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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

Moon Crush 2021 - Live Music Event in Miramar Beach, Florida

MOON CRUSH LIVE CONCERT - REMAINING RENTALS GOING FAST We are excited to announce that South Walton will host the first annual, Moon Crush Live Concert Event! If you're missing live music as much as we have been, you'll be excited to learn that Moon Crush is designed to be a socially distanced experience for you and your favorite people to connect and enjoy live music in a responsible way.  Once you get here, you will be just a short walk, bicycle or golf cart ride away from the music and the beautiful beaches.  The incredible Moon Crush line-up Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, December 15, 2020

December Events Along Florida’s Emerald Coast Warm the Holidays

Along Florida’s Emerald Coast within Destin and South Walton there a wide variety of events that celebrate the holidays and unite our coastal towns with the peace, love and joy of the season. If you have a trip planned or are considering a Destin vacation during December, here are some of the fun events and celebrations that are planned for 2019. Now through Dec. 31: Baytowne on Ice Dust off those skates and get in the winter spirit at The Village of Baytowne Wharf's Baytowne on Ice. For visitors who miss the cold and ice, the seasonal ice Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Fun November Festivals and Events along the Beaches of South Walton

One of the joys of visiting the beach in the fall are the fun festivals and events held throughout the 16 beaches neighborhoods through South Walton County, Florida. From wine festivals to 5Ks and everything in between, you're sure to find an event or activity that touches your interests. Here's a round up of some of the most popular fall celebrations along the beaches of South Walton:  Nov. 1-2: Mountainfilm on Tour at WaterColor: 5:45 p.m. Celebrating its 19th year, this outdoor film festival is dedicated to educating, inspiring Continue reading

Published on Friday, November 1, 2019

South Walton September Events and Festivals

Every local knows that fall is the best time of year at the beach. With fewer crowds, spectacular sunsets and a wide array of events to suit a variety of interests, the beach communities within Miramar Beach, Santa Rosa Beach, Dune Allen and Blue Mountain Beach are a perfect locale for a fall escape. Here’s a round-up of some of our favorite fall events for 2019. Sept. 19: Bubbly Baytowne: 5-7 p.m. Join us for an evening full of free champagne and shopping during our Bubbly Baytowne. Sip and Shop through the village streets! Stop in various retail Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Father's Day 2019 Things to do with Dad

Are you celebrating Father's Day 2019 in Destin, Florida? If so, consider making it especially memorable by participating in one of the fun Father's Day activities taking place along the Emerald Coast. From active to relaxing, there are plenty of ways to show Dad how much he's loved.  Here are a few suggestions: Solaris Father’s Day Dinner Cruise    For the ultimate on-the-water experience, give Dad a Solaris Father’s Day Dinner Cruise taking place Sunday, June 16. He’ll enjoy relaxing views of Choctawatchee Bay and Continue reading

Published on Friday, June 14, 2019

Best Local Event on 30A

Are you looking for one of the best local events on 30A on your South Walton vacation? Well you’re in luck, Grayton Beer Company just announced their 23rd annual “Rags 2 Riches Regatta" will return to Grayton Beach on Saturday, June 29, 2019.    This event was originally organized by the residents of Grayton Beach and Seagrove Beach to celebrate America’s Independence Day, and soon became an annual tradition.  This event benefits the South Walton Artificial Reef Association (SWARA). For those that don’t know SWARA was created Continue reading

Published on Friday, June 7, 2019

Celebrate Mom at ArtsQuest Fine Art Festival

Are you looking for the perfect Mother's Day gift? Consider bringing Mom to the beach and take her to the ArtsQuest Fine Art Festival at Grand Boulevard.  Presented by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County, the 31st Annual ArtsQuest: A Fine Art & Fine Craft Festival  provides an opportunity to view and purchase original art from more than 150 artists from around the country while also experiencing live musical entertainment, ImagiNation (where kids rule), student exhibits and great food & beverage options in the Town Center Continue reading

Published on Friday, May 3, 2019

Free Fitness on the Lawn at the Market Shops at Sandestin, May 3 - July 29

Looking for a fun healthy way to the start the day during your Destin vacation? We're excited to share that  The Market Shops at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort will host free, weekly fitness classes on the lawn this summer.    Beginning Friday, May 3, 2019, through Monday, July 29, 2019, Free Fitness on the Lawn will take place on Mondays at 5:30 p.m. with Pure Barre and Fridays at 9:00 a.m. with Orange Theory Fitness. The classes are free to attend and open to individuals of all fitness levels. Mondays (May 6 - July 29) Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, April 23, 2019

February Events Along the Beaches of South Walton

Are you staying at the beach this winter or planning a beach getaway during the  month of February? If so, we want to help fill your calendar with fun and festival South Walton events. Here's a round-up of the best February events in Miramar Beach, Santa Rosa Beach and along 30A.   Feb 7th: Ryanhood Live at The Repertory Theatre – Seaside: 7:30 p.m. Named ‘Best Group/Duo’ in the 2014 International Acoustic Music Awards, acoustic-duo Ryanhood will bring their talents to The Repertory Theatre on February 7th. Website: www.lovetherep.com/calendar Continue reading

Published on Friday, February 1, 2019

Craft Beer & Spirits Jam is Next Friday, April 27

Do you like craft beer? What about premium whiskeys, bourbons and spirits? If you answered "yes", you'll want to make plans to attend the  Craft Beer & Spirits Jam coming to Grand Boulevard at Sandestin on Friday, April 27, 2018.   As part of the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival, April 26 – 29, the Craft Beer & Spirits Jam will welcome some of the most recognized master distillers in the nation and celebrate the region’s diverse offering of craft beer. The sampling of beverages will be complemented by a live Continue reading

