Fall or Winter is not normally a season that most people would think to head out on a family vacation, however we are not your typical normal family. Yes, the leaves have changed colors; farmers have the crops harvested, and the decorated pumpkins on bails of hay in our neck of the woods was an amazing site, but we all need to get a way every once in a while…
Fall is a season most people up north would consider a bit on the chilly side. Winter is worse. We closed the pool months ago. Hoodies and sweatshirts pulled out from the back of the closet, hats and gloves are pulled from last year’s winter coats, and the smell of pumpkin spice in the scentsy warmer. What could be better than that? Florida Sunshine of course. We decided to head out for Cape San Blas, Florida.
Set apart by its white sugary sands, and some of the most dog-friendly beaches in the nation, the “Forgotten Coast” of the Florida Panhandle is a blissful escape and a favorite Florida vacation spot. Cape San Blas brings to life a rich history in sea exploration and discovery – the spirit of which lives in the endless opportunity to experience the tall sand dunes, gentle blue-green waters, and abundant wildlife that permeate this secluded beach town.
We booked our stay with Natural Retreats, When you stay with Natural Retreats you get $250 worth of free beach gear from VayK Gear. They will help to make your trip unforgettable with a wide selection of kayaks, umbrellas, beach gear, and more. In addition to the free Beach Gear, we received another gift for booking through Natural Retreats…
Free admission to Cape San Blas activities! Termed the Xplorie Program, as guests you will receive one free adult admission ticket, per night stayed, to attractions like chartered fishing, golf and horseback riding on the beach. You will sure have a lot of fun on your get away!
We stayed at the Aus-Seas Haven. Aus-Seas Haven is a three bedroom, three bath home sleeping 10 and is located in the quiet family-friendly neighborhood of Sea Grass. Click Here to view the resort website.
This beautiful home has a shared community pool as well as a private pool and views of the gulf. The beach is just a short walk away. The home has three levels, the first comprising of a spacious garage, swimming pool, and outdoor shower. The parking area can accommodate up to four vehicles with two parked in the garage.
Upon entering the home, you will be greeted with an open concept dining, living, and kitchen area. The dining table seats up to eight with two additional spots at the breakfast bar. The kitchen has recently been upgraded and has new stainless-steel appliances and all the comforts of home. The living room has a large flat-screen TV and sleeper sofa. On this floor, you will also find laundry facilities and a half bathroom and deck access with views of the gulf.
The third level of the home offers all three bedrooms; a master with en-suite bath, king bed, and deck access, a second bedroom with a queen-sized bed with deck access, and the third bedroom has two sets of bunk beds.
Aus-Sea Haven is pet friendly with an additional fee, but well worth it for your furry loved ones.
I am including some great photos of the Aus-Sea Haven just simply click on a picture to enlarge it.
T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park is just a short drive from our beach house and a very pleasant area to explore. The park has such amenities as beaches, picnicking areas, cabins, and full camping facilities. It also has a visitor center. There are miles of sugar-white sand; the park’s beach has often been ranked among the best in the United States by Dr. Beach. Sunbathing, snorkeling, and swimming are popular warm-weather activities. Canoeists and kayakers can take in a superb view of the high dunes and sand pine scrub. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy fishing, hiking, or bicycling. St. Joseph Park also provides excellent opportunities for bird watching; over 240 species have been sighted there.
A note to self: “This is definately a place worth returning to for next year’s vacation.
Nope. Scrap the note: The kids don’t agree. They aren’t saying they want to return.
They are saying they want to “move here”… PERMANENTLY!