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:
Published on Thursday, June 29, 2023
We know that your dog is an important member of the family, and when it’s time for your annual beach vacation, it’s hard to leave the furriest member of your family behind. Great news! Destin is dog-friendly. Here we answer your questions and share the top things to do with your dog when visiting Destin, Florida.
Can you bring your dog on the beach in Destin?
Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed on the area’s beaches, however, there are plenty of near-beach activities for your pet. With tons of dog-friendly restaurants adjacent
Published on Friday, June 2, 2023
Summer is almost here! Have you planned your summer beach vacay yet? If not, the team at Newman-Dailey is happy to provide suggestions for vacation rental homes and condos that would be perfect for your group. From Gulf-front condos to spacious homes with private pools, we have something for everyone. Check out our collection of Destin vacation rentals here or peruse some of our new properties with great introductory summer rates featured below...
Sandpiper Cove 2121
This Gulf Front condo has been completely remodeled from top to bottom
Published on Wednesday, May 17, 2023
It’s easy to get busy and put off booking your summer beach vacation. However, this is one time that you don’t want to procrastinate. Those who book early are being rewarded with low introductory rates for June stays. For beach lovers who wait, the risk of paying higher rates and the chance that the best rentals will already be booked increases as we get closer to the summer months. Now is the time to select your 30A, Miramar Beach, Destin vacation rental.
Start by exploring our new and updated beach vacation rentals and make time
Published on Friday, March 10, 2023
Destin, Florida is a popular vacation destination. As locals, we appreciate the special benefits we receive from living along Northwest Florida's Gulf Coast. Here are our top 8 reasons why we love Destin, Florida:
1. The Weather
Destin enjoys a mild year-round climate with summers in the high 80s and cool winter days in the 60s and 70s. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 46°F to 88°F and is rarely below 32°F or above 92°F. The warmest months are July and August with an average high-temperature
Published on Friday, February 10, 2023
We’ve been welcoming families to the beach for more than 37 years and love seeing and hearing about our guests’ special moments and memories from their beach vacation. As such, we’re excited to announce the winners from our 2022 My Beach Memories Fall Photo Contest.
1st Place: Harry J.
Harry rallied his friends and family to vote for his gorgeous photo of the beach earning him a stay at the recently renovated Beachside Inn in Crystal Beach.
Here’s what Harry shared about their beach vacation in his photo submission entry:
Published on Friday, January 13, 2023
Are you looking for the best places to travel in December and beyond? As locals, we are blessed to live alongside some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. That said, it’s reassuring to know that respected publications such as Conde Nast Traveler, Southern Living, and Good Housekeeping Magazine also recognize the Emerald Coast among the best places to travel in December and in the coming year. Here’s a look at how our beaches rank:
Best Places to Travel in December - #7 South Walton
Good Housekeeping Magazine recently ranked
Published on Monday, December 26, 2022
A beach vacation is a time-honored tradition for many. In fact, a recent study conducted by Downs & St. Germain Research among families who are familiar with our area revealed that 78% of respondents took a beach vacation with their parents while growing up. After welcoming families to the beach for more than 37 years, we know that making time for memories with family and friends at the beach simply makes life happier. Therefore, we want to help families plan their cherished beach vacations. Here are 5 reasons to book your 2023 beach vacation
Published on Monday, November 21, 2022
Located along Scenic Highway 30A, Palms of Dune Allen is an intimate boutique-style, resort complex with only 24 three-bedroom units and a seasonally heated community pool. Conveniently located within walking distance to the Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club, Palms of Dune Allen is great for those who enjoy spending time playing golf followed by a gulf-view dining experience. Walk or ride your bike on the Timpoochee Trail, a paved bike path along Scenic 30A, to access the Gulf Place filled with restaurants, cool shops, an Artist Colony, Beach Bar
Published on Wednesday, October 5, 2022
The team at Newman-Dailey enjoys experiencing our guests' happy moments. We love hearing about special family traditions, unexpected experiences, hidden gems, and memories our guests will never forget. Through our My Beach Memories photo contest, our team gets to share in the joy of our guests’ beach vacation and those magical moments. While we had 88 incredible submissions in our Spring/Summer 2022 contest, we could have 3 winners. Here are our My Beach Memories photo contest winners:
First Place: Kayla D.
