Seaside Florida Vacation Getaway

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I was JUST visiting Seaside for a girls weekend getaway with these fabulous ladies pictured below. Seaside FL, if you’re not familiar it’s on the Florida panhandle in Walton County, between Panama City Beach and Destin.

It’s the perfect, charming beach town with white sand beaches and turquoise waters. Pastel houses with white picket fences are tucked away on tree lined streets with families riding their bikes to the nearby ice cream shop. Quaint restaurants line the streets along with food trucks, clothing stores, art galleries, ceramic shops and more, all within walking distance. Perfect for friends’ getaways or family vacations.

A few of the places we stopped to eat were Crush, The Shrimp Shack, Pickles and Bud and Alleys.
Top left to right: Lori Smith of Seaside, Ali of Gimme Some Oven, Heidi of Foodie Crush, Amanda of Kevin and Amanda, Maria of Two Peas and Their Pod. Bottom row: Me, Bill Dawson, Heavenly Dawson, Jenny of Picky Palate and Shelly of Cookies and Cups.
(Me and Amanda)
It happened to be Ali’s birthday that weekend, so we started celebratory cocktails a little early…

We spent our afternoons walking through town, stopping for shaved ice (the toasted coconut was my fave!), doing some shopping, and of course laying on the beach.

If you are looking to visit Seaside, renting a cottage is a must. We stayed at a charming Beach Cottage Rental House called Sea-Ya which was steps away from the ocean.

Great views, beautiful kitchen, cozy living space – it felt like home. The perfect place to stay if you’re traveling with a group of friends or a large family. Honestly, a part of me wished it was MY home. Sitting on the porch you could hear the sound of ocean. I imagined what life would be like cooking in that kitchen and blogging from the porch. Who knows, maybe one day!

If you want to see more pictures from our weekend, you can click on these links from my sweet friends:

Heidi’s post on Foodie Crush
Amanda’s post on Kevin and Amanda
Maria’s post on Two Peas and Their Pod
Ali’s post on Gimme Some Oven
Jenny’s post on Picky Palate
Shelley’s post on Cookies and Cups

For more information about events happening in Seaside, FL, visit here.

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  1. It must be a wonderful trip, the place looks marvelous.

  2. Beautiful place and vacation spot – One I dream of. I have never been to Florida.

  3. Wow, these pictures are unbelievable! This looks like such a wonderful place to visit! Thanks so much for the great review and recommendations…looks like Florida needs to be on my bucket list now.

  4. I just come to you for your amazing recipes…now an amazing getaway?!? Thanks for all you do!!!

  5. Gina, I was so envious when I saw your trip pics on instagram!! I grew up in Panama City Beach, not far from Seaside, and spent a lot of time escaping the chaos in my town to Seaside's serene beaches. The shrimp at Bud and Alley's were a family favorite. When I was in college, my friends and I loved to trek to the Red Bar just down the road. I haven't been back in about 10 years. Sure would be fun to take a trip down memory lane! : ) ps – love your recipes! We eat them almost every night!

  6. This would be an amazing getaway for my family!

  7. Thanks for the amazing chance (chances) to win!

  8. I had no problem at all, and I'm really dumb at all this! Thanks so so much for your recipes, and wow this vaca looks like a blast…

  9. I would relax and take in the beautiful water!

  10. Looks like a fabulous place to spend a little vacation and celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary!

  11. There is no link or log in. All I could log in is for the cookbook updates. Someone please fix or send a link that works

  12. Love Skinnytaste Recipes! Thanks for the opportunity to win this lovely vacation getaway. 🙂

  13. Looks like a beautiful place, I choose Skinnytaste recipes every night!!

  14. Since the rules don't say there are location restrictions, does that mean that us Canadians can enter too?

  15. Your trip looked amazing! Thanks for the chance to win!

  16. Ok.. just want to be sure, the widget you are talking about is the "Cliqueme" one at the bottom right of my screen?

    • No, it says log in with facebook or log in with email. It's a big box right below "how to enter".

  17. I have a question. Will the winner's cottage be the same as the one you stayed in, Gina?

  18. I cook from your website all the time and every thing is a hit with my two girls especially. WOuld love to win this trip. i love SKINNY TASTE

  19. I would love to win this!!!!!

  20. I was able to enter using Chrome browser. Thanks for the opportunity to win. You're pretty amazing! I tell everyone about your site.

  21. If you are using IE as your browser, there is no way to log in. Switch over to Firefox or Chrome, copy and paste the web address, and scroll down to see where to enter the contest.

  22. Oh my gosh!! This is such an amazing thing you are doing for your fans, thank you so much. Of course, I hope I win, but whoever wins, this was an amazing thing to do for us all. Thank you!

