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chepic
11-15-2011, 06:08 PM
I love Disney and have gone almost too many times to mention. I was fortunate enough to get into Vero Beach for this past weekend. When I called 2 months ago, there was nothing available anywhere in the kingdom, so I said a prayer, crossed my fingers and I was able to get the room at Vero for myself and 3 other ladies who needed a weekend away from the boys, kids, dogs, co-workers, and all the stress that comes with being a woman today.

Cast of Characters:

Me: Cheryl (just turned 45 y.o) disney freak
BFF: Trish
BFF's sis: Jill
Co-worker: Lucille

We got the time off from work, booked tickets on Southwest and waited until the Thurs when we would leave the stress of New England behind.

Get to the airport and found that the flight was delayed due to weather....not a great start, however, we passed the time away with a "Bon Voyage" cocktail. One of many to come!!!!!

Once we were able to board, we stop in Philly for the transfer, run to the plane where they had been waiting for 45 minutes for the rest of us, and proceed to sit all scattered throughout the plane. I propped open "Pilot's Wife" and finish the read to stay awake.

Landing was a tad rough, but we got down and we were off running to get the car. By now it is after 11:00pm. We get to the EZ car rental, get the keys for the mini van and trek over to find the car. Unfortuately there is virtually empty that time of night and I felt like we were looking for help in a department store when you really need someone----"Hello, anyone out there?"

Anyway, we find the car (which has a small dent in it), load up, and head out. Took 1.5 hours to drive down, so by the time we check in it is after 2am and we are pooped!!!!

We check into a studio and go to sleep.


Next up: the RI girls know how to have fun!!!

Muushka
11-15-2011, 07:18 PM
Too funny. I saw your title and wondered if the author was from Rho-dyland!

Being a former RI'der, I have a natural affinity for that accent!

Looking forward to RI gals adventure at WDW!

Candace
11-15-2011, 08:22 PM
I love Disney and have gone almost too many times to mention. I was fortunate enough to get into Vero Beach for this past weekend. When I called 2 months ago, there was nothing available anywhere in the kingdom, so I said a prayer, crossed my fingers and I was able to get the room at Vero for myself and 3 other ladies who needed a weekend away from the boys, kids, dogs, co-workers, and all the stress that comes with being a woman today.

Cast of Characters:

Me: Cheryl (just turned 45 y.o) disney freak
BFF: Trish
BFF's sis: Jill
Co-worker: Lucille

We got the time off from work, booked tickets on Southwest and waited until the Thurs when we would leave the stress of New England behind.

Get to the airport and found that the flight was delayed due to weather....not a great start, however, we passed the time away with a "Bon Voyage" cocktail. One of many to come!!!!!

Once we were able to board, we stop in Philly for the transfer, run to the plane where they had been waiting for 45 minutes for the rest of us, and proceed to sit all scattered throughout the plane. I propped open "Pilot's Wife" and finish the read to stay awake.

Landing was a tad rough, but we got down and we were off running to get the car. By now it is after 11:00pm. We get to the EZ car rental, get the keys for the mini van and trek over to find the car. Unfortuately there is virtually empty that time of night and I felt like we were looking for help in a department store when you really need someone----"Hello, anyone out there?"

Anyway, we find the car (which has a small dent in it), load up, and head out. Took 1.5 hours to drive down, so by the time we check in it is after 2am and we are pooped!!!!

We check into a studio and go to sleep.


Next up: the RI girls know how to have fun!!!

Looking forward to the next part!

Worktoplay
11-15-2011, 08:58 PM
I'm so excited for you! Nothing like a girls getaway:cool1:

chepic
11-16-2011, 06:12 PM
Too funny. I saw your title and wondered if the author was from Rho-dyland!

Being a former RI'der, I have a natural affinity for that accent!

Looking forward to RI gals adventure at WDW!
Thanks....yes, I am a RI girl all the way!!!

Looking forward to the next part!

Thanks for reading.

I'm so excited for you! Nothing like a girls getaway:cool1:

Thanks for reading...and you are right, nothing like a girls weekend!!!

chepic
11-16-2011, 06:28 PM
http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii53/chepicard/vero/vero003.jpgLucille and I


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Trish and Jill

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So we get up the next morning....all very tired still and a bit cramped in the studio. I have to say that it makes no good sense to me to cram 4 adults into one of the studios here. It is far roomier to stay in an Ocean View Inn Room. And for the same amount of points, I am not certain why someone would choose the studio. The view from our Inn room was fabulous. The view from the studio was the kids pirate ship!

I go off to the front desk in search of someone to see if we can be moved...not able to do it there, have to call member services at 9 am. As it turns out, the hotel is 98% booked with 2 small weddings that weekend. I wait for 7:30 in the lobby with big tears in my eyes (due to the overwhelming fatigue and sense of dread if I can't change rooms) and wait for the store to open to get some provisions.

