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Showing posts with label Lodging. Show all posts

Friday, June 30, 2023

Experience the Vibrant Paradise: Gilberts Tiki Bar in Key Largo

 Hey there! Today I've got a hot topic to discuss: Gilberts in Key Largo! If you're looking for a place that combines great food, lively atmosphere, and an unforgettable experience, then you've hit the jackpot. Buckle up and join me on this virtual journey to one of my favorite spots in the Florida Keys.

 Firstly, let's talk about the Tiki bar. Get ready for a real treat! Gilberts is well-known for its special drinks at the biggest Tiki Bar in the Keys. You'll enjoy live music, delicious drinks, fresh seafood, and a fantastic view!

Now, let's talk about the atmosphere at Gilberts—it's truly something special. They know how to create a lively and colorful vibe, just like the Caribbean. Imagine this: sitting at their outdoor tables, enjoying a cold drink while the sun warms your skin and a gentle ocean breeze plays with your hair. Live music fills the air, and the sound of laughter and good times surrounds you. That's the magic of Gilberts!

But there's more! Gilberts offers plenty of activities to keep you entertained all day long. If you're feeling adventurous, you can hop on a jet ski and explore the clear waters. Or if you prefer a more relaxed experience, you can rent a kayak and paddle through the mangroves, immersing yourself in nature's beauty. And if you love fishing, you're in luck! Gilberts has fishing charters that will take you to the best spots for catching big fish.

So, if you're planning a trip to Key Largo, make sure to visit Gilberts. It's a place where good food and good times come together to create unforgettable memories. Whether you want a casual lunch, an exciting evening, or a weekend getaway, Gilberts has got you covered.

Remember, life is too short to settle for anything less than extraordinary experiences. Embrace the Keys and let Gilberts in Key Largo be your ultimate destination for fun in the sun. Trust me, you won't be disappointed!

Until next time  —keep smiling, keep exploring, and keep chasing the joy in every moment. See you at Gilberts!


Monday, July 15, 2019

Fairhope, Alabama: A Charming Escape by the Bay

Nestled along the eastern shore of Mobile Bay, Fairhope, Alabama is a small, picturesque city that offers visitors a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. With its beautiful natural scenery, quaint streets, and charming attractions, Fairhope is a true hidden gem in the South. In this post, we'll explore some of the best places to visit in Fairhope and share some recommendations for places to stay and eat during your visit.

Fairhope Municipal Pier

One of the most iconic landmarks in Fairhope is the Municipal Pier. The pier extends out into Mobile Bay and provides visitors with stunning views of the water and surrounding landscape. Whether you're looking to fish, take a leisurely stroll, or simply relax and soak in the sun, the Municipal Pier is a must-visit destination. 


Located at the end of Fairhope Avenue where it meets North Beach Road

North Beach Park

Adjacent to the pier, North Beach Park is a popular spot for picnics, swimming, and other outdoor activities.

 Fairhope Avenue

Fairhope Avenue is the main street in the city and is lined with a variety of shops, restaurants, and galleries. Visitors can enjoy browsing local boutiques, sampling homemade ice cream, or taking a guided walking tour to learn more about the history of Fairhope.

Fairy tale Castles

Fairhope is known for its whimsical architecture, and one of the most enchanting examples is the Fairy Tale Castles. These unique structures were built in the 1930s and feature turrets, gables, and other fairy tale-inspired details. Although the castles are privately owned and not open to the public, visitors can still admire them from a distance.

Sheldon Storybook Castle

Here is the Air BnB link

Mosher Castle

Tolstoy Park, The Henry Stuart House

Tolstoy Park is a historic landmark that was once the home of Henry Stuart, a writer and philosopher who lived in Fairhope during the early 1900s. Today, visitors can tour the park and see the cottage where Stuart lived and worked. Adjacent to Tolstoy Park is The Henry Stuart House, a museum that houses a collection of Stuart's writings and personal effects.


22787 US-98, Fairhope, AL 36532

Turn west onto Parker road and then turn right into the first driveway. It is located among offices that look like apartment. The GPS will take you into the other end of the area and get you lost!


Free and open all the time

Fairhope French Quarter

The French Quarter is a historic district with a distinctive European-inspired architecture, featuring buildings with wrought-iron balconies, colorful shutters, and stucco walls. It is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike, offering a variety of unique shops, restaurants, and cafes


40 S Section St, Fairhope, AL 36532


Fairhope offers a variety of lodging options, from cozy bed and breakfasts to luxury hotels. For a unique experience, check out The Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa, a historic property that offers stunning views of Mobile Bay and a variety of amenities, including a golf course, spa, and multiple dining options. 

Fairhope has a vibrant food scene that offers something for every taste. For a casual meal, check out Panini Pete's, a popular spot for sandwiches and other deli-style fare. For a more upscale dining experience, try The Wash House, which serves seafood and other Southern specialties in a charming, restored house.

In conclusion, Fairhope, Alabama is a charming destination that offers visitors a delightful blend of natural beauty, historic landmarks, and modern conveniences. Whether you're looking for a romantic getaway or a fun family vacation, Fairhope is sure to please.

Enjoy Your Visit!


Sunday, May 12, 2019

Naples, Florida: Exploring the Paradise of Southwest Florida

The best way to describe Naples is “beautiful”! The beaches are beautiful, the shopping centers are beautiful, and the gardens are beautiful!

Where We Stayed

The Fairways Inn of Naples

Find out more about the Fairways Inn in my post here

Places We Visited

Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park

Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park has beautiful white sand beaches and clear turquoise water. Shelling is good if you can beat the locals to the beach in the mornings. After about 10am, it gets fairly crowded.

Hours: 8 a.m. to Sundown, daily

Entry Fee: $6 per vehicle

Address: 11135 Gulfshore Drive, Naples FL 34108

Naples Botanical Garden

Naples Botanical Garden is 170-acre tropical paradise featuring plants from around the world.

Hours: 9am - 5pm, daily

Entry Fee: Adults $19.95 Child (4-14) $9.95 

Address: 4820 Bayshore Dr, Naples, FL 34112


Upscale community containing condos, boutiques, and fine dining on Naples Bay.

Parking is very limited.

Address: 436 Bayfront Pl, Naples, Florida 34102

5th Avenue

Things to do - Upscale shopping, hotels, and dinning

Address: Downtown area

Parking on or near 5th Avenue is impossible to find. We finally found parking in front of the Cambier Park Softball Field   

  Where we parked address: 585 Park St, Naples, FL 34102  

Naples City Dock

We visited some of the cutest boutiques around the dock area!

Address:  880 12th Ave S, Naples, FL 34102 

The Village Shops on Venetian Bay 


4200 Gulf Shore Blvd N, Naples, FL 34103

T J Maxx

Someone told us they had some Lilly Pulitzer dresses there, so we had to check it out. 😀

Address: 5018 Airport Pulling Road North, Naples, FL 34105

Tigertail Beach (Marco Island)

We did not get a chance to visit Marco Island on the trip, but it is amazing! You can read about my trip there with the hubby here.

What we thought of Naples

This was my second trip to Naples, but my mother and daughter's first. Getting around was easy and everything was closer than it seems on a map.

Three generations of opinions to help you decide what you may like best! lol

 My favorite places were Naples Botanical Garden and Delenor Wiggins state park.

 My daughter favorite places were 5th Avenue and Delenor Wiggins state park.

My mothers’ favorite places were Naples Botanical Gardens and the hotel (Fairways Inn of Naples)

Overall, we all loved Naples and can’t wait to return!

Happy Travels!