Published on Friday, April 20, 2018

The Best Gumbo on the Gulf Coast is at the Sandestin Gumbo Festival, Feb. 18

Do you have the winter blues? Come to the beach and enjoy our winter hues, delicious gumbo and celebrate love! If you love gumbo, you’ve come to the right place. With Louisiana influencing our cuisine, many of our area chefs know just what it takes to make the perfect roux. Join us on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 for the annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival . One of the region’s largest and most popular winter events, the Gumbo Cookoff will feature more than a dozen teams competing for your vote and the coveted title of Best Gumbo on the Gulf Coast. The featival Continue reading

Published on Friday, January 19, 2018

2018 Races in Destin and South Walton

It’s that time of year! Time to make resolutions, and at the top of the list, we're guessing it says "be more active.” So, why not start by training for a race down at the beach, and reward yourself with a trip to the white sandy beaches of South Walton and Destin, Florida? It is race season along the Emerald Coast and we've compiled a list of races and marathons that support some really great local causes. Let’s start 2018 off right!  Seaside School Half Marathon and 5K Run - Located in Seaside, this race weekend starts on Continue reading

Published on Thursday, January 18, 2018

Free Winter Concerts at The Market Shops in Miramar Beach

It’s winter, but unlike much of the country, we are not covered in snow and are still enjoying time outdoors. We cherish our outdoor events in and around Destin, and celebrate outdoor festivals and concerts year round. And for the next eight Saturdays, we’ll gather on the lawn at the Market Shops in Miramar Beach to enjoy live music by a variety of local and regional artists.  The Winter Concert Series kicks off tomorrow (Jan. 6) and continues every Saturday in January and February and is free and open to the public. Concerts are from 1:00 Continue reading

Published on Friday, January 5, 2018

2018 30A Songwriter Festival, Jan. 12-15, Announces Ann Wilson of Heart

One of the joys of living in paradise is that our destination attracts talent. From chefs to artists to architects to musicians, locals and visitors alike enjoy the results of the talented individuals who reside in Destin and South Walton or make an annual pilgrimage to the coast year after year. We’re excited to welcome back many talented songwriters and musicians for the 9th Annual 30A Songwriters Festival, January 12-15, 2018.  Among the many returning artists including Emily Sailers of Indigo Girls, Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum and Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, January 3, 2018

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

Thanksgiving Weekend Events In South Walton and Destin

There is so much to be thankful for this year. Here at Newman –Dailey, we’re thankful for our pristine environment and white sandy beaches. We’re grateful for our extended family of guests and owners who entrust their beach vacations and beautiful beach homes to us. And we’re thankful for the incredible community that comes together to support families in need as well as organize wonderful events that unite our community. Once you survive Black Friday, here’s a round-up of Thanksgiving weekend events taking place on Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, November 21, 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

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

Florida’s Harvest Wine & Food Festival, Nov. 2-5, Showcases Local Cuisine

Fall is one of our favorite seasons to eat, drink and be merry in South Walton and along Florida's Emerald Coast. We recently highlighted the Big Green Egg Cooking Competition, Eggs on the Beach, then we told you about the diverse array of local seafood at the Destin Seafood Festival, and now we’re excited to share the incredible coastal cuisine that will be featured at the Harvest Wine & Food Festival. From November 2 – 5, 2017 in the town of WaterColor on 30A, the Harvest Wine & Food Festival will celebrate a wide variety of fine wines as Continue reading

Published on Monday, September 25, 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

Big Green Egg Cooking Competition, Sept. 30

Do you love tasting a variety of delciious bites? If you answered "yes", we've got the dream event for you! An official Big Green Egg Cooking Compeititon will be held at Seascape Resort in Miramar Beach on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017.   Presented by Bay Breeze Patio, Eggs on the Beach is a family-friendly event that celebrates the delicious results of cooking on the Big Green Egg while benefiting two local charities--the Fisher House of the Emerald Coast and Food for Thought. More than 30 cook teams will be smoking, grilling and baking Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean Headline Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam 2017

If you love country music as much as we do, you won’t want to miss the 2017 Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam in Panama City Beach. The annual music festival is held over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1-3, and will feature some of the hottest artists in country music.  The three-day country music festival will feature headliners, including Jason Aldean, Little Big Town and Luke Bryan. These incredible performances will be complemented by country music artists from Nashville and around the country. The full line up listed below:  Friday, Sept. 1 : Jason Aldean Continue reading

Published on Friday, August 18, 2017

Endless Summer Fun and Labor Day Events in Destin

Are you missing the beach? If so, consider making plans for a Labor Day beach getaway that includes fun, sun and sand. You deserve it! Along the beaches of South Walton and Destin, there is endless summer fun and a variety of events taking place during the Labor Day weekend. Here are some of the fun Labor Day events that will be held along Florida's Emerald Coast:  Friday, September 1 American Legends Labor Day Music Festival - Held at the Mattie Kelly Amphitheater at Northwest Florida State College this special evening of music will feature Continue reading

Published on Thursday, August 10, 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

Summer Sizzles with Free Events at Grand Boulevard

Are you visitng South Walton or Destin, Florida this summer? If so, there are a vareity of free outdoor performances and events taking please all along the Emerald Coast. In Miramar Beach, Grand Boulevard at Sandestin is a great location for events of all kinds. For summer 2017, Grand Boulevard is featuring a variety of cultural performances that are free and open to the public.  Every Thursday at 8 p.m., the Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) presents “Taming of the Shrew,” a comedic adaptation and family-friendly take on William Shakespeare... Continue reading

Published on Thursday, June 22, 2017

Things to Do in Destin & South Walton for Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend 2017 has arrived! And with it brings our extended family of guests to the beach. As we take time to honor the men and women who have served our country, there are a variety of events including live music in Destin and South Walton to make the Memorial Day Weekend special.  Memorial Weekend Concert at HarborWalk Village . Live music all weekend long and Sunday fireworks over the Destin Harbor. On Saturday, May 27, The Good Looking perform from 7 – 9pm. On Sunday, May 28, Flash Flood performs from 4:30 – 6:30 pm Continue reading

