Urban Vines is a new winery in Westfield, Indiana. Located just a couple miles from the award winning Grand Park Sports Complex and just a short drive north from Indianapolis, Urban Vines is a new and welcome addition to Westfield, It is a great place ...

 

Urban Vines – New Winery in Westfield, IN and more...




Urban Vines – New Winery in Westfield, IN

Urban Vines is a new winery in Westfield, Indiana. Located just a couple miles from the award winning Grand Park Sports Complex and just a short drive north from Indianapolis, Urban Vines is a new and welcome addition to Westfield, It is a great place to escape and have a nice relaxing afternoon or evening.

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We decided to try this new winery on a lazy Sunday afternoon. We were greeted cheerfully right upon arrival. With just $5 wine tastings, you can try up to 5 wines, one of which is sure to please your palette. I personally loved all of the wines I tried that it was hard to choose which one I wanted an entire glass. Luckily, we didn’t have to choose as we then got a flight to share for just $14.  A flight is 6 ounces of three wines.

We also enjoyed live music on the patio. The decor is very trendy with a farmhouse like feel. Check out the different events they are offering as they are offering many different and fun events like trivia, paint and wine, live music, and more!

The wine was very inexpensive yet very pleasing. For those worried about drinking too much without any food, you can order a charcuterie with a variety of meat, cheese, and bread.

If you live within bike riding distance (lucky you!), Urban Vines has planned for you with a bike rack just outside the front door. Overall, Urban Vines is great place to hang out for a date night/day date or as a girls night/day out. There is also a cellar room that is available to rent out for groups. I look forward to spending more time at Urban Vines!

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Flight Booked to Aruba using Southwest Rewards points

i-heart-aruba

I’m excited and ready for our next trip to Aruba! We have been there twice since I have started this blog and posting about all of our adventures has been on the list of things to write about. Time just has a way to totally getting away from me.

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This trip is particularly exciting because this is the first time we are going there with friends. We convinced some of our long time friends to come with us. I know they will love it just as much as we have.

Why do I love Aruba? There are so many reasons, here’s a general idea of why this is one of our favorite places to travel.

  • Beaches. Beautiful water and sand makes Aruba’s beaches some of the best in the world.
  • Weather. You will consistently get weather in the 80s with a slight breeze. It makes it perfect for hanging at the beach. Also, because of the geographical location of the island, it is very rare but not impossible that there will be any hurricane weather related issues.
  • Food. While the food is expensive because almost everything has to be flown or shipped into the island, you will find some of the finest restaurants in the world in Aruba.
  • Water. You can drink the water. They have some of the best water in the world and it is perfectly safe to drink.
  • Safety. Despite a couple of major headline news stories in the past years, overall safety is top notch in Aruba. We have never felt that safety was a concern even when we ended up downtown on the wrong bus late at night. Honestly, we would have never taken that kind of risk in some of the countries we have visited in the past.

aruba-beaches

I just booked our plane tickets using our Southwest Rapid Rewards points and companion pass. It is only going to cost us a total of $150 for our tickets after booking with our rewards points. The high cost of the fees using rewards is due to the out of country travel. Normally, when we use our points for travel within the United States, it is just a few dollars in fees for each flight. If you haven’t signed up for a Southwest Visa card, you can do so here and earn up to 50,000 points after you spend $2,000 in purchases within the first 3 months. When you use my link, I will earn 5,000 bonus points too.

I’m so excited about our upcoming Aruba trip, in my next posts, I’m going to share where to eat, where to stay, and what else there is to do besides food and sunbathing!

Visit AHappyTraveler.com, the best travel website, to find more deals on your next hotel room and vacation.

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Best Restaurants in Clearwater Beach, Florida

Frenchys Rockaway Grill

Over the years, I have visited Clearwater Beach, Florida numerous times. Too many times to count, actually. It is one of our favorite areas in Florida to visit because of the perfect beach, the variety of restaurants, and of course, our family that lives nearby. Here are some of our favorite places to eat while visiting Clearwater Beach.

