DeFuniak Springs is the little town with FUN in the middle!

DeFuniak Springs is situated in Walton County on the Florida Panhandle, 45 miles northeast of Destin and 55 miles northwest of Panama City Beach. This lively city boasts an assortment of fine dining establishments, quaint shops, and captivating attractions within its Historic Downtown District. Notably, the town is distinguished by its remarkable lake. Lake DeFuniak stands out as one of only two globally recognized spring-fed lakes with an almost perfect circular shape. A leisurely stroll or drive along Circle Drive, skirting the lake’s perimeter, is among the favored activities. Surrounding Lake DeFuniak are nearly 200 historic residences and structures, with approximately 40 of them listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Many of these architectural treasures have roots dating back to the flourishing days of the Chautauqua Institution, which thrived in the area until the late 1920s. Explore this unique slice of Florida’s heritage and history in the pages below.

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What our guests are saying: We just celebrated our 37th anniversary at Sunbright Inn and it was fabulous! You are staying in an elegant house from the turn of the century, the decor, furnishings the design is all just top notch, they have spared no expense to immerse you in that time period, but you still have modern comforts like air conditioning in each room, electric fireplace, TV, mini fridge, microwave and USB plug ins. The bathrooms are amazing, large shower, claw foot tub, just beautiful. Your also only a few blocks from historic downtown DeFuniak Springs which is really cool to explore, shop and dine. We are already planning our next stay at Sunbright Inn! It is hands down THE BEST place to stay in DeFuniak Springs!” Todd B.