Friday 15 Road Trip Edition
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year” (cue holiday music)….so pack a bag, grab your keys and gas up….we’re road trippin’ right on out of here! The Newland Smith Team has been quarantining, safe distancing, zooming, masking and missing our elderly family members like the rest of you. With the travel bug gnawing at our heels, what better way to satisfy the itch than hitting the road with your favorite humans, furry friends, tunes and podcasts?!?! We thought we’d compile a list of 15 great road trip destinations easily traversed from our safe little haven of Delray Beach/Boca Raton. Please enjoy the ride….
South Beach-Up for a quicky? In only forty five minutes you can be strolling Lincoln Road, sipping cocktails at El Matador in the Edition, eating Sushi al fresco at Pubbelly, or dining under the stars at Mandolin Aegean Bistro. Fur friendly hotels include: 1 Hotel, SLS and the Setai.
Islamorada-1.5 hours away you can find some of the best fishing and frolicking around. Cheeca Lodge is a favorite destination with pet friendly rooms, paddleboarding and kayaking. Swim with the dolphins, or head to the ocean to see what’s biting. Fan of “Bloodline”? Book one of the private villas at The Moorings Village for the ultimate in luxury travel.
Key West-4 hours-Cross the 42 bridges that connect the Florida Keys, and you’ve made it to the Southern-most point in the US. Duvall street offers an array of eateries, bars and accommodations. Hyatt Centric serves up beautiful sunsets, pet friendly rooms and a quick walk to the sunset party at Mallory Square. Channel your distorted Spring Break memories at Rick’s Bar serving up fruity cocktails and top 40 music. For a more sophisticated vibe, have a glass at The Little Room Jazz Club.
Naples-Head 2 hours West to Naples for low key luxury. The Ritz Carlton accommodates the savviest of road trippers and their pampered pets. Tempt your tastebuds at Bha Bha Persian Bistro, or try the Turtle Club and it’s patio dining.
Sanibel Island/Captiva Island-go the extra mile to Sanibel and Captiva Islands and stay at the Southseas Resort. Collect shells on the white sandy beaches, or explore the twenty-five-mile bike trail that connects the two Gulf Coast destinations.
Orlando-For all you Disney fanatics, or those of you who do the obligatory Disney pilgrimage, there’s something for everyone in O-town. Pets are welcomed at a variety of hotels from the Ritz to the Residence Inn. When you tire of the Disney hoopla and turkey-leg eating tourists, you can catch the Front Yard Festival kicking off in December featuring new artists each weekend in a social distanced setting outdoors at the Dr. Phillips Center of the Performing Arts.
Cape Canaveral -Channel your inner-astronaut at the Kennedy Space Center. You can time your road trip to coincide with the next Space X or rocket launch. If they’re on a launch break, the space center offers the Astronaut Training Experience for any age group.
Sarasota-Explore more of the Gulf Coast in a town made famous by the circus. The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art attracts visitors from all over the globe. Pet friendly hotels are: Westin or Aloft downtown, or the Lido Beach Resort on the sand.
Destin-Venture into Florida’s panhandle for miles of white beaches and fish filled ocean. Destin is a low key hideaway for all you salty dogs craving the quintessential Florida experience. The Henderson Beach Resort and spa will provide a safe harbor for both you and your pet.
Amelia Island-one our favorite Ritz’s in Florida lies on the east coast of Florida in Amelia Island. If tennis, golf, or lounging pool side is your thing…..drive straight here! In the winter months you can roast marshmallows at a beachside bonfire or catch a vintage car show.
St Augustine-head to the oldest city in Florida for a walk back in time. Have your kids been building forts in the house during quarantine?….well, show them how it’s really done at Castillo de San Marcos, one of the oldest masonry fortifications in the country. From November 14, 2020 to January 31, 2021 you can “get lit” at St. Augustine’s Night’s of Lights where over 3 million decorative white lights sparkle about town.
Tallahassee-Visit the state capitol and learn about the rich history of Florida (snooze-fest alert!). Interested in state politics, the FSU Seminoles?….even worse, I know…you should probably just head back East to Gainesville for a rockin’ good time….Go Gators 😉 !
Savannah-Only six hours away the historical, haunted city provides a great scope of arts and entertainment for every palate. The Olde Harbour Inn welcomes pets, and may be hiding the ghost of a pet or two. Restaurant picks: Olde Pink House, Vic’s on the River & Cotton and Rye.
Charleston-If you can drive straight through 8 hours, head to our favorite Souther charmer, Charleston….we recommend a stop in Jacksonville for lunch. Take a wine walking tour or communicate with the dead on a graveyard tour. We’re giving the Bella Grace a whirl on our upcoming adventure since they offer dog friendly rooms. We can’t wait for the gastronomical delights lined up: Leon’s Oyster Shop, Xiao Bao Biscuit, Hall’s Chophouse….mmmmmm good!
Asheville-Go the extra mile(s) to this eclectic Blue Ridge destination. From live music to its bustling breweries, Asheville is on point. The Omni Grove Park Inn welcomes your canine companions. Try Jargon or Cúrate for great bites.