Seaside Becomes Part of YouPosted on January 24th at 8:07 pm No Comments
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 husband and daughter of my own, we flew down to rent another big, beautiful home with my dad, in-laws, 2 sisters, brother-in-law and nephew. I had very few memories of Seaside, and wasn’t expecting anything much different than my other Florida vacations. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
I am not a big traveler… but for the first time I felt this was a place I could (and wanted to!) call home (or at least visit many, many times!). The shopping, the weather, the friendly people, the restaurants, the beautiful beaches…It becomes part of you, and a part that you miss when you’re not there.
We returned again in 2011, obviously the unspoken start of a new yearly tradition. (I hope!) We just booked our flights for our next visit this April, and this year we’ll be bringing our baby son. My daughter is already talking about getting shaved ice from Frost Bites and playing in the little playhouse. I’m just thinking about the grilled cheese sandwiches from the Meltdown!
Seaside and the surrounding communities are wonderful, magical places and the perfect place to visit, live or retire. If I had the chance to take a free trip to Hawaii or Europe, I would pay my way to Seaside instead!