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Best Local Sushi Spots in Destin

Published on Monday, August 21, 2017

Best Local Sushi Spots in Destin Destin didn’t get to be known as “the world’s luckiest fishing village” by accident. It is true we have some of the best fishing right off the shimmering emerald coast. With great fishing comes great responsibility. That is why we feel it is so important to have so many deliciously fresh caught sushi restaurants in our area. And that’s what makes locals and tourists some of the luckiest fish-loving folks around. Here Continue reading

Lionfish in Destin- Taking a Bite Out of the Problem

Published on Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The lionfish may not be the biggest fish in the Gulf of Mexico, but it certainly is one of the baddest. Don’t let this invasive species’ stunning appearance fool you, the lionfish is a fierce predator equipped with 18 venomous spines. Much like the lion is king of the Savanna, the lionfish can easily be deemed the king of the sea, and it’s wreaking havoc on local waterways and fish populations. Originally from the Indo-Pacific and Continue reading

Destin Vacation Gift Cards 10% Off

Published on Thursday, November 17, 2016

The team at Newman-Dailey is celebrating another very Emerald Christmas season here in Destin, Florida. We’re in the holiday spirit and we want to help ensure you give the best gift under the tree. Give the gift of a relaxing beach getaway with a Destin Vacation Gift Card! For a limited time, we’re offering 10% off Newman-Dailey Gift Cards for your friends and loved ones to apply to their next beach vacation. Purchase $100, $200 and Continue reading

Eat Oysters in Destin & Help Local Waterways

Published on Monday, February 1, 2016

Restaurants in South Walton and Destin enjoy the benefit of having access to fresh oysters from Applachicola and other Gulf Coast cities. While many of our guests and staff have their go-to South Walton and Destin restaurant where they enjoy this local delicacy, now there are a handful of local restaurants where eating oysters is good for our local waterways. In 2010, the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA ) and Americorps Green Team launched Continue reading

Easy, Inexpensive Ways to Prepare to Sell Your Destin Home

Published on Monday, July 13, 2015

If you are a homeowner preparing your home for sale in Destin , you’ll want to maximize its value to potential buyers without spending a lot of money in the process. It is a great time for real estate sales in Destin, South Walton and along Hwy 30A. Bob Vila, the guru of all things home related, offers these suggestions:   Deep Clean It almost seems too simple and obvious to matter, but the truth is that your home’s cleanliness is extremely important Continue reading

Shop 'N Stay in Destin & Save

Published on Friday, July 10, 2015

Summer is flying by and soon many will be thinking about Back to School shopping. Yet, others will be thinking about how to squeeze in one last trip the beach. Why not do both?  Save up to 30% off summer rates on South Walton and Destin vacation rentals during our late summer value season in August AND book Newman-Dailey’s Shop & Stay package, which includes a free Silver Sands VIP Coupon Book and quilted Silver Sands Premium Outlets Shopper Continue reading

It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere in Destin

Published on Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Jimmy Buffet taught us that It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere so why wait to have a cocktail and enjoy life. Now, It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere is right here in Destin, Florida. Joining our family of premier  Destin vacation rentals , It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere luxury vacation rental home in Crystal Beach beckons families to switch to beach time the moment they arrive.  With a cool blue color palate, luxury furnishings, a private pool Continue reading

Fourth of July in Destin

Published on Friday, July 3, 2015

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 Continue reading

4th of July at the Beach Dominica at Port of Call Available

Published on Thursday, July 2, 2015

This weekend Americans will celebrate the 4th of July and our nation’s independence. Where will you be? If you’re considering a last minute getaway to the beaches of South Walton, there are only a couple of rentals remaining. In fact, you can make someone else’s loss your gain. A last minute cancellation has left Dominca at Port of Call the week of the 4th of July! This beautiful 6 bedroom rental home in Miramar Beach sleeps up to Continue reading

Happy Father's Day! Celebrate Dad with a Brunch Cruise on the Solaris

Published on Thursday, June 18, 2015

We want to wish all the Dads a wonderful and gratifying Father’s Day! We know you work tirelessly to provide for your family and now it’s the family’s turn to celebrate you. Hopefully, with a Destin beach getaway for Father’s Day.   If so, our friends at the SunQuest Cruises have planned a very special Father’s Day Cruise for Dads and their families. The Solaris Yacht offers an unforgettable Emerald Coast experience. On Sunday, June 21 from Continue reading

Destin Commons Features 16 Restaurants

Published on Friday, May 29, 2015

 One of the best parts of visiting the Emerald Coast is the diverse array of dining options. From fresh gulf seafood restaurants to your favorite national restaurants to local cafes, there is an abundance of Destin restaurants serving delicious fare.   In Destin Commons alone, there will be 16 restaurants from which to choose from by mid-June. From nationally recognized restaurants to boutique and regional brands to independent and locally Continue reading

Beach Safety is a Top Priority in Destin

Published on Tuesday, May 26, 2015

At Newman-Dailey, we pride ourselves in providing guests a wonderful vacation filled with special memories. Through our 100% performance guarantee, we ensure prompt, reliable service. We also aim to ensure our guests have a safe Destin vacation by providing vacationers with information on the flag warning system and knowledge to stay safe. Beach safety is a top priority at Newman-Dailey. It is critical that beachgoers understand the dangers associated Continue reading

