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Best Coffee Shop on 30A

Published on Monday, February 5, 2018

We all have our favorite local hangouts and the Newman-Dailey real estate team members are constantly out and about meeting clients and showing properties. Destin – 30A Real Estate Agent Shannyn Stevenson has been busy. In fact, Shannyn was named Newman-Dailey Resort Properties 2017 Top Producer for Sales! So we recently asked Shannyn about her favorite local hangout and here’s what we learned:     “Fonville Press is Continue reading

Book a Late Spring Fling and Jump into Big Fun and Savings

Published on Friday, February 2, 2018

This week was National Plan For Vacation day and great reminder to start planning your annual trip to the beach. As you look at the calendar to determine the best week for you and your friends/family, consider a late spring getaway. Late spring usually offers the most comfortable daytime temperatures, ranging from 78°F to 84°F, We love to be outdoors this time of year and know our guests do too! The best part is that you’ll enjoy Continue reading

What Makes A Successful Vacation Rental Property Manager?

Published on Monday, January 29, 2018

The team at Newman-Dailey Resort Properties has been managing vacation rentals for more than 30 years. In this time, the leadership team has learned what qualities make a great property manager and what an owner should look for when hiring a property management company. We’ve read a lot of industry articles and blogs, but a blog we recently read by Logify.com really grabbed our attention and had us nodding “yes” as to what really Continue reading

Hidden Dunes Cottage 224: Destin Activities Await Just Outside the Door

Published on Wednesday, January 24, 2018

What are you looking for in a beach vacation? We’re going to guess you’re seeking relaxation, time to reconnect with family and friends and a sprinkling of fun activities to round out your vacation experience. While any place you stay at Hidden Dunes Resort in Miramar Beach is going to deliver the best of your beach vacation wishes, there are a variety of lodging options to choose from. From Gulf-front condos to lake-front villas to cozy Carolina Continue reading

More Flights to the Florida Panhandle - American Airlines Begins Service to ECP

Published on Monday, January 22, 2018

Air service to and from Northwest Florida is getting even more convenient through the efforts of our regional airports in Panama City as well as Destin (Valpariso). This summer, visitors and residents will enjoy more lift to the places they love most.   Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) recently announced the addition of American Airlines serving Panama City Beach. American Airlines will begin daily air service on June 7, Continue reading

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

Published on Friday, January 19, 2018

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

2018 Races in Destin and South Walton

Published on Thursday, January 18, 2018

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

How to Avoid Fees and Save Money on Your Next Destin Beach Vacation

Published on Monday, January 15, 2018

We like to help our extended family of guests get more for less when it comes to their annual beach vacation. Newman-Dailey has been welcoming guests to beaches of South Walton and Destin, Florida for more than 37 years and here are our top tips to save on your next Destin vacation rental:  1. Book Direct Third party vacation rental listing sites such as VRBO, HomeAway, Air BNB and Flipkey are great when you’re unfamiliar with a destination Continue reading

Celebrate Valentine's Day at the Beach and Enjoy Free Gifts

Published on Friday, January 12, 2018

Do you love the beach? If you answerred, "yes", we want you to give you more of what you love with one(s) you love this Valentine's Day. Enjoy miles of white sand beaches and free gifts with the  Be Loved Valentine’s Day Package *. The special offer for Valentine’s Day 2018 is available with stays of three nights or more in a participating South Walton or Destin vacation rental and includes a bottle of wine at check Continue reading

Save the Bay by Eating Oysters – More Destin Restaurants Join the Effort

Published on Tuesday, January 9, 2018

How can eating oysters help save our Bay? Through the hard work of staff and volunteers with the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance, when you eat oysters at CBA OYSTER partner restaurants , your oyster shells are recycled to improve the health of the Choctawhatchee Bay. Oyster shells are used to construct an oyster reef habitat. Oyster populations have declined in many places worldwide and Choctawhatchee Bay is no exception. By building reefs, we reintroduce 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

Ringing in 2018 in Destin - New Year’s Eve Celebrations Along the Emerald Coast

Published on Thursday, December 28, 2017

Are you planning to ring in 2018 in South Walton or Destin, Florida? If so, there are lots of great options for your New Year’s Eve celebration in and around Destin.  Here’s a roundup of the hottest spots to say farewell to 2017 and welcome 2018 along the Emerald Coast:  Noon Year's Eve at LuLu’s (Destin) -  The 3rd Annual Noon Year's Eve begins at 10 a.m. on New Year's Eve day, Sunday, December 31. It will be non-stop Continue reading

