Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Daytona Beach Shores, Florida

Labor Day weekend always marks the end of the summer for my family; however, living in Florida - summer never really seems to ever end!
(Seriously...when will it end!?!?)

My family has stayed at Perry's Ocean Edge Resort in Daytona Beach Shores, Florida for different vacations over the years and this year we decided to enjoy the 'end of the summer' and my sisters birthday (which happens to fall over Labor Day weekend) there as well.

This year, my boyfriend, Craig, his daughter, Sara and our dog, Darby and I stayed in Perry's sister property called the White Caps. These cottages are GREAT! But, before I go into that...I gotta mention this... Getting there is half the fun, right? We loaded up the car and took off Friday. Although we live only about an hour and a half away, before we had hit the highway, Sara and Darby were asleep! Craig navigated through one light rain storm after the other on the way and we wondered if it would do this all weekend (it didn't). I was using my iPhone Maps application to track our every move and check on the weather for the weekend - what else does a good co-pilot do, right?

So, we get to the beach, check in and were very happy to see not only was the weather perfect, the cottages were too. We literally were steps away from the ocean and all the amenities you could ask for were right there. Not only did our cottage have a HUGE king size bed, it also had a pull out couch in the living room. There was a full kitchen equipped with all the necessities, although we just loaded up the fridge with drinks and didn't cook - we easily could have. We will next time - there's a grocery store right across the street - how convenient!

My whole family did enjoy the traditional hamburger and hotdog bbq right outside our door in the courtyard Saturday afternoon. We hung out on the beach chairs, had a couple drinky-drinks and enjoyed the ocean view and breezes as Darby and Sara ran up and down the hill - three or four thousand times! After pool hopping (they have two outdoor pools and one solar heated indoor pool) and then playing in the waves for hours - you'd think she would have been tired!

After more pool hopping and a long walk on the beach, we all went to Crabby Joe's out on the pier. In a word, YUM. By the time we got back to the room that night, we were all exhausted...but, managed to squeeze in some internet surfing...'cause they have Free Wi-Fi...and who could live without iPhones and the internet?

My family has already booked next Labor Day weekend and Craig and I agreed that we had such a great time, we're planning another weekend getaway SOON...maybe just us (oh, ok...us and Darby...After all, who would keep my feet warm at night if he didn't come?)


  1. An awesome time had by all!

    Great post M.

    Craig Glenn

  2. Maureen: Neat story and photos of the trip. It is really nice that you had great weather to go with the beach trip.

  3. Sounds like the perfect weekend Maureen. What would we do without our Darby's. :)