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podsnel 10-23-2009 10:55 AM

Ellen & Pods alone at last at F&W-with a twist of Vero!9/25-10/1/09 Update12/14 p.15
 
Hi there! Here it is- the semi-fascinating details of what a week without kids can do to a couple married 23 years! :scared1: Here are the links-
Tangerine Dream...Ahhhh... http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=...86&postcount=4

Enjoying the pool at Vero- http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=...13&postcount=5

Shutters Dinner- http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=...91&postcount=7

Vero Sunrise- http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=...7&postcount=11

Beach walk & Character Breakfast- http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=...1&postcount=12

More Goofy Breakfast- http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=...7&postcount=13

VB Bike ride- http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=...3&postcount=14

Hangin at the pool- http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=...5&postcount=21

Let the Games begin- http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=...5&postcount=29

VB Rush Hour!- http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=...9&postcount=30

Sonya's- http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=...4&postcount=45

green cabin Craziness 1- http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=...0&postcount=47

Green Cabin Craziness 2- http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=...8&postcount=48

Sidetrack- my kids on Halloween- http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=...1&postcount=51

Vero in the morning- http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=...6&postcount=52

On to F&W- Caymus tasting?- http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=...5&postcount=53

F&W Noshing- http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=...8&postcount=58

Checking into and around OKW- http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=...6&postcount=62

Yachtsman- http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=...7&postcount=63

LBV Golf- http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=...3&postcount=66

Tokyo Dining Sake Pairing- http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=...6&postcount=70

Japan- http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=...0&postcount=71

Having our way with F&W- http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=...1&postcount=74

More F&W - http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=...3&postcount=78

Pods' 85th Bday!- http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=...4&postcount=82

OKW- http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=...1&postcount=83

V&A's- http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=...2&postcount=86

Can't fit V&A's into just one post- http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=...7&postcount=87

It takes 3- http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=...0&postcount=88

Ridin' the rails- http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=...1&postcount=94

OKW Bike ride to DTD- http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=...&postcount=100

F&W again- http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=...&postcount=105

Chefs d'France Champagne Debacle- http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=...&postcount=110

F&W one last time- http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=...&postcount=112

The Gurgling Suitcase- http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=...&postcount=117

Citricos- http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=...&postcount=118

Osprey Ridge Golf- http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=...&postcount=212


And here's the backround-

DH (who is called PODS) and I made a FABULOUS purchase this year- we added on some DVC points at BCV- which came along with a full year of 2008 banked points that needed to be used before June 2009. SUCH a dilemma!!! What to do...what to do...I know! Let's go to Vero beach for the weekend and follow it up with 4 nights at WDW during F&W WITHOUT our 3 loving sons!!! Well...that won't suck! :rotfl: Better yet, let's see if my DBF Lonnie and her DH, Mike, would be willing to meet us in Vero for that weekend. Turns out, they said YES!!! :yay: My cousin and her DH would stay with our kids, our friends would be sure to get our boys to all their baseball games, football games and practices, and choir practice (thank-you, thank-you, thank-you!!) so we were good to go!

A quick and calm flight (passing over HHI- one of the BEST places EVAAARRRRRRRRRRR!!!!)

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And in less than 3 hours we were picking out our rental car and hitting the highway in Florida (by the way, i had reserved a car a couple of months before with the AP discount, but checked online a few days before leaving and was able to score a MUCH lower $ for a much bigger car! Gotta love thse last-minute Hot deals!). An hour and a half after that, we were pulling in to Disney's Vero Beach Resort, having made one pit stop for some neccessary items like vodka and wine and breakfast bagles and peanut butter ( the bear neccessities of life!). We were greeted by the friendliest, happiest CM on earth at the gate with a HUMONGOUS welcome home! We checked in at about 12:30 with yet ANOTHER super friendly CM, and guess what? Our OVIR was ready!!:yay: Here it is-

The fabulosity view-

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And the room-

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Hi, cute li'l fella!

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Here I am on the balcony- can you tell I'm just a little bit happy about the view (and my 1st Visit pin!)?

