Okay, can I just say something first? I absolutely HATE unpacking. Packing is fine—I love getting all of my stuff together and planning/picking out my outfits. But unpacking….no. I will leave a full suitcase on my floor for weeks before getting everything out. Anyways…on that note, let’s get right to it!
A few years back on a family vacation to Destin, we stumbled upon an adorable, aesthetic, little beach town along the notorious “30A”. Since finding it, we’ve gone back every summer to stay for a while and soak up a little vacation time. If you’re not familiar with the area, it actually consists of a few small towns: Seaside, Seacrest, Rosemary, and Watercolor; they’re all pretty similar—white buildings, pastel colors, small boutiques, and local eats.
My boyfriend Ian and I made a little road trip there since we drove separately from my family and wanted to make a few stops along the way, so we stopped at the Apple Barn in Sevierville, TN (if you haven’t tried the apple fritters here, you’re not living life to the fullest), Downtown Chattanooga, TN, Atlanta, GA, and Auburn (probably the cutest little college town ever).
Once in Rosemary, we decided to stay at an adorable house right beside the town square, called 21 Wiggle Lane (and we were incredibly lucky to get this because of how late we waited to book something). The beach, most restaurants, and both community pools were all under a five minute walk from where we were staying, which was absolutely perfect!
The majority of the time we stayed was spent lounging by the pools or laying out on the beach, and when we were not doing that—we were probably eating. If you’ve read my post about Chicago (check it out here), you know how I love trying new foods and restaurants, especially local places. A few of my favorite places to eat were:
- Cowgirl Kitchen: definitely try the tacos!! I am slightly biased seeing as I am obsessed with Mexican food, but they are delicious 🙂
- Cuvee 30A: My boyfriend wanted to take me out to a nice dinner while we were at the beach and this place had many, many good reviews. The restaurant itself was very upscale and quiet inside, and the food was just as exquisite! I highly recommend for date night, and if you get the chance to go, definitely try the fried oysters!
- The Hub: This is actually a group of food stands in a little arrangement around a lawn in Seacrest, which they usually have some sort of activities going on each week—live music, a movie, entertainers. It was a really great spot for kids along with great casual food!
- Seaside Food Trucks: Well—it’s the same idea, but they’re actually Airstream trailers all lined up in a row along 30A! It is the cutest thing ever, and the food is delicious! They have anything from BBQ, donuts, hot dogs, smoothies, and my personal favorite—grilled cheese. This is without a doubt worth going if you are visiting Seaside!
Besides eating and going to the beach, we tried to explore the town a little bit, so of course we went shopping. I don’t think the guys had as much fun with this as my mom, sister, and I did, so they decided to try something with a little more action—we went on a jetski! I’ve actually never done this before so I was pretty excited; we went to Panama City Beach to rent them from a place not too far from where we were staying. It was extremely fun and I had a blast (and I didn’t get thrown off once), although I will say, it’s a workout trying to hold on.
I had an amazing week in Florida and I’m so so thankful we got the opportunity to visit again, and we’ll definitely go back next summer! If you ever get the chance to check it out or stay for a while, don’t hesitate to let me know if you’re looking for any reviews or recommendations! Thanks y’all!