Published on Friday, May 26, 2017

The Emerald Coast's Obsession with Wine - Wine Festivals

Today's blog is the first of a three part series that includes excerpts from Newman-Dailey Resort Properties  Where you'd rather Be Magazine . Part I features the early days of wine consumption in Destin, dating back to 1971, and focuses on the impact South Walton wine festivals have had on our wine culture and appreciation for wine.   The History How did a once sleepy fishing village become one of the most recognized regions for wine consumption in the U.S.? The story begins with a charismatic man named Chan Cox.   Cox went to Continue reading

Published on Thursday, April 27, 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

Premier Wines, Spirits and Bites Take Center Stage at South Walton Beaches Wine Food Festival

At the intersection of premier wine and culinary genius, you’ll find the 2017 South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival. This ultimate wine week, April 27-30, is where wine, charity and fun converge and the result is an incredible line up of celebrity winemakers and wineries as well as some of the best chefs in the South showcasing their culinary talents. If you can only attend one wine festival this year—this is it! In fact, USA Today has named it “One of the South’s Stand Out Food & Beverage Festivals.” South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival Continue reading

Published on Thursday, March 23, 2017

Kenny G to Perform at Seabreeze Jazz Festival, April 19-23, 2017

By now you probably know the Gulf Coast loves live music and welcoming talented musicians from around the globe is part of our heritage. In April, celebrating its 19th annual production, the Seabreeze Jazz Festival will be held April 19-23 at Pier Park in Panama City Beach. We’re thrilled to announce this year’s headliner is Kenny G! One of the most iconic and best-selling instrumental musicians of all time, Kenny G will perform some his greatest hits and most popular songs as well as music from his newest album, Brazilian nights. In addition to Continue reading

Published on Monday, February 27, 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

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

Try the Winning Wines at Tasting of Champions Jan. 27

South Walton Beaches Wine and Food Festival presents will present Tasting of Champions on Friday, Jan. 27 at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Guests will have an exclusive “first taste” of the medal winning wines that will be featured in the upcoming South Walton Beaches Wine and Food Festival, April 27-30, 2017. This is a great opportunity to get a preview and taste the festival wines in advance of the actual event in April. Plus, there will be about 250 medal winners just announced so it’s exciting to get to taste the Continue reading

Published on Friday, January 20, 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

2017 30A Songwriters Festival Kicks Off Next Friday

We enjoy welcoming hundreds of talented songwriters from across the nation to Scenic 30A and the beaches of South Walton. Many are very familiar with our coastal communities and have been attending the festival every year over its seven year history. For others, this will be their first time visiting South Walton and the Emerald Coast and will be awakened as to the beauty and friendly Southern Hospitality that is our trademark. From Jan. 13-16, music and the beach converge, resulting in a weekend of soulful sounds, incredible stories and heartfelt Continue reading

Published on Friday, January 6, 2017

15th Annual Seaside Half Marathon Races Through South Walton, March 3-5

We’re taking a break from holiday festivities to share the news that Seaside Neighborhood School has announced that the Seaside School Half Marathon and 5K Run will be held the weekend of March 3-5, 2017. The 15th Annual Seaside Race is sure to be a sell-out event so register early.  The weekend of fast-paced fun kicks off Friday night, March 3 with the Taste of the Race. This delicious prelude to the weekend is presented by Chef Emeril Lagasse and Visit South Walton. Attendees will enjoy cuisine from some of the Gulf Coast’s top chefs Continue reading

Published on Thursday, December 1, 2016

Wine Down at the Seeing Red Wine Festival, Nov. 4-6

Florida’s Emerald Coast has a passion for wine. We’re current researching the reasons so we can tell this story in our next issue of W here you’d rather Be magazine. In the meantime, we'll be doing some field research. Next weekend, residents and visitors alike will flock to Hwy 30A to celebrate the  26th Annual Seeing Red Wine Festival , and while the Grand Tasting is sold out, there are plenty of ancillary events in which tickets are still available.     The four days of festivities include reserve wine tastings, dinners, a brunch Continue reading

Published on Friday, October 28, 2016

Run or Walk in a 5K This Weekend

Looking for a fun activity for the weekend? Consider making your way to Destin and South Walton for a half marathon or 5K that will leave you feeling great for good cause! With great weather and great causes, it’s hard to sit at home when you could be at the beach. Here's two Northwest Florida races this weekend:  2nd Annual LuLu’s Marlin 5K(Oct. 22).  Register now for this fun, family race through Kelly Plantation. Pre-Registered Runners may pick up their packets the night before at LuLu's at the base of the Mid-Bay Bridge behind Continue reading

Published on Monday, October 17, 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

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

Fourth of July Fireworks in Destin and South Walton

Happy Independence Day weekend and welcome to the many vacationers visiting the beaches of South Walton and Destin, Florida to celebrate the 4th of July along Florida’s Emerald Coast! We want to be sure everyone has a fun and safe holiday weekend. Therefore, we want to remind guests that most consumer fireworks are illegal and “not permitted” to be shot in the State of Florida. Sparklers are permitted. Locals and visitors are encouraged to enjoy the Emerald Coast’s popular professional fireworks displays at various locations along the coast (many Continue reading

Published on Thursday, June 30, 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 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

South Walton’s Ultimate Wine Weekend, April 28-May1

South Walton is definitely where you’d rather be the last weekend of April if you love wine, culinary delights, spirits, exclusive trips and more. South Walton becomes the epicenter of the wine world, as the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival and Destin Charity Wine Auction bring together a dazzling roster of more than a dozen celebrity winemakers, brew masters, distillers, chefs and entertainers. These celebrity guests come together in Miramar Beach, Fla. to wine, dine, educate, and entertain all for a great cause. The four-day celebration Continue reading

Published on Thursday, April 14, 2016

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Destin on the Emerald Coast

Since Destin gets to enjoy Emerald Green hues throughout the year, visiting the Emerald Coast for St. Patrick’s Day is naturally a great tradition. It is the luckiest time of the year and those who enjoy a much needed getaway to the beach for this festive holiday will be feeling very lucky indeed.  On Saturday, March 12, join the following South Walton and Destin St. Patrick’s Day festivities : Irish Street Festival and Grogg March- The Irish Street Festival and Grogg March begins at noon at HarborWalk Village overlooking the Destin Harbor. The Continue reading

