Rosemary Beach


One last post on Rosemary Beach. Promise. But I don’t think you’re going to mind too much —

Admittedly it’s been a bumpy reentry this week into regular plain ol’ life. Between Jude having an ear infection and trying to get on top of work stuff, it’s been challenging to say the least. Actually, challenging is probably putting it mildly.

But despite all that normal back-to-the-real-world stuff, I came away from our trip filled to the brim with inspiration and a full heart. I thrive on beauty – and this particular trip was a feast for the senses in all ways possible.


Our favorite things to do after the jump — 

We spent our days going from the beach to a nice afternoon siesta, and then to the gorgeous pool closest to our house (there were 4 pools in the community). In the evening we rode our bicycles, listening to the cicadas in what was otherwise total quiet. Discovering hidden boardwalks and little courtyards made us ooh and aah and imagine what life would be like living in such beauty all the time.


The community put on some fantastic events, too, like the kids’ festival out on one of the greens one evening. And there were multiple visits to the local candy store for ice cream and other sugary treats.  Eating at the Cowgirl Kitchen was an absolute must, and we took advantage of it on more than one occasion. In the mornings, we rode bikes to the coffee shop and then meandered on down the way to check out some of the other nearby communities like Alys Beach.


And while I wouldn’t choose to stay in our particular rental again due to the lack of furnishings (see below – ours is the part above the garage in the foreground), I did appreciate the close location to both the beach and the pool.  And can I just tell you how nice everyone was there? We made friends with the cutest couple from Nashville who were visiting from Nashville and made plans to have dinner in Seaside one evening. I can’t remember the last time that’s happened to us on a trip.





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The pool closest to us (below):

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Some introspection always happens when we come home from a trip. As a study abroad student, I remember coming home wanting to implement some parts of my life in France into my life at home: taking time to enjoy the small things, slowing down, finding quality ingredients for meals. And this particular trip created the same desire – slow down, enjoy more, take leisurely bike rides in the twilight hour with Simon and Jude.  All those things that create lifelong memories that last longer than any “thing” we could buy.



Finally, allow me to help you fall down the rabbit hole of gorgeous vacation rentals — check out the Rosemary Beach site for some ah-mazing real estate stalking. I’m already scouting out locations for next summer!


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  • Kira

    So many of these pictures look like book covers! Would you recommend going there with friends? Or even extended family? I had honestly never even heard of this place!

    • Oh I would definitely go w/ friends or extended family. Obviously I wouldn’t stay in one of the tiny carriage houses with a ton of people, but there are so many rental options that you’d find something to work.

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  • I have heard great things about Seaside but had never heard of Rosemary Beach until now. I see on a map that they are right next door to each other. Honestly, living in the Louisville area, it seems like most people go to FL for a beach vacation so I tend to discount it because I hate touristy, crowded, tacky locations. But both Rosemary Beach and Seaside seem to be exactly what I look for in a beach community.

    We rent a house at the beach with extended family every other year, but usually go to Outer Banks in North Carolina. I love it there, but I’m also into trying new places. I’ll have to check out more about Rosemary Beach. It’s much closer than Outer Banks, and the water would certainly be warmer considering that we have to go in June rather than later in the summer when the Atlantic waters warm up.

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  • Lacoya Heggie

    Hey there! I really enjoy looking at your photos 🙂 Do you mind sharing what kind of camera you have? Do you shoot on manual or automatic? Thanks in advance!

    • Hi there! I shoot with a Canon Rebel t1i with a Tamron 17-85mm lens. I shoot on manual 9 times out of 10. Hope that helps!

      • Lacoya Heggie

        Yes, it does! Thanks so much for responding 🙂 I am in love with your blog. I have been steading catching up from last March …. I promise I’m not a stalker. Hahaha I’m simply addicted to blogs! Esp. those attached to shops with pretty stuff for my office. tsks tsks!

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