May 15, 2013

Seaside, Florida

A perfect beach weekend in Seaside, Florida

The iconic Seaside beach community in South Walton, Florida has always been a place I’ve dreamed of visiting. I was so excited to get the chance to go for the first time last weekend. I love the idea of living in a small neighborhood and walking to everything. We got a taste of that in Seaside this weekend and I fell in love. In Seaside, travel is by foot or bicycle. The narrow cobblestone streets are lined with charming cottages, white picket fences, and picturesque storefronts. On the relaxing stroll to lunch our first day in Seaside we spotted a gelato shop across from Seaside Neighborhood School where kids were playing soccer. (We totally came back for gelato after lunch.) In the center of town there’s a field that hosts a weekly farmer’s market, outdoor concerts, and movies under the stars. Surrounding the town square are renowned restaurants, quiet cafes, gourmet food trucks, stylish clothing boutiques, art and jewelery galleries and a quaint book and record store. There’s also the famous Modica Market with every gourmet grocery item you could ever dream of. Did I mention they have coffee ice cream made with beans roasted at the local coffee shop? It’s the idyllic life.

A perfect beach weekend in Seaside, Florida

The South Walton tourism board and the Cottage Rental Agency of Seaside were kind enough to host us for the weekend and give us a tour of their fabulous community. Here’s a peek at our weekend at Seaside! :)

A perfect beach weekend in Seaside, Florida

I loved, loved, loved the beaches at Seaside. There is nothing quite like Florida beaches. The perfectly soft, white sand…

A perfect beach weekend in Seaside, Florida

The crystal clear blue waters…

A perfect beach weekend in Seaside, Florida

I could not get over how crystal clear the water was! I just wanted to dive in.

A perfect beach weekend in Seaside, Florida

Dorky photo alert!

A perfect beach weekend in Seaside, Florida

This is the famous beach-access Seaside tower. We got our exercise running up and down this sandy incline! I had no idea how hard it was to run up an incline in sand, lol!

A perfect beach weekend in Seaside, Florida

How fabulous is the curtain-lined front porch?? This house was on the street where we stayed and we walked past it every day. Just wait until you see the cottage we stayed in! Look for it on Friday. :)

A perfect beach weekend in Seaside, Florida

I’ll take a good book, a tall glass of ice water, and this porch swing please! :)

A perfect beach weekend in Seaside, Florida

Shops and cafes in town.

A perfect beach weekend in Seaside, Florida

Did you know The Truman Show was filmed in Seaside? It is one of my favorite movies and we brought the DVD with us and watched it one night to see if we could recognize anything. The beach tower and Modica Market are totally recognizable! :)

We also got ice cream from the Blue Mountain Creamery every night. :) I loved their unique “Cookie Doughlicious” flavor. It’s cookies ‘n cream ice cream with chunks of cookie dough! Too fun.

A perfect beach weekend in Seaside, Florida

Loved this teeny post office in the center of town.

A perfect beach weekend in Seaside, Florida

Pickle’s! I really want fried pickles and a shake from here. :)

A perfect beach weekend in Seaside, Florida

The main drag in town was lined with the cutest food trucks. I wanted to eat at all of them.

A perfect beach weekend in Seaside, Florida

Especially this grilled cheese truck!!

A perfect beach weekend in Seaside, Florida

How cute is this little shaved ice truck?

A perfect beach weekend in Seaside, Florida

Kevin couldn’t resist the shaved ice. Of course he got sour grape and banana, lol!

A perfect beach weekend in Seaside, Florida

So many fun restaurants.

A perfect beach weekend in Seaside, Florida

I was so excited to see the Deja Vu boutique! There is one in Destin that I’ve been to before and it is one of my favorite boutiques ever. They have the cutest, most unique clothes. You know no one back home will have anything like it. One of my favorite tops (I’m wearing it in the first photo in this post) came from there. It’s so far away though, I hardly ever get to go. So I was super excited to see one right within walking distance of our cottage!

A perfect beach weekend in Seaside, Florida

There’s also the big outdoor market, Perspicasity, in Seaside.

A perfect beach weekend in Seaside, Florida

I was dying over all their scarves.

A perfect beach weekend in Seaside, Florida

Perfect for sitting and shopping.

A perfect beach weekend in Seaside, Florida

It took all I had not to bring back one of each! :)

A perfect beach weekend in Seaside, Florida

There’s also the classic Seaside shop.