Kayla is our first-place beach photo
Published on Friday, September 16, 2022
As part of our celebration of health and wellness, Newman-Dailey has partnered with the following businesses to provide exclusive offers and discounts to Newman-Dailey guests. These deals will put you on track for positive mental health and help rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul.
Guests of Newman-Dailey receive 10% off any spa treatment at Salamander Spa at the Henderson Resort. Start your wellness journey and enjoy the pinnacle of personalized service at Salamander Spa overlooking Henderson Beach State Park. To make a spa
Published on Tuesday, September 13, 2022
As a top-rated vacation destination, Destin, Florida and South Walton’s 30A offer a variety of vacation experiences for all types of travelers. Whether traveling with kids, looking to get away solo, considering an escape with friends or planning a celebration vacation, the sugar white sand beaches along Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast provide a scenic setting for relaxation or activity.
Don’t just take our word for it. We’ve welcomed many travel writers and social influencers to the beach to experience Newman-Dailey’
Published on Tuesday, August 9, 2022
Labor Day Weekend means it is time to take a break from working and take time to rest. Fortunately, rest and relaxation are our specialties along the beaches of South Walton and Destin, Florida. Here are the top three things to do in Destin for R&R on Labor Day Weekend:
Watch the Sunset
One of our favorite Destin Labor Day activities is getting a front-row seat for the sunset show. Labor Day weekend signifies the end of summer and Labor Day Sunsets are like nature's fireworks, celebrating the end of a spectacular summer season.
Published on Tuesday, August 2, 2022
Are you craving some beach time? If so, you may be looking for ways to stretch your travel dollar and get a deal on your next Destin or 30A vacation rental. A visit to the beach rejuvenates the mind, body and soul so we want to help make a beach getaway a reality. Therefore, we’ve gathered our best “insider tips” on how to get a deal on your next Destin vacation rental.
Plan Your Visit During Slower Weeks.
While this seems obvious, rates fluctuate with demand so selecting weeks in which demand is lighter can save your
Published on Friday, June 10, 2022
It’s National Barbecue Month and summer is almost here, making it the perfect time to plan your next beach vacation AND backyard barbecue! After a day of relaxing and playing along our sugar-white sand shores, it’s easy to build up an appetite. One of the most popular things to do after a day at the beach is to head home for a backyard barbecue. Therefore, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite backyards with private grills as inspiration.
Blessings by the Beach (9 Bedroom / 8.5 Bath)
Blessing by the Beach is truly a blessing for
Published on Friday, May 13, 2022
Are you looking for a luxury Destin vacation rental home for your next beach vacation? If so, we recommend exploring the sister neighborhoods of Destiny by the Sea, Destiny East and Destiny West.
Destiny by the Sea is the Gulf-front neighborhood with a manned-guard gate providing 24-hour security for guests, the Destiny by the Sea neighborhood has direct beach access. It also features an amazing community pool and hot tub for guest use. The Crab Trap restaurant is located directly next door and is perfect for food and drinks on the beach.
Published on Wednesday, May 11, 2022
Sanctuary at Redfish in Blue Mountain Beach along Scenic Highway 30-A combines luxury and nature. With private access to Big Redfish Lake, multiple pools and hot tubs, complimentary kayak use, and pontoon boat trips to the beach, there are countless ways to relax without ever leaving the property. Sunbathe in the expansive pool deck which seamlessly blends four-tiered pools (one heated seasonally), two hot tubs, a fire pit, and four grills with the untouched natural foliage along the Gulf. Take a seasonal ferry ride across the dune lake to the shores...
