|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
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Following Seas is the cozy guest cottage to Fair Winds. Tucked away down one of Seaside’s classic sandy paths, this one-bedroom cottage is directly across the street from the beach, and two short blocks from the shops and restaurants of Central Square.
Formerly named Lil Blessings, Following Seas features a bright, light coastal décor throughout and offers an ideal hideaway for a couple or even a small family. The first floor offers a queen bed, mounted flat screen TV and plenty of storage space for all your things. An updated tiled bath with full tub/shower completes the downstairs. Tucked behind a privacy screen, a spiral staircase rises to the second floor living area. Relax in the living area upstairs and enjoy the spectacular Seaside views from windows on all sides, or enjoy morning coffee or evening cocktails on the private balcony. A well-equipped galley kitchen and a table for two complete the second level. The blue waters of the Gulf are visible from the second floor living area and outside balcony.
Sitting areas and an enclosed outside shower surround Following Seas and are perfect after a long day at the beach, while trees provide shade and privacy from the street and the adjoining main cottage, Fair Winds (rents separately VRBO 304025).
**All Sandpiper managed properties now come with 2 complimentary bikes year-round, AND complimentary Seaside amenity passes during our high season Spring Break- Labor Day!! Amenity passes are available for a fee of $12/day in the off-season.**
*please note there is no washer/dryer in this unit
My husband and I just returned from five lovely, albeit rainy, days at Following Seas in Seaside. We were very happy with the cottage - it is a perfect proximity to the downtown area and the beach, and we found it clean, comfortable and well-appointed. We needed to call Seaside Vacations twice for minor questions (trouble logging into the wifi and a minor maintenance issue) and were impressed with the kind and prompt service we received from Matt, and I forgot a few books in the cottage and Gina from Seaside worked quickly to mail them back to me.
If you're waffling on Seaside itself, we'd definitely recommend it! Lots of cute shops and restaurants (some great, some just okay, all pretty pricey...check Yelp for tons of reviews!) and just a lovely place to relax. We didn't check out all the beach pavilions but I would caution families with young kids or a lot of stuff that the trek to the beach at Savannah Street involves maybe 40-50 steps so it's not conducive to using a stroller or a beach cart to lug all your gear. (On a more positive note, the beach pavilion has a well-kept, passcode-protected bathroom so you don't have to run all the way back home for that!)
The only downside for us were the outdoor areas at the cottage. The small deck shown in the listing is even smaller than it appears in the photo (really not sure you could fit a comfy chair on it, actually - nothing was there during our stay) and the combination of the size/proximity of the trees in front of it and deferred maintenance (power washing and paint would go a long way!) means it's not a place you'd really want to hang out. Same goes for a larger lower level patio/deck - it's off the bathroom (!?), not private at all, and the ragged rocking chair there is not conducive to relaxation.
Final quick notes: If you're a light sleeper easily bothered by car lights/noise, this may not be the best place for you because of it's proximity to 30A, but neither of us had any trouble. And the beach chairs we found were in serious disrepair - bring your own or call the Cabana Man!
Following Seas is in a great location, but the cottage itself is not functional. We felt like the arrangement of the kitchen/living area would work better downstairs. The sitting arrangements were uncomfortable, and we felt like we were mislead on the balcony. The trees are overgrown and laying on the railing of the balcony, and it is so little I do not know where one would sit. In fact, there are no chairs on the balcony as shown in the photo. When renting the property, we asked about the view from the balcony, and we were told you could see water. In order, to do so, you would have to sit in a single file manner!! The positives: two bikes to ride, everything you need to cook, cleanliness, and a SHORT walk to beach and town square. We are already talking about coming back to Seaside, but we won't stay here.
My friend of mine and I decided to try out this cottage in Seaside for our girls trip. We were very very happy with our decision. We parked our car on arrival in front of the cottage and did not get back in it until it was time to leave! We walked or rode the bikes that were provided every day! Biking down 30A was so much fun! We spent most of the day at the beach, which was beyond perfect and at night we had dinner at the local restaurants. The restaurants have some of the best food I've ever had (Bud & Alley's crab cakes!!!) , but they are VERY expensive! We brought breakfast and lunch food with us so that helped! We also hung out a lot on the little porch and balcony that is upstairs. The cottage was perfect for the 2 of us! It is decorated very nicely and the location was perfect! Right across the street from the beach and easy walking distance to the shops and restaurants!! We are already talking about our next trip!!
I'd suggest having directions for using the TVs posted next to or near the TVs. I'd also suggest a TV station listing of the popular TV stations. I'd suggest having more trash bags available for the kitchen trash can. A punch code system to get into the unit would be much better than a key. 11:00 a.m. check out time if possible. Otherwise it was a good stay.
You cannot experience the true Seaside with a daily visit, you must stay there to appreciate it. I have stayed in Seaside proper a few times and every time feels like the first...it is a remarkable place! Following Seas cottage was ideal...perfect, perfect location. The cottage was thoroughly stocked with every basic item you could possibly need to make your trip feel like you were home. I immediately got on line when I returned home to plan my next visit and hope Following Seas is available.
Everything was very nice.
The only thing that frustrated me was when I arrived it was dark and there was not a porch light on, but thankfully I had a flashlight. I would suggest leaving a light on for late arrivals.
But, overall, it was amazing.
The location is great. I never got back in my car one time.
It was very clean and well maintained.
The ease of booking the location was great. I felt comfortable and the check in directions were very thorough, as well as the check out instructions.
I loved the bikes and the amenities.
It is a great peaceful and romantic getaway. I would come back and stay again.