Places to Stay

Discover the Carefree Side of Florida

by Jennifer Wieland
Discover the Carefree Side of Florida


 

I don’t know about you but I am tired of the cold and I know I miss seeing sunshine more than anything! Living in the Chicago suburbs means my winters are often spent with gray, dreary looking skies, no warmth and definitely no beach to lounge at unless I want to freeze to a chair. I know that I am ready to discover the carefree side of Florida at one of the newest Carefree Communities, Ocean Breeze Resort. Whether you are looking to buy a vacation home, rent one for a little rest and relaxation or just need a site for your RV, then Ocean Breeze Resort is the place for you! 

Discover the Carefree Side of Florida

Pursue your passions and discover new ones along the way at the new Ocean Breeze Resort. Guests and residents alike get to enjoy exclusive access to a world of social activities, classes, outdoor recreation, and planned outings. Whether you want to join a group for morning coffee, enjoy an afternoon round of golf, join a club or enter a cooking contest there is something for everyone to enjoy!

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At-home comforts that make life comfortable all while enjoying some fun in the sun can now be had at Ocean Breeze Resort. It is a much desired location near Jensen Beach. Located on 45 acres of intra-coastal waterway on the Treasure Coast and just a quarter-mile away from downtown, our one-of-a-kind community offers you new home plans that are thoughtfully designed, with beautifully decorated and furnished open interiors, covered porches, two-story stilt home options and breathtaking views. Ocean Breeze Resort is ideally located between Port St. Lucie and West Palm Beach. You can easily visit more Florida vacation hot spots like Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale and Tampa Bay by driving 90 minutes – 3 hours. 

Discover the Carefree Side of Florida

 

Discover the Carefree Side of Florida
Ocean Breeze Resort is a master planned community and it’s expected to fill quickly. If you are interested in learning more about how you can rent a vacation cottage, an RV site, or own a home call (772) 334-2494 or visit the Ocean Breeze Resort website for more information.

Don’t miss out on this fabulous deal they have available right now!

For a limited time, get up to $100 in credit at a local restaurant when you book your stay at Carefree!

Reserve a rental for a week and receive a $100 gift card to Peters Steakhouse in Jensen Beach.
*Weekly Rental rates start at $900/week

OR

Reserve an RV site for a week and receive a $50 gift card to Peters Steakhouse in Jensen Beach.
*Weekly RV rates start at $394/week. Waterfront $428/week

A 5-minute walk from Ocean Breeze Resort, Peters Steakhouse is a Treasure Coast favorite. Upscale yet homey, it’s an intimate steakhouse offering a classic American menu plus beer & wine.

 

 

 


Rosemont| It’s All Here

by Jennifer Wieland
MB Financial Park fun for the whole family! #Rosemont #MBFInancialPark #ItsAllHere
I was part of a media event invited to experience all that Rosemont has to offer visitors. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

Just northwest of Chicago is the town of Rosemont and it just so happens to be neighbors with O’Hare International Airport, one of the largest airports in the world. Rosemont sees guests from all over the world and locals as well. As a result they have strived to turn Rosemont into a place with something to entertain and delight everyone and they have achieved it with great success because it’s all here in Rosemont. The town is now celebrating its 60th birthday and it is home to the MB Financial Park, which is home to 13 venues featuring international cuisine, nightlife, live music and comedy, state-of-the-art film and bowling venues and so much more. Across the street from that is Fashion Outlets of Chicago. This indoor outlet mall houses high-end stores and amenities along with a stunning contemporary art collection. Rosemont is also home to Loews Chicago O’Hare, a gorgeous, world-class hotel.

MB Financial Park fun for the whole family! #Rosemont #MBFInancialPark #ItsAllHere

The Loews Chicago O’Hare is a decadent and contemporary hotel. What sets it apart from its competitors is the vast display of art throughout the first floor of the building. After speaking with the general manager, I learned that this specific Loews hotel has a n agreement with a local art studio. The hotel displays and advertises the art for sale from the art studio. This is a mutually beneficial arrangement since the artists get exposure to their work and the hotel improves its aesthetics. 

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One of the great restaurants in MB FInancial Park is Hofbräuhaus Chicago. This classic Bavarian bier hall brings more than 400 years of beer brewing and dining expertise to the Chicagoland area. The German themed restaurant is home to a German micro-brewery and beer hall. Guests are offered in-house brewed beers along with a huge selection of both domestic and imported beer options.

