What’s better than some local craft brews, delicious food, charity, and great people? SGI Brewfest has it all! The annual festival is the perfect way to help promote incredible craft beer companies and local vendors while enjoying a little sunshine on the Forgotten Coast. The St. George Island Brewfest event will be in October, so start planning your vacation now! For more things to do in the area, make sure to request access to our free Vacation Guide. It includes a list of the top restaurants, bars, outdoor recreation, annual festivals, and more! 

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What to Know About SGI Brewfest This Year 

When Is SGI Brewfest? 

SGI Brewfest was originally set to happen in April but is rescheduled for October 16, 2021. 

What Is SGI Brewfest? 

Brews & Local Grub for a Good Cause 

The annual SGI Brewfest event is a fundraiser to promote the Franklin County Humane Society, and all proceeds will benefit the homeless dogs and cats of Franklin County. Not only do you get to try out delicious craft beer for a good cause, but you’ll also get to indulge in some of the most delicious foods from local vendors! 

How Much Are Tickets to SGI Brewfest? 

There are several options for tickets to the 2021 SGI Brewfest. For $100, VIP ticketholders will be able to sample craft beers before general admission ticket holders. They’ll also get VIP parking, a swag bag full of goodies, and a complimentary food ticket! 

For $60, early admission ticket holders will get an SGI Brewfest taster glass, unlimited craft brew tastings, and early access before the general admission ticket holders. 

If you’d just like the taster glass and unlimited tastings, buy the $40 general admission tickets. 

Need a ride, but don’t want to worry about drunk drivers or Ubers? Have someone in your group be the designated driver. Designated drivers at the event only pay $15 to get in and get free water and sodas! 

Are All of the Beers at SGI Brewfest Local? 

At SGI Brewfest, you’ll be able to try the best craft beers from not only Florida, but also several other parts around the country, and even international brands of beer as well! Some Florida locations include Apalachicola, Tampa, Tallahassee, Panama City, Jacksonville, and more. Plus, you’ll find some cold ones from Georgia, Hawaii, New York, Colorado, California, Massachusetts, Spain, Denmark, and more! Give your palate a unique variety and diversify your taste buds when you attend this special event! 

Unwind After a Day of Festivities 

gorgeous beach property on st george islandAfter a day of drinking under the sun with your best buds, unwind in some of the best vacation rentals on St. George Island. Make Resort Vacation Properties your home away from home on the Forgotten Coast. Here, you’ll find the perfect rental for you and your family, even the furry members! You can choose from a variety of pet-friendly vacation rentals with an abundant selection of amenities! 

From private pools to hot tubs with views, to beach access or strong Wi-Fi connection, you’ll find everything you need in our St. George Island rentals. Once you start creating memories and bonding experiences on St. George Island, you’ll never want to leave. So, what are you waiting for? Choose your selected dates, and start planning the best Florida getaway! 

When your stomach begins to rumble, and you need a little fuel to get you through all your island adventures, it might be time for a delicious meal. Below, you’ll find some of the most mouthwatering St. George Island restaurants to dip your fork in. 

From top-notch fresh seafood, to authentic Mexican, you’ll find a wide array of dining options on the Forgotten Coast! And, for more fun things to do on the Gulf Coast, make sure to request access to our FREE Vacation Guide. There, you’ll find local insight on more top restaurants, annual festivals, outdoor activities, and entertainment so that you can start crafting together the ultimate vacation itinerary. 

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Try These Mouthwatering St. George Island Restaurants 

Fresh Local Seafood Restaurants on St. George Island 

Paddy’s Raw Bar 

You can’t visit the Gulf of Mexico without trying the fresh, local seafood! Paddy’s Raw Bar is an absolute must for a taste of our coasts’ delicious Apalachicola Bay oysters. This world-famous cuisine is served by the half dozen or dozen and can be served raw or steamed. 

