Each year my husband and I leave the snow and cold of New England and head to Florida, The Sunshine State. If you read my post Winter White Is Fashionable, you will remember that our home and apple orchard was covered in deep snow. Since that time, we have received more than a foot and a half of snow with more on the way. We turned over the snow plowing and shoveling to our caretaker and boarded a flight south. How delightful it was to arrive at our favorite boutique hotel, The Pillars located in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. (You can click on the link to see photos from our previous stay.) The hotel is located on the Intercoastal Waterway. This area of Ft. Lauderdale is known as the “Venice of America” because of all the canals with multimillion dollar homes, yacht clubs, and outdoor waterfront dining.
It took mere minutes to change out of the sweaters we had worn to the airport in Boston and into our bathing suits. We are spending a few days enjoying the warmth of the sun, the shade of the palm trees and the tropical breezes. Hopefully by the time we return home to New Hampshire, our pasty white bodies will have developed a lovely tan and will be a nice souvenir of our time spent in Florida.
Each day has begun with breakfast on the dock as we watch yachts, one bigger than the next, make their way down the Intercoastal Waterway. Across the water from the hotel there is a huge home but as you can see from the photos of the yachts passing by, it seems to be dwarfed by the size of the mega yachts.
We celebrated our anniversary one night having dinner dockside at the hotel watching the sun set while we sipped a glass of champagne.
Several evenings were spent enjoying some of the better known and trendy restaurants such as YOLO (You Only Live Once), Truluck’s and Market 17, all located in Fort Lauderdale. Market 17′s food enticed us back for a second meal which is a rarity.
Arriving at Market 17 early, we started the evening at the bar with specialty cocktails prepared by mixologist Luke Tullos.
Remember The Maine, Hemingway’s Daiquiri and Canadian Royalty were made with fresh fruit juices and hand crafted small batch spirits.
While at the bar, we shared a selection of house made charcuterie. We chose a plate of smoked duck ham, rosemary & olive sausage, ginger walnut salami, guanciale, black peppercorn infused blue cheese, accompanied by house made chutney, mustard, pickled vegetables, almonds and olives.
Key West Shrimp with wild rice, roasted Brussels sprouts, grilled corn and piquillo pepper and alepo aioli was one of the delicious entrees we enjoyed.
As much as we hate to leave our lovely little hotel with its beautiful tropical gardens, we are now heading out to the suburbs near the Everglades where we will spend the rest of our vacation visiting with our family. Meals will be enjoyed at family restaurants with about a dozen of us gathered around the tables. We will be reminiscing about our time spent living in south Florida with our children, playing cards, and enjoying the antics of our grandchildren.
Since I’ll be a little busy with family, please understand if I don’t get to visit with all my readers until we head back to New Hampshire. Don’t be too jealous of us enjoying some warm weather as we are supposed to have snow the day before we fly home. I’ll have to start shoveling snow before I know it.