One of my most favorite coastal towns is that of Apalachicola, FL.
It is a quaint little town in the Florida panhandle, filled with charming little businesses - one of the best seafood joints you've ever been to, an outfitters store equipped with a dog named Captain, a historic theatre, several Inns, a nautical antiques store, and a few other gems for you to discover.
The towns claim to fame is to have founded the first ice machine - and trust me, having lived through eighteen Florida summers, this IS a monumental invention.
I visited last weekend to discover a few of my favorite home stores were sadly no-longer, but also the most fabulous new discovery - Apalachicola Chocolate Company.
Spread inside a gorgeous old building, with cases filled of the finest cocoa concoctions - the owners truly have a time-honored craft that has been learned, practiced and shared to groom the next experts. The caramels were divine, the chocolate truly did melt in your mouth and even a special chocolate oyster that pays homage to the world-famous Apalachicola oysters. Coming soon is an expanded gelato section that already left you swooning!
Hope you'll click over to see more photos from my favorite new chocolatier, and more importantly, go visit for yourself!