Rosemary Beach 2018 Part 2

Hey, Hey Everyone!

I’m back with ROUND TWO of vacation pics.  πŸ™‚  If you missed it yesterday, I shared Part One of our Rosemary Beach vacation from last week.

Just to recap…Rosemary Beach is one of the cutest towns in the U.S.  I don’t know that the town has officially been voted onto some list, but I’m declaring it here. We spent a week of fun in the sun with our family of six having the BEST time!

On Monday, Ebby Lee and I started off the day with a walk into Seacrest and Alys Beach for a little exercise and then on the way back to our condo we stopped in Seacrest for donuts because VACATION!  πŸ˜‰

Day Three looked a lot like the previous days…cover-up, visor (sold out but similar), and earrings.

I really could have taken a picture here daily because this little area was so stinkin’ cute.  On that street behind us you could fine several dining spots, the Sugar Shak, and Gigi’s (the cutest little kids’ boutique).

Do you know where watermelon tastes the absolute best??

Look at that water…absolutely gorgeous!

I’m telling you…my I-Phone camera could not hang with the humidity.

We hit up Shades for lunch.  It’s on the far east side of Rosemary and just a quick bike ride from the beach.

We never took advantage…but they do have an order online take-out menu, which would be so convenient for a night you’re hungry but don’t want to wait for a table.

However, if you do wait for a table, they have ways to keep you entertained.  πŸ™‚

After lunch, we spent a little time in the pool before heading home.  Someone CRASHED on the bike ride home…
Britt Slaughter was a TROOPER on this trip!  She’d rest on the beach chairs but she never really took a nap out there.  And she never got fussy!  This girl can GO!

For dinner that night, I sported this romper.  πŸ™‚

We decided we wanted something a bit more casual for dinner so we made our way over to Southside Slice in Rosemary.  My favorite thing about this spot was you could order by the slice anyway you’d like.  Typically, Tab and I would not choose the same toppings for our pizza.  This way he got to have a slice full of everything he desired and I got to have my own as well.  It was delicious!

There was a little concert being held in the park so we headed over right after pizza.

If you’re vacationing on 30A, I highly recommend checking out the calendar of events!  This is where I spotted the park concert.

Be still my heart.

Britt Slaughter danced her heart out.  Do you SEE the amount of sweat on her head?  We were a mess afterwards, but it was totally worth it!

Big fans of concerts in the park!

We ended the nights with another round of showers before tucking everyone into bed.  πŸ™‚

On Tuesday morning, Tab went to work out and the kiddos slept until 9:00 a.m.  I had the place ALL TO MYSELF!  I finished this book, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane.  This book was about a Chinese girl growing up in a rural village.  She gets pregnant before she’s married (which is not allowed) so she takes the baby to an orphanage.  We get to follow both the birth mom and the child throughout the story.  I know it was super special to me due to the adoption aspect but the book also mentions towns over and over where we were just months before to get our precious Britt.  So, I was a BIG fan of this one!  Adopted moms, I HIGHLY recommend it!  It was good for anyone to read but especially you.  πŸ™‚

We ordered most of our groceries but I did pack important things like my favorite coffee and straws.  

Another day, another cover-up.  (I sized up in this cover-up, but I’m not sure you’d have to.)

Please note those cute kiddos jumping in my picture.

Britt was a big fan of the water…if someone was holding her.

What’s that?  We’re missing a kid?  Just kidding.  He had a bad attitude about joining us so we left him out.

This girl was a big fan!

Proof that Cowgirl Kitchen nachos were our FAVORITE!  The restaurant is super tiny so we much preferred the tables outside.

With most rentals in Rosemary you have access to all the pools-I believe there are four.  We stuck with this one as our “pool” for the week because it was so close to the beach and mostly shaded in the afternoons.

Two girls dressed up and ready for dinner!

We decided we’d make the drive over to Seaside (about 10 or 15 minutes-mostly due to traffic) for dinner.  We knew we’d have to wait but we’d heard so many people tell us to eat at The Great Southern.  Okay, clearly we did the whole Seaside thing all wrong because when we arrived…no parking.  Like anywhere.  Tab let us out and drove to the next town over to park (totally walk-able, I should add).  The wait for The Great Southern was over two and a half hours.  Bud and Alley’s had a long wait too and everything else was super casual so we let the kiddos play for a bit and then called it a bust.

