Florida, The Sunshine State

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.

Enjoy The Warmth Of The Sun, The Shade Of The Palms, And Tropical Breezes
Enjoy The Warmth Of The Sun, The Shade Of The Palms, And Tropical Breezes
Orchids In The Poolside Gardens
Orchids In The Poolside Gardens

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.

Breakfast On The Dock
Breakfast On The Dock

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.

Multimillion Dollar Home On The Intercoastal Waterway And The Owner's Yacht
Multimillion Dollar Home On The Intercoastal Waterway And The Owner’s Yacht
In Case You Are In a Hurry, A Helicopter Is Handy To Have On Board Your Yacht
In Case You Are In a Hurry, A Helicopter Is Handy To Have On Board Your Yacht
Perhaps You Want A Sightly Bigger Yacht
Perhaps You Want Something Sightly Bigger For Entertaining

We celebrated our anniversary one night having dinner dockside at the hotel watching the sun set while we sipped a glass of champagne.

Sunset Dinner On The Dock
Sunset Dinner On The Dock

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.

Mixologist Luke Tullos
Mixologist Luke Tullos

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.

Remember The Maine Cocktail
Remember The Maine Cocktail

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.

Housemade Charcuterie With Smoked Duck Ham, Rosemary & Olive Sausage, Etc. With Chutneys, Cheese, Almonds And Olives
Housemade Charcuterie With Smoked Duck Ham, Rosemary & Olive Sausage, Etc. With Chutneys, Cheese, Almonds And Olives
Key West Shrimp With Wild Rice, Brussels Sprouts, And Piquillo Pepper Aioli
Key West Shrimp With Wild Rice, Brussels Sprouts, Grilled Corn And Piquillo And Alepo Pepper Aioli

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.

Poolside At The Pillars Hotel
Poolside At The Pillars Hotel

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.

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    1. Hi Kay, Thank you for your wish. It is nice to take a break from the snow and cold. What makes it better is getting to spend a little time with our family. We will return to winter weather soon enough. 🙂

    1. Hi Judy, I’ve been watching the weather at home, we don’t seem to be getting any breaks with the snow. We had to change our flight to a day ahead just to get out of Boston because of the last snowstorm. I’ll try to fill the whole plane with warm temps when we head back home. Thank you for your nice wish…we are happy to get to spend some time with our family. 🙂

  1. Sounds wonderful, Karen! Happy Anniversary! Have a great time with your family and soak up as much warmth as you can! Remember, winter in New England doesn’t end till May! (Which is why we moved to Tucson!)

    1. Thank you David, for your nice wish. We had a lovely celebration dinner on the dock for our anniversary. It was wonderful being outside without freezing. Oh yes, winter really does tend to drag its heels in New England. I’d be happy if it just stopped snowing but it doesn’t look like that will be happening anytime soon. Tucson has to be wonderful but I don’t think I could handle the heat anymore…that is one of the reasons we left Florida. 🙂

    1. Hi Diane, I’m happy to know that you enjoyed the post. We do enjoy our little holiday at the Pillars…it only has 18 rooms and has the feel of a B&B.

    1. Hi David, I do have to agree with you, it doesn’t get much better than that combination. We are especially enjoying being out of the snow and cold for a little while. Thank you for your nice wish.

  2. You must be relieved to get out of the cold. If I hadn’t visited Florida and Michigan in December myself, I’d find it hard to believe how big a weather contrast there is, though I do remember it being a 3 day drive! Have a lovely break 😉

    1. Hi Mad Dog, We had to change our flight to a day earlier just to get out of Boston because of a snowstorm. Thank you for your nice wish, we are definitely enjoying being out of the cold for a little while. A couple of years ago, we drove down to Florida and enjoyed the trip but hit blizzards on the way back home. It really is amazing the difference in the weather along the east coast of the US.

    1. Hi Lindy, I can just picture what you are looking at…we will be returning to the same before too long. I’m happy to know that you enjoyed the post and appreciate your nice wish. Thank you!

  3. Aw, you are killing me Karen! This is just what I need right now with all this cold and snow. Summer can’t get here soon enough. Have a great time and eat lots of seafood for me!