8 Things to do in Destin on check-in day

Published on Friday, May 22, 2015

Once you arrive at the beach, most families have mixed feelings of excitement and exhaustion from the trip. Since check-in time isn't until 4 p.m., vacationers often find themselves with some free time before their Destin rental is ready.  While your vacation rental is being cleaned, sanitized, and inspected, there is no reason why your vacation should be on hold. Start living the salt life! Here are 8 things to do in Destin and South Walton Continue reading

IT’SUGAR Opens at Destin Commons

Published on Thursday, May 21, 2015

As if Destin’s sugar white sands weren’t sweet enough, now you can add some extra sweetness to your beach vacation. Specialty candy and gift retailer IT’SUGAR opened this month in Destin Commons . The store offers more than 1,000 confections to satisfy your sweet tooth. Brands include Saturday Night Live-themed candies and products.(Conehead chocolate bar, anyone? Or maybe some Taco Town gummy tacos?) There’s Disney gear from candy and magnets to jewelry Continue reading

Destin Kicks Off Summer Concert Series

Published on Thursday, May 14, 2015

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. Continue reading

Memorial Day Events in South Walton & Destin

Published on Thursday, May 14, 2015

The official start to summer is almost here. And what better place to spend Memorial Day, honoring those who have served our country while spending time with family and friends than along the sugar sand beaches of South Walton and Destin, Florida.   After a day of soaking up the sun, there are plenty of Memorial Day events along the Emerald Coast that will have the family feeling patriotic as well as entertained.     At Sandestin Continue reading

Mother's Day Brunch in Destin & South Walton

Published on Friday, May 8, 2015

We are celebrating Mom this this weekend for Mother's Day! And for those celebrating Mother’s Day at the beach in South Walton or Destin, Florida, we want to help you make it special. We’ve compiled a list of some of the great options for Mother’s Day brunch in Destin and South Walton.    Solaris Mother's Day Brunch Cruise - A two-hour cruise with three course meal as you tour the Choctawhatchee Bay aboard the Solaris  yacht Continue reading

May along the Emerald Coast - Celebrate Cinco de Mayo & Mother’s Day

Published on Monday, May 4, 2015

When you are in a coastal community, it is only natural to want to be out on the water. And when you add delicious food and live music to the mix, the result is pure joy. Our friends at SunQuest Cruises have created two specialty cruises in May to help you celebrate some of this month’s best holidays--Cinco de Mayo and Mother's Day. On May 5, SunQuest Cruises will celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a family-friendly Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Cruise aboard Continue reading

Destin Snorkel Offers Fun Things to Do in Destin

Published on Monday, April 27, 2015

One of the most popular things to do in Destin, Florida are activities above and below the water. Our friends at Destin Snorkel offer the most diverse array of tour choices, including two-stop snorkeling tours, SNUBA, shelling & dolphin cruise for families, sunset dolphin cruises and evening fireworks cruises. For those interested in experiencing Destin from under the water, snorkeling or SNUBA (a hybrid sport that combines snorkel and scuba) Continue reading

Wine Festivals to Family Festivals at the Beach this Weekend

Published on Thursday, April 23, 2015

 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 Continue reading

Cultivate Café Opens Along the Destin Harbor

Published on Wednesday, April 22, 2015

If you love natural foods as much as you love the natural beauty of Destin beaches, be sure to check out the newly opened Cultivate Café located at 529 Harbor Blvd. #101. With so many delicious Destin restaurants to choose from, this farm-to-table eatery serves up the freshest local foods in fresh new ways. Restaurant owners Shane Morris and Joyce Sedersten were motivated by what they perceived as a lack of vegetarian options in Destin. Although Continue reading

9 Fun Things To Do on a Rainy Day in Destin

Published on Monday, April 13, 2015

Don't let a little rain get you down. You're on vacation and there are LOTS of fun things to do on a rainy day in Destin, Fla. After researching fun rainy day activities in and around Destin for our new magazine, Where You’d Rather Be , here's our Top 9 Rainy Day Activities in South Walton and Destin, Florida: Abrakadoodle – Located in Destin Commons, Abrakadoodle is always on the cutting edge with new and exciting art lessons. Classes Continue reading

Dog-friendly Destin Park Gets Lights

Published on Thursday, April 9, 2015

Our guests who take advantage of our pet-friendly rentals in Destin will be be delighted to learn that the Destin Dog Park is now lighted for early morning and late evening use. The lights are the result of a collaborative effort between The Friends of the Destin Dog Park, the City of Destin, local business owners and individual contributors. Nearly 100 dogs attended the lighting ceremony with their humans on March 30. Located at 4100 Indian Bayou Continue reading