Published on Friday, March 4, 2016

Award Winning Wines at South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival, April 28-May 1

We have a lot of wine lovers along the beaches of South Walton. Whether you’re just a casual wine drinker or a full-fledged wine enthusiast, there is no shortage of wine events and tastings in Miramar Beach and along Hwy 30A. For those looking for the perfect spring getaway, consider attending the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival and Destin Charity Wine Auction, April 28-May 1. Recently, event organizers hosted tasting experts from the wine and culinary industries to judge and award medals to the winning wines which will be poured and sold Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Tasting of Champions Wine Event, Feb. 19

It’s time for wine! Whether you’re a casual wine drinker or a wine connoisseur, you’ll have a great experience at the annual Tasting of Champions. Hosted by the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF), Tasting of Champions provides participants an opportunity to sample the more than 650 wines that will be featured at the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival the last weekend of April. Tasting of Champions will be held on Friday, February 19 at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa from 6-8 p.m. This exclusive “first taste” includes Continue reading

Published on Friday, February 5, 2016

Seabreeze Jazz Festival, April 20-24, 2016

Calling all music lovers! The Seabreeze Jazz Festival recently announced the 2016 line-up of incredible musicians and bands. You can’t get much better than live jazz music with coastal breezes off the Gulf. The weekend concert will be held April 20-24, 2016 at Aaron Beasant Park at Pier Park in Panama City Beach, Fla.   The 2016 Seabreeze Jazz Festival line-up includes : Boney James Michael McDonald Brian Culbertson Gerald Albright Jonathan Butler Mindi Abair Peter White Peabo Bryson Marc Antoine Josh Vietti Najee The Family Stone Nick Colionne Continue reading

Published on Friday, January 29, 2016

Holiday Hop Added Before the Destin Boat Parade to Benefit Food for Thought

Destin is known for hosting fun events and celebrations as well as giving to those less fortunate. So we were not surprised to learn that three of Destin’s most popular seafood restaurants have partnered to host a Destin Holiday Hop to benefit our local charity Food for Thought. Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer , Boshamps Seafood & Oyster House and AJ’s Seafood & Oyster Bar will host a Holiday Harbor Hop on Sunday, December 13, 2015, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. leading up to the annual Destin Boat Parade on the Destin Harbor. For a $5 donation to Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, December 1, 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

October is the Destin Fishing Rodeo

We’re in the final weeks of the 67th Annual Destin Fishing Rodeo . This is a great time to get in on the action or simply head down to the docks to view the weigh-ins. Destin has long been known as the World’s Luckiest Fishing Village and the Destin Rodeo takes fishing to a competitive sport. Here’s the top things to know about the Destin Fishing Rodeo: How do you enter the Destin Fishing Rodeo? There are two ways to get in on the action. Either schedule a fishing charter aboard a boat that is registered in the rodeo. Or fish on your own from a pier Continue reading

Published on Thursday, October 22, 2015

25th Annual Seeing Red Wine Festival, Nov. 5-8

Aged like a good Bordeaux, the Seeing Red Wine Festival is gearing up to celebrate its 25th anniversary, Nov. 5-8, 2015. Held in Seaside, Florida as well as throughout the beaches of South Walton, the Seeing Red Wine Festival is four-day celebration of wine that benefits the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation and children in need in Northwest Florida.    Underscoring the event’s popularity and focus on premier wines, the Seeing Red Wine Festival Grand Tasting is already sold out. But no need to fret, there are still tickets available Continue reading

Published on Monday, October 12, 2015

Delicious Fall Festivals along the Emerald Coast

Fall is the season for football and food festivals along Florida's Emerald Coast. This weekend is the  Fort Walton Beach Barbecue Festival . Foodies will be flocking to the Fort Walton Beach Landing for a delicious array of barbecue and live music from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. (139 Brooks Street, Ft. Walton Beach).   Next weekend, don’t miss E ggs on the Beach EggFest BBQ Competition . On Sept. 26 at Seascape Resort in Miramar Beach, cook teams will be competing for “People’s Choice” award and valuable prizes. Presented by Bay Breeze Patio, Eggs Continue reading

Published on Friday, September 18, 2015

Bloody Mary Festival, Sept. 19

Along the Emerald Coast, we celebrate an abundance of wine and culinary festivals. And on Sept. 19, the Market Shops at Sandestin will add a new one. The inaugrual Bloody Mary Festival will be held from noon to 3 p.m. this Saturday at the Market Shops at Sandestin . Attendees will enjoy unlimited tastes of 15 of the Emerald Coast’s most creative and innovative Bloody Marys made with Cathead Vodka and served by the finest restaurants and bars in the Florida Panhandle. Competing restaurants include Bijoux Restaurant & Spirits, Brotula’s Seafood House Continue reading

Published on Monday, September 14, 2015

Register Now for Paddle at the Porch in Destin, August 15

What do you get when you combine a long-time Destin favorite restaurant with one of the hottest new watersports? You get Paddle at the Porch, the Destin Chamber’s annual stand up paddleboard event held in the beautiful emerald waters behind The Back Porch, one of Destin’s most iconic restaurants. Now in its 4th year, Paddle at the Porch will feature a Kid’s Fun Race, a one-mile Recreational Race, a three-mile Recreational Race and a six-mile Elite Race.   In addition to all the fun, the 2015 Paddle at the Porch features a $6,000 cash purse, Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Gulfarium Salutes Shark Week, July 6-12

This week is the Discovery Channel's shark week , which has many of our guests buzzing about these toothy marine creatures. While the movie, Jaws II, was filmed in and around Destin, Florida, sharks are really misunderstood predators of the sea. Therefore, the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park is celebrating these fascinating creatures with educational sessions, themed activities, specials and discounts all week long.  During the week kids can enjoy shark feeding demonstrations, kids crafts, and a park-wide scavenger hunt. The Gulfarium is Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Fourth of July in Destin

