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What's New in South Walton Winter 2021

New Accommodation Updates and Renovations

Hotel Effie is a new full-service hotel located within the Sandestin Golf and Beach resort and includes a Celebrity Chef led restaurant (Ovide), a lobby bar, room service, a luxury spa, a fitness facility and a signature rooftop pool and bar. In addition to these amenities, the four-star hotel will feature over 20,000 feet of meeting space and feature a 13,000 square foot ballroom. Opening Feb. 1, 2021. 

  • Websitehoteleffie.com/
  • Address: 1 Grand Sandestin Blvd, Miramar Beach
  • Phone: (833) 873-3343

New Events


The PGA Korn Ferry Tour and Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort are excited to announce a new tournament to debut in 2021. The Emerald Coast Classic at Sandestin will be contested at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort’s Raven Golf Club the week of March 29 – April 4, with 156 players competing for a $600,000 purse. 

New Restaurant Openings and Renovations:

The CITIZEN, a coastal tavern with fine indoor, outdoor and take-away dining, an 18-seat bar, 12-seat custom raw bar, and featuring an open window to the kitchen’s wood-fired hearth, opens to the public Friday, January 22, on the ground level of The May condominium. With former Alys Beach Vice President of Operations, Jeremy Walton at the helm, The CITIZEN will have the advantage of his extensive experience cultivated in the luxury culinary and hospitality arena. The CITIZEN is will provide a highly anticipated, exquisite public dining experience in Alys Beach.

Scratch Biscuit Kitchen
 will open on Monday, Feb. 1, in the WaterColor® Town Center, serving up made-from-scratch biscuits and its own signature coffee blend in a casual, family-friendly environment that’s sure to feel like a home away from home. The restaurant features a playful breakfast and lunch menu, house-made jams, jellies and gravies, signature blend coffee and more – all available for dine-in or to-go. Scratch Biscuit Kitchen is open daily, from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m., with counter, indoor and outdoor seating available. In an effort to seat guests more efficiently, Scratch Biscuit Kitchen does not accept reservations.


Ovide is located within the new Hotel Effie and is an elegant, culinary adventure led by acclaimed Georgia chef Hugh Acheson. Ovide brings together classic Gulf Coast flavors and impeccable classic French technique. At Ovide, every dish is fueled by a passion for sustainability and seasonality that gives each bite incredible flavor unlike anything you’ve tasted before. Opening Feb. 1, 2021.

Effin Egg is a new all day breakfast restaurant located at Inlet Beach specializing in breakfast sandwiches. The menu is inspired by a true love of eggs and meals made from only the freshest and finest ingredients. Effin Egg’s signature egg “sammies” hit the spot all day long.

  • Website: eateffinegg.com/ 
  • Address: 13123 E. Emerald Coast Pkwy. STE C, Inlet Beach, Fla. 32461.
  • Phone: (850) 213-3094


Prema Organic Café opened in late 2020. Always fresh, organic and gluten free, the new Seagrove café specializes in cold-pressed juice, smoothies, bowls, grab-and-go food and salads. Prema Organic Café is manifested passion with a mission to share wholesome, fresh and simple food with the community.

  • Website:  prema30a.com 
  • Address: 3557 E Co Hwy 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. 32459
  • Phone (850) 213-3023


Black Bear Bread Company’s second café location is now open at Hyatt Place Sandestin at Grand Boulevard. The menu and daily specials are ever-changing and feature offerings based on seasonality from local farmers and artisans. Black Bear regulars can still enjoy their go-to menu favorites also offered at the company’s Grayton Beach café and retail bakery. All of Black Bear’s artisan breads and pastries are baked from scratch each morning at their wholesale bakery in Grayton and are transported freshly-baked daily to Grand Boulevard. A full selection of Stumptown Coffee offerings, along with a thoughtfully curated selection of canned craft beers and natural wines make up the beverage offerings.

