Traveling Florida | Inspiration Indulgence

Hello friends!

Thank you so much for being patient with me while I traveled the past week and a half. This vacation was a much-needed getaway, and I feel refreshed and so inspired! I mentioned before in this post that I was going to do my best to unplug and not write, and that’s exactly what I ended up doing. (Okay, okay…except for some Instagramming!)

Trevor and I first spent two nights in New Orleans (the most dope city ever) before meeting some friends at Clearwater, but New Orleans is for another post! This post is all about F L O R I D A. :)

Our Stay

I was so pleased with our stay at the Pelican Pointe. Right on the Gulf, the hotel was colorful and cute! The staff was super friendly and we were within walking distance to our friends’ hotel.

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And what can I say about Clearwater Beach! It was absolutely gorgeous there. We saved a lot of money staying in January versus the busy season in March-April, and it was a little bit on the chilly side! When we arrived, the temperature was 55 degrees. But hey- I’m not complaining. Meanwhile in Wisconsin, temps were below zero!!!

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Universal Studios

The day after we arrived in Clearwater, we drove over to Orlando to hit up Universal Studios.

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I was beyond stoked to see Harry Potter World. In case you didn’t know, I’m the hugest Harry Potter fan in the world. Like, so much that I cried when I stepped foot into Hogwarts.

Twice.

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On the other hand, Trevor has never read the books nor seen the movies in his life. I had to experience the excitement by myself, although he was very impressed with the architecture and fine detail. (SO impressed, in fact, that the second we got home from vacation, he suggested that we have a Harry Potter marathon!)

I can’t even begin to tell you how amazing Harry Potter World was. It was like my imagination came to life. Universal Studios nailed EVERY SINGLE DETAIL. From my ride on the Hogwarts Express to my strolls down Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade, everything looked EXACTLY as it did in the movies. The hanging wall portraits were even moving in the castle! I was totally fangirling.

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Oh. And don’t even get me started on the Butterbeer.

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Now that I got the important stuff out of the way, I’ll show you some other things we did on the trip.

Florida Aquarium

We took a drive to Tampa as well to visit the Florida Aquarium. I will never get sick of aquariums….they are always so fun!

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Best Meal

Although we ate at so many amazing places, I think that the best meal I had was at the Clearsky Cafe. I had Nutella French toast and these amazing homemade hashbrowns- quite possibly the best brunch of my life! The service was great as well; our waitress was very friendly!

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Beachin’

And of course….we had some good ol’ beach time. Ironically,  our beach time was limited to walks in sweatshirts until our last day when it finally hit above 70 degrees. Nonetheless, I still had a blast and was happy to get my ocean fix. I swear, I’m part mermaid.


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(Photo cred shoutout to my fiancé for making me feel like a beach goddess)

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This was the view from the porch of our friends’ hotel a few blocks down. It was so nice to hang out with friends in Clearwater! Trevor and I have never traveled with other people rather than ourselves so it was a nice change-up.

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Also, I can’t end this post without thanking my wonderful fiancé for planning yet another trip-of-a-lifetime. I love you, Trevor!

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All in all, I probs gained about 10 lbs on this vacay with all the eating and drinking we consumed (never want to have another pineapple Malibu again) but hey- YOLO. Stay tuned for my blog post about our stay in New Orleans. Oh! And we nailed another 9 signs for our 50 State Sign Challenge! Look for that post as well. :)

Lastly, I just want you to know that I missed you all so much! Like I mentioned above, this trip was very needed, but I missed blogging. I feel so energized and ready to make 2016 my best year yet, and I have never felt more inspired or positive about the direction in which my life and this blog is going. I hope to keep inspiring you all through my travels!

Thanks for following me along and sharing my passion for traveling with me!

Xoxo,

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  • Wow! It looks like you guys had an amazing time! I would love to travel like you do!

    • Thanks Kristin. We had a blast!

  • Neely

    BEYOND jealous that you went to Harry Potter world!

    • It was everything I’ve always dreamed of and more <3

  • Amy

    Glad you’re back!! The pictures are breathtaking and it sounded like a good times. I would LOVE to go back to Universal studios. Harry Potter world is THE best! :)

    • Thank you so much Amy! It was awesome!!

  • Wow you got in a lot on that vacation! I am so glad you got to escape the frigid tundra of the Midwest! And kinda really jealous that I have not yet been to Harry Potter World!

    • It was amazing. Very expensive but well worth the $

  • What a fun trip! Clearwater is so peaceful and is a wonderful place to visit. And HARRY POTTER WORLD! I’ve been to Orlando a ridiculous amount of times but never to the Universal there! I HAVE to go to Harry Potter World!

    • YOU NEED TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Like seriously.

