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November 06 2015
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2900 Bayport Dr ,
"Lovely views on the water with amazing food!"
Food is Grand in Tampa at Oystercatchers
Elegant Family Dining in Tampa
Are you looking for the dinner with a view? Tampa Bay is full of many places to dine with the entire family that will be an experience you will never forget!
I love to dine at places that my kids will remember and Oystercatchers at the Grand Hyatt in Tampa is one of these places. But you might opt to leave the kids with a sitter and have an amazing night out.
This is an upscale dining experience but has dishes your kids will love, however it's the perfect place for a romantic dinner for two or a girls night out.
Located right on Tampa Bay's intercostal waters, the views are stunning and relaxing, showcasing the beauty that is Tampa. Locals frequent here for lunch, dinners and it has an amazing brunch reputation.
The Grand Hyatt Casitas are located right next door and there is a place to walk on the beach and cozy up to a camp fire with your toes in the sand.
Fresh seafood, fresh vegetables and fresh items will have you enjoying anything you order on the menu. Items in season are my favorite to order. Stone crab claws with a delicious mustard sauce or lobster risotto will be among your favorites. A delicious antipasto plate will satisfy everyone as you sit down to begin. Ask for a table by the water or opt to sit outside and listen to the calming waves. It's as close to dinner on the beach in a most romantic setting.
Oystercatchers has a sister restaurant on the 14th floor of the main Grand Hyatt Tampa, Armani's. Another restaurant that you'll want to visit if your in town too.
These places are fabulous options if you have guests coming in town because the food will always be amazing and the views, spectacular.
Definitely one of my favorite places to dine in Tampa Bay. I do like to take my kids at off hours because we like to try new places but that's just us!
Travel and dining was complimentary thanks to Oystercatchers and The Grand Hyatt Tampa as a guest on behalf of Trekaroo. All opinions are my own.
October 19 2015
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Ponte Vedra Inn & Club
200 Ponte Vedra Blvd,
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
"Hidden Beach + Paradise in Florida Found"
The Ponte Vedra Inn & Club sits on Florida's Historic Coast in the northern part of the state, just north of St. Augustine. This jewel on the northest shore of Florida is where families should be flocking to relax, soak up the sun and enjoy the good life.
The resort has been a regional landmark since opening in 1928. With the Atlantic Ocean as dramatic backdrop, the resort features 250 rooms and suites, the surf, beach, pools, two golf courses, 15 tennis courts, fitness center, a luxury spa, dining and shopping.
Traveling with kids to a beach property means that the kids want to hit the beach first thing in the morning. The suites of this resort are all primarily ocean view suites, that open up to the most beautiful sunrise over the Atlantic ocean. Enjoy your morning walking on the beach or on your patio while you watch over the kids playing in the sand. Pure relaxation for everyone.
This resort is also perfect for that active family who wants to do more than just lounge (which is also very much available as well.) Choose from oceanside golf (and Ponte Vedra is know as one of the golf capital's on the east coast), tennis, surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, bicycling, a state-of-the art fitness center and an amazing kids club with engaging activities and programs, you'll find much more to do here than just sit on a beach.
And if you do desire to just sit on the beach, you'll LOVE the feel of having an almost private beach to do just that. Have the kids hunt for sharks teeth and shells, or bring out the boogie boards to enjoy the waves of the Atlantic. Umbrellas and chairs available for all guests and are placed all along the beach houses in the most perfect row. The only thing missing is you.
The rooms were extremely spacious. I loved having the space in the room and also on the patio. If you are traveling with kids, choose an first floor room that literally walks out on the beach. The Ocean House would be my first choice for a suite because of the proximity to the pool with the kids slide and the Surf Club. So many types of rooms are available, suites, oceanfront suites, deluxe oceanfront suites. Choose the room style that best fits your family. Kitchenettes are available, but inquire before you book. There is a grocery store about 5 miles away and most rooms do come with a wet bar and a fridge.
