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
-screened in porch or just a porch in general
-a nice table outside where we can have lazy meals
-a good spot for lounging around all day reading
Sounds pretty simple, right?
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.