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!!