any local will tell you, there’s more to South Walton and Hwy 30A than our infamous sugar white sand beaches and turquoise water. There is so much to be discovered for every age and every interest. When planning your next beach vacation, here are some of the top things to do with families in South Walton and along Hwy 30A:  Grayton Beach State Park and Turtle Reef The Grayton Beach Artificial Reef is one of the newest attractions to come to South Walton. You can access it from Grayton Beach State Park. This underwater attraction can be explored Continue reading

Published on Thursday, July 7, 2016

Frequently Asked Questions by Destin Vacation Rental Guests

As one of Destin’s premier Association Management companies, we maintain constant contact with rental guests who are visiting our properties throughout the year. Through this, we enjoy hearing guests’ positive feedback and suggestions. We also answer commonly asked questions from rental guests during their Destin vacation.  Here are answers to frequently asked questions by guests during their Destin beach vacation: Where can we park when staying in a Destin vacation rental?  Parking is extremely limited along the beaches of South Walton Continue reading

Published on Monday, June 27, 2016

Best Places for Karaoke in Destin and South Walton

Looking to let loose in Destin and sing some of your favorite tunes? The team at Newman-Dailey has been checking out the best spots for Karaoke in Destin and South Walton to share with our guests. Yes, it’s been hard work rehearsing and singing our hearts out but our team was up for the challenge. Here’s our favorite local spots to have fun and sing Karaoke in Destin and on Hwy 30A:  Karaoke at Marie’s Bistro. Marie’s Bistro in Blue Mountain Beach on Hwy 30A is the place to be Wednesday and Saturday nights. Happy Hour is from 4 to 6 p.m Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Best Seafood Markets in Destin

The team at Newman-Dailey loves to eat! We will use any excuse to get together for a good time and good eats. So, when our guests come to town we love to give recommendations on where to eat as well as the best seafood markets in Destin to create a delectable dinner within your Destin vacation rental.  Here’s our recommendations on the top seafood markets in Destin:  Blalock Seafood Market. If you are looking for a great seafood lunch or dinner option without doing all of the work, Blalock Seafood Market is there for you.  It is unique Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Best Shopping in Destin & 30A

The Destin and South Walton including Miramar Beach and the neighborhoods along Scenic Highway 30A have some of the best shopping in the country. This 26-mile stretch features one of the best premium outlets for luxury brands as well as lots of boutiques and art galleries for one-of-a-kind finds.  Here's a list of shopping areas from east to west: Pier Park Located in Panama City Beach, Pier Park features 124 stores, including Target, Forever 21, Dillards, JCPenneys and Marshalls, as well as dining and entertainment options, including movie Continue reading

Published on Monday, June 6, 2016

Vacation Forward in South Walton and Destin, Florida

Do you want to have fun on vacation and leave feeling great? If you answered "yes," we invite you to "Vacation Forward" on your next South Walton or Destin beach vacation. As vacationers, we like to take mementos home with us that remind us of our visit and our experiences. But have you considered leaving something instead?  Vacation Forward is about “giving back” to the destination and "paying it forward" to the community and the next traveler.  You'll have a fun vacation and feel great about doing something positive... Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Plan Your Destin Vacation during Late Summer Value Season & Save

A summer beach vacation is a cherished tradition for many families. For beach lovers who plan a late summer beach getaway, you’ll be rewarded! Guests who book stays at a participating Newman-Dailey vacation rental from August 15 – September 2 will enjoy savings of up to 30% off summer rates. These incredible savings mean you’ll have more money to do the things you love to do at the beach: Rent a boat. Have you ever considered renting a boat in Destin and heading out to explore the Destin Harbor, waterways of the Choctawhatchee Bay or Crab Island Continue reading

Published on Monday, May 16, 2016

Give Dad the Gift of Father's Day in Destin

Looking for a creative and personalized Father’s Day gift for Dad? Consider giving him the BEST Father’s Day gift ever—time with family on a Destin beach vacation!  Whether Dad enjoys being active or simply relaxing, the beaches of South Walton and Destin, Fla. have something for everyone.    Depending on Dad’s interests, here’s suggestions for things to do in Destin : Beach Time While there are plenty of ways to stay active in Destin, Dad may just want to enjoy relaxing on the beach, building sandcastles Continue reading