Easter Weekend is Hoppin’ in Destin

Published on Friday, April 3, 2015

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 Continue reading

Lucy & Jimmy Buffet Found Paradise in Destin

Published on Tuesday, March 24, 2015

We love that Destin is a favorite beach hideaway for Jimmy Buffet and his sister, Lucy. One of their popular vacation spots growing up, Jimmy Buffet opened Margaritaville last year in Harborwalk Village, creating a centerpiece for the Destin Harbor and a popular spot for Parrotheads, vacationers and locals alike. Now, Jimmy’s sister, Lucy, has her sights set on Destin, and broke ground on her new restaurant,  Lulu’s Destin, earlier this year. Continue reading

Destin is the Perfect Place to Fly a Kite

Published on Monday, March 23, 2015

How long has it been since you did something that really made you experience the pure unadulterated joy and freedom of being a kid?  If you can’t remember or it’s been way too long, maybe you should go fly a kite. Really! And Destin is the perfect place to do just that!  Since kite flying requires wide open spaces with no trees, power lines  or roads, the beautiful white sand beaches of the Emerald Coast are the Continue reading

Location, location … vacation! Consider a Destin vacation home of your own

Published on Tuesday, March 17, 2015

If you’ve been thinking of owning your own “happy place” at the beach, but could use a little help offsetting the cost, consider placing it in a vacation rental program . By allowing vacationers to rent your South Walton and Destin beach home in your absence, you can generate income that will help offset the cost of ownership until you decide to make your beach home your full-time residence. What makes a good vacation rental ? You’ve likely heard the Continue reading

Things to do for Teenagers in Destin

Published on Wednesday, March 11, 2015

You’ve probably heard that Destin is a family-friendly beach destination and we completely agree! There are so many activities and events for families to enjoy especially during the active spring and summer seasons. After hosting many families over the last 30 years, we’ve learned that teenagers need to have their own fun, too. There are a variety of things to do for teens in Destin. Here’s some our top picks: Ride on Surf School Continue reading

Classic Destin Restaurant Returns

Published on Friday, March 6, 2015

As Newman-Dailey prepares to celebrate our 30th Anniversary next month, we are feeling nostalgic. We’ve been reflecting on the past three decades and the many friends, clients and businesses that we’ve had the pleasure of working with over the years. So we were excited to hear that the Destin Diner has re-opened for business! Located at the corner of US Hwy 98 and Airport Road, the diner originally opened in 1992, but sat vacant for six years. Continue reading

Southwest Airlines Adds Direct Flights from Dallas

Published on Monday, March 2, 2015

Great news for our friends from Dallas, Texas! Texas families can visit South Walton more often with new direct, non-stop, daily flights on Southwest Airlines from Dallas Love Field (DAL) to Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) in Panama City. A soft-launch begins on March 7 with non-stop Saturday service to Dallas Love Field for the month of March. Beginning on April 8, Southwest Airlines will increase air service with daily non-stop Continue reading

Destin Penthouses Offer Spectacular Views

Published on Thursday, February 26, 2015

Sure, our Destin penthouses are great for celebrities, but they are great for families and groups too! Many of our guests tell us they had not considered renting the penthouse. We say, “why not?” You deserve to vacation in the lap of luxury. In fact, Newman-Dailey’s penthouse rates are comparable to our luxury beach homes and guests love the spectacular bird’s eye views. Here’s a sampling of our Destin penthouse rentals Continue reading

New Restaurant DIG in Sandestin

Published on Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Locals and visitors along the Emerald Coast enjoy eating fresh locally grown and caught delicacies. Now, there's another great new casual  dining restaurant opening in the South Walton - Destin area. We’re excited to share that DIG, which stands for Dig In Gulf, is opening in March at  the Market Shops at Sandestin . DIG is a family-friendly, café style eatery. Perfect for breakfast, lunch or an early dinner, the menu at DIG consists Continue reading

Thinking of selling your home in Destin? Seize the sale with the 4 Cs

Published on Monday, February 23, 2015

With the spring home buying season right around the corner, it’s not too early to think about preparing your home or condo for sale. In order to obtain the highest price in the shortest time, remember the 4 Cs: Clutter - Clutter keeps a home from showing well. It causes a potential buyer to think that the home lacks sufficient living space, storage space - or both – which are turn-offs for buyers. At the very least, it creates a distraction, drawing Continue reading

Valentine's Day Romantic Dining in Destin

Published on Friday, February 13, 2015

Valentine’s Day along the beaches of South Walton and Destin is the perfect setting for romance. Make it even more special with an intimate dining experience. We recently updated and our list of favorite South Walton and Destin restaurants for 2020 that are offering a special menu or romantic setting to help you celebrate in style. DESTIN BeachWalk Café (Destin) featuers an scenic setting overlooking the beach and Henderson Beach State Continue reading

Silver Airways Flying Direct to Destin Area

Published on Monday, February 9, 2015

Floridians have been patiently waiting for air service from Northwest Florida to the central portion of the state and thanks to Silver Airways it will begin spring 2015! Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport in Panama City Beach recently announced Silver Airways is bringing two new non-stop flights from Tampa and Orlando to the beaches of Northwest Florida. As the airline of choice for Florida and the Bahamas, Silver Airways offers more routes Continue reading

