The City Guide: Highway 30A
Insert obnoxious statement about how "blessed" we are to have grown up where people vacation. we are totally blessed, though. despite many (many) moves, the gulf coast has always been a constant for us. and while it's been bittersweet to watch people discover it over the past two decades, we won't complain about the amazing architecture, food and culture new visitors have spurred.
we've included classics, like Rosemary beach's la crema, to hole-in-the-walls, like blue mountain beach's sally's. part old florida, part southern hamptons, 30a mixes high and low in a way that accurately reflects its personality: a little town that's grown too fast. yet, despite the growth impinging upon the locals, in true southern fashion, everyone is the sweetest person you'll ever meet.
LA CREMA TAPAS BAR: best food (hands down!)
summer kitchen: best salads
SALLY'S: best breakfast biscuits
pizza by the sea: best pizza
GEORGE'S AT ALYS BEACH: boujiest
great southern: best southern comfort food
full disclosure: we've never stayed anywhere but home down on 30a (which happens to be in a tiny, hard to find neighborhood). that said, we would stay at the pearl in rosemary beach for a long weekend, in seaside if we had kids, and alys anytime (for the architecture).
The pearl: best (only?) hotel
seaside: Most classic, but most hectic
alys beach: most beautiful
obviously, when you go to 30a, you're going to the beach. but if you can stand to do anything else, we recommend a walk through watercolor's extensive trails, playing tennis at rosemary beach raquet club (we basically grew up there), and alys beach's digital graffiti festival.
watercolor trails: most beautiful
Rosemary Beach raquet club: best courts + pros
digital grafitti at alys: the coolest thing ever (buy tickets!)