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Date: 4/11/13 5:39 PM

Goody, get to meet the grandkids on the Gulf Coast for a vacation! Too costly to stay in Seaside, but will go to see it
and surrounding area. Where do you go for larger
shopping in the area? Any special fabric stores?

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Date: 4/12/13 2:44 PM

Where will you be staying? I can tell you a bit about things from Grayton Beach to the west. We've been going for over thirty years - before the dawn of Seaside. Our sons dubbed it The Postcard Town when they started building.

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Date: 4/12/13 4:47 PM

Thank you, thank you!

Our kids from Fort Worth are meeting us.
We're in a Seagrove Beach house, with 2 kids 5 and under to entertain.
Already located the Outlet Mall, looking for fabric --if they'll let me stop! I also liked the Beall's chain when in southern Fl.
DIL is all-organic fresh food, so probably need something other than Publix, fresh seafood and that type restaurants.

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Date: 4/12/13 11:36 PM

This site is very reliable for planning,
Surf forecast and surf report.

Depending on the wind and the conditions, if it is not a good beach day (for the little ones) at Seagrove, it could be a good day at Henderson Beach State Park and vice versa.

If the family has no beach experience I can give you some hints on how to choose the time to play.

If the wind comes in from the south on hot summer days, a bit later in the season, it can bring in biting flies. We have had amazing luck in thwarting the biting flies by wearing cheap old fashioned windbreaker nylon type pants and jackets.
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For the Health of It - Blue Mountain Beach

Specialty grocer in Seaside center, not necessarily organic, but real food.

Another specialty grocer within a couple of miles,more emphasis on produce the last time we visited, can't tell you about organic versus non-organic.

The big Publix in Gulf Breeze has a surprising amount of food that your DIL might eat so I wouldn't rule out some availability from the local Publix.

Beall's is in Destin. Very near Beall's is the super sized Super Walmart and Fresh Market.

Fresh Market has organic and non organic produce, prepared food, a small deli selection, select grocery and freezer section, bakery and an always enticing butcher/seafood/poultry case. Only disappointment? I asked about the rotisserie chicken; was told they do not use the good chicken that they sell in the meat department - they use the fat yeller' chickens.

We get our bagels from Not Just Bagels. They are also over by Beall's. We hope the new owners keep making the fresh sandwiches and salads we enjoy.

Henderson Beach Park is right across from Walmart in Destin. Beautiful beach, lots of covered pavilions and showers for rinsing. If you have go to that area for serious shopping perhaps someone might like to take the kids to that beach. If the water is too rough, the Destin Y is very kid friendly. They even have movie night with everyone watching from their floats in the pool.

Sorry, we hide out at night and on the weekends during peak seasons. Can't really recommend any restaurants for you as we are so spoiled by the ones we go to with our son in Pensacola. Favorites there are Fish House, Global Grill and a great seafood place that I only know by landmarks. Too far, really, for the kids.

If you go after school is out prepare for it to be a very touristy place. Much easier to eat out for brunch or a late lunch and have food in in the evening. Same for the weekends. Traffic crawls through that stretch. It is very pedestrian friendly. Regardless, there is lots and lots of beach to go around. There should be plenty of room but if the beach seems crowded go down to Grayton Beach State Park. Rinsing showers, restrooms, good walkway and a couple of picnic pavilions on the tiny lake.

Have you noticed I haven't mentioned fabric stores. Martelli's quilt shop in Pensacola, Hobby Lobby in Pensacola, may still be a JoAnn's or Hancock's in Pensacola. Too far for ordinary stuff. Minimal fabric at Martelli's. I went to check out the 'special' rotary cutting system - it wasn't for me.

BTW, I picked up one of the old time big wheel baby joggers on Craigslist for hauling our beach gear. Very handy.

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Date: 4/13/13 9:33 AM

Thanks!
Kids were in Destin a couple years ago with one child.
They loved Dewey's Destin seafood, but now they will
have sitters for date nights.

Ha Ha to below!
Grandparents are invited cuz they're ready for bed shortly after the kids and they pay for things. That's fine, we live far away to see them often and now is a fun age for the beach. They love museums, bugs, fish, nature, so will check those nature areas.

-- Edited on 4/13/13 12:34 PM --

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Date: 4/13/13 10:54 AM

I was thinking in reverse - that you and your hubbie would be going out while they stayed in with a couple of worn out kids.

Dewey's is great.

Hope you can all do this every year.

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Date: 4/13/13 6:11 PM

One more ?, I saw a lot of Thrift stores listed, know any good ones?
After kids DIL has given up Boutique buying in favor of designer
thrifting--if we can get the guys to babysit!
Thanks for all your info, wish it was for 2 weeks....
H. is looking forward to the Irish Pub and Guinness!

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Date: 4/13/13 6:39 PM

No, haven't been to the thrift stores there in a long time. It interferes with beach time.We're all about getting into the water at prime time and being back on the beach for sunset.

If you have binoculars, take them. We usually have at leat one porpoise sighting per trip.

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