You might also choose from their other options of oyster dishes, like the High Tide, which is topped with garlic, onion, tomatoes, and parmesan, or you can build your own oyster dish! 

Blue Parrott Oceanfront Café 

Adjust to island time, and head to Blue Parrott Oceanfront Café for a laidback, beachy atmosphere, delicious grub, and fruity drinks! This is the perfect spot to enjoy local seafood during your day at the beach. They have a spacious deck right on the beach, so it doesn’t get much fresher than that! 

Stop by for lunch or dinner or take a quick break from swimming in the ocean for some Bahamian Conch Fritters and a rum runner at the tiki bar! 

Sports Bars on St. George Island 

Harry A’s Bar & Grill 

Fill your night with seafood, steaks, karaoke, DJs, dancing, and live music when you step foot into Harry A’s Bar and Grill. This St. George Island sports bar is always a good time as they always have fun events going on, like karaoke nights, Taco Tuesdays, and more! So, put your dancing shoes on and dance the night away, or head out to make new friends at one of the best St. George Island bars! 

BBQ Restaurants on St. George Island 

The Beach Pit 

Texas-style BBQ is closer than you think. The Beach Pit is the perfect combination of authentic Texas barbecue and local St. George Island seafood. Sit outside with your furry best friend on the pet-friendly patio or dine inside for the cool AC. Either way, you’ll never forget the smoky flavors you experience here! 

Mexican Food on St. George Island 

St. George Cantina & Margarita Bar 

Did someone say, “happy hour?” When it’s time to sip on an extra-large margarita after a day of exploring the beach, make your way to St. George Cantina and Margarita Bar in Eastpoint, FL. They offer so many fantastic dishes, like their Cantina Shrimp Tacos or their mouthwatering Nacho Fries. 

And what’s a yummy meal and strong margarita without a little live music and dancing? This Mexican cuisine hot spot almost always has live music, so it’s always a good time! 

When Your Belly’s Happy and Full 

st george island rentalIf you’re ready to treat your food coma with a nap or a good night’s sleep, head back to the best vacation rentals on St. George Island. Resort Vacation Properties offers vacation homes near all the popular Forgotten Coast attractions like the beach, Apalachicola River and Apalachicola Bay, as well as all the best restaurants around town. Start planning your ultimate St. George Island, FL, foodie getaway and reserve your stay today!

When your stomach begins to rumble, and you need a little fuel to get you through all your island adventures, it might be time for a delicious meal. Below, you’ll find some of the most mouthwatering St. George Island restaurants to dip your fork in. 

From top-notch fresh seafood, to authentic Mexican, you’ll find a wide array of dining options on the Forgotten Coast! And, for more fun things to do on the Gulf Coast, make sure to request access to our FREE Vacation Guide. There, you’ll find local insight on more top restaurants, annual festivals, outdoor activities, and entertainment so that you can start crafting together the ultimate vacation itinerary. 

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Try These Mouthwatering St. George Island Seafood Restaurants 

Fresh Local Seafood Restaurants on St. George Island 

Paddy’s Raw Bar 

You can’t visit the Gulf of Mexico without trying the fresh, local seafood! Paddy’s Raw Bar is an absolute must for a taste of our coasts’ delicious Apalachicola Bay oysters. This world-famous cuisine is served by the half dozen or dozen and can be served raw or steamed. 

You might also choose from their other options of oyster dishes, like the High Tide, which is topped with garlic, onion, tomatoes, and parmesan, or you can build your own oyster dish! 

Blue Parrott Oceanfront Café 

Adjust to island time, and head to Blue Parrott Oceanfront Café for a laidback, beachy atmosphere, delicious grub, and fruity drinks! This is the perfect spot to enjoy local seafood during your day at the beach. They have a spacious deck right on the beach, so it doesn’t get much fresher than that! 

Stop by for lunch or dinner or take a quick break from swimming in the ocean for some Bahamian Conch Fritters and a rum runner at the tiki bar! 

