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FREE Day Use of Two South Walton State Parks

Published on Thursday, June 21, 2018

Continuing what has become a summer tradition in South Walton, the Walton County Tourist Development Council is covering the cost of entry at two of area’s most popular state parks to increase available parking for beach-goers during the peak summer season as well as raise awareness of the variety of eco-tourism activities in our area.   From now until Labor Day, the public will enjoy FREE day-use admission to Grayton Beach State Park  Continue reading

Free Summer Sunday Concerts at Gulf Place on 30A

Published on Thursday, May 31, 2018

For those staying South Walton and along Scenic Highway 30A, a great way to start the week is by enjoying one of the free outdoor concerts at Gulf Place on Scenic Highway 30A in Santa Rosa Beach. The free Summer Sunday Concert Series kicks off June 3 and each Sunday will feature a different local or regional band. With a variety of styles and genres represented, there is something for everyone. Concerts are from 6-8 p.m., and attendees are encouraged... Continue reading

Grayton Beer Opens a BrewPub in Grayton Beach

Published on Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Our goal is to help our guests have the best beach vacation. As such, we enjoy directing them to our favorite waterholes, local hangouts and sharing what’s new in South Walton and Destin. For guests staying in South Walton or along Scenic Highway 30A who enjoy craft beer, we’re excited to share the news that Grayton Beer Company has opened the Grayton Beer Brewpub in the space formerly known as Craft Bar 30A. Grayton Beer Brewpub is the company’s second Continue reading

Topsail Hill State Preserve - A Treasure Along the Emerald Coast

Published on Monday, April 23, 2018

Do you enjoy being within pristine undeveloped lands, viewing native species in their natural habitat and taking in spectacular coastal views? If you answered “yes,” we want to let you in on a local treasure—Topsail Hill State Preserve.   In honor of Earth Day, we’re celebrating the area’s natural attractions. Topsail Hill is a beach-front state park that encompasses 1,600 acres! Celebrating 20 years since its founding Continue reading

Find Romance at Redfish - Sanctuary at Redfish on 30A is Popular for Romantic Escapes

Published on Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Couples are rekindling romance along miles of soft white sand beaches with a romantic escape to Sanctuary at Redfish on Scenic Highway 30A in Northwest Florida. Renowned for soft sugar white sand beaches, South Walton is the perfect destination to relax and reconnect. Tucked off the beaten path overlooking a nature preserve and rare coastal dune lake, Sanctuary at Redifsh is a hidden treasure for coupes seeking a beach getaway to rekindle romance. Continue reading

Easter Brunch Options in Destin and South Walton

Published on Friday, March 30, 2018

Happy Easter Weekend! We're excited to welcome our extended family of guests to the beach for the holiday week. We know that many of our guests want to relax and eat out on Easter Sunday so we've compiled a list of some of our favorite Destin and South Walton restaurants serviing Easter Brunch.  AJ’s - AJ's Destin, AJ's Grayton Beach, and AJ's On The Bayou are hosting Easter Brunch, Bottomless Mimosas, and a Build Your Own Bloody Mary Continue reading

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

Published on Monday, March 19, 2018

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

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

Published on Wednesday, January 3, 2018

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

Florida Trend Names 4 South Walton Restaurants among Golden Spoon Winners

Published on Friday, December 8, 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” &ndash Continue reading

A sanctuary by the sea is where you'd rather be

Published on Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Looking for a sanctuary by the sea? We’ve got it in Blue Mountain Beach. Nestled along one of South Walton’s rare coastal dune lakes, Sanctuary at Redfish is perched atop a coastal bluff with the lake to the west and a preserve to the east. This dreamy location along Scenic Highway 30A is coveted by those who dream of getting away from it all without giving up modern luxuries and amenities.  For today’s Window Wednesday, we’re excited for feature Continue reading

Endless Options for Thanksgiving Dinner in Destin and South Walton

Published on Monday, November 13, 2017

One of the joys of coming to Destin for Thanksgiving is the breadth of options. Whether you choose to cook your traditional Thanksgiving meal in your vacation rental or choose to pick up a prepared dinner from a popular local restaurant or opt to eat out, the options for Thanksgiving dinner at the beach are endless. To help you decide, we've pulled together a list of South Walton and Destin restaurants that offer dine-in and/or carry out Thanksgiving... Continue reading

Sanctuary at Redfish in Blue Mountain Beach on 30A is in the News

Published on Tuesday, October 31, 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 Continue reading

