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About Me & My Family

There are 4 of us and a dog. I'm out numbered because I'm the only girl.
Our Family's Travel Personality
curious, relaxed, simple, independent, energetic, spontaneous, easy_going, artsy, social_butterfly
We Just Got Back From
Barrier Island Sanctuary, Melbourne Beach, FL
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
South Seas Island Resort - Captiva, FL
A Place We'd Love To Visit
New York
Favorite Vacation Memory
Visiting Williamsburg and walking down the street while the drums were playing in the background.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
Flying in a plane with my oldest on our way to Tennessee. He was screaming (he was like 2 at the time) and everyone was giving me the evil eye.
Websites I Like:
priceline.com jennventures.com

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October 11 2014
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Reflections at Bay Point | kids travel, kids activities
Reflections at Bay Point
4100 Marriott Drive,
Panama City Beach, Florida
"Peaceful, Beautiful Views"
Reflections at Bay Point in Panama City Beach, Florida is situated on an absolutely stunning piece of property. The resort is surrounded by two scenic 18-hole PGA Championship Golf Courses, the St. Andrews Bay, The Gulf of Mexico and in the back of the property you will have a perfect view of St. Andrews State Park. It will truly become your little piece of paradise while on vacation.

Check-In
We drove up to the property, parked our cars and then checked-in. All of my information was on file so check-in was a breeze! I didn't have much luggage so I didn't make use of the luggage cart but it’s good to know it’s there if needed. Next, I took the elevator up to my 6th floor room and oh my, how beautiful.

The Condominium
I enjoyed my weekend in room 608 at Reflections at Bay Point. It was more than a room it was a 2 bedroom 2 bathroom condominium with a full size kitchen, washer and dryer. It was amazing!! With 1,298 square feet of living space I didn't know what to do with myself!
The master bedroom included a king bed, private bath with a his and her sink and a sliding door that opened onto the back patio which allowed you to behold a fabulous view of the Bay, Gulf, Golf Course and St. Andrews State Park.
The second bedroom contained a queen bed and was located right next to the second bathroom and laundry room that contained both a washer and a dryer.
The Living Area was fabulous! The kitchen was large and stocked with everything I needed to cook and clean with for the weekend, minus the food of course. The living room was great. There was plenty of seating and the couch pulled out into a bed. The view was the same as that of the master bedroom, fabulous, and a glass door opened onto the furnished back patio.
The condominium was clean and the resort took care of every detail in preparation of my stay.

The Amenities
The resort has everything you will need for your vacation. You don’t need to go offsite for activities unless you want to. A few of the amenities included are:

An expansive zero entry pool that is absolutely beautiful. The trees surrounding the pool offer shade which is great, especially for families with little ones.
A beautiful spa and fitness center with staff that are kind and ready to meet all of your needs.
Four onsite restaurants.
Gulf access so you can layout on the sand or play around in the water.
Water shuttle service to Shell Island.
Water sport rentals.
Two 18-hole PGA Championship Golf Courses including the only Nicklaus Design Course in North West Florida.
And so much more….

Reflections at Bay Point in Panama City Beach, Florida is a luxurious resort that is easy on the pocket book which means you and your family can truly enjoy this little piece paradise.

Tips:
Publix and Winn Dixie grocery stores are right up the road from the resort which makes it easy for you to stock up on food if you prefer to eat in during your stay. (I like Publix)
There is a lot to do in the area. The front desk will have information for you and maybe even a few discounts.
You can find a Panama City Beach list here on Trekaroo which can help with your vacation planning.
Coconut Creek Family Fun Park is right up the road. The have a put-put course and gran maze for you and your family to enjoy.


Disclosure: This review is my own and based on a complimentary stay, meals and activities in Panama City Beach, Florida courtesy of Panama City Beach CVB .
 
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October 11 2014
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BridgeSpan 14 | kids travel, kids activities
BridgeSpan 14
105 Clarillon Market St.,
Panama City Beach,
Florida
"Organic, Delicious and Unique"
BridgeSpan 14 in Panama City Beach, Florida offers delicious, fresh food. The decor is simple yet unique with a relaxed formal evening ambiance.

