Need a Getaway? Rosemary Beach, Florida

Last week I went on my first nonworking vacation in a long time. I chose one of my favorite spots to take the kids: Rosemary Beach, Florida. It’s a spectacular community that is great for anyone: families, couples, girls trips, guys trips and retired people. The town is adorable, filled with cool architecture, eclectic shops, galleries and wonderful restaurants. Can you say white sand? It’s breathtaking.

From the shopping to the food, there is something for everyone. I couldn’t include them all,  but I thought I would share a few. Gigi’s is an adorable spot with incredible unique toys and baby clothes.

The restaurants in Rosemary are fantastic and diverse. They really have covered the bases: family-friendly restaurants, casual dining, tapas and chocolate fare to fine dining. One of our child-friendly favorites is Cowgirl Kitchen which serves anything from nachos to healthy salads and great pizza (ideal for kids).

My favorite adult restaurant is Restaurant Paradis which has anything from Oysters Rockefeller to the best Ahi Tuna I have ever had. It’s romantic, fresh and divine all in one.

The kids have plenty to do in Rosemary Beach from pools to awesome beaches and plenty of bike riding. Rosemary even has a well organized kid’s camp to give parents a break. Mine were particularly fond of the very famous Sugar Shack and newer New Orleans Snow Balls where they had so many incredible flavors (even pomegranate).

Leigh enjoyed it just slightly. That smile never lies…

Rosemary’s newest addition happened to be one of our favorites. The Hidden Lantern is an old-time English style book store. The layout and books are amazing. Honestly, you could sit and read all day long.

The book store has children’s events for different ages, and a great spot for other events as well. We bought three books and one card as gifts, and we almost didn’t make it out to the beach the morning we stopped in there.

What I really love about Rosemary is that when you come, you really don’t need to leave very often. With great running paths and trails, tennis courts, pools, great workout facilities, Aveda Spa and more, everything is so close and easy to get to (no car needed). Bike riding is huge, and I love this shot of all the bikes parked one morning right in front of the beach walkway.

I highly recommend a vacation at Rosemary Beach. It was a wonderful getaway.

Rosemary has a lot of great events coming up including Rosemary Uncorked in October, writing festivals, girls getaways and more. For more information see Rosemary, see

21 thoughts on “Need a Getaway? Rosemary Beach, Florida”

  1. love rosemary beach! we spend every thanksgiving with family in that area, sometimes in grayton beach, sometimes in rosemary beach. in fact, last year, that’s where my now-husband proposed! looks like you had a fabulous trip!

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  3. Alison, this is such an excellent travel post! I would love to visit there. Looks way more like Europe than FL! I would be spending loads of time in that awesome bookstore. Your kids are darling 🙂

  4. Alison, what a nice post – I’ve never heard of Rosemary Beach so thanks for letting us know about such a great spot. Great pics and your kids are so cute!

  5. Hey Alison! So good to meet you in Rosemary! Love this post on your recap of the beach! What a GREAT place to visit! Hope all is well with you and the family! Have a great day!

  6. LOVE Pish Posh’s homemade soap. My husband and I take a drive every now and then down 30A. It’s only 30 miles away but it’s another world! Glad you enjoyed our piece of paradise!

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