Words by Paige Townley
In South Walton, it’s so easy to find beauty and adventure beyond the typical spring and summer seasons. With mild temperatures and a laid-back atmosphere, South Walton is a year-round vacation destination with natural beauty, luxury accommodations, a diverse culinary scene, and countless beyond-the-beach activities that can be enjoyed during a relaxing getaway any time of year.
When the temperature cools off, the world-class festivals begin in South Walton. From food and wine to art and even film, the communities that comprise South Walton offer a variety of fun and unique events throughout fall and winter, complete with Gulf breeze, top-notch cuisine, and the best domestic and international wines.
Dining with a View
South Walton’s culinary scene is nothing if not diverse. Among the area’s 200-plus restaurants, you’ll find thoughtfully inspired cuisine that highlights locally sourced ingredients and fresh-from-the-Gulf seafood, and the cooler temperatures of the off-season making dining al fresco and taking advantage of the Gulf views even better.
Some of the very best sunsets South Walton has to offer happen during the fall. Though sunsets can be unpredictable, October tends to be one of the best months for catching some mind-blowingly beautiful colors from the beach. And worst-case scenario, you'll still be on the beach in gorgeous weather as the sun goes down.
Endless Outdoor Activities
Temperatures throughout fall and winter in South Walton are still rather mild, and that makes outdoor activities a year-round option. In South Walton those activities are abundant, from tennis and pickleball to championship golf, stand-up paddleboarding, and yoga on the beach.
There’s something special about experiencing South Walton’s natural scenery during the fall. And with nearly 40 percent of land preserved for nature, exploring the area’s stunning beauty is rather easy. In addition to the turquoise Gulf waters, there are 15 rare coastal dune lakes, more than 200 miles of hiking and biking trails, four state parks, and a 15,000-acre state forest.
Ready to plan your perfect South Walton getaway? Visit www.VisitSouthWalton.com.