My first trip to Seaside was more than 15 years ago. I was in high school and we drove down to Florida from the farms of Illinois, a caravan of my aunts, uncle, grandparents, and cousins with us. We were celebrating my grandparents’ anniversary and spent the week in a huge beachfront home just east of downtown on 30A. With such a big group, young kids, and the beach at our fingertips, we spent most of the time right there at the house. Fast forward to 2010. Now with a… Read More
For 30 years, our dream for Seaside has been the dream we have for life itself. Simplicity, grace, elegance. Fashions have changed. Wars have come and gone. And a wave of technology has changed the way we exist. But the fact remains that Seaside reminds us of what is truly real and significant in life. A simple connection to family and friends and the world around us. The story of Seaside is the story of lives touched by this simple philosophy. We are all Seaside, because we all share the same dream. And, perhaps, Seaside continues to help us live that dream. The dream of a simple, beautiful life. These are our Seaside stories. Stories of laughter and sadness. Romance and loneliness. Families and friends. Traditions and discoveries. My Seaside Story is a yearlong storytelling experience, a setting for us to share our stories. For the past three decades, hundreds and hundreds of them have washed ashore.
What is your Seaside story?
I want to share a story of true love of a place where my Mother felt at home! I brought my Mother many times to Seaside with my family over the past 14 years. But the 2009 trip will be our most memorable – we didn’t know it but it was to be her last trip. I remember her drive to do everything as she always did before – ride the bikes (of course with oxygen on her back), come to the ocean, paint pottery, etc… Nothing stopped her from… Read More
Dinner was planned to take place in Seaside on the open deck overlooking the Gulf, behind the two old wooden beach houses that had been moved from Panama City Beach. One became the Sip & Dip and the other Bud & Alleys. The buildings were flanking the original sand pathway that led down to the Gulf of Mexico. A large group of pivotal people in the town’s history—planners, designers, and architects—were coming in from Miami to brainstorm. It was decided they would need some good food, stimulating conversation, and an… Read More
I cannot claim that Seaside is where our story began, but it is where we began to discover each other. We had known each other for a while but had only recently started considering each other weeks before our arrival at Seaside last year. She had heard about this wonderful place from a friend, and we booked a weekend stay in the Motor Court. After ten hours of driving—including a stop at the Florida state line to lie in the middle of the road in celebration of our arrival—we approached… Read More
Ever since I was a little, my family and I have been vacationing in Seaside every summer. Over the years, it has become one of my favorite places in the world. I’m from a small town much like Seaside–Yellow Springs, Ohio–and it reminds me of home, just on the beach. The people are so nice, there are all kinds of shops, and amazing food. I love Seaside and plan on moving there soon! –Mary Adeline