Saturday, October 1, 2011

Destin Highlights

It's no wonder they call it the Emerald Coast!  Though I didn't take this picture, it certainly does do the beach some justice.  Destin is beautiful and we had a wonderful trip.  Hard to believe, but it really does look that good...

It was the perfect opportunity for Rob and I to reconnect.  He's been traveling so much lately and I've been working a lot and add Tally to the mix and we definitely needed a romantic getaway.  And it was romantic, so you'll understand when I tell you that my camera never made it out of my bag because we were too busy holding hands.  ;)

I'll give you the highlights, though.  As you can see from the above photos, the gulf coast of the Florida panhandle has some amazing beaches.  The sand is like sugar and the water has so many shades of blue and green it is mesmerizing.  We took lots of long walks on the beach, we had a breakfast beach picnic at sunrise one morning and had a full-on beach day where we swam in the surf and a wave knocked down my bathing suit top and I flashed the beach.  Good thing it was quiet, that's what I love most about going to the beach this time of year.

As soon as we arrived, we visited Sarah K's Gourmet  for our first night's dinner.  It's a six hour drive and after a long walk on the beach, we didn't want to go to a restaurant.  We picked up some food to heat up at the condo.  Sarah K is known for her award winning crab cakes and while they are delicious, I just don't get the appeal of crab or cakes made thereof.  The real star was the orange chicken.  Anyone can make a breaded cutlet but I am still dreaming of the magical orange cream sauce.  We also shared the brownie for dessert.  I jotted down a note on the back of the business card after my first bite.  It reads:  Holy shit, that brownie!  It tastes like something that Ina Garten would make just for you.  It had a mocha ganache topping that was outrageous.  We went on my birthday so get another to have for dessert that evening.

My birthday dinner was happy hour at Cuvee Bistro, which was more like happy hours.  Very happy hours!  $5 top shelf martinis and half price appetizers at the bar.  We bellied up, had a few drinks, chatted and shared a flatbread and beef sliders.  It was such a fun and lively atmosphere, we look forward to going back.  

And when we do, we want to stay at the Henderson Park Inn, which caught our eye while driving into town.  We stopped in and had a look around.  It's adult only, smoke free with tons of included amenities.  Doesn't it just look heavenly?

Another highlight was my birthday breakfast at the Donut Hole Bakery Cafe.  They don't have a website but they do have the most delicious corned beef hash with which I had two perfectly poached eggs.  So good, I didn't even want a donut, if you can believe it.  We did go back and get them for our sunrise beach picnic and the coconut donut was yummy.

Aside from being way too short, just 3 nights, it was a beautiful trip. The extra weight bothered me some which I will address in another post along with another of what I'm doing about it.  So stay tuned and have a wonderful weekend. 

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