 

Hoftbrauhaus Chicago Image by Leigh Loftus Copyright 2013 Leigh Loftus www.thinkleigh.com

Hoftbrauhaus Chicago
Image by Leigh Loftus
Copyright 2013 Leigh Loftus
www.thinkleigh.com

The restaurant flies in its pretzels from a bakery overseas and then bakes them fresh for each order. The staff is outfitted in fun German based Oktoberfest garments and the restaurant and staff provide for a lively outing full of genuine German cheer. 

Hofbrauhaus Chicago - Rosemont, It's all here! #MBFinancialPark #Hofbrauhaus #visitRosemont

Hoftbrauhaus Chicago
Image by Leigh Loftus
Copyright 2013 Leigh Loftus
www.thinkleigh.com

The Fashion Outlets of Chicago is a shopping mecca that draws in locals and world travelers alike. From whimsical candy shops to high-end clothing stores this two-story mall will thrill and delight everyone. With more than 130 outlet stores there will be something there for everyone.

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It’s convenient indoor parking garage helps protect visitors from the elements. The artwork throughout the mall is eye-catching and a delight of form and color.Fashion Outlets of Chicago #Rosemont #FOCShopping

For more information on these and the numerous other dining, hotel and entertainment options that Rosemont has to offer visit Rosemont.com.

 

 


Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast

by Jennifer Wieland
Emerald Grande at Harborwalk Village - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

 

 

Planning a family trip to Florida’s Emerald Coast will leave your family with memories of sun, surf, sand and a whole lot of fun if you head to these five fun, family friendly places to visit in the Emerald Coast. These five locations will have your meals and entertainment covered. 

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Gulfarium

The Gulfarium  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

The Gulfarium is a marine adventure park that will have not only the kids oohing and aahing but the adults as well.This park is very hands on and you are able to get very close and in some cases touch marine life.

The Gulfarium  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

 

This is a place that any age will delight in. From their silly sea-lion show to the utterly adorable baby dolphin born earlier this year your family will enjoy themselves all while getting in a little education.

The Gulfarium  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

The Gulfarium boasts a whopping 12 interactive encounters that you can add-on to your general admission. This is a great way for any adult or child to get a really unique experience that most people will never be able to enjoy. 

The Gulfarium  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl & Grill 

Uncle Buck's  Fishbowl & Grill  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl & Grill was a very pleasant surprise for me! I wasn’t sure what to expect when I found out I would be going here, a place that’s part of the Bass Pro Shop family.

Uncle Buck's  Fishbowl & Grill  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

I have to say that when I walked through the doors and took a look inside it was simply, beautiful! It has all the fun and whimsy that any child or child at heart would look for in a family vacation spot to grab some food and fun. 

Uncle Buck's  Fishbowl & Grill  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

When you enter it’s like being inside a fishbowl with the feel of being in water. It has a full service bar and restaurant along with a bowling alley complete with shark and alligator ball returns. A vast array of fish are suspended from the ceiling to give you the idea of them circling about the fishbowl. 

Uncle Buck's  Fishbowl & Grill  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

Lucy Buffet’s LuLu’s

Lucy Buffet's LuLu's  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

Lucy Buffet’s LuLu’s has been steadily expanding and has finally made its way to Destin, FL. LuLu’s is a fun, open and airy restaurant where you can dine on the beach or indoors. The stage in the middle of the restaurant hosts bands to keep your dinner experience entertaining.

Lucy Buffet's LuLu's  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

Have some kids with you? Don’t worry at all. There is an area on the beach just to keep the kids occupied and having fun. 

Lucy Buffet's LuLu's  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

 

The food and drinks at Lulu’s are phenomenal. As a Midwest girl it was great getting to have unbelievably fresh seafood that made we want to come back again and again. The wait staff is also incredibly nice and helpful which is always a plus with kids. Plus they have rolls of paper towels at each table instead of napkins. You ever dine out with kids? Rolls of paper towels can make or break a meal!

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Wild Willy’s Adventure Zone Dino Island

Wild Willy's Adventure Zone Dino Island  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

Photo credit: Kari Scott

Wild Willy’s Adventure Zone Dino Island is a place that would have my kids smiling from ear to ear. It would be one of their ideas of a perfect day.

