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The holidays are upon us! We trust your Thanksgiving was full of cheer and joy and what better way to celebrate the Christmas holiday than a luxury beach vacation to one of your favorite destinations – 30A along the beautiful Emerald Coast! Experience your favorite beach community for a holiday to remember, in addition to outdoor adventure of course! What’s happening in South Walton this 2020 holiday season? Discover the best of the beautiful beaches and experience a sunny holiday on 30A!


December 12, 2020

Main Street DeFuniak Springs has announced its “Merry Main Street” schedule of events to begin on Small Business Saturday, November 28, 2020. Taking place every Saturday before Christmas in Historic Downtown DeFuniak Springs, events include in-store specials, visits with Santa & Mrs. Claus, photo opportunities with The Character Clubhouse, rides on the Choctaw Express Train and live holiday performances by local groups.

Merry Main Street will continue every Saturday prior to Christmas. Along with in-store merchant events and promotions, the reoccurring schedule of events include…

2 – 7 p.m. Mistletoe Market
1 – 3 p.m. The Character Clubhouse Photo Opportunities

December 5: Mickey & Minnie
December 12: Buzz, Woody & Jessie
December 19: Paw Patrol
3 – 5 p.m. Santa & Mrs. Claus
4 – 7 p.m. Christmas Carolers



December 24, 2020 5 pm – 10 pm

‘twas the night before Christmas, when all through FOOW, the restaurant was stirring while the chefs cooked for you… Join FOOW in celebrating the last night before Santa arrives with special menu features curated by the restaurant’s Executive Chef, and wind down with family and friends on a special evening – after all, Christmas is prettier on the Gulf! FOOW’s regular dinner menu will be served during this time. Open to the public; in order to seat guests more efficiently, reservations are not accepted.


December 31, 2020 5 pm – 12 am

Toast to your last meal of 2020 at Havana Beach Bar & grill with a special three-course menu and live entertainment all night long! Havana Beach’s pianist, Michael Johnson, will be playing live between 5 – 9 p.m. He will then be joined by acclaimed visiting pianists Nate Sangsland and David Mark Butler for a Dueling Pianos performance, from 9 p.m. to midnight.

$125++ per person; seating times available between 5 – 11 p.m. Reservations are required (call 850.588.2882). Lounge and bar seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. ++Service charge and sales tax not included.

Event listings courtesy of visitsouthwalton.com

Autumn will officially “fall” upon us September 22, 2020 and we can’t hide our enthusiasm! We love the fall season and all the fun that comes along with cooler temperatures and local outdoor events. One of our favorite fall experiences is the dining and entertainment scene along the 30A corridor! What better way to dine and discover the flavors of the Emerald Coast, dining al fresco in the fall is at the top of our list!

Maybe you’re a Raving Fan and visit 30A every season or just looking to discover the perfect coastal getaway, regardless, you’re in for a treat! If you enjoy casual coastal fine dining, local talent and entertainment, or simply a fabulous bottle of wine at sunset with friends 30A offers both guests and locals a plethora of options for an incredible outdoor experience along the gulf coast!

Simple, Delightful, Al Fresco ~ Descriptions courtesy of Visit South Walton


One of the 30A area’s only large family-style restaurants and bars overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, FOOW is open to the public and serves lunch and dinner, as well as happy hour daily at the FOOWbar; live music offered seasonally. The menu, drinks, and interior design, coupled with an a streamlined open-air kitchen, create a lively and engaging ambiance- perfect for a midday break with family, a fun evening with friends or a romantic date night.

The Wine Bar at WaterColor

The Wine Bar is renowned among locals for its award-winning wine list. Our delectable cuisine is served in a sophisticated yet informal setting making it the right place for any gathering or celebration.

Shunk Gulley Oyster Bar

The “Shunk Gulley” is a bar/restaurant located in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. Its name comes from a historical fishing reef located directly to the South of the bar in the Gulf of Mexico.

