by Jamie Conley
on Friday, April 15th, 2022 at 1:52pm.
What's new at the beach this Spring Season? A little bit of everything! From new restaurants and shops to fun things to do, and great places to stay. Here's a breakdown of all the latest happenings:
Down Island Gulf Seafood Restaurant is one of South Walton’s few chef-owned and family-operated restaurants. It is the brainchild of Chef Brannon Janca, co-founder of Stinky’s Fish Camp. Down Island combines Chef Janca's passion for modern-casual dining and Gulf South cuisine to create a fun, creative and inviting atmosphere for visitors and locals alike. The menu features elevated regional favorites, including wood-fired seafood and raw bar selections. Chef Janca's wife Stefani is also a dietitian, so one can expect plenty of options for non-seafood lovers and accommodations for those with special diets and allergies, as well.
THE CHICKEN SHACK Now Open! Brought to you by Chef Jim Shirley and found right in the heart of Seaside, The Chicken Shack is a family-friendly, walk-up restaurant serving up the best fried chicken in the panhandle.
Address: 87 Central Square, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
THE C-BAR Now Open! No need to contain your excitement for Chef Jim Shirley’s newest addition to the Great Southern experience, the C-Bar! Grab a seat at this custom, upcycled shipping container and unpack your day as you sip and snack on a selection of your favorite cocktails and menu items from the Great Southern Café!
Address: 87 Central Square, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
Farrington Foods brings a fine dining restaurant experience into the comfort and ease of your own home or event venue. Chef William, classically French-trained at the Culinary Institute of America, provides a one-of-a-kind personalized meal to suit your needs and desires. Farrington Foods offers private chef services, cooking classes for all ages, knife skills courses and sharpening services, and hand-cut pasta made to order.
Love + Grow Clothing Co will celebrate the grand opening of their first showroom, located at 457 Serenoa Road, Unit 10, on Saturday, March 19 from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. with a portion of sales made benefitting Children in Crisis. Guests in attendance will enjoy cocktails, raffle prizes, special gifts, and more.
Love + Grow Clothing Co was started by Lindsey Smith in 2017 and features an array of kid’s swimwear, matching sets, dresses, sweatshirts, tops, t-shirts, blankets, footwear, and accessories, each designed with colorful prints and patterns.
30A Axe Throwing Company is a friendly atmosphere to enjoy a competitive match of axe throwing with your crew and to unwind with some great craft beers, natural wines, and small plates. We hope you come visit us and that you enjoy our space and much as we do.
Address: 4552 US-98 Suites 7-8, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
Phone: (850) 517-4520
30A Cork & Barrel is a high-end bottle shop featuring highly allocated and hard-to-find premium wines, bourbon, and spirits, as well as your everyday favorites. Creating connections while inspiring and nurturing unique experiences around premium spirits in Rosemary Beach, as 30A Cork & Barrel aspires to be distinguished by the allocated goods that we offer.
Address: 104 N. Barrett Square, Rosemary Beach, FL 32459
Phone: (850) 399-4919
30A Blue Crawfish Company
Located within The Hub, 30A Blue Crawfish Company specializes Cajun and creole cuisine. You’ll find everything from boudin bombs and crawfish etouffee to red beans and rice with sausage and barbecue shrimp.
Seabags are born as sails and transformed into nautically inspired totes and accessories that bring our customers great happiness. They believe that sails soak up sun, salt, smiles and adventure. It's this previous life that makes each bag unique.
New Regional Beach Access: Scenic Gulf Drive Regional Beach Access
Construction for the new Scenic Gulf Drive Regional Beach Access is expected to be finished by June 2022. The new public beach access will offer free access to 400-feet of sugar-white sand. There will be 20 vehicle parking spaces, nine golf cart parking spaces, bike parking, a large deck plaza, an ADA accessible boardwalk/dune walkover, restroom facilities and a picnic pavilion.
Address: 907 Scenic Gulf Drive, Miramar Beach, FL 32550.
The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County kicked off started the Annual Flutterby Arts Festival Weekend by officially opening the Watersound Monarch Art Trail. The mile long trail features eight curated sculptures and one bench from local and national artists celebrating the Monarch butterfly that migrates through the area every fall. The trail starts at the Southeast section of the intersection of Hwy 98 and S. Watersound Parkway.
Rosemary Beach Sculpture Exhibition 2021-2022 The theme of the 2021-2022 exhibition is “Caring About Tomorrow: Exploring Environmental Independence Through Art.” The exhibition opened on Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 4 and will close on Sept. 5, 2022.
The 2021-2022 show will be the third installment for the sculpture trail throughout Rosemary Beach. The purpose of the exhibition is to enhance the quality and excellence of Rosemary Beach through complementing its architectural heritage and natural beauty with outdoor sculptures; and to contribute to the cultural arts environment in our county and surrounding areas. Find maps and descriptions more info about the exhibit online.
Edward's Fine Food & Wine launched new spring/summer lunch and dinner menus and is readying its new upstairs bar area. The space has limited indoor and outdoor seating that overlooks Rosemary Beach's cobblestone streets and provides a gorgeous view of the ocean. It is set to open in mid-March.
Address: 5365 E County Hwy 30A, #104. SRB, FL 32459
Phone: (850) 231-0010
Aly Gray Fitness presents a HIIT workout class at Hibiscus Café in Grayton on April 1st 9-11am. This workout is open to all fitness levels and tickets are $22 which includes a 1 hour with Aly Gray, a free branded booty band and a complimentary mimosa after class from Hibiscus Cafe. This should be a super fun, energetic and inclusive event for family and friends to blend fun and fitness together followed by a bubbly social hour in Hibiscus' beautiful outdoor space.
