« Back to Press Landing


Nominations Open for 2023 Perfect in Walton County Awards

WALTON COUNTY, FL - August 9, 2022 - The nomination period for the 2023 Perfect in Walton County Awards will be open from Aug. 15 until Sept. 9. Everyone, from homeowners and visitors to locals and workers, can nominate their favorite businesses, events, and activities in an online form on perfectinwaltoncounty.com.

“From our residents to our visitors, we all have our favorite shops, restaurants, activities and places to explore,” says Matt Algarin, Walton County tourism director. “The Perfect in Walton County awards allow us to celebrate these businesses, events and activities, and keep people talking about their favorites throughout the year.”

Nominations can be made in as many or as few categories as you wish, but only one online form per email address will be accepted. Visitor-facing businesses may encourage their guests, customers, followers, friends, and family to nominate them in any of the thirty categories. Businesses and/or individuals must primarily serve or do business in Walton County to qualify, and businesses and/or individuals who provide beach services (i.e., photographer and chair vendor) must hold a current vendor permit with the Walton County Code Compliance Department to be considered. Please review the contest rules HERE.

The top five nominees in each category will move on to the final voting round, which begins Sept. 26 and ends Oct. 21. The top three businesses with the highest number of votes in each category will be recognized as Diamond, Platinum or Gold winners at the Perfect in Walton County Awards presentation in January 2023. These winners will be promoted in print and online by Walton County Tourism throughout the year.

To view a complete list of last year’s winners, go to visitsouthwalton.com/2022-perfect-south-walton-awards or view the online version of the Perfect guide. For more information about the Perfect in Walton County Awards program, please contact Industry Relations Specialist Lisa Foster at (850) 333-2728 or Lisa@visitsouthwalton.com.


The 2023 categories include:


·         Best Art Gallery/Studio

·         Best Event

·         Best Golf Course

·         Best Kids Attraction

·         Best Nature Locale

·         Best Retailer

·         Best Shopping Area

·         Best Tennis Facility


·       Best Boutique Vacation Rental Company (Less than 50 units)

·       Best Hotel/Resort

·       Best Rental Management Company (More than 50 units)

Food & Drinks

·         Best Breakfast

·         Best Casual Dining

·         Best Coffee House

·         Best Craft Beer/Spirits Selection

·         Best Fine Dining

·         Best Happy Hour

·         Best Lunch

·         Best Personal Chef/Catering Service

·         Best Sweet Treats

·         Best Wine Selection



·         Best Beach/Event Services Provider

·         Best Fishing Charter

·         Best Local Musician/Band

·         Best Outdoor Adventure Activity

          Best Photographer

·         Best Spa/Salon



·         Best Meeting/Conference Space

·         Best Live Music Venue

·         Best Wedding Venue


About South Walton: Located along a 26-mile stretch of sugar white sand and turquoise water in Northwest Florida, South Walton encompasses 16 unique beach neighborhoods, each with its own visual style, amenities and charm. South Walton is home to four state parks, one state forest, and more than 200 miles of hiking and biking trails. Renowned for natural scenic beauty, turquoise waters and sugar sand beaches, South Walton was named one of the “Secret Florida Beaches” by Travel + Leisure, but is easily accessible as a drive to destination or by flying to nearby airports Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) or the Destin – Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS). An upscale, yet casual place to unwind, South Walton is the place to recharge and build lasting memories. Learn more at VisitSouthWalton.com or follow Visit South Walton on FacebookTwitterYouTube or Instagram.