Seaside, Florida Adventures

Hey friends! Matt and I are on our way back to DC after a fun few days in Seaside, Florida for his brother’s wedding! I’ll be back tomorrow to share a recap of the rehearsal dinner and wedding day fun, but for now wanted to pop in with some of the non-wedding food and fitness highlights from the week. :)

seaside florida vacation

Sadly we had pretty crummy weather the whole time we were in Seaside (it cleared up for the wedding day, though – whew!), so our scuba diving plans were foiled and we weren’t able to hit the beach. Boo! It was a really cute town though (they actually filmed the movie “The Truman Show” in Seaside) and now I really want to go back when the weather is nicer to see more of it! Check this out: the world’s cutest post office. :) Apparently it’s the most photographed building in town!

seaside florida post office

Seaside also had lots of great food! They have a row of food trucks lining the main circle in town – my favorite was this awesome organic and vegan “Raw & Juicy” food truck. :)

raw juicy food truck

raw and juicy seaside

I loved their kale salad (the dressing was olive oil, lemon juice, and avocado – such a good combo!) and their brown rice/black bean/sauerkraut bowls. Great fresh pressed juice, too!

raw and juicy seasidekale salad

Another big food highlight from Seaside was the lobster rolls! I had no idea they had lobster in Florida, but apparently it was fresh and caught locally!


So good – no fillers, just straight up lobster, lemon, and butter.

lobster roll florida

Also recommended: the tacos! This place was right next door to the shrimp shack – I think it was called the Taco Bar. I had one fish and one pork – both awesome.

seaside florida tacos

Another don’t miss: the lattes/coffee at amavida, also right in the main town square area. So good!

amavida seaside fl

Don’t worry, I got more oysters, too – so obsessed. They were so big and flavorful in this part of Florida! These were from Great Southern Café in Seaside.

oysters great southern restaurant

I loved Great Southern’s greek salad, too – blackened shrimp FTW.

great southern seaside

As for fitness fun, one of the highlights was biking around Seaside and Watercolor (the next town) – it was my favorite kind of biking: flat, easy, and scenic. :)

biking seaside florida

Matt discovered a bunch of cool trails winding all around behind the houses that we enjoyed exploring on two mornings – the first time just the two of us and the second time with the groom, Matt’s brother Drew, in tow!

biking watercolor florida


I also enjoyed two yoga classes – one was a chilly/gray morning that I decided to treat myself to a class at nearby Balance 30A.

balance 30a

I loved the class, which was an hour and 15 minute vinyasa flow. Felt wonderful to stretch! Pretty studio, too.

balance 30a yoga

The other yoga class I enjoyed was over in Rosemary Beach area on the morning of the wedding at a place called Otium!

otium florida

The bride and groom organized a group yoga class for the wedding party, close friends, and family – such a nice way to start their wedding day with them! I even convinced Matt to come. :) It was a big crew – about 30 of us attended!

otium yoga florida

And lastly on the fitness front, I discovered my friend and running buddy Mary was 15 minutes away on a work trip! We overlapped for a day and clearly had to make a run date happen. :)

topsail running state park florida

Matt was off with the wedding party most of the day on Saturday so it was perfect timing for me to meet Mary for a run!

topsail hill preserve state park running

We hit up Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for some chatty miles. :)

topsail hill preserve state park running

topsail hill preserve state park running

We originally planned to run about 3 miles but we got lost and ended up making it 5.  Added bonus! I forgot to wear my watch so I snagged a shot of Mary’s instead. :)


Thanks for the miles, my friend – so fun and random to get to see you!

Enjoy the rest of your weekends, my friends – see you tomorrow with my final Florida trip recap – the wedding adventures!


  1. 1

    Food looks awesome! I’ve only been to Florida once when I was 17 and we just did the whole theme park thing. Matt and his brother look so alike!

  2. 3

    Ahhhh – Seaside is adorable. Regan & I did a mini vacay a few years ago in early April – I’d love to go back!

  3. 5

    I’ve never heard of Seaside!! What a wonderful looking place to stay!

  4. 6

    What an adorable town! I totally just checked to see if it was anywhere near Orlando since we will be there this summer and want to hit the beaches a few days. It’s over 6 hours away! Darn.

    That post office is the cutest! I am considering a tiny house in a few years when both of my girls go off to college. I could live in that post office! =)

    • 7

      Yeah, sadly it’s a bit out of the way! I’m fascinated by the tiny house concept – just read an article on them in the Washington Post recently!

  5. 8

    I’ve always wanted to go there because of TTS! Tell me more : ) Also, super cool Garmin!

    • 9

      It seriously looks just like the movie – super Pleasantville esque with nice wide flat streets, white picket fences, etc. We re-watched it while we were there! Beautiful white sand beaches too — hope to go back someday to enjoy them!

  6. 10

    What a cute town! All your travel posts make me add places to my “to-go” list ;) And those lobster rolls remind me of my favorite ones from Maine. I love it when they’re made with just huge chunks of lobster on some good bread. Simple and perfect!

  7. 11

    Ahh…. Seaside, Florida! There’s a great sports fest there every year. 5K, 10K, half marathon, tri and a criterium!!! Sorry the weather was crummy for you guys. When it’s nice….it really is nice.

    • 12

      That sounds awesome! I definitely want to go back someday when the weather is nicer… was a bummer to not get the full beach experience!


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