    1. Hi Karen, I know how you feel, I was counting the days until we got out of the snow. I think we are all looking for the end of this winter. I’ll definitely eat your and my share of fresh seafood. Lunch today was sautéed yellowtail snapper…my favorite Florida fish.

  4. OMP (Oh my pig!) That looks so good – like heaven. The water, the heat from the sun, the FOOD – piggy down. I could lay on that dock all day in the heat and be in piggy heaven. XOXO – Bacon

  5. Good morning Karen!
    I’m not jealous at all that you are enjoying the Florida sun. As a matter of fact, a surge of warmth flowed as I read your post on this yet chilly morning here in PA. Believe you me, if Marion could make the trip, I’d be right there beside you!

    Enjoy your time with your family, Happy Anniversary and if you get a moment, just swish some of that warm air up our way. We sure could use it, lol…Enjoy…And thank you so much for sharing…

    1. Thank you Louise, for your lovely comment and wish. I do hope when we head back north that I can drag some warmth with me to share with all my friends enduring this cold winter. 🙂

    1. Hi Plumdirt, Originally the forecast was for scattered showers most days but we have been very luck and only had rain one evening and while we were out for a ride today. The nice thing is that I don’t need a coat. Thank you for your thoughtful wish, I appreciate it very much.

  6. Your stay in Florida sounds divine – enjoy every minute of it (like you need my urging to do so 😊). While I’m not envious of your being there, I do long to return. We spent a week in St Petersburg at the beginning of the year. It was lovely to get away, but I’m afraid it was largely overcast and cool while we were there. So, enjoy some time poolside for me!

    1. Thank you for your wish, Marlene. We had friends who were in Florida two weeks ago and said the weather was cold. We have been very lucky with temps in the 70’s…so nice not to have to wear a coat and I’m not so pasty white anymore. 🙂

  7. Your holidays are always so fantastic… always make me dream I were somewhere else. I would be more than happy to spend some of this dark winter days in a warmer place on our planet. Have wonderful time with your family!

    1. Thank you Sissi, for your lovely compliment and wish. It truly is nice to get away from all the snow and cold if only for a little while. 🙂

    1. Thank you Kristy, for your nice wish. Spending time in the warm weather is a lovely way to spend our anniversary. The bonus is that we get to visit with our family as well. 🙂

  8. Oh yes, that was always my problem when deciding on a yacht helicopter or no helicopter so I ended up not getting one at all 🙂 You once lived in south Florida and moved to New Hampshire? What caused the move? I have family who live in Vermont but now that they’re retired, they go to Florida the minute the last leaf has fallen at the end of October and don’t return until spring.

    1. Decisions, decisions…it really is hard deciding on whether you want a helicopter perched on top of your yacht. Poor guy, he thought his yacht was big until he saw what was following him. We fell in love with the quality of life and the beauty of the countryside in New England but of course we do have to deal with winter. 🙂

    1. Hi Cathy, It is definitely nice to leave the snow for a little while but I know there will be more on our return. Until then, we are enjoying the sunshine. Thank you for your nice wish.

  9. Beautiful article Karen, enjoy south florida and the family, i’ll be leaving for Italy in two weeks but will ‘read’ you when I get back……big hug to you and M !!! Myriam

  10. How nice to spend time in Florida! And you’re there at the perfect time: right at the height of the strawberry season! I (mostly) don’t miss living in Florida, but this has been a really cold and snowy winter (not as bad as yours, but unusual for St. Louis). So warm weather would be wonderful. Maybe I should book a spur-of-the-moment trip! 😉 Have a great time.

    1. Hi John, Would you believe the only strawberries I’ve seen were the ones served on the plane flying down to Florida. We don’t miss living in Florida either but it is nice to get out of the winter weather for a little while. The bonus is seeing family and friends during our visit. Thank you for your nice wish.

  11. Oh….I sooo wish I were there with you, a little farther south so I could get to see my family! The hotel looks stunning, and the food…..yum! Enjoy your time back with your loved ones!

    1. Hi Carla, It really is nice to see everyone and go back to our favorite spots even if it is only for a short while. Wish you were here as well, we could share our favorite places to eat. Miami has some great new restaurants since we were here last.

      1. It does! I love the food scene there….especially outdoor eating at this time of year when you aren’t melting into a puddle of your own sweat! Maybe sometime we’ll coincide!

