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- February 8, 2017 at 2:23 am #44684
” Santa Rosa Beach Topsail Hill Preserve State Park ”
Take this review for the fun tongue-in-cheek dry humor as it is meant to be.
Afterall this is just a forum! AND camping is supposed to be fun!
No grump faces allowed to camp at the below … if you don’t like Topsail well (bless your heart) …
Welcome to Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
Reserve America TOPSAIL HILL PRESERVE STATE PARK GREGORY E. MOORE RV RESORT, FL
Topsail Hill is the very best camping in the area. The drawback is it is booked 11 months in advance. We were fortunate in September ’16 to get the last available full hookup spot for ’17 mid-May. The very day we ordered our Oliver we got on Reserve America. Wise people mark their calendars after they get home the month after they return to re-book and get the very choicest lots or a lot at all. Reservations are not accepted more than 11 months out.
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
Now for the good natured fun!
The Southeastern Conference go to this place is the Florida Panhandle of Santa Rosa Beach – Destin – Fort Walden area.
This RV full hookup State Park is a best kept secret from many who mistakenly use the I-75 (stupid Disney tourist trap route to get bedbugs with foreign license plates – Bless their hearts) or I-95 corridor and camp on the East Coast of Florida.
So keep this to yourselves eh? We want no invaders who are not friendly and polite SHhhhhh!!!! You are in Florida Gator SEC land afterall. Even VOLs must be careful venturing here. There are hospitality rules.
You will see many, many SEC team fans represented here. It’s less than a 10 hour drive for us.
How can you tell us? Just look at the back license plates and most often sporting decals, flags, front plates.
It’s a natural fellowship as we swap remember when stories when our teams have met on the Football field.
Our Rig will sport a pewter Big T front plate.
This being said here is the very best camping on the Panhandle of Florida. We used to camp here when we still had our used Coleman frequently. It was great but we are dreaming this time in anticipation camping in the comfort and luxury for us. We have camped the whole 33 1/2 years of our marriage in one form or fashion.
If you are wise and not a SEC Fan do not sport any foreign license plates, decals, ball caps, jerseys, and t-shirts. You will be looked upon with suspicion and not fit in. You are in SEC Country and keep this in mind. 😉
Definitely no Acorn State or Big Ten Schools fan showing (we have kin from up there and when they camped beside us sure stuck out like a sore thumb. OSU??? WOT??? 😉
Tips: Use y’all frequently and drop your word endings too. And no we are not hillbilly low lives but we are happy to claim our redneck status. We are cult’red rednecks!
Make sure you get up early and go eat at the Donut Hole ! Best large stuffed doughnuts and breakfast you will ever eat. And yes their grits are cooked the right way and not gel like ferners do. Cheese grits being a real delicacy ! And of course homemade buttermilk biscuits a must!
Kickback and have a wonderful experience at Topsail! You will say it is the very best you have ever done in FL.
Roughing it in the Coleman. Note the custom outside bathroom I designed. Absolute must for aging ole women in the middle of the night.
Acorn State Cousin setup before they traded their Tab in for a Casita (Bless their hearts!)
Note the tacky palm tree. 😉
~ J, P, and Mabe in the “Smokey” soon!February 8, 2017 at 4:00 am #44686
Emerald Crystal White Beaches Coast Eatery – enjoy the very best FRESH seafood right off the boats of Destin Harbor.
**Voted Best Seafood Restaurant on the Emerald Coast!!!!
A MUST EAT place in Destin, FL, right under the pass bridge or it’s classier counterpart on the strip in Destin a few blocks up.
” dewey destin restaurant ” this is where the locals eat.
Their shrimp is MUCH BETTER than any shrimp you have eaten on the East Coast of Florida or any place on the whole Eastern Seaboard.
Much sweeter and clean!
Dewey Destin’s Seafood & Restaurant Overlooking Crab Island – [The Original And a tacky wharf, we eat here! Of course buy a T-shirt we have.]
9 Calhoun Avenue
Destin, FL 32541
Dewey Destin Harborside – [Ate there once it’s not as good as it is newer and just doesn’t have that authentic feel.]
” … The Destin family and Destin, Florida have been intertwined since Dewey’s great, great grandfather, Leonard Destin, founded the town in 1835. The adventure began a few years earlier when Leonard, his father George, and his brother William set out from New London, Connecticut with three ships and ran into a hurricane near Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Today the Destin family and friends, using original Destin and Gulf Coast recipes, are proud to serve seafood and other favorite area side dishes to local friends and out-of-town guests alike. While we maintain a casual atmosphere, we are serious about great tasting food. Therefore, Dewey makes it a practice not to use food warming lamps which he feels turns quality fish into chewy and rubbery leftovers. Only when the food is just right do we bring it to your table… which sometimes means that certain items may arrive before others are ready (especially when busy). Please relax, enjoy the view, the weather, the company of fellow diners, and remember our promise as various portions of your order arrive …”
Open Everyday at 11am-9pm
We are open everyday 11am-9pm for lunch and dinner. Come dine with us!
[Check they do have Winter hours]
[Aside: J and his buddies at work used to charter a fishing boat overnighters at the Harbor once a year. One year 2 times. Went in November once and almost froze his…. They have an awesome Seafood Festival at the Harbor too!]
Our Acorn State cousins were blown away… they never had such good shrimp and seafood. Had never seen such powdery white clean sand. They were used to brown yucky stuff… Of course they always camp in NC coast and don’t know better… bless their hearts they are just too far away from the Panhandle for a quick week. Had to really beat it back home. If you come from afar plan to stay a full 14 days.]
~ J and P
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