Cottages of Seaside Florida | I’m Lovin’ It


You may remember that I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was taking my daughters to Florida for a few days.  They are 17 and 25 and have never seen an ocean or been to a beach (unless you count a lake beach, but that’s SO not the same).

On the beach in Seaside FLAllison and Heather the moment we got to Seaside

We did lots of research before we decided that the small beach town of Seaside, Florida would be the ideal location for their first beach experience.   Seaside is a pedestrian-scaled beach town in Florida,  located directly on Northwest Florida’s acclaimed sugar-white sand beaches in South Walton County on Scenic Highway 30A, between Destin and Panama City Beach.

Gorgeous Seaside, Florida.  Learn more at

Why Visit Seaside Florida? 

Well first I read that Seaside, FL was voted as the “BEST BEACH ON EARTH FOR FAMILIES” by Travel & Leisure Magazine!  After spending time there, we agree wholeheartedly!

Gorgeous Seaside, Florida.  Learn more at

It’s one of those places you dream about visiting.  Seaside is an 80-acre, unincorporated beach town, where cobblestone streets are lined with charming pastel cottages, white picket fences, and picturesque storefronts.  No one is in a rush, you will see families riding to the ice cream shop, bike following bike following bike.  The center of town hosts a weekly farmer’s market, outdoor concerts, and movies under the stars.  It’s surrounded by renowned restaurants, quiet cafes, gourmet food trucks, clothing and jewelry boutiques, art galleries, home and garden stores, a quaint book and record store, a surf shop, toy store and dozens more. No fast food chains, no Starbucks, no hotels….. just independent entrepreneurs in this small iconic coastal town.

Gorgeous Seaside, Florida.  Learn more at

Sounds like something out of a movie doesn’t it?  That’s probably why The Truman Show, starring Jim Carrey was filmed in Seaside, 15 years ago this year.

Gorgeous Seaside, Florida.  Learn more at

Cottage Rental Agency of Seaside was kind enough to host us for our stay and I can’t wait to share our cottage with you!  Next week I’ll share more about what all we did while we were in Seaside.

Seaside Cottages:

There are about 300 different colors of cottages in Seaside and just as many unique picket fence designs.  No two pickets on any one street in Seaside can be of the same design.

Seaside has won numerous awards for its architecture and town planning and has been the subject of three books and countless articles.

Gorgeous Seaside, Florida cottages.  Learn more at

Each road in Seaside leads to it’s own Beach Pavilion to enter the beach for that particular street.   This is one of many GENIUS ideas behind the pioneer of Seaside, Daryl Davis.  Founded in 1981, this small coastal town was described by Time magazine as “….the most astonishing design achievement of its era and one might hope, the most influential.”

Gorgeous Seaside, Florida.  Learn more at

One of our favorite parts about staying in Seaside is, we felt like we were at home, not vacationing in a hotel.  Where life is simple, the white sandy beach and emerald water is just a simple walk away……….sigh………

The Cottage Rental Agency is the premier on-site rental provider in Seaside, they offer over 200 vacation rentals in Seaside from private one-bedroom beachfront hideaways to spectacular homes that sleep 14 or more.

Our beach home for 4 nights and 5 days was a grand two-story penthouse, known as Far Niente, located above Central Square in Seaside, offering panoramic views from every room!  It was jaw dropping gorgeous!

Come take a peek!

Seaside, Florida Far Niente Cottage | Cottage Rental Agency.  Learn more at

We had our own private lobby and elevator to the 2nd floor main level.  The French limestone floors leading to a bright, open and contemporary two-story living room with soaring 25′ ceilings, expansive windows, designer furnishings, a fireplace, 42″ flat-screen HDTV/DVD, and much more, including a modern chef-ready kitchen!

The kitchen was fully stocked with everything you could possibly need, although the coffee maker and wine glasses and Wolf refrigerator were the only things we really put to use.  We ate out the whole time, but you could come and have everything you need to fix as many meals as you’d like right in the cottage.  Modica Market which sells morning mimosas and fresh cut flowers is a gourmet market and deli that  is sure to have everything you could need!

   Seaside, Florida Far Niente Cottage | Cottage Rental Agency.  Learn more at

We all fell in love with the decor!  Lots of white, linen, and reclaimed wood!  I felt like someone knew exactly what my dream home would look like!  It was magical to call this home for a few days!………I wanted to move in!

