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About Me & My Family

We're a globe trekking, fun-loving, bilingual family always planning our next adventure. From art museums to alpine skiing, we're ready for anything. We are USTA rated tennis players, professional artists and musicians, golfers, swimmers, skiiers, sailors, engineers, and more!
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, curious, relaxed, simple, independent, energetic, spontaneous, sophisticated, easy_going, scheduled, artsy, social_butterfly
We Just Got Back From
The Longboat Key Club which is located on the beach overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Paradise!
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Wherever we go next! Thanks to Trekaroo, I always have a great group of reviews to help me plan a fantastic vacation!
A Place We'd Love To Visit
During the winter, anywhere with snow and easy airport access. Golfing, tennis, spa, ski, and culinary resorts are ideal!
Favorite Vacation Memory
One of my favorite vacation memories was the first time my daughter saw snow at the Park City Mountain Resort in Utah. She's still talking about ski school years later! The Innisbrook Golf Resort and Indaba Spa near Tampa Bay, Florida. What an amazing experience! A home exchange holiday in France.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
Dangerous weather conditions, unexpected airport and security delays.
Websites I Like:
snowmamas.com tbparenting.com visitflorida.com condenast.com

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September 15 2014
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O'Leary's Tiki Bar and Grill | kids travel, kids activities
O'Leary's Tiki Bar and Grill
5 Bayfront Drive,
Sarasota,
Florida
"Good food with amazing views"
Located along Sarasota Bay near downtown, O'Leary's is a casual, counter service restaurant. The salads and sandwiches are delicious and reasonably priced but the real draw is the amazing view of Sarasota Bay. There are plenty of seating options indoors and out under palm frond thatched huts. Usually, a musician is performing outside which adds to the ambiance. Adult beverages are also available for purchase.

Parking can be a challenge on busy weekends when the weather is fabulous. There is a splash pad and nicely shaded playground within walking distance. We watched as boaters docked, hopped off to get sandwiches, then headed back out on the bay. It's a family friendly place but be aware that dogs and smoking are allowed in some sections. If your kids are nervous around dogs, there are indoor seating options that still have great views of the bay.
 
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September 15 2014
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Island House Spa at Longboat Key Club & Resort | kids travel, kids activities
Island House Spa at Longboat Key Club & Resort
220 Sands Point Road,
Longboat Key,
Florida 34228
"Mother daughter spa treatments"
After reading about the kid-friendly treatments at the newly renovated Island House Spa at the Longboat Key Club & Resort, my eight year old daughter, my mother, and I booked appointments for manicures, pedicures, and massages. The spa is lovely!

After checking in, we relaxed in the lounge area while sipping on spa water and enjoyed delicious house made macaroons. The staff treated each of us like their most important clients. They listened to my daughter and easily accommodated our requests. We were given an aromatherapy profile and led to our treatment rooms. We chatted during our services and had a wonderful time being spoiled by the attentive staff. They even offered us champagne (orange juice for my daughter). The spa is super clean, relaxing, and fun. We had a wonderful time bonding over beauty treatments.

The variety of kid-friendly treatments is unique and fun. Each of us would highly recommend a visit to this spa. We're already planning a return trip!
 
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September 15 2014
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Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium | kids travel, kids activities
Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway,
Sarasota,
Florida
"Under the sea facts and fun"
No visit to Sarasota would be complete without exploring Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium. The Mote Marine Laboratory is a cutting edge marine research facility which has been working to understand marine life since 1955. The dedicated core of staff and volunteers are excellent guides. There are two separate buildings to explore so plan plenty of time to see everything.

The Mote Aquarium is a colorful collection of over 100 marine species including an impressive shark habitat and my favorite, the sea horse conservation lab. The kids enjoyed touching the sea stars in the touch pools as well as feeding the rays. The variety of marine life in the aquarium is inspiring. Each display is accompanied by descriptive placards which help visitors understand what they are seeing. The jellies were also fun to watch as they tumble through the water. The gift shop and café are also located in the main building.

Across the street, we got to see rescued marine animals up close. We learned about the two manatees and even got to see them eating lettuce! There are several sea turtles and the docents give educational presentations throughout the day. We learned how the scientists care for the animals and help them recover from injuries they received in the wild. For some, Mote is their temporary home as they are released as soon as they are rehabilitated while others call Mote home due to the extent of their injuries. There were two dolphin getting enrichment activities during our visit. We were able to see how the animal care specialists work with the dolphin to perform checkups and rehab exercises. It was inspiring to see the team of volunteers working alongside the staff to help these animals.

A temporary special exhibit featured "Survivors" of the marine and amphibian world. This amazing exhibit shows the special adaptations each animal has for living in their environments. It was captivating and colorful! The kids liked seeing the clownfish but I was amazed by the peacock mantis shrimp and its powerful punch used to capture prey.

Visiting Mote is a wonderful way to see marine life up close, learn a lot about the scientific efforts made on a daily basis, and have fun with the family. We're already planning a return visit for their special holiday programs!
 
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September 15 2014
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Kids Klub at the Longboat Key Club & Resort | kids travel, kids activities
Kids Klub at the Longboat Key Club & Resort
220 Sands Point Road,
Longboat Key,
Florida 34228
"Crafting and fun diversions"
My eight year old had an amazing time at the Kids Klub at the Longboat Key Club & Resort. The program counselors were energetic, engaging, creative, and fun. They filled their day with a variety of games, crafts, and storytelling. The small camper to counselor ratio ensures that each camper receives excellent interactions with staff. The cozy Kids Klub is located off of the main lobby and is full of colorful décor, clean games, and lots of arts and crafts supplies.

At drop off, a counselor warmly greeted the kids and gave them a tour of the room. The kids felt welcomed and appreciated. Before leaving for the day, the kids were invited to leave their handprint on the wall with their name. The kids loved it! They said that we'll have to stay at the resort again to visit the handprint.
 
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September 15 2014
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The Tavern and Whiskey Bar | kids travel, kids activities
The Tavern and Whiskey Bar
220 Sands Point Road,
Longboat Key,
Florida 34228
"Delicious farm fresh menu"
The Tavern and Whiskey Bar is well known in Sarasota for offering amazing seasonal dishes utilizing ingredients sourced from local farms and ranchers. The wait staff were attentive and knowledgeable which helped us choose a good combination of menu items. We ordered a variety of appetizers and entrees so we could sample some of the house favorites. Everything was so delicious! The fresh baked breads and locally made butter were the first sign that even the tiniest culinary details were being considered by the chef. The soups were amazing! Such a great balance of flavors and textures. The kids menu could use some culinary finesse as it offers up fairly standard fare (chicken fingers, pasta, mac and cheese, hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled cheese) although their dishes were house made with local ingredients, too.

The atmosphere is relaxed and dressy casual. The open floor plan includes a small bar area and dining room which are divided by a partial wall. There are TVs in the bar airing sporting events but the sound did not affect the dining area.

We would be happy to revisit The Tavern to try their ever changing seasonal menu. It's that good!

 
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