Since then, I’ve heard many people who stay in Seaside will send just one or two people in their party to the restaurant to get their name on the list and then the rest of the group comes much closer to dinner time.  That’s a great plan-if you’re staying in Seaside!

I asked the hostess what time we should have come for no wait and she said they’d had a wait since 2:00 p.m. on this day.  So, if you have any helpful hints or clues on where to park if you’re visiting Seaside from another town (Rosemary is too far away to bike over) OR what day/time to hit up The Great Southern, PLEASE SHARE!!

These two were looking extra cute.

My boys had a blast running around and playing.

Our walk back to the car…

We ended up at A.J.’s Grayton Beach for a casual dinner.

Britt was hanging tough until we were about a minute from the parking lot.  Then it was over.  She slept through most of dinner and woke up just as the band was playing.

Bowen wanted in on this.  πŸ™‚

The band was good!  They played a Willie Nelson song our family knew and we must have gotten a little too into it, because afterward the singer said, “Those Texans always go crazy over that one.”.  hahaha!  How’d he know??!

We ended the night with a few quiet minutes on the patio.

And another selfie before bed.  πŸ™‚

Thanks again for reading today!  I’ll be celebrating the Fourth of July with my family and friends tomorrow, but I’ll see you back here on Thursday!

Happy Fourth, Friends!

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  1. 7.3.18
    Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said:

    That Britt can PARTY! I love it! And I loved your dress for dinner the last night!

  2. 7.3.18
    Mix and Match Mama said:

    Once again, just too many cute pics to talk about!! That being said, Bowen and Britt dancing melted my heart into a big puddle. That was the sweetest!

  3. 7.3.18
    Anonymous said:

    Aw!!! What fun pictures!!! I love your dress for that last night, and That Sweet Britt dancing is just precious! What a great recap!!

  4. 7.3.18
    Mother Henn said:

    Wait, you drink coffee with a straw? How does that work? Doesn't it melt?
    Clearly, I'm amazed. Wonder if that would help avoid coffee stains on my teeth?
    Also, don't want you to think that's all I noticed……just a sideline observation from all the beautiful family moments!

  5. 7.3.18
    Erika Slaughter said:

    Mother Henn…your comment had me laughing out loud! Well, that's exactly why I do it…when I started drinking coffee my first concern was about coffee stains so I decided I'd drink with a straw to solve that problem. But my friends and family will tell you, I prefer my coffee lukewarm…so melting is never an issue with me. I don't think a plastic straw would melt unless your coffee is crazy hot? But I promise you, mine isn't close to that! πŸ™‚

  6. 7.3.18
    Crystal said:

    We never stay in seaside and never go on for dinner bc it’s way too crowded. Buuuuut. I do love the great southern so we have been a few times around the start of lunch or even for breakfast and I’ve never had a wait. Seagrove Beach is where we stay so you can easily bike in (and they have a Cowgirl Kitchen, too…soooo good)

  7. 7.3.18
    Little Honeybees said:

    So much fun ….great pics!! For tips when it comes to seaside….we stay in Rosemary and do lunch at The Great Southern. For dinner at Seaside, we will usually drive down at 3 and can usually find a parking spot easily, shop from about 3:30-5:15 and then make it an early dinner. Usually at Bud & Alley’s or The Pizza Bar. We have never had a wait with this plan and are usually back to Rosemary by 6:30 pm or so! οΏ½οΏ½

  8. 7.3.18
    Unknown said:

    You can make reservations at Bud and Alleys in advance. Do it. And definitely order the crab cakes. Great Southern is a good option for breakfast–we just went on Saturday at around 10:00 Am and got immediate seating indoors. Also, Shades has an amazing happy hour. All their appetizers (there are a ton and they are all delish and large) are half price and they have drink specials too of course. We always take our big family and post up on their patio, let the kids play the lawn games and order rounds and rounds of appetizers for everyone to share. So fun!

