2021 South Walton Artist of the Year:

Applications for the 2021 South Walton Artist of the Year will be accepted beginning on Monday, August 17th. Now in its 19th year, this award recognizes a local artist who lives and works in Walton County and whose signature style embodies the creativity and beauty for which the area is known.

Artists who meet the qualifications can download an application here. The deadline for submissions for the South Walton Artist of the Year program is Friday, September 18th at 4 p.m. CDT.

To learn more about the South Walton Artist of the Year program, contact Lisa Foster at or (850) 333-2728.


2021 Perfect in South Walton Awards:

It’s that time of year again! The nomination period for the 2021 Perfect in South Walton Awards will be open from Aug. 28 to Sept. 13. The general public can nominate their favorite South Walton businesses, events, and activities in an online form on

Nominations can be made in as many or as few categories as you wish, but we will accept only one complete online form per person. (No duplicates!) Our visitor-facing businesses are welcome to encourage their guests, customers, friends and family to nominate them. Perfect Award graphics will be shared with our partners for use on your social media accounts.

The top five nominees in 30 categories will move on to the voting round, which begins Sept. 25 and ends Oct. 25 on The top three vote-getters chosen in each category will be recognized as Diamond, Platinum or Gold winners at the Perfect in South Walton Awards presentation in January 2021. These winners will be promoted in print and online by Visit South Walton throughout the year.

To learn more about the Perfect in South Walton Awards program, please contact Lisa Foster at or (850) 333-2728.


Update Your Business Listing:

We are in the process of verifying contact information in our partner database as well as confirming accommodation listings for our upcoming 2021 STAY: South Walton guide. To ensure your short-term rental properties are listed correctly in STAY and in the Book>Direct portal on, please review your listing and send your information to Lisa Foster, industry relations specialist, at or call (850) 333-2728.

Due to tight deadlines for this project, any requests or updates submitted after Sept. 25 will not be included in the 2021 edition of STAY.

We would also like to update our shopping, activities, and dining partner information in our Partner Extranet. Please visit our Website Listings page for more details. Contact Haley Horkman, database and web specialist, at if you need assistance.


South Walton in the News:

South Walton was featured in many high-profile publications recently, including Forbes Online, Travel + Leisure Online, Reader's Digest Online, Southern Living Online, MSN Online and Kitchn Online, just to name a few.

A few examples of South Walton's press mentions can be found below, and a complete list is available, here


2019 Annual Report:

Visit South Walton's 2019 Annual Report is now available online. Click here to see the impact of tourism in Walton County. 


COVID-19 Efforts:

In light of the impacts of COVID-19, the Communications team has created and is constantly updating a COVID-19 Travel Updates web page linked from our Visit South Walton homepage. Here, you’ll find information about how to assist local businesses, which businesses are offering special services to help cope during this time, updates on restaurants and events, travel safety information, as well as information about our Virtual Beach Vibes Series.

Please contact us with anything we can do to help during the current situation or if there's any information about your business(es) we can update. You can email Lisa Foster, industry relations specialist, at with your information.


COVID-19 Partner Communications and Resources:

As part of our efforts to support our partners during these uncertain times, we've shared a variety of resources and updates that we hope proved helpful. Below is a collection of the information we've shared as part of our COVID-19 outreach efforts, as well as research directly related to the local impacts of COVID-19 and consumer sentiments related to travel. 






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