When most people think about the beautiful beaches of South Walton, they picture the bustle of spring break and the sunny skies of summer. But ask any year-rounder about their favorite time to call themselves locals, and you’ll hear one word: FALL. So what’s the attraction?
- Thinner crowds: Although the off-season no longer leads to the rolled-up sidewalks of years past, you won’t find yourself waiting hours to sit down at your favorite local dining spots. Likewise, rental rates tend to be lower, and many property management companies relax minimum stay requirements, making long weekend getaways especially attractive.
- Perfect weather: Although October sends even many Southerners digging for coats and scarves, the average high temperature on 30A is a comfortable 77 degrees, dropping to the low sixties most nights. Ahhhh.
- Great events: South Walton Fashion Week (October 7-10) showcases high fashion from local and national designers, models, and other artists; the main event takes place at Grand Boulevard, but don’t miss the parties, trunk shows, and other events at boutiques and restaurants throughout the area. Wine lovers from all over the country are marking their calendars for the 25th Annual Seeing Red Wine Festival (November 5-8) in Seaside, a perennial favorite of locals and visitors alike. And for the younger beach-lovers, the Flutterby Festival at Rosemary Beach (November 14-15) celebrates children and the arts, including the adorable butterfly costume parade each afternoon.
- Relaxed real estate shopping: Perhaps surprisingly, the fourth quarter each year has historically been one of the busiest seasons for real estate, behind only the bustling second quarter. Popular rental properties are much easier to access, many sellers are eager to close the books on their real estate prior to the end of the year, and new owners looking to spruce up a property for the upcoming spring season find the timing ideal.
Are you going to sneak one or two more beach getaways before the end of 2015? Leave us a comment with your favorite things about fall on 30A!