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5 Vacation Highlights: 30A, Steak & Cake, Yoga and More!

It was so nice to receive your positive feedback on yesterday’s post. I didn’t intend to write it. I actually sat down to write a normal post recapping what I was doing on vacation and then the words just started flowing. I think that’s exactly why that post worked though. It wasn’t planned but instead more “stream of conscious” style writing. Regardless, y’all are awesome and thank you for opening up and sharing with me and each other. We are all a work in progress.

I’m home but let’s relive my last couple of days of vacation because that’s more interesting than work, work, work! (Although it was so nice to get back to the gym yesterday afternoon and see everyone and teach classes!). Here are the highlights.

1. The Destin Seafood Festival.

My mom and I ventured out to the Destin Seafood Festival on Saturday. It’s a three-day festival that takes place along the boardwalk on Destin Harbor. It features a variety of arts and crafts vendors, live music and lots of tasty food. Over 60,000 people attended this year’s 34th annual festival. We went late afternoon and enjoyed walking up and down the boardwalk checking out not only the attractions but also all of the boats.

We kind of grazed our way through. We started with a spicy bowl of seafood gumbo when we arrived.

I was amazed by the abundance of fried food. You name it, they fried it. We skipped out on this in favor of food from local restaurants/markets.

There were even bug eating plants for sale. Does anyone know anything about these? Do they work?

We finished the evening with fish tacos, a half pound of steamed shrimp and beignets.

It was a great evening with my mom! We came home and watched War Horse which was so good but so sad too.

2. Driving 30A.

It was a little chilly on Monday morning so we decided to drive 30A and grab lunch before heading out to the beach for the afternoon. 30A is a small highway that follows along the coast through towns like Watercolor, Seaside and Grayton Beach. I had heard so much about 30A but never experienced it in person. All of the little beach towns were so cute and even though I’ve been visiting them since I was a child I just can’t get over how beautiful the beaches are on the Gulf Coast.

We stopped in Seaside for lunch. Seaside reminds me a lot of Hilton Head plantations or Wild Dunes on Isle of Palms. Tons of beach houses, shops, restaurants, families out on bikes, etc.

We ate at Bud & Alley’s Taco Bar and each ordered one fish and one shrimp taco. They were delicious!

3. A yoga class at Dragonfly Yoga.

My mom mentioned that there was a yoga studio in downtown Fort Walton so I decided to check out a class. I went into it with a VERY open mind because we are VERY spoiled in Charlotte with our yoga. The studio was small and the owner was welcoming. There were only 8 of us in class.

The class was very interesting. We started out by introducing ourselves and sharing our energy levels. Everyone seemed to be saying they were tired and blah and at a five…then they got around to me. “I’m Jen. I’m visiting from Charlotte and I’m a 10 because I’m on vacation!” I was hated from then on. Kidding.

We proceeded to do some meditation, rolled around on tennis balls, did a handful of standing poses and then spent a whole lot of time forward folding and using props like straps and blankets. We even used chairs and sandbags in savasana. While I didn’t break a sweat, it was a very different experience and I like stepping outside of my yoga box and seeing how much “yoga” can vary.

4. Steak and cake. 

I arrived home from yoga around 7 p.m. and my mom and I set off in search of a casual dinner. I suggested Callahan’s (that suggestion may or may not have been based on their dessert case!) and off we went. I don’t know what came over me but I decided to bypass the soup, salads and sandwiches in favor of a bacon wrapped filet…and enjoyed every bite!

We took two slices of cake home for dessert – coconut and german chocolate. Their coconut cake is to die for. I was a happy girl on the couch with my cake and tea.

5. A sunrise run. 

My flight was at 8:30 a.m. yesterday so I set my alarm for 5:45 a.m. so that I could squeeze in one last run before I left.

It was a perfect run and reminded me how much I enjoy early morning runs. There’s something about running with the sunrise that feels   amazingly energizing and good!

And then I was late getting to the airport. Like, pulled up at the curb at 7:58 a.m. just two minutes shy of the 30-minute cutoff late. Luckily, it’s a tiny airport and all was well…until the TSA threw away my breakfast. Apparently my overnight oats were still in their “liquid” form and had not set yet. I was pretty sad but the agent was having none of my negotiating about keeping my breakfast so to the trash it went. Oh well.

Off to work. Busy day!


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  • 1
    Erica { EricaDHouse.com } October 10, 2012, 10:32 am

    Did you know Seaside is where they filmed the Truman Show at? They were there when I was in high school and a lot of my friends were extras in the film! Glad you had such a wonderful time 🙂

    • 2
      Jen October 10, 2012, 10:45 am

      i did not know that. so cool!

  • 3
    Kerry @ Totes My Oats October 10, 2012, 10:39 am

    All of that food looks so good! It’s a good thing you skipped out on the fried seafood because those fish tacos look like they were amazing!