Seaside, Florida Far Niente Cottage | Cottage Rental Agency.  Learn more at

Allison claimed the queen bedroom on the second/main floor with a flat-screen TV/DVD and shares a bath with the living area.  Right off the bathroom was a washer and dryer, which worked out great for having clean fresh beach towels each day.  Far Niente had everything we needed to wash all of our sandy clothes before we took them back home!

Seaside, Florida Far Niente Cottage | Cottage Rental Agency.  Learn more at

The third floor has another queen bedroom and bath and the master suite features a king bed, vaulted ceilings and a 32″ flat-screen TV with a master bath with two sinks, a shower and large soaking tub.
As gorgeous as the rounded stairways were, we loved the small private elevator, especially for getting our suitcases up to each floor.

Gorgeous scenic Gulf view Seaside, Florida | Far Niente cottage.  Learn more at

The gorgeous patio balcony overlooking the center of town and the Gulf is where I “tried” to get a little work done, but as you can imagine the view was a little distracting, and the ocean and food trucks were calling my name.

Look at the view we had!!  Just note, I snapped this early on Monday morning before everyone else was up……see how peaceful and quiet it is in the VERY CENTER of everything!  You can also tell what a quick little walk we had to the beach.

Seaside, Florida.  Learn more at

The town of Seaside has more than 340 homes, cottages, town homes and penthouse apartments.  The Cottage Rental Agency offers more than 200 vacation rentals in Seaside, Florida. Each home is independently owned, decorated and graced with distinctive character and architectural details. To see what is available for rent visit

All Cottage Rental Agency guests receive the following amenities:

  • Two (2) Complimentary Bike Rentals
  • Complimentary bottle of wine
  • Welcome Beach Tote with Souvenir
  • Unlimited DVD Rentals with Popcorn
  • Business Center with Internet Access
  • Complimentary Use of Beach Toys Including Boogie Boards
  • On-site Check-in and Management Services
  • On-site Housekeeping Services Available
  • Concierge to Assist you Planning your Day
  • Golf Voucher for One (1) Complimentary Round of Golf when you Buy One (1) Round at Baytowne, Raven or Links Golf Courses in Sandestin (includes cart rental)

Seaside, Florida | Cottage Rental Agency.  Learn more at

We had such a BEAUTIFUL and wonderful time in Seaside!!  Check back next week to see some of the fun we had in and around Seaside!

If you’re looking for a relaxing vacation spot on the beach, I can not recommend Seaside, FL and Cottage Rental Agency enough to you.  I now know why Seaside was voted as #1 Best Beach on Earth for families.  We are hoping to go back again and bring Steve along next time!

To follow along or see more pictures of Seaside, check out their Facebook page!
To read more about  Seaside, FL  visit
To book the Far Niente where we stayed, or another cottage, visit

…………I think I see a beach chair calling my name!

Scenic Gulf View at Seaside, Florida   Learn more at

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Disclaimer:  Cottage Rental Agency hosted us by graciously providing a complimentary Stay at Far Niente but all views, opinions and my love for Seaside are all my own.

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59 Responses to “Cottages of Seaside Florida | I’m Lovin’ It”

  1. tanya posted on August 15, 2013 at 7:30 pm (#)

    How could you ever leave? Oh my gosh, I could live there!

  2. Lisa posted on August 15, 2013 at 7:33 pm (#)

    I want to go there!! That looks so fun and the sand is gorgeous.

  3. Jenn posted on August 15, 2013 at 7:33 pm (#)

    Seaside just looks beautiful! I love all of the different colored cottages and that beach is amazing! I’m sure you had tons of fun with your girls! Thanks so much for hosting – have a wonderful weekend.

  4. Liz Fourez posted on August 15, 2013 at 7:38 pm (#)

    Oh my gosh I need a vacation now! That looks amazing!! Thanks for hosting this week and for all the gorgeous photos!

  5. Tricia @ Simplicity in the South posted on August 15, 2013 at 7:44 pm (#)

    It looks like the inside was as beautiful as the view! Thanks for hosting the party!

  6. Mique posted on August 15, 2013 at 7:48 pm (#)

    The whole thing just sounded magical Cheryl! I hope we get to go as a family to Seaside someday. Now I know just where to stay. :) Thanks!

  7. Renea (cupcake-n-bake) posted on August 15, 2013 at 7:52 pm (#)

    I’ve been to the beach millions of times, and now I live at (well about 25 minutes away from) the beach. I’ve yet to stay in a cottage. I will stay in one one of these days, though. You’re pictures have totally convinced me that I absolutely have to!