Grayton Seafood Company

A neighborhood gathering spot and seafood restaurant on Scenic 30A in South Walton, Florida.At Grayton Seafood Co. you will always find a comfortable seat, inspired and creative dishes, cold beer, grayt wines and friendly faces.

Havana Beach Bar & Grill

Havana Beach Bar & Grill is The Pearl Hotel’s signature AAA 4-Diamond Restaurant. You revel in the flavors of Gulf Coast Americana cuisine with old world Spanish, Portuguese, and French influences. With meats, fish and produce from family-owned, small-producers within just miles of your plate, Havana Beach Bar & Grill is a true South Walton culinary staple. Outdoor seating on the Veranda allows views overlooking the Gulf of Mexico and Main Street.

Stay, Plan, + Play with DUNE Vacation Rentals and “fall” in love with the 30A lifestyle! Book Direct or call our team of destination vacation experts at (855) 813-3783.

Best Way to Spend the Day in WaterColor, Florida

So, you’ve made the biggest decision to date (at least regarding your vacation planning), you reserved your destination vacation in WaterColor, Florida along the beautiful Gulf Coast. Congrats!

The most beautiful luxury vacation home on 30A awaits your arrival. Ready to accommodate your family and friends for a week-long stay at one of the most iconic coastal communities in the southeast with complementary bikes and a fully stocked gourmet kitchen, private pool, and just a short distance from the beach. Your friends have given you a quick list of their Top 5 Things to Do in WaterColor, Florida but maybe you’d like to check out the scene and create your own list of must-do’s in what is sure to be your new favorite beach getaway.

We love WaterColor, Florida as much as you! Even as a local we get excited about the perfect day in one of our most desirable communities and we’re thrilled to share our take on the ideal way to spend the day in WaterColor, Florida!

Rated time and again as the #1 Family Friendly Resort in North America by accredited travel authorities, we appreciate the cohesion of natural outdoor pleasures coupled with world renowned dining experiences all set on a backdrop of rural naturalscape to the north and open and unobstructed white sandy beaches to the south.

A gorgeous menagerie of chic coastal boutiques tucked under shade trees afront sidewalks and charming side streets running the distance of the beach frontage.

Good Morning, Sugar

Waking up without an alarm, what a sweet concept. Who’s got the bacon? Don’t fret. The newest addition to the WaterColor Crossings, a local favorite and 30A hot spot – The Perfect Pig opening up at a leisurely 8 AM and offering some of the most indulgent southern coastal comforts 7 days a week. If we had to choose (but don’t make us choose) we’d order the House Made Quiche, every time!

Ride off Your Breakfast

Considering how close you are to all of the amenities in WaterColor we suggest an early afternoon bike ride through the 499-acre community to absorb the incredible architecture placed thoughtfully around hiking and biking trails for those looking to create their own adventures with bridges and lakes guiding you on to discover the local natural habitats of Northwest Florida. Stop for a water break at The Boathouse Paddle Club and test your skills on a stand-up paddle board, canoe, or kayak. What fun! You won’t soon forget the exhilarating experience of paddling along Western Lake, a unique coastal dune lake, and watching from the water as the life on land continues to buzz.

Fun in the Sun!

Nothing compares, a day at the beach just can’t be beat! Grab your surf boards and beach towels and settle in, we know you’ll be here for a while. Reserve a beach chair setup for the most enjoyable day, with access to shade by way of your umbrella and a standard set of 2 chairs you can get comfortable watching the kids jump the waves as they lap the shore or simply recline and relax.

Sunset on the Veranda  

End the day with the best view of the sunset in WaterColor! Pick a table on the veranda and order your favorite libation. Cheers to a day of experiences that won’t soon be forgotten. Sandy shoes on the deck and half empty sunscreen bottles. You’ve quite an appetite after a day of Florida fun all within the charming community of WaterColor. Our day would be complete with Sweet Tea Chicken and Carolina Pimento Cheese complementing Gulf Oysters in the raw. Indulge in “WaterColor Casual” at FOOW formerly Fish Out of Water and watch the sun lower into the gulf, spreading like fire across the horizon and then disappearing into the night.