Archive for June, 2012

Independence Day Getaway To Hilton Sandestin Beach

The beaches of South Walton were made for families. They’re snow-white, powder-soft and they don’t get hot under your feet (because they’re nearly pure quartz)! This Independence Day getaway package was made for families, too.

If you love upscale family accommodations with all the amenities, make plans to escape to the Hilton Sandestin Beach Resort for your July 4 celebration.

You can build sandcastles under the sun, cool off on the giant inflatable waterslide and enjoy a traditional poolside Fourth of July cookout followed by fireworks over the Gulf. They’ll even throw in free breakfast!

Book today and enjoy:

This deal is valid June 29 – July 8 , 2012, other restrictions and minimum-night stays required. See their website for details. Rates from $419 per night.

This resort has an indoor and outdoor pool, along with a pool bar. It's a beachfront property with an ice cream and sandwich shop poolside. The kids club is super fun and the onsite restaurants (from sushi to steaks) are excellent. And wait till you see the spa.

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Hilton Bonnet Creek Summer Blast! From $129

Get ready to have a blast this summer at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek. Their award-winning lazy river is one of the best we’ve ever floated down, and this resort is on Disney property so there’s free transportation to and from Disney theme parks.

Book before July 23, and you will save 40 percent off! That means rates start from only $129, and you can travel through the end of September. There is no resort fee, too.

In addition to the amazing lazy river, they’ve got all kinds of family events planned all summer like pool parties, rubber duck races, dive-in movies, specialty weekends and more. On site, you’ll find 12 restaurants and lounges (Kids Eat Free at their Harvest Bistro with the purchase of an adult meal – and they have the best chicken pot pie and a really nice breakfast buffet here).

Here’s a sampling of their summer specialty weekends:

  • Cupcake Lovers Weekend – June 15 – 16
  • Fourth of July Weekend – Fireworks on Saturday, July 7
  • Smokin’ Hot Dogs & BBQ Weekend – Feast on a “Smokin’ Hot BBQ Buffet” and a selection of mind-blowing hot dog treats, Aug. 10-11

This resort is also adjacent to the Waldorf Astoria Orlando, and they have a nice kids’ club (fee), gorgeous spa and other amenities you can enjoy.

My family and I have been to Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek several times now and we love it. I’d recommend it highly. Find me on Facebook for more dining, entertainment and travel tips for this resort!

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Wear Your Heat Gear And Get 30% Off Admission To Miami Seaquarium

In celebration of the Miami Heat being in the Eastern Conference Finals, when you come to the Miami Seaquarium dressed in your HEAT gear, you’ll enjoy 30 percent off admission.

As long as they're still in the finals, the discount is good – so hurry and get to the Miami Seaquarium! And Goooo Heat!

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Photo: Free Flight Aviary, Gulf Breeze Zoo

Even the tiniest tots can interact with the budgerigar, also known as Australian parakeets, in the Free Flight Aviary at the Gulf Breeze Zoo.

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Photo: Giraffe feeding, Gulf Breeze Zoo

A young visitor makes friends with a giraffe at the Gulf Breeze Zoo in northwest Florida.

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Photo: Safari Line Limited Train, Gulf Breeze Zoo

Visitors to the Gulf Breeze Zoo enjoy a relaxing overview of the 50-acre complex, courtesy of the Safari Line Limited Train.

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Photo: Rhinoceros, Gulf Breeze Zoo

A rhinoceros, one of about 1,000 animals at the Gulf Breeze Zoo, maintains a wary eye on visitors.

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