    1. Hi David, I do have to agree with you, I definitely have a wonderful life…I’m a very lucky girl. Spending a little time in the warmth of the sun is special, especially this year when it has been so cold.

  12. Oh my god, stop it with the food pictures….I’m starving. We just got back from Florida. It’s definitely a great place to go, especially this winter. Love the yacht photos….reminds me I need a cover for my helicopter; ugh always so much to do, it never ends! lol 😉

    1. Hi Chris, Thank you for your visit and the laugh your comment gave me. The cover for a helicopter can easily slip your mind…especially when you have just returned from vacation. It takes a while to get back in the groove. I’m glad you enjoyed the photos. 🙂

    1. Thank you Chris, I’m happy to know that you enjoyed the photos. This really has been a cold winter and it is so nice to get away to somewhere warm for a little bit. I know there will be lots more snow waiting for me when I return to New Hampshire.

  13. How I envy you, Karen! You are so smart to get away and this sounds and looks like the perfect place! I so enjoyed your pictures. We would get along great. I am happiest sitting by the pool or on the beach and enjoying fabulous food!

    Have a great time with your family. Take your time coming home…it doesn’t look like this weather is going away soon! 🙂


    1. Hi Jane, February is the perfect time to leave the snow and cold behind for a little bit of warmth. I do think we would get along great…we seem to have a lot in common. Thank you for your lovely wish.

    1. Hi Julie, This has certainly been a cold winter for all of us. In New Hampshire, everyone is prepared for snow but unfortunately the southern states really don’t have the resources to cope. Hope your area is spared all the problems you recently had. 🙂

  14. Good Evening Karen, This is such a beautiful way to start your holiday. The hotel looks absolutely gorgeous and a perfect place to spend time relaxing.
    I have visited Florida once and I stayed in a rented house on Amelia Island. It was in October and the weather was beautiful.
    Have a wonderful time with your family…… I am just going back to take a peek at the beautiful palm trees and tropical flowers.
    Best Wishes

    1. Thank you Daphne, for your lovely wishes. We have been having a delightful time. It has been a nice way to celebrate our anniversary and visit with our family. I’m happy to know you enjoyed the photos. 🙂

  15. I love your holidays and am happy for you that you can relax and enjoy some sunshine and good food. Belated anniversary greetings to you both and enjoy the rest of your break 🙂

    1. Thank you for your lovely wish, Tanya. We had a wonderful anniversary dinner watching the sunset out on the dock of the hotel…the weather was perfect. I’m happy to know that you enjoy following along on our holidays. 🙂

    1. Hi Gary, I’m glad that you had a nice time in Tampa…we should visit the west coast on one of our trips to Florida. We haven’t been there in years.

    1. Hi Celia, The Pillars is a pretty little hotel in a beautiful location. We enjoy spending a few days there celebrating our anniversary then get to spend a little time with our family before heading back to New Hampshire. Thank you for your lovely wish.

  16. Wow, Karen, what a beautiful place! Right at this moment I am sitting on a sunny balcony overlooking the most beautiful palm lined beach! It’s early morning and there’s birdsong and waves. Heaven. Glad you are enjoying your travels, beautiful shots, thank you for sharing xo

  17. I want to go to the places that YOU visit especially when I look at all the snow that’s been dumped in my area. I’ll tuck one of those orchids behind my ear and enjoy that charcuterie plate with a Pinot Noir or Cabernet Sauvignon (according to the online wine recommendations) and then get a little sun while I digest. 🙂

    1. Hi Boleyn, It was indeed good to get away from the snow…we had a foot the day after we left. A glass of pinot would be a great choice to enjoy with the charcuterie plate…Market 17 have a very good wine selection. Sure wish the restaurant was in New Hampshire. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. 🙂

  18. You are always going somewhere – I’m envious of all of your wonderful travels. I am heading to R.I. this Sunday and N.H. a day or two later. Meeting a friend in R.I and hoping to get in a bit of skiing near White Mountain. I am hoping for clear flying weather but lots of powdery snow for skiing. Enjoy Florida – wear sunscreen! I’ll be traveling to Miami in May for a food blogger conference. Looks like we’ve running in the same circles so to speak!

