fall_leavesWhat the southern Gulf Coast lacks in colorful foliage, crisp apples fresh off the tree and blustery fall evenings, it makes up for it with seafood festivals, hot deals on beachfront hotels and the ability to wear those flip flops a little while longer.  Even though the Gulf Coast might not draw the leaf peepers, there is plenty to do on your fall break!

The Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort believes that fall is the “best time to stay at the beach” and I agree.  While many people around the United States are pulling out the winter coats, we spend all day at the beach and throw on a sweatshirt for dinner on the deck.  Many of the beach resorts offer deeply discounted rates or, like this Sandestin promotion, free nights with a purchase for a stay during the fall months.  It is a great way to have a family beach vacation at a reasonable rate.

Fall in Pensacola, Florida means the 34th Annual Seafood Festival.  This is always a sure sign for me that fall has officially come to Pensacola.  The Seafood Festival has a 5k race, arts and crafts vendors, a children’s festival and the chance to try grilled conch, crab cakes, shrimp, and seafood gumbo.  The Seafood Festival isn’t the only fall festival in Pensacola.  Pensacola is also home to the Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival, the Greek Festival, and the Pensacola Interstate Fair.  It might not cool down quickly, but these festivals make us feel like fall is in the air!

If given a choice between revisiting a destination or seeing some place new, I will always choose to visit a new destination.  The only city that continuously calls my name is New Orleans, Louisiana.  Ever since I spent my honeymoon there, we have been returning to New Orleans at least once a year.  One of my favorite times to visit New Orleans is in the fall.  The steamy humidity has subsided just a bit, the beignets are perfect on a breezy evening, and reasonable hotel rates can usually be found for hotels in the middle of the French Quarter.

Where are you going for your fall vacation?

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