Head back to the girls who are still snoozing, make some coffee for them and sit on the small deck and wait until 9. Thanks to some wonderful Disney Magic and prayerful rosary I get a fabulous CM who works with the desk and we are granted an Inn Room. We head to the desk to check out, check in, book our spa appt, and then wait at the pool until it is time to go into the new room.

The bartender that day at the pool was Cosimo and he was wonderful. He placed an order of conch fritters.....love, love, love them at OKW and was super psyched to see them on the menu at Shutters!!! We also order the drink of the day...the Italian Sailor. Yummy.
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We decided that the drink of the day just might be our theme for the next 4 days!!!

We lie around, get warmed in the Florida sun and then head up to the room to change for the spa.

Trish and I are getting to be quite the professional spa clients and are considering starting a little blog thing giving our advice and opinions of the fine (and not so fine) establishments that we have gone to.

Anyway, I get a wonderful facial that she creates just for me!! She starts with a warm coconut scented cleanser, follows it with a pinapple scented lotion, continues with this wonderfully clean fragranced oil on my hands and feet while my face is wrapped in a mud mask. Over all, I walked away smelling like the beach and feeling able to bounce off clouds as we head to the green cabin for some libations and food.

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While there, we are treated to the full moon with it's light bouncing off the ocean!!! A photo just doesn't do it justice.

Off to bed we go to try and re-coup some sleep so we can do it all over again tomorrow!!!

chepic
11-16-2011, 06:39 PM
Too funny. I saw your title and wondered if the author was from Rho-dyland!

Being a former RI'der, I have a natural affinity for that accent!

Looking forward to RI gals adventure at WDW!

And I just noticed that you are going on a girls WDW trip....done that once. Tried to do it this time but it was all booked! Have a blast!

che

chepic
11-17-2011, 06:05 PM
I forgot that we saw 2 weddings on Friday. One was right on the beach and the other on the lawn overlooking the ocean.
http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii53/chepicard/vero/vero022.jpg This was on the end of the chairs/very cool.
Felt a bit bad for them since it was very windy that day.


Saturday turns out to be an absolutely beautiful day. I wake up early (work habit) and head down to the beach to take some pictures.

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My son and I collect shells from the many beaches that we visit, so as a walk along the rough surf,
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I pick up some and inhale that wonderful salty air. On the Vero thread there has been much talk about the beach erosion and you can see the dune and how much has washed away.

I spot my dream home http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii53/chepicard/vero/vero043.jpg and continue my daydreaming.

After a day at the pool, we head a bit into vero to shop. Found a few deals, and a wonderful store named "I'll Never Tell." It is a jewelry store with all costume pieces, sterling silver, and nice jewelry at a decent price. The owner was a doll and she ended up giving us some ideas for places to eat and gave us some gift cards to a place called the Chop House. Apparently the Chop house had given them to some of the businesses to drum up business for themselves. We call and get directions and head over. Now, I need to remind our readers that we are on a beach vacation to relax...we are all wearing "beachy" type clothing--sun dress, shorts, capris. We get to the restaurant and it is very nice. We sit down and open the menu and "surprise" the menu lights up from the inside!!!:eek: I have never seen that before! So as we glance at this menu, we see the prices :scared1:. Now, I love to get dressed up and go out and splurge on a great restaurant....however, I plan for this splurge ahead of time, get dressed up, wear make up and everything. The 4 of us are sitting there trying to decide what to do....order just an appetizer and a glass of wine, get the hamburger for $18....:confused3....we decide it would just be best to quietly get up and walk out. So we did! Felt a bit bad for the waiter, but politely told him that this was really not the place for us.

Ended up back down off of Ocean Blvd and ate at Mulligans. It was actually quite good, food was good portioned, and the price was middle of the road. It was also Margharita night at $5.00 a glass so we made out ok. :thumbsup2

We end up back in our room with a movie to watch....Instinct with Anthony Hopkins. Not the scary movie we thought, but good.

then off to sleep for tomorrow....another "trying" day at the pool!!

disneypoor
11-17-2011, 08:53 PM
I'm subscribing and loving your TR so far!:goodvibes We are taking my extended family (18 in all) on a DVC vacation next July and are hoping to switch from BLT to Vero if there is availability at the 7 month mark. I am loving the report and the pictures so far! Thanks for sharing--can't wait to read more!

Susan

bobbiwoz
11-17-2011, 09:05 PM
What a fun trip!

chepic
11-18-2011, 07:11 PM
I'm subscribing and loving your TR so far!:goodvibes We are taking my extended family (18 in all) on a DVC vacation next July and are hoping to switch from BLT to Vero if there is availability at the 7 month mark. I am loving the report and the pictures so far! Thanks for sharing--can't wait to read more!