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Lonnie & Mike were still on the road, so Pods & I went down to the pool for some lunch at Bleachers Bar & Grill. I had some yummy crab cake sliders-

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While DH had a Caribbean Cuban sandwich- which included pickles AND pineapple-:crazy:

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We liked that a whole lot better once the pineapple came off. Then we settled down by the pool to wait for our friends...

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Up next- the girls hang by the pool with the BEST frozen drinks EVVVAAAAARRRR and the boys go stink it up on the golf course!


WDWisOurHappyPlace 10-23-2009 11:16 AM

Ellen,
I don't post and get involved on trip reports too much because it takes too much time, but I DO read them and enjoy reading them...I'm one of those lurkers. :wave2: But, I had to come out and say this to you.....You really need to get out more...why don't you take a vacation! :rotfl:

Seriously, I SO envy you!!! Looking forward to more. Thanks for taking the time to let us in on your Disney life. :goodvibes

englishrose47 10-23-2009 11:44 AM

Ellen I am here LADY!!!! Vero Beach looks asolutely gorgeous !!!

podsnel 10-23-2009 01:38 PM

Tangerine Dream...Ahhhhhhhhh......
 
We finally got the text that L&M were in the building!!!:woohoo: We ran over to the lobby to say hello!

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We also ran over to the lobby to get directions from the concierge...who was yet ANOTHER extremely magical CM who handed me an envelope which included all of our activities and reservations for the weekend (I had called about a month in advance for advice about where the men could golf, and she took care of booking everything for us along with making our dinner ADRs. :thumbsup2). The boys were cutting it close for their 9 hole start time over at Sandridge- they were playing the Dunes course today, and the Lakes course tomorrow. They took off, Lonnie & I rejoiced over the fact that we had adjoining rooms (2424 for us and 2425 for them) and then went for a quick walk to see what we could see-

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Beach cottages-

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Today's temps-

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We were back at the pool ready to order a frozen cocktail- deciding on a Tangerine Dream, or a little cocktail we like to call heaven-in-a-Disney-cup!:worship:

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To us, this is the best frozen drink because it isn't cloyingly sweet, as so many are. Just Tangerine vodka and some orange puree....Yummy delicious!! We hung out at the pool for the rest of the afternoon until the boys came back. Here are more Vero pics for ya-

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The CMs at check-in had told us they were booked solid for this weekend, but I think most people hadn't arrived yet- it was lovely.... I went for a little exploration on my own. The CM said that they clocked the walk from one end of the resort to the other at about 4 minutes, so I didn't need to worry about losing my way. :rotfl:

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Gorgeous, isn't it?

The boys had returned from golf- and apparently had stunk it up pretty bad out there! But what's that saying??? A bad day at the golf course beats a good day at the office? Well, we'll see about that later in the trip :rolleyes1..

Cont'd next post-





podsnel 10-23-2009 01:41 PM

Enjoying the pool....AHHHHHHHHH......
 

We were sooooooooooooooo enjoying the pool, it was the most perfect afternoon.

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What was especially nice was that Pods & Mike were getting along really, really well. They have never really "hung out" because Lonnie was my roomate in college for one semester before leaving and going to UVM to finish her degree. After which she moved to a yacht in the Caribbean that was a charter sail where she was the chef, and after THAT she moved to Florida. Mike came into the picture after all that when she had moved to the sunshine state. So, Pods had never really spent a lot of time with either of them. But it was all great, because Mike & Pods are just (semi)grown-up jocks whose main interests are golf, beer, horseshoes,vodka and naps! Well, on vacation, anyway!

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We stayed til the last possible second, it was very, very, hard to leave. But it looked like we might be a little late for dinner- which was no problem, I called and pushed it 15 minutes later and we were fine.

Next up- dinner and some fine champagne- but how Magicale is this Fairy Tale????




podsnel 10-23-2009 01:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by WDWisOurHappyPlace (Post 34054279)
Ellen,
I don't post and get involved on trip reports too much because it takes too much time, but I DO read them and enjoy reading them...I'm one of those lurkers. :wave2: But, I had to come out and say this to you.....You really need to get out more...why don't you take a vacation! :rotfl:

Seriously, I SO envy you!!! Looking forward to more. Thanks for taking the time to let us in on your Disney life. :goodvibes

Well, I am fully and completely honored to bring you out of lurker-dom to make a comment!! I am glad you like reading them, though.