Tickets on Sale for New Harvest Wine & Food Festival, Nov. 2-5

Published on Tuesday, July 11, 2017

We are excited to share the news that Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation is introducing a new wine festival this fall—The Harvest Wine & Food Festival. Held in WaterColor along Scenic Highway 30A, the Harvest Wine and Food Festival will provide patrons the opportunity to sip and savor some of the world’s finest wine and culinary selections while enjoying autumn at the beach. Tickets are on sale now for this highly anticipated new wine event Continue reading

A Day on 30A with REALTOR Gloria Nobles

Published on Monday, June 26, 2017

There is something special about spending a day along Scenic Highway 30A. Residents and visitors of this special coastal highway find themselves feeling relaxed and inspired.   Newman-Dailey real estate team member, REALTOR Gloria Nobles, is fortunate to live along 30A and  recently shared how she spends a typical Saturday. Saturday on 30A 8:00AM My husband and I and our son and daughter-in-law leave our condo at Sanctuary at Redfish to drive Continue reading

Summer Sizzles with Free Events at Grand Boulevard

Published on Thursday, June 22, 2017

Are you visitng South Walton or Destin, Florida this summer? If so, there are a vareity of free outdoor performances and events taking please all along the Emerald Coast. In Miramar Beach, Grand Boulevard at Sandestin is a great location for events of all kinds. For summer 2017, Grand Boulevard is featuring a variety of cultural performances that are free and open to the public.  Every Thursday at 8 p.m., the Emerald Coast Theatre Company Continue reading

Emerald Coast Obsession with Wine - Local Labels

Published on Monday, June 19, 2017

Among the topics that locals and visitors agree upon is an appreciation for wine. As part of our three part series on how wine is part of the fabric of the Emerald Coast, we conclude with local labels.  Local Labels The focus on wine has spurred local labels as well. In spring 2016, the 30A company, whose mission is to offer the 30A lifestyle to fans around the country, introduced 30A Wines, including a chardonnay and a red blend. “Some people Continue reading

30A Summer Concert Series Kicks Off June 15 at Arnett’s Gulfside Trails

Published on Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Summer and live music go together like Oreos and milk. Luckily, there are many great live music venues throughout Destin . And during the summer months, any venue large enough to hold a music-loving crowd is a potential space for bring together audiences with musicians for an evening of live music. We recently learned that Arnett’s Gulfside Farm and Stables is kicking off its first 30A Summer Concert series. The kick off performance will Continue reading

Eden Gardens State Park Blends History and Beauty

Published on Monday, May 8, 2017

South Walton is well known for its beautiful beaches, but many travelers to our area are not aware of beautiful Eden Gardens State Park . Newman-Dailey Real Estate Agent Eva Pickens is an expert on South Walton and 30A real estate and recently highlighted this South Walton treasure. Here's what she shared :  Go back in time 100 years where this site was a hub for the Wesley Lumber Company, operating from 1890 until World War I, on the Tucker Bayou Continue reading

Your Florida Summer Vacation is Almost Here - Enjoy Free Summer Concerts at Gulf Place

Published on Friday, May 5, 2017

Your Florida summer vacation to the beaches of South Walton and Destin, Florida is almost here! As you plan your Destin beach vacation, you'll want to plan to take advantage of the free sumer concerts on the green at  Gulf Place on 30A . This beautiful lush green amphitheater at Gulf Place in Santa Rosa Beach is the ideal location to enjoy live music on Sunday evenings after a day at the beach.   Kicking off on May 28, 2017, each week Continue reading

The Emerald Coast's Obsession with Wine - Wine Festivals

Published on Thursday, April 27, 2017

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

Sanctuary at Redfish, An Oasis on 30A

Published on Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Fans of 30A know that during popular spring and summer weekends, the two-lane highway designed, which was designated a scenic byway by Florida Department of Transportation, can get busy. This is when those in-the-know slip away to less populated, off-the-beaten path locations to enjoy some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and time with family and friends. One of our favorite luxury resorts that is hidden oasis on 30A is  Sanctuary at Redfish Continue reading

Tips for Stand Up Paddle Boarding in Destin

Published on Monday, April 10, 2017

Newman-Dailey Destin Real Estate Agent Shannyn Stevenson “knows the Gulf Coast” and as a long-time resident and avid paddle boarder, she offers some great tips for stand-up paddle boarding in Destin. Find a Beach Access with Flat Walk-On Access . Pompano Joe's  is where I go but it can be tough to to carry the board up and down the stairs. It is a good workout! There are locations that offer flat walk on access, including the access Continue reading