  23. Tried Chrome, Firefox and Explorer. No widget found. 🙁

  24. So much fun spending the weekend in the sand with you Gina and talking up cookbooks, blogs and fun. XO

  25. What an awesome place and thank you for the opportunity to win a mini vacation. This would mean so much to me. My son and grandson moved to Walton County last year and I haven't been able to see my grandson for 6 years. What a blessing it would be to win this gift!

  26. Would love to enter but don't have those. And love your blog.

  27. Vicki Fowler 5/19/14 11:15

  28. Want to enter – I am not the most computer literate person so not sure I am doing this right. Love love the beach and love Skinny Taste recipies!

  29. Can't find where to even log in, please make this easier for us!!

  30. Oh my gosh this vacation looks AMAZING!!

  31. So excited. This is my first Skinnytaste contest and l can't wait!!!! Love everything about the Seaside. I enjoyed living through you girls via instagram while you were there!! Keep doing what your doing Skinnytaste!!!!

  32. I dont see the link either….unless Im missing something

  33. We were just in Seaside for the day last week. Had lunch at the Great Southern Cafe right in the center of town. The BEST shrimp and grits I have ever had!

  34. You all look so refreshed! I've never been to Seaside, but it looks exquisitely charming!

  35. Thanks for the chance to win. I had no trouble entering. Good luck to everyone.

  36. No promo widget, too bad for me I guess

  37. I couldn't see the link with internet explorer either. Had to use google chrome and was able to enter.

  38. This vacation looks too good to be true. You mentioned to "log in" but are you referring to just make a comment?

    • No comments don't count, there is a form at the bottom of the post where you enter your email. If you don't see it, try using a different web browser, seems IE doesn't work.

  39. I finally tried Firefox and it worked!!

  40. Beautiful place with my husband's health issues, working full-time and running kids. This would be a very welcomed break for us. I'd love to register – link?

  41. Love the decor in the Sea-Ya rental! Love the grey coffee table.

  42. Ditto here! Would love to register but am not willing to download more software to my PC.

  43. looks like you had a beautiful vacation; I would love to be entered in this contest!

  44. What an aweseome giveaway!

  45. Strange, I see the promo simple widget above, I am surprised some of you don't see it. I am on Firefox, so if you are using Internet Explorer, try switching to Firefox for this! It's the only way to enter.

  46. same as the others, no place to log in or enter. would love to do so.
    Patti Kells

  47. Sounds exciting! Please add the link so we can enter!

  48. I had a hard time Entering using Internet Explorer, but I switched to Mozilla Firefox and entered no problems!! Good luck everyone 🙂

  49. Can you enter more than once?

    • There's a bonus that gives you the option of following some of us on Facebook, Instagram, etc which increases your chances to win but you can only do this once.

  50. I do not see a login or a link to enter

  51. sorry dont see the link either & June 1 is closing in.. I would love to give this to my mother & my sister.. get a way.. 🙂 – Debbie Jackson email is:

  52. Help! No Link. 🙁

  53. Hope to see a new post with the link. I would love to enter sounds like a great getaway.

  54. Simple Widget. Don't see the link. would love to win. Thanks!

  55. Would love it

  56. Great pics … no link.

  57. Looking to enter unable to find the link. 🙁

  58. Will you be reposting with the link attached??

  59. No link 🙁

  60. There is no link.

  61. I'm not having issues with the widget. I'm using Chrome, if that helps. There's no link, just a place to enter info.

  62. Yes, link please.

  63. Where is the link??

  64. I don't see a link but would love to enter

  65. I don't see a link to enter

  66. Anyone find the link yet??? Would love to win, sure can use a vaca 🙂

  67. I love you blog and would like to enter the contest.

  68. promo simple widget

  69. I do not see the PromoSimple widget. Am I missing something?

  70. Yep, no link. Would be a great place for a get away for our friend going through chemo yet again. Just found out about your blog and love it!

    • You just need to "log in". There is no actual link.

    • If you are using IE as your browser, there is no way to log in. Switch over to Firefox or Chrome, copy and paste the web address, and scroll down to see where to enter the contest.

  71. I'd love to enter too, but no link 🙁

  72. Like Michelle, I don't see the link either 🙁 However, the pictures are amazing and would love to have the experience of cooking your recipes in that kitchen while writing to thank you for them 😉

  73. This looks amazing and it looked like you had fun! I love you recipes btw!! so helpful being married and having little time on my hands 😛
    I want to enter the giveaway so my husband and I can celebrate for our anniversary but i dont see the link 🙁