Published on Friday, May 13, 2016

It's Time to Plan Your Summer Beach Vacation

While it feels like summer is a long way off, Memorial Day is just weeks away! Now is the time to start planning your summer beach vacation to South Walton and Destin, Florida. Whether you’re just beginning to look for the perfect  Destin vacation rental or you're ready to start planning activities while you’re here, now is the time to start coordinating your beach getaway. The team at Newman-Dailey is here to help making planning fun and easy! Here are our tips:  Tip 1: Timing is everything Step one is to select the best week Continue reading

Published on Friday, April 22, 2016

Tax Day Blues – Let a Destin Vacation Lift Your Spirits

Tax day is coming quickly, which often results in the Tax Day blues. A great way to lift your spirits is with a Destin vacation and the Emerald Coast’s best spirits (the kind you order at a bar.) At Newman-Dailey, we are skilled at making people happy and one way is with great recommendations. Here’s our suggestions for some of the best liquid spirits at our favorite South Walton and  Destin restaurants : Vue on 30A Our friends at the Vue on 30A know that craft cocktails are trending and they have upped their game. Blending fresh and exotic Continue reading

Published on Friday, April 8, 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

Top 5 Reasons to Celebrate Mother's Day at the Beach in South Walton and Destin, Florida

Mom deserves a break, and now is the perfect time to show her love and appreciation. At Newman-Dailey, we specialize in celebrating family time. Our comfortable 30A, Miramar Beach, Crystal Beach and Destin vacation rentals provide the perfect home away from home to relax and reconnect with family. Our guests consistently tell us that their beach getaway provided their family with much-needed quality time together. If you're still not convinced a beach vacation is the best Mother's Day Gift for Mom, here are our top 5 reasons to whisk Mom away to Continue reading

Published on Thursday, March 17, 2016

Top Springtime Activities in Destin, Florida

Spring has arrived in Destin, Florida. The birds are singing and so are the local residents and visitors. Not only is the calendar filled with fun springtime events and concerts but there are some Destin activities that are simply more fun this time of year.  Here’s our Top 5 Springtime Activities in Destin, Florida: Rent a Bike and Go! There is a wide array of paved paths as well as dirt paths through Point Washington State Forest that are ideal for exploration. Spring temperatures make it extremely enjoyable to head out on Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Best family spring break beach vacation

While many families are searching for the best family spring break destination, we’re helping vacationers navigate the best weeks to visit. Our visitors already know that Destin is one of the best family spring break vacations in the U.S. and you always have a friend at the beach with Newman-Dailey. We take pride in being Destin locals and helping visitors uncover the best weeks and the best rates for a spring beach getaway. Here’s the scoop: Get ahead of the pack Families will benefit from making plans early and visiting prior Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Valentine’s Weekend Events Around Destin

There has never been a better time to celebrate Valentine’s Day in South Walton and Destin, Florida. Whether you’re seeking a romantic celebration for two or fun activities with friends and family, there is something for everyone this Valentine’s Weekend. Here’s some highlights: Sandestin Gumbo Festival, Saturday 2/13 A fun way to spice up the Valentine’s Day weekend is to attend the 27th Annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival.  Sample a variety of gumbo from 14 Gulf Coast restaurants and vote your favorite in the “People’s Choice” awards. Stroll through Continue reading

Published on Thursday, February 11, 2016

Valentine’s Day Beach Getaway to Destin

Do you want to show the one you love that they are special? The best way to do this is to whisk that person away to the sugar-white sand beaches of South Walton and Destin, Florida. Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to surprise that special someone with a Destin beach vacation. As a bonus, take advantage of our Winter Holiday Special for $25 OFF/night (up to $100 savings). For those who want to make the romantic getaway exceptional, we've compiled 5 tips to make your Valentine’s Day getaway extra special: Select a cozy vacation rental Continue reading