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

Published on Thursday, March 23, 2017

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

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

Published on Monday, February 27, 2017

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

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

Published on Tuesday, February 7, 2017

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

Stay on 30A for a Romantic Valentine’s Day Beach Getaway

Published on Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Thinking about a romantic getaway for Valentine’s Day? Consider staying along Scenic Highway 30A in a cozy Newman-Dailey vacation rental. What better way to say “I love you” than a romantic weekend at the beach? With miles of sugar white sand beaches to traverse and reconnect with the one you love, South Walton’s 30A also offers charming beachside towns to explore, sidewalk cafes and Gulf-front restaurants, such as Bud & Continue reading

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

Published on Thursday, December 1, 2016

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

Black Friday Shopping in Destin, Give the Gift of a Destin Vacation

Published on Friday, November 18, 2016

Families around the country are preparing for Black Friday and the holiday shopping season. The challenge for many is what to buy for the family member that has it all. Research shows experiential gifts are what many family members want. According the National Retail Federation (NRF) 2015 holiday spending survey, about 37 percent would like to receive an experiential gift. In support of this 2016 gift giving trend, Newman-Dailey Resort... Continue reading

South Walton and Destin Holiday Celebrations 2016

Published on Monday, November 14, 2016

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

Enjoy Your Thanksgiving Feast at the Beach

Published on Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Thanksgiving at the beach is an unforgettable experience. Our well-appointed beach vacation rentals make the perfect home away from home to gather with family and friends for the holidays. Whether you decide to prepare your own Thanksgiving feast, have one delivered or eat out at one of the Emerald Coast’s award-winning restaurants, your family will be glad you decided to gather within a relaxing, coastal setting to give thanks and celebrate time Continue reading

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

Published on Friday, October 28, 2016

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

Make the Most of Owners Weekend in Destin

Published on Monday, October 3, 2016

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

First Annual 30A Blue Crab Festival, Oct. 8

Published on Friday, September 30, 2016

Who loves blue crabs? We do! We're excited to announce the first Annual 30A Blue Craab Festival will be held at  Trebeache in Blue Mountain Beach, Oct. 8, 2016. One of our favorite local restaurants, Trebeache, is located in Redfish Village near many of our Blue Mountain Beach rentals, including Sanctuary at Redfish . The 30A Blue Crab Fest will feature local food, music & art, and celebrates the 30A lifestyle. This event will benefit the South Continue reading

Be Complete with Serenity by the sea Spa Specials

Published on Monday, September 12, 2016

We’ve been welcoming guests who are taking advantage of our Be Complete Beach Retreat . While the package includes shopping at Whole Foods and a complimentary yoga class, guests have asked for recommendations on other ways to relax and rejuvenate while visiting in Destin and South Walton. We recommend scheduling a service at Serenity by the sea. If you’ve experienced, Serenity by the sea you know what we’re talking about. This spa features many services Continue reading

30A Craft Beer and Spirits Festival

Published on Thursday, September 8, 2016

As we continue this week’s celebration of local craft beer and breweries, we were excited to learn about the 30A Craft Beer & Spirits Festival , coming to Gulf Place in Santa Rosa Beach Sept. 30 – Oct. 1, 2016. The festival is a collaborative effort between Chan’s Wine World and new Craft Bar in Grayton Beach on Hwy 30A. The two-day event kicks of Friday, Sept. 30 with the “Best Band on the Emerald Coast”, Heritage, performing live music from 6 to 9 Continue reading

Grayton Beer Brewery Adds Cans to Collection

Published on Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Many of our guests ask about local craft beers brewed in South Walton and we're always excited to share what's new and local. Grayton Beer Company recently announced that their beer currently packaged as 30A Beach Blonde Ale is now available in 12 oz. cans as Beach Permit Blonde Ale. Appropriately named, the new aluminum packaging allows the popular local brew to be iced down and taken to the beach where glass is prohibited.  For those Continue reading