  8. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen posted on August 15, 2013 at 7:54 pm (#)

    That sounds like the perfect getaway, all the pictures make me want to go now!

  9. Jenny posted on August 15, 2013 at 7:57 pm (#)

    Oh I am sure these pics are killing Steve. LOL! What a fun place. I’ve heard so much about it before. We go to Fort Myers every year to see Dave’s parents. We also visit Sanibel while we are there.

  10. Amy @ Living Locurto posted on August 15, 2013 at 8:04 pm (#)

    Wow! Your cottage looks amazing! So happy you got a chance to take your girls to the beach and had some fun family time. I hope to go there someday.

  11. Lana @ Never Enough Thyme posted on August 15, 2013 at 8:36 pm (#)

    My husband and I both grew up in south Georgia just a short drive from the Destin-Panama City area. We’ve spent more weekends than we can count on those beaches and they never, ever grow old. So glad that you and your girls enjoyed it!

  12. Sue {munchkin munchies} posted on August 15, 2013 at 8:40 pm (#)

    Wow, what’s not to love?!? Seaside looks like a dream! I don’t think any other beach will ever live up to this one for your girls:) What a great first beach experience for them!

  13. Jill @ KitchenFunWithMy3Sons posted on August 15, 2013 at 8:46 pm (#)

    Thanks for hosting! Looks like you had a great time…what a beautiful place!

  14. DesignedByBH posted on August 15, 2013 at 8:53 pm (#)

    Thanks so much for hosting and for talking about your trip to Seaside! I’ve been there a few times while living and working in Panama City Beach one summer. My favorite part was watching Truman Show on that lawn in the middle. It was so neat to look around and see where each scene was filmed. (Plus it’s one of my favorite movies…) Hope you get to go back soon!

  15. Angie@Echoes of Laughter posted on August 15, 2013 at 11:37 pm (#)

    Wow What a beautiful vacation! I would love to visit there! So glad you had fun with your girls! Thank you for hosting! Angie xo

  16. Nicole Lindstrom posted on August 15, 2013 at 11:48 pm (#)

    Thanks for sharing your lovely vacation. Your daughter’s must have had such a wonderful time with their Mama. The smell of the ocean is something one has to experience and it sounds and looks like you experienced it at an ideal place. I have never been to Florida, but I do know Seaside looks like a place I would love to visit. I have lived my whole life by the ocean in Southern California, but these beach pictures look straight out of a Nicholas Sparks novel. I want to be there! Simply gorgeous!

  17. Kristen posted on August 16, 2013 at 1:07 am (#)

    I loved watching your vacation take place over instagram and so enjoy seeing even more of your vacation here. The history of Seaside sounds so great – I’m going to have to add it to our travel bucket list for sure! Love your pictures!

    • gtrexler replied on August 16th, 2013 at 10:06 am

      Right?! Her pics make you want to book it TODAY!

  18. jen @ Tatertots & Jello posted on August 16, 2013 at 3:21 am (#)

    Cheryl! It looked so amazing! I loved following along with you on your trip! So fun!!


  19. Angie posted on August 16, 2013 at 7:19 am (#)

    We grew up just about an hour away, so we know the area well. It’s an amazing place, the whole emerald coast is. Seaside is a very small little tourist town, and it’ s so different in style and architecture to anything else in the Panhandle. It’s like a little utopia (or at least Truman’s utopia), I love it.

  20. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch posted on August 16, 2013 at 8:43 am (#)

    I’m so glad that you had a great time! The Gulf has the most beautiful beaches – especially for the first trip to the beach for the girls! The sand is a beautiful white and the water is so clear and blue! Seaside is GORGEOUS and we love to visit that area when we take beach trips!
    Have a great weekend!!!

  21. Toni | BoulderLocavore posted on August 16, 2013 at 9:34 am (#)

    We too just returned from a vacation in Florida Cheryl staying in a quiet little town below Daytona Beach. Having access to the extensive beaches and the perfect temperatures was so relaxing! We had a dock behind our house where manatees came several times a day too. Your beautiful photo chronicle of your trip will definitely be sunshine to your soul in the middle of winter when you look back on it! Hope the girls loved their first ocean trip!

