My Seaside Story

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?

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Seaside Becomes Part of You

Posted 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!

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