A quick dose of vitamin sea…

A beach bound road trip is always a good idea. Thanks to VRBO, I was able to find an amazing deal on a condo which I ended up booking through TurnKey (saved us a little $$ by eliminating tacked on VRBO fees). We arrived at our condo, which was within a complex called the “Village of South Walton”.  On our first adventure out, we discovered it was within walking distance to a beach access (or you could use the tram service provided by the complex), the center heart of Rosemary Beach, bike rentals, shops, and surrounded by amazing eateries.

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Interior of our Turnkey Condo

We walked down to Wild Olives to split a few appetizers- Crab Cakes with Red Pepper Aoli, Fried Green Tomatoes with Crab, and Wild Olives Fish Tacos. We then walked down Main St of Rosemary Beach which immediately captured my heart with the modern beach town architecture. We passed by The Pearl Hotel, which found its way on my bucket list the second I saw it.

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Courtyard in front of The Pearl hotel
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Main St
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Main St

After we explored Main St, we walked down to the beach and stuck our toes in the white sand. We brought beach towels down with us and watched a beautiful sunset.

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We returned to our condo to eat dinner at a restaurant on the bottom floor of our building called La Cocina. It was seafood with a Mexican twist to it. We ordered queso, La Cocina’s Fish Tacos, Snapper Veracruz, Seacrest Ceviche, Sangria Frezada, and Cielo de Chocolate.

On day 2 we ate breakfast at Grits and Grind. It was in the same building as La Cocina  but during the morning hours it transforms into a different restaurant. We ordered the Smoked Salmon Benedict with a side of cheese grits & fruit (pictured below), Colorado Omelet, & Belgian Waffle. IMG_1899

After breakfast we caught the tram and headed to the beach for our first full day. The weather was beautiful- sunshine-y with a cool breeze. However, the water was too cold for my mom & I. My brother courageously went in and enjoyed it… knee deep was as far as I could go. We made a short walk up to Crabby Steves, which was a beach bar right on the beach just up a few stairs over the dunes. I ordered a pina colada while my mom & brother ordered mojitos. IMG_1914

For dinner we walked back up to Crabby Steves. We ordered the crab dip (which was amazing) and their freshly caught fish of the day. I had a tile fish sandwich with sweet potato fries.

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We walked back to the condo and enjoyed dessert at Smallcakes Cupcakery and Creamery (they’ve been a past competitor on the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars). You order your favorite cupcake & they sandwich it between a scoop of ice cream of your choice.

On Day 3, we enjoyed our last day at the beach. Before breakfast, we did a little shopping at Hissyfits Boutique. My mom & I decided that if we had an unending amount of cash we could do some major damage in that store. Afterwards, we walked to Cowgirl Kitchen on Main St and enjoyed a nice breakfast. We ordered the Veggie Egg Scramble, Migas, and Praline Waffle which had bacon bits within it (pictured below). We then walked right on down to the beach.

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After enjoying our last full day we had dinner at a restaurant called La Crema. It was my favorite place during our trip. Located on main street, you can grab a table outside and enjoy the architecture and environment around you. We each had a half order of the Seafood Paella (pictured below) with champagne and red wine to drink. For dessert, we split the best Hot Chocolate Molten Cake (pictured below) I’ve ever had in my life. Fighting each other with our spoons for the last bite was the perfect way to end our trip.

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Hot Chocolate Molten Cake with Salted Caramel Ice Cream
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Seafood Paella- Lobster tails, shrimp, scallops, mussels, clams & chorizo simmered with slow cooked saffron rice

Until next time, 30A!

-Chesney

Side note– On our next road trip, we would like to make time to stop in Mobile, Alabama to explore the USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park. We would also like to make time to visit the INFINITY Science Center which is right off IH10 on our way to Fl.

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