So, you’re heading somewhere warmer, somewhere with just a bit more sand. Somewhere where the sunny state isn’t just of mind, but actually your location.
Where to Stay
We looked into various resorts up and down the beaches of Florida and found one that checked all of the boxes when we found WaterColor Inn along the Gulf Coast. From the sugar-white beaches, to the immediate sense of relaxation that settles in the moment you walk in – we knew this was the place for those wanting a warm-weather escape.
So, where to start. Probably with WaterColor itself. The resort has a long list of amenities, many of which you have likely experienced on other trips – but making WaterColor stand out, their guests’ access to multiple gulf clubs, their own beach club for when you’re wanting a break from the ocean and want to be pool-side, free bike rentals to get out and about, a beach club the kids are sure to love PLUS everything you need for your own beachside bonfire.
We mentioned bike rentals, so it’s probably worth confirming that yes, the resort is just a bike ride away from some local attractions, but still offers privacy being tucked away beachside.
What to Do
Slow Things Down:
And enjoy a yoga class in Seaside Pavilion. Classes are offered weekday mornings starting at 8:30 – and if the class isn’t enough to bring you calm, the sound of the waves nearby just might do the trick.
A tip, bring your own mat and water bottle!
Stretch your Legs:
When you are ready to kick up the pace just a notch or two, we’d suggest hitting the trails at Grayton Beach State Park. Located just outside of town, the park offers a variety of activities, including a 4.5-mile paved trail that brings you through a coastal forest, or a shorter 1-mile nature hike that brings you through pine flatwoods.
Oh, and while you’re there make sure to check out the dune lakes (a lake that is a combination of both freshwater and saltwater).
Step Back in History:
The Truman Show House is one of the most popular local attractions after being featured in the movie “The Truman Show” starring Jim Carrey.
Go for a Drive:
After all of that exploring, you may just want to take in some sites – which is when we’d suggest taking the scenic route down a portion of Highway 30A. The highway takes you along the Gulf Coast through a variety of small beach towns, each offering their own range of local shops and restaurants.
Where to Eat
Something that makes Seaside stand out is their offering of gourmet food trucks. Not only is it rare to have SO much good food on wheels, but a lot of these wheels are retro – vintage Airstream trailers to be exact.
All of that warm weather may have you craving a cold treat, which is where Frost Bites comes in. Serving Hawaiian shaved ice, homemade frozen custard and fresh, cold drinks – Frost Bites is perfect for a quick break in your beachside day.
The Meltdown on 30A:
Everyone loves a bit of comfort food, and nothing feels quite as comforting as a really great grilled cheese. The Meltdown on 30A has the grilled cheese, mastered and re-imagined. From the classic All-American grilled cheese, to the Sloppy Melt (think sloppy joe and grilled cheese get married) to their Strawberry Goat Forever (yes, that’s goat cheese, strawberry preserves and prosciutto) – the Meltdown is a need-to-eat.
The Great Southern Café:
It wouldn’t be a Florida vacation if you skipped out on the seafood and a taste of those southern classics. The Great Southern Café’s menu is a fresh take, literally offering a fish of the day, your way (pecan-crusted, blackened, or grilled) but also with brings an international spin on some of those well-loved favorites. Oh, and did we mention there are hush puppies – feels too important to leave out.
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