Wild Willy's Adventure Zone Dino Island  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

Photo credit: Kari Scott

Wild Willy’s attractions:

  • Redemption Arcade – Over 65 games to be enjoyed.
  • T-Rex Island Adventure Golf – 18 hole fully animatronic mini golf course.
  • Hatchling Haven Adventure Golf – 9 hole, mini golf course with baby dinosaurs. (No animatronics)
  • Tree Tops Challenge – A 5 level ropes course. 
  • 4D Movie Exxperience – Several different, short movies are shown in 3D with motion and special effects.
  • Raptor’s Revenge – A laser maze that requires concentration and skill.
  • Ptero Jump – Trampoline jumping on a whole new level.
  • Spin-o-Saurus Coaster – A roller coaster with cars that spin in circles.
  • Inflatable Zone – Kids will jump for joy in this dinosaur themed inflatable zone.
  • Boat Battles – Go head to head with others when you take the helm of a remote control Military themed boat.
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Photo credit: Kari Scott

Wild Willy’s Food Options:

  • Salvati’s Pizza Factory – Pizza, wings, paninis and salads are all good and reasonably priced.
  • Yogo Mogos – Frozen yogurt to ensure a sweet end to your outing. 
Wild Willy's Adventure Zone Dino Island  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

Photo credit: Kari Scott

This place definitely has some sort of fun for every family member. I liked that it was clean and well maintained. It even boasted a charging station in case your device’s battery was starting to dwindle. That  way you can make sure you do miss a chance to capture pics of your family fun.

Emerald Grande at Harborwalk Village

Emerald Grande at Harborwalk Village  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

Emerald Grande at Harborwalk Village is the place to stay and play on your visit to the Emerald Coast in Destin, FL. This beautiful resort boasts spacious condos that have multiple bedrooms, bathrooms, living room and kitchen. It makes it easy to leave home behind when you can access the comforts of home all while enjoying the sights and sounds of a new locale. 

Emerald Grande at Harborwalk Village  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

Destin Harbor is a breathtaking site to see while escaping the everyday for some fun and relaxation. Whether you are taking it in from your balcony or while strolling along the Harborwalk Village you will know your vacation has arrived and is waiting for you. 

Emerald Grande at Harborwalk Village  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

Harborwalk Village boasts a plethora of shopping, dining and adventure options. The 30+ stores offer up something for the youngest to oldest of shoppers to enjoy. The dining at one of the nearly 20 food shops, restaurants and bars while enjoying a one of a kind view and briny air will leave you wanting to linger well after your meal. 

Emerald Grande at Harborwalk Village  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

No fear of heights or speed? Then take a zip across a zip line or hop on a jet ski. Want something with a slower pace then try Snuba, paddle boarding or quiet ferry ride to Crab Island. If none of those are to your liking, don’t worry. There are nearly 30 attractions and activities that await your family.

Emerald Grande at Harborwalk Village  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

Visiting the Emerald Coast will leave you rested, refreshed, with a smile and many fond memories!

Emerald Grande at Harborwalk Village  - One of Five Fun Family Friendly Places to Visit in the Emerald Coast #emeraldcoasting

 

Have you ever been lucky enough to enjoy a trip to the Emerald Coast? If so what are your favorite places to stay and things do while soaking up the fun and sun?

 

 


Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando

by Jennifer Wieland
Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando

 

 

 

There is nothing like getting away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Getting to head to a great destination where you can relax, unwind and enjoy some fun in the sun is just what I was hoping for when I was invited to be a part of Universal Orlando Resort Girl’s Getaway with ten of my favorite bloggers. We were invited to stay at the luxurious Loews Royal Pacific Resort and boy was I happy with our accommodations!

Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando

The Loews Royal Pacific Resort boasts an impressive 1000 rooms and suites! Where you can get anything from a standard room, to a pet friendly room and even kid themed suites. Upon your arrival to the hotel you are greeted with a beautiful bamboo bridge that stretches across a tropical lagoon. This will leave you feeling as if you have left the United States and ventured to a tropical paradise instead. The rooms carry on with this tropical theme but in a beautifully, tasteful fashion. My room had a lovely view full of tropical plants that completely made me feel like I had been swept away on a South Pacific vacation.