    1. Hi Linda, We look forward to our trip to Florida each winter. We get out of the snow for a little while and get to visit with our family. Hopefully the weather in New Hampshire will be good…we will be heading back soon ourselves. It does sound like we are traveling in the same circles. I know you will enjoy your time in Miami as well.

    1. Hi Eva, We do enjoy celebrating our anniversary in Florida. We get out of the snow and cold for a little while and get to visit with our family at the same time. Thank you for your wish.

  19. Florida must have the best climate. I’ve been hearing what an extreme winter you’re having so I’m not surprised you needed to escape for a few days. What a lovely looking boutique resort. I love the sun lounges. And yes please, I’ll have one or two of those yachts xx

    1. Hi Charlie, Florida is great in the winter as the weather is really nice but summer is hot…one thing I don’t miss about living here. We love staying at The Pillars, it is a charming little hotel. The yachts are amazing…wouldn’t it be fun to have a friend that had one and would take us for an afternoon cruise. 🙂

  20. Oh yay! Another trip – so exciting to be in Florida while its only 30 F for a high today. I’m so happy you are able to visit family. Enjoy yourself and we’ll see ya when you return home to your pretty sunshine yellow house!

    1. Hi Kelli, It is very nice to enjoy the warmth of Florida sunshine for a little while. It is 10 F at home, feels like 3 and snow is in the forecast. We always look forward to getting a chance to visit with family. I appreciate your nice wish…thank you.

    1. Hi Meg, Thank you for your wish. On average February is our snowiest month in New Hampshire so it is indeed nice to escape for a little while. I’m definitely looking forward to spring and thinking green thoughts. 🙂

  21. Enjoy your time down South with the other folks escaping this dreaded Winter weather that is hanging on for a long time even here in Tennessee. I am off to Mexico soon to get my own dose of Vitamin D. Great Photos Karen.

    1. Thank you Teresa, for your nice wish. When we used to live in Florida, we used to joke about the “snowbirds”…people from up north escaping the snow and now we are “snowbirds”. 🙂

  22. What an awesome way to spend the winter!!!! A couple of winters ago we went to San Diego March to warm up from our cold winter and it snowed in southern CA! UGH! Hope it stays warm for you. 🙂

    1. Hi MJ, I wish we were spending the winter in Florida but two weeks is great nonetheless. One thing I know won’t happen here in south Florida, no snow with temps in the 70’s.

  23. I moved to Australia from Florida but not that far south. I now live in the Florida of Australia and on a canal but nothing, NOTHING like those canals.

    Have the BEST time down there and we’ll all be waiting upon your return to New Hampshire.

    1. Hi Maureen, I know what you mean. We lived on the water in Florida too but never saw yachts the size of what passes by on the Intercoastal Waterway in Ft. Lauderdale. I appreciate your kind wishes…thank you!

  24. Welcome to Florida. My wife and I live about 3 hours up the coast from Ft Lauderdale and we enjoy the warmth all year. It is funny that you come here for vacation and we tend to go to New England. We are especially fond of Boston’s South Shore. Enjoy your time before heading back into the teeth of winter.

    1. Thank you for your nice wish, JJ. My husband and I lived in south Florida for 30 years before moving to New England. I can understand why you enjoy vacationing in New England, it is beautiful. Our children still live in Florida so we always take a break from the snow to visit them and enjoy the warmth of Florida for a couple of weeks each February. 🙂

  25. It looks like you’re in a really beautiful part of the world – hope you enjoy the rest of your stay, and the snow isn’t too deep when you get home! Those yachts are amazing… the one with a matching helicopter is just ridiculous!

    1. Thank you Sarah, for your nice wish. We are enjoying our visit in Florida. Can you believe the yachts we saw. It was interesting to watch the parade…one bigger than the next. 🙂

    1. Hi Jeannee, I think you are right, this has been such a cold winter…we all want to get away from the cold and snow for awhile. We are having a wonderful holiday, thank you for your wish.

    1. Hi Angie, I appreciate your wish…thank you. We are indeed lucky to escape the snow and cold for a couple of weeks. Unfortunately, it will be waiting for us on our return. 🙂

    1. Hi Fatima, There certainly has been lots of rain this year in France. I wish I could send you some of the sunshine that we are lucky enough to be enjoying here in Florida. I will definitely think of you when I have a cocktail. 🙂

    1. Thank you Ksenia, We have enjoyed our stay…it has been a wonderful way to celebrate our anniversary. We will be back in the cold way too soon.

