Stocking the kitchen with groceries, we cook family-style meals, venturing out to restaurants occasionally. Finni's Grill & Bar and the Blue Parrot Oceanfront Cafe satisfy with laid-back service, beach decks, thatched cabanas, and affordable, unpretentious seafood served in plastic baskets. Oyster Cove Seafood Bar & Grill and Island Oasis also warrant return visits. Juice & Java By The Sea serves gourmet coffeesand smoothies good for pick-me-ups.
Sometime during the week we'll link up with Journeys of St. George Island. We might all pile into Capt. Jeanni McMillan's powerboat or paddle kayaks for her guided tour of nearby St. Vincent Island, a national wildlife refuge.
But mostly we play around on the beach gathering shells, passing a ball, riding breakers, reading, tuning in to a radio station, and gazing out to sea. Spared the rapid growth that has altered other parts of the Panhandle, St. George remains tailormade for low-key escapes. At week's end, crossing that long bridge to the mainland, we say goodbye. But only until next time.
For more information: Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce, 99 Market Street, Apalachicola, FL 32320; (850) 653-9419 or www.baynavigator.com.
Directions: St. George Island lies 60 miles southeast of Panama City and 70 miles southwest of Tallahassee; from U.S. 98 just east of Apalachicola, turn south on State 300.
This article is from the May 2001 issue of Southern Living. Because prices, dates, and other specifics are subject to change, please check all information to make sure it's still current before making your travel plans.