It seemed everyone in my household had been crazy busy lately. My husband flew to Belgium and NYC for work, the kids had crazy schedules and not to mention we had Halloween and 4 birthdays over the last 3 weeks… I just felt the need to regroup with our family, the urge for fresh air and new inspiration, away from our daily routine.

Even though we hadn’t planned anything for Thanksgiving break, by the end of last week my mind started wondering off to white sand and blue skies… my heart felt the need to go away and just BE together as a family, the 5 of us.

But how to make this fantasy a reality?

Friday afternoon I literally had one hour to plan a trip and make this happen….it was in my hands.

VRBO had been a great resource for the last few years so that’s where I decided to search for our little getaway… When time is of the essence, there is no time to second guess… you have to trust your instinct.

Within minutes I found some appealing places to stay in Seaside, Florida. I love everything about The Beaches of South Walton. It is only a six hour drive from Atlanta and every time we take a vacation there I fall more and more in love with this area. It is so charming and laid back over there and the cute houses, little restaurants and stores all have a hobo feel… my kind of vacation!

I made a phone call or two and suggested a little discount. After all, the owner would rather his home be rented than sit empty.

When leaving on a last minute trip there is no other choice than to pack light. We only took two small suitcases for the 5 of us… For a fashion lover like me, having no time to overthink or plan different outfits is a great stress relief!

I just took my vacation basics : Converse, cowboy boots, denim overalls, cut-off shorts, a few white tee-shirts, a wool sweater for cool nights, a striped button down shirt, my favorite romper, a summer dress and my running clothes (which I didn’t use ;-).

We booked the trip at 5 PM Friday and we left our home in Acworth Saturday morning at 10 AM…

The best part of this last minute trip was definitely the views from the “eaglesnest”  in the morning, the long bike rides to Rosemary beach, watching our kids play on the white sand and in the incredibly clear water and wrapping up our days viewing the sunset from Bud & Alley’s rooftop patio with a Bloody Mary in hand….

I can honestly say…after a few days we are all feeling recharged and united again. Now we are ready to handle the Christmas Holidays Marathon.

Here are some pictures from our little dream vacation.

Every house in Seaside has an “Eaglesnest”… a room on top of the roof with an amazing view over the Gulf of Mexico.


The kids loved watching the dolphins and the pelicans dive for fish in the Ocean.


Playtime at the beach…


Sand white as sugar… Wearing my Seven for all mankind overalls and Sloane Square beach bag.


The farmers market in Seaside sells anything handmade and locally grown.


The Seaside Airstreams are permanently parked gourmet food trucks… They sell fresh juices, hot-dogs, ice-cream…

Seaside has beautiful local boutiques.

A cute little boho market in the middle of Seaside.


It’s all about the white bikes in Seaside.


Off for a bike ride wearing my basic American Vintage t-shirt, Converse, Ray-Ban aviators and my Sloane Square clutch.


Sunny Days bike rental delivered our bikes to the beach house.


Thank you Heavenly’s gelato for keeping the kids happy after a long bike ride.


Spanish style architecture in Rosemary. 

Turquoise doors and palm trees give me a paradise feel.


The Sundog Bookstore in Seaside had something for each of my little readers.


Paddle boarding at the Boathouse was such a fun family outing for our last day.

Such a fun workout with my little Indian


Lunch at The Shrimpshack is a must in Seaside.


Fresh Oysters,shrimp and crab legs with a magical view over the Gulf of Mexico…


Watching the sunset from Bud&Alley’s, Bloody Mary in our hand.

I would recommend a last-minute trip to anybody…. we feel recharged and united again.

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