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Family Vacation–Siesta Key

Hey! Happy Sunday. . . we are getting ready to pack up and head back to MN from Florida. We’ve been in Siesta Key for the past week enjoying warmer weather and beach time.

I thought I’d pop in to share some pictures!

View from our condo. . .

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Beach!

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Jake’s first time in the ocean (gulf)

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Baby flip flops

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Beach runs, sunsets and naps

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The best caramel latte from Buddy Brew Coffee (seriously, on my top 5 best ever list!), enjoying it while at my medical conference lecture (the reason we went to Florida)

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Sharing.

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Meanies Mini Donuts <—must have if you go to Siesta Key

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Beach time

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Gorgeous sunsets

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Pool swimming

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Perfection during nap time

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Mini golf fun

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And feeding the gators

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Beach pictures <love>

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And now wish me luck on our 3 hour flight back home with an 11 month old. Winking smile

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Key West, Florida. . . Trip Recommendations

So, as you know, we just got back from 10 days in Key West, Florida.

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And I know that some of you are planning trips to Key West and so I thought I’d share what we did and recommendations for your trip!

What we did

The Beach. We went to Smathers Beach, which we really enjoyed. It never seemed too busy and it was easy to park and walk right onto the beach.

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The Conch Train Tour.

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We waited until the last day to do this one. . . which was silly, we learned a lot of things about the Island that we wished we would have known earlier. So, if you are thinking about doing a tour – do it in the first few days. As with any tour, it is totally dependent on the personality of the tour guide. The first guy we had for the first half was just ok. . . we ended up hopping off at one of the stops to do some shopping and lunch on Duval Street and then the second guy we had was really good.

Wandering on Duval Street. We did this at least once per day. . . shopping, people watching, and food.

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The Butterfly Conservatory. This is the #1 attraction on Trip Advisor, so Luke and Aunt Jenny checked it out. And per Jenny, it was a little bit of a let down. It was busy, hot and not as cool as she expected. . . and Luke only lasted about 15 minutes before wanting to be done. . .

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Visited the Southermost Point. Because, when in Key West. . .

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And the beginning/end of Highway 1. . . . because I’m married to a traffic engineer.

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And the sunset at Mallory Square. Tip – get there about an hour before sunset to watch the performers.

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Eating Key Lime Pie – that’s an activity, right? Smile We tried many different places – and I think our favorite was from the Key Lime Pie Co.

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Where we ate

We ate at A LOT of places. . .some great, some good and some not very good. I’m just going to highlight the great places!

Garbo’s Grill. <—EAT HERE!

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The best meal we had the whole trip and we ate here twice. It’s actually just a little food truck that serves delicious food. And make sure to double check their hours, because they aren’t always open. And they will close early if it’s raining.

Santiago’s Bodega. The best dinner we had on the Island. Tapas style dining. And do me a favor – get the burrata.

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Coffee Plantation. The Almond Joy latte – hot or iced – was delicious.

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Glazed Donuts. And don’t miss the Southernmost Donut Shop. Scott loved the key lime pie donut and I thought the tangerine cream was amazing.

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Frita’s Cuban Burger Café. This was another fun place to eat – we got a bunch of different items from the menu and then shared everything. The overall winner though was the Cuban burger.

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Key Plaza Creperie. Totally random location in a strip mall on the other side of Key West from Duval Street. While it was spendy, the crepes were delicious.

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Smoothie Shuttle. We went here pretty much every day. The perfect afternoon snack while wandering around. Get the Planet B.

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Where we stayed

I used VRBO and found a 3 bedroom condo that would fit my family + our extended family.

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It was on Stock Island, which is the next island up from Key West and ended up being a 15 minute drive to Duval Street. That ended up working well for our family. We had a great view and enjoyed spending time at the condo.

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And let’s be honest, the view from the master shower was ah-mazing. Smile 

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But if you are interested in hanging out on Duval Street a lot, I would make sure and stay on Key West within walking distance of Duval, because the drive + parking can be annoying.

And now we are onto planning our next vacation. . . Smile Any recommendations?

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Friday Favorites: Key West Moments

Happy Friday from Key West. . . yup, still here. Smile

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Soaking in a little bit more of the Florida warmth and sunshine before heading back to MN tomorrow and back to snow and cold. . .

But here are a few of my favorite moments from this week. . .

Hot tub time. . . because even though it’s been in the 70s, the regular pool is still chilly. . . but the hot tub is perfect to hang and play.

