There are many reasons Kathy Petrino loves to write about her extensive travel itinerary, but none are more important than her desire to teach people how to have the best visits possible to her favorite haunts, thus making them thrive, so she can visit again and again. Of course, Kathy also would like for those who read her blog to make fewer of the missteps she has made on the same trips because she’s generous. One of Kathy Petrino’s favorite destinations is Florida’s Emerald Coast.
The Emerald Coast is located on the state’s northern Gulf Coast. For many years, the region was called the “Redneck Riviera,” although that name has fallen by the wayside in recent years, as celebrities and “beautiful people” have transformed the motley assortment of beach towns and resorts by encouraging a revitalization. Now that is it referred to as the “Emerald Coast” of Florida, many savvy investors have built lots of new hotels and condo buildings, including the region’s first-ever five-star resort, called Henderson Beach Resort. During this boom, the town of Seaside has become one of the most beautiful and eco-friendly towns in Florida.