Mardi Gras at Destin Harbor, Feb. 7

Published on Monday, February 2, 2015

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 Continue reading

It’s A Good Time to Buy Destin Real Estate

Published on Monday, January 19, 2015

 If you’ve been waiting for the perfect time to buy the Destin beach home or condo you’ve always dreamed of, now is the time. Mortgage interest rates are at their lowest level in nearly two years, with the average rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage at 3.73 percent, as of January 9, according to Freddie Mac.  At the same time, property values are rising along the Emerald Coast, as demand for homes, condos and land is increasing. The average Continue reading

Florida Trend Golden Spoon Winners in South Walton and Destin

Published on Friday, January 2, 2015

Happy New Year! And since healthy eating is on everyone’s mind right now, we thought this would be a great time to announce the South Walton and Destin restaurants that made the 2015 Florida Trend Golden Spoon Winners list. The annual guide to Florida’s finest dining named four dining hot spots from the Santa Rosa Beach, Miramar Beach and Destin, FL area: Cuvee Bistro (Destin)– We’re a friend and fan of Chef Tim Creehan, and Cuvee Bistro is a shining Continue reading

Destin Vacation New Year’s Resolutions for 2015

Published on Monday, December 29, 2014

  Inspired by Conde Nast Traveler’s  How to Make the Most of Travel in 2015: New Year’s Resolutions , we’ve developed a list of Destin Vacation New Year’s Resolutions for 2015.

    Try one new activity – Make a list of Destin  activities you’ve considered trying while visiting Destin and commit to trying one this year. Whether it’s deep sea fishing, parasailing, stand up paddle boarding or fly boarding, we’ve got lots of great watersports
Continue reading

Fodor’s Ranks Florida Panhandle #6 on its 2015 Go List

Published on Tuesday, December 23, 2014

We’re delighted to read that the Florida Panhandle ranked #6 on Fodor’s “Go List 2015 ,” citing the Emerald Coast as the place where you can enjoy the most beautiful beaches in the United States and refreshing Southern Hospitality. We completely agree! Those of us who live and work along this beautiful stretch of coastline are blessed to enjoy the incredible beauty and friendly atmosphere found along Northwest Florida’s beaches. From the sugar white Continue reading

Christmas Dining in Destin

Published on Monday, December 22, 2014

Welcome to our extended family of guests staying in South Walton and Destin for Christmas and the holidays. While some of our guests enjoy spending time in the upgraded kitchen of their vacation rental for Christmas, others prefer to have someone else do the cooking. For those looking for a delecable Christmas feast, here's a list of restaurants open for Christmas:   Sealand (Fort Walton Beach) - Serving traditional Christmas dinner to include Continue reading

New Year's Eve in Destin

Published on Friday, December 19, 2014

Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Destin is a great choice. Whether you’re seeking an outdoor or indoor party, fireworks at midnight or wish to create your own intimate evening within your vacation rental or on the beach, the options are vast.    For those looking for outdoor fun and fireworks, the HarborWalk Village Street Party features live music by Departure, performing a tribute to Journey as well as two fireworks shows! At 8 p.m. families Continue reading

Holiday Events in Destin

Published on Thursday, December 4, 2014

 The month-long celebration of holiday events in Destin, FL continues throughout December. From holiday boat parades and festive light shows to musical and theatrical performances, there is something for every member of the family.    The coast’s very emerald Christmas kicks off on Dec. 6 as the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation presents “Sounds of the Season” to get families in the holiday spirit. On Dec. 12, Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra Continue reading

Book Your 2015 Destin Vacation with Peace of Mind

Published on Monday, December 1, 2014

The New Year is only a month away and it’s never too early to start planning your next Destin beach vacation. In fact, vacation rentals for 2015 are booking steadily so we’re encouraging travelers to book early and secure their favorite rental for spring and summer 2015. And to give our guests “ Peace of Mind ” for their 2015 reservation, Newman-Dailey is covering the travel insurance on stays of 7 nights or more. We’ve got a great selection of luxury Continue reading

Emerald Coast Bucket List

Published on Friday, November 28, 2014

There are many reasons to love the Emerald Coast! The sugar white sand beaches and emerald green water is the obvious reason, but we were recently reminded of the many things to do in and around Destin that we haven't tried yet. The Northwest Florida Daily News recently compiled the "Emerald Coast Bucket List" filled with all the incredible activities and adventures to be had in Destin, Florida. Here's their top 10:  1. Spend Continue reading

Thanksgiving in Destin

Published on Friday, November 21, 2014

We’d like to extend a warm welcome to our guests arriving for the Thanksgiving Holiday! Whether this is your first holiday with us or your 29th, you’ll quickly learn (or be reminded) why staying in a Destin vacation rental for Thanksgiving is such a great idea! The beauty of the beach in November is the perfect backdrop for celebrating time with family and friends and Newman-Dailey's well-appointed vacation rentals provide a comfortable home away Continue reading

