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Searching for “rustic beach house in FL or AL”

On 15, Aug 2012 | No Comments | In Travel | By Lindsey

If only it were that easy.

Searching “rustic beach house in Florida or Alabama” has gotten me nowhere.

About a month ago my dad, a man who despises travel, said, “Odd (my nickname), what would you think about taking a family trip to the beach?”

Dad is most comfortable at his home. Not to say he doesn’t love all the things most people enjoy doing on a vacation — eating, drinking, campfires, fishing, fantastic porches :: he just likes to do those things at the year round vacation house on the lake he built for himself.

So, when Dad makes a suggestion like this I follow his desires to the detail.

He told me he doesn’t want to stay in one of those skyrise-30 floor condos with generic porches. In fact, he doesn’t want a condo at all. Since I will be coming from Memphis and the rest of the family would be driving from South MS we are thinking gulf spots no farther east than Destin.  

I know exactly what he wants. He grew up in South Alabama and went on vacations with my grandparents to stay in simple beach houses/cabins. Nothing fancy.  Just time spent outside.

He hasn’t said it, but I think he wants the vacation from his childhood. Evenings spent on the porch. The ability to just walk outside and hit sand — to hear the roar of the ocean from the rental.

Nothing fancy. Nothing trendy. Not one of those mass-produced condos that looks like a plastic playhouse on the inside.

Those are the NOs. Here are the WANTS

-beach front

-screened in porch or just a porch in general

casual furniture

-a nice table outside where we can have lazy meals


-a good spot for lounging around all day reading

Sounds pretty simple, right?

It’s not.

I’ve yet to find what I’m looking for or anyone who seems to have stayed in a place like we are looking to find.

We will be vacationing from October 11th – 18th.

If you have any ideas on how to get out of cheesy beach condo hell :: please pass them along.





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