On Thursday morning, Mom, Dad, Ella and I took a stroll through neighboring Alys Beach , right next to where we’re staying on Highway 30-A.
(When you’re done reading this, you’ve GOT to check their Web site!!)
This stretch of Highway 30-A has been under development for the last 5 years (as long as I’ve been coming to this area), and has slowly evolved out of the archaic trees and dense thicket.
About 3 years ago the large pillars were built and the road and lawns were meticulously improved, along with the addition of the Alys Beach signage.
Then, over the last couple years, feeder roads were built, along with a few, random buildings – starting with a post office and coffee shop that seemed to be in the middle of nowhere.
This year, those buildings have finally been joined with what is now looking like a real, working village.
What’s overwhelming is the architecture, and the overall concept of the development. Every meticulous detail has been perfected, and it looks and feels like nothing else in this area. In fact, it honestly feels like you are in a different country altogether!
The brochures say it’s inspired by Bermuda and Antigua, but we commented that it felt like it also borrowed hints of Mediterranean Greece, and even ancient Middle Eastern architecture.
The effect is also not lost in the little coffee shop, as doubles as a bookstore with a selection of literature and impressive coffee-table books that stray well off the beaten path. It’s also summarized with a covered outdoor seating area that urges you to stay just a little longer, and hidden speakers playing music with eclectic modern rhythms, created by people so much cooler than I’ll ever be…
Add to that a picture-perfect azure sky and the wonderful shadows created by the early morning Florida sun, and you’ve got the makings for a very enjoyable adventure…