Dog Friendly Destin

Published on Thursday, November 20, 2014

We’re fond of our furry friends and we were recently reminded how much the South Walton and Destin community loves dogs. At Newman-Dailey, we have an array of pet-friendly Destin vacation rentals . From beach homes to the charming Beachside Inn in Crystal Beach, there are opportunities for guests who want to bring Fido to find a comfortable home-away-from-home at the beach. While only residents with a permit are allowed to bring their leashed dog onto Continue reading

Where to Watch Football in Destin & South Walton

Published on Thursday, November 13, 2014

We know the beautiful fall weather and gorgeous sugar white sand beaches can’t keep the die-hard football fan from their college or pro game!  The Emerald Coast is a melting pot of football fans, so no matter who you’re pulling for, there’s usually a restaurant or bar that is carrying your team’s game.  Here’s a list of some of our favorites:  If you’re near Destin Harbor at game time, check out Boshamps Seafood and Oyster House.   Continue reading

Veterans Day

Published on Tuesday, November 11, 2014

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 Continue reading

Travel Channel's Best Destin Restaurants

Published on Monday, November 10, 2014

When the Travel Channel shares their top picks and travel trends, we tune in. So when the Travel Channel recently posted their picks for the “ Best Restaurants in Destin ” we were anxious to see who made the list. It was reassuring to see these Destin restaurants are among our favorites too! On Highway 30A, they named Café Thrity-A and V in Seagrove Beach, Red Bar in Grayton Beach, and Stinky’s Fish Camp in Santa Rosa Beach. Off Emerald Coast Parkway Continue reading

Thanksgiving Traditions in Destin, FL

Published on Monday, November 3, 2014

Now that November has arrived, many families are beginning to prepare for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Since Destin vacation rental homes and condos are the perfect gathering spot for family and friends, we’re looking forward to welcoming our many returning guests as well as inducting new families into our coastal Thanksgiving traditions. Here’s a couple of our favorite South Walton and Destin Thanksgiving weekend traditions: Harbor Docks Continue reading

Happy Halloween in Destin

Published on Friday, October 31, 2014

At Newman-Dailey, we celebrate Halloween to the fullest!  From costume contests to ghost stories to ghoulish games and delicious treats, the team goes all out. There is plenty of Halloween fun planned throughout Destin as well. Here’s some of our top picks for Destin Halloween happenings for those with kids as well as those without. Top Kid Pick: Gulfarium Splash or Treat Spooktacular – Kids put on their custumes for a evening of fun with their Continue reading

2014 November Food & Wine Festivals

Published on Friday, October 24, 2014

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 Continue reading

2014 Festival of the Arts is Next Weekend!

Published on Friday, October 17, 2014

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 Continue reading

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

Published on Tuesday, October 14, 2014

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 Continue reading

Fall Break for Families in Destin

Published on Monday, September 29, 2014

Since many schools have added a fall break, this is a great opportunity to keep learning at the forefront while enjoying a fun fall beach getaway along the beaches of South Walton and Destin, Florida. Mom and Dad will enjoy the great fall rates and special Destin deals, while the kids will delight in the breadth of nature experiences and opportunities to learn about our coastal environment. Here’s four reasons to visit Destin, Florida this Continue reading

Top Destin Activities According to TripAdvisor

Published on Friday, September 26, 2014

There are so many great things to do in Destin, Florida. The hardest part is deciding what to do first. When we travel, we turn to TripAdvisor to solicit the opinions of others. We looked up the top activities in Destin according to  TripAdvisor reviewers to provide you ideas for your next trip. Here's the top three: #1 – Beach Sand Sculptures - Holding the top spot is our friend Rick, the Sandman, at Beach Sand Sculptures’ Sandcastle lessons Continue reading

It's Beer & BBQ Season on the Emerald Coast

Published on Friday, September 19, 2014

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 Continue reading

Destin Ranked Top Florida Beach According to US News & World Report

Published on Monday, September 15, 2014

Locals consider the beaches of Destin the best in Florida and even among the best in the world. So it is especially exciting when others rank our beaches #1 too!  US News & World Report Travel listed Destin as #1 on the “ Best Florida Beaches ” list. The ranking combines user votes and expert insight to rank Florida beaches on attributes such as aesthetics, atmosphere and conveniences, among other characteristics. The US News & Continue reading

2014 Destin Fishing Rodeo Oct 1-31

Published on Thursday, September 11, 2014

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 Continue reading

Destin - The World's Luckiest Fishing Village

Published on Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Destin is known as the “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village.” Why is the fishing so good in and around Destin? Destin benefits from the diversity of limestone structures off shore as well as artificial reefs which have been positioned over the years to further encourage breeding of reef fish such as grouper, snapper, amberjack, and trigger fish. Seasonal fish such as cobia also make the area popular for in-shore fishing.  In Continue reading

5 Reasons Destin is Perfect for Family Vacations

Published on Friday, August 22, 2014

It has been an amazing summer and after welcoming many families to the beach for their summer vacation, we’ve been reminded of why Destin is such a great place for family vacation. Here’s our top 5 reasons why Destin is perfect for families:  Pristine Beaches – Sure there are many choices for a beach vacation, but Destin’s powder soft, white sand is great for kids. It’s soft and gentle on kids’ feet, and great Continue reading