Sports Bars on St. George Island 

Harry A’s Bar & Grill 

Fill your night with seafood, steaks, karaoke, DJs, dancing, and live music when you step foot into Harry A’s Bar and Grill. This St. George Island sports bar is always a good time as they always have fun events going on, like karaoke nights, Taco Tuesdays, and more! So, put your dancing shoes on and dance the night away, or head out to make new friends at one of the best St. George Island bars! 

BBQ Restaurants on St. George Island 

The Beach Pit 

Texas-style BBQ is closer than you think. The Beach Pit is the perfect combination of authentic Texas barbecue and local St. George Island seafood. Sit outside with your furry best friend on the pet-friendly patio or dine inside for the cool AC. Either way, you’ll never forget the smoky flavors you experience here! 

Mexican Food on St. George Island 

St. George Cantina & Margarita Bar 

Did someone say, “happy hour?” When it’s time to sip on an extra-large margarita after a day of exploring the beach, make your way to St. George Cantina and Margarita Bar in Eastpoint, FL. They offer so many fantastic dishes, like their Cantina Shrimp Tacos or their mouthwatering Nacho Fries. 

And what’s a yummy meal and strong margarita without a little live music and dancing? This Mexican cuisine hot spot almost always has live music, so it’s always a good time! 

When Your Belly’s Happy and Full 

beautiful beach property on st george islandIf you’re ready to treat your food coma with a nap or a good night’s sleep, head back to the best vacation rentals on St. George Island. Resort Vacation Properties offers vacation homes near all the popular Forgotten Coast attractions like the beach, Apalachicola River and Apalachicola Bay, as well as all the best restaurants around town. Start planning your ultimate St. George Island, FL, foodie getaway and reserve your stay today!

 

Some visitors to St. George Island are among the third and fourth generations of their families to vacation here, and while their magical traditions began decades ago, new ones are also starting every day. For those planning your first foray to gorgeous St. George, here’s a helpful guide with plenty of insider information to enhance your experience:

Let’s assume you’ve booked an amazing place to stay with a great rental company and have all the details regarding your lodging squared away. Once you’ve crossed the island’s scenic bridge, the best place to start is the St. George Island Visitor Center, located within a few steps of our historic lighthouse. Operated by the Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce, the center features plenty of free guides to area recreation, including fishing charters, outfitters, and gear rentals.

And while you’re on the property, pop into the Cape St. George Lighthouse Museum and Gift Shop and climb to the top of the 89-foot lighthouse, which offers a gorgeous panoramic view of where you’ll be enjoying your time over the course of your visit. Since most rental properties offer well-appointed kitchens and other comfortable amenities, consider stopping at one or both of the island’s grocery stores to get the necessary provisions for your stay.

With its own dedicated gas station, the Piggly Wiggly Xpress is a great place to top off your tanks and fill a basket with needed items. And across the intersection, the newly renovated SGI Fresh Market offers a large selection of items, fresh produce, a variety of refreshments, and a deli counter with fresh seafood.

And speaking of fresh seafood, if you’re looking for anything from fresh shrimp and oysters to an amazing, ready-to-eat seafood dip, you’d do well with either — or both — of the island’s seafood trailers. Both Doug’s and Dail’s seafood trailers have been staples on the island for more than 20 years, and both are located near the island’s main intersection and usually open seven days a week to provide the freshest of the sea’s bounty.

Once you’re unpacked and settled in your vacation home, you can start thinking about how much, or little, you want to do while on St. George Island. Guests of Resort Vacation Properties enjoy free beach gear including kayaks, paddleboards, bikes and beach games to go along with each home’s high-speed WiFi, cable or satellite. But if you’re looking for a canoe, fishing gear or a charter trip through the scenic local waterways, there are a number of outfitters to help you, including Journeys SGI and Island Outfitters.

