Summer is here and we’re celebrating with a roundup of new businesses, events, and other happenings in Walton County. Whether you’re looking for a new restaurant to try out or a new refreshing cocktail to beat the heat, there’s something for everyone in Walton County.

New Businesses:

Beach Better Golf Carts

A newly licensed dealership of Bintelli electric carts, scooters, and bikes! Beach Better Golf Carts started as a small, family-owned business offering street-legal golf cart rentals to enhance the experience of visitors to our beautiful coast. Now, as a full-service dealership, in addition to selling new and used carts, they also offer parts, accessories, and maintenance. So, if you’re looking to buy, lease, service or rent a cart – give them a call! They would love to help make living at or make your visit to the beach, EVEN BETTER!

Website: beachbettersales.com
Address: 76 N Holiday Rd, Miramar Beach, FL 32550
Phone: (850) 409-5762
Callista Vacation Rentals

360 Blue has announced the launch of Callista, an all-new brand focused exclusively on a specific category of rental property: midsize luxury vacation homes and condominiums. The brand is geared to help these properties compete in a market dominated by much larger vacation homes rentals. The approach? To showcase single-family homes with a platform dedicated exclusively to their needs.

Website: callistavacations.com
Address: 790 N Co. Hwy 393 #3B, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
Number: (866) 330-6988Commelfo Restaurant

Commelfo offers upscale dishes from French cuisine. Pronounced “Comme-il-Faut” it translates in French to “done the proper way”. Known for their lamb, lobster ravioli, beef carpaccio, and actual truffle shavings on their burrata appetizer, make your next fine dining experience an excellent choice.

Website: commelfo.com
Address: 10859 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Suite 303, Miramar Beach, FL 32550
Phone: (850) 353-2991

GALLION’S

Gallion’s is an approachable upscale restaurant and cocktail lounge located on iconic Barrett Square in the heart of Rosemary Beach along Scenic Highway 30A. Sophisticated small plates drive the culinary experience while flawlessly executed coastal favorites anchor the menu. Bold cocktails, a vast inventory of allocated goods, exceptional cuisine, and a timeless interior are the hallmark characteristics of this soon-to-be Rosemary Beach staple.

Website: gallions30a.com
Address: 104 N. Barrett Square, 1C, Rosemary Beach, FL 32461
Phone: (850) 399-4919

Grace Pizza & Shakes

The very first Grace Pizza was born in 1990, when founder, Adrian Hembree, as a 16-year-old, crafted his first homemade pizza for his family in Spring, Texas. Adrian learned that everyone had their own idea of the “perfect pizza.” Each person wanted something different. As he grew up, and went on to travel the world, open restaurants and explore great pizza, this notion never left him. Today, Grace Pizza and Shakes is using top-shelf ingredients and world class ovens to help you design the perfect pizza for yourself (salad, or an over the top, unforgettable ice cream shake) made exactly the way you like it.

Website: gracepizzaandshakes.com
Address: 38 Clayton Ln, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
Phone: (850) 399-4051
Hunter’s Chicken & Burgers

Hartell’s Village Diner is now Hunter’s Chicken and Burgers! They continue to offer the same delicious classic burgers, breakfast eggs, shakes & crispy shrimp, and same ownership. Located in The Market Shops at the South Entrance to Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.

Website: facebook.com/HuntersDiner
Address: 9375 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Suite 14, Miramar Beach, FL 32550
Phone: (850) 654-9453

Outcast Seafood

Outcast Seafood strives to stand out and be different in the best ways possible! Big, bold flavors, high energy, a fun atmosphere, and amazing seafood are just some of the key ingredients that help them stand out from a sea of mediocrity and meh. We want our guests to have as much fun eating our food as we have serving it!

Website: outcastseafood.com
Address: 10859 US Hwy 98 W, Suite 404, Miramar Beach, FL 32550
Phone: (850) 424-7214

RideIt E-Bikes & Paddleboard Rentals

RIDEIT on 30A is a local electric bike and paddleboard shop that offers rentals, sales, as well as service on bikes. Enjoy the Northwest Florida lifestyle by having fun riding one of our electric bicycles on the Timpoochee trail or paddle boarding on the blue water of the Gulf of Mexico.

Website: visitsouthwalton.com
Address: 2166 W County Hwy 30A, Suite B, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
Phone: (850) 366-2524

Seaside Yacht Club

The latest boutique in The SEASIDE Style® family, Seaside Yacht Club, gives an ode to life on the water. The space features super high ceilings with a clean industrial feel lending itself to a “ship-like” interior. Complementing the famous SEASIDE® teas that will be served up from behind a beautifully crafted custom bar, nautical-themed fashion, housewares, books, toys, and pet accessories will round out the merchandise mix. Whatever boat you float, this shop has something for the whole family including your beloved sea dog.

Website: theseasidestyle.com
Address: 45 Central Square Ste B2, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
Phone: (850) 231-4193

Shelby’s Beach Bar and Grill

Shelby’s is all about relaxed and casual dining on their covered patio overlooking the Ed Walline Regional Beach Access and the captivating Gulf of Mexico. Their fresh seafood, salads, sandwiches, and entrees are available for lunch and dinner daily, as are their refreshing frozen cocktails and other wine, beer, and liquor offerings.

