R and I decided to take a break from the beach on our recent vacation and explore another beachside community, Watercolor, for the day.
If you are unfamiliar with Hwy. 30-A on the coast of Florida, it is a beachside highway with one beach community after another, each offering a different style and architecture. Last year, we explored Alys Beach, which you can see here.
Watercolor is the community just before the Seaside community if you are traveling east. It is located on Western Lake, which empties into the gulf. There are tons of biking/hiking trails around the lake, as well as paddle board and kayak rentals.We decided to rent bikes for a long bike ride, followed by a paddle board or kayak excursion on the lake.Unbeknownst to us, a company called Runsup has a 1 mile run/1 mile paddle board group fitness meeting each Friday. Well, it happened to be a Friday, and all boats were rented out. You snooze, you lose, I guess.As you can see from the Boat House pier, the paddle boards were ready for take off.So off we went on a long bike ride.
(*Word on the street is that Drew Brees, quarterback for the Saints, has a home in Watercolor. You better believe we had our eyes peeled for Number 9 himself!)There are lots of cool bridges to explore along the trail with gorgeous views!The houses along the trail are all adorable in there own individual way, boasting front porches with swings and screened-in porches. Some with outdoor kitchens, pools and fireplaces. I felt like such a voyeur, taking a small peek into each as we passed by.There are an abundance of pools all around this 499-acre community. There are many parks and water features throughout the community, also. Many featuring beautiful flowers for great photo ops!There is a soccer field and tennis courts. (We really had our eagle eyes out for D.B. at the tennis courts. Apparently, he was an excellent tennis player before his football debut.)There is a Publix on site, along with a variety of shops (including Barefoot Princess: a Lilly Pulitzer store) and restaurants.For kids, there is Camp Watercolor, which is currently under construction. But, boy when it’s done, looks amazing!For accommodations, there are house and condo rentals and an inn.
Watercolor Inn is a hotel located directly on the gulf. It has two pools, a spa, a fitness center and three restaurants, Fish Out of Water, WC Beach Grill and The Gathering Spot. There is also in-room dining for those days you just want to veg.We chose Fish Out of Water for lunch for its azure, gulf views!The chefs have put their worldly, culinary spin on regular gulf fare.
Rourke ordered the shrimp tacos, and I ordered the shrimp po-boy. We had to try the fried puffed wheat balls. Very interesting!Rourke and I both agreed that we both enjoyed our little get-away for the day. Watercolor definitely has something to offer for all ages and interests.
Hopefully, next year we will be able to take advantage of the boating, too!