florida sun

This was me before going to Florida – knowing that I will see my one and only Kristie!

Look how excited I am! I was really going to Florida for work, but I was able to squeeze in a few days with my girl, oh, and HP. We magically got upgraded to a five star hotel! Can you imagine our luck? That kind of stuff only happens to fabulous people (winkwink). The Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando was absolutely beautiful! The pools and hot tubs were amazing, although the food was very overpriced and the little shop for take away food was very poorly managed.

Our first thing on the agenda was take the shuttle to Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, to check out Harry Potter World! To say I was like a little kid in a candy store would be too literal to be a metaphor. I was running around Honeydukes screaming with delight at the novelties that fell out of the pages of the book. Zonkos even had extendable ears!

One of my favorite parts was waiting for the ride and walking through Hogwarts. They built Hogwarts so incredibly realistically, it was almost more fun waiting for the ride than going on it! If you grew up reading Harry Potter like me, I would highly advise a trip to Universal. I am not a theme park lover, and I had a great day with Kristie. We also had lunch in Mythos, which is definitely worth the wait for an awesome lunch spot. The food is delicious and it’s worth the money to get out of the heat and relax for a few hours.

After a tiring day, these girls had only about enough energy to lounge in our robes and drink red wine before falling asleep at 9PM. While we didn’t party, we did spend Sunday morning getting some sun and saying our last goodbyes. The weekend went by so quickly! I will miss ma cherie :) Luckily she is moving to DC in the fall!

I was off to the most beautiful hotel I’ve ever stayed in for a conference. For an amazing treat, stay at the JW Mariott in Orlando. It had the best food, pool, and service I’ve ever experienced!