Monday, March 18, 2013

Trips Down 30A

I'm always torn on the weekends between my love of sleep and my desire to get out and have some fun.  This weekend was not a sleeping weekend, which is all well and good, since spring break is only a week away, and I know I'll get plenty caught up then.  Fingers crossed...

With my little sis in town this weekend, my family decided to load up the bikes on Saturday morning and head over to Seaside/Watercolor to do a little scenic riding.  If you've never heard of Seaside before, you don't know what you're missing.  It's funny because I've lived about 45 minutes away from there my whole life but never knew how popular it really was until the past few years.  Since I started blogging, I've found post after post from others sharing about their love for Seaside, and it just really hit me that it's a paradise destination for so many people, and I'm blessed enough to go whenever I want!  The older I get, the more and more I appreciate where I'm from.  I never did growing up, but I'm glad it's finally sinking in now.  Maturity?  Yikes!  That's a scary thought...

Anywho, we all loaded up and headed there bright and early (and by bright and early, I mean 10:30).  By the time we got there, it was time to eat, so we tried out The Great Southern Cafe.  Holy moly.  It was uhh-mazing.  Seriously, so good.  I had the Grits A Ya Ya, which is basically gouda cheese grits with shrimp, shallots, mushroom cream sauce, and sweet potato straws.  It's the house specialty, and it did not disappoint.

Ok, I'll shut up and just let the pictures do the talking...






FYI, we did most of our actual riding in Watercolor, where there were awesome bikes paths and less traffic.  Seaside is a great place to bike, too, but we pretty much fell in love with biking in Watercolor.  So much fun!

Linking up with Leeann for Join the Gossip!


  1. Okay, so I think I might need to take a trip down there and try some of those grits. Holy crap!

  2. Seaside is my heaven on earth! We've been going since 2000 and I love it! We do venture into Watercolor a few times too :) Glad you had a great weekend!

  3. Oh my goodness, what a lovely day!! That ice cream looks deeelicious! Even at 7:30AM :)

  4. Looks like a wonderful family day! I can relate about always having the "relax/adventure" battle;) Glad you had a nice staycation!! Is Seaside/Watercolor also right by Rosemary Beach?

    1. Yes, it is! It's also off of 30A. There are a bunch of tiny little resort towns that are clustered together, and a lot of them literally run right into each other. You don't always even know when you're crossing over from one into the other, except usually the architecture of the buildings and homes is slightly different. Have you been to Rosemary Beach?

  5. Oh my gosh!! All of the lily pads! I am obsessed! What a fun weekend. Glad you had a blast :)
    I want to try grites, well again. Only had them once. It's not that easy to find them in LA.

    Thanks for linking up!

  6. Growing in Clearwater (Fl) I often remind myself when I visit that I grew up where people consider it to be "paradise" - it's a weird unique outlook for sure!

  7. The Great Southern Cafe looks like such a cute place (as does all of Seaside!), but those grits look absolutely delicious. And I'm not normally a grits person. But that's definitely a plate of grits I know I'd enjoy