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Hometown:
Tampa, Florida, United States

About Me & My Family
I'm a mother
4 Kids 0-8 years old boys and girls

My name is Marisa Langford. We are a big family that loves to explore! We have 4 kids and are always on the hunt for our next adventure! My kids are so eager to try new things, see new places and I love to share what I have learned with others. Having 4 kids makes me think about so many details before, during and after our travels. I am a seasoned traveler and hope that my travel genes get passed along to my children!
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, curious, relaxed, simple, energetic, spontaneous, easy_going, social_butterfly
We Just Got Back From
New York City
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Anywhere on the beach in Florida
A Place We'd Love To Visit
Hawaii
Favorite Vacation Memory
We traveled to Rosemary Beach with our ENTIRE family! It was relaxing, fun, beautiful and it was because we made the most of being together. I think that making the most of being where you are with good people make for the best memories!
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
We were headed to Disney with our kids and it was a first time for one of the little ones. She was so excited to see Mickey that she jumped up in excitement yelled and Mickey came over to say "hi". I went to snap the picture and my camera died. I had the same picture with everyone else and I missed it. I have it in memory, but learned my lesson about extra batteries!
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September 16 2014
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EAU Palm Beach Resort and Spa
100 S. Ocean Blvd,
Palm Beach, Florida
""EAU" So Sweet! "

Drive south on I-95 and you will run into the most beautiful strip on the Atlantic Ocean that is miles away from mainstream. On Ocean Drive, tucked away in the small quiet town of Manalapan, in the heart of Palm Beach County, sits one of the most beautiful beach resorts on the East Coast of Florida. Welcomed with champagne (and the kids with lemonade) and the gorgeous ocean views from the moment we arrived, I just knew our stay here would be “eau so sweet.” And with 4 kids in tow, I couldn’t wait to truly relax!

Situated in between private beaches, blue sky and blue waters surround the EAU Resort and Spa. This is a place where you go to escape it all, forget your worries and relax for a few days or maybe a week. Peaceful and tranquil can only begin to describe our stay. We relaxed by the pool and enjoyed the ocean on their private beach. As luxurious as the French music that softly plays by the pool, your stay here will only rejuvenate you as well as your family. Every family needs to escape. This is the perfect place to do just that.

The Eau Resort and Spa welcomes families with open arms. They had the perfect balance of amenities that allows families to focus on family time together. The beautiful family pool sits right on the ocean and it is VERY easy to hop from pool to ocean without a big fuss. There is also one infinity pool just for adults that is really cool. We did try it out at night without anyone else around because my kids were obsessed with “swimming in the stars” as these little lights at the bottom of the pool looked like stars! The AquaNuts Kids Club is available for kids ages 5-12 and there is also a COAST Club for kids 13-17 to hang out as well! Plenty of places to run and play and with private beach very accessible right from the pool, kids will have no problem being entertained. I love hotels that sit right on the water because we are able to enjoy the comforts of the hotel pool as we play on the beach. Poolside dining at Breeze was perfect so we didn’t have to miss a minute of playtime. Order a MoTito and you’ll be excited you did! With four on premise restaurants serving you day and night, you not wanting to leave the resort.

The sunrise was stunning from everywhere. And Temple Orange for breakfast was perfect. During the summer, kids eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée. Their a la carte breakfast buffet was the perfect way to satisfy 4 hungry (and picky) eaters.

Rooms are extremely spacious and have beautiful views of either the pools or the ocean. Insider Tip: There are rooms on the first floor (Lanai Suites) that have open patios that open either to a courtyard or to one of the two pools. For convenience, I would recommend requesting one of these rooms as traveling up and down elevators with strollers and pool toys is somewhat cumbersome. It also would have made forgetting you goggles in the room a much quicker trip!

Rooms have a large bathroom (could be used to set up a pack n' play if traveling with multiple children- which we did) and come with a tub and a separate stand up shower. DVD player, Kruig coffee maker and fridge come with every room. (THANK YOU!!) Adjoining rooms can be requested, which makes traveling with larger families much easier. If you have a need for a crib, ask and you shall receive. Complete with a musical mobile plus baby toiletries, and a baby proofing kit if needed. We had two rooms and PLENTY of space! The luxury of a private balcony to sit and listen to the ocean waves roll in at night was pure heaven!

Amenities for guests include a full business center, resort wide Wi-Fi and complimentary coffee in the lobby each morning is available. If you are so lucky to visit the EAU Spa, you will not be disappointed with this magical wonderland of luxurious relaxation that I did not know existed. Trust me, you will not be disappointed! A live DJ and music on Saturday nights had our kids dancing until bedtime (just in time for the older crowd to start venturing in) and their ocean side fire pits were a perfect way to end the night.

We had a most relaxing vacation with four kids. Because the resort is located in a quiet area of town, we felt no pressure to have to leave the resort and “go see things.” This resort allows you to slow down and enjoy what you have in front of you- paradise. Our entire stay from beginning to end was “eau so sweet” and we will definitely be back!

Insider Tip: If you are looking for additional delicious restaurants for breakfast, lunch or dinner, visit the shipping plaza across the street. (Literally, across the street.) There are also stores for shopping and a popular local ice cream shop too.
 
 
July 03 2014
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North Straub Park
400 Bayshore Dr. NE. St. Petersburg, Florida 33701,
Tampa,
Florida 33701
"Jewel in downtown St.Petersburg"
North Straub Park is located in downtown St.Petersburg and is where many downtown happenings take place from Santafest to runs and more. This park borders along the water and has a bike path too. A beautiful park to explore while exploring the city! Located right next to the Museum of FIne Art and the Pier, you'll find shops, restaurants and more here.
 
 
June 28 2014
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Edge Restaurant Miami
1435 Brickell Avenue,
Miami,
Florida
"Best steakhouse for kids and families in Miami."
We also were able to get reservations at Edge Miami, the on site restaurant at the Four Season Miami. I had looked on line to find out what kind of cuisine was served at Edge. I immediately stumbled upon their "farm to table" program and was so impressed by what they were doing with their garden and more! My family enjoyed eating at Edge. The food was fabulous and my kids enjoyed their meals as much as we did. No children's meals, but they have real food, which I find refreshing. We had our children share a few entrees and ordered a few sides in which we all shared, family style. The steaks were among the best I have ever eaten and their ribs were to die for! Our kids ate EVERYTHING! And I love eating at resturants where we are able to sit outside. If you are in FL, why not enjoy a patio dinner. I highly recommend dining with the family here (or just with the adults) if you are in Miami. (P.S. They also have a Chef’s garden is located on the pool terrace. Various ingredients are grown in this garden that are used in their "Farm to Table" program. Very cool!)
 
 
June 28 2014
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Lincoln Road Mall
Located between West Avenue and Washington Avenue,
Miami Beach,
Florida
"Best people watching in Miami!"
Located between West Avenue and Washington Avenue, Lincoln Road Mall is THE place to eat, shop and be scene. This outdoor pedestrian promenade has fashionable shopping, unique restaurants, art galleries and theaters to keep everyone entertained for an afternoon. Indoor and outdoor seating is available at most places, but you'll definitely want to eat outside and people watch. We loved eating at Serendipity (yes, like the one in NYC). This is also a hot spot at night where stores and people come out late and stay later.
 
 
June 28 2014
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Miami Trolley
Miami,
Miami,
Florida
"Easy way to get around the city"
Hop on the trolley to sight see so you can avoid renting a car in Downtown Miami. Even track the trolly via their web tracker. The kids will enjoy the ride just as much as the end destination. The trolley travels through 6 neighborhoods with many stops along the way.