Published on Thursday, January 14, 2016

Newman-Dailey Welcomes Snowbirds to Destin

We’re enjoying cooler mornings, which means it is time to welcome our Destin snowbirds. Our seasonal guests are very special to us since they make Destin their home away from home for several months and are part of Newman-Dailey’s extended family.  In an effort to help snowbirds feel at home, we’ve compiled our list of the top 5 things to do once ou arrive at your Destin vacation rental: Enroll in one of the local Snowbird Clubs. Both the Destin Snowbirds and Walton County Snowbirds Clubs meet regularly and provide a forum to meet new friends Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Celebrate New Year’s Eve 2016 in Destin

It’s hard to believe we’ll soon be ringing in 2016! Where will you be welcoming the New Year? If you’re still undecided, consider renting a South Walton or Destin vacation rental for your New Year's Eve celebration. New Year’s Eve events in Destin are abundant and ringing in 2016 along Florida’s Emerald Coast is a fun way to welcome the New Year. Here’s a round-up of the hottest spots to say farewell to 2015 and ring in 2016 in and around Destin. New Year’s Eve Street Party at HarborWalk Village Enjoy live music in restaurants throughout Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Best Breakfast Restaurants in Destin

 One of the most common questions we’re asked is “Where is the best breakfast in Destin?” We know breakfast is the most important meal of the day and quite honestly it was too hard for us to select just one. So here are our picks for “Top 5 Best Breakfast Spots in Destin.” Donut Hole Cafe & Bakery - Best Donuts in Destin One of the most iconic breakfast locations is the Donut Hole , which now includes three locations along the Emerald Coast. The original location in Destin is the most recognized so plan Continue reading

Published on Monday, November 2, 2015

3 Reasons to Dine at Vue on 30A This Fall

Fresh, creative meals are a delicious complement to any South Walton beach vacation. We are spoiled in Florida to have a great climate for local farmers as well as an abundance of fresh, Gulf seafood. And while there are many 30A restaurants that are offering deliciously creative fare, we recently tried the new fall menu at Vue on 30A and were very impressed. As we left, we thought of 3 reasons to bring our friends and send our guests to dine at Vue on 30A:  Watch the Sunset on 30A. Vue on 30A is one of the best places to watch a sunset along Continue reading

Published on Thursday, October 29, 2015

Top Reasons to Celebrate the Winter Holidays in Destin

It’s time to start planning for the winter holidays, and Destin, Florida provides families a fantastic location for a fun and enviable coastal holiday celebration. Whether you're seeking a location for Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year's Eve, here are some of the top reasons to celebrate the holidays in Destin, Florida: Destin Vacation Rentals Provide a Comfortable Home for the Holidays. From spacious beach homes and comfortable condos to cozy townhomes and villas, Newman-Dailey's vast array of  Destin vacation rentals can accommodate Continue reading

Published on Monday, October 19, 2015

Top 5 Ways to Enjoy a SOLARIS Cruise

One the most enjoyable and relaxing things to do along the Emerald Coast is to enjoy a cruise aboard the SOLARIS yacht . The SOLARIS is a 125-foot, three-deck yacht, featuring an open-air sky deck, covered outdoor seating, full-service bar and spacious indoor spaces with panoramic windows. And we recently learned there are many fabulous ways to experience SOLARIS.  Here's the top 5 ways to cruise aboard the SOLARIS: A Dinner Cruise. Once you step aboard the Solaris, you’re transported to a luxurious evening. Start on the sky deck with a pre Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, September 30, 2015

10 Things to Do in Destin on a Rainy Day

While Florida sunshine is the norm, there are a few days when Destin enjoys liquid sunshine to keep our flora lush and tropical. On those rare days when the weather isn’t perfect or double red flags are flying, there are lots of fun things to do in Destin, Florida on a rainy day. Here’s our Top Things to Do on a Rainy Day in Destin: Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park After undergoing a $4 million renovation, the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park now features covered walkways, upgraded exhibits and animal habitats that complement the Continue reading

Published on Monday, September 28, 2015

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