  9. 7.3.18
    Laura said:

    I drink coffee with a straw too!! My absolute favorite straws are from Ikea!! And I have never had a melting problem πŸ™‚

  10. 7.3.18
    Britt Hensley said:

    I always drink coffee with a straw. Helps keep those teeth as white as possible, and for some reason it tastes better. Your beach trip has looked soooo fun. πŸ™‚ Enjoy your 4th!

  11. 7.3.18
    Mrs W said:

    Looks like you had a blast!! And that last selfie before bed, amazing!!

  12. 7.3.18
    Aaron, Lacey, Audrey and Elle said:

    Such a bummer you missed out on Great Southern Cafe πŸ™ Looks like you still had lots of special family time that evening, and that’s what really matters, right?! πŸ™‚ Our girls get out of school in May so we always spend our week in Rosemary in May which is great because 1. No wait at restaurants and 2. No crazy summer heat yet! We’ve also done Rosemary a few times for spring break and it’s just lovely and so enjoyable without the heat!

  13. 7.3.18
    Mother Henn said:

    Well, I'm sold….. gonna try the straw trick! And buy more Crest white strips, cause all of a sudden, I'm a little paranoid! πŸ˜‰

  14. 7.3.18
    Kelly said:

    Looks like an amazing vacation! I have an important question! How were the Amazon beach towels??!

  15. 7.3.18
    Kim said:

    I see answers on the straws, but I gotta ask, what is your favorite coffee? I am kind of a coffee snob and am always looking for something better. I currently drink the Meijer organics coffee and like it but am always up for something new. Thanks!

  16. 7.3.18
    Mary Jane said:

    Your dinner outfits were so cute! And I take some comforts of home with me when I travel as well…Truvia, hometown coffee (Grassroots Coffee) and Trader Joe's Everything But The Bagel seasoning!
    (Fellow ASU grad)

  17. 7.4.18
    Unknown said:

    My family was there the same week you were! We usually stay in Rosemary Beach but chose to stay in Inlet Beach (right next to RB) this year due to the crowds the past few times in RB. I can’t handle being on the 3rd row of beach chairs! Inlet Beach was much less crowded. About Seaside, we always take a break from the beach one day and drive over for some shopping and lunch at Great Southern. We usually arrive by 11:30 am and immediately go to lunch with little to no wait. Parking is really bad there but we usually end up parked behind that shopping center by the school. The next time you are there you have to try the Grits a YaYa! They are the BEST!!

  18. 7.5.18
    Lindsay's Sweet World said:

    Isn't Southside Slice the CUTEST? We ate there for the first time when we were there a couple of weeks ago and we loved it. We ordered an entire pizza and it was the HUGEST pizza we've ever seen!! I've been recapping our trip on my blog, too!

  19. 7.6.18
    tickledpink said:

    We always stay in Seaside so we walk everywhere. I do have friends who stay in Watercolor and other areas a bit further down, and they use a golf cart to drive to the restuarants in Seaside. I know you can rent them. Drive also behind the square near the school and there is parking. The street parking is always packed and hard to get in and out of. One of the perks of staying in Seaside is that we hardly use the car unless we make a trip to the grocery store. Most of the houses come with free bike rentals, so we use the bikes a lot too. Glad you enjoyed your trip! It's such a fun place! It's less crowded in early May before Memorial Day and a great time to go.

  20. 7.6.18
    Joanne said:

    OH I just love how BLUE that water is! It makes me want to jump right in and I'm not usually an ocean swimmer.

  21. 2.25.19
    dara said:

    Hi Erika! We are in the process of trying to plan a beach trip to 30A this summer. Quick question – you mentioned your husband working out one morning.. did your condo have a gym or was there another option nearby? From what I've found so far, not a lot of places have a fitness center/gym as part of the amenities. Just curious! I know in the past my husband has gotten a week pass to a LA fitness or something like that, but just wondered what worked for you guys on this particular trip. Thanks!!

  22. 2.25.19
    Erika Slaughter said:

    Hi Dara!

    This would be our one main complaint about 30A…almost every other gulf town we've stayed in have part of a fitness center that comes along with your condo or house for the week. Not at Rosemary! There is a really nice fitness center in Rosemary but it's pricey. I wanna say maybe $100 for the week? Tab paid for a one day pass and then ended up driving into Panama City to hit a gym there for like $5 a day.