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Visit South Walton Sponsored Giveaway ($100 Amex Gift Card & Artisan Jewelry)

Destin Florida beach

I took this picture the last day of spring break 2009, just outside Sandestin. YA’LL. This was so hard to leave.

This giveaway is closed. The winner is Jaclyn Reynolds who commented on December 13, “I’d be interested in visiting the Santa Rosa beach!!” Congratulations Jaclyn and thanks to everyone who entered, as well as to Visit South Walton for sponsoring this giveaway.

I’ve been traveling down to the beaches of the Florida Panhandle with my family since I was about 12 years old. I’ve grown up spending spring breaks and summer vacation on these beaches. The turquoise waters that are like something straight out of the Caribbean contrasted with the pristine sandy white beaches are like a second home to me. I always roll down the car windows as soon as we cross the Okaloosa county line so I can soak in every second of the beach.

With 15 neighborhood beaches, South Walton has a beach for everyone, whether it’s the thriving arts community of Grayton Beach or the outlet shops, restaurants, and golf courses of Sandestin where we spent spring break of 2009. I recently met with the PR coordinator for South Walton beaches over coffee here in Nashville. Although I’ve gone to the same areas of the Florida Panhandle for most of my life, I didn’t realize that South Walton actually is comprised of 15 neighborhood beaches, each with its own unique vibe. Do you want to rent a colorful beach house? South Walton has that. Do you want to stay at a world-class resort with all the amenities you’d expect and more? South Walton has that. Do you prefer the charm of a bed and breakfast? South Walton has that. Want to stay at a modern high-rise condominium? South Walton has that.

I’m not the only one who loves South Walton. Santa Rosa Beach was chosen one of the Top 10 Beaches for 2011 by Yahoo! Travel, Frommer’s ranked South Walton and the Florida Panhandle as one of the Top 12 Destinations for 2010, and Watercolor Beach, with its nearly 500 acres of green space set aside for conservation, was named by Travel +Leisure as a top family-friendly U.S. resort.

I’m not surprised at all. I’ve loved the area for 30 years. Think of the beach as only a spring or summer vacation getaway? Think again. South Walton hosts some amazing events, from their November wine and culinary event (which I would LOVE to check out) to their February film festival. South Walton really has something for everyone, whether you’re planning a family trip for spring break with lots of outdoor activities, a girlfriends’ getaway with plenty of shopping and spa time, or a weekend filled with romance and relaxation.

Photo courtesy of Visit South Walton

Guess what? Visit South Walton has graciously offered to sponsor an amazing giveaway. I rarely posts giveaways here so this one is fantastic and just in time for the holidays. One lucky reader will win a $100 Amex gift card, perfect to use during your next family beach getaway or for shopping, AND an incredible bracelet handmade with recycled glass beads, freshwater pearls, and leather by Allison Craft, South Walton 2010 Artist of the Year ($150 plus value)!

Allison Craft’s leather and fresh water pearl jewelry is simply stunning. (Photo courtesy Allison Craft.)

Love this unique twist on a class necklace! (Photo courtesy of Allison Craft.)

To enter this giveaway, just let me know if you’ve ever visited the neighborhood beaches of South Walton and which one is your favorite destination. Mine is definitely Sandestin, but I’d love to visit Grayton Beach or Watercolor. If you’ve never been to the beautiful beaches of South Walton, take a look at all the beach neighborhoods at Visit South Walton website and then come back and leave a comment here telling me which beach you’d like to visit.
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I'm Jamie, a 50-year-old Nashville working mom desperately seeking a few moments of Zen and zinfandel. I love to travel, find great deals, and talk with my hands. My husband and I have two daughters, three dogs, one cat and too much laundry. Email me at blondemomblog @