Aug 16, 2016

{The Beach Bum Has Returned}



I have missed my blogging buddies this past week but I sure have enjoyed some time away with my man at the beach. We had such a great time. We went to Rest and Relax and we certainly done both. Matter of fact we became quiet good at R & R!  I'm missing it now. But, I Praise the Lord that we had the opportunity to go and have some time away. 


We had the opportunity to stay in a SWEET Coastal Cottage on the beach and I snapped so many pictures with my handy dandy cell phone... I decided that in order not to do picture OVERLOAD that I needed to do some collages so for you to see. 

The first sign we see was this....


And WELCOMED we felt!


We loved everything about this cottage. The location, the privacy, the home and the hosts!
The cottage has it's own private entrance and gated courtyard. The east side of the cottage had a courtyard patio and west side had large covered deck with sundecks.Though the cottage was actually nestled in a small neighborhood it did not lack in privacy.

Upon arrival the hosts met us there to hand us the keys to the cottage along with a tour. I am STILL amazed at such detail that was put into our stay. We could have asked questions if we had any but honestly there was no need for that because there was little notes here and there that basically answered everything we might would want to know! I've never seen anyone put so much detail into a person's stay!


The beach theme is carried throughout the home as you can see in the pictures. The decor was lovely and oh so Coastal. The hosts are both renovation addicts so they are constantly adding to their home for others to enjoy. Our hosts gave us a little history on the home stead. It was a very old home built back in 1940 and the host's parents bought it in 1962. Her dad was a Captain of a fishing boat and very well known in the area. Most if not all of the nautical decor in the home is authentic. Her mom owned a beautiful little shop on St. George Street in St. Augustine Florida that specialized in decor items.  Over the years they have done renovation to the home but have tried to maintain much of the original home. There was so much history with this home that it made one feel that you knew this family. 

 And as soon as I saw this cute scale y'all know I wanted it! LOL!




The kitchen area opened up onto a back deck that wrapped around one half of the deck. Chairs, tables, comfy lounger's and lots of beautiful greenery and flowers adorned this area.


We did carry our own beach chairs, umbrella and beach towels with us but we didn't have too as all of that was provided for us. They even provided a beach wagon which made things nice for us.  

The outdoor area of the cottage was it's own little paradise for us. We loved it that when we would return from the beach that we could shower off outside in private before going back into the cottage.
The provided everything! Beach chairs, beach towels, umbrella, boogie boards, and a charcoal grill with everything we needed to grill with.

The hosts had fresh flowers cut and in vases throughout the home. Even inside the closets we would find cute tags to show you what was available for you to use and decorated as well! 

Awe yes....we enjoyed every moment of the beach life.
We grilled at the cottage one night. My man cooked breakfast several mornings and we went out to eat breakfast one morning. If you have a Village Inn in your area try their skillet breakfast. My man had the Ultimate and I had the California skillet. SO GOOD!  We also went out to eat dinner several nights. We had so much food one night that we had leftovers added to a salad for the next night. And of course you just can't beat having eggs, toast, bacon and sausage for breakfast right?

I actually had the time to sit and read a book in which I love to read. Fishing, reading, eating and lounging around...What a life right?

The beach was just a short walk from the cottage which made it extra nice.


There is nothing like watching the sun rise on the beach. Only God could make something so beautiful. A couple of days we saw dolphins. There would be three to six of them swimming together. It was a beautiful site.
Vilano Beach in St. Augustine is a beautiful beach. So pristine and clean. Shells galore. (Which of course I brought back some to add to my collection) Vilano is more of a private beach area compared to some even in the busy season. Of course our stay was when all the kids was getting back into school and most vacations was ending so we had almost total seclusion.  For those living across the miles, if you ever come to Florida looking for a quaint place on the beach to stay then send me a message and I'd be glad to give you more information. Or, if you are a local wanting a little getaway...I strongly suggest this is the place. This lovely cottage is for 4 people but for us it was simply a nice, quiet, romantic getaway for two!

There is NO PLACE LIKE HOME but I sure did enjoy being a BEACH BUM for just a little while!


Well, it's back to reality! But I can still hear the sounds of the ocean.

God is Good!

Hugs and blessings, Cindy 

48 comments:

  1. Ooh Cindy, what an enchanting beach cottage tour you gave us! You and your sweetie are the cutest couple and what fun you had while at the beach. Your hosts thought of everything to make your beach vacation as stress free and lovely as possible.

