It is very rare that I blog about the things Greg and I like to do without some pictures of a certain pigtailed, blue eyed little girl involved in the mix.
But when you go on a baby-free vacation there is no little pigtailed, blue eyed girl, so you have to talk about yourself.
As I have mentioned, Greg and I had the opportunity to Recharge Our Batteries and take a week-long vacay together, well, it was more like 80% work and 20% vacay for him, but 100% vacay for me!
We stayed at the Point Orlando Resort, we could see Universal Studios from our hotel room. The room was big, overlooked the pool, and we were on the 12th floor (penthouse suite….well, not really). It had a mini kitchen with a microwave & fridge, so I was able to stock up on some groceries for the week.
Greg attended the TechEd Conference Monday –Thursday, but was back to the hotel by dinner each night. We had Friday & Saturday to ourselves, before returning home on Sunday (Father’s Day)
Monday: I did some grocery shopping in the morning and then headed to the pool for 4 glorious hours of sunshine, refreshing swims, palm trees, pool drinks, and my book (yes, I brought a book and read all 532 pages during my vacay, I cannot remember the last time I did that). I think I even took a nap! Greg and I went to dinner that night at Disney's Boardwalk. I was there about 12 years ago, but it was a first time for Greg. The night-life atmosphere was beautiful and the décor was early 20th century (Disney loves their themes). There is a luxury hotel, shops, restaurants and night clubs stretched out along 90,000 square feet. We ate dinner at the Big River Grille & Brew Works and saved room for dessert at the Boardwalk Bakery.
The Disney welcome sign as you enter the 40 miles of Disney property!
The Boardwalk Hotel Greg on the Boardwalk
Our yummy Mickey cake from the Boardwalk Bakery
Enjoying our 1st night together!
Tuesday: I was fortunate to score a free ticket to Hollywood Studios (formerly known as MGM Studios) because Greg’s co-worker’s (who also attended the conference) girlfriend had relatives that work for Disney. We only spend the morning there, but I was able to ride Star Tours, Aerosmith’s Rockin’ Rollercoaster and my personal favorite, Tower of Terror. I was also able to snap a picture of my favorite Disney character, Pluto.
We went to Downtown Disney for a big dinner night out on the town. We had some delicious seafood at Fulton's Crab house. The restaurant was a big river boat (it did not move) and the view of the sunset over the water was gorgeous. Greg & I are huge seafood fans, this was a great pick, we enjoyed our meals, excellent crab cakes. We walked around Downtown Disney for a few hours, so much to see and do. The World of Disney store, the largest Disney store in the world, was overwhelming for me, and I love to shop. They had just about everything Disney, more than you could ever imagine. We did not buy anything because we knew we would be back later in the week.
Wednesday: I was pretty red from 2 days in the Florida sun and my ghostly white skin was not used to this sudden change, so I decided to spend the day shopping. I started the day at the Florida Mall, where I scored some deals at the Disney Store (cheaper and sometimes even nicer than the store on the Disney property), explored M&M World (only 3 locations in the U.S.), and picked up a few Disney, clearance items at Old Navy. My next stop was the outlets, there are sooo many outlets in Orlando, there was no way I had time for them all. I went to Orlando Premium Outlets on Vineland Ave and Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores where I scored some deals on Vera Bradley items and Ann Taylor LOFT.
Greg and I went to dinner at Bahama Breeze and then we had an 8:45pm reservation at Ice Bar located in Pointe Orlando. The bar had both the ice bar feature and a regular bar. The ice bar was small, only able to hold about 20 people and there was a $12 coverage charge for the experience. We were given cloaks and gloves upon entering the bar. Ice Bar was everything you would image it to be, everything was made from ice; the bar, the tables, the seating, the décor, the glasses, everything! It was a very cool experience (how about that pun?)
Stay tuned for the second part of our trip, the fun has only just begun!!