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Few things are as American as apple pie, making it the quintessential dessert for your Fourth of July celebration. But who wants to be stuck in the kitchen while everyone else plays outside in the surf and sand?

That’s where this Rustic Apple Tart recipe comes in. It has all the flavor of the iconic American classic with a fraction of the fuss, meaning you’re out of the kitchen and into those waves before you can say, “Give me liberty or give me death!”

Serve warm, or at room temperature, with your favorite vanilla, cinnamon, or caramel ice cream. Pro tip: it pairs perfectly with fireworks!

 

Rustic Apple Tart

Ingredients:

1 1/2 pounds Granny Smith or Golden Delicious (or a mix of both), peeled and thinly sliced

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)

1 refrigerated pie crust (1/2 package)

1 egg, beaten

2 teaspoons sugar

1/4 cup apricot preserves or apple jelly, melted with 1 tablespoon water.

 

Instructions:

  1. Allow pie crust to come to room temperature, about 20 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Toss apples, sugar, and optional cinnamon.
  4. Roll or stretch crust to slightly larger than in the package, to about 14

inches. Place crust on parchment paper on a pie pan.

  1. Arrange apple slices in a an overlapping spiral in the middle of the pie

crust, leaving about three inches of crust all around. Fold crust edges,

covering the outside edges of apples. Brush crust with beaten egg and

sprinkle with sugar. Refrigerate for 10 minutes.

  1. Bake tart at 400 degrees for 45 to 60 minutes, until apples are tender

and golden. Cover edges of crust with strips of foil, if necessary, to

prevent burning, near the end of bake time.

  1. Brush apples with melted preserves. Cool and serve.

Memorial Day Weekend is the official start of summer, and what better way to celebrate than with a beach vacation? The long weekend means extra beach time, and you’ll beat the higher temperatures sure to come later in the season. Here are three of our picks for some perfect properties to spend your holiday weekend!

The modern masterpiece of Beach Ball offers unparalleled views of the Gulf with its panoramic windows overlooking the emerald waters. St. George Island’s famous pristine white sands are just a quick stroll away down a private boardwalk, and if you need an indoor break to cool off, the game room is stocked with ping-pong, air hockey, and a dartboard. Entertaining for the holiday is a breeze, too, with a grill, screened-in porch, and balcony!

Plantation Palace, offering a Mediterranean twist on the traditional St. George Island architecture, can host up to 20 overnight guests; however, it can accommodate up to 40 for daytime events, making it an ideal destination for a Memorial Day shindig. The private pool sits on a second floor balcony, offering unmatched views of not only the Gulf but also the sugary dunes leading up to the water. The two grills and fully upgraded kitchen make feeding your guests a breeze, and the elevator means no hauling suitcases up staircases!

If you’d rather skip the party and keep to yourself for the long weekend, check out Sea Song. This budget-friendly option sleeps 6 and boasts plenty of windows as well as a porch to enjoy the endless views of the waters of the Gulf. There’s a grill to get into the spirit of the holidays, and don’t forget Fido—this property is pet friendly!

Regardless of where you’re staying, be sure to swing by The Blue Parrot to kick off the summer with music, local seafood, ice-cold beer, and frozen drinks! For more info on what we have to offer you for the long weekend when it comes to home away from homes, give us a call today at 877-272-8206!

Although we’re now well past the official beginning of Spring, in many minds, the true marker of the spring season is Easter. As well it should be—Easter is a holiday of resurrection. And what better way to time a beach trip than the season of rebirth.  When nature wakes from her slumber, and the beaches come alive with wildlife and the bounty of the sea. If you’re lucky enough to find yourself for Easter on St. George Island, keep in mind that treasures from the Gulf.  With their natural, subtle, and sometimes rugged beauty, they lend themselves for use in Easter décor and new traditions. Here are our tips for a beach-approved holiday!

Easter on St. George IslandSand Dollar Theme:

One of the best decorations from the sea are sand dollars, which bear uniquely Christian symbolism. On the top of a sand dollar is a clearly visible star, which represents the Star of Bethlehem, while the opposite side shows the outline of an Easter lily. At the edges of the star are four holes, representing the wounds Jesus suffered while being nailed to the cross, and in the center is another hole, which represents the sword wound to his side. Lastly, when a sand dollar is broken open, five “doves” emerge – the doves of the peace. All of this imagery makes them the perfect addition to your Easter décor! Try scattering them down the center of your dinner table, especially on top of a pastel table runner.

Sky Blue Colors:

To continue the oceanic theme in your tablescape, incorporate the colors of the season and of the beach. Hints of sea and sky blue bring the outdoors in, as do lime green Easter grass or air ferns, and woven, natural-colored grass placemats that resemble sea grass subtly continue the theme. An easy centerpiece can be made by placing a pillar candle in a clear bowl and filling the rest with sand and treasures from seashell hunting. Or, line an Easter basket with raffia or neutral Easter grass and fill with beautiful natural seashells or sand dollars.

