Apr 072014
 

This post brought to you by Gulf County, Florida. All opinions are 100% mine.

I am so over this snow that we have here in Maine, and I am ready for spring to finally show itself.  It has really been a brutal winter for us this year.  We were hit with snow and ice over and over and over again. Dealing with that for months at a time can really suck all of the engergy out of a person.  It’s no wonder that most of Maine’s retired population heads south to Florida during the winter months!  

Depsite Maine’s cold and snow-filled winters, I do love living here.  Maine has a lot of beautiful scenery where I can go to relax and get in touch with nature.  

As I look out my window at a back yard covered in snow, however, my mind wanders to Florida.  Oh, how I would love to visit Florida during these cold winter months.  It would be just the pick-me-up that I need!

If I were to visit Florida, I would head to Gulf County, which encompasses 43 miles of natural shoreline in Northwest Florida.  It looks so warm and inviting there, and most of all quiet, clean, restful, and just plain awesome!

When John and I vacation, we like to stay close to nature and enjoy the scenic views.  We like to travel to peaceful places where we can feel relaxed, and with seaside bike trails, kayaking, stand-up paddleboards, snorkeling, horseback riding, camping, golf, and so much more, Gulf County sounds like the perfect desination for us!

And if you want to take a break from nature for a while, they also have shopping, dining, farmers’ markets, music and arts & crafts!  They even have a beer garden!!

Have a pet you just don’t want to leave home without?  No problem!  The beaches in Gulf County, Florida are consistently ranked in the top ten US beaches to bring your pet on vacation.  Leashed pets are welcome on the beaches at all times, and most rental homes are pet-friendly, too!

There are so many things I like about Gulf County, Florida, and I’m seriously considering hopping on a plane right now!  I am most interested in visiting Indian Pass, an un-crowded beach haven, with great fishing, beautiful beaches, and an abundance of natural wildlife.  I’d love to pack a picnic lunch, and spend the day there.

Before we headed out for the day, I’d love to stop at the Indian Pass Raw Bar, where you can get lagoon oysters served raw, steamed or baked, and listen to live music on the porch.  Sounds heavenly to me! Come visit GCFL with me!

#GCFLnofilter Contest

Gulf County, Florida believes you never look more beautiful than getting outside and doing what you love, and through April 17th, they will be celebrating you “unfiltered” with a cool promotion! Because nothing is more beautiful than getting outside and living life to the fullest. Being healthy; having fun.

Contest Details:

1. Snap a picture while doing what you love. Be real. Be messy. The sweatier the more beautiful.

2. Post your picture to Instagram.

3. Tag it #GCFLnofilter and tell us, @gulfcountyfl, what you’re doing in your shot.

4. That’s it. You will be automatically entered to win a free Spring getaway to Gulf County.

Contest Prizes:

Five long-weekend Spring getaways to Gulf County will be given out at random. GCFL will draw a new winner every week and one extra upon conclusion of the sweepstakes. They will provide great lodging in some unique places along the Gulf, St. Joseph Bay or in the cute small town of Port St. Joe. Perfect spots to enjoy your favorite outdoor activity. Each prize package will also include $200 to help with travel expenses and $150 towards your passion of choice. Feel free to spend it on an excursion once you get to Gulf County or to treat yourself to something at home. All to celebrate the outdoors and the real you!

How great does that sound?! I entered, check out my entry!

Hiking and taking in the beautiful views.

For every entry GCFL receives, we will donate $1 to Outdoor Nation – up to a final donation of $5,000! Outdoor Nation believes in reconnecting the Millennial Generation to the outdoors.  Our health, the health of our communities, and the health of our planet depend on it.

Like GCFL on Facebook and salute real beauty!

What would you be most excited to do in Gulf County, Florida?

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  23 Responses to “Dreaming of an Escape to Beautiful Gulf County, Florida”

  1. I would definitely hit those gorgeous beaches :)

  2. We haven’t been back to Destin in a few years and are dying to go back. Entering right now!

  3. Gulf County looks like a nice relaxing place to visit. I would totally love to head to Florida for some sunshine right about now.

  4. What a beautiful place! I am sure that I would be able to relax and enjoy the sunshine and beauty down there! Would love to go.

  5. I would definitely spend the day at a beach! Enjoy the warm sand and water!

  6. Great contest, thanks for sharing. I could use some Florida sun right now – and all the things there to do!! Love, love Florida!!!

  7. We visited Destin in December and had a great time even though the weather was a little chilly.

  8. That definitely sounds worth entering to me. It looks like a beautiful and relaxing place to travel.

  9. It looks beautiful! I would love to visit once with some girlfriends to take everything in and then with the family to see a whole new side!

  10. I would love to go to Florida! Looks beautiful

  11. I have never been here. But I do have to say I love living in Florida.

  12. We are headed to Florida in 2015 and the planning has started! I am not sure who is more excited the boys or I!

  13. We are planning to go to Florida in 2015. The planning is well underway and I am not sure if the boys or I are more excited!

  14. Wow, this looks like an amazing place to visit! I would love to go out there, looks so relaxing and beautiful! Thanks for the sweeps, I need to win! 😉

  15. I have never been here but would love to. I want to see the sunsets!

  16. I’m in New England too! Heading down south for a while doesn’t seem half bad after our winter this year!

  17. OMG, I would love to win! Well, I think the beaches are what I’d most like to do! Anything in the water.

  18. I think Florida’s beaches are among the best in the world. There are just so many choices and while you’re there, you won’t run out of things to do as a tourist. :)

  19. I’d love to relax and sit in the sun. We still have snow here.

  20. I love the gulf coast of Florida! We live in Miami but go to the gulf side all the time – my grandparents live in Cape Coral and we have property and family all over Naples and Fort Myers. Their beaches are gorgeous over there!

  21. I am a native Floridan living here all my life, there is so much to do, love the beaches!

  22. Love that they are making a donation for each entry!! I will definitely have to get in on this! Love a sweepstakes and who wouldn’t love a vacation like this! I miss the beach!

  23. I would definitely visit the beaches. The beer garden also sounds like something worth visiting.

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