January is usually my least favorite month. The holidays (and in my case, a lot of vacation days from my day job) are over and January is just blah and cold. The cure for this in 2020 was to schedule a nearly 2-week vacation to Florida to get us through most of the month.
Since we go to Florida often, we like to do side trips from our main destination (which is usually Walt Disney World, of course). While Gary has been to St. Augustine before, I hadn’t. Since we knew someone who offered to let us borrow their vacation home for the night, St. Augustine became our side trip for our summer vacation this year. So…. St. Augustine, here we come!
I have only been going to Walt Disney World since 2010. Gary and I were married on October 8th of that year, and 10/10/10 was the date I first stepped onto Disney property. We checked into Pop Century, went straight to Magic Kingdom (where my first ride was Stitch’s Great Escape!) and had dinner that night at Chef Mickey’s.
And it took us almost 9 years to return! Why? Well we like to try new places (I know, I know, so what’s with always going to Boma and ‘Ohana then?) and Chef Mickey’s is pricey. Since our most recent trip was all about getting a good value because we were on the dining plan, we decided to finally go back to Chef Mickey’s.
We’re going on vacation… woo hoo! And we never do big vacations in the summer. Life happened and we couldn’t go anywhere far away in the spring, and fall is way too long to wait, so we settled on going on an actual, real summer vacation complete with a 12-hour one way road trip.
Where are we going? I think you know. Florida summertime heat, here we come!
I have wanted to stay at a bed & breakfast for quite a few years now, but we’ve never really had a chance. (I did research practically every B & B in the Lancaster, Pennsylvania area for a trip we took years ago, but we ended up staying at the Fulton Steamboat Inn instead, which luckily for us, turned out to be one of my favorite hotel stays ever.) When Gary got us tickets to a hockey game in Columbus, Ohio I found a B & B located relatively close to the arena in the trendy area called Short North. Here is a photo tour of our first ever stay at a bed & breakfast at 50 Lincoln Short North.
Food is a huge deal to Walt Disney World fans. It’s the only vacation spot, really, where you get up at the crack of dawn 6 months before your trip to book your dining reservations. Food choices range from pretzel carts to burgers and fries to buffets where Winnie the Pooh visits your table to $50 steak dinners. Or if you want to get super fancy, head to Victoria and Albert’s inside Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa for an 8-course meal (with optional wine pairings) that could set you back a few hundred per person.
We haven’t eaten at Victoria and Albert’s yet – we did try to get a chef’s table reservation for our anniversary about 5 years ago to no avail – but we have eaten at some pretty awesome restaurants over the years. Some have become our favorites, some we haven’t gone back to, and some we still want to try.
A year ago this week we were vacationing in Disney World. Easter was on April Fool’s Day, and we arrived a few days later. On that trip we stopped by Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club resorts and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa to check out the Easter egg displays. So while all the other Disney blogs can show you this year’s Easter egg display, I’m going in the way back machine to last year’s. 😀