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!).
The 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.
After 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.
The sunrise was magical. I took a photo every morning; some from my guest room and some from the pool deck.
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.
Check 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.
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 …
We 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.
The 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.
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.
And 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.