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The pool at Loews Royal Pacific is surrounded by lush palm trees that provide shade and help to continue on the feel of being in the South Pacific. The pool area also has hot tubs, beach volleyball and the Royal Bali Sea, a fun play area for kids. There is plenty of seating available and the staff comes around regularly to ask if you need anything or want to order food or drinks. So you can just sit back and relax and enjoy your trip.

The pool at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando #RoyalPacificResort #UniversalOrlando @Loews_Hotels #UORGirlsGetawayIn addition to all of this the Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando offers their guests a variety of dining options on site. The dining experiences at Loews Royal Pacific Resort include a sushi bar in the lobby, Pan Asian cuisine from Islands Dining Room and Emeril’s Tchoup Chop. Every Sunday, Jake’s hosts a character breakfast where guests can meet some of their favorite Universal Orlando characters. While there I dined each morning at Islands Dining Room where you can order from the menu or opt for items from the breakfast buffet. I also enjoyed appetizers and drinks at Jake’s when I first arrived at the hotel.

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Interested in learning even more about the Loews Royal Pacific Resort then head over here for reservations and more details.

 


Carefree RV Resorts – Affordable Florida Vacation Homes

by Jennifer Wieland
Carefree RV Resorts - Affordable Florida Vacation Homes
Thanks to Carefree RV Resorts for sponsoring today’s discussion.
 
 
 
 

I am not a person who is cut out for the cold weather I get half of the year in Chicago. I spend the entire time telling my husband that we need to move someplace warm and sunny. The gray and cold get to me and I dream of sunshine, sandy beaches and me being there. Just last month we went to Florida to celebrate my 40th birthday and I kept thinking it would be so nice if we could hop on a plane and come down here whenever we wanted. The idea seems so nice and what seems even nicer? If someday when we retire we had our very own vacation home there. I’ve considered it but honestly, I thought that was just a pipe dream until I found out about Carefree RV Resorts and that with them affordable Florida vacation homes are within reach.

Carefree RV Resorts - Affordable Florida Vacation Homes

What is a Park Model Home?

A Park Model is a smaller, single-wide home that is considered a recreational vehicle. Park Models are designed for placement in RV resorts, campgrounds, or locations where smaller trailers are an acceptable living environment.

A typical Park Model is a single structure and is shorter and narrower than a Manufactured Home. They typically have one bedroom, one bath, an eat-in kitchen and living room. Park Models are typically eight to thirteen feet wide and have one or two bedrooms. They are under 500 sq ft.

Carefree RV Resorts - Affordable Florida Vacation Homes

About the Carefree RV Resorts

With 34 RV Resorts in Florida, Carefree RV Resorts have something to suit any budget or need. They have homes ranging from under 20K for pre-owned to 50K for brand new, fully customized homes. There is an additional lot rent paid either seasonally or annually. They have homes located in Orlando, Tampa, Daytona Beach, Key Largo, Naples and Sarasota. All of the top vacation spots in Florida

Lifestyle

The lifestyle is really what sets Carefree RV Resorts apart. For those in or nearing retirement, this is their time to do the things they’ve always wanted to do. Learn how to play the guitar, join the pickleball team, finally take a class on using your new iPad… its all up to you! With our wide range of lifestyle offerings you can be as active as you want to be!

Retirement just isn’t what it used to be and Carefree RV Resorts and Communities provide an active lifestyle unlike any other in our industry. Launching this year, their lifestyle program offers a range of social, mental, and physical activities and programs that keep our residents hearts, bodies and minds active. Buying a home in a Carefree resort provides all of this within a warm, sunny setting!

Carefree RV Resorts - Affordable Florida Vacation Homes

 Your Passport to Paradise – You Stay We Pay

The “Passport to Paradise” offer allows you to plan a 4-night stay vacation home visit at prime Florida destinations based on your interests and preferences. Carefree will select properties that have everything you are looking for (and more) to preview during your personalized visit to ensure it’s everything you dreamed it would be before you purchase.

If at the end of the visit, you do decide to buy a vacation home, your 4-night stay will be free and you will receive a $1,500 check within 15 days after the close of your new vacation homein Florida.

For more information call Sheri at 855-999-9812

Thanks to Carefree RV Resorts, you are able to live the Carefree life you have always dreamed of at an affordable price!

 


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