And...hey! Great advice! Think I'll go to WDW in 11 days! :lmao:

And, thank-YOU for posting- I LOVE reliving my vacations, and it really motivates me to keep writing when someone says hello. :wave2:

Quote:

Originally Posted by englishrose47 (Post 34054614)
Ellen I am here LADY!!!! Vero Beach looks asolutely gorgeous !!!

Hi Rosie!!! I'm so glad you're here!! :hug: Vero Beach is EXCELLENT- I really want to tag it on the end of our next WDW week-long vacation with the kids. There were so many things to do there that they would enjoy, alot of group sports.

englishrose47 10-23-2009 02:31 PM

When I win the lottery I am buying lots of DVC enuff to vacation at least 4 times a year !!Ver Beach is on"If I win the Lottery List!!!:rotfl2: What about 2012 and Peep Fest??:confused3

KatMark 10-23-2009 03:01 PM

Ellen, per your request on the Renfroe Family trip report, I've come to join you on yours. Since I finished my trip report, I'm enjoying reading others reports.

podsnel 10-23-2009 03:07 PM

It's Magicale, and it's NOT a Fairy Tale
 
This night we would be dining at Shutters, the casual restaurant at VB. We had debated on whether or not to go here, as it doesn't get the greatest reviews. But we knew we wanted to stay on property, and because we were only here for 2 nights and because other restaurants were a little bit of a drive, we decided to go for it and hope for the best. And can I say...it was just fine! Especially when we were expecting the worst! :rotfl: Well, there was an issue or two, but more on that later. First, we shared some Beignets, made of lobster and corn-

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Everyone liked these. We also shared a flatbread, with sausage, carmelized onions, peppers and fontina cheese.

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This was also really tasty! We were feeling pretty good about our decision to try Shutters, yippee! Next came the main courses. I had seared yellow-fin tuna with white beans and salsa-

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I completely enjoyed it and would have it again. Lonnie & Pods both had the local day boat catch, and for the life of me, I can't remember what it was, but both were happy about what they chose-

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And Mike went with a burger-

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Here's the dilemma (although I didn't know it was a dilemma until a couple of nights later at the Yachtsman Steakhouse! Well, and the next morning...)
Our server was really, really nice- we all enjoyed chatting with her thoroughly, and she was very, very helpful when we were choosing our meals. Lonnie & I decided to order the Fairy Tale Cuvee, because we had never had it before. She happily brought us the bottle. To which i said, "OH? It says Magicale on the bottle? Not FTC? I didn't know that! Isn't that weird!" To which our server said, "YEP!" Here we are, drinking our FTC- do you C anything WRONG with this photo???

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Hmmm...I never knew it was so sweet! But it does taste great, so what the heck! Kinda reminds me of Rosa Regale....how 'bout you?

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Too full for dessert, we handed over our TIW card and paid the check. Of course, I hadn't used my TIW card in months and guess what I forgot??? But remembered the next morning when it woke me up like a shot....The TIP was automatically added on!!!!

And, also automatically added on by us again, since our server never mentioned that. But I forgive her for that one. Maybe. Because I think they don't do a lot of TIW cards in Vero, she said that to us, so she may not have realized it would be in the bill. (Although we later found out they don't HAVE to remind you, it's at the server's discretion). And we kind of wrote off the double tip as a nice birthday present for our server, because her Bday was the next day. Ah well, live and learn, I guess! We went to the Green Cabin Room after dinner and met a very nice couple at the bar who were from NJ, like us, and celebrating their anniversary, unlike us. Nice to make new friends. :goodvibes The new drink menu had COME OUT THAT DAY (this is important later in the story...ooooo the suspense I'm sure is killing you ;)) and I ordered the Skinny Senorita-

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It was ok, but it did taste a little diet. Which is also ok. But what I REALLY wanted was the Rita my new buddy at the bar was having- don't worry, there's still another night at the Green Cabin room to come! :rotfl: We enjoyed the entertainment, then went back to the rooms for the night. On our way out-

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Our balconies were just big enough for 2, so we each went to our own and enjoyed each other's company a little while longer before hitting the sack like a ton of bricks.

