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.
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.
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