I enjoyed a delicious dinner at BridgeSpan 14. The lights were dim and candles were nicely arranged on the tables, both indoors and out. They were expecting us, as we had reservations, so the hostess immediately escorted us to our table when we arrived. She handed us our drink menus and informed us of the drink specials. After our drinks arrived she informed us of the masterpieces chef was preparing for the evening. I could not begin to pronounce the names of the dishes that were created but I can tell you that everything was beautiful and delicious. Chef prepared an Asian inspired cuisine and each item was amazing! My favorite was the dessert. It was a fruit pie with a spectacular sauce. Honestly, I could have eaten two pieces.

After our meal Chef visited each of the tables to chat for a bit. He told us which markets and shops he visited to find the ingredients to our meals. He also let us know that he prefers to shop local so that he can find the freshest ingredients.

When enjoying dinner at BridgeSpan 14 you do need to call ahead at least 24 hours in advance for reservations. At that time you can inform them of any food allergies and restrictions you or your family members may have so that they can prepare the perfect dish just for you and your loved ones.

BridgeSpan 14’s breakfast and lunch menu are diverse, sound delicious and can be enjoyed daily. For breakfast you can order unique dishes including the Bison Hanger Steak & Eggs or the Gulf Coast Hash. Unique lunches include, but are not limited to, the Wagyu Sliders and the Bison Short Rib Tacos. They also offer smoothies, juices and coffees.

BridgeSpan 14 is a must visit restaurant when you are in Panama City Beach, Florida.

Notes:
Their menu is on their facebook page so you can check it out before visiting.
Bridgespan 14 is located in the Carillon Beach neighborhood. You will want to make plans to stroll through their streets and along their beaches. It is beautiful!
Camp Helen State Park is right up the road. It is beautiful and has a rich history so make sure to stop by!

Disclosure: This review is my own and based on a complimentary stay, meals and activities in Panama City Beach, Florida courtesy of Panama City Beach CVB .
 
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October 10 2014
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Camp Helen State Park | kids travel, kids activities
Camp Helen State Park
23937 Panama City Beach Pkwy.,
Panama City Beach,
Florida 32413
"An Ecological Gem"
Camp Helen State Park in Panama City Beach, Florida is a park rich in history and fame. It was originally a summer home for the Hicks family before it became a vacation getaway for the employees of Avondale Textile Mills and now the state park that we can all enjoy today. The majestic oaks throughout the park provide a great source of shade so you can comfortably view the historical buildings and trails on the property. However, before you and your family begin exploring outside you should take a look at the displays available to you inside the visitor's center.

The Camp Helen Visitors center will provide you and your family with a wealth of information regarding the park and it’s inhabitants. If you visit on the first Saturday of the month at 10am you will have the opportunity to learn more about the inhabitants and enjoy a guided history walk. Verify with the park ranger that the tour will take place as scheduled and be prepared to learn!

When visiting, you must take time to visit the beach. As you walk along the shore you will notice the remains of a pier that was built in the early 1900’s. If you are a country music fan you may recognize the pier from Luke Bryan’s Roller Coaster music video. It is breathtaking and the perfect spot for a selfie or two.

Be sure to explore the park’s website before visiting as it contains quite a bit of information. You can download the bird, animal and plant lists along with the park’s brochure. They will also provide you with a fantastic historical summary of the area.

Pack a lunch and plan to spend an hour or two exploring this historical gem!

Note:
You will want to wear your flip flops or no shoes at all when on the beach.
You can swim at the beach so plan accordingly.
Wear insect repellent.
You may fish in designated areas.
Bring $4 cash to pay for parking. They use the honor system.
If you are looking for a place to eat you should try BridgeSpan 14 right up the road.
Have fun!

Disclosure: This review is my own and based on a complimentary stay, meals and activities in Panama City Beach, Florida courtesy of Panama City Beach CVB .
 
