note to self, take the weekend trip – you deserve it
a mini travel guide and recap of my recent weekend away in south florida
A few weeks ago, I found myself with an open weekend + craving the beach – so I called my friend Lianet who lives in the sunny state & caught an early morning flight for a quick weekend away & some sunshine.
first things first: the beach. I rented a car at the airport and headed straight for there. Fort Meyer Beach is adorable: throughout the Island, there are tons of shops, restaurants and coffee shops next to soft sandy beaches. Perfect for a day at the seaside with a good book.
I made my way to LoveBoat Homemade IceCream because, duh it’s vacation… always grab an ice cream on vacation. “The wraparound line around their shop is a year-round advertisement” I was told by a snow-bird while waiting in line while trying to decide what to get since they offer over 50- flavours of homemade icecream.
10/10 recommend a solo beach day. I’m not a dr but I believe it heals the soul.
The next portion of this blog is fueled by Lianet & I’s caffeine addiction, get you a friend who get’s it. I’d like to point out that Espresso To-Go saved lives that weekend- well not really but their coffee is good + helped us survive the South Florida heat.
Off to Naples,
Fun Fact: Naples Design District does not have alllll the designs, we were possibly misled by the Miami Design District name similarity…. but! it does host a cute nook of a consignment shops, most notable Audrey’s of Naples: a luxury consignment shop that hosts a room for just vintage finds amongst some of the most well-known designer brands. lmk if you by chance have a rich old aunt who needs a hairstylist & I’ll gladly spend winters bouncing back+ forth to make sure her hair is in top shape between her family events and galas. Naples is noiiiice you guys, I mean its a fact but its true.
Matlacha, pronounced “mat·la·chuh”
If you are in the mood to see some of tropical-artsy Florida then Matlacha is they daytrip of your dreams. From the sign that casually warns you that you’ve entered ‘Island Time’ and their vibrant coloured boutique galleries, Matlacha is a vivid vacation away from your beach vacation. We mostly walked around stopping in the ｉｃｏｎｉｃ Leoma Lovegrove gallery& boutique and the boutique next door Wild Child Art Gallery which showcases artists from all over Florida, especially its Matlacha residents.
note to reader, it’s not the quantity of friends you keep – the quality is what matters.
A weekend trip can hit a make/break it point if you aren’t on the same ~wavelength~ of your friend, luckily we live by the mantra of: oh another thrift store, don’t mind if we do 😎 with our coldbrews in hand and exchanging wild toddler stories.
Some exploring, lots of shopping and just-enough sunshine where I could return home back to my baby and feel fully refreshed.
56 hours in Florida may not be enough for some, but it was really the mid-spring refresher I really needed: guess you can call it my Spring Break.