At TravelingMamas.com we love exploring new places by car, and we adore adventures that include dipping the toes in sun shimmered golden sand. Put the two together, and it’s the perfect combination for a family getaway, romantic escape, or even just a little soul searching.
The past few months, I’ve personally had a bit of cabin fever not only due to the uncommon snowstorms in Louisiana, but the increase of workload at my full-time job. During the off-season (meaning NOT summer vacation), the goal has been to take short jaunts for a few days to recharge and reset the personal battery.
Here are a few ideas for a quick getaway for getting some sand in between your toes:
Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Girlfriend Getaway
I posted on Facebook at the end of the fall that I was in need of a Mom Time Out. A mom friend from Atlanta reached out with the idea of meeting her in Orange Beach, Alabama’s Gulf Coast, for a weekend in a beach house. A third friend needed a girls’ weekend, so she hopped on a flight from Arizona and met me in Louisiana for the drive along the coast.
The goal was to relax, order out, and enjoy sunrise coffee and sunset bubbly. We took a Saturday drive along the beach road to Flora-Bama at the Alabama/Florida State Line. We stopped and purchased some seafood along the drive back, sat on our balcony enjoying dinner and each other’s company until the twinkling stars came out for wishing time and dreaming of the future.
Check out: Luxury Beach Resort in Alabama
St. Petersburg for Families
Spring Break is right around the corner and after this harsh winter we’ve had across the US, a family spring break visit to St. Pete Beach or the downtown area might be just the thing to help everyone to mentally survive until school is out for summer.
One of our former contributors, MommyMusings, lives in the area and has shared some of her favorite places for families in St. Petersburg, FL. There’s also one of the most beautiful Gulf Coast beaches there with a fantastic family feel. Learn more about what families can do in St. Petersburg on spring break in the article, found on Alamo Rent A Car’s Scenic Route.
Check out: St. Petersburg Spring Break for Families
Romantic Drive from Miami to Key West
As with all marriages, we get caught up in the mundane every day of work, work, work and forget all about what brought us together in the beginning – the spontaneous little adventures. It was like pulling teeth, but I convinced my husband we were both in need of some couple’s time. With time being limited, we opted to fly into Ft Lauderdale, rented a car, and took a little drive down to the Florida Keys.
We had an overnight in Miami’s South Beach area, taking a few moments after breakfast to walk to the beach before taking our rental car for a scenic route drive down The Keys. Hurricane Irma devastated this area, and the Florida Keys economy was impacted due to the decrease in tourism dollars, which help fund many parts of their community.
There are many family friendly activities back in business along The Keys. With our final destination being Key West’s Duvall Street, we took our time, stopping along the way to enjoy the calming views.
Once we arrived in Key West, we parked the car at our hotel and explored Key West on foot. We enjoyed the Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square, took an evening sunset cruise on the Appledore II, and even checked out Key West’s newest rum distillery, Hemingway Rum Company’s Papa’s Pilar.
Of course, no travel writer’s visit to Key West is complete without paying homage to Ernest Hemingway with a stop at The Hemingway House.
Check out: Family Activities in the Florida Keys
For more spring break travel inspiration, visit Alamo’s The Scenic Route.