One of the main things for us was to find a place that allowed pets so we could take out beloved furbabies. They really enjoyed being on the beach for the first time!
The Gulf was the most clear I have ever seen it (I have been to the Gulf many times). There was not a drop of oil to be seen.
Seaside was amazing. It was peaceful, quaint, safe, and adorable. I loved browsing all of the little shops and food establishments in the town center. I would highly recommend a beach trip to Seaside if you have not been. It is perfect for families and children.
Seaside is just a quick 20 minutes away from Destin, which has a great outlet mall called "Silver Sands". I got some amazing deals at the J. Crew outlet and Gap outlet. For boutique shopping, we drove about 20 minutes east to Rosemary Beach where I fell in love with a little boutique named Willow (check out their blog HERE).
For dining, we hit up all the local favorites. We had amazing seafood at Cafe 30-A. Also, Bud & Alley's restaraunt (inside, not rooftop) was so nice and had amazing food as well. I loved the cupcake airstream trailer in the town square of Seaside.
I got to meet the lovely Elizabeth of Elizabeth's Epigrams on one of the first nights we were there. She was so fun and we had a great time having drinks on the Bud & Alley's rooftop.
On our last night, we attempted to take some amateur beach shots for our Christmas card this year. It was SO sunny and bright that we could barely keep our eyes open. I think it will still make a nice card once I crop the picture.
Overall it was an amazing trip. I definitely want to make Seaside a yearly tradition.