When my friends over at Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa invited me to stay on property, I jumped at the chance to extend my sunny Christmas vacation in Florida visiting the in-laws. If this doesn’t make me a legit “
snow bird”, then I don’t know what does. Not to mention, this was a prime opportunity to ditch the kids for a few days with free, built-in babysitters (their grandparents) and have some alone time with The Giant, who was approaching a milestone 40th birthday. With the windows down and music blaring, we screamed “Be good!” and “Peace out!” to the kids and headed for the Treasure Coast for four days of uninhibited beachside fun.
Road-tripping through Florida is nothing to write home about (unless you count the hugest and busiest rest stop I’ve ever seen, it’s a very flat state with no interesting scenery), but the benefits of being together with your sweetheart – without kids fighting in the back seat – far outweighs anything else! After the two-and-a-half hour drive from our in-laws’ home, we arrived at the most gorgeous oceanside luxury resort, Hutchinson Shores Resort, that made us want to strip down to our skivvies and jump right in!
But first, we checked in to our room, which was airy and fresh with modern coastal touches like bold striped curtains. We had a breathtaking oceanside view from wall to wall glass doors, which we left open at night to fall asleep to the salty sea breeze and to wake to the
gentlerolling waves. Our balcony was perfect for hanging out on every day. I’m obsessed with soft linens, and the bath towels at Hutchinson Shores Resort were heavenly – so much that I looked at the tag and saw the towels were all dated with utter care by month and year. That’s the mark of a luxury hotel, in my opinion.
We dined several times at the resort’s restaurant, Drift Kitchen + Bar, which was beyond delicious in
a freshseafood meets modern Italian kind of way. For our first dinner at Driftwe got a bit wild, ordering a little surf and turf. My blue crab crusted grouper was the yin to The Giant’s yang (a center cut NY strip steak). The flavors were so perfectly nuanced, the sear just right – kudos to having a delicious meal just an arm’s length away from our home away from home the next few days. (And might I add, breakfast was pretty special too; think crab cake benedicts, amaretto French toast, short rib hash, ya know NBD.)
The truth is, Hutchinson Shores Resort seemed very family-friendly and I spent a few seconds thinking about how my kids would have really enjoyed it here… but somewhere in between a romantic horseback ride on Jensen Beach, checking out a cool car museum, lazily exploring charming downtown Stuart – oh, and poolside drinks – I’d be lying if I said our time alone here wasn’t just right. I cannot wait to “flock” back down to Hutchinson Shores Resort the next time we visit our in-laws!
This post is in partnership with Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa, but all opinions are my own.
You know you’re in the south when you’re surrounded by these mysteriously gorgeous Spanish moss. I LOVE them. Some find them creepy but I think they’re so pretty and romantic. This session here was taken Christmas Day while the two older ones were napping. It just feels so magical standing beneath this ginormous tree with my naked Cole. This is our third time spending Christmas in Florida and it still feels so weird because the temps was so warm! Cole certainly didn’t mind being in his birthday suit one bit! I feel like I don’t get a lot of alone time with my leprechaun but when I do, I’m happy and blessed these rare times are documented.
Have to cut this blog post short because #1 and 2 are fighting. Every time I try to sneak away to work, this happens. Sigh…life of a stay at home mom.
I talked on Instagram about not only loving this gorgeous weather we’re having but new shooting locations. The Spanish moss, just stunning. I know some people think they’re creepy looking but I think they’re sooooo pretty and romantic. Especially when there’s a nice breeze and the way it sways around like they’re dancing. I’ll be doing a shoot later today that I’m excited about and any guesses where we’ll be shooting? You know what else I’m excited about? Taking the kids to Legoland tomorrow. Crazy how things like Legoland gets you excited once you have kids. Seeing their faces light up is the best feeling in the world. Can’t wait!
Hello from Florida. Sorry I’ve been a little MIA. We’ve been enjoying the Florida weather, except for one day when it turned 70 and Floridians freaked out by whipping out their jackets and pants. Lol. The kids are loving quality time with their grandparents and their daily golf cart rides. It’s amazing how a simple ride to pick up mail can get them so excited they’re jumping up and down like we’re offering them candy. There’s something about coming down here that always get us so tired. The Giant and I can’t ever figure it out. Maybe it’s the fresh air? We find ourselves going to bed earlier and earlier. Not complaining though, we’re getting some much needed rest!
Till next time!