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October 10 2014
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Dolphin & Snorkel Tours with Captain Lorraine | kids travel, kids activities
Dolphin & Snorkel Tours with Captain Lorraine
3824 Hatteras Lane,
Panama City Beach,
Florida 32408
"Get Up Close and Personal with Marine Wildlife"
Are you and your family looking to have an exciting and educational adventure on the emerald green waters of Panama City Beach, Florida? Then you must call Captain Lorraine of Dolphin & Snorkel Tours. She is extremely knowledgeable about the emerald coast and about the wildlife that calls this coast their home. She will personalize your tour to fit your family’s needs and educational desires.

My tour with Captain Lorraine was fabulous! We toured around St. Andrews Island. We saw quite a few birds and a huge nest (osprey I believe). We stopped to say hello to the gentleman selling bait on Captain Charlie’s Live Bait Barge. Then as we were driving to Shell Island we saw a stingray jump right out of the water. This was a first for me and it was breath taking!

As we drove to Shell Island Captain Lorraine educated us on the inlet, jetties and the brown pelicans who like to hang out on the jetty. Next, she threw down the anchor so that we could explore the island. Oh, it was beautiful! The sugary white sand dunes against the bright green and deep blue hues of the sea let you know that you were in paradise. Since Shell Island must be accessed by boat we practically had the island to ourselves and so will you. You and your family will have so much fun exploring this gorgeous beach. So many birds have made their home on the island. In fact, there were areas blocked off for the birds nests. That’s right the birds, not manatees, the birds. There are numerous sea shells to sift through and quite a few sand dollars to be found. If you look closely while walking on the Gulf side of the island you will see little hermit crabs skittering about. The experience will take your breath away!

On our way back we spotted a pod of dolphins playing in the water. There were quite a few of them splashing around, playing in the waves. Captain Lorraine talked about the dolphins and let us just sit on the boat and observe the beauty around us.

I highly recommend Captain Lorraine's tours. She is very relaxed yet extremely attentive to her clients needs. You and your children will really enjoy your time on the water while learning about the marine life of Panama City Beach.

Notes:
Captain Lorraine’s boat seats a maximum of 6 people.
All ages are welcome.
You may bring snacks and such.
Masks, snorkels and life vests are provided.
The kids should bring binoculars if you have them.
Bring towels and wear sunscreen.
Take dramamine or the like if you get sea sick.
If you will be staying overnight I recommend Reflections at Bay Point.


Disclosure: This review is my own and based on a complimentary stay, meals and activities in Panama City Beach, Florida courtesy of Panama City Beach CVB .
 
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October 10 2014
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Liza's Kitchen Restaurant - Cafe & Catering | kids travel, kids activities
Liza's Kitchen Restaurant - Cafe & Catering
7328 Thomas Dr # L,
Panama City,
Florida 32408
"Fresh, Fun and Homemade"
Liza’s Kitchen in Panama City Beach, Florida is the perfect place to enjoy a fresh, satisfying breakfast before hitting the beach.

As you walk through the doors of Liza’s Kitchen you will quickly realize that this is not a typical cafe. The decor is fun and cheeky and the weekend brunch menu is varied offering items such as the breakfast burrito, hippie hash, the croque monsieur and more. Liza’s Kitchen prides themselves in using the freshest ingredients and not cutting corners. I must say no corners were cut when they made my croque monsieur. The serving was huge and extremely filling. It was made to order and very fresh. My croque monsieur went very well with my creamy cafe mocha. I enjoyed my meal outside under one of the covered tables and the wait staff made sure to visit and ensure everything was to my liking. I was very impressed with how attentive they were with their guests.

Liza’s Kitchen kitchen offers a fabulous menu for weekend brunch and for lunch. A few of their lunch items include turkey brie, pesto chicken panini and the hummus panini. They also offer a kid’s menu. For brunch the kiddos 8 and under can enjoy two scrambled eggs with toast, french toast with fruit or a jelly biscuit. The kid’s lunch items include the following sandwiches with a choice of side: grilled cheese, pb&j, ham and cheese and turkey and cheese. All priced at $4.50 and under.

So, as you can see Liza’s has something everyone in the family can enjoy. Including those with food restrictions. Relax and enjoy the fun, beachy vibe and delicious food that Liza’s Kitchen has to offer!

Disclosure: This review is my own and based on a complimentary stay, meals and activities in Panama City Beach, Florida courtesy of Panama City Beach CVB .
 
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