Best New Destin Restaurants of 2017

Published on Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Just when we thought Destin and the beaches of South Walton couldn’t get any better, we enjoyed the opening of some delicious new restaurants this year. Here’s a list of the best new restaurants in Destin and South Walton in 2017. Shunk Gulley Located on 30A right across the street from the beach, you cannot beat the breathtaking view and the beach bum vibe. Shunk Gulley is serving up a dozen delicious raw oysters for only $8 all day every Continue reading

Christmas Dinner in Destin

Published on Tuesday, December 19, 2017

We're enjoying welcoming our extended family of guests for their holiday celebration and many have asked us "What restaurants are open for Christmas in Destin?"  Our team has compiled a list of the best South Walton and Destin restaurants offering holiday meals for Christmas:      Grande Vista Bar & Grille (Destin) - Enjoy a three course Christmas feast. $35/person (plus tax and gratuity), Christmas menu served 11am-close. & Continue reading

Pizza by the Sea Coming to the Market Shops in 2018

Published on Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The wildly popular Pizza by the Sea with three locations along Highway 30A in Santa Rosa Beach is expanding. Pizza by the Sea is opening its fourth location in Market Shops in Miramar Beach in February 2018 just in time for the area’s busy spring season. The Market Shops is located at the entrance to Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort and Pizza by the Sea is joining a collection of restaurants, including the Florida Trend Golden Spoon Winner, Bijoux 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

More Summer Flights to Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport in Panama City Beach

Published on Thursday, December 7, 2017

The only thing better than a beach vacation is arriving faster to your beach vacation destination. For those want to reach South Walton and Destin, Florida faster or simply don't want to hear “Mom & Dad, Are we there yet?", the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) has some great news. ECP will have more flights and more direct flights this summer than ever before. The enhanced summer flight schedule will begin June 6, end 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

Santa and Snowbirds Arrive in Destin this December

Published on Monday, December 4, 2017

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Destin is decorated in its holiday best as we welcome Santa and our first flock of snowbirds for the winter season. As our winter guests arrive to town, we look forward to quickly getting you acclimated to your winter home and wanted to start with some of the fun activities taking place around town as well as 2018 events planned by the Destin Snowbird Club.  Holiday Festivities: The City of Destin Continue reading

Holiday Gift Ideas - Give the Gift of a Destin Beach Vacation

Published on Thursday, November 30, 2017

Are you searching for gift ideas for those hard to buy for family members on your holiday gift list? If so, consider giving the gift of a Destin beach vacation rental. This is the gift that keeps on giving. Not only will you give a loved one something to look forward to in 2018 but once they arrive and enjoy an incredible beach vacation, they’ll be thanking you for years to come. The best part is you'll get more for your money. Gift Certificates Continue reading

Best Beach Portrait Photographers in the Destin Area

Published on Monday, November 27, 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 Continue reading

Thanksgiving Weekend Events In South Walton and Destin

Published on Tuesday, November 21, 2017

There is so much to be thankful for this year. Here at Newman –Dailey, we’re thankful for our pristine environment and white sandy beaches. We’re grateful for our extended family of guests and owners who entrust their beach vacations and beautiful beach homes to us. And we’re thankful for the incredible community that comes together to support families in need as well as organize wonderful events that unite our community. Once... 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

The Boulevard 10 at Grand Boulevard Presents Exhibition on Screen (Nov 2017-May 2018)

Published on Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Grand Boulevard at Sandestin is home to many brand name and boutique shops, popular restaurants and incredible events, but now there is one more great reason to head to the Boulevard—Exhibition on Screen! Each month, the Boulevard 10 will feature a cultural film that celebrates the life and work of a famous artist as part of the Exhibition on Screen series. Here’s a look the first three films:   November 21 – Canaletto and the Art of Venice at Continue reading

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

Published on Thursday, October 12, 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 Continue reading

Run for Fun – Race Along the Emerald Coast this Fall

Published on Monday, October 9, 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 Continue reading