Address: Hibiscus Cafe, 85 Defuniak St, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
Phone: (817) 988-9438
The Citizen is excited to begin offering dinner service on Mondays, starting March 7 at 5:00 p.m. Updated hours for brunch, lunch, bar, and dinner service are listed below. As always, reservations for lunch, brunch, and dinner are accepted for parties of eight or more and can be made by calling the restaurant directly.
Address: 20 Mark Twain Lane #101, Alys Beach, FL 32461
Phone: (850) 909-0702
LaCo at Seacrest Beach recently added a Mimosa Flight to its daily brunch menu. The new offering is available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily and includes a bottle of Dibon Cava, blood orange juice, cranberry juice and pineapple juice.
Address: 10343 East County Hwy 30A, Seacrest, FL 32413
Phone: (850) 231-4021
Adaro Art has remodeled and added new nationally and internationally acclaimed artists, Gretchen Weller Howard, Mitchell English, Monica Henry and Kellie Dunbar. Francisco Adaro has also created an entirely new line of works for the season.
2217 W. County Hwy 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
Farm & Fire Now FULLY Open! Farm & Fire fans will be thrilled to see, taste, and experience their upgraded favorite meeting place. Classic comforts like pizza, wings, and craft cocktails are on the menu, as well as a deliciously eclectic blend of items ranging from wagyu beef burgers, fig & brie flatbread and sushi. The new double-sided bar gives guests an absolutely remarkable view of the bay, with a perfect sunset practically every night.
Address: Upstairs 24200 US-331, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
New Lodging and Renovations
30A Luxury RV Resort is now open! As the only luxury RV resort in South Walton, 30A Luxury RV Resort's upscale assortment of motorcoach resort sites offer beautifully landscaped and maintained grounds, with a variety of amenities including a clubhouse, playground, and swimming pool. Located only a short distance from the exceptional beaches of South Walton, this is the perfect place for your next beach vacation.
Address: 821 N County Hwy 393, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
Phone: (850) 610-8145
Previously serving as the “Motor Court” in the Seaside beach neighborhood, The Court is a new lodging option offering eight luxurious boutique guest residencies that surround a landscaped garden just steps from Central Square dining, shopping, walking trails and the Gulf of Mexico. Book the 2.5 story suite, “The Ivory Tower” to enjoy a view of the Gulf of Mexico from the tower loft.
Address: 215 Quincy Cir, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
The Lodge 30A
The Lodge 30A is a boutique hotel being built on Scenic Hwy 30A in Seagrove Beach. Plans call for a picturesque three-story hotel with amenities such as a fitness center and outdoor pool. Architecture plans and interior design concepts employ the use of natural materials in a modern way, taking inspiration South Walton’s beautiful natural scenery. The Lodge 30A abuts the 15,000-acre Point Washington State Forest, providing a convenient trailhead to access the state forest’s expansive network of hiking and biking trails. The boutique hotel will be part of the new Greenway Station, which will create an ideal space for shopping, gathering and dining in Seagrove Beach.
WaterColor Inn is receiving a major renovation to bring more family-friendly amenities to the award-winning hotel, adding 7 new suites (five 2-bedroom suites and two 1-bedroom suites with bunk bed areas), with each suites also including private patios. Additionally, a new zero-entry family pool with a kids’ area will be added, along with an expanded outdoor lounge area and a new indoor/outdoor bar. Renovations will be completed in the spring of 2022.
Address: 34 Goldenrod Circle, Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Phone: (888) 991-8878
The Pearl Hotel
The Pearl Hotel’s 55 guest rooms are getting a full refresh, starting in November of 2021 and finishing in Spring 2022. The work will be carried out floor-by-floor to limit any inconvenience, and in most cases guests will not notice the activity taking place. This exciting room refresh is being overseen by Duncan & Miller Design of Dallas, Texas, the firm that created the original design of The Pearl Hotel, and more recently, the Havana Beach Lounge, part of the Pearl’s signature restaurant, Havana Beach Bar & Grill.
Upon entering the newly refreshed rooms, guests will notice an updated color palette of orange, blues, and emerald, bringing the area’s coastal vibe into the hotel. New flooring and area rugs pair with new custom window treatments to bring an elegant livability to each room. A beautiful marble topped café table and custom chairs have been added to each room, providing the perfect spot to enjoy breakfast or dinner from room service, or catch up on a bit of work. Individual Wi-Fi access points are being added to each room, along with state of the art in-room Video and Audio options.
In 2022, St. Joe Hospitality is slated to open a 75-room, three story boutique inn located near Watersound Club’s Camp Creek Golf Course. As part of an expansion of Watersound Club amenities, The Camp Creek Inn will have the most expansive wellness and fitness facilities in the surrounding 30A area. In addition to a health and wellness center, it will be the home to two dining venues, pickle ball courts and tennis courts, a resort-style pool complex with a separate adult pool, multi-sport fields and a golf teaching academy.
Guests will have access to all Watersound Club amenities during their stay, including Watersound Beach Club, Shark’s Tooth Golf Course and Camp Creek Golf course. Whether for golf, relaxation, or a private club experience, The Camp Creek Inn offers the perfect fit nestled within the 30A community and surrounding state forests.