Exploring Seaside Florida
PHOTO: Steven Brooke
The Dream of a Simple, Beautiful Life
You know Seaside now. The pastel houses. The picket fences. The families riding to the ice cream shop, bike following bike following bike. It seems impossible to imagine, but long before what you see now, Seaside was just a dream. A dream that started with one man.
J.S. Smolian had always had an intense connection to this part of the Gulf Coast. The sugar white sand. The turquoise blue water. He loved the way this place pulled his family together. The magical way it synced them. He loved watching his grandchildren become brilliant beach castle architects. He loved watching his children become themselves again.
The well-deep connection was so strong that in 1946, he bought 80 of its acres. Undeveloped land dense with live oaks and scrubby brush, barely navigable, save for a few dirt paths. J.S. had a vision for the acres. A dream, really. He had peered into that untamed territory and recognized a certain grace. An elegance. His plan was a summer camp. A destination he could share. The plan never materialized, however. The land rested, until 1978, when J.S. deeded the 80 acres to his grandson, Robert Davis.
Robert knew the connection. He had felt the same magic J.S had. His memories of gulf beach summer nights spent here on wide porches were as indelible as the sound of the waves or the sea breezes drying his arms after a swim. They were idyllic. Simple. In 1981, Seaside was born.
Over 30 years after J.S. first acted on his dream, Robert realized his own. It was the dream we all have for life itself. Simple. Beautiful. Graceful. Elegant.
30 years later, the Seaside dream continues.
Visits Seaside’s website for more information.
PHOTO: Steven Brooke
Pizitz Home & Cottage
Pizitz Home and Cottage offers a beautiful selection of slip covered sofas and chairs, bleached dining and occasion tables, striking lamps, and a varied assortment of coffee table books, candles, platters, and original art.
Perspicasity is a beachside bazaar boasting 30 years in business, offering a wide assortment of bohemian apparel & accessories ranging from straw hats, French market totes, Havaiana flip flops, handmade jewelry, batik sarongs, colorful cotton kurtas, & so much more.
The Seaside Style®
The Seaside Style® is an offering of products in three stores, SEASIDE® Classic, SEASIDE® Beach, and SEASIDE® Kids; developed for guests and visitors of the famous holiday town, Seaside, located on the Northwest coast of Florida.
Sundog Books & Central Square Records
Sundog Books & Central Square Records is an independent bookstore & music store located in the resort town of Seaside, Florida. They carry CDs, vinyls, record players, magazines, cards, gifts, strings, & things.
PHOTO: Modus Photography
Amavida Coffee & Tea
Amavida Coffee & Tea – Importers, Roasters and Purveyors of Specialty Coffee! Also, serving the yummiest authentic Latin food on the Coast!
Modica Market is the most wonderful local grocery store, run by the Modica family for over 25 years. They have everyday and specialty items and a fabulous deli.
Seaside Transit Authority
Seaside Transit Authority is the premier bike rental shop in Seaside’s town center.
If you drive through the heart of town—down highway 30-A, with its sandy shoulders—you’ll find a line of Airstream trailers side by side by side. These land yachts are now great little independent food vendors selling shaved ice, BBQ, hot dogs, grilled cheeses, and healthy, organic fare to anyone who walks up with an appetite. Vendors include Frost Bites, Barefoot BBQ, Meltdown on 30A, Wild Bill’s Beach Dogs, and Raw & Juicy.
The Truman House
The Truman House is the idyllic home of Truman Burbank from the film “The Truman Show.” The house is located on 31 Natchez Street in Seaside.
“When I closed my eyes and let my mind wander, I could almost feel the sea breezes evaporating the moisture on my skin. I could recall the special pleasure of relaxing on a porch rocker after a shower at the end of the day on the beach.„– Robert Davis reminiscing on his summer family vacations on the Gulf Coast