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Best Places to Eat in Clearwater Beach, Florida

 

  • Frenchy’s Rock Away Grill: We love all the Frenchy’s restaurants on Clearwater and each has a slightly different menu and atmosphere but the Rock Away Grill is probably my favorite. Their self titled “Floribbean” style menu has something for anyone in your group. Try the Caribbean Grouper Sandwich which isn’t available at every Frenchy’s location but it is definitely a family favorite. Any of the Grouper sandwiches and the She-Crab soup are popular items in our household.There is live music daily and it is a great place to watch the sunset on the beach. It is a casual environment so you will feel comfortable coming straight off the beach in a cover-up and flip flops for lunch or enjoying a casual dinner in the evening.
  • Cooter’s: There are many things I love about Cooters but my boys will tell you that they love the All-You-Can-Eat Snow Crab night (Monday and Tuesday) the best. One of the teenage boys in our group claims he was asked to leave because he had exceeded his limit. 😉 All the kid’s meals come in a take home frisbee, which is a great activity for the beach. For an appetizer try the “Skinny Rings”, which are deep fried, beer battered thinly sliced onions with a special yummy sauce. For a side, try the beans and rice for something a little different.
  • Frenchy’s Saltwater Cafe: Right next door to Cooter’s is another Frenchy’s restaurant. The open air inside of the restaurant allows you protection from the elements with the feeling that you are still outside. Try the Cajun Grouper, which isn’t available at the During dinner time, it is a crowded place with little waiting area so plan ahead and visit this restaurant at the optimal time.
  • Angelo’s Pizza: This is a fantastic place to get carryout pizza. There is not any seating inside but they do have a little outdoor area for seating. The authentic, thin sliced pizza is absolutely delicious.  Small, hidden gem with friendly employees. One of the boys in group received a small discount because he was able to sing a Johnny Cash song. We also really love the location since it is just about a half block from where we normally stay.
  • Palm Pavilion Beachside Bar & Grille: After an almost 10 year boycott of this restaurant due to a bad experience on the outdoor patio, our group talked me into trying this restaurant last year. Yes, I had a 10 year personal boycott due to an experience that had me sitting at a table with just one of my young children because of a policy to not put tables together outside. Two little 4 top plastic tables were the issue. Most likely, I was upset because of how I felt we were treated. Anyway, I’m glad my friends decided to force me to lift my personal ban. The location is perfectly situation on the beach with a great view to watch the sunset. They also have live music with delicious food options. Oh, and the Happy Hour is weekdays (M-F) 4 – 7 p.m., which is something you will want to take advantage.
  • Post Corner Pizza and Restaurant: This family owned restaurant offers a variety of Greek eats as well as pizza offerings. I suggest a large salad and pizza. (Maybe pizza a couple of nights!)

Great photo spot in front of Post Corner:

Sofia in front of Post Corner

  • Clear Sky Beachside Cafe: We have found this to be a great breakfast spot. We have been told it is a great for other meals too! The breakfast menu has a wide variety of omelet, french toast, and other specialty items such as breakfast skillets, quiches, crepes, and burritos.
  • Crabby Bills: I will say this is probably my favorite restaurant for a large group as they have space upstairs to accommodate large groups. They specialize in seafood. Try the Florida style crab cakes.
  • The Brown Boxer: This restaurant located right in the heart of the Clearwater Beach “strip” almost didn’t make the list. However, the food was so delicious that I will overlook the hopefully one time occurrence of bad service.  It is located in the old Outback Steakhouse location with a large bar area. Our group enjoyed the Cuban sandwich, nachos, and a couple varieties of quesadillas.

What are your favorite restaurants on Clearwater Beach? We plan on trying some places next time we are in town.

Frenchy’s Photo Credit: Kevin T via Flickr

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Honeymoon Island State Park in Dunedin, Florida

What to do at Honeymoon Island

Honeymoon Island State Park in Florida is just a short drive from Clearwater Beach in Dunedin. They are currently working a beach renourishment project, which means part of the beach will be closed at times. However, there is still plenty to do for a short day or half day trip.

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Originally called Hog Island, it became Honeymoon Isle in 1939 when a developer built 50 palm thatched bungalows for honeymooners. Today, you can visit by driving across Dunedin Causeway and enjoying the gulf beaches, mangrove swamps, and wildlife.

On a recent trip, we spent a couple of hours walking along the beach collecting shells. The shells are plentiful as well as the wildlife. There is also a nature trail that is good for catching views of wildlife and enjoying the Florida virgin slash pine trees. I could spend quite a bit of time just walking along the beach looking for shells. I really loved this beach on the gulf as it is uninhabited and not commercialized. You are able to just have a wonderful walk along the beach enjoying nature.

