Sea Oats could not have been more perfect for our family celebration Thanksgiving week! From our 90 year old parents to their 9 week old great grandson, everyone found their happy place within this amazing property. Siblings grabbed morning walks along the beach on the gulf side, Cousins played pickleball together, went kayaking along the bayside with dolphins swimming beside them, while the littlest great grandchildren spent hours shelling and swimming. Each night we caught sunsets at the beach and with the help of the oversized golf cart and plenty of beach chairs, even our 90 year old parents were able to get over to the gulf to enjoy the sunset and a swim! After dinner we all sat around the firepit while the kids made s’mores and we got caught up on all that we might have missed that year living hundreds of miles apart. Late night movies in the media room ensued for the cousins long after the rest of us had hit the sack! Michelle gave us great leads on catering, cruises, and exactly what we could expect for room layouts, kitchen space, etc. One of our most memorable nights was the sunset cruise we took with Captiva Cruises, who picked our entire group of 30 up at our private dock, making it so easy to get our parents on board and settled in for an amazing 2 hour sunset cruise and dolphin sighting! We had our entire week of meals- including Thanksgiving dinner- catered by Paper Fig Kitchen, another of Michelle’s suggestions that was perfect for our group. We spent a couple hours on the phone with Deb the week before we arrived, and every meal was absolutely perfect! Each day dinner arrived w heating instructions, along with breakfast casseroles and lunch for the following day…a true blessing when you are trying to feed 30 individuals with a few different dietary requirements! We finished the week w a quick family photo session under the Banyon tree, which will help keep the memories alive for many years to come! Though i think we might have to return again and make Sea Oats a family tradition!
01/13/2019 at 7:34 PM