Published on Wednesday, May 4, 2022
Guaranteed to brighten any mood, Silver Shells Resort provides a beach vacation fit for royalty. Luxurious condominiums are nestled within lush tropical foliage, green lawns, and shady arbors. Once you drive through the gated entrance, you’ll be so happy you selected Silver Shells for your beach vacation. The resort pool area includes a 7,500 square foot lagoon pool with a hot tub and kiddie pool. Steps away the children’s beachfront playground is ready to entertain the smaller set while Silver Shells’ private beach provides miles...
Published on Wednesday, March 23, 2022
Jade East Towers located in the heart of Destin, Florida across from Big Kahuna’s Waterpark is one of the best resorts for families. With two- and three-bedroom condos each with a private balcony overlooking the beach and glistening waters of the Gulf of Mexico, each well-appointed Newman-Dailey vacation rental offers spectacular views along with seasonal beach service (2 chairs and an umbrella each day of your stay). With a Gulf-front pool with rock waterfall, Jacuzzi, lush grassy area for lawn games, community grilling area, fitness center
Published on Wednesday, March 16, 2022
Looking for the quieter Destin experience? Located to the east of Downtown Destin, Crystal Beach is a quiet, charming beach neighborhood. With its roots tied to Destin’s historic fishing village, the Crystal Beach neighborhood is less than 6 miles to the Destin Harbor, which is coined the World’s Luckiest Fishing Village and the home to the largest charter fishing fleet in the nation.
The Crystal Beach area features a mix of lodging options ranging from the recently refreshed Beachside Inn, a modern coastal neighborhood motel, to beachfront
Published on Tuesday, March 15, 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
Published on Friday, February 25, 2022
Book Direct Day is Feb. 2, 2022! In celebration, the team at Newman-Dailey Resort Properties wants to reward our Insider’s Club Members who book direct tomorrow with a free gift. Book your beach vacation on Feb. 2 and receive a mini-dry bag to keep your phone, keys, and wallet dry while experiencing fun at the beach or on the water.
As part of #BookDirect day, we’ve outlined the top reasons to book direct with Newman-Dailey on Wednesday, February 2, 2022:
When you book direct, you can take advantage of Newman-Dailey&
Published on Friday, January 28, 2022
Are you planning a visit to the Destin area? If so, you’ll want to make time to tour our “official” Florida Scenic Byway--Highway 30-A. This quaint two-lane beach road meanders through 12 charming coastal towns that range from New Urbanism Communities such as Seaside and Rosemary Beach to historic beach towns, including Grayton Beach and Seagrove Beach. Up your fun rent a 30A Beach Buggy to drive the 19-mile scenic stretch. On your tour, check out the Most Iconic Spots along 30-A:
Click Here for Video Tour
Stop 1: Justin Gaffrey
Published on Tuesday, January 4, 2022
Are you considering an investment property in the Destin, Miramar Beach, or 30A area? Some investors are questioning whether to buy now or wait until the market cools. Our team of real estate experts agree that there is no reason to wait. Here are the top 3 reasons to purchase an investment property or second home in the Destin area now:
1. Strong domestic travel keeps Destin real estate market demand high year-round
Since the pandemic, there has been a nationwide re-discovery of our own country’s natural beauties—including the sugar
Published on Tuesday, December 21, 2021
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
Published on Friday, December 10, 2021
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:
The early vacation planner gets the best vacation rentals. With Gulf-front vacation rentals in high demand, those who book
Published on Monday, November 15, 2021
The Newman-Dailey Resort Properties team recently joined forces with the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA) to help improve the ecology and water quality of Big Redfish Lake behind Sanctuary at Redfish Resort in Blue Mountain Beach. As one of the area’s 16 coastal dune lakes, Big Redfish Lake is important to the local ecology of the area by providing critical habitat to local species and recreational opportunities for visitors and residents.