Destin is the perfect place to be for the Fourth of July. With all American celebrations taking place all along the Emerald Coast, it is easy to feel patriotic and celebrate our nation’s independence. Here’s a quick round up of Destin 4th of July celebrations and fireworks displays:  July 3 Smoke on the Coast –Hosted by Destin Commons , the 5th Annual Smoke on the Coast BBQ and Fireworks Festival is fun for the whole family and includes free face painting, kid’s activities, street performers and live bands performing on two stages, including Continue reading

Published on Friday, July 3, 2015

Fourth of July in South Walton

The beaches of South Walton are the perfect place to be for the Fourth of July. With 4th of July celebrations taking place in beach neighborhoods up and down the coast, it is easy to feel patriotic and celebrate our nation’s independence. Here’s a quick round up of 4th of July celebrations and fireworks displays:  On July 3, Easy on 30A will be held from 5:45 pm to 10 pm at WaterColor’s Marina Park. The event features live musical performances by Forrest Williams Band, The Rips and Geoff McBride. The event includes a raffle and silent auction Continue reading

Published on Friday, July 3, 2015

Grand Boulevard at Sandestin Hosts Shakespeare in Grand Park

South Walton’s thriving arts community ensures visual and performance art is celebrated on a regular basis. And while many performances, special events and artist galleries are located along Scenic Highway 30A, appreciation for art extends throughout South Walton, including Miramar Beach. Grand Boulevard at Sandestin has launched a Coastal Culture series that includes an ongoing calendar of events that celebrate art. This summer Grand Boulevard has launched Theatre Thursday. Presented by the Emerald Coast Theatre Company, Grand Boulevard is hosting Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Pirates Invade This Weekend at the Billy Bowlegs Festival

Ahoy Matey! It’s that time of year! Yes, time for summer Florida beach vacations, but it’s also time for the Annual Billy Bowlegs Festival , June 4-8.  The dastardly Billy Bowlegs has been seen off the shores of the Emerald Coast and he’s planning to dock his ship at the Fort Walton Beach Landing. On Friday, June 5 head to Fort Walton Beach landing for the Festival and Fireworks display. On Saturday, land lubbers beware! On June 6 the festival grounds at Fort Walton Beach Landing open at 10 a.m. for a day of fun pirate revelry. At 4 p.m., the Continue reading

Published on Friday, June 5, 2015

Top 30A Event, Digital Grafiti, June 5 & 6

If you’re in South Walton this weekend, you’re in for a real treat! It’s the annual Digital Graffiti Festival in Alys Beach (and there is nothing quite like it anywhere in the world)! As one of the leading South Walton June events, Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach is a one-of-a-kind projection art festival where artists use the latest digital technologies to project their original digital works of art onto the iconic white walls of Alys Beach on Scenic Hwy 30A. For Friday and Saturday night, Alys Beach opens its doors, courtyards and pedestrian paths Continue reading

Published on Thursday, June 4, 2015

30A Adventure Camps & Kids Nights Out

Your beach vacation is right around the corner and you’re planning your escape. Of course, you're planning for lots of beach time and relaxing with family and friends, but consider planning some activities for the kids, and a special night out for the adults. The 30A Learning Academy, located at Gulf Place in Santa Rosa Beach, offers Adventure Camps and fun nights out for kids. If your children are adventurous, and love to learn through exploration, then this is the camp for them. Children will participate in hands-on classroom experiences as Continue reading

Published on Monday, June 1, 2015

Destin Kicks Off Summer Concert Series

Summer is a great time to visit the beaches of South Walton and Destin, Florida. In addition to relaxing and enjoying time on the sugar white sand beaches during the day, evenings heat up with live outdoor concerts at a variety of venues all along the Emerald Coast. The summer concert series feature a wide variety of music and each is on a different night of the week. So grab a blanket or low back chair and take your pick from these great options. All concerts are family-friendly, free and open to the public. Bring a picnic or choose from local merchant Continue reading

Published on Thursday, May 14, 2015

May Events in Destin

For those coming to the beach (or thinking about coming to the beach) next weekend, you’ll be excited to learn the May weekend is filled with fun events and things to do in Destin, Florida. Here’s a round-up of events and activities on May 18 & 19 so you don’t miss the fun! Blessing of the Fleet – This is a special week in Destin, Florida as we celebrate the many blessings in this coastal community. On Thursday, the Blessing of the Fleet will take place at 4:00 pm at Fleet Marina behind Brotula's Restaurant Destin (used to be Fisherman's Continue reading

Published on Monday, May 11, 2015

Wine Festivals to Family Festivals at the Beach this Weekend

 If you’re headed to the beach this weekend, you’re in for a real treat. For wine lovers, we’re celebrating the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival and the Destin Charity Wine Auction. For families, there’s tons of action packed fun. Here’s the line-up for wine enthusiasts, craft beer drinkers and foodies: On Friday (4/24), from 4 – 6 p.m. the Winemakers and Shakers will be held at Wine World in Destin (across from Destin Commons). From 6 – 9 p.m., it’s the Craft Beer & Spirits Jam at the Town Center at Grand Boulevard. Try some of the Continue reading

Published on Thursday, April 23, 2015

Celebrity Vintner Marc Perrin Honored at SoWal Wine Fest & DCWA

Attention: Wine Lovers! You’ll want to make plans to visit South Walton, April 25-26, 2015. Not only will you have access to some of the most exclusive wines from around the world, but you’ll be supporting children in need in Northwest Florida. The fourth weekend of April, April 24-26, the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival and Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF) team up to host some of the world's preeminent winemakers.    Ranked among the top five wine auctions in the country by Wine Spectator, Destin Charity Wine Auction Continue reading

