Found 9 blog entries tagged as South Walton.

Beyond the obvious beauty of the Emerald Coast, there’s a deeper, more elusive splendor situated less than a mile off the shores of Grayton Beach State Park. Recently showcased in Time’s famed Greatest Places of 2018, the Underwater Museum of Art (UMA) resides about 57 feet under the Gulf of Mexico’s emerald green waters, marrying the beauty of sculpture and the life-sustaining power of artificial reefs.

 

The UMA’s permanent underwater sculpture garden, launched in 2017, draws a wide variety of marine life and provides a vital habitat in the form of a living reef. Conceived by Allison Wickey, president of the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA), the UMA attracts art lovers and marine wildlife in a mutually beneficial partnership.

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Distinctive experiences come in many shapes and sizes along the Emerald Coast. A feast for the senses, our region is home to stunning water views and lush natural surroundings, soft, sugar-white beaches, the smell of warm Gulf breezes and, of course, tastes that will delight even the most discriminating palate.

 

Award-winning restaurants and celebrated chefs are abundant across the communities served by The Premier Property Group. Whether you are seeking a Gulf-to-table experience, Southern cooking, healthy fare or international cuisine, the chefs of the Emerald Coast strive to create dining experiences that will keep you coming back for more.

Here are a few of our favorites.

Jim Shirah, executive chef at Dewey Destin’s Seafood, grew up…

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Approximately five hours west of Florida’s Emerald Coast, the excitement is already building for New Orleans’ celebrated annual festival: Mardi Gras. Weeks of celebration will draw hundreds of thousands of people to the city for plenty of revelry that culminates in the main event on March 5th.

The centuries-old celebration derives its name from the French words meaning Fat Tuesday—a religious holiday that takes place the day before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent each year on the Christian calendar. To prepare for the traditional practice of fasting during Lent, people would “indulge their appetites”. Today, Mardi Gras is synonymous with colorful parades, feasting, imbibing and plenty of fun.

 

While New Orleans is the official U.S.…

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As we approach the holidays, the team at Premier Property Group (PPG) wants to be among the first to send you warm wishes for a memorable season.

Here in our coastal region, young and old, local and visitor will gather—overlooking the lack of snow and, in some cases, chimneys—to participate in traditions passed down  for generations.

The holiday experience simply transcends age. In fact, the Pew Research Center reports that among four generations (i.e., Silent Generation, Baby Boomers, Generation X and Millennials), the majority of Americans will:

  • Spend time with friends and family at gatherings
  • Put up a Christmas tree
  • Send holiday cards
  • Buy gifts for loved ones

Along the Emerald Coast, there is a perfect mix of traditional…

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Tourism, real estate numbers continue upward trajectory

There are many reasons to celebrate real estate ownership in the communities served by The Premier Property Group—luxury coastal living, world‐renowned beaches, award‐winning dining and entertainment districts and an abundance of outdoor recreation just to name a few. It’s a lifestyle many aspire to attain.

In truth, the wide and growing appeal of the Emerald Coast continues drawing record tourism numbers, driving economic growth and ensuring real estate investments prove sound and profitable for the long term. For instance, South Walton communities alone benefited from a whopping $4.4 billion total economic impact from tourism in 2017. Visitors create more than 22,000 jobs in South Walton…

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We are very fortunate that the communities we serve were spared the worst from Hurricane Michael. Our footprint sustained very minimal damage and all four of our offices have reopened.

Unfortunately, our friends and neighbors to the east were not so lucky. Our thoughts and prayers are with them in this difficult time.

Some of our PPG family were directly impacted by the Hurricane and we’re fortunate that they and their families are safe. We also want to celebrate and support those within our team that selflessly went into action and rolled up their sleeves to support our team, their families and others in desperate need.

We, as a company, will be delivering much needed supplies and assisting in the rebuilding effort. If you would like to…

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Emerald Coast locals and seasoned visitors know that the month of August brings two safe bets: 1) waning tourist numbers; and 2) plenty of summer heat. The good news is that lighter crowds offer an excellent opportunity to take in some of the region’s celebrated happy hours and cocktail exclusives.

Mixology is alive and well in all the communities served by The Premier Property Group. In fact, our team has uncovered some of the area’s most popular and innovative adult beverage creations that are sure to help cool down summer’s big finale.

Walton County’s 30A neighborhoods will find a novel take on the Tequila Sunrise at Trebeaché in Blue Mountain Beach’s Redfish Village. Developed by Bar Manager Shawn Somerset, the creation— Trebeaché Sunrise

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Farm-to-Table Along the Emerald Coast

Local farmers markets showcase coastal flavors and fresh food.

There are few subjects that delight the senses like food, and nothing beats the power of fresh. Communities everywhere are embracing sustainable, local sourcing movements and reaping the benefits of healthy, tastier food options.

The Emerald Coast is no exception, and residents and visitors to our area will find an abundance of farmers markets. From Fort Walton Beach and Destin to the communities of 30A, a variety of local artisans and growers can be found on a regular basis showcasing coastal flavors, fresh fruits and vegetables, uncommon blends, cheeses and more. And most are conveniently located near or in the middle of some of the…

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The sugar white sands, crystal clear gulf waters and charming beach communities of South Walton continue to attract visitors from near and far, with many ultimately deciding to make a permanent move to the area. The exponential growth of Walton County, particularly south of the Choctawhatchee Bay is evident, and recent U.S. Census Data confirms this ranking Walton County the sixth fastest growing county in the entire United States.

Walton County’s total population rose 4.5 percent from 2016 to 2017, going from 65,440 to 68,376. This increase boosted the county into the top six, gaining 15 spots on its previous ranking of twenty-first for 2015 and 2016. Walton ranked behind three counties in Texas, one in Utah and one in Virginia. The county also ranked…

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