  22. gtrexler posted on August 16, 2013 at 10:05 am (#)

    I’d love to take a relaxing vacation to this place – wow! Great description and pics, as always.
    Happy memories for you and the girls! :)

  23. Jeanette posted on August 16, 2013 at 10:20 am (#)

    We love Florida and vacation near Clearwater Beach, but have yet to try Seaside. It looks like a great little spot to visit. Will have to check it out. We usually rent a place so I can cook and do laundry. It’s so much more economical and it gives us the flexibility to dine out if we want to (when I want a break from the kitchen ;)).

  24. Angie | Big Bear's Wife posted on August 16, 2013 at 10:50 am (#)

    Those pictures are beautiful. What a perfect little town. I may have to start doing a little research on them for a trip down to Florida!

  25. Coco in the Kitchen posted on August 16, 2013 at 11:04 am (#)

    Seaside reminds me of Cambria. Love the pics. Gotta book a trip!

  26. Lisa@ Cooking with Curls posted on August 16, 2013 at 12:56 pm (#)

    What an awesome vacation, I would never want to leave :) Thanks so much for the party. Have a wonderful weekend.

  27. Liz @ Lizzie Jane Baby posted on August 16, 2013 at 1:50 pm (#)

    What a dreamy place to vacation!

  28. Emily@Decorchick posted on August 16, 2013 at 2:09 pm (#)

    Wow wow wow! I’ve been dreaming of visiting seaside for a long time. It looks so quaint and beautiful. Looks like y’all had a wonderful time!

  29. BeBetsy posted on August 16, 2013 at 5:15 pm (#)

    Thank you for hosting this great party. Please stop by and join us on our Tuesday Brag About It Party.
    ~~Thanks, Sharon & Denise

  30. Diane {Created by Diane} posted on August 16, 2013 at 5:50 pm (#)

    Looks like a fabulous place to vacation!!!! Great photos :)

  31. Neena posted on August 17, 2013 at 7:38 am (#)

    Looks like a fabulous place to vacation. Wishing my kids were little again – we didn’t do enough beach vacations over the years!

  32. Allie | Baking A Moment posted on August 17, 2013 at 10:41 am (#)

    Omg, Cheryl, I’m totally jealous! 😉 What a fabulous trip it must’ve been. The penthouse is absolutely gorgeous! And the town sounds so charming… So happy for you!

    Thanks for hosting the party, and hope you’re having a great weekend!

  33. jessica @fourgenerationsoneroof posted on August 17, 2013 at 8:25 pm (#)

    Looks like a fabulous place! Wow, love the pics and room. So pretty :)

  34. Alison @ ingredients, Inc posted on August 18, 2013 at 12:41 pm (#)

    one of my favorites!! so glad you went and checked it out :)

  35. Glory/ Glorious Treats posted on August 18, 2013 at 9:14 pm (#)

    Wow, looks like an absolute dream! I’m adding Seaside to my “dream vacations” list now!

  36. capturing joy with kristen duke posted on August 18, 2013 at 10:18 pm (#)

    Simply, WOW!!! WHat a stunning little town, and I am still shocked to read your daughters had never seen a beach!!! Growing up in Texas, we’ve got the gulf, but florida is a short drive, too! SO fun that you got to do the beach so wonderfully for their first trip!

  37. sadia (@ chainsaw reviews) posted on August 19, 2013 at 5:28 am (#)

    Florida is one of the best place where i surf time with my friends and family you remind me my memories thanks for the post fabulous time there

  38. Myra @ posted on August 19, 2013 at 2:01 pm (#)

    How beautiful! We’ve been talking about going to the beach for the first time with our boys, so we will definitely check out Seaside, FL! :) Thanks for sharing!

  39. Trish Butler posted on August 19, 2013 at 3:35 pm (#)

    Cheryl, love the picture of your girls at the beach. If you look real close, behind your girls, it looks like a shark fin. It’s probably a surfer, but it looks really awsome. Nice place.

  40. Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates posted on August 19, 2013 at 7:57 pm (#)

    Seaside looks fabulous! Now I totally want to go there. :)

  41. Carolyn posted on August 20, 2013 at 6:19 am (#)

    Wow, it really looks amazing and I can see why the Truman Show was shot there. I will have to remember this place!

  42. nest of posies posted on August 21, 2013 at 2:11 pm (#)

    how in the world did i miss this beautiful post? makes me beachsick. your pictures are incredible, cheryl! i love the room you all stayed in. it was so much fun to watch you & your daughters experience everything! LOVE seaside!


  43. Eric posted on April 16, 2014 at 8:37 pm (#)

    Wow, Seaside FL looks like a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing such an awesome post!


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