Our team rolled up our sleeves and dug in to plant several different types of grasses on the
Published on Friday, October 15, 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.
Published on Friday, October 1, 2021
If you’re seeking a dreamy vacation rental home on 30A that can sleep up to 12 of your favorite friends and family members, we’d suggest Sunny Side Up —the best 30A Vacation Rental Home in Inlet Beach. Wondering why Sunny Side Up is the best?
For starters, this home was recently redesigned with our guests in mind. The luxury furnishings are focused on comfort as well style. The clean coastal interior design, features cool colors, modern lighting, and original art.
The Sea Haven Suite.
The primary bedroom
Published on Wednesday, September 29, 2021
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
Published on Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Labor Day is the holiday that signifies the end of summer and a moment to rest. As the nation comes back from the pandemic, American workers are seeking outdoor destinations, including beaches, mountains and state parks. For those considering a Labor Day beach vacation to Destin, Florida, we’ve highlighted our top 5 vacation ideas for a Labor Day.
Eco-Friendly Labor Day Vacation
If you’re seeking an environmentally responsible Labor Day vacation that will allow you to commune with nature, consider a 30A eco-vacation in Blue Mountain
Published on Tuesday, July 27, 2021
There are many great choices for staying in Destin for Labor Day. The best part is that Labor Day is part of our Late Summer Value season and our published rates are discounted 20- 30% off peak summer season rates. Here are our top picks for places to stay for Labor Day in Destin, Florida.
Jade East – Best location Near the Destin Harbor
We like this family-friendly property for Labor Day due to its proximity to area attractions and the Destin Harbor. Located across the street from Big Kahuna’s Waterpark (one free adult admission per
Published on Friday, July 9, 2021
While the sugar-white sand beaches and emerald green waters are ready to welcome beach lovers year-round, there are certain times of year that are more desirable than others. For beach lovers who want to know when is the best time to visit Destin, Florida, we recommend Destin’s off-season (September - February).
Destin’s off-season runs from September through February. During these months, demand lessens, resulting in fewer crowds and lower rates. Here’s a month by month breakdown of what to expect:
Published on Tuesday, June 29, 2021
After last year, we know families are ready to have the best beach vacation ever! Luckily, our friends at the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Convention & Visitor Bureau have made it easy to find adventures for your family when visiting the Destin area. In addition to all the great activities and watersports that Destin offers, the team has created “ Adventure Packs ” which pair some of the area’s best local restaurants with the best experiences to create dream-worthy adventures for your family. We’ve highlighted a few of
Published on Friday, May 7, 2021
Looking for a fun Destin activity that allows you to keep your crew safe and socially distanced from others? Consider renting a boat and enjoying a day out on the water. Destin boat rentals provide visitors the opportunity to get offshore and enjoy Destin from a different point of view. A boat rental provides adventure seekers the opportunity for an up-close and personal view of local marine life, including dolphins, sea turtles, jellyfish, stingrays, and fish of all kinds. Newman-Dailey Resort Properties has partnered with some of the most
Published on Friday, April 16, 2021
Destin, Florida is renowned for its soft white sand beaches and deciding the where to stay along the Emerald Coast’s sandy shores can be a challenge. Many families have discovered the joys of staying at the Beachside Inn, a charming 20-room Inn just steps from the beach.
Beachside Inn – A Family Favorite
It’s a long-time favorite due to the colorful, comfortable rooms located just steps from the beach. Guests are greeted with a loaf of fresh-baked breakfast bread and enjoy the use of the in-room kitchenette with microwave, mini
Published on Monday, April 12, 2021
Do you like to feel like a local on vacation? If so, we recommend staying in the Crystal Beach neighborhood in Destin, Florida. This charming beachside community is home to pastel-colored beach homes with white picket fences. The sugar-white sand beaches are accessible via neighborhood beach accesses and dune walkovers that are conveniently located along Scenic Highway 98. Here is our list of the top 8 things to do when you stay in Crystal Beach, Florida:
1. Bike Crystal Beach Neighborhoods & Scenic Gulf Drive
One of our favorite things to do
Published on Monday, April 5, 2021
The team at Newman-Dailey Resort Properties is delighted to welcome five premier 30A vacation rentals to its collection of South Walton vacation rental properties. Previously managed by Dolphin Developers, we're delighted to provide our expert property management services along with our exceptional service to owners and guests. Established in 1985, we've been welcoming families to South Walton and Destin's beaches for more than 35 years. If you enjoy the charming qualities of Scenic Highway 30A or have always wanted to stay along this National Scenic...