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    1. Thanks Kitty! We had such a wonderful time! Glad you enjoyed the tour!

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  2. Cindy, your time away looks wonderful! WOW! The cottage does look Coastal for sure and I love the colors. Glad you enjoyed your vacation time. I am hoping to take some off in October and planning on a mountain trip.
    Connie Royals

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    1. Thanks Connie. You will enjoy the mountains for sure. Yes, I love the colors of the cottage too and with it being right there on the beach it made it all the more better!!!

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  3. {{{yeah, yeah, yeah...whatever, raucous laughter and just teasing ya, smiles}}}

    What a adorable place...I so could live there...I am so glad you had a wonderful time and you were missed my friend. Hope you post more photos....smiles (by the way, I am looking at a similar bike like the one you posted,)

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    1. LOL Linda! We did have a great time and it was needed. When you man leaves most mornings at 4:30 to go to work and gets home about 6:30 in the afternoons believe me, rest and relation was needed. Yes, I too could live there! I loved it! But my man would never leave his homestead unless he had too. Though he did tell me one time that if we ever had to move then St. Augustine would be the place! I am in agreement! Missed you too girl!

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  4. Wow, looks like a great vacation! So glad you had time to rest, read and relax when you weren't making pictures of all the cute furnishings!!! Good food, each other and the beauty of the beach sunrises and sunsets are wonderful. Glad hubby caught some fish.

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    1. Bonnie, it was a wonderful time away even if only for a little while. But I must admit...there is no place like home!

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  5. OOO, how fun...and you KNOW I loved all the turquoise color...the cottage is adorable. So glad you had a great time...some of our best vacations were when all the grands were little and we all had campers...we went to the beach and parked at a wonderful RV park, right on the beach....such fun...went for about 4 yrs and then everyone decided we should go other places...my favorite was always the beach, tho..:) Now, all the grands are grown, married or boyfriends, and they are starting traditions of their own...what a Wonderful World.....xoox

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    1. Thanks BJ. Yes our family has done the beach scene for several years. We love the family trips but as I always tell the ladies at church...you need time away and alone with your man every now and then. When our kids was young we would camp at KOA campground on the water and it was so much fun. I miss those days. Glad you stopped by to visit.

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  6. Oh, my....that's one of the nicest places to stay I've ever seen. I want to live there! 😄 I'm so glad you and Mr. Marty had such a great time. You look beautiful in the white pants and coral top. Glad you're back, though.

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    1. Come on Deb to Florida and me and you will go for a weekend!!!! We did have a great time. And thanks for the compliment. My 12 year granddaughter helped me pick out that top!

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  7. That cottage looked like a perfect beach house and those little personal touches were so sweet. There is nothing taking a little time to relax and recharge. It seems you and your man enjoyed your time away. Glad to have you back, though! Zenda

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    1. Thanks Zenda. We did indeed have a good time. Rested up a bit and just enjoyed being lazy! Not often we get to do that but it sure was nice for a week.

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  8. This Cottage looks charming. I loved scrolling through all of the photos. Your time away sounds like it was relaxing, isn't it nice to get away? Have a great week.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Maryann. It was very relaxing.

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  9. I am speechless - looks like everything was perfect.

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  10. Hi Cindy, what a fabulous beach vacation!! I love this darling beach cottage. The coastal theme is beautiful and so well decorated. Love your wonderful pictures. You and your guy look rested and relaxed enjoying your time away. So glad you had a great time. Welcome back home!
    Love your blog look. Blessings my friend for a special day. xo

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    1. Thanks so much. The cottage was so charming. We enjoyed ourselves. Hope to go back.

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  11. You were at Vilano Beach? That is a beautiful place! I've often gone there as St Augustine is one of my favorite places. What a charming place and charming hosts! You couldn't help but have a wonderful time there! I can't wait until November when I get to go to the beach. My destination will be Ormond. Have a great day.

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    1. Vilano it was Melanie. I love St. Augustine area as well. My man works in St. Augustine so he isn't as "quick" to want to go on weekends to eat out or anything like that. LOL! But he likes the Vilano area and Cresent area and with it being a getaway trip he was all for it! I hear Ormond beach nice as well. I know you are looking forward to your November trip.

