You probably won’t see Truman walking around this idyllic white picket fence village, but you’ll always find a plethora of picture-perfect shops, restaurants and art galleries in South Walton’s famous Seaside.

seaside merchantsAfter a mimosa breakfast at Great Southern Cafe, grab a cup of free-trade coffee at the locally-owned Amavida before diving headfirst into the shops of Seaside (including Perspicacity’s colorful open-air, beachside market).

Grab some lunch (or perhaps a healthy smoothie) at one of Seaside’s famous Airstream food trailers.

As the sun heats up, grab a good novel from Sundog Books, a few records or unique gifts from Central Square Records, and then stake out your shady spot in Ruskin Place among the half-dozen art galleries and twisting oak trees.

Or, spend a creative afternoon with the kids getting Fired Up while painting your own pottery.

Later, drop into Modica Market and pack your picnic basket for that night’s free outdoor concert, or grab your tickets for a performance at the fabulous Seaside Repertory Theatre. Wrap up the night toasting another successful sunset at Bud and Alley’s, a Seaside institution, or in one of Seaside’s many other great restaurants and wine bars. Also, keep your eye on the events calendar for great concerts, movie screenings and other events.