My Summer Bucket List

With the official start of Summer here, it truly is one of my most anticipated times of the year. Now that school is almost over and the Beach season is here, it’s time to start thinking about how we will spend the most precious of days. One of the things high on my list this year is spending more time at the beaches.  I love the beaches here in Florida for many reasons, the sand is so beautiful and white,  the water is warm and the shells are plentiful. Yes we are avid shell collectors, and on both coasts of Florida, there are plenty of shells. Next on my list is some POOL TIME. This is another thing we always say we will get to but, not nearly enough. I guess the running around and the sheer laziness of summer sometimes gets in the way of that. Also high on the list is sleeping in, ignoring that alarm or not setting it at all is also an option.

I also have theme parks on my list too but, as you may know it can get quite hot in the summer walking around and waiting on lines so I also have some water parks in mind too.  But, one special new attractions is the Harry Potter, Diagon Alley opening this summer at Universal. I also heard about the a new ride at Wet and Wild – The Aqua Drag Racer that sounds amazing and we are big fans of the water rides. And we cannot forget the new ride at Magic Kingdom that sounds amazing, everyone who had ridden it says it’s their new fave, The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. I plan on riding this one over and over.

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I think because of the hectic school life season, my little to no time schedule may finally give way to that summer time slow down and more me time. Enjoy!

Here are some of the places on my 2014 SUMMER BUCKET LIST and in particular order.

  1. St. Pete Beach – Florida
  2. Captiva Island, Florida
  3. St Augustine, Florida
  4. Walt Disney World
  5. Universal Orlando
  6. Cocoa Beach, Florida
  7. Wet and Wild, Orlando
  8. Typhoon Lagoon
  9. Space Coast, Florida
  10. Reading
  11. Movies
  12. Ice cream
  13. Walking
  14. Making Beer
  15. Volunteer

 

Thanks and Have a great Summer =)

A Weekend Getaway at St. Pete Beach – For Mother’s Day

Why not take mom to one of the most beautiful places in Florida at St. Pete Beach. At the top of the list for all moms is pampering and this place will treat her right. Not only is it on a barrier island on the Gulf of Mexico but, it also a historic landmark.

The Loews Don CeSar Hotel (appropriately nicknamed Florida’s “Pink Palace” for its flamingo hue) is the perfect blend of roaring 20’s romance and modern-day elegance.  This is a place, I would love to stay in for my special weekend with it’s Junior Grand Suites, and private balconies that face the Gulf.

And to treat mom to a great meal take her to  Maritana Grille and Lobby Bar.  Specialties include cocktails, fresh seafood and organic veggies and try to get a table near the giant saltwater tank, where the beautiful but deadly lion fish swim. For dessert, try the ice cream (it’s homemade), but the more adventurous can try the Key Lime Bavarian Reveal, a unique dessert with a delicate white chocolate dome that melts away when the waiter pours hot raspberry sauce over it to reveal the treat inside.

What makes the The Don so special is it faces one of the best beaches. Great views, white sand and daybeds all make it special. There’s also one of two Gulf-front pool, where the Pool Concierge team makes the rounds all day with offering from Evian-water mists to frozen fruit kabobs. Oh Yeah to all that, I love the Evian Mist, I remember that from the U.S. Open. There are also kayak and jet-ski rentals onsite, if you wanted to take in the hotel from a different vantage point.

And lastly, renew yourself with the hotel’s 11,000 sf Spa Oceana’s  a three-hour Honeymooners package is a favorite of the Don’s.  The itinerary will spoil you with its hydrating bath, full-body exfoliation, massages and facials. End your spa experience with lunch on the private rooftop garden overlooking the sparkling Gulf.

I had seen this place so many times on the news, it gets featured a lot and seems so beautiful. A definite must visit.

 

Thanks and Happy Mother’s Day !

 

Happening around Tampa – Lowry Park Zoo

 For a limited-time the Sea Lion Splash, exhibit at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo.  This fun filled family attraction features a colony of coastal sea lions along with daily shows. While the sea lions dazzle audiences, guests will learn about the variety of life along the coasts of Mexico, Central and South America, and conserving natural habitats for these charismatic creatures. In the splash zone, there’s lots of fun with inflatables for kids (bounce house and slide), giant sandbox, specialty gift shop, and pool party-inspired food and drink.

Admission to Sea Lion Splash is $2 per person in addition to Zoo general admission. Find information at www.LowryParkZoo.com/SeaLions and follow the Zoo on Facebook

Sounds like a lot of fun if your in or around the Tampa area.