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  12. What a lovely beach cottage. The colors are so cam and beachy...I would decorate like that too. I have been to . Augustine and it is beautiful. So much to see and do...explore and relax by the ocean. Always good to get away, but being back home is comfort. xo

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    1. Linda, I can envisioned you now doing tablescapes everywhere there was a table! LOL! Yes, St. Augustine is always a nice place to go.

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  13. Your time away looks so romantic. I feel peaceful just looking at the photos. You are a doll to share so many with us and group them like you did. I like Village Inn too! I'm so glad you had time to just chill out and read and enjoy your husband!

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    1. Thanks so much Mary. I had never eaten at the Village Inn but it really good.

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  14. I feel like I was almost there with you!! What a beautiful cottage and I loved all the special touches that the owners provided. The decor is right up my alley...loving all of the beachy blue hues! It sounds like a perfect getaway with your hubby. Welcome home and back to blogging!

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    1. Thanks Heather. It was nice for sure. Yes, the colors I LOVED!

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  15. Cindy, what a wonderful vacation that you had...your beach cottage was so cute! A little R & R is good for all of us! Blessings, Pam @ Everyday Living

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  16. Wow, Cindy! This sounds like a wonderful vacation for you and your hubby! Your cottage was adorable! I love that it looked like someone's home! Since the owner kept little signs all over for you, you could have left her a little sign and some money where that cute scale was sitting! :) You look gorgeous in your white pants and melon colored top. So glad you had a wonderful time and thanks for sharing it with us. Thanks always, my friend, for popping in to see me.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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    1. Thanks Sheila for your sweet words. I would have loved to have had those cute scales. I'll find me one of those cuties one day. LOL!

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  17. Oh I am so jealous. What a beautiful beach and it looks like you both had an amazing time. The beach makes anyone relax.

    I hope to visit St. Augustin soon.

    Hugs,

    Janet

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    1. Janet, you will surely enjoy your stay in St. Augustine. Thanks for popping by.

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  18. Dearest Cindy,
    My oh my what a vacation this was and you captured the beauty, serenity and joy of your week away. That ocean and sky, just takes my breath away. I am so happy that you had this blessed and beautiful vacation, I also know how good it feels to be home and sleep in your own comfy bed!
    xo
    Jemma

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    1. Awe thanks Jemma. The sunrise on that beach was so beautiful. All I could do was stand there and think, Only God could make something this beautiful! And...there is no place like home.

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  19. WOW!! What a beautiful place!! Stunning photos! So glad that you had a wonderful time!! Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind words about my Anniversary Tablescape and dinner.
    Hugs,
    Deb

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    1. Thanks Debbie. Your anniversary tablescape was darling.

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  20. WoW, what a nice place. Very cozy, beachy and romantic...a perfect get-away for you both.

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  21. Cindy what a beautiful place to go on vacation. It was fit for the queeen, which you are of course. All that attention to detail and the beautifully decorated rooms, which are so in tune with the beach. I am so happy to hear tht you got to see the dolphins and actually take pictures. It is hard to do I know because I have tried. I think being a beach bum suits you just fine.

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    1. Thanks Mary. We had a great time and I am ready to go back!!!

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  22. Ooooh, you lucky girl! I am so glad you were able to enjoy your time away. Everything looks wonderful and it sounds like you have the perfect week of relaxation.

    Happy hugs to you!

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    1. It was indeed a wonderful time of R & R Stephanie. Thanks for stopping by to visit.

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  23. What a fun trip, Cindy! I need to get to the beach before it gets cold...Christine

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    1. Thanks Christine. Yes girl...go to beach and get yourself and little R & R.

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  24. I'm glad you had such a quiet, relaxing vacation. That cottage is wonderful! There's nothing like the beach for a change of pace. We are only ninety minutes from the beach so we love to go often. It's about time to go again, I think!

    By the way, my blog is 'down' - closed and I'm having a terrible time getting help to get it back up and running. This has happened before and the problem was supposed to have been fixed. I think I will start a new blog with another blog service and hope to eventually move all the content from my 'old' blog over. Will let you know when that happens or when I can get my blog up and running again.

    ~Adrienne~

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  25. Keep me posted Adrienne on the blog situation! The beach isn't really that far from me either but it sure was nice to get away for more than a day. Thanks for stopping by girl. Look forward to seeing new blog!

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Hugs and blessings, Cindy