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9 Reasons Why Walton County is the Best Place to Be in the Fall

Sure, summer beach trips are most often associated with sun, surf and sand. However, Walton County also offers countless beyond-the-beach activities to keep the whole family entertained during any season. For example, here are nine reasons why booking a fall trip here makes a whole lot of sense:

Pouring Glass of Red Wine at Sandestin Wine Festival

1.  It's event season. When the temperature cools off, the world-class festivals of food and wine, art and even film begin. If you like a Gulf breeze, top-notch cuisine, the best domestic and international wines or watching a film under a canopy of stars, you can't miss fall events in South Walton.

View of the Beach and Exterior of Vue on 30A

2.  There's nothing like dining with a view of the Gulf, especially when fall weather kicks in. What's more noteworthy is that the food here lives up to that view! Whether you're looking for something romantic, festive or tasty-but-casual, there's a perfect spot overlooking the water that's just right for you.

Couple with Baby Enjoying Sunset from Balcony

3.  Some of the best sunsets all year happen in the fall. Though sunsets can be unpredictable, October tends to be one of the best months for catching some mind-blowingly beautiful colors from the beach. And worst-case scenario, you'll still be on the beach in gorgeous weather as the sun goes down.

Alys Beach Nature Trail

4.  Unplugging from the stress of daily life is a cinch here. Reflect on the beauty of rare coastal dune lakes and commune with nature. Attend a variety of yoga and other fitness classes at the most scenic studio you've ever seen – the beach. Hike pristine state parks, take in world-class local art or peruse a unique bookstore. And don't forget the easiest way to unplug: stretching out on our sugar-white sand and forgetting about everything else.

College Flags at Sports Bar

5.  You'll have a lot more fun watching the game here than you would on your couch at home. Any game you're looking for will be on somewhere. The only thing left to do is choose your backdrop, from classic sports bars with jumbo screens to hip lounges with beach views (or anything in between). Quite frankly, you don't even have to be all that interested in the game to enjoy watching it here.

Beach Access at Sunset in Seaside

6.  You can get here and put your feet in the sand in no time flat. With two nearby airports and countless direct flights from many cities, you can fly in from nearly anywhere. Or, if you're located around the Southeast, you can quickly drive in and still make it in time for dinner.

Close-Up of Monarch Butterfly

7.  Fall in South Walton can give you butterflies. When temperatures cool off, Monarch butterflies migrate to Mexico, and on their way, they love to make a pit stop here. Who can blame them?! There's even the annual Flutterby Arts Festival celebrating the migration with puppet shows, theatrical performances, arts and crafts and other kid-friendly activities.

Victorian home in DeFuniak Springs

8. In DeFuniak Springs, you can savor the turn of the season with a spin around Circle Drive. Surrounding Lake DeFuniak, this peaceful street takes you back in time with views of nearly 200 historic buildings, about 40 of which are noted on the National Register of Historic Places. These include many classic Victorian homes and some beautiful structures that were part of the Chautauqua Assembly that started in 1885 and thrived here until the late 1920s.

View of Paxton from Britton Hill

9. Also north of the Choctawhatchee Bay, you can get the best possible view of the fall foliage from atop the plateau known as Britton Hill, located just northeast of Paxton. Though only a modest 345 feet above sea level, it is still the highest point of geographical elevation in all of Florida. The surrounding Lakewood Park is also a nice area for enjoying a quiet stroll out in nature.

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