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Ahhhhhh.... sweet dreams in Vero Beach! An excellent first day!:cloud9:

See ya real soon!





mom2shayleeandlogan 10-23-2009 03:40 PM

Wow! Great pics from Vero beach, how nice to have a trip without the kids. Every parent needs one from time to time! Can't wait to read more:goodvibes

OhMari 10-23-2009 05:58 PM

I love your orange sundress.

I really have nothing to say,
except a longing sighe,
what a great place to be.

MEK 10-23-2009 06:34 PM

Ohhhhhhh! I love Vero Beach. It is so pretty there. Boy do your pictures bring back memories. I can't figure out how you made such great time there. Wow - your flight must have left at 6am!

What a great first day you had. That looks so lovely, just sitting by the pool, drinking, and swimming. You dinners look great, too.

Can't wait to read more!

podsnel 10-24-2009 10:02 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by englishrose47 (Post 34056578)
When I win the lottery I am buying lots of DVC enuff to vacation at least 4 times a year !!Ver Beach is on"If I win the Lottery List!!!:rotfl2: What about 2012 and Peep Fest??:confused3

Ya know, to stay at Vero in one of those OVIRs is not pricey at all- it was very reasonable- Lonnie's room (with the DVC discount) was $150 a night- and Disney Visa just ran a special for the fall where the studios were less than that. Even points wise, it was a relative bargain- our ocean front room was 24 points a night, and for a weekend on points that's really good. It will be even less in 2010 with the point restructuring DVC did.

I'm not sure about the Peep fest- it depends when in June it is.

Quote:

Originally Posted by KatMark (Post 34056913)
Ellen, per your request on the Renfroe Family trip report, I've come to join you on yours. Since I finished my trip report, I'm enjoying reading others reports.

YAY!!!!:banana: I'm so glad you came over!!!:dance3: Thank-you for reading along!! :goodvibes

Quote:

Originally Posted by mom2shayleeandlogan (Post 34057292)
Wow! Great pics from Vero beach, how nice to have a trip without the kids. Every parent needs one from time to time! Can't wait to read more:goodvibes

Yes, and I am very, very fortunate to have a cousin who is so happy to help me. :hug:

Quote:

Originally Posted by OhMari (Post 34058489)
I love your orange sundress.

I really have nothing to say,
except a longing sighe,
what a great place to be.

Hey there! Thanks for saying hello!! Thanks for liking my dress- if you pay close attention, other versions of it will appear in my photos. :rotfl: Although, actually, I think I only brought 2 of the dresses on this trip, I have 4 in different colors because it is sooooooooooooo flippin comfy AND it was sooooooooooo flippin cheap!! :rotfl2: Hooray for Target! :rotfl2:

Quote:

Originally Posted by MEK (Post 34058788)
Ohhhhhhh! I love Vero Beach. It is so pretty there. Boy do your pictures bring back memories. I can't figure out how you made such great time there. Wow - your flight must have left at 6am!

What a great first day you had. That looks so lovely, just sitting by the pool, drinking, and swimming. You dinners look great, too.

Can't wait to read more!

Thanks, actually the flight left right before 8 am- it's the same one I always take, it lands right around 10:30 or so. I'll be on it again in 10 days!! :cool1: :yay:

podsnel 10-24-2009 10:19 AM

Here comes the sun....
 
Well, I may not have been in the parks, but I was definitely on what Lonnie calls, "Disney time." When I am on Disney time, I require very little sleep and I feel an extremely urgent need to POP out of bed before dawn and dive into the day. :hyper: I am sure many of you share my affliction! So of course, since we were in this lovely OVIR I had to step outside to watch the sunrise.....

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After watching that....I went back to bed. What did you think? I ran a marathon? Puh-LEEZ! I'm on VACATION!!!:rotfl2:

englishrose47 10-24-2009 10:22 AM

I just knew you would orderseafood of some sort !!:lmao:Those lobsterand corn beignets look delish!!!:love:

I think the Peep Fest is late June !!! More when I find out !!!!:banana:


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