Then there’s the beach. St. George Island has 22 miles of sandy, pet-friendly coastline with plenty of room to stretch out without folks sitting right next to you. Seashells are wonderful mementos to bring home with you, as are the unlimited sunrise and sunset photos you can create right on your stretch of beach.

Looking to get out and socialize a bit? The restaurants on St. George offer a variety of tasty meals and expansive cocktail menus for a great lunch or dinner out, and there are opportunities for live music, trivia, and karaoke almost every night. And for those who love to shop, there are art galleries on the island, and Apalachicola’s delightful shopping district is just a short drive across the big bridge, with shops offering apparel, home goods, fine art, and more. You can get amazing meals, many featuring famous Apalachicola oysters, and entertainment there, too.

And an inaugural visit to St. George Island wouldn’t be complete without a few hours spent enjoying its signature state park. With more than 2,000 acres of natural habitat, the park offers coastline on both the Gulf of Mexico and Apalachicola Bay. There are opportunities to hike, bike, geo-seek, swim, camp, fish, and take in the scenic glory of untouched coastal Florida. Photographers flock to St. George Island State Park to capture the wildlife, landscapes and especially the nighttime stars which, due to little light pollution, are among the best in the Southeast. The state park will help you learn about the natural history of St. George Island while experiencing it firsthand. And the rest will be up to you!

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California chef John Taylor hadn’t been to St. George Island before December 2017, but his sister and her family have been visiting the island for 40 years. And through her tales and his own want to “bring the whole Mexican vibe to the panhandle,” the St. George Cantina was born.

Opened in June, the Cantina is located on East Pine Avenue and offers a lot that patrons won’t be able to experience elsewhere. Taylor, known as JT, has opened 52 restaurants throughout his career and decided now was the time to open one of his very own.

St. George Cantina Restaurant on St. George Island

“I’m excited to do it for myself,” Taylor says. “The biggest thing for me is guest service and food consistency, and I think the island could really use a step up in the way food is done. I want something really easy and clean.”

Taylor has tremendous respect for the chefs of Apalachicola and said he wants to create that standard at the Cantina. The menu is infused with diverse flavors and features pork, steak, vegetarian dishes, and lots of seafood. Taylor gets his shrimp and seafood from Apalachicola fishermen.

“We will feature a different fish every day,” Taylor says.

As a chef, Taylor has crafted the menu to include several fresh and homemade items, including his own hybrid corn-and-maseca-flour recipe for tortillas, which are used for the various tacos being offered.

An unusual offering guests will find at the St. George Cantina is the mac-and-cheese bar.

As Taylor puts it, “I love mac and cheese, and I want people to have fun when they come in.”

There’s a chef making cheese sauces and guests can add savory items like lobster and bacon. At the bar, the signature drink is the Moscow Mule, which has Taylor’s unique touch, adding passion fruit to the ginger beer and vodka that usually makes up the recipe.

Another distinct touch the Cantina offers is that only one item is fried — shrimp for the tacos — while everything else is sautéed or grilled.

Taylor is working with contacts in Tallahassee to bring in flamenco guitarists for folks who want a softer musical touch, but with plenty of beat to salsa or merengue dance to. He also offers the island’s only delivery service and has added catering services and cooking classes as well.

Another amenity he’s developing for the younger crowd is a teen night. He wants to put up a large tent over a grassy area and offer a DJ, hamburgers, and hot dogs for teens on the island.

“There needs to be something like that for them,” he says.

And it all benefits the greater island community, for locals and those here to enjoy a vacation.

“I hope everyone goes along with raising the bar,” Taylor said of setting a new standard. “It will increase traffic everywhere because if they can find it on the island, they’ll stay on the island.”

For the menu and more, visit StGeorgeCantina.com.

Winter at the beach brings a quiet serenity that’s perfectly suited to the introspection of a New Year’s resolution, the reawakening of the early spring, even the romance of Valentine’s Day.