Published on Monday, April 6, 2015

Easter Weekend is Hoppin’ in South Walton

Easter weekend is a great weekend to be visting the beaches of South Walton! Not only is it is the perfect place to relax and reconnect with family, there are Easter happenings all along the coast. On Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015, consider attending one of the following fun Easter Events: Easter Brunch at the Hilton Sandestin – From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Hilton Sandesitn Beach will host its annual Easter Brunch in the Coastal Ballroom. Easter Brunch at the Vue on 30A  – From 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Vue on 30A in Santa Rosa Beach will host its annual Continue reading

Published on Friday, April 3, 2015

Easter Weekend is Hoppin’ in Destin

Easter weekend is a great weekend to be visiting Destin! Not only is it is the perfect place to relax and reconnect with family, there are Easter happenings all along the Emerald Coast. On Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015, consider attending one of the following fun Easter Events: Destin Harbor Easter Celebration – From 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., HarborWalk Village at the Destin Harbor will host an Easter Brunch followed by a festive afternoon with the Easter Bunny and free kid’s activities. Easter Brunch at the Hilton Sandestin – From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Hilton Continue reading

Published on Friday, April 3, 2015

Solaris Blues, Brews & Crawfish Cruise, March 29

Our friends at the Solaris know how to put on a Louisiana-style bash! Back by popular demand, SunQuest Cruises SOLARIS will host the Second Annual Crawfish Cruise on March 29 from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Guests will board the Solaris at the Sandestin Marina and enjoy live blues, craft brews and freshly boiled, perfectly seasoned crawfish while cruising the beautiful waters and listening to live blues music by Cadillac Willy. Solaris General Manager James Murray is reverting back to his Louisiana roots and taking the traditional crawfish boil to the water Continue reading

Published on Friday, March 13, 2015

2015 Seaside Half Marathon, Feb. 27-Mar 1

Newman-Dailey Resort Properties is a proud sponsor of the 2015 Seaside Half Marathon & 5K benefiting the Seaside Neighborhood School. Don’t miss the fun at the 13th annual race, which takes place on March 1, 2015. The half marathon begins at 7 a.m. and 5K begins at 7:25 a.m. On Friday evening, Feb. 27 from 6-8 p.m., join the fun for Taste of the Race, featuring great food from 20 chefs/restaurants, fine wine, craft beer, craft spirits, Coca Cola, and live entertainment by Trick Pony. Taste of the Race features the area’s top chefs and restaurants Continue reading

Published on Thursday, February 19, 2015

Fat Tuesday at Sandestin

Fat Tuesday in Sandestin is a fun finale to the 2015 Mardi Gras season. Revelers are invited to head over to Sandestin's Village of Baytowne Wharf for one of two celebrations. At 5 p.m., the  Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin will host the 13th Annual Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday Parade. Fun for all ages, the colorful parade of floats, golf carts and pickup trucks will roll down the streets of the Village while marchers shower parade watchers with beads, moon pies and other loot. For those seeking an evening of fun, make a reservation Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, February 17, 2015

South Walton Wine, Women & Shoes Feb. 13-15

Calling all gals who love wine, fashion, and fun! Grab your best girl friends and head to the Hilton Sandestin for Wine, Women & Shoes on Feb. 15, 2015. The event kicks off with a wine tasting by some of the country’s preeminent vineyards, including Aloft by Mondavi, Arbios, Blackbird, Ferrari Sparkling, Gabrielle Collection, Justin, Charles Krug, Peju and Praxis. As the tasting continues, gals can shop the latest fashions, jewelry, and a long list of AMAZING silent items, including vacation stays and jewerly. Next find a table and enjoy the fashion Continue reading

Published on Thursday, February 5, 2015

Mardi Gras at Destin Harbor, Feb. 7

The Gulf Coast is rich in traditions and one of our favorite is Mardi Gras. While New Orleans is best known for this festive celebration, the tradition is celebrated in communities along the Gulf Coast, including Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. Mardi Gras, French for Fat Tuesday, is the day of revelry before Ash Wednesday. But the revelry and parades begin weeks in advance of the big day. In Destin, HarborWalk Village will host the 7th Annual Mardi Gras Parade on Feb. 7, 2015 at 2 p.m. More than 100 parade entries will Continue reading

Published on Monday, February 2, 2015

Winter Florida Getaway to Sandestin Gumbo Festival

We know our friends and guests around the country are ready for a break from freezing temperatures and blizzard conditions. Have you considered a winter Florida getaway?   There are many great reasons to visit South Walton and Destin, Florida in February and one of the best is to warm up with gumbo and Florida sunshine. The 26th Annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival returns to the Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin, Feb. 13-14, 2015.   Participants will sample a variety of gumbo from the area’s most popular Gulf Coast restaurants and vote Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Tasting of Champions

It’s a fine time for wine! The Annual Tasting of Champions will be held Friday, January 30, 2015 at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa from 6-8 p.m. Guests will have an exclusive “first taste” of the 600 wines to be featured at the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival, April 24-26, including the medal winning wines in 60 categories from the premier wine growing regions around the world. The event is structured in a walkabout format with the wines grouped by category, making this an ideal event for wine aficionados and beginners alike. Continue reading

Published on Friday, January 23, 2015

Tickets on Sale for South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival, April 23-26, 2015

South Walton will be the epicenter of the wine world the fourth week of April. Whether you’re new to the world of wine or a wine connoisseur, you’ll immensely enjoy the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival , April 23-26, 2015. The South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival and Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF) team up to host the preeminent vintners from around the world. The star-studded lineup of celebrity winemakers includes wine superstars Marc Perrin of Chateau du Beaucastel and Jean-Charles Boisset of Boisset Family Estates Continue reading

Published on Thursday, January 22, 2015

5 Tips for Enjoying 30A Songwriters Festival

We want to help you experience the 30A Songwriters Festival like a local so our local expert, Andi, shared her top tips for making the most of your 30A Songwriters Festival experience. Either watch her video or read her top 5 tips for the 30A Songwriters Festival below:     Stay on 30A or at a nearby South Walton rental .  Newman-Dailey condos at Sanctuary at Redfish in Blue Mountain Beach are a great central location for traveling to nearby venues in Santa Rosa Beach, Grayton Beach, WaterColor and Seaside. Hidden Dunes Beach & Tennis Resort Continue reading