Window Wednesday - Sanctuary at Redfish 1103

Published on Wednesday, August 31, 2016

We have many clients who enjoy staying on Hwy 30A, but due to the popularity of many of the 30A beach communities, these towns have become crowded. For those looking to getaway to a quiet oasis,  Sanctuary at Redfish offers just that. The serene haven features natural vegetation, winding footpaths, and overlooks Big Redfish Lake, a rare coastal dune lake. These quiet bodies of water can only be found a few places on the planet. Set on the east Continue reading

Best Fishing Charters for Families with Kids and Teenagers in Destin

Published on Tuesday, August 16, 2016

There are several reasons Destin is known as the "World's Luckiest Fishing Village." It is home to the largest and most elaborately equipped fishing fleet in the State of Florida.  In addition, Destin offers the speediest deep-water access than any other Gulf coast community in Florida.  And finally, there are a number of underwater structures that attract fish, resulting in higher volume and size of fish caught.   While Continue reading

The Beach, Yoga, Whole Foods Equals A New You

Published on Friday, July 29, 2016

While many of our guests don’t want to see summer come to an end, the team at Newman-Dailey is looking forward to the fall. The autumn is one of the most spectacular seasons to be along Florida’s Emerald Coast. Cool coastal breezes, soft white sand beaches and beautiful emerald waters are complemented by spectacular sunsets and the flitter of Monarch Butterflies.  As an added bonus, we’re introducing our Be Complete Beach Retreat package *. Available Continue reading

Gulf Place announces 2016 Summer Camps

Published on Thursday, July 21, 2016

Looking for a fun activity for kids on your South Walton vacation? Check out the 2016 summer camps and workshops at Gulf Place, held now through August 8, 2016. Hosted by the Artists at Gulf Place and 30A Learning Academy, the interactive workshops and adventure camps keep kids engaged and active. Art Workshops . The Artists at Gulf Place will host an array of art workshops Monday through Friday in the Artist Colony beginning immediately. Workshops Continue reading

Grayton Beach State Park Named A Best Beach in US by Dr. Beach

Published on Friday, June 24, 2016

Each year, Dr. Stephen Leatherman (aka Dr. Beach) ranks the nation's best beaches using 50 criteria, including water and sand quality, and announces his coveted list of the top 10 beach in the nation each spring. The local community was excited to learn that  Grayton Beach State Park was among the Top Ten Best Beaches in the United States for 2016.  This is the second time Grayton Beach has earned this ranking (the first in 1994). Previously Continue reading

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

Published on Thursday, April 14, 2016

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

Sanctuary at Redfish is an Oasis Overlooking Big Redfish Lake

Published on Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Spring has arrived and the Redfish are biting. In fact, catching Redfish is popular pastime along the beaches of South Walton. Redfish often move into estuaries and South Walton’s coastal dune lakes as juveniles where they live for several years and then return to the Gulf of Mexico. And while Redfish are common in coastal waters around the state, they are revered along Highway 30A where they have two coastal dune lakes named in their honor Continue reading

Sanctuary at Redfish Event on 30A Raises Funds for the CBA

Published on Thursday, October 29, 2015

 n conjunction with Newman-Dailey Resort Properties 30th Anniversary Event, we hosted a special fundraising event at Sanctuary at Redfish on 30A to benefit the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance. “We know this property is very special and important to the coastal ecology of the region,” said Captain Bob Sellers, who runs the pontoon boat at Sanctuary at Redfish. “Therefore, we do everything we can to protect and maintain our natural surroundings. Continue reading

Sanctuary at Redfish on Scenic Hwy 30A Offers Serenity

Published on Wednesday, August 5, 2015

It’s Window Wednesday and we’re excited to feature our newest South Walton vacation rental at Sanctuary at Redfish in Blue Mountain Beach. Located off Scenic Hwy 30A, this luxury condominium resort is nestled on approximately 14 acres overlooking Big Redfish Lake, one of South Walton’s rare coastal dune lakes.  Three separate pools, two Jacuzzis, a large fire pit, two outside grills, and private pool cabanas provide ample area to gather with friends Continue reading

South Walton’s Coastal Dune Lakes Featured in PBS Documentary

Published on Monday, June 8, 2015

One of the reasons South Walton's Scenic Highway 30A is so special is that it is home to 15 rare coastal dune lakes. Lakes such as these are only found in a few other places around the world, including remote parts of Africa and Australia. Like the Florida Everglades, Florida’s Coastal Dune Lakes need protection and conservation. In support of this need, Newman-Dailey recently hosted a fundraiser for two local non-profits, which provide preservation... Continue reading

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