No matter what you’re celebrating, you won’t find a more perfect place to toast the sunset – or the sunrise (hey, we don’t judge) – than St. George Island on Florida’s Forgotten Coast.

I can certainly recommend a few places to find a quiet place with a view of the Gulf, but honestly you’d have a harder time finding a place that doesn’t sparkle with coastal magic.

  • Up the Stairs in Apalachicola, an upscale, quiet dining location to get away from the bustling crowds (21+ only).
  • Gormley’s at the Gibson, set in the Historic Gibson Inn in downtown Apalachicola.
  • Apalachicola Ice Company, where you can enjoy a beer and some live music in the courtyard
  • Bowery Station, complete with outdoor beer garden and live music.

Of course, these are just a few of your options. All along Highway 98 – otherwise known as the Big Bend Scenic Byway Coastal Trail – you’ll find a string of quaint, small towns that feel like you’ve stepped back in time to old Florida: from Port St. Joe to St. George Island, Apalachicola and Carrabelle. Each one offers its own unique selection of bars and restaurants that are peppered with patios, balconies, verandas, terraces and decks perfect for you to behold the sunset, the surf or just the people walking by.

And if you really want to get away from the crowds, grab a bottle of bubbly and settle in somewhere cozy on St. George Island. You can drink a toast to new beginnings with someone you love. Our selection of rental homes is rife with decks and patios ideal for reflecting on all that the new year holds in the glint of a perfectly blush-colored sunset set to the melodies of rolling waves. Cheers!

Savor the taste of seafood during your vacation on St. George Island! No trip to the Gulf of Mexico is complete without at least one delectable dish of mouthwatering marine cuisine. The Forgotten Coast is home to a wide variety of restaurants and casual dining spots, where expert chefs serve up the best catches of the day to our visitors at all times of the year.

Restaurants on St. George Island

If you’re hoping to find your favorite seafood right on the island, never fear – plenty of favorite eateries are here! Blue Parrot Oceanfront Cafe is popular for surf and turf and for an unbeatable view of the Gulf of Mexico. Another excellent option is Paddy’s Raw Bar, which has earned its sterling reputation by offering locally sourced oysters, peel-and-eat shrimp and a diverse selection of beer. Other great choices for seafood include the Beach Pit or Black Marlin’s Bar & Grill.

Mainland Seafood

Once you’ve sampled the best of St. George Island’s fare, consider an excursion to nearby Eastpoint to select a dining spot among a number of local restaurants, including the Red Pirate Family Grill and Oyster Bar and Family Coastal Restaurant.

Then, cross the John Gorrie Memorial Bridge to explore the charming streets of Apalachicola before selecting the perfect dinner spot. Up the Creek Raw Bar, The Owl Cafe and the Apalachicola Seafood Grill are all excellent options, and they’re but a few of the local restaurants at your disposal.

Seafood Markets and More

Travelers who prefer to cook their own seafood will enjoy shopping at the region’s excellent seafood markets. Doug’s Seafood and Dail’s Seafood are both conveniently situated right on SGI; our Eastpoint guests often head straight to Lynn’s Quality Oysters.

Finally, there’s the crown jewel of the Forgotten Coast’s seafood scene: the annual Florida Seafood Festival. The festival takes place over several days each November and features an array of events and – you guessed it – a whole lot of seafood.

Savor the flavors of the Forgotten Coast!  Plan your trip to St. George Island today by contacting Resort Vacation Properties.

If you have small children, had small children, or have ever seen small children from a distance, you’ll understand the desire to occasionally dine away from said children.

Don’t get me wrong; I love kids (I even have some), but sometimes you just want to enjoy a meal without your kids… and without anyone else’s kids either. Up the Stairs in Apalachicola gives you that opportunity.

But the real appeal at Up the Stairs isn’t just the lack of children (that’s just a bonus!).

Nestled above shops in the quiet fishing village’s historic district, this fine dining establishment combines fresh seafood, exceptional service, extraordinary signature cocktails, and a growing wine list to create an unforgettable dining experience.

