Spring break has finally come and gone and my Chandler has been so excited! Last week we spent 4 magical days in sunny Destin, Florida on a beautiful resort. Destin is usually our go-to beach for a family getaway because it’s very close to home, (4 hours away) and it has the most beautiful crystal clear water and clean white sand, hence the reason it’s nickname is “The Emerald Coast.” It also has a very family friendly environment with so much to do. She spent the first few days of her spring break resting and being anxious about going to the beach after an unusual colder winter here in Georgia. Ideally, I wish we could spend the full week there BUT I am still a single Mom and money has to be made so off to work I go… for at least some of the week! Add a Thursday and Friday with two days from the weekend and we spent a good little time there to do everything we liked. This was also a combined Birthday trip for my Boyfriend who we celebrated on Saturday, but as most Mom’s know the birthday got lost in the shuffle of doing everything that Chandler B. wanted. I haven’t had my own birthday to myself since 2010, the year before she way born. haha- That’s OK because birthdays are much more sweeter with her here!
Our accommodations were at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort at the Village of Baytowne Wharf, and it was a perfect location. It is reasonably priced and a beautiful place to vacation. We were able to leave the car parked in the garage for the majority of the time because everything was conveniently located right outside our window. It’s an enormous community with condos, villa’s, studio rooms, and standard hotel rooms as well. There’s also shopping, dining, banks and even a Publix located right on the property. Literally everything you can possibly need within the gates! Being that it was the last week in March it was a little chilly especially in the morning and evenings, we only spent one day at the beach which was just across the street. That is the only time we had to get in our car, it was great! Chandler B. was a beach bum and never wanted to leave the water even though she was shivering while playing. It was a beautiful sight to see how excited all the kiddos were to be in the sun and on the beach enjoying God’s beautiful creation and work of art. The ocean never gets old, it still almost takes my breath away every time, I get lost in its breath taking view. There’s a calmness that overtakes me when I sit on the beach, life’s uncertainties suddenly doesn’t matter.
The first day we got there we checked in and of course wanted to get seafood. We ended up at the Crazy Lobster. It was located in the village we were staying at on the board walk. There was live music and so many people out enjoying the sunny day. After eating we walked the board walk and took some photos as the sun began to set. We planned to get in some pool time but it was a little to cool to take a dip in the pool and my daughter wasn’t too happy about that! Our second day was dedicated to the beach so we got up and set out to the ocean, but first we had breakfast at Another Broken Egg which is now our favorite breakfast spot! Have y’all every heard of city grits??? Maybe I’m late but this was my first time trying them and they are AMAZING!!! We ate breakfast there 3 days in a row and loved it each time. It was also located just steps from our room within the Village. After filling our bellies with brunch from the heavens we headed to the beach and stayed several hours before coming back and going to dinner. Saturday my daughter enjoyed all the fun playing at the Baytowne Adventure Zone! And yes, this also was located in the Village. Ziplining, ropes coarse, trampolines, carousal, rock climbing, a huge lagoon, and so much more. After enjoying that we went to a little theme park to meet some friends that was also in town. So if all those adventures wasn’t enough she got to ride bumper cars, carnival rides, and played in the arcade. Needless to say she was completely worn out before getting ready for the birthday dinner. This night we decided to enjoy fine dining at the Marlin Grill and it was delicious! My Parents were sweet enough to come down and join us for our last two days and we enjoyed hanging out with them as always! The food was perfection and the service was as if you were royalty. We enjoyed every minute!
To me the most beautiful thing about life is making memories with the people you love the most! These times can only be described as magical! There was a few bumps in the weekend but that doesn’t stop the enjoyment, you step right over it and concentrate on the reason you’re there. Kids will whine and complain a little when they are actually told “no” once or twice (how dare we?) but as we did, you gotta quickly put ’em back “in-check!” Nothing is perfect but after it’s all said and done and you get back home, you only remember those good memories you just made, not the hang ups! I can say we had an awesome Spring Break this year and I cannot wait for the next time we can do a little getaway again! Work hard and travel often, even its not too far, a change of scenery for a few days can make a world of difference for you and your family to unplug, reset, and rejuvenate! If you’re ever looking to go to the Sandestin/Destion area check out this resort, we loved it and will definitely be where we stay anytime we’re in the area! If you need more info or have any questions about this resort I’d be happy to help and/or point you in the right direction! Whatever you decided to do for your child’s spring break I pray it was Magical! Check out a little collage below from our weekend!