I was so grateful to join a friend, Callie with It's Callie Danielle/Shop Callie Danielle for a very quick press trip to her favorite place - 30A. Now I may be under a rug but I couldn't wrap my mind around what exactly "30A" is...was it a restaurant a town, a building?...please explain.
Based off of Santa Rosa Beach…this area is a destination with a two-lane, Gulf-front road called Scenic Highway 30-A. It honestly feels like you are driving through multiple neighborhoods. Life is slow paced (off season was quiet!), pedestrians crossed the highway to walk to the beach and all the local stores and mom and pop shops were open for business.
Here is a recap of the trip should you decide off season is the perfect time for you. We spent approximately 18 hours of "free time" on our quick trip and this is what it entailed. Should you have more time to spend then I do recommend these places.
Inlet beach is where we happend to spend the most time. The afternoon was absolutely perfect and the beach was quiet. We were able to capture all the photos of the water rolling in, the sand dunes and even enjoyed the salty sea breeze. It was too cold to get in for my liking but the sun did come and heat up as the afternoon progressed and the water was the perfect temperature.
A best kept secret happens to be the Deer Lake State Park Beach - most people don't know about this hidden gem and I was just introduced to it. It does cost $3/vehicle or $2/pedestrian to access to see the rare coastal dune lake. You can't walk across the sand dunes (wildlife protection) but there is a boardwalk to walk to give you access to the beach.
Food & Drinks
We started off our evening with frozen drinks from BFF Everybody. The little stand next to The Great Southern Cafe. It may not be summer but there is always a good time for some frosé. I think what made it taste a little better was the pretty orchid garnish.
We followed the drinks by indulging in one of the food truck/spots along the highway. I got the triple grilled cheese from "the melt down on 30A". I had been craving a grilled cheese for some time and boy am I picky about it. I was happy about the Texas Toast & although I got my fill of cheese, it was missing the buttery/salty crust but maybe I have an abnormal craving for savory/salty.