As most of you know, Preston and I spent last week on vacation in Florida. We spent seven glorious days enjoying time in Cocoa Beach, at a Phillies Spring Training Game, and at Disney World.
Our trip actually started Friday evening with a late evening drive down to Richmond. We got an incredible deal on a direct flight from Richmond to Orlando which saved us several hundred dollars per person. We spent Friday night in a Richmond hotel since our flight was at 6:45 a.m. on Saturday.
After flying down to Orlando Saturday morning and picking up our rental car we headed to Animal Kingdom for a couple of hours. It was a great way to kick off vacation, especially since it was a cooler day (the high only reached the mid-60s), and we weren’t too interested in spending a cold day at the beach. In addition to riding some of our favorite Animal Kingdom rides (Expedition Everest, Kilimanjaro Safaris, and Dinosaur), we also saw one of my favorite shows at Disney, Festival of the Lion King.
Mid afternoon we left Animal Kingdom and drove to Cocoa Beach, where we enjoyed happy hour at our hotel’s tiki bar followed by dinner at Fat Kahuna’s (I had some delicious tuna tacos for dinner), and some beer tasting at the Cocoa Beach Brewing Company.
On Sunday we went for a morning run, which wound up being the only time during our vacation that either of us worked out. I had intended to work out more than I did, but it just didn’t happen. After our run we went to a local church for Palm Sunday service, and then headed to Jazzy’s Mainely Lobster for lunch. Just take a look at the size of my clam strips – so large, juicy, and delicious! After lunch we spent the afternoon lounging around our hotel pool before we headed into Historic Cocoa Village for dinner at Sublime Restaurant and Sangria Lounge, where Preston and I both enjoyed a sangria flight with our dinner. We could have easily shared one flight instead of each ordering one.
Monday was my birthday, and it also happened to be our nicest day at the beach. Maybe it was God’s birthday present to me?!? We woke up early enough to walk out to the beach to see an absolutely gorgeous sunrise. We then spent the rest of the day sitting poolside and walking on the beach, which was the perfect low key way to spend my birthday. For dinner, we headed to a local thai/sushi restaurant.
Early Tuesday morning, we checked out of our Cocoa Beach hotel and drove back to Disney World. Since there’s lots of gorgeous pictures from Epcot Flower and Garden Festival that I want to share with all of you, I’ll save the second half of our trip for another post.
QOTD: What is your ideal way to spend your birthday?