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A Walk Through Gulfport February 27, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Travel & Leisure.
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On Valentine’s Day, we headed north over the Sunshine Skyway Bridge for Happy Hour at St. Pete Beach . . . taking a quick detour to wander through Gulfport, an artsy community on the inter-coastal waterway.

Parking was a breeze with lots of vacant spots on both sides of the street . . .

As we walked down the main drag, colorful vignettes appeared around every corner . . .

We enjoyed the town’s sense of whimsy, evident everywhere . . .

At the Welcome Center, we spied a festive flamingo decked out with Mardi Gras beads and leather leggings . . .

Across the street, we paused to greet Polly the Parrot . . .

Even a block off the main street, we noticed the heart of the art community in wall murals . . .

Including one perfect for Valentine’s Day . . .

Throughout Gulfport, bars and restaurants offer up outside seating with enticing facades . . .

Encouraging tourists to set a spell and take it all in . . .

Along the waterfront, surfboard benches allow visitors to sit and enjoy the breeze and views of the beach and pier . . .

Bottom line:  Gulfport’s a great place to hang out (as long as you don’t get hung up) . . .

With one last look around, we said our fair wells to Flo and continued on to St. Pete Beach . . .

Aah . . . that’s better!

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1. Val Boyko - February 27, 2018

Fun place Nancy! Nice that it wasn’t too busy.

nrhatch - February 27, 2018

We enjoyed our Valentine’s Day detour. Great place for a stroll.

Even mid-afternoon, the bars and restaurants were doing a brisk business ~ of course, it was Valentine’s Day. Not sure that it’s that popular every week, mid-week.

2. joyroses13 - February 27, 2018

Looks like a great place for a relaxing stroll. Did you offer Polly a cracker? 🙂

nrhatch - February 27, 2018

We did. Polly said she was “stuffed.” 😀

3. Kate Crimmins - February 27, 2018

Looks like a fun place to visit.

nrhatch - February 27, 2018

We always try to do something a bit “different” for Valentine’s Day ~ this new-to-us village fit the bill.

We’ll swing by again sometime . . . but only as a detour, not as our primary destination.

4. Ally Bean - February 27, 2018

Such a fun place to visit. I love the whimsy, but am not sure that I’m grooving on those purple doors. Not that my opinion of them means one blessed thing.

nrhatch - February 27, 2018

You’re not feeling the “groovy vibe” of those purple doors? ~> “eye catching” does not always equate with “eye candy.” 😀

5. L. Marie - February 27, 2018

Great photos, Nancy! I soooo love those blue doors.

nrhatch - February 27, 2018

I enjoyed snapping the sights we saw as we sauntered around town ~ a fun place for a quick detour for sure!

6. Tippy Gnu - February 27, 2018

I like the tropical scarecrow. Or whatever the heck it is.

nrhatch - February 27, 2018

I expect that “she” is dressed differently for all the major holidays and some of the minor ones.

She’s probably “positively pastel” for Easter. 😀

7. anotherday2paradise - February 27, 2018

Looks like a great place to visit, Nancy. You look very relaxed on the bench, unlike that poor hanging fish. 🙂

nrhatch - February 27, 2018

That’s the difference between “hanging out” and getting “hung up.” 😀

8. Jill Weatherholt - February 27, 2018

Aw…you look too cute, Nancy! I’m loving those Easter egg doors! Thanks for sharing with us. 🙂

nrhatch - February 27, 2018

Thanks, Jill! I got a kick out of those doors . . . in part because they would “knock the socks” off our Architectural Review Committee who insist that all doors (even those not visible from the street) are painted only in “conforming” colors. 😀

9. Debra - March 2, 2018

The overall whimsical play is great, but I just love those deep lavender doors! I always love a town’s architecture when it’s adorned with color! I wouldn’t think you could leave Gulfport without being at least slightly less burdened and more lighthearted! Fun!

nrhatch - March 2, 2018

Agreed! Whimsy makes me smile . . .

10. Tori Kayson - March 10, 2018

So near where we used to live (Temple Terrace) before North Carolina became home. Thanks for the walk down memory lane! 😃

nrhatch - March 10, 2018

You used to live “here” and . . . we used to live “there” ~> we lived in Winston-Salem from 1984-1992 and loved camping in the mountains up and down the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Tori Kayson - March 10, 2018

How funny!


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