First Taste of the St. Joe Coast

May 2010

When we celebrated our 12th anniversary in 2010, the husband and I traveled to Port St. Joe, Florida, for a weekend getaway.  What an enjoyable weekend!  

Port Inn 1913

We stayed at the Port Inn, built in 1909.  One hundred years ago, in the days before air conditioning, the inn with its broad veranda and stately columns was a favorite getaway for those seeking a quiet retreat near the cooling breezes of Saint Joseph Bay.  Beautiful and perfect for us too! 

On Saturday, we drove to Apalachicola for their annual home and garden tour.  We strolled the streets and enjoyed touring green gardens and beautiful interiors.  Our lunch afterwards at Trinity Episcopal Church tasted delicious!  Mmmm....their shrimp salad was our favorite! 

Mulberry trees grow throughout Apalachicola.

Saturday afternoon, we basked in the warm sun at breezy St. Joe Beach.  We enjoyed our weekend on the Forgotten Coast and knew we would visit again!

Yes, when we travel, we always take our fishing poles!

Tour of Homes Shrimp Salad

  • 4 lb shrimp, in shell
  • 2 c mayonnaise
  • 2 T white wine
  • 1 t black pepper
  • 3/4 c red onion, finely chopped
  • 8 oz shell pasta, small
  • 1 T Dijon mustard
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/3 c fresh dill, chopped
  • 3/4 c celery, finely chopped
Directions:  Boil shrimp in water with salt, brown cider vinegar, and worcestershire sauce.  Chill quickly over ice.  Peel and devein shrimp; cut into bite size pieces.  Boil pasta in separate pan of water with salt and oil.  Cool quickly.  Combine mayo, mustard, wine, salt, pepper, and dill for dressing.  Mix with shrimp and pasta.  Add onion and celery.  Adjust seasoning to taste.

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