Susan

I am certain you will have a blast...it is a great resort.

What a fun trip!

Yes...it was fun.


cheryl

dvc4life
11-18-2011, 09:05 PM
What a great trip! We have been to Mulligan's twice when we have been down there and just love it there. We like to sit outside in the big chairs and listen to the ocean and have a drink and snack.

So wish we lived down there so we could go to places like that on a regular basis! Someday. . . . . . .

chepic
11-19-2011, 11:21 AM
What a great trip! We have been to Mulligan's twice when we have been down there and just love it there. We like to sit outside in the big chairs and listen to the ocean and have a drink and snack.

So wish we lived down there so we could go to places like that on a regular basis! Someday. . . . . . .

We were saying that ourselves. The people next to us got the babyback ribs and boy did they smell great!!

chepic
11-19-2011, 11:34 AM
So I forgot to mention breakfast with the characters. I didn't realize they would have it there. So we decided why not..:thumbsup2

It was all family style, eggs, bacon, potatoes, sausage, cinn rolls, danish....all quite yummy. Couldn't help myself and ate 2 cinn rolls that morning :lmao:

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Had Goofy and Donald at the breakfast and they stopped to chat. Got their autographs and poor Lucille who hasn't been to a character breakfast couldn't help herself and started to cry when Goofy came out!! http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii53/chepicard/vero/vero060.jpg
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We sent the photo over the phone and my kids were all up in arms thinking we took the ride to the World without them!! The Horror!!! I reasurred them we were still at Vero. My husband said they were ready to revolt!!

What a nice treat that they were there!! And did I mention the cinn rolls?!?!

Liked them so much that on Sunday when we woke up, we got room service for breakfast and I ordered the BIG ONE!!! I have to say that I wouldn't order room service again for their breakfast...not that big of a portion and a big bill. I know room service is notorious for that, but I really did expect more fruit on the plate for $10.00.


While shopping we saw some turtles: http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii53/chepicard/vero/vero068.jpg
Reminded me of RI where we have painted Mr. Potatoe Heads all over the state.

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This was a Pina Colada with a rasberry swirl that we had that afternoon at the pool.

http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii53/chepicard/vero/vero065.jpg And me, trying to be creative with my photo taking.

http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii53/chepicard/vero/vero046.jpg Am I coming or Going???? Just don't know?!?!?!

I can say I wish I was staying!!:thumbsup2

Well, that sums up day 2.....next, Sunday at the pool all day! Those crazy RI girls with the blue drinks!!!!!

Muushka
11-19-2011, 02:45 PM
Oops, OP. I noticed (probably when the pics arrived on your thread) that you were at Vero and not WDW.

Funny, we have never stayed at Vero and did it for the first time at the beginning of the month.

It really is a wonderful resort and that picture of your dream house is mine too! Enjoy!

chepic
11-21-2011, 04:39 PM
Oops, OP. I noticed (probably when the pics arrived on your thread) that you were at Vero and not WDW.

Funny, we have never stayed at Vero and did it for the first time at the beginning of the month.

It really is a wonderful resort and that picture of your dream house is mine too! Enjoy!

That's funny....I changed the tag line to say Vero now!!

And I think I could be persuaded to share that house if I had too!! :lmao:

che

chepic
11-27-2011, 08:56 AM
So I left off on Sunday. I arise early again and sneak out for my morning walk http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii53/chepicard/vero/vero092.jpgand then head back up to room to get the girls up. We had decided that since most of the shops would be closed on Sunday (spoke with a few shop owners the night before and they all agreed that only 1/2 of the places open on Sunday) we would just stay at the pool all day.

We arrive early and get a great spot. Now gentle readers be aware that we spotted some chair savers that laid out their towels at 9 and did not arrive at the pool until 11! Of course, as we hung out, we people watched and Vero is definitely an ecclectic place. We met some nice couples there from up north, there were plenty of Grandparents with their kids and grandkids, and young couples with little ones. It also appeared that many of the families went to Disney World that day, because the pool was not crowded at all.

At 11:00 the bar opens so we get the drink of the day: a Blue electric something....forgive me, my memory is going in my old age...:goodvibes
http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii53/chepicard/vero/vero074.jpg his is Lucille getting one of our trays. It was Blue Cuarco, vodka, lemonade, and a splash of sprite......and it was good!!!

