Are you ready for my fourth (and final) post on Florida? I hope so, ’cause here it comes…(If you missed the first three, click here for our take on Naples, here for the scoop on Venice, and here for Rainbow Springs.)
On March 6th we left Rainbow Springs in central Florida and took the looonnnng drive, (with our defective car in tow), to Topsail State Park, where we were scheduled to stay for a week before moving just slightly east to the Panama City area for an additional week.
I told you a little bit about those areas in this post, but I deliberately left out Seaside, the charming coastal town that was the backdrop for The Truman Show, as there’s just too many pics for it not to have its own post.
We visited Seaside twice. The first visit was a late afternoon/early evening one, when we took advantage of the airstream ‘food trucks’ and had a casual dinner…
and I captured this adorable chapel, the Panhandle’s most popular venue for weddings, gently lit.
We returned a couple of days later and had the opportunity to check out the inside, and I was taken with its striking simplicity.
The chapel faces a large courtyard, which arguably is the heart of Seaside, and has a decidedly European feel.
The neighborhood immediately surrounding the courtyard are lovingly maintained, brightly saturated colored homes that compliment each other both with their chosen hues as well as their cottage style architectural details.
SunDog Books is a true book lover’s paradise and a must see if you’re in the area. Sadly, there aren’t too many bookstores like it left anymore.
Just across the road, literally steps from the beach, were countless vendors, restaurants and shops with colorful clothing and pretty wares.
Not surprisingly, Seaside is one of Florida’s most expensive areas, but justifiably so. Real Estate listings routinely highlight homes for well over a million no larger than 2000 sq ft., but oh….they’re soooo worth it!
After leaving the Panhandle area, our first stop was just twenty minutes from Jekyll Island in Georgia, a relaxing destination where we felt like we stepped back in time.
We biked around the island for the better part of the day, enjoying the scenery of the Gulf, the stately homes…
and last but not least, the aptly named Driftwood Beach.
Doesn’t this look like a dragon?
In contrast to the serene, sophisticated atmosphere of Jekyll Island, we found our next stop, downtown Myrtle Beach, to be somewhat touristy and commercial, but I appreciated the Art Deco apartments that lined the waterfront. I heard the northern part of Myrtle Beach is lovely, but with the limited time we were there we didn’t venture out that far.
That concludes my ‘Florida’ series. Next year, we will be revisiting the Naples and Venice areas for two months, but may leave the month of March a little flexible. Perhaps a trip to the east coast of Florida is in order…or Asheville, N.C., or Hilton Head…or all three :).
In other news…
Spring is here, and with it comes lots to do outside! If you’ve been following along, you might remember the little stone wall we built last year. Well now it’s time to spruce up the steps leading into the house. We’ve picked out some stones and hope to have the work done next week.
I planted some veggies in our raised bed also. Some lettuce, beets, chard and rainbow carrots. It’s been a very long time since I’ve tended to any veggies (other than container tomatoes and herbs) so wish me luck.
I just went shopping for some much needed shorts. After trying on my clothes and doing a trial run of packing for our upcoming trip, it turns out after all those beignets I ate in the Panhandle, I only have one pair that still fit me :(. UGH!!
Last but not least, I met with Debbie over at MountainMama on Sunday!!! We had a wonderful day, chatting about this n’ that, eating lunch and antiquing in a cute town up the road a bit. Debbie lives in a lovely, secluded area but is lucky to be close to everything. Her home is a true reflection of her lively, warm personality and damn, can that girl cook! Make sure you click on over to get the recipe for this unbelievably good quiche.
To. Die. For.
If the steps get done next week I’ll be showing you those before we leave, otherwise I’ve got some roundup posts coming your way I think you’ll enjoy.