Growing up on the river and living close to the beach always made me love the city of Jacksonville—You get the best of both worlds by living in a vacation spot. Coming home from school and being able to hop on a boat with friends or head to the beach to catch the last bit of sun before it sets is something I will always be thankful for. Is anyone else a water baby? But I didn’t just love high school for various reasons so, for a while, I kept my distance from the city post-college. Recently it has had some major things happen in the city like the Jags finally being good at football, restaurants/rooftop bars popping up and actually making use of the gorgeous views, and a couple of craft breweries sprinkled throughout. These new developments have put a more fun spin on going home and have made me reconsider ever moving back to Florida at some point, which I swore I would never do—at least not to Duval. So, I am having to eat my words. Anyway, tangents aside, Leigh and I flew down to JAX from ATL on Friday night and met the rest of the gang (my family) at one of my favorite new rooftop bars, River & Post, for a drink. The view is unparalleled as you can scan the entire river from Downtown to Ortega, especially at sunset. The next day my mom had gotten our family and significant others matinee tickets to The Lion King on Broadway since it was coming to the Times Union Center. The production was amazing: singing, dancing, costumes, audience interaction. It was a great show and while it is on the road, I would encourage you to see it.
Afterward, my parents took us to a steak dinner at Ruth’s Chris, which is always a treat. I am not a big-red-meat fan, but for a perfectly marbled piece of steak cooked perfectly, there is nothing more indulgent and delicious. Ruth’s Chris is located right across the river from the performing arts center, so it was an easy choice. There is a great dock/patio area overseeing the river attached that has a fabulous view of the Main Street Bridge. When the sun sets, the colors are beautiful as they reflect onto the water. Once we were stuffed we headed to another new local spot called Cowford Chophouse.
Cowford has another pretty great rooftop bar and view of the city. I am looking forward to going back to JAX to try out the food downstairs! Thanks to ATL and JAX only being a short 45-minute flight apart, it is a quick trip that makes for a nice staycation whenever we can get home!