Last month, we took a weekend trip to Vero Beach. We stayed in the Walt Disney World Resort and it was positively magical (even being under construction). It was a picturesque beach resort with lovely little free standing buildings that face the beach for rent for a large family. It was just us two, so we stayed in the main building, yet it was still beautiful and had a great view. They had so many fun activities planned out throughout the day. It would be especially nice for little children!
The first day we arrived, it was a bit stormy so we decided to just stay in the resort. Their main restaurant location is under refurbishment, but they had moved it into the ballroom. Although it felt a bit strange, it was still a wonderful experience with great food. They bring delicious honey rolls and cornbread with Mickey shaped butter. I had a margarita pizza and Mikey had a burger. We then bought some Mickey ice cream popsicles…those are always fun. ;) We also rented a couple of movies for free from the gift shop to watch in our room that evening as we did homework. The variety was huge and they had it sectioned off by ratings. It’s definitely a nice little treat for families to enjoy in the evenings.
The following day, it was sunny and beautiful- nothing like the first evening. We got up and put on our bathing suits and went out to do some outdoor activities. Before that, though, we had breakfast at a lounge upstairs that faces the ocean. Although the outdoor seating was so hot and humid, we just had to because the view was that good! Breakfast was started off with coffee for Mikey and chocolate milk for my inner child. ;) After that, it was a buffet of grits, bacon, sausages, gravy and made-to-order custom omelettes by a chef. There was also a large array of delicious little pastries. We so enjoyed our ocean view breakfast!
After breakfast, we played a round of mini golf and then rented bikes for around 2 hours. The prices are modest and depending what day of the week it is, you can find a discount (it’s even cheaper or even free for Vacation Club members). We also checked out the gym and played ping pong and pool. We had an afternoon snack of hummus with pita bread and veggies. I also had another Mickey popsicle. ;)
That evening, after a kind friend texted me some dinner recommendations, we tried out an AMAZING restaurant called Citrus Grill. Everything was absolutely delicious. I truly can’t remember the last time I had a meal where every single course was so good. They first bring out complimentary toasted baguette with homemade hummus. The waiter was always making sure the plate stayed full. As an appetizer we ordered crab tacos in a lettuce leaf with a tangy, yet sweet mango salsa over the top. I will be honest and say I usually do not like crab meat prepared like this or anything mango, but this was divine! Mmm… ;) For dinner, I had a very tasty, seasoned breast and thigh of chicken along with truffle mac and cheese. Mikey had scallops with a corn and potato salad along with a delicious sauce we couldn’t quite place. For dessert, we had a trio of small plates. They were a salted caramel white chocolate cheesecake, dark chocolate citrus cake, and last, a key lime pie. All three were unique and yummy. This restaurant is a bit pricey, but if you’re in a celebratory mood, it’s the place to be. When we returned to the hotel, we went to the lounge upstairs where they had turned it into an adult family trivia night. It was such a fun night!
The last morning, we enjoyed breakfast at The Lemon Tree. It was a small little restaurant, but packed! We tried coming twice during our stay, but it was just too full! We were able to get a table on our last day, though, and were elated! The service was outstanding and the food was delicious. It was classic American fare for breakfast, but the details were just perfect. The coffee was strong and had great flavor and I had a hot chocolate that was so yummy! To end the meal, they bring mini homemade muffins to the table, compliments of the chef. It was such a nice treat. :)
We then walked around a farmer’s market festival and saw the shops in town. Our stay in Vero Beach was wonderful. We loved the town, the atmosphere and the people. We definitely want to return to see more of it and enjoy the water activities (kayaking, jet-skiing, etc.) and more from the resort after they’re done with refurbishment. We’ll definitely be back next summer. ;)