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Well, the dj was back and he was really fun. http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii53/chepicard/vero/vero079.jpg He played great songs, did lots of games (I won 2 things with the duck game), had people up and dancing, and then played Michael Jackson Trivia. I really thought I was going to rock since I was a teen in the 80's, but this little boy kicked my behind!! :goodvibes

Then it was time for the slide race!!! You bet I was doing it. I got some great advice from the life guard on the top and ended up with the fasted time of 9.8 seconds!!! http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii53/chepicard/vero/vero084.jpg

We certainly laughed that day...and boy did I get some sun! The weather was perfect for a day at the pool. That night we had dinner at Shutters and all had their pizza...I had the shrimp one and it was very tastey and filling.

We ended up back in the room, and yes, watching another movie. As you can see, we have all our fun during the daylight hours....I guess another sign of my old age!

Next day is Monday....our last full day. And I guess we left an impression on the folks at Vero because we had quite a few comments on the amount of fun we had!!!

Muushka
11-28-2011, 02:25 PM
Looks like you had a great time! Thank you for sharing with us.

chepic
12-04-2011, 09:08 AM
Looks like you had a great time! Thank you for sharing with us.

thanks...we had a great time and I really can't wait to go again, this time with the family. I have to admit, a few times during the weekend I had a little guilt thinking that the boys would love it there.

Cheryl

zalansky
12-05-2011, 09:15 AM
Loving your report! Heading to Vero in June and also enjoying your tips and pictures! Keep them coming! Girls trips are the best!

Pootle
12-05-2011, 10:15 AM
... And for the same amount of points, I am not certain why someone would choose the studio.

ITA. Stayed at Vero many times and love it; once decided to give the studio a try ..... lasted one night only and the next morning I was down at the front desk begging to be moved to an Inn room .... best $30 I spent during the whole trip :thumbsup2

Loved the report, thanks for posting :)

chepic
12-05-2011, 04:42 PM
Loving your report! Heading to Vero in June and also enjoying your tips and pictures! Keep them coming! Girls trips are the best!

Yes, I agree, girls trips rule!!!


ITA. Stayed at Vero many times and love it; once decided to give the studio a try ..... lasted one night only and the next morning I was down at the front desk begging to be moved to an Inn room .... best $30 I spent during the whole trip :thumbsup2

Loved the report, thanks for posting :)

Thanks for reading. We are going to try and get a week in July with the kids and I am going to have my fingers crossed for an Inn Room.

cheryl

chepic
12-05-2011, 05:00 PM
So our last full day at Vero we decided that we would spend the morning by the pool and then head out for any last minute shopping and then to a restaurant for dinner. We had an early morning flight (7:20) out of Orlando, so there would be no late night activities today.

Once again I am up at the crack of dawn and head out for my walk. I just love the east coast sun rise, and it is so funny because I live in RI near the water and get to see it often, however, I just can't seem to take it in nearly enough.
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So we head to our spot by the pool, and we can tell it is going to be a quiet day. The dj isn't there today and the Inn is only at 48%. I get approached by a gentleman about the fun we had the day before and I just laugh and say that yes, we know how to have fun.

The girls meet me down stairs and we are quietly taking in the morning when Lucille comes down and tells us of an encounter in the elevator. Apparently an older couple commented on how much fun the RI girls were having and Lucille agrees and says that it is a wonderful thing to be able to relax. "Well, are you sure that it wasn't all the blue drinks that made you have such a great time!" :headache: Lucille looks them straight in the eyes and tells them that we are all moms, we are all medical professionals in a highly stressful job, and that if we choose to have a few drinks to unwind it is none of their concern. She gets down to us and tells me what happened and I am flabbergasted. Now, I admit that I was laughing and having a great time, and being a RI'er and an Italian to boot, I can get loud....but 4 drinks over the course of 6 hours with food and diet coke will not make me a drunk!!!

So just to prove my point, when they came to the pool later I made certain that they saw me drinking my diet coke, and I continued to laugh and swim and head down the slide and let my inner child out and had a blast.

So not to let it ruin our day, we head out to shop and eat.

Went to this great shop/art gallery called the Laughing Dog. It was fabulous. We spent at least an hour in there browsing around and seeing all this incredible art. The other thing is that the owner has 3 fabulous Bull Mastiffs that were all there. They were so affectionate!!! And don't you know, it was perfect all week and as we were walking out, the sky opened up and it poured!!!

We drove a block or two down the street over to Pomodoro Grill. Fabulous!!!! I wish we had known to go here earlier, because the food is so plenty that we could have saved it for the next day!!! The pasta was perfect, the chicken beaten til it was fork tender, the shrimp was plump and not over cooked, and a bottle of wine didn't break the bank.

After we roll out of there, we head back to the Beach so we can pack up and get ready to leave the next day. I sat out on the deck looking at the moon over the water and wondering why I had waited so long to return to Vero.

che