TT: My Favorite Vacation

Since I happen to be on my “favorite” vacation right now (and it’s even more special since it got cancelled last year), I thought I’d share why it’s my favorite:

  • It’s affordable.

Every year, I go to Naples, Fla. in May. It’s off-season so the flights are not expensive.  We rent two villas that sleep 5 each.  We leave our chairs, umbrellas and beach stuff in the garage from year to year.  We rent 2 vans and split the cost. We eat breakfast in the villa, bring our lunch to beach so we only eat dinner out.

  • The weather is warm and dry.

It rarely rains and if it does, it is only for a short time.  It is warm (and at that time of year, usually still cool in the NE.) The sunsets on the Gulf are amazing, too.

  • I run.

This is one of the best things, of course. I can run around the private communities or on the sidewalk along the main road.  The only downside is that it is not close enough to the beach to run with water views. And you have to get up early since it is warm and humid.

  • I play tennis and take lessons.

The 10 of us (and the make-up of the group can vary) met playing tennis although we no longer play together at home. So every morning we play doubles and take lessons with a tennis pro.

  • I go to the beach every day.

Love the sand…the sun…the water…ahhhh!

  • I eat and drink whatever pleases me!!

Calories do not count on vacation, right?

  • We take a day trip each year to explore a different nearby location or site.

Often, it’s in the Sarasota area to visit a garden park, museum, etc.   Of course, I always try and push for a hike.

  • One evening we stay in for a fun gathering of sorts.

We’ve played games, recorded songs and skits, cook, and now we also have Book Club night.

  • We also try to fit in some cultural event such as a play or concert.

Since today is Tuesday, I’m linking up with Zenaida and Kim (Kooky Runner).

I’m also linking up here:

with co-hosts Coach Debbie RunsConfessions of a Mother RunnerMile by MileRuns with Pugs, and Laura Norris Running.

Happy Running! Do you have a favorite vacation? Why is it so special? Please share.

30 thoughts on “TT: My Favorite Vacation

  1. YAY! NAPLES!! One of my favourite places!
    That photo where you’re running in the neighbourhood brings back some good memories. It’s true what you say about the sea view, though. Even though we lived on Gulf Shore Drive, we didn’t actually see the sea while running.
    How is the red tide right now?

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  2. Although there are places we’ve visited multiple times, there so much to explore that we don’t have an “annual” vacation.

    We explored a lot of New England when we lived in VT. Hope to get to ME this year. And because our inlaws lived on the Cape for quite a few years, we’ve spent a lot of time there.

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  3. I love going to the beach as long as there is somewhere to run! We usually go to the Jersey shore in the summers. My in-laws have a house in Cape Coral so we also go there sometimes (the beach isn’t too close but they are on a canal). Hope you are having a great trip!

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  4. Oh, what fun!!!!! The hubs and I recently acquired a place in the sunshine state (currently, it’s a rental, due to our age LOL), but heads up…there may be a blogger retreat in the future 😉 It’s great that you and your friends have had this tradition for so many years 😉

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  5. It sounds like such a wonderful vacation! I would really like to get in the habit of having an annual trip with family/loved ones…it’s always so hard to coordinate, though! I am envious of those extra calories you’re enjoying on vacation, not to mention the beach!

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