RVP Easter Table

Easter Shell Hunt:

A fun way to “beach up” your Easter is to ditch the eggs and have an Easter shell hunt instead. Hide shells for children to search, with a large sand dollar as the prize-winning find. Instead of baskets, use sand buckets lined with Easter grass. And, if you can’t bear to part with eggs completely, paint a fish scale design or your favorite ocean creatures, like seahorses, starfish, or crabs, on traditionally dyed eggs.

Whether you’re so Irish you have Guinness pumping through your veins or you just love a good brew, St. Patrick’s Day at Paddy’s Raw Bar is exactly where you need to be this year on St. George Island. All things Irish come to 240 E. 3rd Street in Eastpoint on March 17th!

Paddy’s goes totally green for St. Patty’s! Green cups, four-leaf clover décor, Irish music and—of course—green beer! Beginning at 11am, the Emerald Isle takes over St. George Island. Paddy’s will serve up the island countryman’s corned beef and cabbage with Irish music going full force from 2pm to 6pm. Live music will pour from an incredible lineup right along with the chartreuse-hued beers ALL DAY LONG. Let the luck o’ the Irish right into your soul at Paddy’s this St. Patty’s Day!

You’ll find good food, great folks, and the greenest celebration the Island’s ever seen on Friday, March 17th, 2017! Have a raucous good time on gorgeous St. George’s most happening hangout until the clock strikes midnight!

Erin Go Braugh, baby! Have a shucking good time at Paddy’s Raw Bar this St. Patrick’s Day!

Check out our available beach and bayside rentals NOW so you can feel like you’ve found your own personal pot o’ gold when it comes to comfy living quarters just down the street from the Paddy’s party! For more info about the place to be for St. Patrick’s Day, visit the Paddy’s Facebook page here.

 

The Forgotten Coast is the ideal place to create unforgettable memories this holiday season. While you may find you’re less apt to have to bundle up on gorgeous St. George during the winter months, sugar sand makes a lovely winter white backdrop your bare feet will love even in December. Borrow from the natural wonder of the beach around you to set the beach holiday scene even further in your beautiful beach home with these DIY decorating tips:

1)      Create a shell wreath to welcome beach holiday guests to your seaside abode

Collect cockle shells or jagged pieces of sand dollars and affix to a circular foam wreath with a hot glue gun. You can fashion raffia in to a bow to create a cool, rustic accent or go more traditional with bold red and green ribbon cascading off of your newest holiday décor addition.

2)      Compose a mantel with waterfront focus

You can create a special homage to your favorite elements of the Forgotten Coast by scavenging the shore for fascinating finds like tulip shells, angel wings, caditas, boat shells, and starfish. Carefully clean your beach loot off and strategically place on your mantel, weaving greenery between the pieces. Consider gluing the favorite sea shells of each family member to their respective beach holiday Christmas stockings to add a unique, wistful touch reminiscent of the ocean.

3)      Elevate beach holiday ambiance with a little help from the coast

 Mix merry-and-bright with the beach by adding shell accents to your family’s flickering holiday candles. You can place simple, classic votive candles in cleaned oyster shells to build a place setting that puts you right at the beach even when you’re inside. For larger, pillar candles, use a hot glue gun to fasten cockle shells or delicate baby’s ears around the base of the candle. Then, place the candle on a shiny silver plate or create a row of various sized shell-encircled candles on a white wooden tray. This can serve as a special seaside centerpiece for your holiday meal or be placed on end tables to create a lovely glow during your family’s gathering.

4)      Nod to the nautical with knots

Seafaring culture heavily features thick ropes fashioned into knots for various purposes. You can bring a light, littoral touch to your gift wrap by featuring a nautical knot in lieu of ribbon. After your holiday gifts are wrapped and secured with tape, draw rope around the long and shorter sides of the package, creating a T in the center. Then, create a sailor’s knot of your choosing in the center to bring a bit of high seas-style season’s greetings to your loved ones.

 

5)      Build a tablescape of tiny “trees” using beach treasures

Scan the seaside for cone-shaped shells to use as miniature Christmas trees. Build a tree garden of diminutive proportions as a sweet holiday detail. You can even find small dried starfish to punctuate each “tree” as a tiny topper.

july-4-st-george-Island-paradeOn St. George Island, the 4th of July is one of our most popular summer events. It’s only a couple of days away which means the Island is bustling with guests ready to celebrate Island style!

This is the busiest time of year and yet there is still plenty of room to stretch out on our beaches.

If you haven’t visited during this very popular week, we encourage you to consider it for next year.  Amazing events are waiting for you!