It’s that time of year again when the Emerald Coast plays host to the annual migrating flocks of Snowbirds! Yes, those lucky folks who have perfected not only how to survive winter, but how to live it to the fullest along our Gulf coast of Northwest Florida. These snowbirds bring a plethora of life to our coastal economy after the seasonal tourists have all gone home. They not only keep our rental properties booked, but also boost sales among our local restaurants, retail shops, golf resorts, and entertainment establishments. So “welcome” snowbirds!  ResortQuest is sponsoring The Winter Guest Fest, Thursday January 15th 8 am – noon at the Emerald Coast Convention Center.

snowbirds-sThere are snowbird clubs all along our Emerald Coast that offer something for everyone! These clubs are the go-to places for fellowship and valuable information about the area. Fort Walton Beach has a snowbird club of over 700 members and offers activities and events to include crafts, cards, games, golf and social events. Check out for more information. Destin also has a snowbird club of over 2,000 members which offers a more extensive list of activities to include everything from basketball, billiards and bowling, to computer clubs, crafts and cruises, to casino trips, cards and quilting, to dances, dinners, golf and more. Visit their website at for a full list of activities. And not to be outdone, Walton County has their own club of over 2,000 members that offers a similar list of activities for our winter visitors. You can peruse their website at for their information.

Of course if peace and solitude is more your idea of the perfect winter get-a-way, the Emerald Coast offers that as well. Our beautiful white beaches are sparsely populated this time of year – perfect for a walk or for sitting on a blanket with a good book while listening to the waves breaking to relax your soul. This is a great time to consider buying or selling real estate along the Emerald Coast as well – to either purchase your own “go-to” destination for your winter get-a-way or permanent home, or for investment rental/vacation property potential please contact the Nathan Abbott Team for more information on Emerald Coast real estate!

We hope our Winter is a great time for all!