Published on Tuesday, March 23, 2021
We’ve long known that Scenic Highway 30A is special. In fact, in 2006, the state of Florida took notice designating it as an “official” Florida Scenic Highway. Now, 15 years later, the iconic road has been named a National Scenic Byway by Scenic America , placing this scenic stretch of coastal highway among the ranks of six other scenic Florida roadways, including A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway, Big Bend Scenic Byway, Florida Black Bear Scenic Byway, Florida Keys Scenic Highway, Indian River Lagoon National Scenic Byway,
Published on Thursday, March 18, 2021
Are you seeking a cozy hideout for your next Destin family vacation? If so, check out Beach Resort condominiums located along Scenic Highway 98. These pristine and well cared for Destin vacation rental condominiums have only one rule—Relax! Relax on the furnished balcony and watch the sunset over the Gulf waters with the enticing pool deck down below. The two-tier, zero-entry, resort-style pool is fun for the whole family. Plenty of lounge chairs and a hot tub keep the parents happy while fun fountains entertain the younger set. Community
Published on Wednesday, March 17, 2021
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
Published on Friday, February 19, 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
Published on Monday, February 15, 2021
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.
Published on Monday, February 1, 2021
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.
Sunset on the beach .
Our number one pick for romance in Destin is to watch the sunset on the beach. Bring a blanket or a couple of beach chairs along with a cooler of drinks and snacks and settle in as the sky comes alive with gold, orange
Published on Tuesday, January 12, 2021
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
Published on Monday, January 11, 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
Published on Thursday, January 7, 2021
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
Published on Monday, January 4, 2021
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
Published on Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Celebrating the holidays is fun but celebrating the holidays at the beach is AMAZING! We’ve been welcoming families to the beach for more than 35 years to celebrate holiday traditions. While this year has some wondering if it is safe to travel, the team at Newman-Dailey is ready to provide a safe and sanitized home away from home for holiday gatherings. With our snow-white sand beaches as the backdrop, our guests love taking pictures and enjoying the Florida sunshine during the holidays.
As an added bonus, start your celebration with a holiday welcome gift
Published on Tuesday, November 3, 2020
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
Published on Monday, November 2, 2020
Sanctuary at Redfish is truly a magnificent gem along Scenic Highway 30A and has one of the best community pools. Overlooking Big Redfish Lake, the pool includes three pools including an adults-only pool, two hot tubs, a firepit, a grilling area, and private cabanas. Located in Blue Mountain Beach, just minutes from popular beachside towns of Grayton Beach, WaterColor, and Seaside, at Sanctuary at Redfish guests enjoy the luxury and serenity of one of the best resorts in Florida. Set amidst a nature preserve and overlooking a rare coastal dune lake...
Published on Wednesday, October 28, 2020
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
Published on Friday, October 16, 2020
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
Published on Tuesday, October 6, 2020
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
Published on Monday, October 5, 2020
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
Published on Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Working remotely from a vacation rental home at the beach has many potential benefits, ranging from mental and physical health to enhanced creativity and efficiency. Professor Kimberly Elsbach, who studies workplace psychology at the University of California, found that people are more creative when they change their environments. She told NPR, "staying inside, in the same location, is really detrimental to creative thinking. It’s also detrimental to doing that rumination that’s needed for ideas to percolate and gestate and allow a person...