  26. Looks like a great way to spend a few days with great food and views – it’s hard to believe the size of some of the boats. The folks staying next to us here in Williston, FL live within a few miles of Berlin, NH and they are here for six months. I find that every time I turn the snow work over to the caretaker, I end up with the shovel 🙂

    1. Hi Larry, I have to agree with you…we love spending our anniversary at The Pillars. Can you believe the size of the yachts…one bigger than the next. We truly are lucky to have such a terrific caretaker to watch over our home…he takes care of it like it was his home. 🙂

  27. I have never been in Ft. Lauderdale but I visited both Miami and Orlando…I fell in love!!! It reminds Brazil in many ways. If it did depend on me only, Florida would be one of my places of choice to live for sure. Karen, you did a great job…The photos are breathtaking!! Wishing you and your husband a very happy V-day!

    1. Hi Denise, I’m happy you enjoyed the post and photos. Thank you for your compliment and wish. I can see why Florida would remind you of Brazil, it has a very Latin vibe. As a matter of fact over 300,000 Brazilians live in Florida. 🙂

  28. Karen, do you hear me whimpering? I’m trying to remember what it’s like to not spend 20 minutes putting on long johns, heavy socks, boots, scarf, down jacket, mittens & hats…I imagine you left those behind.

    1. I can sympathize with you Diane, I wore my winter outfit and puffy down coat to the airport and will be putting it back on for the trip back to Boston next week. Watching the weather here this morning, the TV reporters were saying how cold it is going to be tonight…55 F. They have no idea what cold is. 🙂

      1. We had to change our flight down to Miami because of the last storm…going out the day before we got almost a foot of snow. We will have had about two feet while we have been gone so I’m hoping some of it has melted. 🙂

    1. Hi Juliana, I agree with you about The Pillars hotel…it is very pretty. It is a lovely place to spend a few days and enjoy the sun. Thank you for your wish, we are having a very nice time.

    1. Hi Pamela, We are having a nice time visiting our family. Please do pretend you are here as well. We will be back in the cold next week and then I’ll be doing the same thing. 🙂

  29. Wow, that looks like SUCH an amazing trip so far! You are making me so envious of warm weather, sunshiney beaches, and delicious ocean-caught food. Hope your next leg of the trip goes amazingly well, too!

    1. Hi Amy, Thank you for your wish. We enjoyed our time in Ft. Lauderdale and now we are out in the suburbs catching up on what has been happening with our family since we saw them last year. 🙂

  30. What a lovely post Karen! I have spent quite a bit of time in Ft. Lauderdale and it is wonderful! Glad to see you are enjoying some warm sunshine and now with your family too. You really know how to travel! 😉

    1. I appreciate your nice compliment, Seana. I’m happy to know that you enjoyed the post. When we travel, I do try to make the most of where we are…I’m glad you enjoy following along. 🙂

    1. Hi Cathy, We have been having a nice time with our family…thank you. I’ve seen the news about the snow in Portland. It certainly has been nice to get out of the cold for a little while and enjoy the warmth and sunshine. We will have about two feet of additional snow on the ground when we return home next week but at least I’m going back with a little bit of a tan.

  31. Have a fabulous time! We have dear friends and family that live in various areas of Florida but do we manage to get there every winter? NO! After this year, my thinking on that is changing. It may have to be a priority. : )

    1. Hi Heather, I do think you need to make plans to visit Florida and your friends a little more often. It is nice to be able to escape the snow and cold for at least a little while.

    1. Hi Lorraine, I’m happy to know that you enjoy following along on our travels. Thank you for your nice compliment. I have to say that you go to some interesting places as well.

  32. Karen, it looks like you are having an absolutely fabulous time – I cannot get over all the wonderful pictures that you posted! It must be just amazing in Florida!
    Enjoy our stay and all the breathtaking food and scenery!

    1. Thank you Andrea, for your lovely compliment and wish. I’m happy that you enjoyed the photos. Having lived in Florida for many years, I can say that winter is the best time to visit Florida weather wise and we are certainly enjoying ourselves. So far we have missed two snowstorms at home during our holiday. 🙂

    1. Hi Prudy, I’m happy that you enjoyed the photos…The Pillars hotel is a lovely place to spend a few days. Thank you for your wish, it is nice to spend some time with our family here in Florida.

