It’s been a rough week down here in Clearwater, located on the west side of Florida.
After just watching Hurricane Harvey, the devastation and horrific flooding and terrifying evacuations, Mother Nature decided to visit us in Florida as well. Floridians were woke! The news was bad and kept getting worse; especially seeing that Hurricane Irma was three times the size of Hurricane Andrew.
It’s almost the end of mango season here in Central Florida. I’ve been carefully watching the blooms on my tree for several months, waiting for when the fruit is large enough to pick. The mangoes haven’t reached their yellow or orange stage yet, so I want them to stay on my tree for a few more weeks. It’s hurricane season here, and even if there are no hurricanes, there are tropical storms or at least very windy storms that knock the fruit off the tree.
Although my main passion is tablescapes and entertaining, I also like to share my travels to hotels and restaurants, and share elegant surroundings.
Recently I visited Orlando, which is only two hours away from Tampa Bay , and stayed at the Hilton Bonnet Creek resort. The hotel is connected by the conference venue to the Waldorf Astoria Orlando. They each have their own pools and restaurants, but guests are free to use any of them.
I’m so glad I took the time to wander over to the Waldorf, which I had never stayed in. After strolling the long marble hallways, we turned to find a lovely tuxedoed waiter in tails and a large silver platter of champagne flutes.
I went for a business lunch recently and my associate suggested Farmtable Kitchen at Locale Market. I had heard about the market but I must have been sleeping under a rock for two years, because I didn’t know about Farmtable Kitchen.
As a native Floridian, I must have visited Disney parks more than 200 times in the past 25+ years. But every time I return I seem to forget how pretty they can be. They are known for perfection, attention to detail, creativity and strangely enough – cleanliness. All of that combined makes life quite perfect when you are visiting.
Of the many hotels I’ve stayed at over the years, I had never stayed at Disney Yacht Club Resort, but I’m so glad I had the chance to.