Next stop? Pittsburgh!
Our first stop for Spring Break 2017 was Atlantic City, if you missed the blog post click here.
Next stop? Pittsburgh!
We arrived in Pittsburgh just in time for dinner. There is a restaurant that used to be in Cleveland but now the closet location is in Steeler city. They serve some of the best crab legs in the area and Bessemer Court has a location with a scenic view.
After dinner comes dessert! Although Joe's Crab Shack makes a mean seafood steam pot, they didn't have a tempting sweet treat on the menu for me, so we headed to another venue. When we arrived there was no question about which goodie would be devoured.
Vacation time! First Destination?
Almost every summer, my husband I take a trip to Las Vegas to enjoy some time alone in one of the world's best known adult playground. The sun is always shining when we arrive and almost everyone is in a good mood. This year we decided to visit a similar vacation spot, in addition to our annual trip, for spring break. Neither of us had been to Atlantic City before and the commute is much shorter so we gave it a go.
We decided to drive there for a few reasons.
The weather was cool and although the famous boardwalk was open, it wasn't nearly as active as I imagine it would when the weather is warmer. Regardless, natives and visitors alike did stroll the boardwalk and explored the beach when the sun was out. The ocean view was so calming and peaceful!
Our hotel accommodations were equally relaxing and complimentary (my favorite part). We had a city view suite and the bed & bath were so enticing that we almost stayed in the room the whole time. Almost ;)
Of course we left to explore our hotel, add a few others while we played games on the casino floors. We ate and drank well and for FREE (again my favorite part).
Casinos in Atlantic City permit smoking indoors, which was a change for us but we were on our way to our next destination by the time my throat began to become really irritated.
Check out Spring Break 2017 Part II to see where we went next....
This summer my family and I spent eight days in Orlando/Kissimmee, Florida on vacation. It was super hot but super fun and we enjoyed our time together and had an adventure almost everyday. We booked our time share reservation in the off peak season to save money that we used for food and activities. There are tons of FREE things to do and there is of course Disney home of The Mouse :)
I documented most of our favorite moments and have selected a few to share with you guys.
* This was the week before the unfortunate Disney event and the funny thing is, while we rode the Disney Monorail I saw an alligator pop up in the water a when I looked to the sidewalk nearby I saw no gate or fence. Once we were home and heard about Gatorgate, I instantly remembered my observation. Our prayers go out to the family.
Departure & Day 1
We got a feel for all of the options available to us at our time share on the first day. The property offered a game room, dive in movie pool parties, face painting, swimming and so much more. Any time we wanted to have some family fun and didn't want to travel we could stay on the property. They offered complimentary shuttle service to restaurants, Disney World, and even the grocery store. We full took advantage of this service almost daily.
Our first night in Florida, we visited an Italian eatery, within walking distance that offered us a filling and flavorful meal. We enjoyed fresh made bread, mussels, garlic knots, and a delicious pizza that easily fed us all for less than $20 dollars. The portion sizes were generous and the taste was excellent.
We took advantage of the pools, face painting and took a walking tour on the Parkway International after sleeping in. We learned about some cool places in Kissimmee that we could reach using the complimentary shuttle service and planned on visiting the next day.
Day 3 and Beyond!
I just love the shopping in Chicago! North Michigan Avenue AKA The Magnificent Mile is the place to be to catch deals on every luxury, high end designer you can think of. I had such a great time and grabbed such good content I've decided to share this vacation in three parts, starting here with travel. Take a peek at part one here and leave your comments below.
TRANSPORTATION: We took a road trip to take advantage of the low fuel cost we experienced as a nation during the holidaze and were able to travel for far less money than airfare for three to The Windy City. From Cleveland it was a 3 tank trip there and pack.
ACCOMODATIONS: We stayed in a suite off North Michigan Avenue that was complete with everything you need to have a real vacation even if you never left the room. We enjoyed a full kitchen, complimentary breakfast, alcohol, dinner and more each night plus we had grocery shopping, laundry and housekeeping staff on call as needed. We were less than 1/4 mile from Michigan Avenue and had lunch delivered Christmas Eve. Perfect accommodations for this area and very family friendly, four legged family too!!!
ATTRACTIONS: The city is filled with so many historical sites yet has changed since I was last there. There is no more Harpo Studios, Orpah moved on as she should have. LaPerla moved lol! We did see lots of other cool sites and took tons of pictures at every turn, Michael Jordan's Steakhouse, The Chicago Tribune, Trump International, luxe shops and more.
Summer 2015 was awesome for relaxing and reaping the hard earn benefits of working tirelessly year long!!! This year I was able to spend time in Riviera Maya, MEX and I loved each and every moment.
We stayed at an all inclusive resort under the Iberostar brand and no amenity was overlooked. We had a personal butler, personal concierge, and pillow service which included over 10 headrest options. We were welcomed from the airport and shuttled directly to our resort in a private car which contained complimentary water and beer.
Once we arrived we were introduced to our staff, offered a cocktail of our choice and escorted to our suite. The room which included a view of one of the outdoor pools was stocked with cookies, Pringles, peanuts, liquor, juice, water and a bottle of champagne. Once we settle in we were urged to make our dinner reservation for the week at one of the many restaurants that featured international cuisine. Mexican, French, Italian, American and more were listed as options.
There were also spa services available as well, we took advantage of a couples massage after an hour long dip in the indoor tranquility pool. Beach activities were also available...we tried our hand at rifle shooting, archery, hover boarding and more.
This specific venue was for adults only but there were 5 other resorts on our property where families were accommodated and we even check out a performance show at one of them our last night there to see what we were missing. Our stay was heaven sent and I've included a few images below. The price for airfare and luxury accommodations was well worth it...we came home with a suitcase of complimentary liquor and champagne including Moet!
Follow us on adventures as we globe trot!