A perfect beach weekend in Seaside, Florida

How cute are these little weenie dog shirts?? :) I want one with a Boston terrier on it! :)

A perfect beach weekend in Seaside, Florida

We heard about Charlie’s Donut Truck, and their famous doughnuts that sell out at like 8 or 9 every morning. So on our last day in Seaside, we got up super early to be there right when they first opened. We rode our bikes down to the neighboring community at Alys Beach and got there right at 6:30 am. There was already a line!

A perfect beach weekend in Seaside, Florida

Fortunately, they still had one of each and of course we had to try them all. :)

A perfect beach weekend in Seaside, Florida

The raspberry and blueberry filled doughnuts were amazing!! I am still dreaming about that sweet filling. Usually I don’t like jam-filled doughnuts because the filling tastes too “fake-flavored” to me. But these were perfect!

A perfect beach weekend in Seaside, Florida

They had a yummy red velvet doughnut and an old fashioned doughnut as well.

A perfect beach weekend in Seaside, Florida

Chocolate sprinkles! Delish.

A perfect beach weekend in Seaside, Florida

Right before we left town we had a late brunch at Great Southern Cafe. Everyone told us we had to eat there before we left, so we walked on the beach and worked up an appetite. :) We definitely wanted to squeeze in one last amazing meal before we left! :) We started with their famous beignets which were fabulous, and I ordered the corned beef hash eggs benedict. The smoked gouda cheese grits that came with it were AMAZING!! I could not stop eating them. Definitely a must try if you are anywhere near South Walton.

Oh, and I have to tell you guys about one more thing. This Key Lime Pie from Stinky’s Fish Camp was without a doubt one of the best things I have ever eaten. Not just one of the best key lime pies I have ever tasted, but of the BEST THINGS I have ever eaten, ever. It is pure heaven. Out of all the cupcakes, cookies, chocolates and ice creams, this just shot itself right to the top. It’s the perfect combo of sweet and tart with the perfect texture and ratio of pie to crust.And whipped cream. And strawberries. I can’t even describe it. We had a moment.  Just to show you how incredible this key lime pie was, we also ordered a chocolate peanut butter pie (just look at it!) and I completely ignored it for this key lime pie. It is THAT good. I know what you’re thinking, who wants to eat at a restaurant with “stinky fish” in the title, but if you avoid it for the name alone you are missing out!! Trust me!! If you are ever within 100 miles of this place, no matter how full you are, this key lime pie is a must must must order. You can even call ahead and get a whole pie to go. I am kicking myself for not doing that. But, uh, I know what I want for my birthday this year!

For more of our favorite eats in South Walton, check out our Seaside hashtag on Instagram, and be sure to follow us on Instagram for extra content between posts! :)

Thanks for looking and be sure to come back on Friday for another new post! :) Talk soon!

 



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50 Comments





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Amy Brock May 15, 2013 at 2:24 am

My husband grew up very close to Seaside. Now we are a military family living in Northern Italy with our four children. Your pictures are amazing and such and wonderful taste of home for us. Thanks for bringing back such sweet memories! (Tell Kevin we said Roll Tide)
Amy & Steve
http://www.viafontanelle.blogspot.com

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Averie @ Averie Cooks May 15, 2013 at 2:58 am

Thank you for making me feel like I just went on vacation! :) What an awesome post and that water is so BLUE and perfect and stunning!

And the donuts. Pretty stunning as well :)

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Dora May 15, 2013 at 4:49 am

You must had the time of your lives there! I didn’t know that the Truman Show wasn’t filmed in a set, but in an actual location..! It’s one of my fav movies, too!

Have a great rest of the week Amanda! :-)
xoxo,
Dora

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Suzanne May 15, 2013 at 5:11 am

What a wonderful vacation! I only live a about 2 1/2 hours from Seaside and have only been one or two times, but this post makes me want to go back immediately. You really did a wonderful job capturing that beautiful little place by the sea :)! Can’t wait for Friday’s post!

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Lisa May 15, 2013 at 6:09 am

Seaside sounds amazing! I’m definitley putting it on my wish list to visit. Thnaks for sharing your great pics!

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Angie May 15, 2013 at 6:23 am

Your really making me miss home. We grew up just outside of Panama and would take trips to Seaside after they developed it. It’s so perfect! And 30A, so pristine! You have to come to Celebration, Fl too if you haven’t it. They based the town on Seaside, Disney planned and developed it, it’s so cute too!