Published on Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Our club of Dailey Insiders get the news and information first regarding South Walton and Destin's beaches direct from the locals who live and work here. We're all relieved to say good-bye to Sally and are blessed that most businesses, vacation rentals, and our beaches fared well. Here’s what our team of locals have to share about the status of Destin, Florida post-Hurricane Sally:
Our Beaches are Open.
The beaches look a little different right now while they rebuild, however most public and neighborhood beach accesses are open and suffered
Published on Friday, September 18, 2020
If you're looking to find a favorite Destin condominium, we recommend exploring St. Maarten at Silver Shells. The 31-acre Silver Shells Beach Resort and Spa adjacent to Henderson Beach State Park and overlooking miles of pristine beaches is one of the most popular luxury resorts in Destin, Florida. Within the resort, guests will enjoy expansive pool decks with hot tubs and children’s pools; the famous Ruth‘s Chris steakhouse; and the award-winning Silver Shells Spa, as well as basketball courts, tennis courts, and fitness facilities.
Published on Wednesday, September 2, 2020
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
Published on Friday, August 28, 2020
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
Published on Thursday, August 20, 2020
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
Published on Wednesday, August 19, 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
Published on Friday, August 14, 2020
Stand up paddle boarding has become one of the most popular water activities along Florida's Emerald Coast. The water sport, which originated in Hawaii in the 40s, has been growing in popularity over the last two decades due to Northwest Florida's comfortable climate and diverse options for calm waters. Here are some of the best places for stand up paddle boarding in the South Walton and Destin area.
The Gulf of Mexico
The Gulf of Mexico is our top pick for stand up paddle boarding when the water is calm. On a windless morning when the Gulf looks
Published on Thursday, July 30, 2020
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
Published on Tuesday, July 7, 2020
We know our extended family of staff, guests, owners, and clients are feeling the strain from COVID-19. If it feels like life is serving lemons, we recommend making a lemon drop martini! In fact, there are all kinds of delicious citrus delicacies that can be made out of lemons. Here are some of our favorite recipes for creating lemon treats at the beach.
Drink: Lemon Drop Martini
One of our favorite uses of lemon is in a cocktail. For today’s Dailey Happy Hour, we’re featuring how to make a simple Lemon Drop Martini with lemon infused
Published on Friday, May 8, 2020
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
Published on Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Today’s Dailey Happy Hour is in honor of Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation . The last weekend of April is traditionally the Destin Charity Wine Auction, but due to Corona Virus the 2020 Auction has been moved to August 21-22, 2020. Last year, the Destin Charity Wine Auction raised $3.6 million for children in need in Northwest Florida! DCWA is ranked one of the top 10 wine auctions in the country by Wine Spectator and has become an important part of South Walton and Destin’s non-profit community raising funds for 16 local charities
Published on Friday, April 24, 2020
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
Published on Thursday, April 9, 2020
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:
Published on Tuesday, April 7, 2020
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
Published on Thursday, April 2, 2020
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
Published on Friday, March 27, 2020
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
Published on Friday, March 13, 2020
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
Published on Monday, March 9, 2020
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
Published on Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Are you planning to ring in the New Year in South Walton or Destin, Florida? If so, there are lots of great options for your New Year’s Eve celebration along the coast from the Destin Harbor to Miramar Beach to the towns of 30A to Panama City Beach. Here’s a roundup of the hottest spots to welcome the New Year in Northwest Florida:
Noon Year's Eve at LuLu’s (Destin)
This loved local annual tradition starts early for families. The Annual Noon Year's Eve begins at 10 a.m. on New Year's Eve day, December 31. It will be
Published on Thursday, November 14, 2019
One of the joys of staying in a Destin vacation rental home is having a private pool and backyard. While you'll be thrilled having space for your entire group to stay together under one roof, we know the real joy is enjoying time together outside in your private oasis. Therefore, we've pulled together a few Newman-Dailey vacation rental homes that have private pools and large backyards for gathering, games and summer barbecues.
