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  • Writer's pictureBeth Waterman

Adventures in the sunshine state

This past week was my one year anniversary as a self employed woman. The timing was so perfect as I had also booked a destination wedding on Siesta Key beach, FL. So I decided that not only would I get some work in, but I also would just enjoy a few weeks of exploring sunny beaches, good food, and tasty drinks! Now of course I HAD to write a blog post about my travels, so please enjoy this one as it will be a fun read (I promise)!

Of course my journey started on Siesta Key beach for an amazing wedding. Now I wont be sharing those images quite yet since they will be in the blog shortly, but I can tell you a little more about the trip. I decided to go ahead and stay a night down there, and of course a regular hotel room just wouldn't cut it! I decided to stay in this little gem

Tiny House Siesta is who manages this little grouping of tiny houses just minutes off the beach and I had the pleasure of staying in Eleanor. She is a super cute little tiny house with all the amenities. Some may think a tiny house means losing some features but really she did not let me down. I had ample space inside for what I needed with a full kitchen, laundry, and an awesome loft with a super comfy mattress to sleep on.

Now let me move on to the gorgeous Siesta Key Beach. Beautiful white sands, on the gulf of Mexico with stunning blue green waters. If you love beaches, this is one you absolutely cannot skip!

Do you think my travels stopped there? OH NO! Next stop, my old favorite, Madeira Beach FL! I am so blessed that my parents winter in the area so my stay is always free, and I get to spend some quality time with them every year. My daughter and I travel down for spring break and my husband and I go for our anniversary every October. The area is truly our second home and our happy place. If you like a family kind of beach with kids playing and lots of east coast accents, this is the place to go! Again, we are on the Gulf so the sand is soft and the water is stunning! Not only do you have the beach, but if you have some time to walk around you can enjoy the shopping and eateries along Johns Pass.

A few days into my trip, my great friend Debbie came to join us for a few days. Debbie and I go way back, and I do mean waaaayyyy back. It was so much fun to have her as well as my daughter join me on my travels. One day we managed to hit three beaches in one day. Doesn't sound like much but it was a TON of fun. First stop, Fort Desoto! This is a historic fort from the Spanish American war that was constructed and staffed but never saw a fight. Parts of the fort have fallen into the water which makes for amazing scenery. We also explored the beaches in the state park which were INCREDIBLE. I am not certain if it is because it is a state park but they were virtually empty, and there were tons of shells to be found.

Next stop, Sunset beach! Now, I didn't get many images here and what I did get were on my phone. I decided I just wanted to relax for a few. BUT I did manage to see someone fish up a shark, which changed my mind about getting in the water!

Last but not least for the day was Clearwater Beach. It is a pretty popular destination so I don't have much I can tell you that you probably don't already know, but what I will say is if you are there don't miss Pier 60 and their sunset celebrations. ESPECIALLY on Fridays. The performers are so much fun and the sunset is beautiful!

One of the most exciting parts of our trip was Universal Studios. We planned this out pretty far in advance because my daughter and I are Harry Potter nuts. She grew up with me reading her the books, then stepped into reading them herself. One thing I will say, if you go to Universal Studios, do it during an off season. It was a very hard trip to get images on as it was literally PACKED, but we still managed to see it and of course enjoy some Butterbeer.

Universal does have more to offer than just Harry Potter!

We had a few more days of hopping beaches and of course on our last day, we managed to burn to a crisp! Thanks for reading everyone, and one last word of advice... Enjoy your life and travel! You never know what you might find!

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