  33. Oh my, but what a glorious hotel! And I can only imagine how nice it must be to have left the cold, fierce weather behind. Enjoy your time in the sun!

    1. Hi Adri, We love spending a few days at The Pillars. The little hotel was named #1 on the Condé Nast reader’s choice awards two years ago and I can see why. It is definitely nice to escape the winter storms for just a little while. Since we have been away from home, our area has gotten almost two more feet of snow.

    1. Hi Chunklet, You gave me a real chuckle. I guess we all would like a yacht until we find out how much it costs just to fill their fuel tanks. Now if we all had a friend who had one and invited us to join them on a cruise…that would be real nice. 🙂

  34. Oh all that sun! With the weather we’ve been having here that looks so wonderful. We’re waiting for the 80mph winds to hit! Have a great time with your family. GG

    1. Hi GG, I sure wish I could send some of the sun across the ocean to you. I can’t believe the terrible weather that you have had this winter. We are enjoying visiting with our family, thank you for your kind wish.

    1. Hi Southern, Thank you for your nice wish. We are having a nice time visiting our family. Our grandchildren visited us this past summer in Maine but there is nothing like getting to see them again so soon. In that short time, my grandson grew taller than I am…although that is not hard since I’m not quite 5 feet tall. 🙂

  35. I am actually enjoying the snow – it’s been a while that we’ve had a white winter. I am not a fan of slush and grey-ness. The shoveling is a bit difficult as there is not much space for the snow but good exercise nonetheless. Your vacation looks lovely though! Much more pleasant comparing to minus 30 degree C temperature – but today we went up to a balmy minus six degrees Celsius!

    1. Hi Ming, I think snow is beautiful and when you are dressed properly, cold weather can be tolerable. With that said, I do enjoy escaping winter for a little holiday where you can enjoy warmth and sunshine. 🙂

    1. Thank you Laura, I’m happy that you enjoyed the photos. Having a short break from the snow and cold and visiting Florida is delightful this time of the year.

    1. Thank you for your kind wish, Pat. We use to live in Key Largo and took a ride down the other day. It was fun to see how things had changed since we left and what has remained exactly the same. Of course, the Keys are much pretty when seen by water instead of seeing it by car the way we did.

    1. Hi Phil, Your weather in England has been terrible this year and I can appreciate what you are saying. I’m so happy we are in Florida right now! The day after we flew south our home in New Hampshire got an additional foot of snow and now it is snowing again with another 12 inches forecasted through tomorrow.

  36. Welcome to the sunshine state. You’ve picked a great spot to visit and get-away from the cold. Your photos are splendid. Happy Anniversary to you both and I know you must be enjoying your family. Maybe they will turn you in to snowbirds and you’ll spend your winters here 🙂

    1. Hi Sam, It is nice being in Florida to enjoy a reprieve from the snow and cold and we love The Pillars, it is a lovely place to stay. We lived in Florida for thirty years before heading to New England and do think about turning into snowbirds each year we come back to visit. 🙂 Thank you for your nice wish.

    1. Hi Shashi, I appreciate your nice wish…we had a lovely anniversary celebration. We did pick a good time to head south as we have missed two snowstorms. We will be arriving home to two extra feet of snow on the ground next week.

  37. Well now, it’s snowing here as I read this post and see your beautiful pictures. I’ve been hoping one of our timeshare exchanges will open up in Ft Lauderdale, but I’m thinking I’m out of luck now lol. Enjoy the sunshine, Karen!

    1. Hi Ruth, I was just watching a weather report from home…we are getting another foot of snow. We are definitely making the most of the sunshine before we return home next week. I’m glad you enjoyed the photos…thank you.

  38. Happy Anniversary, Karen, and what a great way to celebrate! 🙂 Yes, those mansions and yachts are something else, aren’t they? How funny that we should both post pics of them, almost on the same day. 😕 Your food looks absolutely delicious. Enjoy the rest of your stay in Florida. xx

    1. Thank you Sylvia, for your nice wish. Having dinner on the dock at The Pillars was indeed a lovely way to celebrate our anniversary. You are right, the mansions and yachts are unbelievable. We will hate to leave the warmth of Florida and our family when we head back to the cold next week but we will have a little bit of a tan and lovely memories. 🙂

    1. Thank you Liz, I appreciate your lovely wish. We really are happy to be in Florida as we have missed two snowstorms with another one coming this weekend.

