I've been absent from blogland for the past two weeks. I hope you missed me just a little. We were on vacation with our family in Florida for a week and I was taking a little time away from blogging, a little down time. I can't wait to catch up with what all of you have been doing.
A sea of emerald green shining in the sun best describes the gulf coast. Coastal scenic highways running from Mississippi through Alabama and the Florida panhandle will take you to a southern paradise. Here you find beautiful small southern towns of old Florida and beaches filled with high-rise condominiums. You are sure to find whatever you love.
I have been coming to these beaches since I was a little girl with my momma, daddy and sister. Every summer we would pack up the car and head south. The beaches were scattered with cottages up and down the scenic roads, with a few hotels in the bigger towns. What a different world now! In Gulf Shores, AL, Pensacola Beach, Destin and Panama City Beach, Florida you have miles of high-rise condos. Then there is Highway 30-A! A ride down memory lane with its homes and cottages, no high-rise condos here. We love both.
We usually spend a week in May and a week in September here. The rest of the year we go for three and four night stays. This trip we spent our week in a high rise in Panama City Beach. I love to get up early and enjoy my coffee on the balcony while enjoying the incredible view. Our grandson Connor enjoys the pool and building sandcastles on the beach. We always plan a day to visit our favorite towns, restaurants and of course favorite shops.
I made a few photographs. Hope you'll pull up a chair, have a favorite beverage and join me as I look at my vacation photographs.
Panama City Beach
Our condo near restaurants and shopping but away from the spring break hang-outs
Childhood Beach Memories
A peek at my childhood scrapbook pages
Time spent on vacation with my Momma and Daddy
My sister made this sweet album and gave it to me for Christmas
Album by Kate Spade
Home Away from Home
in this Beautifully Decorated Condo
Plenty of room for a relaxing stay. Living room and dining area overlook a balcony with a view of the Gulf of Mexico
I love the details in the decorating. Just look at these coral pulls
Full size kitchen. Beautiful stainless appliances and granite countertops
Ready to make a day of it
This was Mother's Day weekend. We spent it with our son, daughter-in-law and grandson. Seaside celebrates this weekend with "ArtsQuest," a festival bringing together artists from all over the world. Beautiful antiques, paintings, jewelry, and any artistic gifts for mom you can imagine. I was pretty good here. I didn't need a trailer to get home but my car was packed with all it could hold!
After all the walking and shopping we sure worked up an appetite. With so many great restaurants it's easy to find anything you want to eat. Casual to elegant and everything in between, something for everyone.
Fried Green Tomatoes
Blackened Grouper, no one does it like the gulf coast!
A little retail therapy, a must here
Jim and I both grew up enjoying vacations at these beaches. Now we enjoy sharing our memories with Connor while making new ones.
Fun, fun, fun with Connor at the beach
Thanks Momma and Daddy for beautiful memories
Remembering you both on your birthdays and Mother and Father's Day
I hope you enjoyed a little of the gulf coast through my photos. I would love to hear about your favorite vacation spots, do tell!
A beautiful sunset to a perfect day!
for Memorial Day Beach Getaway