This past weekend, I took a day trip to Apalachicola with my mom and youngest sister, who were in town to visit me, but mostly to meet my puppy before he grows up (but who can blame them?). We bopped around Tallahassee on Friday and Saturday, where I showed them around a few of my favorite shops and eateries--the opportunity to help the pup with socialization has me eating al fresco all the time and it’s the best!
We decided to take a Sunday afternoon trip to Apalachicola, a little seaside town about an hour and a half southwest of Tallahassee. If you’re not familiar, the city is known for its oysters--and for good reason--ours tasted like they were plucked from the bay and immediately placed on our table. As a native of the so-called “Sailfish Capital of the World,” I love some quality seafood--it’s hard to come by in the landlocked capital city.
Since Jackson came with us, our ability to pop in and out of shops was pretty limited, and most of the town shuts down early on Sunday (including Oyster City Brewing Company, where I was hoping for a brew or two!)--yet, I still returned back home feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. I think sometimes a change of scenery can be like a little reset button for a worn-out spirit--as for me, a trip to the coast refreshes me almost instantly. There’s a peace and excitement in watching ocean waves, eating dinner with a view of the bay, and even driving over a bridge that spans salt marshes. And I mean, a puppy playing in the waves and chasing seagulls doesn’t hurt.
A daycation doesn’t even need to take place in a city outside your own--I visited a new-to-me park last weekend with my sister and brother-in-law and felt refreshed after a walk around the lakes and woods. It doesn’t take much!
Here are some of our favorite restaurants and spots in Apalachicola--the town is small enough to explore in an afternoon, but I'd jump at the chance to spend a weekend eating oysters on the half-shell and walking Jackson along the boardwalks!
Boss Oyster: Beautiful views (it’s right on the water!), amazing oysters, and great fish dip.
Oyster Bones: Cute little pet store--good for bringing your dog (and buying nautical-themed dog treats)
Oyster City Brewing Company: We didn’t make it here, but walked by and it looked super fun! I love brewery atmospheres and have this at the top of my list for my next visit.