    1. Hi Raymund, I’m glad you enjoyed the photos. The shrimp was delicious and you are right, they are a good price. I appreciate your nice wish, thank you!

    1. Hi Daisy, I’m happy that you enjoyed the photos, thank you. We enjoyed dining on the dock…the food was delicious and the weather and sunset made for a lovely evening. You are indeed having terrible weather in NYC with more on the way. I know we will all be happy when this winter is behind us.

  39. What a wonderful way to spend your anniversary, Karen. Lovely photos, to be sure. I can only imagine what it must have felt like to move from coats to bathing suits and after the storms this past week I’m sure you’re more than grateful to be in Florida! I hope you can stay awhile. 🙂 The photo of the sunset dinner at the dock is just wonderful. Who wouldn’t love that? Enjoy it all, and for as long as possible!

    1. Hi Debra, We really did enjoy our few days at The Pillars. You are right about, it was wonderful to spend time in a bathing suit enjoying the warm sunshine. We will be heading back into the snow and cold in a few days after visiting all our children but I don’t know if I’m ready to put my down coat back on. 🙂

  40. I tried to focus on the boats rather than the food, Karen 🙂 I saw Sylvia’s intracostal post yesterday and left a comment saying that we had a lovely sunset cruise from St. Pete’s many years back. Happy days! 🙂 Enjoy them.

    1. Hi Jo, Sitting by the pool and watching the parade of yachts motoring down the Intercoastal Waterway was real entertainment. We had a wonderful time at The Pillars and are now enjoying the company of our children. Thank you for your nice wish.

    1. Hi Susan, Thank you for your nice comment. We have indeed enjoy the sun and warmth of Florida. Watching the yachts pass by on the Intercoastal was entertaining…a real parade of sorts. 🙂

    1. Thank you Christin, We had a lovely anniversary celebration. We will be heading back to New England this coming week and I will miss the warmth of Florida.

    1. Hi Mary, Perhaps clicking your heels three times and saying there is no place like Florida in winter might work. If it does, I think everyone suffering from this winter will all show up in Florida real soon. 🙂 Unfortunately I’ll be heading home soon…I don’t know if I’m ready to put my down coat on yet.

  41. Birds of a feather always flock together. This very escape plan from winter is the type my sweetheart and I hatched last year in Bali during our winter! Best idea yet. I’m of the mind that holidays are earnt and you obviously worked hard for it, so enjoy! Banish all thoughts of snow and enjoy that sun 🙂

    1. Hi Alli, Your comment gave me a big smile. I’m glad you agree about escaping the winter if you can. A short break during the snowiest month is always something I look forward to…it is a nice way to celebrate our anniversary.

  42. What a lovely Getaway – perfect to escape the chilly winter.
    Don’t know where to concentrate- the beautiful landscape, impressive yachts,
    or the gorgeous looking food 🙂
    Have a wonderful time in sunny Florida, Karen!

    1. Hi Daniela, I’m happy that you liked the post and thank you for your nice wish. We have been lucky to have had lovely weather and have enjoyed being outdoors in Florida.

    1. Hi Sarah, I’m glad you enjoyed the post. I’m hoping for warmer weather at home too but with snow predicted again tomorrow I don’t think it will be coming anytime soon.

    1. Thank you Georgina, We did have a lovely vacation. As they say, all good things must come to an end and we will be heading home to snowy New Hampshire tomorrow. 🙂

    1. Hi Dedy, We certainly did have some delicious food on this trip and yes, the portions were generous. We will be heading home to a snowy day tomorrow.

  43. Karen, What a wonderful travel post! I felt as if I was right there soaking up the Florida sunshine with you! I will have to remember this little boutique hotel! So nice of you to share this secret getaway! The food looks outstanding and you so deserve this escape from this unbelievable snow that the country is getting. ENJOY your warm escape!