Published on Friday, January 9, 2015

Order Tickets Now for the 30A Songwriters Festival

  The 2015 30A Songwriters Festival is just three weeks away! The 6th annual celebration of music will take place January 16-18, 2015 at venues along Scenic Highway 30A. Headliners include Graham Nash, Indigo Girls, Leon Russell, Jason Isbell, Shawn Mullins, Sara Watkins and Glen Philips (Toad the Wet Sprocket). Other confirmed artists include Jeffrey Steele, Chely Wright, Bobby Bare, Jr., Mary Gauthier, Angaleena Presley and Allison Moorer, among many others. The 30A Songwriters Festival stands out from other live music events due to Continue reading

Published on Friday, December 26, 2014

Veterans Day

Thanks to our Veterans We send our heartfelt gratitude to the many men and women who have served our country. On Veterans Day in Destin, we are reminded of the extreme sacrifice that comes with service. For those that are in Destin this week, consider heading to Mary Esther (west of Fort Walton Beach) for the annual Veterans Day Parade at 1 p.m. This year, the Mary Esther Veteran's Day Parade will be bigger and better than ever. Set up in front of the Santa Rosa Mall to catch goodies and honor the Grand Marshal CSM Robert M. Patterson, Congressional... Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, November 11, 2014

2014 November Food & Wine Festivals

When you live along the Emerald Coast, you know that October and November are the most spectacular time of year. The temperatures are perfect, the sunsets are magnificent AND the culinary festivals are delectable! Here’s some of the delicious reasons to visit South Walton and Destin this fall: November kicks off with Taste of the Beach , Oct. 31 – Nov. 2. The weekend begins with “ The Beach After Dark ” on Friday (Oct 31)from 8-10 p.m. at Gulf Place on Hwy 30A, featuring cocktail concoctions, scrumptious local cuisine and decadent desserts in Continue reading

Published on Friday, October 24, 2014

2014 Festival of the Arts is Next Weekend!

Sure there are art festivals in many cities around the country, but the setting for 19th Annual Festival of the Arts, which will be held in Destin, Florida on October 25-26, cannot be beat.   The festival will be held at the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s new Cultural Arts Village off Commons Drive near Henderson Beach State Park. With more than 100 artists featuring their talents in tents on the lush green and live music from the Dugas Pavilion, the Festival of the Arts enjoys an exceptional setting for artists and attendees.    Continue reading

Published on Friday, October 17, 2014

Veterans Day 2014, Celebrate Our Nation’s Heroes in Destin

The fall is a busy time of year, and if you’re like us, you’re reviewing the calendar looking for an opportunity to take a break. With Veterans Day right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to pause and honor and celebrate the many men and women who have served in the US Armed Forces.     Whether you’re commemorating a family member or honoring a loved one who is no longer with us, there is no better place to celebrate our nation’s heroes than along the sugar white sand beaches of Destin and South Walton. The sound of the waves and Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, October 14, 2014

It's Beer & BBQ Season on the Emerald Coast

There are so many reasons to love fall along the Emerald Coast and here’s yet another—It’s barbecue & beer festival season! From Fort Walton Beach to Miramar Beach, Northwest Florida's Gulf Coast turns up the heat with BBQ Competitions and beer tastings. The aromas of delicious barbecue and the clink of glasses toasting a new favorite ale can be smelled and heard on multiple fall weekends. Add to that the spectacular Autumn weather, vibrant blue skies and sparsely populated beaches and you’ve got a recipe for fun.     Here’s Continue reading

Published on Friday, September 19, 2014

2014 Destin Fishing Rodeo Oct 1-31

At Newman-Dailey, we appreciate traditions--holiday traditions, family traditions and community traditions. One of the most cherished Destin traditions is the Destin Fishing Rodeo. Since 1948, the fishing community has been coming together for a fun spirited competition to see who can hook the biggest while proving time and time again Destin is indeed the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village.”     The Destin Fishing Rodeo is held from Oct 1 - 31 with daily weigh-ins at AJ’s Seafood & Oyster Bar and special events held throughout the month Continue reading

Published on Thursday, September 11, 2014

2014 South Walton & 30A Fourth of July Fireworks

Celebrating the Fourth of July at the beach in South Walton and along Scenic Highway 30A is the ultimate All-American celebration! The quaint beachside towns and sugar white sand beaches along 30A are the perfect place to celebrate our nation’s independence and family traditions.     After a day at the beach, families are invited to attend one of the many patriotic celebrations held throughout South Walton and along 30A. Here’s a list of best bets: Red, White & Baytowne – The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin will host the Red, White Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Smoke on the Coast, July 3, at Destin Commons

Summer and grilling go hand in hand so it made perfect sense when we learned that Destin Commons is hosting the 4th Annual Smoke on the Coast BBQ competition on July 3. The fun family-friendly event will be filled with delicious aromas and samples along with kid’s activities and street performers. Live bands, including THE MAXX, Heritage, Jones & Company, Coconut Radio and Chris Alvarado, will be performing throughout the event on two stages. More than 20 local restaurants and BBQ aficionados will join the fun as they present their best dishes from... Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Junior Marvin Live at Gulf Place in Santa Rosa Beach

Summertime means lazy days at the beach, and fun evenings at outdoor events along Scenic Hwy 30A and throughout South Walton each night. With so many choices for events on 30A , the hardest part is deciding where to go. For those staying in Santa Rosa Beach or nearby beach communities, the week of Fourth of July includes a very special outdoor performance at the Green at Gulf Place on July 5. Gulf Place Events recently announced Junior Marvin, former guitarist with Bob Marley & the Wailer’s touring band, will be performing live in this scenic beachside Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Ahoy Matey! Billy Bowlegs Festival, June 5-7