Update on Destin Events this Weekend

Published on Friday, October 6, 2017

With Tropical Storm Nate forecasted to make landfall in Louisana on Saturday evening/Sunday morning, we’ve received a number of calls regarding area events scheduled for this weekend. Most events are continuing with a few modifications. Here’s the updates as of  Friday:  Destin Seafood Festival – This event was “officially” canceled, however, the bands and vendors tell us the show must go on! There will still be a great weekend of food, Continue reading

Best Sandcastle Builder in Destin

Published on Monday, October 2, 2017

Looking for a fun activity for your next Destin vacation? Consider a sandcastle building lesson by Beach Sand Sculptures . They have been a Newman-Dailey partner for many years and have hosted our staff and many of our guests for a two hour sand sculpture lesson that is fun and rewarding. Beach Sand Sculptures Founder Rick Mungeam tells us the number one question he hears from beachgoers is “How did you do that?” so he offers classes Continue reading

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

Published on Monday, September 25, 2017

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

San Remo 203 and 303 - Window Wednesday Double Feature

Published on Wednesday, September 20, 2017

We had so much fun last week with our Window Wednesday Double Feature, we’re going for round two. Since good things come in pairs, today we’re featuring two condominiums at San Remo on 30A in Santa Rosa Beach. This four-story condominium complex on picturesque County Road 30A combines nature and comfort. The complex includes a large seasonally heated pool with spa, sprawling decks, a lake with fountain, grilling area and exercise room as well as easy... Continue reading

Big Green Egg Cooking Competition, Sept. 30

Published on Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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

Destin is Open

Published on Thursday, September 7, 2017

Updated: 9/12/17  The storm has left our area. Today, we're experiencing sunny skies and highs in the low 80's.   We are aware that the Southeast has experienced some road closures due to the storm. For those traveling to the beach, you may need to identify alternate routes. If you are going to be delayed, please call us at 1-800-225-7652 to make arrangements. Our offices are open 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.  There was no storm Continue reading

Best Beach House Recipes - Perfect for Destin Vacation Rentals

Published on Tuesday, September 5, 2017

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

Endless Summer Fun and Labor Day Events in Destin

Published on Thursday, August 10, 2017

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

Window Wednesday: San Remo 303

Published on Wednesday, August 9, 2017

 For today’s Window Wednesday, we headed to Scenic Highway 30A to a quiet beach resort in Santa Rosa Beach—San Remo. San Remo is a gated community, tucked behind the dunes along the Gulf of Mexico. It is a treasure for those who want to get away and relax and unwind.  While there are a variety of great vacation rental options at San Remo, today, we’re featuring San Remo Condo 303. Located on the third floor of this Tuscan-inspired vacation Continue reading

New Stores and Dining Options Open at Grand Boulevard

Published on Monday, August 7, 2017

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

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

Published on Monday, July 31, 2017

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

Sea Turtle Season In Progress Along Florida's Emerald Coast

Published on Friday, July 28, 2017

Have you ever been walking down the beach and noticed a square or rectangle section of beach roped off with caution tape? If so, you’ve had the joy of viewing a sea turtle nest. Sure there is not a lot to see on the outside, but there is a lot going on just under the sand, which is critical for the future of endangered sea turtles. Sea turtle nesting season is well underway in Destin, Miramar Beach and all along the Flroida Panhandle.  Sea turtle 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

Top Reasons to Love Destin in the Fall

Published on Thursday, July 13, 2017

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

Best Vacation Rentals for Tennis Lovers in South Walton and Destin

Published on Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Tennis players often like to bring their rackets and play a few games while on vacation. With that in mind, you may be looking for the best vacation rentals for tennis in the South Walton and Destin area. We're excited to announce that Hidden Dunes Beach & Tennis Resort was named a “ Silver Medal Resort ,” by Tennis Resorts Online for the sixth consecutive year! The ranking places Hidden Dunes among the top 50 tennis resorts in the world. Nestled Continue reading

Things to Know at the Beach

Published on Friday, May 26, 2017

Visiting the beach is a fun and memorable experience.  Whether you've come to simply relax on the beach or want to swim and enjoy recreational water activities, there are some important things to know when visiting the beach and enjoying our local waterways.  Along the beaches of South Walton and Destin, we use the Florida Department of Environmental Protection beach flag warning system to alert beach goers of surf conditions. Conditions... Continue reading