Located in Miramar Beach, Regrouper is a six bedroom vacation rental home that will sleep
Published on Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Are you ready to “wow” Dad this Father’s Day? We’ve learned that he does not want another shirt, hat or wallet for Father’s Day. Word on the street is that what Dad really wants for Father’s Day is to spend time with the people he loves most—his family and friends! So we’ve compiled a list of our favorite things to do in Destin with Dad to inspire Father’s Day gift ideas to make his day.
Destin is coined the World’s Luckiest Fishing Village for good reason. With one of the largest charter fishing fleets in the country, there are near
Published on Monday, April 22, 2019
While taking a beach vacation is great fun, the planning may not be. Since we’ve been helping families plan beach vacations to Florida’s beautiful Emerald Coast for more than 30 years, our team compiled some of our best recommendations to help guests make the planning process stress free.
1. Book in advance
We know you have been meaning to plan your beach vacation and the year is getting away from you. For the best
OHHMYYGAAHHD spot, book now. It will give you the peace of mind that you have the perfect rental for your group
Published on Friday, February 22, 2019
We love to see our guests vacation memories and to encourage sharing Newman-Dailey held a photo contest among its guests. Guests of Newman-Dailey were encouraged to share their stories and photographs of their Destin Experience for a chance to win prizes, including a vacation stay. We’re excited to announce the winners of the 2018 Destin Vacation story contest . First Place Destin Vacation Winner: Shalayna submitted her beautiful wedding along the sugar white sand beaches of Destin, Florida and won a FREE three-night stay in a three bedroom
Published on Monday, December 17, 2018
Destin has always prided itself on its crystal white sandy beaches, emerald green waters, and a deliciously diverse variety of restaurants. As such, one of our most frequently asked questions by visitors to the area is “what new Destin restaurants should we try?” If you were wondering the same thing, we’ve gathered this list of the best new or recently relocated restaurants in Destin that you’ll want to try on your next South Walton or Destin vacation. Slick Lips Seafood & Oyster House Ready to celebrate the spirit of “Old Florida”? Head over
Published on Tuesday, August 28, 2018
The beautiful green waters of the Emerald Coast are enough to fill your entire Instagram feed with gorgeous views of the water. However, there are so many great Insta-worthy spots up and down the Emerald Coast to make your followers wanting even more. With so many reasons to be outside, especially in Destin, you’ll want to check out these six most Instagrammable Spots on the Emerald Coast on your next visit to the area: Henderson Beach State Park If you’re looking for crystal clear water, beautiful white sandy beaches, and not a lot of
Published on Monday, August 27, 2018
Looking for the best Gulf-front restaurants in Destin and Miramar Beach? Along Florida's Emerald Coast, there are many options for restaurants with delicious food with breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico while you dine. Here are some of the top restaurants to walk, bike, or scooter to on Scenic 98, one of the original quaint beach roads of Destin. Capt. Dave’s on the Gulf Capt. Dave’s, at 3796 Old Highway 98, has been around for over 50 years and still serves some of the best seafood with a ‘contemporary Gulf Coast twist’ right
Published on Friday, July 27, 2018
Now is a great time to begin planning your next visit to Scenic Highway 30A and a stay at Sanctuary at Redfish in Blue Mountain Beach. The beach is beautiful, and you and your friends and family will benefit from time together in a relaxed, secluded coastal setting. The beach is calling and you should answer, here’s why:
The beach is good for your health .
With miles of soft white sand beaches, Sanctuary at Redfish is an oasis for anyone in need of some beach time. In addition to the beauty of the beach, it holds restorative qualities
Published on Friday, June 29, 2018
Ready to get your putt-putt on? We’ve got the best mini golf courses for you here in Destin. From indoor black light golf to a 9-hole outdoor course to work on your short game, there’s a course for everyone in the family to enjoy.
