My husband and I just returned home from an amazing vacation where we took our children on a road trip through three states. Although we were exhausted from the busy activities, we're glad we made the sacrifice to go. Because time away from home is essential for families. But why? Does it really matter? Should it really be a priority to get away? When I was growing up, my family was poor. We didn’t have electricity or running water, and all wore hand-me-down clothes. Yet my mother always made sure we took little adventures such as tent camping or huckleberry picking. Although we never went more than a couple hours’ drive from home, I look back on my childhood with fondness rather than disappointment because of times like those. For a little while, I could forget about my troubles and just enjoy myself. In that moment, life was good! I’ve heard people make excuses about why they can never take a vacation. When I was first married I didn’t see why taking trips was a big deal, … [Read more...]
TradeWinds Island Grand Resort on St. Pete Beach is a GREAT Family-Friendly Resort
I love the West Coast of Florida. Every city that I have stayed in has always been fabulous, and St. Pete is no different. However, I was even more impressed by the hotel that we stayed in: TradeWinds Island Grand Resort. It was located right on St. Pete Beach—literally steps away. From the moment we arrived at TradeWinds Island Grand Resort, the service was awesome. Our room was not quite ready, so they made sure that we were taken care of, and gave us free Starbucks coupons while we waited. YES, there is a Starbucks IN the hotel. Yay! We did not wait long for our room. We ordered our coffee, and the room was ready before we could drink it all! We stayed in a suite with a gulf view, and let me tell you, I could have lived there for a very long time! It was that cozy and wonderful! The view alone was so incredibly beautiful; I could not stop looking out the window every time we were in our room! It was breathtaking! Note on picture above: if you … [Read more...]
AWESOME Dolphin Tale 2 Package at TradeWinds Island Resorts!
I remember how moved I was by Winter's story in Dolphin Tale. It was one of the most inspiring movies I have ever seen! I was so amazed at how much this story of this wonderful creature touched so many lives! Well, the inspirational story continues in Dolphin Tale 2!! Dolphin Tale 2 Package at TradeWinds Island Resorts JUST IN TIME for the Sept. 12 premiere of Dolphin Tale 2, TradeWinds is introducing a fun and creative package that includes tickets to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium (home of Winter and Hope), dolphin watch cruise, plush toy and more. For additional details, please see below. The TradeWinds Island Resorts – The Island Grand and Guy Harvey Outpost – beachfront resorts located directly on the Gulf of Mexico on St. Pete Beach, just 30 minutes from Tampa. Located on a stretch of beach directly on the Gulf of Mexico, the TradeWinds Island Resorts consist of the family-friendly Island Grand Resort and the Guy Harvey Outpost. The resorts offer access to two great … [Read more...]