Website: shelbysbeachbar30a.com
Address: 37 Town Center Loop, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
Phone: (850) 660-1591

WaterColor Store and WaterColor Kids

A longtime anchor of WaterColor’s vibrant shopping scene, the WaterColor℠ Store has moved this Spring into a larger space and transitioned its previous storefront into a new specialty children’s clothing outfitter named WaterColor℠ Kids. As demand has increased over the years, WaterColor Store has expanded its

retail offerings to provide guests with more coastal-inspired fashions and keepsakes that will remind them of memories made at the beach even after their vacation is over. Now, the WaterColor Store has moved the short distance from 6 WaterColor Blvd. to 20 Goldenrod Circle and increased the store’s footprint from 1,100 square feet to over 3,000 square feet. This move not only allows for a wider selection of inventory, but also opens space to feature larger home-pieces to help clients add touches of chic modern style to their beach homes or bring a taste of the coastal lifestyle to their homes away from the beach.

WaterColor Store

Website: shopwatercolor.com
Address: 20 Goldenrod Cir, WaterColor, FL 32459
Phone: (850) 534-5004

WaterColor Kids

Website: shopwatercolor.com
Address: 6 WaterColor Blvd S. #102, WaterColor, FL 32459
Phone: (850) 534-5004
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 Summer 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.
Press Release: https://www.visitsouthwalton.com/news/press-release/walton-county-breaks-ground-on-new-scenic-gulf-drive-regional-beach-access/
New Things to Do:

Theatre Thursdays in Grand Park

Come cool off at Grand Boulevard this summer with Emerald Coast Theatre Company’s production of “The Tempest.” Wade through the storm to a magical island filled with scaly fish men, woodland sprites, and a powerful wizard pulling all the strings. Sit in the splash zone and experience the action up close- if you dare! Thursdays in June & July, 8 p.m. Arrive early for a themed kids’ craft pre-show, 7 – 8 p.m.

Website: grandboulevard.com
Address: Grand Park, 545 Grand Boulevard, Miramar Beach FL 32550
Phones: (850) 837-3099
Lawn Games in Grand Park

Lawn Games on the Green are back! Enjoy a fun round of Cornhole, Yard Toss Games, Giant Chess, and more! Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 4 – 8 p.m.

Website: grandboulevard.com
Address: Grand Park, 545 Grand Boulevard, Miramar Beach FL 32550
Phone: (850) 837-3099
New Summertime Drinks at Scratch Biscuit Kitchen

While already well known for their decadent biscuits, entrees, and desserts (for both breakfast and lunch), Scratch Biscuit Kitchen is rolling out a new line of drinks that’s sure to be a treat for diners interested in adding a little something extra to their day. New this summer, you’ll be able to add a Popsicle Mimosa, Bloody Mary, or Screwdriver to your order at Scratch Biscuit Kitchen.

Website: https://scratchbk.com/
Address: 1777 East County Hwy 30A, WaterColor, FL
Phone: (850) 231-6550
Photos: https://joe.canto.com/b/GRGID

The Big Chill

The Hub 30A, an entertainment district with restaurants, shopping, and events- has completed an extensive rebranding effort in response to its recent growth but will still maintain its initial vision. At the heart of this rebranding is a change of the company name to “The Big Chill.” The rebranding reflects the continued commitment to providing a fun and exciting place for families and friends to gather.

Website: thebigchill.com
Address: 7000 E Co Hwy 30a, WaterSound, FL 32461
Phone: (850) 213-0782
New Happenings:

Beach Yin Yoga & Mindfulness Workshop

Gulf Coast Community of Mindfulness will be hosting a Beach Yin Yoga & Mindfulness Workshop the 1st Saturday of each month, beginning June 4th at 7 AM. This quiet, early morning stillness practice will consist of yin yoga and a mixture of deep relaxation (yoga nidra) and various other mindfulness, meditative practices. Through practice we release unwanted tension, creating balance and overall wellbeing in the body, mind, and spirit. For more information or to register, please visit GulfCoastMindfulness.com. Cost for class attendance is $20 per person.

Website: GulfCoastMindfulness.com
Address: Inlet Beach Regional Access. 438 W Park Pl, Panama City Beach, FL 32413
Contact: wldavidsonyoga@gmail.com
New Lodging and Renovations:

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.

Website: irjoe.com/news-releases/news-release-details/st-joe-company-and-brw-midgrove-llc-announced-joint-venture
Address: 4721 County Hwy 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, Fl 32459
Photos/Artist renderings: https://joe.canto.com/b/ORTPL
WaterColor Inn

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 suite 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 summer of 2022.

Website: joe.com/news-releases/news-release-details/st-joe-company-and-brw-midgrove-llc-announced-joint-venture
Address: 34 Goldenrod Circle, Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Phone: (888) 991-8878
New Pool & Restaurant at WaterColor Inn

As part of the major renovation finishing this summer at WaterColor Inn, a new zero-entry family pool with a kids’ area is being added, along with an expanded outdoor lounge and dining area. This new amenity, along with a new restaurant to be called Gather Kitchen + Bar, will be available only to guests of WaterColor Inn and members of Watersound Club. The menu at Gather Kitchen + Bar will feature healthy twists on coastal-inspired Southern fare, with items like Gulf Shrimp Ceviche, Black Eyed Pea Hummus, an Artisanal Charcuterie Board, Lamba Kofta Wrap, and a Green Goddess Salad. Diners can also choose classic beachside dishes like the Gather Burger (with a 7 oz wagyu beef patty).

Photos: https://joe.canto.com/b/PFI92
Website: watercolorresort.com
Address: 34 Goldenrod Circle, Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Phone: (888) 991-8878
Camp Creek Inn

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.

Address: 684 Fazio Drive, WaterSound, FL
Photos/Artist renderings: https://joe.canto.com/s/MDM3S?viewIndex=0