I’ve always been a fan of Salvador Dali and the Dali Museum. The museum holds a special place in my heart as it’s one of the first trips my husband and I took when we were dating. The museum changed location since our first visit nearly 20 years ago, so we jumped at the chance to visit again on our most recent trip to St. Petersburg, Florida.
To me, visiting a museum is an intensely personal experience. Art, subjective as it is, affects us in different ways. That being said, I do think there are a few things to make your visit to any museum, including the Dali Museum, a more enjoyable and thorough visit.
We’ve lived in Florida for nearly two decades now. I’ve been to the Everglades, live near plenty of lakes and rivers, but I have never been on an airboat Everglades tour. That changed a few weeks ago when we got the extraordinary opportunity to tour the Everglades with Everglades Holiday Park Airboat Tours.
First, let me give you a little bit of background on the Everglades.
When I first moved to Florida, I worked for Walt Disney World, smack in the middle of the state. I didn’t know much about the beaches on either side of the state, let alone the Tampa Bay Beaches. While I still live in Central Florida, we try to take a trip to the beach as often as we can.
Over the years I’ve tried out a few different beaches, both Atlantic and Gulf side, and both south and north Florida. I have to say I like the beaches in the Tampa Bay area… which really is known as the St. Petersburg and Clearwater area. (Did you know Tampa isn’t really on the ocean, but on the bay? It’s Clearwater and St. Pete Beach that are ocean side)
Everyone has different expectations for what a great day at the beach means. I tried to write the following recommendations based on different perspectives.
Tucked away in an affluent residential neighborhood is Sun Dek Beach House in Ocean Ridge, Florida.
I can’t think of a better way to feel local yet still have all the comforts and amenities of a hotel than by staying at a place such as the Sun Dek. Plus, Ocean Ridge is central to many popular areas in South East Florida. Located in Palm Beach County, Sun Dek Beach House is near Palm Beach, Boynton Beach and Delray Beach among the more populous areas.
We stayed here for two nights in June and I fell in love with the vintage decor.
Last week I shared some travel planning tips on how to find a unique hotel. This week I’ll discuss the value in staying in an independently owned or family run hotel. You can have a pleasant, upscale experience without staying in a chain hotel.
I know going “off the chain” might make some people worry about quality control. Just because a hotel may be independently own doesn’t mean they may not be part of a larger organization, either local or statewide. These organizations audit the smaller hotels, only accepting hotels that meet a set criteria of standards.
If you’re looking for more than a cookie cutter hotel experience, you’re likely looking for an independently owned, family owned or unique hotel. These are not always easy to find via the big websites. Granted, sites such as Expedia and Booking.com do have the smaller unique hotels, but not every family run hotel finds it easy or even feasible to join these larger sites.
One of the things we look for when choosing lodging is an authentic experience. A few weeks ago I wrote about choosing either a home rental or hotel. We have found that we can get the same authentic experiences doing both. While you may need a little research to find a unique hotel, I can offer a few travel planning tips to get you there faster.
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I was incredibly excited to find a stand up paddleboarding rental in Central Florida, and I immediately emailed Adventure Outdoor Paddle and booked a Mother’s Day package. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend Mother’s Day than on the water, even if it meant getting up early!
Adventure Outdoor Paddle is another of these wonderful places that you can find throughout Central Florida outside of Walt Disney World. I am pleased they are near my hometown and in Lake County. For visitors to Disney that want authentic outdoor adventure, AOP is about 45 minutes away and well worth the drive.
If you’ve never been paddleboarding before, I couldn’t recommend a better way to try it out.
A road trip isn’t a road trip without good music.
In my opinion, a road trip playlist must consist of at least one of the following:
- Be upbeat to get you through those long stretches of highway
- Highly singable
- Educational – lessons about 1980’s music is considered educational, right?
- Songs about road trips – duh?
First, let me tell you about how I created my playlist
Directly west of Walt Disney World, nestled in 220 acres of authentic Florida flat lands, lies a thrilling off road attraction that is a one-of-a-kind adventure. I’ll forewarn you… you will get dirty at Revolution Off Road in Clermont, FL.
Believe it or not, Florida is not just Disney and beaches. I should know, since I live right in the heart of Central Florida. I love getting to explore the many outdoor style attractions that make up this area. Not quite as swampy as the Everglades (though we are in part of that ecosystem) and not quote Southern plantation, our area is a mix of lakes and waterways, grand cypress trees and southern oaks. Yes, we have gators and orange groves that make us distinctly Floridian.
For Mother’s Day, we decided to play tourist in our own town and took an off road adventure with Revolution Off Road. Located about a 30 minute drive from Walt Disney World, Revolution Off Road feels like it’s in the middle of nowhere. Which is a good thing!