When was the last time you fell in love with a place? You know, that breathless, tingly-all-over feeling you get when you’ve found a location that speaks to you? For many, South Walton is that place and the fall and winter months are the perfect time to visit. During this time of year, our beach neighborhoods are quiet, inviting and full of special events and activities perfect for couples.
Want to fall in love with South Walton for a day? We designed a schedule that’s packed with romance and adventure.
Morning: Begin with a sunrise paddle in a kayak on a rare coastal dune lake, or pedal along the Timpoochee Trail on a bicycle built for two. Stop by a local coffee shop or juice bar to jumpstart your day.
Midday: Grab lunch at a seafood shack or linger over a glass of wine and a salad at an intimate restaurant. Shop for gifts or bargains in the dozens of area shopping venues, and then go ice skating at the Village of Baytowne Wharf in Sandestin. As Northwest Florida’s only ice skating rink, this is a hot spot for locals and South Walton visitors during the fall and winter months.
As you head back to your room to get ready for evening activities, take a detour to one of these five hot spots to steal a kiss:
- On the covered bridge over Draper Lake on Scenic Highway 30A
- Under the 600-year-old “Wedding Tree” at Eden Gardens State Park
- On the boardwalk at the Baytowne Marina at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
- At the Tupelo Pavilion overlooking the beach in Seaside
- Under the scrub oak on the dune trail in Grayton Beach State Park
Evening: Check our events calendar to see what arts, entertainment and live music offerings our beach neighborhoods have — because October through March are some of our busiest months of the year! Kick off your evening with a romantic dinner at a restaurant like Fish Out of Water, an AAA Four Diamond beachfront restaurant. End the evening with a nightcap or dessert at a sweet spot like La Crema or Kilwin’s, and cheers to a romantic day in South Walton.