JANUARY 3, 2014 (Friday)
Woke up early (8:30 AM) to grey skies and rain. The cold front is passing through but it’s kinda stuck here for awhile, I think. Today was moving day so we had to pack up everything, take it downstairs and then pack the car. I always hate to leave our “home” really dirty, so I usually do a little light housekeeping so the housekeeper doesn’t have to do everything.
The thing I really liked about Vacation Villas was that whatever you couldn’t or didn’t want to take, they like you to leave so they can donate it. Really like that. We had some things we had purchased for our Christmas dinner that we didn’t use and we hated to throw it away. Nice to know it would go to a good home. We were glad to be leaving, though, because the resort itself is not a resort. It’s an apartment complex fronting as a resort. No activities. We did see the workout room (and a man was using it), and computer room, and pool. It is a very old resort that doesn’t maintain itself very well, or maintains in a very different way.
We left and drove along the ocean for about an hour to get to Daytona Beach. Coming over the bridge onto the little spit of land where most of the resorts are, it’s a lot like Myrtle Beach with all the shops, resorts, amusement activities, etc. Fun.
While we were driving we saw so many old cars and fun things. We also saw a funeral at a church where it must have been a firefighter because they had hung a huge flag between two fire trucks. Was nice to see the tribute. We also stopped for breakfast/lunch. Michael and Lexi went to Subway for their flatbread breakfast, and I went next door to Dunkin Donuts. I had heard about them so decided to try. I got one of their breakfast sandwiches and a donut. Wasn’t overly impressed but I had to try it. Prefer Duck Donuts in Kitty Hawk (yummy).
We got to Ocean Walk Daytona Beach about noon and decided to see how long before our room was ready. We were very surprised that we were able to get into our room. We parked and went in to our room. We were blown away by how beautiful it was. Only wish we could live here. It’s a huge two bedroom, two bathroom with a very large balcony that overlooks the lazy river pool, another pool, hot tub, putting green, and the beautiful Atlantic Ocean. Just stunning. And it has a washer/dryer. Love that. Too bad it was so cold or else we’d be out in that lazy river going round and round, making ourselves dizzy.
Around 3:00 PM, we went downstairs to see what the welcome was about that was advertised on the paperwork given to us at checkin. Mostly it was free popcorn and an activities chart. Looks like you can be as busy or as lazy as you want to be here. Nice. We then headed to the bar (The Landing) and had a drink. Was surprised that for all the high end feeling, they used paper cups for every drink. After that we walked over to the mall attached to this resort (Ocean Walk Shoppes). Just a quick walk. We opted to have dinner at Sloppy Joe’s. We had the nicest waiter named Luis. He was originally from New York but has been working for Sloppy Joe’s for almost a year. Very fun and friendly.
We had a lovely dinner. Lexi got fish tacos, Michael got fish and chips, and I got a steak. I had been hankering for a steak for a few days. Lexi and I also split a “fishbowl” drink (64 ounces of a fruit juice type drink, really good, too good), and Michael got a beer. Everything was excellent.
We are now safely back in our room and I am sitting here watching the wind blow and the waves crash. It is so beautiful.
That was our day. Hope yours was great!