For breakfast, walk down the the Inn Dining Room and enjoy a most perfect buffet breakfast. Omelet station, pancakes, cereal and more, you'll be most satisfied with your morning dining option before heading out to enjoy the rest of your day. Of course, the Gourmet Shop, or coffee shop, also has muffins and Starbucks coffee if you want to grab and go too.
Lunch on the Surf Club Patio is where I would visit in my swimsuit with kids in tow. Enjoy a delicious and fresh lunch while soaking up the sun and enjoying the breeze.
For dinner, you'll want to dine at the Seahorse Grill at least one of the nights you stay. The fish is fresh and the food is amazing. Bring the kids. Enjoy a wonderful evening while on vacation. Or visit on Sunday for brunch when brunch is half price for kids (4-10) or free for kids 4 and under.
The seaside village of Ponte Vedra beach is only 20 minutes south of Jacksonville and 30 minutes north of St.Augustine. Take a day trip into "the city" and explore, but come back to the most relaxing resort you've ever visited. The feel and ambiance of the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club will have you wanting to return as soon as you've left. Pure paradise hidden in the northeast corner. Shhhhh...Don't tell too many people you've found paradise or it won't stay hidden for long.
October 12 2015
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4342 West Boy Scout Blvd.,
"Upscale Hawaiian Dining Experience"
If you are wanting an amazing meal, with or without kids, Roy's Restaurant will be the place to dine. With only a limited number of restaurants in the US and the original location in Hawaii. This is definitely an upscale dining experience, but when we travel, we love to visit new places that aren't always "chicken fingers and hamburgers." Our kids love to try new flavors and this is definitely the place to visit for that!
We loved the filet and lobster pairing (available for a limited time only) and it was perfect for sharing too! Many sides to choose from too like the Truffled Bacon Mac & Cheese. If your kids are foodies like ours, they will love most everything on the menu. We really loved the way the chefs are able to help cook a meal to your liking (without sauce, steamed, etc) and this worked out perfectly when we ordered for our kids.
As I did mention, this is more of an upscale dining experience, so we did visit at 5pm, before their heavier rush of guests. Located immediately across from International Plaza by the airport, Roy's would be a perfect place to dine for a special occasion, a much needed night out or while on vacation with the family. Enjoy your dinner at Roy's! I am sure you will!
September 23 2015
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One LEGOLAND Way,
" Living up to the 5 gazillion star theme park! "
We had THE best time at LEGOLAND Florida! I brougt my girls ages 10,6 and 3 and all they could talk about for the next month was how much fun they had! All the rides were just perfect and there was always something to do, build or experience. We LOVED the new Heartlake City land! The Mia's Riding ride was a little intimidating for my 6 year old, but we played in the Duplo Tot Spots located all throughout the park, while we were waiting for my older kids to finish their ride. We never waited for longer than 15 minutes.
Make sure to bring a stroller, even for the 6-7 year olds as it is a 150-acre park which means a TON of walking.
Spend the extra $15 to visit the Water Park, located at the pack of the park. It will help cool down the kids and give you a break during the day.
We are Florida residents and took advantage of the Awesome Pass, which is only $99 to both parks. With no blackout dates, we will be coming back for holiday events.
Such a well thought out park for entire families wanting an experience together. There is something for everyone!
June 14 2015
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Annie the Musical
Straz Center for the Performing Arts,
1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place,
"Musicals for Children at the Straz Center are AWESOME!"
The Staz Center is the premier place in Tampa to see Broadway Shows as well as local theater in the Tampa Bay area. They have a Wee Folk series that opens up children to theatre and is geared towards children ages 2-6. Many of the Broadway musicals that are brought to Tampa for that years season are wonderful for children to see. Annie the Musical might not be playing when you visit, but check into see what Broadway shows will be playing. Many places to have dinner on Franklin Street, just a few blocks over.