Without a doubt the Florida’s Panhandle is home to the world’s most beautiful beaches! Recently I was fortunate to spend a few days with a group in a friend’s beach home located along Northwest Florida’s Scenic Highway, known as 30A. This 18.5 mile stretch of beach is home to quaint resorts such as Seagrove, Seaside, Grayton Beach, Rosemary Beach, Alys Beach, Seacrest, Inlet Beach, and Camp Creek Lake. The sugar-fine sandy beaches and emerald green water provided a serene environment to just “get away” and enjoy a time of laughter, sharing, shopping, great meals, exercise, and prayer. Refreshing breezes blowing off the gulf produce a tranquil environment. One of our favorite past times was taking scenic walks along to examine the gorgeous beach vegetation as well as the spectacular architecture..
Paradis, in downtown Rosemary Beach, is a favorite restaurant. The interconnected neighborhoods of architecturally unique homes have Caribbean, New Orleans, and Charleston influences..
Entrees at Aqua, a Rosemary sushi bar, are artfully garnished with fresh herbs and flowers…
Beautiful spring flowers are everywhere..
Rosemary Beach is truly a slice of paradise in the panhandle. The scent of rosemary subtly permeates the air. Courtyards and gardens are filled with beautiful flowers, creeping fig, and gigantic masses of meticulously groomed rosemary.
You feel as though you have drifted into the Mediterranean as you enter Alys Beach. What a memorable evening enjoying our own private dining area overlooking the magnificent pool and grounds…
The community of Seaside is filled with quaint shops as well as open air markets. Eateries and charming pastel colored beach houses with picket fences dot the landscape.
From the gift of lasting friendships ..
To the gift of incredible beach sunsets..
We have experienced our own gifts from the sea…
“The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. To dig for treasures shows not only impatience and greed, but lack of faith. Patience, patience, patience, is what the sea teaches. Patience and faith. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach- waiting for a gift from the sea.”
Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea