This morning, we got up early and had breakfast at one of our favorite spots. After our bellies were full of pancakes and the like, we headed out to Weaver Park, so we could check out a brand new playground I had just found out about. What a fun park! The entire playground was nature themed, with animal carvings in the “wood”, a giant anthill to climb, a tree fort with slides, an egg shaped chair, and more! The girls were excited to find a little library where you can take and leave books. Maggie took a book about dinosaurs, and I will be going through their books here at home so we can leave a donation next time we visit. The park had a nice restroom facility, two shelters, and a large fishing pier across the street that goes out over the intracoastal waterway. It was the perfect little Sunday adventure, and I hope to visit again once our weather is a bit cooler. Happy Fall!
I’ve just returned home from three days at the Sandpearl Resort on Clearwater Beach. We take a beach staycation every year around this time to celebrate the warmer weather, and my birthday. Yesterday, I turned thirty-six. I have spent the last few days eating gelato, drinking Blue Hawaiians, dining on seafood, swimming in the warm Gulf of Mexico, and not having a care in the world.
I have been very fortunate to have traveled quite a bit in my life, and I can easily put the Sandpearl Resort at the top of my favorite hotels ever list. This resort just takes care of you, and no detail goes unnoticed. The hotel itself is beautifully appointed, with large hotel rooms, super comfortable beds, the deepest bathtubs I’ve ever seen in a hotel, an awesome zero entry pool, and wonderful restaurants. You receive complimentary champagne upon check in, and the girls received buckets and shovels for the beach. At sunset, the resort comes alive with music, a fire pit to sit around, and they ring a bell when the sun goes down, which was one of Amelia’s favorite things. The hotel staff is very helpful and friendly, and you receive turn down service at night, complete with chocolates and bottled water left by your bedside. The Sandpearl has set the tone for you to feel pampered and relaxed. I arrived at the resort wound tight, and left feeling like a wet noodle. I am very lucky to live just 10 minutes from Clearwater Beach, but I have never experienced it like this. We will definitely be back, and may stop in just for a meal, or drinks and a sunset viewing in the very near future.
I love you, Sandpearl Resort.
If you go: We had two meals at the resort. The first was breakfast at Caretta on the Gulf. We had the breakfast buffet, and it was spectacular. We requested a table outside, and it was the perfect way to start our day. The buffet price is $21 per adult, including your beverages, and children 9 and under are free. This meal was well worth the price. The second meal we had at our resort was at Tate Island Grill. We sat outside and enjoyed the view of the beach from our table. I had the pulled pork nachos, and they were yummy.
Next door to the hotel is Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill and the Palm Pavilion. Both restaurants are favorite spots for locals, and have amazing food. Buffalo shrimp & she crab soup are two of my favorite dishes at Frenchy’s.
Now, let’s talk gelato. I had the best homemade gelato of my life at Gelato Bello, which is also located next door to the resort. Try the pistachio, it is heavenly. In the same plaza as the gelato is a small restaurant called Clear Sky Beachside Cafe. This is a great casual spot for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
*This is not a paid post. The opinions are 100 percent mine.
Florida winters really aren’t that bad, so my girls can get away with an outfit like this, even on a cold Florida day. When we woke up today, it was 58 degrees. We over slept this morning, so I decided to take some photos of the girls since we missed Amelia’s preschool start time, and were having a slower than usual morning.
Amelia’s shirt is from H & M, her stockings and skirt are from Target.
Maggie’s sweater is from Old Navy, her skirt and stockings are from Old Navy.
We took the girls for a surprise visit to The Florida Aquarium this morning. It was one last birthday surprise for Amelia. It is such a fun place to visit. If you are ever find yourself in Tampa, Florida you should check it out.
Today is Amelia’s last day of school. She took her teacher a french lavender plant to help her have a relaxing summer.
Our summer activities officially kick off this weekend with Disney Princess On Ice, Amelia is over the moon excited. We also have more beach trips planned, library visits, a trip to Busch Gardens, Sea World, and Universal Studios ( you gotta love living in Florida!) and many more fun activities including making lots of homemade popsicles and swimming in our pool. Summer, here we come!
With a forecasted high of nearly 90 degrees today, we decided that a morning at our local spray ground fit the bill. I’m not sure if spray grounds are unique to Florida or not, but they are the best thing ever for little kiddos on a hot day.
What’s the weather like where you are this weekend? What are your plans?