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Escaping Chiberia February 12, 2014

Let me tell you, it’s not easy. Well, at least not easy when you’re up at 3:30AM shoveling 3+ inches snow to make it to your 6:40AM flight at O’Hare International Airport. But all the hassle was worth it. Last Wednesday Matt and I safely flew out of O’Hare and made it to warm, sunny, Fort Myers, Florida. Plus we were only an hour and a half later than our original time of arrival. Not too bad considering the conditions when we left Chicago.

Clean Up Crew at O'Hare

Clean Up Crew at O’Hare

We arrived Wednesday afternoon and immediately grabbed lunch at Miller’s Ale House, one of my parents favorite places to eat. After we were sufficiently full, we headed to my parents’ home and relaxed. We unpacked, went to the pool, and relaxed some more. All the makings of a great, relaxing vacation.

The weather couldn’t have been better. During our five day stay, each day was in the lower 80’s with low humidity. When it was cloudy, it was only in the morning, and always cleared up by the afternoon.

Here are a few highlights of our week down in the sunshine state.

  • A 4-hour cruise down the Caloosahatchee River. Setting off from Fort Myers we enjoyed a lovely afternoon featuring a tasty lunch, delicious cocktails and sun.

Our paddle wheeler cruise

Our paddle wheeler cruise

  • Massages. Thanks to Groupon we found a sixty minute Swedish massage for $37!

  • And what happened to be next door to our massage place but a brewery! We definitely recommend trying Point Ybel when you’re visiting southern Florida. They just opened a tasting room in Fort Myers with friendly service and pretzels. What more could you want while drinking craft beer? Sample Blank Mangrove (American Dark Ale) and YAY! (Sanibel Saison).

Sample Flight

Sample Flight

  • If you’re looking for seafood try Smokin Oyster Brewery but get there before 6PM. With live music, drinks that will make you fall off your seat because they are so strong, great beachfront people watching and amazing seafood buckets, get there on time.

Seafood combo at Smokin Oyster Brewery

Seafood combo at Smokin Oyster Brewery

  • Shopping. A girl’s vacation is not complete without a trip to the mall, especially an outlet mall. Luckily Matt was game and my parents recommended we eat lunch in the mall at Ford’s Garage. We waited 20 minutes but it was well worth it to sit outside and enjoy craft beer from Victory Brewery as well as humongous burgers. Let’s just say we walked around the mall a few times to work off our meal.

Beer and burgers at Ford's Garage

Beer and burgers at Ford’s Garage

All in all, another great vacation down to Florida. It was really easy to leave behind the negative windchills and single digit highs in Chicago but man, it sure was hard to come back to! Here’s to hoping that spring is just around the corner. I’m ready for more sun and warm weather!


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