  • Website: blackbearbreadco.com 
  • Phone: (850) 706-1300
  • Location: 325 Grand Boulevard, on the main street side corner of the Hyatt Place Sandestin at Grand Boulevard


The Gathering Spot at WaterColor Inn has reopened as a reimagined bar and lounge. Now featuring a revamped menu of small plates and handcrafted cocktails, the lobby bar is an inviting spot for gathering with friends in a laidback lounge setting. Cozy up to the warmth of the hotel’s poolside fire pits and enjoy drinks and shareable menu items inspired by American cuisine with a twist. Live music and specials will be offered seasonally. Open to the public; reservations are not accepted. Free valet for all guests. Hours vary seasonally.


La Cocina is closed through January and will reopen on Feb. 1 after a complete remodel with a new logo and new name, LaCo, as well as an updated menu that boasts Latin, coastal lunch and brunch items. Brunch will be available daily at 10 a.m. LaCo is a Latin-inspired restaurant with a coastal twist, featuring specialty dishes prepared from scratch using the freshest ingredients available.

  • Website: lacocina30a.com/
  • Address: 10343 East County HWY 30A, Seacrest, Fla. 32413
  • Phone: (850) 231-4021


Havana Beach Bar & Grill, The Pearl Hotel’s hallmark AAA Four-Diamond restaurant, now offers an additional dining experience. The Havana Beach Lounge provides a new intimate and casual hideaway ideal for sharing a menu of small plates, pre-dinner cocktails or both. Nestled within the restaurant’s main dining room, the cozy and tropical hideaway-inspired Lounge feels tucked away in Old Havana. Just as the restaurant draws its inspiration from Ernest Hemingway’s colorful and storied old-town Havana haunt, El Floridita, so too does the Lounge give a nod to its warmth and style. The Havana Beach Lounge is open daily, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.; hours may vary seasonally.


Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood underwent an annual refresh on Jan.1-12, 2021.

  • Website: seagars.com 
  • Address: 4000 S. Sandestin Blvd, Miramar Beach
  • Phone: (850) 622-1500


New Shopping Additions and Renovations:


Sunset Shoes & Lifestyle has opened their new flagship store in Grand Boulevard, next door to Pottery Barn. In addition to their popular high-end and trendy shoe lines, shop for everything from swimsuits and sunglasses to handbags and the perfect little dress for a night out. Brands include Birkenstocks, Sunset Shoes carries hundreds of shoe, clothing and accessory labels including ON Cloud, Chaco, Hammitt, FLY London, Patagonia, Olukai, Hey Dude and UGG.

  • Website: sunsetshoesonline.com 
  • Address: 400 Grand Boulevard, Miramar Beach, Fla. 32550
  • Phone: (850) 837-5466


Southern Tide, the leader in premium coastal lifestyle and apparel, has opened its newest store along Grand Boulevard in the heart of South Walton. The store is centrally located between Williams-Sonoma and Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, directly on the boulevard. The store features an assortment of men’s, women’s, and children’s apparel, footwear, and accessories, with personal shopping services available to help guests find the perfect fit. Designed for life on the water and outdoor adventure, the Southern Tide brand and Southern state of mind fits seamlessly into the laid-back South Walton lifestyle.

  • Website: Southerntide.com 
  • Address: 600 Grand Boulevard, Miramar Beach, Fla. 32550
  • Phone: (850) 837-1224


The Foster Gallery has opened a new, larger location in Grand Boulevard Town Center across from Tommy Bahama and next door to Chico’s. Open 12 p.m.-7 p.m. daily. Works can be viewed and purchased online and curbside pickup is also available.


30A Gear Airstream is now centrally located in Grand Park in Grand Boulevard. 30A is the official and original BEACH HAPPY® brand! 30A’s line of super-soft apparel is made from recycled plastic bottles, already preventing 5 million plastic bottles from going into landfills and oceans. All 30A designs are printed in the U.S.A. with eco-friendly water-based inks, and products are shipped in recycled packing materials. Stop by for all of your 30A clothes, accessories and collectables.


Silver Sands Premium Outlets recently welcomed the Puma Outlet, Volcom and Salt Life stores. The new locations opened at the end of 2020.