Hey there! Sorry I went MIA for a couple of days. I was planning to blog while Adam and I were on our staycation but I forgot my laptop at home. We realized last minute that we were able to bring Cecil to the hotel, so I ended up rushing around packing him an overnight bag and totally forgot the laptop :).
We vlogged the whole staycation – I would love if you would check it out!
I would also really, really love and appreciate it if you subscribe to my YouTube channel. You’ll receive notifications as soon as I put up new videos. Okay, enough self-promo!
Adam, Cecil and I stayed at the Atlantic Hotel & Spa in case you’re ever headed over here to Fort Lauderdale and looking for a pet friendly hotel.
The only complaint I have about the whole weekend is that they ran out of king suites so we ended up in a room with two queen beds. #FirstWorldProblems
Cecil didn’t really seem to mind though since he got his own bed! Although, as you can imagine in the end we were all piled into the same bed to sleep.
We didn’t check in to the hotel until about 6pm on Monday afternoon so we just chilled out and ordered delivery to the room. We were probably asleep by midnight which meant I was able to wake up at the break of dawn to watch the sunrise!
When Adam finally got up we walked down to a little Mexican restaurant to get some lunch. Even though we frequently go to the beach to eat, we had never been to this place before. I was a little hesitant because Mexican can either be super good or super bad…
Luckily the food here was super good! Everything tasted really fresh and authentic. I scarfed down three tacos like it was my last meal, and Adam enjoyed a giant burrito!
The restaurant is called The Mexican Cantina and I highly recommend it if you’re in the area. The prices are reasonable too – my tacos were only $2 each!
After lunch the typical summer afternoon showers rolled in and sprinkled the beach in some fresh rain. It wasn’t hard enough that the beach cleared out, but we decided to relax in the room until it stopped. The rain hardly ever lasts long here.
Can you even tell it was rainy? The skies were a little grey but there was no thunder or lightning.
After the rain passed through Adam and I shimmied into our bathing suits and headed down to the pool. As much as I absolutely LOVE the beach, I don’t really like going into the ocean.
If you’ve been reading my blog long enough then you know I have a weird fish phobia. I don’t want to look at fish, touch them, think about them or share the water with them! The pool is my kind of place.
I forgot to bring sunscreen but they had some for sale in the spa at the hotel. I was pleased to find the brand they carry is cruelty free :). It also smells pretty amazing – like bananas and coconut!
We ended up spending a few hours just soaking in the sun by the pool, drinking piña coladas and pretending we didn’t have to go to work the next day.
Around 4pm we started getting hungry so we ordered a hummus plate. I was sort of disappointed in the amount of veggies that came with it, but the hummus was homemade and super fresh!
Eventually we peeled ourselves away from the pool and went for a walk up and down the beach. Adam grabbed himself a slice of pizza from Primanti Brothers and then we settled into the room with a bottle of wine.
Oh and I stopped into a little shop to pick up some postcards for the postcard exchange I’m doing. I can’t wait to start getting them in the mail :). Here’s what you can expect in return!
As the sun began to set the party at our hotel began! There was a DJ on the pool deck playing the latest pop hits, and people came out to grab a seat to watch the fireworks show.
This is the part I had been waiting 12 months for. Last 4th of July I said to Adam that I wanted to book a hotel room with a balcony that overlooks the ocean to watch the fireworks — and the whole stay was exactly what I hoped it would be!
Adam and I definitely want to make this a 4th of July tradition, and I think Cecil does too! He was so interested in the beach, constantly looking out the windows at the water, the birds and all the people.
I’m already looking forward to next year… and maybe even sooner. After all my birthday is coming up in less than a month :).
Did you shoot off any fireworks, or go see a fireworks show?
Have you ever brought your pet on vacation with you?