As Spring Break washes over the country, you can’t help but think of sandy beaches and sunny shores. New Orleans may not have a beach, but you can get to one in a few hours and cover some lovely country on the way there and back. Pensacola is 201 miles from New Orleans and I recently drove there for a delightful get away. It’s easy! Go east on the I-10 and you will find the ocean. We stayed at the Days Inn in the old part of Pensacola and woke up and had a beach day. The white sands and pelicans were amusing and the shells we collected sit on my table reminding me of a fun day on the Gulf Coast.
We had lunch at Carmen’s Lunch Bar in Downtown Pensacola and it was a great dinning experience. They feature an eclectic menu of delicious soups, fresh salads, savory tapas, and a variety of homemade sandwiches paired with boutique wines, imported beers and signature iced teas. The flavorful Southern and International cuisine presented in a relaxing, social atmosphere is unbeatable. The Curry Crab Soup was delicious and the Kale Salad with berries had a White Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing that was out of this world delicious. The service was attentive and the horseshoe shaped bar made for pleasant exchanges with people from Pensacola and all over. Pensacola has a lot of charm and it is very Southern City. Lee Square Park next to our hotel had stairs that led to a monument. Each step leading up to the base of the monument had the names of the States of the Confederacy engraved on them. The south side of the monument, facing downtown Pensacola, features with the large words, “Our Confederate Dead” along with an inscription thanking the uncrowned heroes of the Southern Confederacy. Pensacola is a beautiful city and things change slowly in the south.
Address:407-B South Palafox Street Phone: 850-542-4334
Monday-Saturday Lunch 11am-4pm
Monday-Saturday Tapas 4pm-8pm