What grades does a pirate make in school? High Cs, of course. ‘Tis the weekend to bring out all our corny pirate jokes, because our friends in Fort Walton Beach are hosting the annual Billy Bowlegs Festival!    Landlubers and swashbucklers of all ages will enjoy this family-friendly event. Here’s the schedule of events:   Thursday, June 5 - Torchlight Parade and Festival Friday, June 6 – 2014 Billy Bowlegs Festival and Fireworks  Saturday, June 7 – 2014 Billy Bowlegs Festival  To learn more, visit www.billybowlegsfestival.com Continue reading

Published on Thursday, June 5, 2014

South Walton Art Festival Digital Graffiti, June 5-7

 As you may have discovered, here in South Walton and Destin, Florida, we’re on beach time. This means everything moves at a slower, more leisurely pace.  And beach time is ideal for a digital art projection festival. Celebrating its 7th year, Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach, June 5-7, will present some of the most creative and innovative light displays projected on the white walls of Alys Beach along Scenic Highway 30A . Guests arrive after dark and leisurely stroll through the town to uncover dynamic light exhibits and videos at every Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Gregg Allman to Perform Memorial Week Concert, May 28

Locals in South Walton are getting excited that our coastal community will be welcoming the Legendary Gregg Allman later this month. Inducted into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame and listed on Rolling Stone Magazine’s“Top 100 Singers” list, Allman is renowned for his Southern-style rock and harmonious vocals. On Wednesday, May 28, Allman will perform live on the Green at Gulf Place along Hwy 30A (corner of 30A and Hwy 393 in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.). A portion of the proceeds from the Memorial Week concert will benefit the Special Operations Warrior Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Gimme Abbey Concert in Destin, April 24

We love outdoor concerts in Destin, and we recently learned that Destin, Florida will be one of the tour stops for Gimme Abbey, a tribute to the two greatest bands in rock and roll history—The Beatles and the Rolling Stones.  On Thursday, April 24, the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin will come alive with the sounds of the ‘60s. The concert features The Return and Satisfaction, two nationally acclaimed tribute bands which have joined forces for this special double tribute. The Return has become one of the most recognized and respected Continue reading

Published on Monday, April 14, 2014

First Note Music Experience Returns for Easter Weekend in Destin

For families spending Easter at the beach, First Note Entertainment is partnering with Seascape Resort in Miramar Beach for two special holiday weekend performances, featuring four incredibly talented singers and musicians.  Sam Booker, Joann Cotton, Isaac Hayden and Sharif will each take the stage for a one-of-a-kind music experience on Friday, April 18 and Sat., April 19 at Seascape Resort in Miramar Beach, just east of Destin. Each First Note show is different and always a treat for those who enjoy live music. The artists come from around Continue reading

Published on Thursday, April 10, 2014

Gregg Allman Coming to Santa Rosa Beach, May 28

It is not every day that we get the good fortune to enjoy a live performance by one of the legendary singers of our time. On Wednesday, May 28, Gulf Place will host Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Gregg Allman. Recognized by Rolling Stone Magazineas one of the “100 Greatest Singers of All Time,” Allman will bring his distinctive Southern Rock & Blues sound to fans in a spectacular beachside setting. The outdoor amphitheater and green is the perfect spot to kick back, relax and enjoy all your favorite tunes.   While Gregg Allman has lots of connections Continue reading

Published on Thursday, April 3, 2014

April Events & Easter in Destin

Spring is in full swing. We’re loving this gorgeous weather and the fun spring activities all along the Emerald Coast.  If you’re coming to the Destin in April, here are some of our favorite April events in Destin, Florida. April 20 – ArtWalk and Easter Bunny at Destin’s Harborwalk Village . From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Destin Harbor will feature kids’ activities and the Easter Bunny will be in attendance for meet and greets and pictures with the family. In addition, local and regional artists will be set up along the waterfront from HarborWalk Continue reading

Published on Monday, March 31, 2014

South Walton Beaches Wine and Food Festival, April 24-27

It doesn’t get much better than enjoying some of the best wines in the world near some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. Mark your calendar for April 24-27, and make plans to stay in one of our luxury homes in Destin, well-appointed condos on Hwy 30A or a cottage or villa in Miramar Beach .  The South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival will be held at Grand Boulevard at Sandestin, April 24-27, 2014, and features more than 800 wines! Each wine was judged by an esteemed panel of wine experts and enthusiasts, and the medal winners Continue reading

Published on Thursday, February 20, 2014

Valentine's Day Tour of Homes, Feb. 15 & 16

Feel the love! Valentine’s Day in South Walton and Destin offers romance and exploration around every corner. Whether you’re seeking a quiet, cozy corner to dine and celebrate your love or a fun dinner cruise aboard the Solaris, South Walton has an abundance of romantic restaurants and special amenities that exude romance.   This weekend, the CAA Valentine Day Tour of Homes allows the public a peak inside some of the spectacular homes along Hwy 30A, which feature innovative architecture and gorgeous interior design. The tour features Continue reading

Published on Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Sandestin Gumbo Festival, Feb. 14-15

The New Orleans influence runs deep in South Walton and Destin. With many famous chefs and restaurant owners opening restaurants and bringing Cajun flavor and traditions to the beach. From New Orleans native AJ Tusa who opened Poppy’s Seafood Factory and Hammerhead’s in the Village of Baytowne Wharf to Jim Richard from Lafayette Louisiana who shares his Cajun roots at Stinky’s Fish Camp to V Seagrove Executive Chef David Cunningham direct for Commander’s Palace, the spicy goodness of the bayou is infused along the Emerald Coast. So what better way Continue reading

Published on Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Wine, Women & Shoes-Sandestin – Be Fabulous!

There only one thing we love more than a relaxing day at the beach... A relaxing at day the beach complemented by delectable cuisine, exclusive wines, shopping and designer shoes! If you agree, make plans to take a break this winter with a beach getaway.  Wine, Women & Shoes-Sandestin , Feb. 7-9, is the perfect escape filled with exclusive vintners, celebrity chefs, designer shoes and accessories all within South Walton and Destin's spectacular beachside setting. Make plans to attend at least one event or purchase the weekend package and attend Continue reading

Published on Friday, January 10, 2014

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