1. Golf Garden of Destin
Staying with us here in the Destin area? Enjoy one free round of putt-putt golf per paid night of your beach vacation with our Xplorie gift card program. They also have a driving range, and a par 29, 9-hole golf course if you’re looking to work on your short game. Located
Published on Tuesday, June 5, 2018
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
Published on Thursday, May 24, 2018
There is just something magical about being outside and listening to live music. Luckily, here in Destin there are opportunities to enjoy live music most nights of the week. We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite places to relax and enjoy outdoor concerts this summer Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village Concerts The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation celebrates the arts with its Concerts in the Village series. Every Thursday, now through June, MKAF features some of the most popular bands from around the region. From your favorite genres to
Published on Monday, May 21, 2018
If you’re seeking a beach vacation sans the crowds, our best advice is to visit the beach during non-peak seasons. Avoid the spring break crowds by visiting the beach in May (now is a sweet spot!) or plan a visit to the beach during late summer. Not only is late summer the value season with lower rates, the crowds are a distant memory. Of course, fall and winter have the best rates with no crowds.
For families planning a summer beach vacation, we suggest selecting a property that is off the beaten path with private beach access.
Published on Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Have you ever dreamed of owning a Destin condo or vacation rental home at the beach? Second home ownership can be a great investment as well as a place to create family memories now and for generations to come. By placing your beach home or Destin condo on a rental program, you’ll enjoy supplemental income to help underwrite costs while having your own piece of paradise to enjoy time with family and friends at the beach.
Newman-Dailey real estate agents are experts at helping clients find the perfect property for their lifestyle and
Published on Monday, April 9, 2018
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
Published on Thursday, February 15, 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
Published on Tuesday, January 2, 2018
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.
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
Published on Wednesday, December 27, 2017
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
Published on Friday, December 8, 2017
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
Published on Monday, November 27, 2017
Oyster season is back, and it’s the most delicious time of the year! It’s the perfect time to enjoy some fresh oysters. From Virginia to Louisiana, it's been said that the Southeast could become the Napa Valley of oysters Yes, you can enjoy them year round, but they are more firm and flavorful in cold weather months when it is not spawning season. Here are some of our favorites.
Tucked down in the harbor right on the water, this little Boathouse has some of the best oysters around town. They’ve been in business
Published on Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Jade East Towers in the heart of Destin is great for families but don’t just take our word for it. Freelance writer, Suzanne Ferrara, visited the upscale Gulf-front condominium resort earlier this year and wrote about her experiences for a variety of publications. Each one of the spacious two-bedroom condominiums features a large balcony overlooking the beach. With the sugar white sand beaches just steps away, guests are also treated to amenities including the Gulf-front pool, lighted tennis court, and seasonal beach service. Here’s some excerpts
Published on Friday, November 3, 2017
Sanctuary at Redfish has served as a special retreat for many vacationers, and lately, this pristine resort nestled on Big Redfish Lake along Scenic Highway 30A has been making its way into the spotlight. Here’s a look at some of the recent coverage and what others are saying about the coastal oasis. “A Sanctuary at The Beach” by Karyn Slovin Excerpt from Johns Creek Magazine (Atlanta)
This Newman-Dailey Resort property is a private refuge on Big Redfish Lake, beautifully tucked away from the usual beach antics. My large condo balcony
Published on Tuesday, October 31, 2017
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
Published on Friday, October 27, 2017
One of the things we love about Destin is the many traditions and annual events. We’ve been enjoying the daily weigh in’s as part of the Destin Fishing Rodeo, which has been taking place in October in Destin since 1948. Over the years local interests have evolved from fishing and agriculture to an appreciation for culture and the arts. In 1995 the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation was formed, and hosted the first Destin Arts Festival. The popularity of this event has grown over the last 22 years, and this year, the Festival of the Arts will welcome
Published on Friday, October 20, 2017
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
Published on Thursday, October 12, 2017
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
Published on Monday, October 9, 2017