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

Published on Friday, May 26, 2017

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

Adagio A302 Renovated and Ready for Relaxation

Published on Wednesday, May 24, 2017

When we ask our guests, what is the #1 thing they want to do during their beach vacation, the leading answer is “Relax”! Good news, beach life is made for relaxation. For today's Window Wednesday, we're featuring 30A condominium, Adagio A302, which has been renovated and ready for relaxation.  This Gulf-front 4-bedroom, 3-bath condominium has an instant calming effect. Head out to the furnished balcony fo Adagio A302 to relax on the Continue reading

Author Mary Kay Andrews Returns to Destin to Launch The Beach House Cookbook

Published on Monday, May 22, 2017

Beach vacations are the perfect time to lose yourself in an engaging beach read. And some of our favorite beach novels are written by New York Times Best-Selling Author Mary Kay Andrews . From "Summer Rental" to "Beach Town" to "The Weekenders," her beach reads entertain and delight readers of all ages.  This month Mary Kay Andrews is launching her inaugural cookbook. Appropriately named, “The Beach House Cookbook Continue reading

Plan A Birthday Celebration at the Beach in Florida

Published on Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Our guests often plan their vacations around a birthday or special occasion so the celebration lasts longer and is even more special. At Newman-Dailey, we love a great celebration and are always happy to provide tips and suggestions for those planning a special birthday celebration in Destin or South Walton. If you’re considering a birthday or special occasion celebration vacation, here are some ideas to get you started: Meal Planning Plan easy 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

Emerald Coast's Obsession with Wine - Wine on the Menu

Published on Thursday, May 4, 2017

Today's blog is the second in a three part series that includes excerpts from Newman-Dailey Resort Properties Where you'd rather Be Magazine.  Part I: The History- Wine Festivals a Game Changer featured the early days of wine consumption in Destin and the impact wine festivals have had on our coastal wine culture. Today, we uncover how the movement has translated at our local restaurants, which now boast impressive wine menus, some of 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

2017 Emerald Coast Easter Egg Hunts

Published on Thursday, April 13, 2017

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

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

Published on Friday, April 7, 2017

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

Best Greens in Destin and South Walton

Published on Friday, March 17, 2017

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we're highlighting the best greens in Destin and South Walton where you can gather for fresh and a picnic as well as live music and events. Here’s our list of our lush green spaces to relax and enjoy time outside:  The Village Green – Located within the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s Cultural Village, the lush Village Green is home to events throughout the year, including Concerts in the Village, Labor Continue reading

Free Spring Break Concerts at The Market Shops at Sandestin

Published on Friday, March 10, 2017

What’s better than free live music on a beautiful Sunday afternoon? Free live music performed near the beach complemented by gorgeous spring weather. The Market Shops , located at the entrance to Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, is kicking off its free spring break concert series this Sunday, March 12. The 8-week spring concert series will feature local artists and bands performing on the lawn near Bijoux from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. every Sunday through April Continue reading

EO Wilson Biophilia Center, A Naturally Fun Break During Summer Beach Vacation

Published on Monday, March 6, 2017

Are you looking for a new activity to experience during your 2017 summer beach vacation to the beaches of South Walton and Destin, Florida? When you need a break from fun, sun and sand and are looking for a new experience, check out the EO Wilson Biophilia Center just north of the beaches of South Walton in Freeport, Florida. What an amazing experience for all ages.  Open to public on Thursdays and Fridays during June and July, the Biophilia Continue reading

Best Destin Resorts For Families

Published on Thursday, March 2, 2017

Looking for the best resorts for families in and around Destin, Florida? You've come to the right place. Newman-Dailey Resort Properties features premier vacaton rentals at some of the Emerald Coast's best family-friendly resorts. Our three picks, include resorts in Destin, Miramar Beach and South Walton along Scenic Highway 30A.     Best Family-Friendly Destin Resort: Jade East Jade East Towers is in the heart of Destin and is great Continue reading

Thinking About the Sounds of Summer on 30A

Published on Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Spring is in the air and we’re already dreaming about the long warm days and “Sounds of Summer.” So for Window Wednesday, we’re featuring Sounds of Summer vacation rental home on the west end of Scenic Highway 30A in Dune Allen Beach.   This South Walton vacation rental is graced with hypnotic tones of waves lapping the shore, dune grasses rustling in the breeze and seagulls chattering in the distance. This four bedroom, two bath home sleeps 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