Destin Surf School-Fun for Kids at the Beach

Published on Monday, August 18, 2014

It’s time to go back to school, so consider adding some hands-on lessons outside of the classroom.  Kids ages 8 and up will love the curriculum at Destin Surf Camp! Located behind Captain Dave’s in Destin, Florida,  Ride On Surf School offers daily surf classes from 9 a.m. to noon through the end of the season (Aug. 27).     Students learn how to paddle, stand on the board and ride waves. The class also covers important Continue reading

Florida Tax Free Holiday - Shop & Save in Destin

Published on Monday, July 28, 2014

Get ready for back to school while enjoying your Destin Vacation! For our guests checking in this week, you can also take advantage of the Florida Sales Tax Holiday, August 1-3, 2014. Under the Florida Sales Tax holiday, no tax is applied for the purchase of any article of clothing, wallet, handbag or backpack, which is priced under $100.   At Silver Sands Premium Outlets in Miramar Beach, customers will enjoy tax free shopping in addition to Continue reading

Destin is A Top Choice for Family Vacations

Published on Monday, July 21, 2014

We think Destin, Florida is a great choice for a family vacation, but don’t just take our word for it. We recently hosted two writers at two of Newman-Dailey’s resort properties. Then we waited with anticipation to read about their experiences. The results are in and we were thrilled to read their personal accounts. They both took advantage of the Newman-Dailey gift card amenities and took staff suggestions for things to do in Destin , including dining Continue reading

Destin Commons Expands – QUEORK Opens

Published on Wednesday, July 16, 2014

If you haven’t been to Destin, Florida lately, you’ll be surprised by the incredible expansion at Destin Commons . Shopping in Destin, Florida just got better! With more than 20 new retailers and the new Uncle Buck’s Fish Bowl and Grill , there are even more options for shopping, dining and entertainment. Uncle Buck’s features a 16-lane bowling alley, a seafood restaurant, a 60-seat bar with a sunken ship display above it, and a billiards room fashioned Continue reading

Henderson Beach State Park & State Parks on 30A

Published on Monday, July 14, 2014

Here in Destin, Florida, we are blessed to have several gulf-front Florida state parks. These pristine lands overlooking the sugar white sand beaches and shimmering waters of the Gulf of Mexico are protected by the State of Florida and managed by the Florida Park system, allowing the public to enjoy these rare coastal treasures.    Between Panama City and Fort Walton Beach, Deer Lake State Park, Grayton Beach State Park, Topsail Hill Continue reading

Pet Friendly Places to Stay in Destin

Published on Monday, July 7, 2014

Want to bring the furriest member of your family on your Destin beach vacation? No problem. Newman-Dailey Resort Properties features pet friendly vacation rentals in Destin. Some of our most popular dog friendly accommodations are located at the  Beachside Inn in Crystal Beach.     Don’t just take our word for it…The editors of BringFido.com traveled from coast to coast in search of America’s most unique pet-friendly Continue reading

Fourth of July Fireworks in Destin

Published on Friday, June 20, 2014

Celebrating Fourth of July at the beach in Destin, Florida is a beloved famly tradition for many. Days filled with fun, sun and laugher, splashing in the surf and building sandcastles on shore are complemented by breezy nights with fresh gulf coast cuisine and music under the stars. For the 4th of July holiday, families are invited to attend one of the many patriotic celebrations held along the Emerald Coast. Here’s an updated list of the 2014 fireworks Continue reading

Smoke on the Coast, July 3, at Destin Commons

Published on Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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 Continue reading

Celebrate Father's Day in Destin Aboard the Solaris

Published on Friday, June 13, 2014

Father’s Day is this weekend! And if you’re in Destin for Father’s Day and looking for a special way to celebrate Dad, consider a lunch cruise aboard SunQuest Cruise’s Solaris .   The Father’s Day cruise will set sail at 1 p.m. on the Choctawhatchee Bay for a special lunch that is sure to create memories that will last lifetime. Spend time on the upper deck taking in the sights and sounds (and hopefully spot a few dolphins). Then head to the Continue reading

Hidden Dunes Beach Villa for Sale

Published on Thursday, June 12, 2014

  Our real estate division is constantly adding new homes for sale and villas and condos for sale in Destin and South Walton. Due to the team's extensive experience and knowledge of the market, these properties are priced right, sellers often make attractive upgrades, and properties are ready to begin enjoying immediately. This week's featured property is located in the secluded  Hidden Dunes Beach & Tennis Resort . Hidden Dunes Beach Continue reading

Ahoy Matey! Billy Bowlegs Festival, June 5-7

Published on Thursday, June 5, 2014

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  Continue reading

Fun, Sun, Sand & Music in Destin

Published on Monday, June 2, 2014

There’s nothing more fun than a day at the beach…Unless it's a day at the beach followed by live music in a scenic outdoor setting. Luckily, the Emerald Coast is filled with talented musicians and bands that share their talents with music loving visitors and locals alike. Here’s some of the live music in Destin and South Walton scheduled for June.     Santa Rosa Beach : Every Sunday from 6-10 p.m., the Green at Gulf Place is the place Continue reading

