Our weathered cottage has that Old Florida jazz I can never get enough of, so does Madeira Beach. The retro town sits preserved on the state's West Coast. The buildings look as if they’d fit seamlessly into the background of a Griswold family vacation, a throwback to our parent’s era.
Madeira is an approachable paradise. It's that vintage designer purse worn around its edges, irreplaceable by age and imperfections. The surrounding areas reflect a similar allure. Just a 15-minute drive away is Gulfport, a perfect day trip.
This nanoscale city feels more like a neighborhood and can be summed up by its tagline, “Stay weird.” True to form, the unconventional destination is an odd mix of restaurants, bars and shops. In an effort to find our inner weird, we happened upon some of the cities premiere spots. To explain them would include an overuse of words like kitschy, quirky and charmingly peculiar. Sometimes its better to give the recommendation and let the fellow traveler discover the eccentricities for themselves.