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Sara pendarvis May 15, 2013 at 6:26 am

I really wanted to just jump in your pictures! The beach is beautiful and how cute is that town!??! I love it!! You are very lucky to have so many wonderful opportunities to travel and blog about it! :)

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Vera May 15, 2013 at 6:32 am

How I would love to visit Seaside someday. Lots of goodness in this post :)

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Ali b. May 15, 2013 at 6:50 am

Aw man – wish I would have known you were coming to my HOME!! Haha you definitely do Seaside justice with your beautiful photos – so glad you enjoyed yourself and had fun :) Can’t wait for your next post!

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Trisha May 15, 2013 at 7:44 am

I am in Savannah, GA and we stop into Seaside often when work duty calls at Eglin.
Love the beaches!

Trisha

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Angie | Big Bear's Wife May 15, 2013 at 7:46 am

I love your photos so much! That place looks wonderful!

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jill May 15, 2013 at 7:57 am

So glad you enjoyed it! We have a place in Seagrove, and I’m heading down next weekend. The Great Southern Cafe is a fave…their black and blue salad is to die for. And I love the bookstore in the square!

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Cookbook Queen May 15, 2013 at 8:16 am

That looks like the most adorable town ever. I’d love to visit!!

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Tieghan May 15, 2013 at 8:19 am

I am really small……next time can I squeeze in your bag????

These pictures are beautiful and It looks like and awesome trip! So jealous! I need to go vist ASAP!

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Mary F Brown May 15, 2013 at 8:41 am

I am so happy that you and your hubby have a great life traveling together. I believe you make every day the best day possible Amanda. Thanks for encouraging me too. Love your postings.

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Deborah May 15, 2013 at 8:45 am

What a charming and gorgeous place! Just went on my travel bucket list!

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Lynne May 15, 2013 at 8:46 am

Lovely – makes me want to go. I’m ready for a vacation!! Great post Amanda -

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Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective May 15, 2013 at 9:05 am

What a beautiful little town! Love the photos of the beach!! Glad you guys had a good time!

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Pauline May 15, 2013 at 9:08 am

My husband and I have been looking for some place to visit for our 25th anniversary. I think we found just the place. Thank you so much Amanda!

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Shelby May 15, 2013 at 9:11 am

We went to Seaside for the first time this year for their annual Half Marathon and 5K. It is a great place, and you should have eaten at Pickles. The food is great! :) There were a lot of people driving when we were there, but I would have loved to ride around on bikes like you guys did. It is very dog friendly, surprised not to see pictures of Miley and Howie! I bet they were jealous after they saw those pictures! ;)

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Jane May 15, 2013 at 9:13 am

Looks like fun!

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annie May 15, 2013 at 9:37 am

We got to Rosemary Beach every year. There is not a spot on 30 A that isn’t drool worthy. Each little beach village is amazing. You did a wonderful job showcasing all that Seaside has to offer. I haven’t tried some of the places you suggested, so I’m going to have to on our next visit. I hope we can make it there this year! I need a beach trip BAD!!! Beautiful pictures! Now, I’m on dreamy vacation mode! Happy Wednesday!!

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Kristin @ Little Corbin Hill May 15, 2013 at 9:50 am

Absolutely beautiful! I live in FL and sadly, I’ve never been here! Definitely putting it on my list =)

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Christa Graham May 15, 2013 at 10:07 am

What an awesome post! And amazing pictures! The town look so quaint and beautiful. I love writing up trip reports on my blog, too. I recently did one for a trip back to Ohio and our mini vacation in South Carolina. Next up is Washington DC at the end of the month!

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Barbara @ Barbara Bakes May 15, 2013 at 10:12 am

Looks like the perfect spot to hang out all summer long.

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Heather Christo May 15, 2013 at 10:15 am

Oh, so beautiful Amanda. I am totally sold on a trip to Seaside!

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Lynne May 15, 2013 at 12:15 pm

My husband and I just spent 10 days in Destin and accidentally stumbled across Seaside.
We loved it so much that we went back several times. Grayton was also fun. Love your pictures.

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Stephanie DeArco May 15, 2013 at 12:58 pm

These photos really made me miss home (Fort Walton Beach, FL). I haven’t been to Seaside much when I lived in FL (but Destin a lot). So thanks for opening my eyes to what cities near by have to offer :)

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Milynn May 15, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Beautiful trip! I’ve lived in FL most of my life and never made the trek there yet! Beautiful place, and that post office is just darling!