House favorites like the crab bruschetta and crawfish as well as the shrimp and sausage gumbo reflect the unique flavors of Up the Stairs, where the freshest ingredients meet in the most interesting combinations. Shrimp Sambuca, Petit Curry Pot, and beef carpaccio also make an appearance on this anything-but-ordinary menu.

Up the Stairs is situated right in the heart of the village, convenient to shopping, museums, and the waterfront. So it’s a great place to refuel any time of the day or night. And if you’re not quite up for the whole dining experience, you can always choose to eat in the lounge, where you’ll find most of the same delicious dining room selections in smaller portions.

If you’re spending time on The Forgotten Coast – taking advantage of all the hidden gems you can uncover in the calm of winter – don’t miss Up the Stairs. The real star there is the food.

Or maybe the cocktails. Or the wine list. No, it’s definitely the food. I can’t decide; stop by for a bite yourself and let me know which one you decide.

Lunch and dinner served Wednesday through Saturday. Sunday brunch served 11am-3pm.

76 Market Street in Downtown Apalachicola.

Nothing beats autumn at the beach. The emerald water turns a little grayer, the sun is a little lower, the breezes are a little cooler. The crowds are even a little sparser.

But the best part of fall in the Panhandle is the Florida Seafood Festival.

Now in its 54th year, this two-day celebration is the state’s oldest maritime festival, drawing thousands of visitors to the historic town of Apalachicola on November 3rd and 4th!

The Festival is held at the mouth of the Apalachicola River under the shady oaks of Battery Park. This confluence of the river and the Gulf of Mexico form an estuary that gives the local oysters their distinctive salty-sweet taste. Some call these the best in the country, and in fact, nearly 90 percent of all oysters served in Florida come from this spot.

Of course, oysters are king at the Seafood Festival, but there’s more to it than just eating (though that’s really enough, isn’t it?). The festival also features arts and crafts exhibits, plus other seafood-related events including the Oyster Eating and Oyster Shucking contests, Blue Crab Races, a downtown Parade, 5k Redfish Run, and the Blessing of the Fleet.

There’s also musical entertainment with headliners I Am They, a Christian music group performing Friday, and country music star Jerrod Niemann on Saturday.

The entire event is free and open to the public, so just head over to Apalachicola and enjoy the fun!

There’s nothing quite like enjoying a cool summer treat on St. George Island. Our vacationers can’t resist the allure of delectable ice cream flavors paired with unparalleled ocean views. Here are just a few of our favorite destinations for ice cream and other savory desserts.

Aunt Ebby’s Ice Cream

Located at 147 East Gulf Beach Drive, Aunt Ebby’s Ice Cream is a St. George Island classic. Flavors vary seasonally, which makes it easy to discover new favorites, and seating is available on the deck and indoors, with air conditioning to help you beat the heat. Once you’ve finished your snack, enjoy a stroll to explore the nearby businesses, including Island Emporium and Island Outfitters.

Sweet Surf

A more recent addition to St. George Island’s eclectic collection of eateries, Sweet Surf offers soft-serve ice cream along with a plethora of treats guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth. Options include Italian ice, root beer floats, milkshakes and much more. Sweet Surf is conveniently located at 41 East Gulf Beach Drive, right next to St. George Island Trading Co. and just a few steps from the St. George Island Lighthouse.

Off the Island

When you explore the nearby city of Apalachicola, you’ll also discover mouth-watering desserts. Visit The Old Time Soda Fountain at 93 Market Street for ice cream and treats, or stop by the Apalachicola Chocolate & Coffee Company to enjoy homemade gelato, as well as chocolate, pastries, cookies and other irresistible sweets.

Come to the Forgotten Coast

For travelers and their taste buds, St. George Island has plenty to offer. Experience the sweetness of the Forgotten Coast by booking your stay with Resort Vacation Properties today.