aerials,red bar & great friends

when someone who’s never been over to the beaches of south walton area asks us for a few food recommendations,  i always strongly recommend heading over to the Red Bar. it’s a must see, must eat, must arrive early destination. we usually eat there a couple times. it’s my favorite restaurant anywhere, handsdown. although i do say all my favorite food stops are in the seaside area. word to the wise, arrive early & bring cash.

even though savannah wasn’t with us yet, trevor was working this summer just about 45 minutes away, so on our first day he came and spent time with us. any 20 year old young man who asks if he can come hang out with our girl-filled family and just “be” is truly a keeper. so of course we did lunch at our fave spot.  we had a little bit of rain that day & he stayed and tried to whoop us at apples to apples. it’s a blessing to have this young man spend time with us. he is kind & friendly and engages with each of us!


our house that we rented is about the 5th one in on one of the main streets in seaside, which we LOVE. we’re only a short short walk over to the beach & we’re “right there” in the town for all our shopping & eating desires.  of course, more time spent with kim & the three peanuts :). kim & dave are the people that you instantly feel you’ve known forever. each of us truly enjoys each of them. i can’t say enough about how impressive the boys are! and little kate is one of the most joyful children you’ll ever meet. my emi has a sweet connection with them. i consider it a true blessing when my daughters become real life-texting friends with my friends.


we made silly instagrams & sent them to savannah as we anticipated her arrival mid week!

we were so fortunate this year to have much better weather. the word on the street was the week of the 4th, they had over 20 inches of rain.caroline spent almost all her time on the beach perfecting her aerial, which she got!

thank ya’ll for bearing with me as i work through a “few” of our photos. i’m trying to talk about seaside places in each post as i post images as i receive a pretty good amount of emails asking about the town. besides their own website, if you click on “seaside” in my categories that will direct you to my most recent posts about the town we love!

July 30, 2013 - 9:05 am

Heidi @ Decor & More - Hi Paige – I just discovered your blog through Emily at Jones Design so ill be prowling around a bit. :) I’m in the Atlanta area, too, though as I type this I’m overlooking the Gulf from a balcony at Pinnacle Port/Carillion Beach. :) we’ve loved the 30A area for years so I’m loving your beautiful pics of favorite places!
Thanks so much for sharing!
Heidi :)

July 30, 2013 - 9:14 am

Robin at Recess - Your girls are just beautiful! And I, too, love Red Bar!

July 30, 2013 - 9:46 am

becky - your girls are absolutely gorgeous!

July 30, 2013 - 9:56 am

Jill - Oh mercy – the Red Bar memories I have from years gone by…my favorite of which involves the song “Mustang Sally”– haha! Love the pics and so glad you had nice weather. xoxo

July 30, 2013 - 12:33 pm

lissa - great, fun pics! always have loved your vacation shots. :)

July 30, 2013 - 3:59 pm

Beth - Wish we had known about the Red Bar in June! Will catch it next trip.

Lovin’ that AXO t-shirt on that boy!

July 30, 2013 - 4:41 pm

simone - Oh, I absolutely LOVE your summer holiday photos….and your girls have the most gorgeous swimwear EVER, seriously!!!!

Beautiful photos Paige, love the shots of Emi, they are stunning….and Caroline’s acrobatic (is that the right word?!) skills are amazing!! And the lovely Madison looks wonderful as always.

LOVE the “hat” photo of you & Emi, great shot….you look fab Paige Xx

July 30, 2013 - 10:47 pm

Mary Anne - I always live your photos, Paige. Your Seaside ones are so beautiful. What tips do you have for such clear, crisp, and colorful photos there? What lens do you use at the beach?

July 30, 2013 - 11:50 pm

Jan Fusco - Oh I love Seaside. My husband and I ride over there from time to time. Sometimes after church on Sundays we’ve driven over to eat at the Red Bar and listen to Dread Clampit. (Don’t know that I spelled that correctly). We generally wait until tourist season is over so we can get there in a more timely fashion. I’ve mentioned in posts before that we live in Ft. Walton Beach just “down the road”. So glad the weather was good for y’all. We’ve had a very rainy summer which has made our “emerald coast waters” look very dark and ugly. Your pictures have given me the urge to drive over soon. :)

July 31, 2013 - 9:55 am

patty - love your beach photos… your girls are beautiful~
i’m still dreaming about that vera 5K… :o

July 31, 2013 - 2:39 pm

Cindy Smith - I saw that y’all went to the Red Bar! We actually stay in Grayton about a block from there! My daughter & I went shopping in Seaside & she loves the “seaside bazaar”! South Walton is our favorite beach spot!

July 31, 2013 - 10:31 pm

tara - i could look at posts on seaside all day long.
we love the red bar.

we used to go to those beaches when we lived in montgomery….need to get back that way. these boys of mine like to go where the waves are. argh.

August 1, 2013 - 9:33 am

One Fabulous Mom - Those are some amazing pics!!! Your daughters are so gorgeous. Do they take dance? Gymnastics? All of the above? When did they start? Love that area you are renting in! Never been!

August 1, 2013 - 6:32 pm

Kim from 3 peannuts - Love all your pics. They are perfection. I need to post more of our trip too. I am so glad we tried the Red BAr this year. If you don’t know where to look for it, it is not easily found. I was always looking for it in Seaside. We had never been down that road in Grayton before. But we loved it.

Love Trevor. Wish I got to talk to him more. And Will too. Will wanted to hang with Trevor. Love your you and Dan. Miss you all:(