June 22, 2010

Vacation... (I'm not going to sing the song)

I think about a week ago I pretty much impulsively decided that we needed to go see my sister. See, she lives in Jacksonville, FL which is 8 hours away from us so it's not a short drive. And I hate long car rides. And my husband is kind of crazed with work right now so he can only get away for a few days. In the past we've stayed with her when we visited because she was in a spacious 3 bedroom apartment (with roommates). Well, the roommate are gone and she's moving this week to a (I'm sure quite nice but considerably smaller) 1 bedroom apartment. There was only one thing to do...

...book a plane ticket and a hotel.

You know what that means. VACATION TIME. I love vacations. I love hotels. I'll go stay in a hotel in the town we live in. (I've done it. Recommend it. You should do it, too.) I love the little mini bottles of stuff they give you. I love all the little notepads and pens they leave around the room. I love the smell. I love getting Starbucks in the airport while I wait for my bags. I love shopping in a new city (shocker). I love finding new restaurants. I COULD GO ON AND ON. Let's look at some pictures.

Here's where we're staying:

And here, from what I've found is Jacksonville's best shopping:
That really doesn't even begin to cover it, but I can't find pictures to do it justice. It's the St. Johns Town Center and it's massive and amazing and I love it. 

So that's what I'm looking forward to! Do you like to travel? What do you love about vacations? Got any travel tips you want to share? Let me know :)

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51 comments:

Josie said...

SO EXCITING! Your hotel looks stunning and I so would love to visit that absolutely spectacular shopping center... And of course, yay for family time! Have fun, my love!
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Chelsea and Korina said...

It sounds like you're going to have a great time!

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Ashley said...

Oh I want to go on vacation! It looks like you're gonna have so much fun!! Love the hotel you're staying it, it looks gorgeous :)

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Krystal said...

OOO I have the jealousies. I also LOVE hotels! I will add to your list that i love not having to worry about cleaning, etc. Fresh towels...perfect!

Gi_K. said...

That is looking awesome!
Have a great time!

Miss Caitlin S. said...

So fun!! Way to take advantage of your Sister's move. I'm with ya on the hotel love, I love them too, it is just so fun to stay in a hotel for the night. Can't wait to see how the trip actually goes! I have zero packing tips because I suck at packing...

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Jessica said...

what a nice vacation!
have a great trip! :)

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Elle Sees said...

I'll be there this weekend!! Have fun!!!!!

My Republic of Fashion said...

Oh wow, the place looks gorgeous. What I'd do for a pool like that now!SarahD:)

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Wow that looks so beautiful! have a great trip! xo

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Martwa Marta said...

i looove travlelling! this is such an exciting experience! however, this year, i will spend my holidays at home, unfortunately!

enjoy your vacation!!!

flip flops on lex said...

Have fun, Katie! Your hotel looks amazing!

Lisa Lisa Lisa said...

Wow, it sounds like you are about to get some relaxation in!!! That is fantastic; have a wonderful time

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naomemandeflores said...

I love vacations! What a great place to relax!

DiamondsandTulle said...

Gorgeous place Katie! Eek - I know about missing your sister so a vacation sounds ideal! I LOVE to travel and love doin all that airport stuff too! I'm pretty good at it, so I'm rarely ever frazzled, it's nice to kick back with your iPod, a Starbucks, and an US weekly. hehehe - hope you have a blast!

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Phuong said...

WOW it looks amazing, I hope you have a great time there

Together We Save said...

Have fun!! Your place looks amazing!!

Leslee said...

wow, i know you really love the vacation experience because you just made me want to experience a hotel stay in my area. haha. Great post.

Jammer said...

That looks soo fun!! You'll have a blast :)

Valerie said...

That's so exciting, Katie! Have a great trip!!!

xo
Valerie

Little Miss Lee said...

Envy. Green with it!

I wish I was vacationing right now. I am sitting at my computer while I watch 20 six year olds clean their desks out. I cannot wait for FRIDAY!!! Last day of SCHOOL!

Have a blast! Shop a little for me :)

Kristen said...

The JAX town center is awesome! All my favorite stores - if you go you should try Ted Turner's Montana Grill. It's around the corner from Sephora and Barnes&Noble and it's great - I recommend a buffalo burger!

We went a few weeks ago while visiting my parents and it was really good.

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Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

Beautiful POOL! You will enjoy yourself! :)

and I looove to travel- anywhere, anytime!

Christie said...

Exciting - have a fabulous time!! xo

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Closet Fashionista said...

Oooh! I hope you have lots and lots of fun! :D
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Couture Carrie said...

That rooftop pool looks VERY inviting!

Have an amazing vay-cay, darling!

xoxox,
CC

Jen said...

I've heard so many great things about Jacksonville! Whenever I ask people their favorite city in FL (because I'd love to move there one day), Jacksonville always comes up as a recommendation. Have fun on your trip! Take lots of pictures!

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Kristin said...

Sounds like a lovely vaycay to me! The hubs starts his MBA program soon, so I fear if we don't get away in the next couple of months, it's not gonna happen for a looooong time. Sigh.

Taj Acosta said...

Sounds fun doll! I'm headed to FL next month as well and can't wait! xoxo

SuzyLeQ said...

have a great vacay!

can't wait to go on one myself:)

woop woop!

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Erica said...

Love to travel! I so could use a vacation right now.
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MARISA said...

nothing like the sunshine state

palm trees and beaches? yes yes yes

have a blast lady! cant wait to see some pics from your time there

LoliTa said...

ooh yes lets go on holiday!

Olivia RPS said...

wow! you're gonna have an amazing time, this looks great! :)
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Jessica said...

Have an incredible time!

bravegrrl said...

have fun! i love traveling.. hopefully i will be able to do some this summer :)

Michael St. James said...

Looks and sounds like toy had a blast!

Fashion Cappuccino said...

Oooh, the hotel you'll be staying looks so comfortable and amazing!! Have a wonderful trip!! xoxoxoxoo

inked said...

I just came back from hawaii, but these pics make me want to go on another vacation

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junghwa by amy stewart said...

I love to travel, but it's going to be a while before I get to go again. That's ok though... baby time!! :)

foreverfashions21 said...

You are so lucky! I love FLorida and your hotel looks amazing:) Have fun!

Ellen @FirednFabulous said...

Oh.my.LORD! I am so jealous of you right now! I'm in sweltering NYC with not a pool in sight! And yes, I love staying in hotels, even if I don't go anywhere. I believe that's called a "Staycation." :)

Ian said...

Hi Katie! I'm glad that you had a wonderful vacation. Aside from hotels, you can also try short term furnished rentals (NYC and other cities). Such places have pools and other hotel amenities while providing home like features like a kitchen which is not present in traditional hotels. It would be a good option to try for people who are looking for a cozy setup while on vacation.

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