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Dinner for Two at the Beach

Steak and Shrimp For Two at the Beach Valentine's Day is coming up! What better way to celebrate this romantic holiday than a long weekend with someone special at the beach? Book your February getaway in one of our beach vacation rentals and savor some time for two at the beach. Gulf views, breathtaking sunsets, a walk on the beach - sounds like the perfect weekend for us! To really impress that someone special, whip up this recipe for steak and shrimp for two at the beach. If you have never cooked steak before, don't be intimated! It's much [...]

2021-01-26T09:36:03-06:00January 26th, 2021|Food, Gulf Coast Blog|

A Recipe for Health and Prosperity

Our Favorite Recipe for Black-Eyed Pea Salsa ~ Southern Vacation Rentals Have you ever wondered why we eat black-eyed peas on New Year's Day? Folklore says that, if eaten on New Year's Day, black-eyed peas bring about health and prosperity in the new year. We don't know about you, but after 2020, we could all use a little health and prosperity! It's also said that you should eat one black-eyed pea for every day of the year. Could you stomach 365 black-eyed peas? In an effort to make black-eyed peas a little more exciting this year, we're sharing our [...]

2020-12-29T14:39:20-06:00December 21st, 2020|Food, Gulf Coast Blog|

Gulf Coast Comfort Food

Easy Gumbo Recipe ~ Southern Vacation Rentals Here on the Gulf Coast, we consider gumbo to be comfort food. If you're looking for a non-traditional dish to bring to your holiday dinner, this gumbo recipe is the way to go. Each gumbo recipe has four main stars: shrimp, sausage, roux, and a little bit of Cajun heat. Of course, you can always add more heat if you prefer. Normally we try and keep our Southern Scoop recipes quick and easy, but we must admit this gumbo recipe does take about an hour and a half to make. However, the [...]

2020-12-04T08:29:34-06:00November 20th, 2020|Food, Gulf Coast Blog|

A Festive Holiday Cocktail

Black Cherry Mule for Holiday Celebrations ~ Southern Vacation Rentals Celebrating the holidays at the beach this year? You'll want to give this festive holiday cocktail a spin! If you love a Moscow or Kentucky Mule, then the Black Cherry Mule is for you. It's the perfect combination of sweet and tart and will have you feeling full of holiday cheer in no time. Serve this cocktail during your holiday vacation at the beach - whether you're coming for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hannukkah, or just a Friendsgiving trip. Ready to make a Black Cherry Mule? Grab your copper mug and [...]

2020-11-10T10:02:35-06:00November 10th, 2020|Food, Gulf Coast Blog|

The Scoop on Grilled Oysters

Where to Get Grilled Oysters on the Gulf Coast ~ Southern Vacation Rentals It's oyster season here in Florida and Alabama! It's an old tradition to only eat oysters during the months with an “r” in the name – September through April – to ensure they are as fresh as possible. We don't know about you, but we love oysters. They're extremely versatile and can be enjoyed in a number of different ways, from raw to Oysters Rockafeller and everything in between. But, have you ever tried grilled oysters? Baked oysters are extremely popular, but we have to say [...]

2020-10-27T12:47:39-05:00October 23rd, 2020|Food, Gulf Coast Blog|

Local Love: Our Favorite Breweries

Our Favorite Breweries in Pensacola, 30A, and More ~ Southern Vacation Rentals Are you a beer lover? The popularity of craft beer has soared over the last few years, and we're seeing breweries pop up all along the Gulf Coast. In fact, we've found some of our favorite breweries in Pensacola, 30A, Destin, and Gulf Shores this way - right here in our own backyard! No matter where you are staying on vacation with us, you're sure to find a brewery nearby. Unique craft beers, outdoor seating, and pet-friendly spaces are just some of the factors that will draw [...]

2020-10-20T16:43:44-05:00October 20th, 2020|Food, Gulf Coast Blog|

Our Favorite Beer-Battered Hushpuppies

Beer-Battered Hushpuppies ~ Southern Vacation Rentals Looking for a new fall recipe to try out with friends and family? These beer-battered hushpuppies are a must! We added onions and ground red pepper for a sweet and savory kick, and 3/4 of a cup of your favorite ale adds an extra kick. For a bold take on this fall recipe, try out a pumpkin beer like Blue Moon's Harvest Pumpkin, or visit a local brewery to stock up on your favorites. There are breweries all around the area, from Perfect Plain and Gulf Coast Brewery in Pensacola to Salty Oak [...]

2020-09-25T15:14:36-05:00September 25th, 2020|Food, Gulf Coast Blog|

Tailgating is Better at the Beach

Tailgating at the Beach and our Smoked Tuna Dip Recipe ~ Southern Vacation Rentals Football may be in limbo, but the beach is always here! Even if there is no football season this year, you can still make the most of a beach vacation. Come on down to the beach with family and enjoy white sand, blue water, and some tailgating at the beach! Whether you're grilling at the beach or making use of the grills offered in our beach vacation homes and condos, tailgating is always better at the beach. Just crack open a cold one and you're [...]

2020-08-24T10:52:27-05:00August 19th, 2020|Food, Gulf Coast Blog|

Treat Your Taste Buds

Get a Taste of our Favorite Fort Walton Beach Restaurants ~ Southern Vacation Rentals If you're someone who looks for local restaurants on vacation, then Fort Walton Beach is the place for you! When you stay here for your next vacation, you'll find a handful of local restaurants to fill any type of craving. With options for fine dining, casual, and everything in between, these Fort Walton Beach restaurants are for you! Take a look at our favorites below and be sure to keep them in mind next time you visit the Gulf Coast! Tapas Plates at [...]

2020-08-17T11:27:35-05:00August 17th, 2020|Food, Gulf Coast Blog, Travel|

Try Out These Grouper Bites This Summer

The Perfect Grouper Bites Recipe ~ Southern Vacation Rentals Have you been out fishing on the Gulf this summer? The plentiful waters mean that you're bound to reel in a good catch, whether it's snapper, grouper, mahi - there's no telling what you might find! If you've reeled in some grouper recently and are looking for a new recipe you'll want to make time and time again, try out this incredible grouper bites recipe. Paired with your favorite side, a creamy tartar sauce, and an ice-cold pale ale, there isn't a summer dish more perfect than this! In addition, [...]

2020-07-27T16:42:46-05:00July 27th, 2020|Food, Gulf Coast Blog|