During the coming week, the thoughts of many will turn to romance and all things related as Valentine's Day arrives in South Walton on Friday.
Cards, candy, and gifts will be purchased, and romantic candlelit dinners will be planned.
The Sun recently asked readers “Where is the most romantic place in South Walton to take your sweetie, and why?” Some responses were predictable, but some were quite surprising.
Santa Rosa Beach's Bobby Johnson shared his own uniquely romantic story: "Bev and I used to base jump off the top of One Seagrove Place every year for Valentine's Day," he said. "We were much younger and crazier then, but it was a romantic connection. We were forced to quit for two reasons: (1.) age, and (2.) we got in a lot of trouble. But, each year on Feb. 14 we take the elevator to the top and laugh about how crazy and fun that was. True Story ...." Awww ...
"Seagar's (fine-dining steak house at The Hilton Sandestin) ... food and ambiance are beyond compare ..." said Santa Rosa Beach's Cynthia Kennedy without hesitation. Sounds like her mind is made up, so, we sure hope husband Ben gets the message.
Sandestin's Charlie White said he is taking his sweet Betty to Napa for Valentines, along with Dana and Glenn Armentor and Cathy and Don Hay. Yes, a trip to Napa for Valentine's would do nicely.
Santa Rosa Beach resident and Sun columnist Chick Huettel was thinking the most romantic place to take his wife Cathy would be to St. Rita Catholic Church's bi-weekly fish fry. But, then he remembered St. Rita will not be hosting a fish fry on the 14th. Got a plan B, Chick?
For Dune Allen's Ted and Celeste Cobena, their most romantic spot is the Dune Lake Trail at Grayton Beach State Park. "That's where Ted and I got engaged 25 years ago," said Celeste.
A walk out on Grayton Beach for sunset does it for Santa Rosa Beach artist Billie Gaffrey.
Seagrove's Beth Coppedge said her most romantic place is Table 36 at Cafe’ Thirty-A in Seagrove. "Bob and I have had many romantic dinners there," she said.
But Gulf Place's Brad Droy said there is no better place than Crust Artisan Bakery to take his Claudia. "Chef’s table; fire burning in the oven; great food; and wine," he said dreamily.
The best response may have come from Miramar Beach's Foster Sanders, however, in the form of a poem. Foster penned:
"The Heart Is The Perfect Place!
"To assure romance is far from dead
"first make certain your lover’s fed
"before they tire, take them to bed
"If you must ask why, you’re amorously misled!"
Have a lovely Valentine’s Day!