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Sleeping snuggles. Luke’s been playing SO hard during the day that by the time we get to dinner, he is done and has been falling asleep on the way to dinner. And since my busy boy almost never sits still for snuggling anymore, I have been taking full advantage.

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Running! Even though it is “c0ld” here by Florida standards, I’ve still been sweating my face off. . . and loving it. Smile

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And I cannot get enough of this view of the ocean from the master bath shower.

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Beach time. #perfection

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Luke having time with Grandma Mary. . .

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And Grandpa Lee and Grandma Way. So wonderful that he can build some memories with them.

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Off to the beach. Enjoy your Friday and the weekend! Smile

Have a great one! Whatcha up to??

Linking up with Friday fun with Heather![ And sending virtual hugs to her. XOXO. inlinkz_linkup id=602950 mode=1]

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Weekending in Key West

Hello from Key West . . . well technically, Stock Island, we rented a condo right on the ocean and it is fabulous. We are down here for 9 days <—longest vacation I’ve ever taken! And my family came down for the first few days.

Started off with coffee. The almond joy latte was excellent!

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And doughnuts!

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Exploring.

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It was cold (60s), rainy and windy.  . . but better than 10 degrees back in MN!

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Saturday + more coffee. Usually I hate going to Starbucks when we are on vacation and there are tons of local places to check out, but this was just easier. And the barista wrote a nice message on my cup. Smile And we got to hear some locals talking and that was fun.

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Running. With my favorite boy. Next to the ocean. Perfection.

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Luke and Jenny went on the Conch train tour.

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Scott continues to try to catch a rooster. . .

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Laura and my Mom.

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Mallory Square.

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Sunset.

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Amazing dinner at a little hole in the wall Cuban place.

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Sunday was beach day. The sun came out and it was a beautiful day.

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I had to apologize for the beach nudity . .

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And then since the beach was a little over 4 miles from the condo, my sisters took Luke back and Scott and I ran back. . .

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And then last night we ate at Santiago’s Bodega which I would highly recommend. . . tapas style dining. I think we got 16 dishes total and shared them all between the 5 of us.

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And now my sisters and Mom just hit the road back to the airport and we are enjoying the sunrise over the ocean. We have a few days alone, before Scott’s family joins us for our last few days here. Hoping for some good runs, beach time and a few more good meals.

Hope you had a great one. . . what were you up to?

I am linking up with Katie (and Erin) for Marvelous in my Monday!

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Friday Favorites: Florida

Hey! Happy Friday!!

Yesterday, we got up super early (like super super early – 2:15am)

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and caught a flight to Miami

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and then drove down to Key West.

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We didn’t waste any time soaking in the views from our condo and hitting the pool.

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Cheers (with my Mom) to vacation.

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Back on Monday with some highlights. Smile

Now, off to the weekend. . .

Have a great one! Whatcha up to??

Linking up with Friday fun with Heather!

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Hello from Marco Island

We made it!

We are in Marco Island, Florida for the next 5 days. I am here for a medical conference (Essentials in Primary Care Winter Conference) and Scott and Luke decided to tag along. The conference is mostly from 8-12 each day, so that leaves us lots of time for the beach!

We had about a 3 hour flight from Minneapolis to Fort Myers. Powered by Caribou Coffee. Winking smile 

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Luke did really good on the flight. He was happy to play at my feet for the first half of the flight and then slept the second half. And didn’t seem to have any problems with take off or landing.

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We picked up our rental car –> Scott’s choice – a charger. . .

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And drove to Naples, Florida for lunch and a quick Target stop. And then drove the rest of the the way to Marco Island. About an hour trip total.

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We checked in, checked out our hotel room. Totally baby friendly – even the balcony! Luke loves the huge floor to ceiling mirror and has his handprints all over it already.

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We took a quick trip to check out the beach. Gorgeous and lots of shells. we just did a quick dip in the sand and water. Luke’s initial reaction to the waves coming up to his feet was not favorable. i.e. he cried!

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Not sure if it was surprise or water temperature. I am excited to be out there when it is 80 degree tomorrow and take him in the water. . . hopefully – I have no idea how cold the water is!

Then, a quick walk around to check out the hotel property and back to the room. Shower for Luke. . . no tub in the room, but he enjoyed crawling around the tiled shower enclosure! And bottle and bed. Then, pizza and the Super Bowl for us! Looking forward to more adventures tomorrow.

Hope you had a great weekend too. Smile

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