Saturday, February 26

St. George Island (1)

It was so nice to get away from the very cold weather and snowy roads for a little while! The weekend and school's mid-winter break gave us 5 days to enjoy a mini vacation on the barrier island of Florida, in the Gulf of Mexico.

St. George Island is known as the heart of Florida's Forgotten Coast. Located just off the coast of Apalachicola, the island's surrounding habitat is rich in preserved public lands. Its 22 miles of white sand beaches are some of the most serene and beautiful on the Gulf Coast!

My friend, Lynne, and I, with 4 boys stayed with Lynne's parents at this beautiful beach house. There’s a small commercial area in the center of the island with restaurants, shops and stores.

View from the deck off the bedroom

Lounging, swimming, hot tubbing, and roasting marshmallows for S'Mores,
all happening here!

The boys enjoy going around on the island, where there're miles of bike path.

We visited this local business, Somtimes It's Hotter, a few times during our stay - to get fresh-baked breads, wines, hot sauces, cheese, and Jambalaya Seasonings. Great store!

A little wine tasting, before buying - every time :)

We picked up fresh seafood from 13 Mile Seafood Market, a local seafood retail in Apalachicola Bay. Fresh off-the-boat shrimps -- what could be better than this?

A heaven for seafood lovers!

A five-mile bridge connecting St. George Island to the mainland, crossing over Apalachicola Bay.

At the end of our first day on the island, we had a nice home-cooked meal, and a little birthday celebration for my son :)

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