St. Pete Beach – St. Petersburg, FL

February 23, 2015 | 10 Comments

St. Pete Beach | St. Petersburg, FLIt’s been a while since I’ve been on a real beach! Although it was super windy the first day and the chill continued the following day, I was still glad we were able to relax at St. Pete Beach. Nothing more soothing than hearing the calm waves brush up against the shore.

At the hotel we stayed at there is a restaurant that revolves around, giving everyone the chance to get a view of the beach as they enjoy their meals. It was my first time experiencing anything quite like it and it didn’t disappoint. I can see how it may make some guests dizzy, but in my opinion it revolved around at a comfortable speed and I barely noticed the restaurant moving.

I would have loved to stay at the beach longer, but I guess that makes planning another beach getaway that much more exciting.

Myakka River State Park – Sarasota, FL

February 21, 2015 | 18 Comments

Myakka River State Park | Sarasota, FL

Myakka River State Park | Sarasota, FL Myakka River State Park | Sarasota, FL

Myakka River State Park | Sarasota, FL

We ended up flying into Tampa rather than Orlando and decided to stay close by in St. Petersburg for the night before heading out to Orlando. Of course, with my luck, the day we fly into Tampa happened to be one of the coldest days of the year with the high in the low 50’s. With it being so windy, it made for a very a chilly walk on the beach, so we decided to go on a short road trip to Sarasota to pass the time before we checked-in to our hotel.

Not knowing anything about the area, I looked up some places to go in the Sarasota area and came across photos of the Myakka River State Park and was intrigued. An hour later we arrived at the park and found ourselves crossing the canopy walkway and climbing numerous flights of stairs which eventually lead us to the top of the 75ft observation tower. From the top we were able to look over the acres of landscape within the park. It was definitely a sight to see.

There were plenty more places to explore in this state park, but we opted to head back to St. Petersburg after spending time at the canopy walkway area. Definitely a place I would go back to if I ever find myself in Sarasota again.

Off to Our Next Trip

February 19, 2015 | 12 Comments

Airplane Sunrise

My boyfriend and I are finally taking some time to visit Florida and relax with family and friends for the next few days. Although I spent a few years while I was a child growing up in Orlando, it’s been years since I’ve visited and I’m so happy to be back in the Sunshine State.

While I don’t love flying (I mean who really does?), I don’t mind it all. It beats long car rides, although road trips are quite fun too. One thing I do love about being on an airplane are the views from above. Isn’t this view of the very distant Chicago skyline during the morning sunrise just so beautiful?