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Ashley May 15, 2013 at 1:08 pm

First, WAR EAGLE! Second, we stayed in Seagrove Beach (about 2 miles east of Seaside) last month and it was AH-MAZING! We, too, ate at Stinky’s Fish Camp and I have to agree with you on the Key Lime Pie! And then those gouda cheese grits at Great Southern Cafe – to DIE for…I had them in their shrimp & grits dish. Good grief it was good. Love your pics – makes me want to go back like right this minute! :) Here is my post on our amazing family trip: http://abcoulter.blogspot.com/2013/05/seagrove-beach-trip.html

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Lori @ RecipeGirl May 15, 2013 at 1:17 pm

What a beautiful place! I don’t know anything at all about Florida, so it’s nice to get some details about an undiscovered treasure!

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Rebekah May 15, 2013 at 1:23 pm

I want you to teach me how to take pictures. You are so talented! Also, I love seeing pictures of your dogs! I have two boston terriers and a weenie dog. I will have to send you some pictures of them sometime.

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Capri May 15, 2013 at 7:54 pm

You did Seaside up great, you unfortunately missed Beach Sand Sculptures’ SandCastle Lessons :(

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Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) May 15, 2013 at 8:25 pm

Someone just mentioned Seaside, FL to me the other day — so coincidental! And now with all of these beautiful pictures, I think I’m going to have to get there sooner or later!

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Roz May 15, 2013 at 8:29 pm

This is so crazy Amanda because I was just going through my t-shirts this morning and I picked up my absolutely favorite t-shirt that I purchased from “Pickles” in Seaside, FL when we first visited that darling little village of a town several years ago. I remember every building that you photographed here. The water on the “Emerald Coast” is (in my opinion) hands-down more beautiful than any other Florida waters. I hope to return again soon! Thanks for a lovely post!!!!!

Roz

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Susan May 15, 2013 at 8:53 pm

I’ve been following your posts for quite some time. You always have on the cutest outfits!!

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Terri May 15, 2013 at 10:58 pm

Think I will be going there for a visit. Thanks for the tour!

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michi May 16, 2013 at 1:59 am

After having terrible wanderlust while looking through this post, I start flipping through the channels and what should happen to be on tv…. The Truman Show! :) I’m adding seaside to my list! Thanks for the great post!

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Joan Nova May 16, 2013 at 8:16 am

Beautiful travelogue for Seaside — love the bands of color in the water.

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Janna May 16, 2013 at 9:18 am

As a panhandle girl, this made me homesick! You make the “redneck riviera” look fabulous! Thanks for capturing it so beautifully! Keep up the good work! :)

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Melanie Fontaine May 16, 2013 at 11:24 am

Wow, this place is just stunning! And the food you had just makes me swoon – I would love to have a piece of this Key Lime Pie! (Or, rather, the whole thing! ;) )
xx

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Rachel @ Baked by Rachel May 16, 2013 at 3:01 pm

What a cute photo of the two of you! Your description of living in a small town plus the beach is absolutely perfect. I’ve always wanted to be in a place like that … for an extended stay or permanently!

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Christi May 17, 2013 at 7:00 am

Love the pictures and the way you captured this gorgeous piece of Heaven.

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nessa May 17, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Fabulous pictures! I’m dying over that ice cream- it combines my top 2 flavors!

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Amanda May 17, 2013 at 2:33 pm

We were stationed in FWB for years, and I was so sad to leave. Specifically, because of Seaside. We’d spend weekends and spare moments there because we loved it so much! It is, however, a driving town. There is just limited parking, so it’s easier to walk/bike. We will be visiting there again soon.

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Susan 30A EATS May 19, 2013 at 1:42 pm

So glad you enjoyed your stay in my home town! If visiting again, give me a shout at 30AEATS! Would love to connect! Loved the photos, and that you were able to visit many of my favorite restaurants and shops! It is a blessing to live and work in such a beautiful place. Best, Susan Benton 30AEATS.com

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melissa d May 20, 2013 at 6:55 am

i wish i was there and not here.

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Jennifer Lassiter May 20, 2013 at 2:39 pm

We have been taking our family to Seaside for the last 8-10 years! Not very many people know about it, we drive 12 hours to get there. I was shocked to see that you went. Did you get the custard stuffed snow cone at Frost Bites? It is to die for. Also, I hope you went to The Red Bar at Grayton (its 5 miles from Seaside), they have the best key lime pie I have ever eaten. I’m so glad you loved it!

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Lori July 26, 2013 at 10:12 am

Florida has always been my favorite vacation spot. Our best trip was to Sanibel Island when my daughter turned two and was able to enjoy the beaches and shells. She is 6 now and still loves going to florida!

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Renee September 19, 2013 at 5:57 pm

I have been 3 times in the last year and have fallen so in love with that area that me & my husband are making plans to move there! Your pictures and stories prove that we are making the right choice!

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