In honor of Valentine's Day we have created a list of some of the most romantic places in Seaside. An eternal beachside setting, wedding-white sand, pastel-colored cottages and the simple enduring values they represent, the beauty of the town has provided a backdrop to thousands of weddings since its creation (even Town Founders Robert and Daryl Davis were married here).
The non-denominational Seaside Interfaith Chapel, the tallest building in town, welcomes believers of all faiths. The design is breathtaking in its simplicity. In its cleanness. Its steeply pitched roof shelters the board and batten wood walls and heart pine floors. The abundance of windows invites the light from dawn until dusk.
The pavilions are often-chosen sites for couples to exchange wedding vows and a place where families come to enjoy impromptu picnics. For all of us, passage through the pavilions elevates an ordinary day at the beach to a celebration of the moment where art meets nature, against the sound of the waves and breathtaking beauty of the gulf.
As an undergraduate student at the University of Virginia, architect Scott Merrill found his calling in the design ideals of Thomas Jefferson that permeate the beautiful Charlottesville campus. When Robert Davis chose Merrill to create a series of “honeymoon cottages” in the new town of Seaside, the pairing was inspired. As it happened Davis wanted to model these after Jefferson’s own honeymoon cottage – a modest building where Jefferson lived with his bride Martha while he was building Monticello.
Today known as the Beachfront Cottages, this series of 12, perfect-for-two bungalows represents the essence of the Seaside design ethic, with comfortable and romantic dwelling spaces coupled with unobtrusive beachscape exteriors. Nearby, they have since been joined by “anniversary cottages” with more space for families. The names, of course, are not intended literally but represent an ongoing homage to time well-spent together.
Bud and Alley’s
Bud & Alley’s serves as the town’s oldest restaurant and favorite gathering spot. Depending on your appetite, mood or mode of dress, Bud & Alley’s strikes the perfect middle ground between fine dining and simply having a fine time hanging out. But Bud & Alley’s is much more than a restaurant or beach bar. It’s a beloved institution that over the years has helped make Seaside what it is today.
Some might argue there’s some pretty tough competition just around the corner and up the stairs at Bud & Alley’s own Rooftop Bar and recently expanded Sky Deck, a classic waterfront bar overlooking what has to be the most beautiful stretches of beach in the world. Tourist and locals are likely to pop in after a swim in the gulf for a cocktail – it doesn’t matter the time of day or if one’s bathing suit is still wet. Others show up after dark sporting a colorful sundress or white linen. There’s something for everyone. That’s the beauty of Bud & Alley’s.
Bring a lawn chair, a blanket, a book, or a picnic basket and some good vino. Surrounded by The Merchants of Seaside, this large grassy amphitheater is the hub of all Seaside activities, and is the perfect spot to kick back and relax and remember what life is really all about.
So no matter if you are looking for a beautiful wedding venue, a fun place to go on a date, or a peaceful place to enjoy nature, Seaside has something to offer.
Happy Valentine's Day!