Nice to Sea You, Florida.

Last week took me to Fort Lauderdale, Florida where everyone was there for Spring Break. I was there for work. It was a great leadership conference, probably one of the best I’ve attended. But if we’re being honest here, work travel is taking its toll on me.

I was gone Monday – Friday and that left my husband to keep the house in order. Watching two kids by yourself is tough stuff. I am lucky to have a supportive husband and a job that I love, but I’m head-over-heels happy that I don’t have any travel planned in the coming weeks. I can be home with my family and just relax. Ahhh … I’m really looking forward to that.

On a more positive note, the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort & Spa is the perfect spot for a vacation. It’s on the beach, literally. All you have to do is cross the street and you’re there. Two buildings down you’ll find the W Fort Lauderdale (gorgeous views, great steakhouse 954) and the Bliss Spa. We ventured outside of Starwood for dinner one night at the Ritz bar (meh) and amazing food at Casablanca Café (you must go!).

Westin Fort Lauderdale Ocean View Room

Westin Fort Lauderdale WelcomeThe ocean view room and the welcome amenity took my breath away. This hotel surprised me at every turn. I’m not one to take food shots, but I couldn’t help it, their food was so good.

Steak 954 at W Fort Lauderdale W Fort Lauderdale GuestsAfter 5 hours on a flight, a few of my coworkers and I went to Steak 954 at W Fort Lauderdale. We sat overlooking the ocean and passed this super cool jellyfish aquarium on our way to the patio. Dinner was fantastic and if you’re wondering 954 stands for their area code.

Westin Fort Lauderdale Sunrise

Westin Fort Lauderdale Sunrise Pool

 The sunrise was magical. I took a photo every morning; some from my guest room and some from the pool deck.

Westin Fort Lauderdale Ocean View

Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort Westin Fort Lauderdale View

The view during the evening wasn’t bad either. I took these shots during the only free 5 minutes I had. After our meetings and before dinner.

Westin Fort Lauderdale DiningCheck out those mozzarella shooters. I’m telling you, I have never had better banquet food. This hotel sure knows how to impress guests with food.

Westin Wine Blending

Megan and Stephanie

After our first day of meetings, we had a wine blending contest where (ahem) my team won. The prize was a free night stay in Napa Valley and a complimentary wine tasting. Not too shabby …

W Fort Lauderdale Views W The Store Fort Lauderdale

W Fort Lauderdale GirlsWe found ourselves having cocktails at W Fort Lauderdale on our last night in town. Then, we hit up W the Store to find Kelsey a present. I spotted this wall full of green clovers right outside of the valet stand. I am a sucker for little design touches like this.

Westin Fort Lauderdale Resort Food

Westin Fort Lauderdale MeetingThe food at Westin. Did I mention it was good? From crème brûlée to apple and pecan pies. I think I gained 4lbs during this trip.

Westin Fort Lauderdale Meetings

They even turned one of the ballrooms into a ’50’s diner. How cute is that? My other fellow meeting goers will appreciate this. Because who wants the typical ballroom breakfast. The servers even wore 50’s attire and they wrote us checks for our meals. It was darling and I could tell a lot of effort went into it.

west floridawestin floridaAnd that’s a wrap. It was a great conference and a great experience and, like I said earlier, I am so thankful to be home.