Retail stores are overflowing with Valentine gifts and restaurants are offering countless specials for a romantic date night. But aren’t the chocolate hearts and dinner for two the same thing you did last year? (…and every year prior for that matter?) In 2018, make Valentine’s Day extra special for you and your special someone! Check out our Top 6 Instagram Worthy Valentine Ideas in South Walton
#1: Arnett’s Gulfside Farm & Stables
Arnett’s Gulfside Farm & Stables is a 20-acre horse ranch just a ½ mile from the Gulf of Mexico along Scenic Highway 30A. It adjoins the 13,800-acre Point Washington State Forest which makes it the perfect backdrop for a one-of-a-kind Valentine’s adventure and photo-op! Arnett’s Gulfside Farm & Stables is also the perfect venue for parties, festivals, and weddings and they host numerous concerts and events throughout the year.
On Wednesday, February 14th, Arnett’s Gulfside Farm & Stables will be offering trail rides at 10 AM, 12 PM, and 2 PM for $60 per person. Private rides and special events are also available.
The fun continues on Friday, February 16th with their Friday concert series featuring the Nashville based band, Almost Radio, from 7 PM-10 PM (doors open at 6:30 PM). General admission is $10 and VIP tickets are available for $25, which includes VIP seating and two drink tickets. The night will be topped off with romantic horse-drawn carriage rides ($8 per person) and catering by Deep Dish Rescue (sold separately). Want to make the evening even more special? Arnett’s Gulfside Farm & Stables can create a special Valentine’s package just for you!
To book a trail ride or special package visit their website or call them at 850.208.3114. Don’t forget to follow them on Facebook and Instagram for more information on their special events and concert series.
#2: The Shard Shop, Grayton Beach
Nestled under the pines of Grayton Beach, The Shard Shop is a trendy make-your-own shard art boutique that is filled to the brim with all things glass. Shard art is a mosaic-like technique of applying glass to a painted canvas to create a gorgeous masterpiece. Simply come in, get inspired, and dig your hands into the glass (safely, of course). Then, after you have laid out your design, the experts at The Shard Shop do the messy part of covering your art with a pristine, clear resin. The Shard Shop typically offers up to four classes each day, and it’s a great place for birthday parties, corporate team building, or even a girls’ night out.
For more information on The Shard Shop, visit their website or give them a call at 850.231.0544.
#3: Beach Sand Sculptures
You’ve probably built a sandcastle or two in your life. But we bet you have never built one like this! With Beach Sand Sculptures, you will learn how to build BIG castles, learn new sculpting techniques, and take your skills to another level. Beach Sand Sculptures offers two-hour sandcastle lessons where you will create your very own three-and-a-half-foot tall sand sculpture. Beach Sand Sculptures’ sandcastle lessons are the number one TripAdvisor outdoor activity in Destin! It’s an awesome and unique experience. You’ll spend quality time together and make lifelong memories. Not only will your friends be amazed by the pictures of your incredible creation, but beachgoers will want to stop and admire your sandcastle skills, too.
For more information and to book your lesson, visit Beach Sand Sculpture’s website.
#4: Luna Ballroom
Just a couple of miles west of South Walton is Luna Ballroom – Destin’s premiere dance studio. Luna Ballroom is owned and operated by five-time World Champion Eric Luna who has been featured on “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance.” Luna Ballroom offers group and private lessons so that you and your special someone can become the dancers you’ve always dreamed about.
To book your dance lesson, visit Luna Ballroom’s website or call 850.714.1669.
#5: Cultural Arts Alliance Valentine Tour of Homes
The CAA is a local organization dedicated to enriching our community through the arts and the Valentine Tour of Homes is one of their coolest events! It brings inspiration to tour-goers’ Valentine weekend at the beach. Fall in love with some of South Walton’s most interesting homes while raising funds for the CAA’s ‘Art for All’ Program. The ‘Art for All’ Program provides grants and scholarships to artists, arts organizations, teachers, and students. This year’s Valentine Tour of Homes is Saturday, February 17th from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM and Sunday, February 18th from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Make sure to take plenty of pictures to share – anyone who misses this tour will definitely be jealous!
For more information, visit the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County’s website or give them a call at 850.622.5970. Make sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram to stay up-to-date on all things “art” in South Walton!
Howard Hospitality is a proud sponsor of the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County.
#6: My Furry Valentine Doggie Social at Grand Boulevard
Valentine’s isn’t just for humans anymore! Dog Harmony is hosting My Furry Valentine Doggie Social at Grand Boulevard on Thursday, February 8th from 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM. This fun-filled event will take place in the courtyard areas of the green between Tommy Bahamas and Cantina Laredo. Dog Harmony is a local non-profit organization operated by an amazing team of dog-loving volunteers. Dog Harmony aims to make a difference by building healthy relationships between humans and dogs to improve the lives of both. They provide personalized training, education, and ongoing support to help owners and dogs grow together in adoptions that last a lifetime. My Furry Valentine Doggie Social is a free event but donations are encouraged. The event will feature live music, wine and beer, and, of course, dogs!