Beautiful Florida - Part 1: Innisbrook & Golf Spa Resort

A few weeks ago, Brian and I went on a beautiful, quick trip to Florida; 5 days, 4 nights. We had two main objectives for our trip: to see the Blue Jays spring training in Dunedin and to visit our old school friend, Ashley. We also wanted to escape the cold and get some warm weather in ;)

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In a race against time, I went and got my passport renewed right before it was about to expire. I was also due for a phone upgrade so I spent an entire afternoon about an hour away from home to meet my tech-savy friend, Ross, who helped me out successfully (I wanted a nice new phone camera for taking photos on our trip!) And just to add things into the mix - my car insurance needed to be renewed. Great! It was a little stressful - to say the least! - getting all these things done on time and cashing out even more money. When it rains, it pours! (Oh, and I also had to get American money. With the Canadian dollar being so poor these days, that was another fun money errand). But it was all worth it in the end!

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I'll be dividing the Florida posts into 3 parts! This one will feature our resort and the time we spent on it. Hope you enjoy it!

On Easter morning, we got up bright and early to catch a 6:30 am flight. After half a ride of terrible turbulence, we were so relieved when we landed safely and made it to our "hotel" - the Innisbrook Golf and Spa Resort; an absolutely stunning retreat with breathtaking views and a total relaxed vibe.

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We arrived way early before our room was ready. After checking in and having our luggage stored, we went on a hunt to find some food and came across a bar-restaurant on the resort, Packard's Steakhouse. We ordered ourselves some chicken sandwiches to-go and admired the lovely view and warm breezes as we waited for our food.

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It was such a difference compared to the cold and grey weather back in Toronto!

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After lunch, we decided to check out the little nature walk.

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It really felt like we were in the Amazon than Florida at this point! It felt just like a rainforest.

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The end of the trail led to a small swamp, which was inhabited by these massive snapping turtles! We met some people from out of town who regularly stay at the resort when visiting family. They told us the turtles will hear humans approaching and wait to be fed some bread!

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I used to feed bread to the ducks as a kid, but never giant turtles out in the wild! I only wish we had something to give them that afternoon.

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We were pretty tired after this between an early wake-up call, enduring an uncomfortable flight and exploring a bit of the resort. It was a relief when our rooms were finally ready and we could wash up and relax for a bit!

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Our lodge had its own private pool, which we loved going in at night!

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Funny enough, our room came with two separate beds. Dunno how that happened, but it's always nice to have options!

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It was ultra cozy to the max.

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The view outside was calm and so relaxing too, showing some of the off grounds of a nearby golf course.

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During our second night, we ate a late dinner at one of the resort's restaurants called the Market Salamander Grille.

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We were starved! And luckily, the food was pretty awesome. I even got a coffee on the house at the end of the night! :)

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Brian looked way exited to eat before the meal.

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And "wished he'd never been born" afterwards.

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During our last full day at the resort, we came home after the baseball game to rain and slight thunderstorms. Boo to the max! We were told the rain would last all night, but thankfully after the dinner time hour, it cleared up a little and we headed straight to the main pool!

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This was called the Loch Ness, complete with a waterfall, huge pool, slide and jacuzzi in the back part.

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Lots of lawn chairs too :) Too bad it wasn't sunny enough for proper tanning.

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We took a nice swim and then wondered over to the jacuzzi to warm up (which was great!)

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All trip long, Brian was looking forward to this water slide but unfortunately due to the rain earlier, it was closed down for the day.

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After relaxing in the jacuzzi, we walked over to the Packard's Steakhouse area and used their pool, which was a lot quieter.

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With a much smaller jacuzzi that looked more like a tiny tub! It was incredibly relaxing though, I could barely get myself out of it!

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I was too cold to go into the main pool, but Brian braved it and had fun floating around by himself.

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As we started heading back to our resort to dry off and grab a late bite, the sun finally came out in the form of a beautiful sunset.

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The next day was absolutely gorgeous - and we had to leave the resort!

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But we were going down to St. Pete's to visit our old school friend, Ashley. She was letting us stay with her and her family for the night.

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First, I took a few goofy photos of myself among the resort.

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And Brian jumped in for good measure.

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We were sad to leave our resort but also, super excited to see our friend.

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Stay tuned for the next post! :)