Relaxing Getaway: Fort Myers and Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island in Lee County, Florida

A few months ago, my dear friend Kara Williams, travel writer for The Vacation Gals and much more, traveled with her husband, Quent, to Florida’s Sanibel Island and Fort Myers for the first time.

What they found were white-sand beaches, a hazy, pink early-evening sky and a relaxed, fun couple’s getaway…especially when a couple leaves their beloved children at home, with grandma.

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A World Away at Hawks Cay

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Sometimes getting away from work and reconnecting with the world (and each other) is as simple as a sunrise turning to denim-blue sky, water green as sea glass, and the quiet slap of the Gulf of Mexico against a wooden dock.

Welcome in a pod of cetaceans, a flock of pelicans and a freshly mixed mojito, and you’ve got yourselves a perfect Florida Keys escape at Hawks Cay.

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All Aboard the Crown Princess, Pt. 2

Continued from All Aboard the Crown Princess, Pt. 1

*All travel expenses for this trip were paid by Princess Cruises, but all opinions are my own

The Crown Princess

The Crown Princess

I just spent a week aboard the Crown Princess on my first big-ship cruise, sailing from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida through the Western Caribbean. I brought along my dear friend Samantha (also a cruise newbie), and while the sailing was billed as the Romance Summit, for us it was our first-ever Valentine’s Day away from our husbands. Now that the ground has (almost) stopped moving when I stand still, I feel ready to reflect on our week at sea.

For all you other cruise virgins out there, I continue with our adventures onboard: [Read more…]

All Aboard the Crown Princess, Pt. 1

*All travel expenses for this trip were paid by Princess Cruises, but all opinions are my own

The Crown Princess docked in Port Everglades I just spent a week aboard the Crown Princess on my first big-ship cruise, sailing from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida through the Western Caribbean. I brought along my dear friend Samantha (also a cruise newbie), and while the sailing was billed as the Romance Summit, for us it was our first-ever Valentine’s Day away from our husbands. Now that the ground has (almost) stopped moving when I stand still, I feel ready to reminisce on our week at sea.

For all you other cruise virgins out there, here we go: [Read more…]

Settling in at Hawks Cay…After Quite a Day

IMG_3993Fresh (in a manner of speaking) off a week aboard the Crown Princess, I’ve just arrived at the Hawks Cay Resort in the Florida Keys to rediscover my land legs, unwind in a gorgeous poolside room with dark woods and soft fabrics…and frolic with dolphins.

After the horrendous day of travel I’ve had, it’s a complete joy to be here.

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