Admission: I have become a Florida gal. I never thought it would happen, even though I’ve lived here for over a dozen years now. It took a while, but my heart has warmed to the Sunshine State and exploring its beautiful coastlines has been a favorite obsession.
With the growing popularity of US travel and road trips, why not take a trip across the Sunshine State this winter?
To help you enjoy the best Florida has to offer, from the Gulf Coast’s stunning sunsets to the rolling turquoise waves of the Atlantic, OPAL Collection resort properties (which if you follow Champagne Living know that this is my VERY favorite hotel/resort group) in Florida have recently teamed up to create a…
Road Trip Concierge
The program includes perks like a private consultation to determine your best travel routes, plus up to 20% off when you stay at two or more participating resorts, which include Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa, Opal Sands Resort and Sandpearl Resort in Clearwater, Belleview Inn in Belleair and Longboat Key Club & Resort (look for my upcoming review of the property) and Lido Beach Resort in Sarasota, among others. And for travelers who love the environment just as much as they love their R&R, there’s even a bonus spa discount for guests traveling in electric vehicles.
- For more info and bookings, visit the OpalCollection
Head to Sun-Kissed SoBe / Marriott Stanton South Beach
Like the birds that fly south for the winter, turn the music up and hit the open highway on a good ‘ole fashioned road trip to sun-kissed SoBe. Make sure the kiddos have their cameras ready as Miami’s tallest skyscrapers, the American Airlines Arena (home of the Miami Heat), and the towering cruise ships will pass by in a flash while crossing the bridge into South Beach. After checking in to Marriott Stanton South Beach and checking out the art deco, surf-inspired lobby, race out to the beach, just steps away from the resort’s two infinity pools. The quintessential hotel is one of the only perched right on the sands of Ocean Drive and promises fun for the whole gang. Grab a bike and cruise to South Pointe Park, build a sandcastle, or explore the local attractions like the FROST Museum of Science or the Miami’s Children’s Museum.
- For more info or to stay & play, visit Marriott Stanton South Beach
Book it to Daytona Beach / The DAYTONA
Book it to sunny Daytona Beach for the adrenaline rush of a lifetime via The DAYTONA — a brand new Autograph Collection hotel located directly across from the famed Daytona International Speedway. The property takes full advantage of its prime location, with a racing-inspired design that evokes the energy of the Speedway, families can check out “The Grid” where vintage show cars are displayed year-round or grab their sunnies and head to the outdoor pool that has private cabanas. The hotel is a short drive from the beaches and is located in the ONE DAYTONA complex, giving families access to more than 50 retail and restaurant outlets like Cobb Luxury Movie Theatre and Game Time. For a once in a lifetime experience, parents can jet over to the Speedway and book the junior ride-along experience, where kids have the opportunity to ride shotgun in a real NASCAR race car.
- For more information or to book your stay, visit www.thedaytona.com.