Happy Sunday to you all! What a busy couple of days it has been but in all the good ways. I have the recap post going live tomorrow, so I wanted to hurry up and get my Florida recap live on the blog, especially since the video from the trip is already up on my YouTube Channel. I can’t believe it’s already been a week since we left Florida. Seriously, where does the time go!?!? If you have already read my Thanksgiving blog, then you already knew that we headed to Venice Florida for the third year in a row. I think it’s safe to say that this is officially a tradition. I’m excited to share my photos from the trip with you all! 🌴
Last year, Kyle’s mom set us up with a lesson from her coach Dalton. Well, since then I’ve been playing almost weekly, so it was cool to play against her again since I’ve gotten so much better. She still whoops our butt, but it’s finally fun now that we can keep up.
After Friday tennis, we got cleaned up and headed to Island Organics in downtown Venice. This place was certainly my cup of tea! As always, I started with my afternoon cappuccino.
I ordered the avocado toast and an acai bowl. I’m not sure if it gets better than that…
You’ll only find an alleyway this beautiful in Venice.
Kyle’s mom showed us some of her favorite markets and stores that she likes to visit. Every time I visit, I just want to pack up and move there!
Just getting those Black Friday deals! 😉
We all headed down to Venice beach so we could catch the sunset, and of course, we had some fun goofing around.
Make sure to watch the video to see this jump come to life. I’m not the most graceful leaper.
We were up bright and early on Saturday morning! We wanted to walk the Sarasota Farmers Market. I bought so many excellent products and baked goods to take with us. I was so impressed by this farmers market! What a fun time.
After walking around in the heat for a while, those coconuts were looking suuuuuper appetizing. When I heard Kyle’s mom say she’s never tried coconut water, I had to get one. It’s usually an acquired taste, but she loved it right off the bat.
We stopped at Ionie’s Raw Vegan Organic Cafe. I picked up a ginger beet juice and a vegetable collard green wrap for lunch. Everything was fantastic!!!
Later in the evening, we headed to Cafe Venice for dinner before heading to the parade. The parade is our favorite tradition!
When we got home, we had a raw vegan pumpkin spiced treat from Ionies! It was really tasty! We tried to watch an episode of Dateline, but we all fell asleep.
On Sunday morning, Kyle and I headed to the gym to fit in a workout. I did a quick ride on the bike and then sat in the sauna for twenty minutes to relax. There’s nothing like sitting alone in a dark hot box by yourself.
Kyle’s mom had another fun activity planned for us in the afternoon! She was taking us to Snook Haven to take a pontoon ride on the Myakka River!
I saw my very first alligator in the wild! It took me almost 28 years, but I did it!!!
Later in the evening, we had dinner at Finn’s at Sharky’s! This is one of our favorite spots. I had their salmon with quinoa, arugula, and a carrot ginger puree.
We had a few hours to spare on Monday before heading to the airport, so we decided to grab smoothies at Island Organics and walk the shops a bit.
How about that for a cookie?!
We “attempted” to have dinner at the airport before taking off. I ordered chicken and french fries, but it was cold and soggy, and so I just ate the fries and called it a night. We were sat to leave Florida but happy to be home with the pups!
Questions for you!
- Do you have a Thanksgiving travel tradition?
- Have you ever seen an alligator?