The first thing you’ll notice about The Gulf restaurant is the building. It is constructed out of old shipping containers in matching bright blue. It creates a unique atmosphere from the outside but once you walk through one of the openings to the back, you’ll fall in love and never want to leave. There is something catching your eye in every direction, whether it’s the fire pit down in the sand, the eclectic outdoor furniture, the locks on a fence hidden in the corner, quotes on the wall and pillows and then the gift shop, there is always something to see. Each visit I discover a new hidden gem – as they move furniture often, change out tables and chairs, and are always adding something to make your visit more pleasurable. The gift shop is my favorite place to shop for unique gifts – I always walk out with a t-shirt, magnet, candle or cup. Watch out for the resident cat – I’m kidding, she’s so friendly and sometimes just sleeping next to the register. It is super pet friendly and I love seeing that at outdoor restaurants.
I am so excited!! Yesterday, I saw a sneak peak of my new blog design. I’m happy to be redesigning with a friendlier layout and setting goals to update frequently with more content. I’ll also be updating my social media channels with more information so be sure to give them a follow. I’ll be updating the Southern Sparkplug Facebook page, SparkplugWhit Instagram and SparkplugWhit Twitter account. I know that I’ll be writing about the Southern lifestyle, my wanderlust travels, concerts, events, festivals and what not to miss in certain cities. I’ll start with Pensacola and Nashville and then start looking for suggestions on where to travel next! I’ll always keep you updated on country music, what events not to miss and even some fun photo shoots with boutiques, shops and creatives! You’ll get a sneak peak at my favorite shops and designers to follow. I’ll also be really talking about traveling, events and concerts. My favorite place to be is at a concert. I found another blogger, Ingrid from the Sassologist, that said it best, “Perhaps it is some sort of escapism. For those two hours, I don’t bother thinking about the issues I left at home. I don’t worry about deadlines or tests that I still have to check. It is just me and the music. Me and the artist on stage.” I could not have said it better. That’s exactly how I feel at concerts and why I attend or work them. You’ll find me often side stage, front row or in the photo pit because it’s brings me the most happiness. That’s what truly matters is what makes you happy. So continue on this journey with me and by all means, feel free to join along!
Pensacola is America’s First Settlement, established on Santa Rosa Island by Spanish conquistador Don Tristán de Luna y Arellano in 1559. Through a contest and marketing campaign hosted by Visit Pensacola, the hubs and I became tourists in our own city for a few weeks. The Visit Pensacola Passport campaign was designed to give tourists or locals places to visit and they chose some amazing places and views to #ExplorePcola. It took us at few days to really enjoy our adventures around the Pensacola area and also gave us ideas for more places that we want to visit. I believe these Passports are still available at the Pensacola, Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key Visitor Information Centers. I’ve included our adventures below but you can find other adventures with the #ExplorePcola hashtag on Twitter and Instagram. Find my adventures at @sparkplugwhit.
New kids on the block…well, almost. The producers of Shaky Knees Festival are proud to announce a hard-hitting country music lineup for its debut Shaky Boots Festival. The festival is brand new, but the producers definitely know what they are doing. The festival takes place, May 16-17 at the KSU Sports and Entertainment Park in Kennesaw, GA just north of Atlanta. The lineup includes Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Rascal Flatts, The Band Perry, Kristian Bush, Eli Young Band, and more!