Bird on Beach at Honeymoon Island

Besides shell hunting, here are some other ideas of things to do on your day trip to Honeymoon Island State Park…

  • Picnic
  • Playground
  • Pet Beach
  • Bicycles are available to rent by the hour or day
  • Kayaks are available to rent

Here’s a few things to take with you: 

  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Towel
  • Sandals or tennis shoes if you plan on hiking in the nature trails
  • Bag or bucket if you plan on collecting shells.

When you enter the park, you will be alerted to the conditions of the beach. The day we went there was a high alert for dangerous wildlife on the beach…possibly because of jellyfish like this washing up upon the beach!

Jelly Fish on Beach at Honeymoon Island

Visiting Honeymoon Island State Park was a fun day trip on our recent visit to Clearwater Beach. Stay tuned for my next post where I will share other fun things to do and great places to eat in Dunedin, Florida.

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{Family Fun} Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio

Kalahari Resorts Has Lots of things to do for family fun

Back in 2011, we visited Kalahari Resort in Sandusky Ohio. It was just me and my four children ranging in ages from 5 – 13, which made me a wee bit nervous. The kids had been begging to go to another water park after visiting the Wisconsin Dells so I knew they would have a blast at this indoor and outdoor water park.

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We were welcomed at the door with a African themed motif and were quickly processed in the line.  I was pleasantly surprised to find out we had a family suite, which meant a private bedroom, living room, kitchen, two bathrooms, and a separate room with two beds for the kids. With a family suite like this, you could almost have two families in one of these family suites.

Bedroom at Kalahari

If we had more time or stayed for additional days, we would have had lunch in our room as this suite had a fully stocked kitchen. We did pop some pop-corn as a night time snack. Every room has at least a mini-fridge and microwave, which can help you cut expenses.

Kitchenette at Family Suite Kalahari

There are variety of restaurants throughout the resort if you don’t want to mess with making your own. On a side note, I was pleasantly surprised there were quite a few vegetarian options to choose from at the restaurants we dined at.

Family Dining at Kalahari

Here’s a view of the living room, which had a pull out coach, TV, and two chairs. It was very spacious. Though, with everything that is available outside of the rooms, I wouldn’t foresee using this room much since you will be busy at the water park most of the trip.

Living Room at Kalarhi

As I mentioned previously, it was me versus four kids. The kids range from age 5 to age 13, with varying swimming abilities. Any child under a certain height was required to wear a life vest, which was a great way to force the youngest child to wear the vest. The older two kids took off on their own to ride the bigger slides and eventually came back for their younger brother (7) who was excited he was tall enough to go down those slides  as well.

Family Fun at Kalahari Resort in Sandusky

The youngest child spent most of her time running around and mysteriously always getting to the front of the line in the Leopard’s Lair. This was a fun area with slides, climbing ropes, waterfalls, and more! In the Lair, we met up with Marcy (Stretching a Buck) and her family. Our two little girls had a blast taking over this area.

Leopards Lair Kalahari

My youngest son enjoyed the indoor water basketball area. It was very competitive in that area. All the kids and mom enjoyed the wave pool. I didn’t personally get to go down any of the slides because I was unable to convince our youngest daughter to go with me. Though, everyone else enjoyed them and felt like they were able to go down a variety of water slides.

Basketball at Kalahari

The kids were in awe of the Safari Adventures Animal Park. You can feed the animals in there, pet them, and just enjoy watching the variety of animals.  The older two kids had fun in the outdoor rope course. They wanted to zip line but didn’t want to wait and we ran out of time to do it later. There was truly so much for the kids to do.

I didn’t hear an “I’m Bored,” the entire trip. In the evening, they were entertained in the arcade for hours. I had to drag them back to the room as they were having so much fun. If you are looking for a fun, active, family getaway, this is the place to go. There is something for everyone with a variety of indoor and outdoor adventures. Plus, if you have time, there is a spa for mom to have a little quiet time.  Kalahari Resorts also has a exclusive offer for my readers to save on your stay.

Arcade at Kalahari

Kalahari would be a great place to end or to start your Cedar Point trip!

 

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