  • Lindsay Katherine

    Chelsea, holy cow, I am blown away by your pictures!! What an incredible trip; I am so happy for you and insanely jealous. Can we talk about how gorgeous you are?? So photogenic it’s not even fair : ) I love the picture of you at the beach in that crocheted cover up and the one where you’re laying down on the couch with the hat over your. To die for!! I used to go to Universal/Disney every year growing up but haven’t gone since high school. I can’t wait to go back and visit the Harry Potter park. I’m glad you had such a fun, rejuvenating trip – well-deserved.

    • Oh my gosh stop! You are too sweet. Thank you for always making me feel so pretty!! I really hope you get the chance to see Harry Potter world. I assume you’re a huge Harry fan?

  • Blissfully Simplified

    Being in MN where it is -6 right now, this post is making me antsy for Spring Break! Florida is def. going to have to be added to the list of possibilities!

    • Hey neighbor! I’m in Wisconsin so I feel your pain!!

  • Veronica Pototska

    Love your photos!

  • So many pretty colors and it looks like such a fun trip! You packed a lot in!

    • We sure did! We don’t rest 😉

  • Looks like you had fun in Clearwater. We live in Tampa, just across the bridge, and take our girls swimming and sunning at Carlouel beach, just north of Clearwater. Cheers! xo

    • So cool! We loved Tampa when we visited…a clean and beautiful city!

  • Becky @Disney in your Day

    I love the colors of that hotel! And how amazing is Harry Potter world?? I got to go during a Harry Potter convention after hours and the park was closed down just to us. It was incredible. And I cried too.

    • Oh my gosh, I’m so happy you had a chance to go! It was seriously so amazing.

  • I need the beach in my life right now! What a fun trip!

    • It was fun, I am missing the beach so much!

  • Chrissa – Physical Kitchness

    I love Clearwater! My husband and I had an amazing vacation there years ago. That Nutella french toast…OMG!!!!!!!

    • It…was…soooooooooooooooo good.

  • So glad you enjoyed it! Love hearing about someone’s first experience at HP World! Living in Tampa I’m fortunate to be able to get over there a few times a year, but it gets me excited every time still!

    • Ahhh that’s so awesome. You are insanely lucky to live in Florida!

  • You took some gorgeous photos! Now you have me missing the sun and the warmth… Looks like it was an amazing time and such an awesome hotel. :)

    • It was so much fun! Cooler than we expected but we had a blast. Thanks for reading!

  • Love your photos, and I’m kind of jealous about Harry Potter World. I grew up in Palm Harbor – not far from Clearwater. We spent every summer on that beach, but I haven’t seen it for years and years. Thanks for sharing all that beachy beauty.

    • I never take the beaches for granted! I love seeing the coast.

  • Sarah Emily

    Aww so fun! I live in Sarasota-which is 45 minutes south of Clearwater. If we ever need a quick getaway, we usually venture up to Clearwater! I am glad you had fun!

    • So cool! You are so lucky to live so close.

  • I’m dying to go to Universal so I am basically super jealous.
    Love!

    xoxo, Jenny

    • You need to go at some point! I promise it’s worth the money.

  • John Lyons

    My wife and I were just there. It was so awesome. The detail in Harry Potter world was amazing.

    • I was amazed, and so was my fiance, who isn’t even a Harry Potter fan.

  • Clare Speer

    Beautiful pics – and I love the Clearwater/ St. Petersburg area…. but it’s been some time since I’ve been there. We live in Northeast Florida but the beaches and water is really prettier on the west coast of Florida.

  • Great photography! I’m obsessed with Harry Potter as well, so I definitely can’t wait to make it to the park one day soon. Thanks for all the great tips!

    • Yay! Another fanatic!! You’ll love it (:

  • Alissia Haggard

    LOVE the pictures! We are thinking of taking the kids to Disney World this summer- it sounds so fun to do with kids this time around :)

    • Thanks so much, girl! I’m sure your kids will have a blast (:

  • Clearly you had lots of fun. The boys want to go back to disney world. We just might since I haven’t been there.

    • I hope you get the chance to!

  • Dana Brillante-Peller

    Clearwater is on my travel list – it is so beautiful and not too far from where we live! Looks like you had a great time! Would you recommend the Florida Aquarium?

    • Yes I would!! Absolutely.

  • Chelsea! You look gorgeous and your trip looks so amazing! I’m glad you had a blast! but, I’m glad to have you back! xo

    • Aw you’re too sweet! Thank you, Lexi!! I’m glad to be back <3

  • Mimi Rose

    Looks like a lovely trip and I adore that hotel! So colorful and cute! I SO want to get to Harry Potter World sometime soon – looks like I need to take another trip back to Florida!! :)

    • You would die! It’s so amazing!

  • HandLuggageOnly

    Just discovered your amazing post on Florida and it brought back so many great memories. So great to see you had an amazing time too!

    Lloyd & Yaya xx

    • Thanks so much for reading! May I ask how you stumbled across my blog?!

      • HandLuggageOnly

        No problem! I think it might have been Twitter… maybe? Yikes – I totally don’t remember. Glad we did, though!

        xx