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Summer is pretty much upon us – the weather is getting warmer and pretty much all I’m wanting to do with my time is spend it outside – and hey, if it was at the beach I wouldn’t complain 😉 Just a couple weeks ago we headed down to the Gulf for a weekend getaway, and last fall I had a girl’s weekend in Rosemary Beach.
Today’s post is a list of our favorite spots along 30A. But wait – first, let’s back up a bit – some of you might be wondering what the heck 30A even is. It confused us like crazy when we first would see it as bumper stickers on people’s cars, but thanks to Google we discovered that it is a scenic road along the Gulf Coast in the Florida Panhandle. And as far as sand, sun, and fun go, we couldn’t recommend it more highly! Along 30A you will find several beach towns, each with their own charm and character (which you know we’re big suckers for 😉 ).
Although we haven’t been down to the Gulf Coast a ton, the modern, clean design of some of these beach towns had me dying to revisit them today, even if it just meant searching through my picture library for some of my favorite shots. Alright, NOW, let’s dive into the things that we love along 30A (and think you will too!). Warning, most of them are food and beach related.
1. Blue Mountain Beach Creamery – Blue Mountain Beach
Ice cream. And it’s delicious. That’s pretty much all you need to know. Alright, alright, some more details. You’re going to be getting great quality ice cream, and with a ton of flavor options (they also change them up pretty regularly so be on the look-out for new flavors!), served out of a pastel yellow beach house. Another important detail: it is cash only, so remember to bring some cash!
2. Black Bear Bread Co. – Grayton Beach
This cute and quaint bakery/coffee shop/cafe is bound to have something for everyone. This was our breakfast stop before getting on the road to drive back to Birmingham, and it had so many delicious looking pastries it was hard to choose just one!
In this town, you’ll find lots of shops and restaurants, all right beside the beach. We’d recommend spending some time wandering around the shops and then grabbing a pizza from Bud and Alley’s Pizza Bar and heading down to the beach (the town has several beach access points) to enjoy dinner and the sunset!
4. Alys Beach
I kid you not, the first time I drove through Alys Beach I couldn’t even believe it – I kept saying “This is otherworldly” haha. The luxury seaside town features beautiful white homes with walkways, streets and public spaces. We’d recommend grabbing a coffee/snack at Fonville Press (going to get to this one next) and then walking around the neighborhood. The interior design and architecture lover in me could have walked these streets for hours!
5. Fonville Press – Alys Beach
Fonville Press is a cafe in the middle of Alys Beach – and being right off of 30A it’s easy to find and get to. The area inside the cafe is pretty small, but there are a ton of seating options outside (and a great play area for kids). And if you love parfaits – the fresh fruit parfait from here is a winner!
6. Rosemary Beach
The next town over from Alys Beach is Rosemary Beach and just like many of the other towns this one has its own unique character and charm (are you sensing a pattern here? haha). Rosemary has lots of restaurant options and beautiful streets and alleyways to walk around. When my friend and I went down to the gulf for a girls weekend we stayed in Rosemary Beach and we loved it! Through where we were staying, we had easy access to the beach, could walk all around town easily and also could easily walk to Alys beach in minutes, and Seaside and other towns were just a short drive away.
The Simple Summary
I hope you enjoyed this list of our favorite spots along 30A. Although we haven’t been many times (yet!) we’re looking forward to adding to the list over the years, with more trips to the gulf in the future (including renting bikes along 30A). And if you’ve ever been, do you have a favorite spot or beach town along 30A?