Start with the incredible blessings of our natural surroundings: 26 miles of sugar-white beaches and the magnificent turquoise of the Gulf of Mexico, brimming with sport fishing opportunities and water warm enough for swimming most of the year; rare coastal dune lakes, maritime forests, and windswept sand dunes.


Then add 16 unique beach neighborhoods, each with its own charm and personality. Some worldly and exotic, a few eclectic and artsy, others as friendly and casual as your favorite Jimmy Buffett song. Sprinkle them all with a wide range of accommodations, from premium resorts to charming B&Bs to cozy beachside cottages. Spice with a delectable mixture of beach cuisine, whether it be local seafood prepared by an award-winning chef, casual comfort food, or warm homemade donuts.


Finally, mix in the amenities that put an exclamation point on the ideal vacation: world-class golf and tennis facilities, outdoor eco-adventures and experiences, family fun activities, a shopper’s paradise, a thriving arts community, and a long list of exciting events and festivals.


Warm it all under a sunny, four-season Florida climate… and you’ve got South Walton. The recipe for a perfect beach vacation.

University of Mississippi

Founded in 1848, the University of Mississippi, affectionately known to alumni, students and friends as Ole Miss, is Mississippi’s flagship university. Included in the elite group of R-1: Doctoral Universities – Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification, it has a long history of producing leaders in public service, academics and business. With more than 24,000 students, Ole Miss is the state’s largest university and is ranked among the nation’s fastest-growing institutions. Its 15 academic divisions include a major medical school, nationally recognized schools of accountancy, law and pharmacy, and the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, renowned for a blend of academic rigor, experiential learning and opportunities for community action.

The Seaside Institute helps people lead interesting rewarding lives. Our mission, unchanged since 1982, is to help people create great communities.

Sundog Books is a family-owned, independent book store located in the heart of Seaside, FL. We’re open by 9 am every day and close around 9 pm, depending on foot traffic. Stop by and say hi!

Oxford American

The Oxford American is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization and national magazine dedicated to featuring the very best in Southern writing, while documenting the complexity and vitality of the American South.

Billed as “A Magazine of the South,” it has won four National Magazine Awards and other high honors since it began publication in 1992. The magazine has featured the original work of such literary powerhouses as Charles Portis, Roy Blount, Jr., ZZ Packer, Donald Harington, Donna Tartt, Ernest J. Gaines, and many other distinguished authors, while also discovering and launching the most promising writers in the region.

In 2007, The New York Times stated that the Oxford American “may be the liveliest literary magazine in America.” The Oxford American is committed to the development of young individuals aspiring to work in the publishing industry, and to the production and presentation of multidisciplinary arts events in and around Little Rock, Arkansas. The Oxford American is published from the University of Central Arkansas.


Amavida Coffee is an Organic, Fair Trade Coffee company that delivers the best tasting, flavorful and freshly roasted coffee beans to retailers and wholesale suppliers in Florida and beyond.

At Amavida Coffee we aim to maintain long-lasting relationships with better trading conditions that promote the sustainability of our customers, farmers, suppliers, employees and environment. We strive to uphold excellent ethical practices that ensure a long-term supply of high-quality coffee. This approach positively impacts the lives of coffee farmers and their communities.

We go through elaborate measures to serve you an outstanding cup of coffee. And we love doing it. From our interesting coffee adventures to the people that visit our shop and all the producers in different parts of the globe that work diligently to cultivate the coffees we serve, we absolutely love you all.

While staying in Seaside, let Cabana Man help you maximize your vacation in comfort by providing all the chairs, umbrellas, and luxurious cabana setups you need. If you desire a little extra “fun in the sun,” we have you covered with Beach Kayaks, Standup Paddle Boards, & Boogie Boards all available for reasonable rates.

Hibiscus Coffee & Guesthouse (Weddings and Events) is located in Grayton Beach Fl ,with 13 rooms furnished with that Old Florida feel to give you a place of rest …

Each room is unique and pleasant with a feel that takes you back to Grandmas house, and has all the modern necessities for your days and nights. Come to relax, celebrate or just “”BE””

Grayton Beach Catering offers a variety of services from shrimp boils and bonfires on the beach, low country boils to go, weddings/private parties, in-house family-style dining.

We offer flexible menus to fit your event and budget. We coordinate live music, photography, floral needs, shopping, and everything in between, we’re here to serve you.

Call today for creative ideas for your next event. It’s gonna be pretty … the food will be awesome and everyone will be loved!

The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) supports the arts through leadership, advocacy, funding, programs and education. The vision of the CAA is to make Walton County a creative place in which to live, work and visit – a destination for cultural and artistic excellence where lives are enriched, economy is stimulated and community is strengthened. Learn more at CulturalArtsAlliance.com.


Karen Bennett
Russell Carter
Cathy Lyons
Bill & Renee McCalmont
Mike & Amy Ray
Randy & Jacque Wheeler

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