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2023 PERFECT IN WALTON COUNTY AWARD WINNERS

Perfect takes on many shapes and sizes. From cocktails, events and locally owned boutiques to restaurants, small shops, and outdoor adventures, perfect is a feeling that resonates in your heart.

Perfect is also a place, embodied by the diversity of the destination that is Walton County -- from South Walton’s 16 beach neighborhoods with sugar white sand and turquoise water to the incredible historic treasures and pastoral landscapes beyond the Choctawhatchee Bay. But the heart of our Walton County communities are the people, places, and activities we celebrate.

The Perfect in Walton County Awards give locals and visitors a chance to shine a spotlight on their favorites -- and here they are for 2023: 

ACCOMMODATIONS

BEST BOUTIQUE VACATION RENTAL COMPANY <50 UNITS

DIAMOND: Grayt 30A Vacations

PLATINUM: Your Friend at the Beach

GOLD: Shut Up + Beach

BEST HOTEL/RESORT

DIAMOND: The Pearl Hotel

PLATINUM: WaterColor Inn & Resort

GOLD: Hotel Effie

BEST RENTAL MANAGEMENT COMPANY 50+ UNITS

DIAMOND: 30A Beach Girls

PLATINUM: Oversee Rentals

GOLD: Royal Destinations

ACTIVITY/SHOPPING

BEST ART GALLERY/STUDIO

DIAMOND: The Blue Giraffe

PLATINUM: Justin Gaffrey Gallery

GOLD: Saczynski Gallery

BEST EVENT

DIAMOND: 30A Songwriters Festival

PLATINUM: South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival

GOLD: Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic

BEST GOLF COURSE

DIAMOND: Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club

PLATINUM: Camp Creek Golf Club

GOLD: Baytowne Golf Club

BEST KIDS ATTRACTION

DIAMOND: The Village of Baytowne Wharf

PLATINUM: The Big Chill

GOLD: Rock Paper Scissors 30A

BEST NATURE LOCALE

DIAMOND: Grayton Beach State Park

PLATINUM: Eden Gardens State Park

GOLD: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

BEST RETAILER

DIAMOND: Indigo Watercolor

PLATINUM: Willow + Mercer

GOLD: Bay Baits

BEST SHOPPING AREA

DIAMOND: Grand Boulevard

PLATINUM: Silver Sands Premium Outlets

GOLD: Seaside

BEST TENNIS FACILITY

DIAMOND: WaterColor Tennis by MatchPoint Resorts

PLATINUM: Rosemary Beach Racquet Club

GOLD: Sandestin Tennis Center

FOOD & DRINKS

BEST BREAKFAST

DIAMOND: The Donut Hole

PLATINUM: Black Bear Bread Co.

GOLD: Crackings

BEST CASUAL DINING

DIAMOND: Shunk Gulley Oyster Bar

PLATINUM: The Bay

GOLD: Grayton Seafood Company

BEST COFFEE HOUSE

DIAMOND: Black Bear Bread Co.

PLATINUM: Bad Ass Coffee

GOLD: Amavida Coffee Roasters

BEST CRAFT BEER/SPIRITS SELECTION

DIAMOND: Grayton Beer Company

PLATINUM: Idyll Hounds Brewing Company

GOLD:  The Craft Bar

 BEST FINE DINING

DIAMOND: Cafe Thirty-A

PLATINUM: Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood

GOLD: The Citizen

BEST HAPPY HOUR

DIAMOND: Great Southern Café

PLATINUM: Hurricane Oyster Bar & Grill

GOLD: amici 30A Italian Kitchen

BEST LUNCH

DIAMOND: Chanticleer Eatery

PLATINUM: Shunk Gulley Oyster Bar

GOLD: Cowgirl Kitchen

BEST PERSONAL CHEF/CATERING SERVICE

DIAMOND: Grayton Beach Catering and Events

PLATINUM: Swiftly Catered

GOLD: James Sargent/Shaka Sushi and Noodle Bar

BEST SWEET TREATS

DIAMOND: Blue Mountain Beach Creamery

PLATINUM: Pecan Jacks Ice Cream & Candy

GOLD: Sweet Henrietta’s Treats

BEST WINE SELECTION

DIAMOND: Wine World/Wine Bar

PLATINUM: Vin’tij Food & Wine

GOLD: Gallion’s

SERVICES

BEST BEACH/EVENT SERVICES PROVIDER

DIAMOND: Jake’s Beach Service

PLATINUM: 30A Blaze Beach Bonfires

GOLD: La Dolce Vita

BEST FISHING CHARTER

DIAMOND: Reel 30A

PLATINUM: Dead Fish Charters

GOLD: Florida Boy Adventures

BEST LOCAL MUSICIAN/BAND

DIAMOND: Forrest Williams Band

PLATINUM: Dread Clampitt

GOLD: Dion Jones & The Neon Tears

BEST OUTDOOR ADVENTURE ACTIVITY

DIAMOND: YOLO Board

PLATINUM: 30A Blaze Beach Bonfires

GOLD: Adventure 30A

BEST PHOTOGRAPHER

DIAMOND: Chandler Williams/Modus Photography

PLATINUM: Randi Doris Photography

GOLD: Jessica Winkler Photography

BEST SPA/SALON

DIAMOND: Serenity by the Sea Spa

PLATINUM: Spa Pearl

GOLD: Grayt Skin By Ariel

VENUES

BEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE

DIAMOND: The Red Bar

PLATINUM: North Beach Social

GOLD: AJ’s Grayton Beach

BEST MEETING/CONFERENCE SPACE

DIAMOND: WaterColor Inn

PLATINUM: Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa

GOLD: Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

BEST WEDDING VENUE

DIAMOND: The Chapel at Seaside

PLATINUM: Eden Gardens State Park

GOLD: Vue on 30A 

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