    1. Thank you Roz, for your lovely compliment. I’m happy that you enjoyed the post. We love staying at The Pillars and it truly is a little gem. We are heading home tomorrow but it was a delightful holiday.

    1. Hi Carolyn, I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Thank you for your nice compliment. This really has been a cold and snowy winter…we are all looking forward to spring, I’m sure. 🙂

  44. Hi there Karen, well of course you should buy the largest yacht for entertaining!!!! Great post and nice to see something other than miles of snow. Have a wonderful restful and warm visit in Florida. Take Care. BAM

    1. Hi Bobbie, I would be very happy if I was just invited onto one for a short ride down the Intercoastal. I can just imagine what they must be like inside as they are certainly impressive on the outside. Thank you for your nice wish and compliment, I’m glad you enjoyed the post.

    1. Hi Ladyfi, I’m glad you enjoyed the post. It has been so nice enjoying the tropical landscapes and warm, sunny days. Tomorrow we head back to New Hampshire and a snowstorm. 😦

    1. Thank you for your wish, Claire. We had a wonderful time enjoying the warmth and visiting with our family. Tomorrow we head back north and will be greeted by a snowstorm. I’m definitely looking forward to spring.

  45. Gorgeous-looking holiday Karen – must be sooo lovely escaping from that bone-chilling cold snap. Great photos. It’s the beautiful charcuterie platter that leaped out at me – smoked duck ham sounds amazing, and I’m always happy to indulge in a little guanciale and blue cheese… Enjoy the rest of your holiday.

    1. Thank you Saskia, for your wish. We had a wonderful holiday enjoying the warmth, eating great food and visiting our family. Tomorrow we head back up to New Hampshire. I don’t know if I’m ready for the snowstorm that will be going on when we arrive.

  46. sunshine? Warm weather? tropical flowers? what are these things you speak of? I can’t recall them!
    oh so desperate for a mild day – even just 55 would be a luxury! Perhaps 50 on friday… after we get through today’s storm of course!

    1. Hi Carol, It was delightful while it lasted. Now I’m sitting in the airport hoping our flight home isn’t canceled because of the very snowstorm you speak of. 🙂

      1. Thanks Carol, we made it home safely. We have almost four feet of snow on the ground and huge plowed snow banks…such is life in New Hampshire.

    1. Hi Emma, Thank you for stopping by for a visit and your nice compliment. I’m happy to know that you enjoyed the photos of our holiday in Florida.

    1. Thank you Renee, for your nice compliment. I’m happy that you enjoyed the post. We lived in Florida for many years and it has really changed over the years. I think you would enjoy visiting the state again. We enjoy most of the changes except the traffic…it is horrible. 😦

  47. Ok- maybe just a little jealous. As much as I love the pacific northwest every once in a while I can still imagine the warmth- but it loses it’s specialness when it’s practically every single day of your life. I think the contrast is wonderful to experience.
    Lovely little hotel and charming yachts:) I bet it was a good time.
    My sister is still in south Florida.

    1. Hi Wendy, We had a very nice time, thank you. It was nice to get out of the cold for a little while and visit are family but we are now back in the land of snow and cold. I know what you mean about having the same weather all the time, four distinct seasons are nice.

  48. Very classy place, I don’t blame you from escaping from all that snow that you had this winter – still that’s how a winter should be.
    Fantastic place you have chosen … I can understand why it’s your favorite. I’m thinking about going to Miami next January or Febr on my way back from Lima. I checked their website .. and loads of rooms are sold out all ready for next year. Amazing. Just beautiful.

    1. Hi Viveka, Isn’t The Pillars a great little hotel. We are staying in one of those rooms that are marked sold for next year. We made our reservation for next year this year as we were leaving. We think it is the perfect place to spend our anniversary.

      1. Anniversary … perfect – stunning hotel and so romantic, I would feel as outsider staying there on my own.
        I have to find something in the Art Deco area.

      2. The Art Deco area of South Beach is very popular and can be very busy but also fun for tourists I believe. When we lived in south Florida, we would take guests that were visiting us to South Beach for lunch and a drive past all the hotels that are opposite the ocean.

      3. Have seen it on TV a couple of times, not because I’m a beach babe … fare from it, but I like the way they have converted the area into Art Deco – loads of small hotels and restaurants.
        Maybe a bit too much .. but for a couple of days.

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