So! It was my birthday yesterday! (Yes I'm old, moving swiftly on).
For maybe the best birthday present I've ever been given, we snuck away for a little weekend break "up North".
Ha! By "up North" I mean Key Largo, 2 hours away.
I do love a road trip as I think you know. Heck who doesn't? (Seriously though, is there someone out there who doesn't like a road trip?? Please leave a comment if this is you!). Funny though, the weather was not what I expected of a drive through the Florida Keys. Overcast, cold and WINDY, it got cooler and cooler as we drove towards our destination of the Key Largo Bay Marriott Resort and Hotel.
A little stop off, along the way, at Tonio's for a spot of lunch. It was positively blustery but a perfect little dive place, just like I like 'em!
We arrived and checked in and we were delighted with our room. It was big!
But cold. The weather was cold....
As demonstrated by me wearing of long trousers in this photo (taken on the way home from dinner)
We had an early enough night (yes, I/we're old. Moving swiftly on).
Happy to report that we woke up to sunshine the next morning!
After a light breakfast I headed to the beach. Seriously cute little beach with the sunbeds lined right up to literally the shoreline which was very nice - nothing like hearing the waves lapping as you sunbathe.
I started my Meg Cabot (author signed!) book which was an entertaining little read. The gist of my weekend, it has to be said, was either beach or pool and fantastic it was too.
Lunch was sushi!
On the way back from lunch I stopped off at a yard sale/consignment sale/storage unit sale....where a woman admired my dress ("Is it a Lilly? [Pulitzer]") and gave me a pair of sunglasses for free ("They go with your dress"). How nice was that?!
And then dinner! Wow. We ate early so that we would catch the sun setting while eating. What a view!!! Great food too. Would it be weird if I described it as an (all encompassing) experience? Ooh not forgetting the wine also! Malbec ;)
After dinner we decided to do something we never do and have some cocktails. They weren't the fanciest (e.g. craft) cocktails, I guess they were just "resort" type cocktails, but they were pretty good. And as I said, it's something we never do, so just getting them in themselves was fun.
After another light breakfast (coffee and bagel & cream cheese mmm) I headed down to the beach and pool for a last few hours of relaxing before getting on the road home.
For something fun and NEW we stopped off for some bridge fishing on the way home! I can't lie, it was not the best fishing. We have a lot to learn about what bait, hook, lures etc to use...but sure it was a start! You have to start somewhere eh!
And home! Where I realized that I had left my bike at work and it was needed for the next day. So I headed downtown - where I caught the Veteran's Parade and bumped into friends Dawn and Gwen. It's a small island lol, you can't go anywhere without bumping into someone.
Finally we finished a lovely (perfect even??) weekend with dinner in our favourite place ever Half Shell Raw Bar.
Already we are talking that a weekend away in the Key Largo Bay resort may turn into a yearly event. Get's a big thumbs up from me!