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FLORIDA, SPRING BREAK-STYLE
After a thirty-plus-year hiatus, we decided to explore the spring break scene in Florida. This time, however, it would be more of an adult experience.
Our travels first took us to Orlando, where mostly families come to explore the Disney scene. Our trip, however, featured more of an adult experience at Hilton Grand Vacations Club, with luxurious accommodations, plenty of pools and daytime activities, and several dining options to pick from, shopping at the adjacent Orlando Premium Outlets, and Atlanta Braves spring training at Disneys Wide World of Sports complex.
When not dining on-property, we enjoyed ethnic cuisine at Tabla Bar & Grill and upscale New World cuisine at Normans in the Ritz-Carlton featuring a fusion of Latin, Caribbean, and Asian recipes of celebrity chef Norman Van Aken.
Next stop was Sarasota for some Baltimore Orioles spring training at the newly renovated Ed Smith Stadium and exploring the vibrant shopping and dining mecca of Main Street.
Lastly, it was on to Key West.
After a drive down memory lane on the Overseas Highway, we headed to Casa Marina Resort for a couple of days of R&R. Nestled along the southern edge of the island, and on Key Wests largest private beach, we enjoyed the history and luxury of Floridas yesteryear. From elegant accommodations to white-sand beaches and water activities to Toes in the Sand dining, Casa Marina would serve as a perfect base for our adult spring break.
And with daytime activities including diving the Vandenburg wreck with Dive Key West and exploring the charm of the Harry S. Truman Little White House, maritime history at the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum , and ubiquitous Mallory Square (the Cuban cuisine at El Mason de Pepe is some of the best weve had), we felt like we had relived our college days.