Mr. Nice and I have a time-share through Club Intrawast but sadly, for the last couple of years we have not been able to use all our time allotment. This year as our deadline approached, we offered up our time to our friends but in the end, we were still going to lose a few days. At the last minute, I TOLD Mr. Nice who is also Mr. Busy, we were going to spend 5 days at the Club Intrawest property in Sandestin, Florida … so get packing!
We hadn’t been to Florida in years and when we did go, we were visiting Disney World with our daughter. We didn’t know much about this part of Florida. All we needed to know was there was GOLF! and we hoped the weather would be warm enough for sitting by the pool and or the beach.
We were so pleasantly surprised! We LOVED this area and hope to go back many more times!
First of all, the end of October is between busy seasons so it was not crowded at all.
Secondly, we were blessed with PERFECT weather!
Lastly and best of all, we could not get over the WHITE SAND on the beaches!
To us Canadians, it looked like snow!
The golf courses were also not busy and by shopping around on the net, we found fabulous deals on green fees. BONUS!
We played four rounds in total and usually around 7:45 and each time, we were the first or one of the first groups to go out.
So these beautiful courses were essentially EMPTY!
I felt like Donald Trump!
Our golf games were finished in two hours so we were home for lunch and had the rest of the days ahead of us. We checked out the beaches, hung out at the pool, browsed some funky shops in nearby Seaside and of course hit the outlet mall like all good Canadian tourists!
The nearby town of Seaside had a number of fun shops to browse around. Sadly, the items I liked were a bit to big and bulky to take home on the plane. The little town is very funky and artsy and it was obvious it must be packed in high season. There were so many places right on the Gulf. All that white sand. Heaven!
In the heart of the town are a line of small Vintage Airstream trailers lined up, side by side. In Seaside’s early days, many of the owners building homes stayed in Airstream trailers—“land yachts”—awaiting completion. Now, they house independent food vendors. The food aromas were enticing!
There were so many cute shops and art galleries to browse through. I particularly liked Amore By The Sea which offered a collection of funky art, unique home accent treasures from around the world, reclaimed wood furniture, jewelry and more. I snapped a few pics but if you want to see more items, I’ve added the link to their website above.
On our last full day, just as we were finishing our golf game a the Links, it started to pour. PERFECT! Off to the Outlet Mall! Mr. Nice went a bit crazy and came home with 3 pairs of shoes, 4 golf shirts, 4 sports shirts, 1 dress shirt, 2 pairs of shorts, 2 caps, and God knows what else. Needless to say, it was not a shopping day for me!
I wish I had more pictures to share! Maybe that’s a sign I was having a REALLY GOOD TIME!
We can’t wait to visit the Florida Panhandle again!