Blue Heaven is a Dream Rental Home in Miramar Beach, Florida

Published on Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Looking for the best vacation rental homes in Destin and South Walton, look no further than beach vacation rentals in Miramar Beach. Miramar Beach is the best of all worlds. With access to quaint coastal beach neighborhoods of 30A and the shopping, attractions and activities of Destin, Miramar Beach is the perfect location in the middle of it all. With a vast selection of the best rental homes along the Emerald Coast, Miramar Beach is also known for Continue reading

Newman-Dailey Unlocks the Door to Luxury Rental Homes in Destin

Published on Monday, February 13, 2017

There is a growing demand for luxury vacation rental homes in Destin, Florida. Why? Because a growing number of families are seeking a place to connect and celebrate time together. Whether buying a second home to pass down to the next generation or simply renting a beach home seasonally, our number one request is helping families find the best Destin rental home for their family, a place where several generations can gather for week of quality... 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

Florida’s Emerald Coast Ranked Among 10 Best in the US

Published on Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Every year, Lonely Planet's experts scour the United States to bring us the “must see” places for that year. From sweeping mountain ranges, tropical coastlines, desert landscapes and dazzling cities, there are a whole host of underrated or off-the-radar spots. We were thrilled to learn that Florida's Emerald Coast, which includes the beaches of South Walton and Destin, Florida, is among the " Best in the U.S .", and listed as a top Continue reading

Specials for Destin Snowbirds and Winter Guests

Published on Monday, January 16, 2017

Welcome winter guests! Many of our South Walton and Desitn snowbirds have been asking about special offers and deals for winter guests staying in Destin and South Walton. Here's the great winter deals in and around Destin that we found: (if you know of others please let us know and we'll update this list) Pompano Joe’s Seafood House -  Happy Hour Daily 3 pm-5 pm  $1.00 off at all bars on well drinks, domestic bottles, draft, and house Continue reading

2017 30A Songwriters Festival Kicks Off Next Friday

Published on Friday, January 6, 2017

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

Most Popular New Year's Resolutions for 2017

Published on Tuesday, January 3, 2017

 It is the time of year for goal setting and New Year’s Resolutions. We recently read the Most Common New Year’s Resolutions for 2017 as reported by NBC News and we want to help you achieve your goals. Here’s how Newman-Dailey can support the most common 2017 New Year’s Resolutions: Get Healthy. The goal to get healthy emerged as the most common resolution with more than 62 million searches on the topic. And there is no better place to support Continue reading

New Year's Eve Celebrations in the Destin Area

Published on Friday, December 30, 2016

It’s time to welcome a New Year. Will you be welcoming 2017 in the Destin area?  If so, New Year’s Eve events in Destin and South Walton are abundant and ringing in 2017 along Florida’s Emerald Coast is alaway a fun way to start a New Year.  Here’s a roundup of the hottest spots to say farewell to 2016 and ring in 2017 in and around Destin, Florida. Noon New Year’s Eve (Destin) - Lulu’s Destin i s hosting their second annual Noon Year’s Eve Continue reading

8 Best Holiday Happy Hours in Grand Boulevard

Published on Friday, December 9, 2016

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

Enjoy a South Walton or Destin Vacation in December and Save 20%

Published on Friday, December 2, 2016

‘Tis the season to be generous and all the treats and holiday cheer has us feeling festive. Most importantly, we want to share our joy and help you get to the beach this December. Therefore, we’re offering 20% off select properties for stays of 3 nights or more, now through December 31, 2016. We know it’s hard to get away at the holidays so we’re helping you justify your trip to the beach. Here’s the top three reasons to take advantage of this incredible 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

Shopping for the Holidays in Destin

Published on Monday, November 28, 2016

As we welcome the holiday season, many of our guests are asking for recommendations for the best shops in Destin with one-of-a-kind items for a special gift for a friend or a loved one. Along Florida's Emerald Coast, we’re lucky to have many locally-owned, small businesses that carry unique, limited-quantity and hand-made items that are perfect for gift giving. Here’s some of our recommendations for gift ideas when shopping in the South Walton... Continue reading

