I was so fortunate to spend the end of last week + the weekend in Ponte Vedra, Florida for an annual conference with my husband’s job. The last two years, we’ve gone to Amelia Island, but this year it was somewhere new: the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club.

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Ponte Vedra is basically right next to Jacksonville Beach — so much so that in walking down the beach you will walk from one to the other — as well as Atlantic and Neptune Beach. They are all nestled right next to each other. I definitely got the impression that Ponte Vedra is the quieter area, being mostly about the gorgeous historic Inn and Club.

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I always try to detach a bit from the online world when I go away, but one morning I took my phone along to snap some photos of the property. I loved that it was a collection of buildings rather than one big giant hotel — our room was actually directly on the beach, on the first floor, so you could walk right out the back porch and have your sand in the toes in no time flat. They have an amazing spa where I splurged on a massage and it was out-of-this-world, a big racquet club (tennis was definitely a big deal), and lots of delicious restaurants.

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Of course, the designer in me fell hard for the gorgeous bright yellow scattered around the property…in the doors of the rooms, the sunny umbrellas and kayaks, and even the flowers. It just cheers you up right away.

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It wasn’t so easy to get back to work today, I have to admit, when you’ve spent the last three or four days deciding between the beach or the pool…

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…but I think I’ll survive ;-) At any rate, if you ever get a chance, this was a really lovely resort and perfect for a really relaxed getaway. I’d go back in a heartbeat!

Couldn’t resist popping in and sharing a little snapshot of the beach this morning. Nothing refreshes my spirits like toes in the sand and the sound of the waves.

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It’s such a treat to wake up, roll out of bed, and take a nice long walk! Can’t wait to see you back here next week. Happy Friday!

We had a blast exploring Amelia Island, Florida over the weekend. A beautiful island and a great place to visit! Here are a few random things I found out while I was there…

  • Cumberland Island, Georgia, right nearby is one of the country’s largest nature preserves and has wild horses living on it, completely uninterfered with by people.  We took a river cruise and could see them running on the beach – it was breathtaking!
  • Tiger Island, right next to Amelia, has the highest population of rattlesnakes in the northern hemisphere.   Nooooo thank you.
  • Knew this but confirmed it: Florida is NOT the South.  Sweet tea is NOT unsweet tea + simple syrup.  Nice try.

What did you do this weekend? Hope it was lovely! Have a good Monday!