Traveling with toddlers is always an adventure, but with a little preparation and a lot of flexibility, it can also be fun. We recently returned from a week-long trip to Gulf Shores, Ala., and we couldn’t have had a better time. (For more about Gulf Shores, see my posts from last year’s vacation here, here and here.)
Based on my experiences, here are my favorite tips for surviving a vacation with a toddler.
Orlando’s Magical Dining Month is a great opportunity to try new restaurants or old favorites with a very affordable prix fixe menu, all while raising money for Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida. The event was held in September, and we had a chance to try two restaurants this year. We sampled one new location, K Wine Bar in Orlando’s College Park neighborhood, and one old favorite, Funky Monkey Wine Company at Pointe Orlando in the International Drive area.
We got our first taste of Central Florida’s growing mobile food scene a few weeks ago at the Daily City’s Orlando Food Truck Bazaar. It turned out to be a great meal, and a great time, so we’ll definitely be back in the future.
We’ve been hearing the buzz about the food truck community for a while but hadn’t had a chance to track down most of the popular trucks for ourselves. That’s where the Bazaar comes in. It’s a convenient way to sample several trucks at once to get to know what’s out there and to choose your favorites. We ate at about half a dozen trucks at the event and still barely scratched the surface of what was there.
Below are photos and reviews of the foods we tried. Come along with us for a stroll through the bazaar.
Editor’s Note: This was supposed to be posted Friday, but I was having technical difficulties. My normal posting schedule will resume (hopefully!) next week.
My regularly scheduled Friday post has a new twist this week. Jenni from the Blog hosts a weekly challenge, called Your Three Words(Y3W) in which bloggers attempt to summarize their week in a three-word title. I’ve been enjoying reading people’s Y3W posts for a while, and I thought it would be a great fit for my “Friday Free-for-All” posts, so here we are.
My three word this week are “three day weekend!”
Tasty treats from the 2010 Food & Wine Festival with a view of Epcot's iconic Spaceship Earth
Disney’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is just around the corner, and menus for each booth were announced last week.
In this final post about our Gulf Shores vacation, I’ll post a little bit of everything. Here are all the other places we visited on our trip.
We spent our stay in a rented beachfront home in Gulf Shores. It was a great location (not too crowded, not too remote).
Traveling with a baby, I can’t even describe how awesome it is to have a full kitchen and a full washer and dryer. We were able to eat lots of meals at home, had ample space to prepare, store and wash bottles, and we were even able to wash and dry our cloth diapers. I highly recommend a house or condo for families with little ones.
The Tin Top Restaurant and Oyster Bar - Bon Secour, Ala.
In this second installment of my vacation review, I’d like to talk about one of my favorite subjects–food!
Since we were staying in a house with a full kitchen, home-cooking was a big highlight of our stay. We had a hot breakfast every morning with grits or biscuits, eggs, bacon or sausage and more. Heaven! We ate well at dinner too, enjoying everything from homemade gumbo and fried shrimp to fresh-grilled steaks and corn on the cob, to homemade spaghetti sauce.
Despite the amazing food at home, we did venture out for a couple of meals. Here are our reviews of the places we tried.