Horseback Riding near Destin at Arnette's Gulfside Trail Rides

Published on Monday, November 21, 2016

With the spectacular fall temperatures along the Emerald Coast, our guests have been asking about outdoor activities in and around Destin that are beyond the beach. In addition to recommending a visit to the Destin Harbor to watch the local fisherman unloading the day’s catch, an afternoon meeting the animal ambassadors at the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park and a hike along one of the many nature trails within area state parks, we have another great... 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

Hidden Dunes Tennis Center Ranked Among Top 50 Tennis Resorts by Tennis Resorts Online

Published on Thursday, October 6, 2016

Congrats to Tennis Director Renee Broxson and her team! Hidden Dunes Tennis Center was once again named a “Silver Medal Resort,” by Tennis Resorts Online, ranking Hidden Dunes Tennis Center among the Top 50 Tennis Resorts for the fifth consecutive year. Tennis Resorts Online solicits the opinions of racquet-wielding vacationers worldwide and compiles their collective experience into an annual ranking of the “Top 100 Tennis Resorts and Camps.” Resorts Continue reading

Stay in Blue Mountain Beach, a beach town with Blue Lupine and Friendly Locals

Published on Wednesday, September 14, 2016

What is your favorite b30A each community? We have many favorites but we’re especially intrigued by Blue Mountain Beach on 30A. Why is it named Blue Mountain Beach, you may have wondered. Blue Mountain Beach is one of the highest points along Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast. When the early settlers saw the coastline from their boats, the coast appeared to have a blue haze from the Blue Lupine plants that grow abundantly in South Walton. Continue reading

Celebrate Life’s Special Moments this Fall with the Celebration Vacation

Published on Friday, September 9, 2016

Life is full of special moments and if you don’t take time to celebrate, you’re missing out. It’s so easy to just keep going with life as usual but we’re here to remind you to take time to celebrate life! Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, reunion or just time together with friends, Newman-Dailey created the Celebration Vacation package to make your celebration even more memorable. (and because who doesn’t like free stuff?) The Celebration Vacation 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

Tropical Storm Hermine Heads to Tallahassee

Published on Thursday, September 1, 2016

Tropical Storm Hermine has turned up the surf as she makes her way toward Tallahassee (166 miles east of Destin) so we’re on double red flag conditions and water is closed for swimming. After more than 30 years of living and working along the Emerald Coast, we’ve learned what to expect depending on where the eye of the storm is forecasted to make landfall. We are very fortunate to be on the west side of the storm and far from the eye. We are not anticipating... 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 Brunch Spots in South Walton and Destin

Published on Friday, August 19, 2016

 To Brunch or Not to Brunch? That is the question. At Newman-Dailey Resort Properties, we have only one answer, “Yes!”, of course!  Vue on 30A Brunch on 30A Vue on 30a is well known as one of the best dining options in South Walton. Renowned fo their panoramic views, superb service, and an exceptional brunch menu, Vue on 30A is popular with locals and visitors alike. From the amazing selection of benedict toppings, including crab cakes, crawfish Continue reading

Best Places to Stay on 30A

Published on Thursday, August 18, 2016

We’re often asked “What are the best places to stay on 30A?” We really favor the beach neighorhoods of Blue Mountain Beach and Santa Rosa Beach as they are quieter than some of the more well-known South Walton beach towns of Seaside, Grayton Beach and WaterColor. One the newest rentals to join our program is a luxury condominium rental in  Adagio in Blue Mountain Beach. Adagio A302  is a stylish four-bedroom luxury condominium Continue reading

Nashville Songwriters Florida Sunshine Tour (Aug 9-13)

Published on Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Live music is a staple along the beaches of South Walton and Destin, Florida. And country music fans especially enjoy the regular touring performances by Nashville Songwriters. In January many perform at the 30A Songwriters Festival, in April acclaimed Nashville Songwriters perform during the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival, and this month the Emerald Coast will enjoy performances as part of the Florida Sunshine Tour (Aug. 9-13). Performances 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

Best Craft Beer and Breweries in Destin and South Walton

Published on Thursday, July 14, 2016

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

Best Family Attractions in South Walton and along Hwy 30A

Published on Thursday, July 7, 2016

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

Fourth of July Fireworks in Destin and South Walton

Published on Thursday, June 30, 2016

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

Best Places for Karaoke in Destin and South Walton

Published on Tuesday, June 21, 2016

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

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