Plan Your Father’s Day Getaway to Destin

Published on Tuesday, May 27, 2014

We recently celebrated Mom and now it’s Dad’s turn to be rewarded. Dads who love the beach are probably hoping their family is planning a Father’s Day Getaway to Destin, Florida and Newman-Dailey wants to make Dad happy. Known as the World's Luckiest Fishing Village, Destin has lots of fun activities for Dad. For fathers who enjoy the thrill of the catch,  fishing in Destin is fun for the whole family. There is an abundance of fishing charters Continue reading

Farmer's Markets in Destin and South Walton, Florida

Published on Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Welcome to the beach! We’re delighted to be welcoming so many families for a getaway to beaches of South Walton and Destin, FL. While you’re here, we want to help make this a healthy getaway with lots of R&R, fresh air, quality time with family and friends, exercise and healthy eating. In conjunction with the fresh and local movement that has spread around the country, local farmers are joining together to open farmer’s markets from the Destin Continue reading

New in Destin for 2014

Published on Tuesday, May 6, 2014

For our guests who enjoy visiting the Emerald Coast each year, we know it is fun to visit your favorite restaurants and attractions, but it’s also fun to try something new. Here’s a look at what’s new in Destin for 2014. New at HarborWalk Village Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Restaurant  opened at HarborWalk Village this spring. Parrotheads are rejoicing in Margaritaville's Destin location , featuring great music along with Margaritaville Continue reading

Happy Cinco de Mayo in Destin

Published on Monday, May 5, 2014

Happy Cinco De Mayo! In honor of the special May 5th celebration, we've highlighted our favorite magaritas in Destin. Of course, Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Restaurant  is on our list. Located in HarborWalk Village, Margaritaville's signature margarita is a delicious new addition to Destin! Cantina Laredo in Grand Boulevard is another great choice. You'll want to order the Casa Rita, their signature margarita that includes Continue reading

Mother’s Day Destin Beach Getaway

Published on Monday, April 21, 2014

Are you searching for a way to show mom you really care? Look no further, Newman-Dailey has the perfect gift for mom—a Mother's Day Destin beach getaway. With the perfect combination of relaxation, pampering, dining and shopping, Mom will be thanking you for years to come. Some of the most popular Mother’s Day gifts involve pampering, shopping and spa time. So Newman-Dailey partners have also joined in to offer added savings and special Continue reading

Happy Easter! Destin’s Easter Celebration

Published on Friday, April 18, 2014

Happy Easter! Welcome to our many friends and guests arriving for the Easter Week. From Easter Egg Hunts to Easter Brunches, there are lots of things to do for families in Destin, Florida this Easter.    At HarborWalk Village in Destin, celebrate Easter with Easter Bunny and Brunch followed by ArtWalk on the Harbor. At Seascape in Miramar Beach, there will be an Easter Egg Hunt on the beach near the Whale’s Tail Restaurant on Sunday Continue reading

Gimme Abbey Concert in Destin, April 24

Published on Monday, April 14, 2014

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 Continue reading

First Note Music Experience Returns for Easter Weekend in Destin

Published on Thursday, April 10, 2014

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 Continue reading

Harbor Lights Condos for Sale in Destin, FL

Published on Monday, April 7, 2014

Why Do People Live here? The Harbor Lights condominium is located on the shores of the Destin Harbor. Once you enter the location you are drawn to the plush landscaping that quickly surrounds you. The two story lobby area is accentuated by the three mosaic waterfalls, the high speed glass elevators and the two spiral staircases leading up to a common area consisting of a kitchen, living room, library and balcony. Harbor Lights creates a Continue reading

Waterfront Homes for Sale in Destin, FL

Published on Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Waterfront Homes for Sale in Destin, FL  Why Do People Live here? People come from hundreds of miles in each direction to enjoy this beach destination called Destin. Whether its the white sandy beaches, the outstanding fishing or the year round perfect weather Destin has become the iconic city of the panhandle in Northwest Florida.       Looking for a Waterfront Home in Destin, FL? Interested in finding Waterfront Homes for Sale in Destin, FL Continue reading

April Events & Easter in Destin

Published on Monday, March 31, 2014

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 Continue reading

Sunset Camps for Kids in Destin

Published on Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Our guests want to ensure their kids enjoy a balance of beach time and Destin activities. Thanks to our friends at the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, there is another exciting activity for children after a fun filled day at the beach. The Gulfarium’s Sunset Camp is an evening program for children ages 6-14. The program gives mom and dad time for a romantic dinner for two while the kids enjoy a fun and educational evening. The Sunset Camp is available Continue reading

Fishing in Destin this Spring

Published on Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Destin has earned the reputation as the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village.” As such, Destin has annual calendar events and festivals that celebrate this revered sport.   From now through May 18, daily tournaments (6 a.m. – 7 p.m.) are held at the Okaloosa Island Pier. Register your catch with Pier Shack ($25 Cobia; $20 King Mackerel; $20 Pompano) and earn the title of biggest catch!  From now through April 30, HarborWalk Marina hosts the Continue reading

Happy St. Patrick’s Day in Destin!

