What are your family’s summer traditions? Our family and extended family have a long-standing tradition of spending the last week of July in the beautiful, sunny beach town of Seaside, Florida. Seaside is located along historic Highway 30A in the Florida Panhandle. From Dallas, you can easily fly into Ft Walton Beach or Pensacola, or make a road trip of it with the family (we normally take a pit stop in New Orleans along the way!). The most important thing to remember is that once you get to Seaside, you can park your car for the week! The three main forms of transportation are walking, biking, and golf cart riding. It’s so nice to be out of the car and really absorb this quaint little beach town.
“Where bare feet and sandy floors rule,” is posted all over town. White picket fences line the streets filled with everything from stately colonial homes to tiny beach cottages. The town center, “Seaside Square” is a large green field lined with palm trees. Surrounding the square are unique little shops and art galleries that will impress even the most discerning Dallas shopper. The town is only 1.5 square miles and has some of the best food I’ve ever had, between their restaurants and line of silver gleaming Airstream food trucks. Trails for running and bike riding wind around the town, between palm trees and along the water, over bridges and alongside perfectly planned parks and water features.
All of the above and I still haven’t reached the best part…the perfect white sandy beaches and crystal clear water. We’ve talked to people on the beaches while visiting that have traveled the world and remark at the unmatched beauty of the beaches of Seaside.
So…before you plan your visit, here’s a list of some of our favorite hot spots:
Bud and Alley’s http://www.budandalleys.com – Hit the upstairs bar for sunset and stunning views of the ocean, stay for the delicious food.
Like most of you, we have a LOVE/HATE relationship with our fair city. We LOVE the 10 months of patio weather, the friendly people, the State Fair and of course the Tex-Mex (especially when it comes with a Mambo Taxi), but we HATE August. That’s right, August. It’s the worst month of the year in Dallas. It’s hot, but not July hot – where you’ve just started to get used to the heat and you still have the energy to sneak in an early round of golf or game of tennis. No, this is “we haven’t had a day under 100 in over a week and my glasses fog up when I leave the house hot”. It’s miserable and over the years us Dallasites have become experts in beating the August heat. Welcome to our new summer blog series on the best places to ESCAPE to this summer (and some of the fab homes you can buy or rent there!).
My personal August escape is Breckenridge, Colorado. Breck (as those familiar with the town call it) has a true East Dallas vibe; full of excellent independently owned shops and restaurants with a casual vibe…it feels like home…in the mountains! We LOVE this home at 131 Windwood Circle in Breckenridge, listed by Laurie Huggins. The Design Aesthetic + View + Location make it the perfect luxury escape in Breckenridge. Listed at $7,495,00, this incredible home has 6 Bedrooms, 6.4 Baths, 6 Fireplaces and 7,995 square feet on almost half an acre.
Who wouldn’t want to wake up to this view?
A little pool and cards (+ bar of course) is the perfect place to hang out with the extended family on your vacation!
The media room is complete with everything you need to sing Karaoke (including costumes!)…yes, we said COSTUMES!
Not in the market for a luxury property in Colorado, but looking for a fun way to beat the heat anyway? Me too! I’ve included my family’s Top 5 list of our favorite things to do in Breck!
5. Downstairs at Eric’s – great pizza + a ton of video games! We love to hit this restaurant up on a rainy night. Order a pizza and a bottle of wine, give the kiddos $10 to play the games and sit back and relax. Bonus: the pizza’s really good!
4. Hike – There are so many great hikes in and around Breckenridge! Whether you want to take the lift to the top of the mountain and explore some of the winter ski trails or climb to see a waterfall, there will be a hike for you. Start early and keep an eye on the weather! An afternoon thunderstorm on the mountain can be dangerous!
3. Peak 8 Summer Fun Park – almost all of the resort towns turn the top of the mountain into a fun park in the summer. Think Alpine slides, mountain roller coasters, and zip lines!
2. Horseback Riding at BreckStables! One of the only places I’ve found that will accommodate the littles, this is a “MUST” for our family. An hour trail ride through the mountains with a small group is an excellent way to see the local topography and scenery.
1. White Water Rafting with AVA – again, only of the only places that the littles can be included in the fun, AVA has rides for 3 and up! Our little guy is already talking about jumping off the cliffs into the river again this year!