Destin’s bucket list

Savannah Chastain
Local residents enjoyed a pool-side barbeque on a recent gathering. The friends networked through social media Facebook page, "Summer Bucket List."

Every summer it’s the same story. Hundreds of thousands of visitors descend on the Emerald Coast and locals hear, “You are so lucky you live here,” or, “I can’t wait to retire and move here to paradise.” But oftentimes living on the coast means working everyday, and barely getting a chance to enjoy all the beauty of the white sand beaches and the clear cool waters.

Shelly Davis-Grabin and Missy Schofield, two local Destin women decided to change all of that with a group they dubbed, “The Summer Bucket List.”

“Everybody works in the summer time, it’s fast-paced out here, and you kind of forget you live in paradise,” said Davis-Grabin. “It’s just something for the locals to enjoy. A nice time to get away, and hopefully everyone in Destin can come to enjoy where we live, get together and enjoy the summer.”

“Just so we don’t forget about the stuff we should do around here,” said Schofield. “To take advantage of the beach, and the sunsets because we kind of get lost in the shuffle around here.”

Schofield originally came up with the idea from a viral Facebook post about bucket lists, and quickly invited her friends to join and create a bucket list of things to do in Destin.

“I saw it on Facebook and they just had a list of stuff to do, a bucket list, like getting caught in a rain storm, which we did do at concert in the park,” Schofield said laughing.

Since its inception in May, the group has had five outings which included the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village’s Concerts in the Village, a wine and sunset on the beach, a July 4 celebration at Norriego Point, and a pool party grill-out at a private condo.

“Usually during the event we try to come up with the next event,” said Schofield. “It’s a get together. It’s a way to meet new people, bring your friends, and find out who the locals are that you don’t know.”

 The group has been growing with every outing with entire families making a showing.

 “Ten to twelve of them are new moms so we end up with a lot of babies hanging out,” said Schofield.

Davis-Grabin added that everyone is welcome saying, “Pretty much anyone who wants to join can join, the more the merrier.”

For more information about the Summer Bucket List visit