Published on Monday, March 17, 2014

We’re enjoying the St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Destin with our Irish friends. There were parades and celebrations all weekend, and on St. Patty’s Day the ultimate Irish experience is at McGuire’s Irish Pub. McGuire’s first opened in 1977 as a small neighborhood pub in Pensacola and in the ‘90’s McGuire’s Destin opened near the Destin Harbor.   McGuire’s brews its own ales, stouts and porters, including McGuire’s Irish Red Ale and Wild Continue reading

Things to Do in Destin this Spring

Published on Friday, February 28, 2014

If you’re planning your trip to Destin for spring or summer, you may be thinking about activities and things to do along the Emerald Coast while you’re here. At Newman-Dailey we like to help you make the most of your Destin vacation.  So once you’ve booked your Destin rental , here’s some resources to help build an itinerary of fun activities: Destin Guide– Our Destin Guide features things to do in Destin, including nightlife, restaurants, shopping Continue reading

Customize Your Destin Spring Break

Published on Friday, February 21, 2014

We know you need a spring break to the beach but getting time away is often unpredictable. Therefore, Newman-Dailey is ready to help you have a fantastic spring break no matter how much time you have off. Stay 4 nights – Getaway to one of our premier Destin rentals for a few days of rest and relaxation. Enjoy time relaxing on the soft white sand beaches (most rentals come with complimentary beach service daily), dinner at the new Jimmy Buffet Margaritaville Continue reading

Spring Break in Destin

Published on Monday, February 17, 2014

With clear skies and the temperature reaching the 70’s, we enjoyed a taste of spring in Destin, Florida this weekend. Now is the time to start planning your spring family beach break to the beaches of South Walton and Destin. In addition to the fun families will have on miles of pristine white sand beaches, there is also an abundance of family-friendly events and live music planned in Destin, Fla. for spring travelers. Every Saturday in March, HarborWalk Village  Continue reading

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

Published on Wednesday, February 12, 2014

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 Continue reading

Good Vibrations in Crystal Beach

Published on Friday, February 7, 2014

Looking for the perfect spring break beach rental in Destin, Florida? Consider this month’s featured property— Good Vibrations . Located in Crystal Beach in the heart of Destin and just minutes away from Destin Commons and Camille’s Restaurant , Good Vibrations was recently renovated and we’re featuring a special introductory rate to increase the buzz and new reviews for this spectacular beach home. Good Vibrations includes 5 bedrooms and 4 baths and Continue reading

Winter Fun in Destin

Published on Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Temperatures may be dropping this week, but the fun is heating up in Destin, Florida. The Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park is fun anytime of the year, and as an added bonus this winter the Gulfarium is introducing “Coffee on the Coast.” Every Thursday in February at 9:30 a.m., an animal expert will host a program on a different topic. Topics range from animal husbandry to stingrays to the basics of animal training. The specialty programs as well as Continue reading

Winter Golf Deals in Destin, FL

Published on Friday, January 24, 2014

Many golf enthusiasts head south for the winter and Destin Golf Courses are delighted to welcome winter guests with great seasonal rates. In addition to the free golf at Bluewater Bay and the Links or Baytowne Courses at Sandestin, which come with the Newman-Dailey Gift Card available with short-term rentals, Destin winter golf specials are par for the course. Here’s a few of the specials that will help stretch your dollars and enjoy a day on the Continue reading

Sandestin Gumbo Festival, Feb. 14-15

Published on Tuesday, January 21, 2014

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... Continue reading

MLK Jr. Day in Destin

Published on Monday, January 20, 2014

Today, we honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who guided the nation through a peaceful protest of racial injustice and left a legacy for future generations. Dr. King offered many profound statements that help us become a more compassionate society and encourage us to follow our dreams. Martin Luther King Jr. day in Destin, Florida is commemorated with an annual march on Jan. 20 that begins at 10 a.m. at the Ft. Walton Beach Civic Auditorium on US Hwy Continue reading

Destin 5K, 10K & Half Marathon, Jan. 25

Published on Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  Calling all runners! Many of our guests' goals for 2014, include beating existing run times and participating in more marathons.  Kick off your New Year’s Resolution by participating in a 5K, 10K or Half Marathon in Destin, Florida!  Hosted by the Destin Chamber of Commerce, the Fourth Annual Bayou, Bay & Back Run/Marathon will celebrate “Superheroes” and everyone is encouraged to come in costume!   The scenic 10K and Continue reading

Valentine’s Romantic Destin Getaway

Published on Monday, January 13, 2014

Love is in the air!  Everywhere we go lately, we see couples of all ages snuggling up to watch the sunset, toasting over a special dinner, and walking hand in hand. In support of the many love birds flocking to the Emerald Coast, Newman-Dailey Resort Properties has introduced the Extreme Love Package for the month of February. The special offer includes a bottle of champagne at check-in and 6-mile or 12-mile helicopter tour courtesy of Timberview Continue reading

Wine, Women & Shoes-Sandestin – Be Fabulous!

Published on Friday, January 10, 2014

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 Continue reading

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