    • 4
      Jen October 10, 2012, 10:44 am

      i LOVE fish tacos! 🙂

  • 5
    erin October 10, 2012, 11:21 am

    Love 30-A! In fact, your post the other day about Publix made me think of our last trip down to Destin and Seacrest Beach, which is right by Seaside. What a fun mother-daughter vacation.

  • 6
    Shay @ Whine Less, Breathe More October 10, 2012, 11:32 am

    I want to visit the beach! I am already over winter and the worst is yet to come. I need sun and warmth!

    • 7
      Jen October 10, 2012, 11:39 am

      i hear you. i HATE cold weather. i was cold all day yesterday when i got back to charlotte and it was only 58! i’m in for a long winter.

  • 8
    Julie October 10, 2012, 11:49 am

    Did you end up getting your mom to yoga?

    • 9
      Jen October 10, 2012, 6:40 pm

      we did yoga in the condo and she’s going to sign up for the beginner’s course at the yoga studio. starts november 1!!!! 🙂

  • 10
    Krystina October 10, 2012, 11:51 am

    It’s amazing to me how much yoga differs. I went to a yoga festival this past weekend and really realized the yoga spectrum, if you will. Personally, I go for traditional Hatha, Kundalini and more gentle flows, but it was really impressive to see other people bust into a headstand or side crane like it’s no big deal.

    • 11
      Jen October 10, 2012, 6:34 pm

      it AMAZES me too. there are so many different styles but i think that it’s so cool that there’s literally something for everything!

  • 12
    Linda October 10, 2012, 2:42 pm

    Looks like you had a great time! I used to travel to Destin for work and it was one of my favorite spots. And the food looks delicious! Speaking of which, I saw this recipe on Creative Loafing and thought you might like it. Pumpkin Black Bean soup! I’m definitely making it! http://clclt.com/eatmycharlotte/archives/2012/10/01/recipe-pumpkin-black-bean-soup

    • 13
      Jen October 10, 2012, 6:33 pm

      yum, thanks for sharing. looks great!

  • 14
    Jess October 10, 2012, 3:48 pm

    I LOVE 30A! And all of the gulf shore towns along there! Thanks for sharing – your photos and recap make me excited to get back to the Destin area to visit the in-laws. 🙂

    Glad you had a great trip!

    • 15
      Jen October 10, 2012, 6:32 pm

      i know! i want to go vacation there sometime now. you’re lucky to have in-laws down there!

  • 16
    Heather @ girlyeverafter October 10, 2012, 6:47 pm

    I lived in Fort Walton as a kid before moving to NC and the beaches there are like nowhere else I’ve ever been. I’m so glad you had a relaxing vacay! Gotta love fish tacos!

  • 17
    Joanna October 10, 2012, 7:37 pm

    Bummer about the overnight oats… my last TSA fiasco was them taking my omega-3 fish oil from me! Equally as disappointing!

  • 18
    Alaina October 10, 2012, 8:40 pm

    What a lovely vacation!! It’s been year’s since I’ve been to Florida and I think it’s time for me to visit my grandpapa in Bradenton. In February. Yeah, that would awesome. 🙂

  • 19
    Katherine October 10, 2012, 9:34 pm

    Looks like a great vacation!


  • 20
    wendy October 11, 2012, 9:49 am

    i love 30A as well! husband and i are stationed in lower alabama, so we make that our vacation spot as it’s an easy drive from us. it’s the closest we can come to our california home 🙂 my favorite of those towns is grayton beach by far….if you ever get the chance, make a stop at the Red Bar! great atmosphere, the food is phenomenal, very fresh, very delicious and they have the BEST key lime pie (homemade) i’ve ever eaten. YUM.

  • 21
    Addy @ Six-Kick Switch October 11, 2012, 11:49 am

    Oh man, that seafood festival looks like heaven!! I have never been to the Gulf Coast (except for Texas’ coast…;-/) but I’ve always wanted to go. It looks so beautiful and charming! And the water is clear and warm – such a change from California’s murky, freezing Pacific…

  • 22
    Katie | wholelivingimprint.tumblr.com October 11, 2012, 1:32 pm

    I love seaside!

  • 23
    Kelly @ Kelly\'s Healthy Belly October 12, 2012, 12:21 am

    From the looks of it, you had yourself a very nice getaway vacation! Good for you! I had a .slice of coconut cake for the first time a few days back and found out it was the most marvelous cake ever! So moist and the divine flavor of creamy ‘lightness’ was delish! Glad you got to enjoy some while on vacation!

  • 24
    Pam October 14, 2012, 8:30 am

    Hey Jen,
    Your vacation photos look amazing! I visit that area often, my daughter lives there. There is a wonderful hot yoga studio on 30 A just past Seaside in Seagrove. It is Balance Health Studio, http://www.balance30a.com. Kelli’s class as well as Melissa’s class are both challenging, physical, reflective and just plain awesome! Maybe you can check them out next trip down!

  • 25
    Lara October 15, 2012, 3:13 pm

    that happened to me too at the airport – they took my overnight oats – i was so bummed – it was so not liquidy at all but ohwell live and learn.. now i never take it – i hate when food gets thrown away

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