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Christmas Vacation 2016

Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler!

If you follow along on my Instagram, you know that we just took a 10 day vacation to Savannah, Charleston, and then New York! It was so much fun- and I thought you might like to see some of our favorite moments!

To get to New York, we took the Amtrak from Deerfield Beach, Florida. We stopped at Savannah for two nights, then stopped again in Charleston for two nights. Then got back on the train to New York for a week!

Here we are at the Deerfield Beach Amtrak station! Training is a lot different than flying in many ways. But one thing we noticed is that there is not much security. We didn’t have to go through any metal detectors or get screened for anything. Our bags weren’t screened either. It’s extremely low key. Can’t decide if that’s a good or a bad thing LOL.

Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler!

Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler!

Inside the train was pretty cool too! There are lots of different cars. Lots of them are the coach seating, but there are also sleeper cars, a dining car, a cafe car, and sometimes a business class car. We sat in coach one trip, but then upgraded to business class!

Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler!

Our first stop was Savannah, GA. It was SO beautiful! Here are some of my favorite photos from Savannah!Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler!
Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler!
Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler!

So many memories made in Savannah! We were only there for 2 days, but we crammed a whole lot in. Then we headed back to the train station. We had a 2 hour train trip to Charleston. Even though Savannah and Charleston are very similar, I think I liked Charleston the best. The houses were full of charm, and the whole city had all these little alleys that were so fun to walk down. We did a lot of walking and exploring in Charleston! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler!

I am soon in love with the beauty of Charleston. I’m telling you- every where you look, there was so much charm. After our couple days in Charleston, we hopped back on the train (this was our 3rd time, now) for a FOURTEEN hour train ride to New York! This was a loooooong day on the train, but Gracie actually loved the train. She did so great. She had room to move around. She watched movies, played with toys, ate lots of snacks. It helped having family, too, so she could go back and forth with different people. Overall, she did great. I am so proud of our little traveler!

Anyways, here are some photos from New York!! We had such a blast. It was absolutely FREEEEEZING. I grew up outside Chicago, so I know cold. But after living in Florida for 5 years, I am SO not used to it.

My favorite parts of New York:

-Flatiron Building

-All the festive holiday markets ALL over

-The Rockettes!!!

– The Rudolf play (Gracie loved this!!!)

-Nutella Cafe in Eataly!

-The Rockefeller Tree (even though it was CRAZYYYYY)

-Seeing the Today Show!

-American Girl Doll Cafe!

-Top of the Rock (amazing views!)

Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler!

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Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler! Christmas Vacation 2016- A train trip on the Amtrak! Looks like so much fun with a toddler!

If you made it this far- thanks for reading! I know this was a super long post, but I wanted to share some of my favorite moments. It truly was a great trip and I miss it!!!!!! I love being able to capture some of the memories with my camera and share on my blog. One day Gracie will be able to read all about her adventures :).

Where should we go next?!

Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort Review

Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort Review. Great tips on bringing a toddler on vacation! This place is stunning!

Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort Review. Great tips on bringing a toddler on vacation! This place is stunning!

It’s official! I’ve been blogging for ONE year. That’s crazy! I started a blog just to share pictures of Gracie, and it’s truly turned into something I could never imagine a year ago. To celebrate Graceful Mommy turning one, we made a trip to the new Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort. And GUESS WHAT? They are also celebrating their ONE YEAR anniversary! This trip was sponsored by Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort, but all opinions are my own (as always!).

We stayed two nights at the Margaritaville Hollywood hotel (Wednesday-Friday). We truly enjoyed every second. It was fun to getaway midweek and just enjoy each other’s company in the most relaxing place EVER. Seriously, the second you walk through the door, you are relaxed.

Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort Review. Great tips on bringing a toddler on vacation! This place is stunning!

The hotel has an AMAZING first impression. From the moment we drove up to the hotel, we were blown away. The lobby is incredible. Very grand, yet cozy. My favorite things about the lobby are the giant Blue Flip Flop sculpture, and the margarita chandelier. Incredible! Anyways, our check-in went very smooth. Our room was ready and the front desk was extremely nice and helpful.

Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort Review. Great tips on bringing a toddler on vacation! This place is stunning! Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort Review. Great tips on bringing a toddler on vacation! This place is stunning!

The color scheme throughout the whole hotel is very beachy. It’s like the took the beach and brought it right in. I loved it. The decor everywhere was amazing. I love beachy decor!

Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort Review. Great tips on bringing a toddler on vacation! This place is stunning!

Our room was a deluxe King room. When you walk in, the bathroom was to the right. There was the king bed, a desk across from the bed with a hanging TV above it. There were two inside chairs in front of the slider. Outside on the patio was two super comfy adirondack chairs. Our view was of both the intracoastal and the beach. We loved our view. It was so fun to sit on our patio and watch everything. We could even see the Hollywood Beach Bandshell from our room and listened to music from our patio each night. So fun!

Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort Review. Great tips on bringing a toddler on vacation! This place is stunning!

Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort Review. Great tips on bringing a toddler on vacation! This place is stunning! Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort Review. Great tips on bringing a toddler on vacation! This place is stunning!

After we unpacked our bag, we explored the hotel for a bit. Our room was on the 11th floor. This floor has it’s own rooftop pool/bar! We walked out here for a bit and showed Gracie the beach from up high. She loved it. This floor has an amazing view of the pools down below. I highly recommend checking out the 11th floor, just to get a good look at everything. The pool on this floor is adults only. Which is nice to get away from the crowd downstairs. We had Gracie hehe so we just took a look then left.

Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort Review. Great tips on bringing a toddler on vacation! This place is stunning!

We ate at Landshark Bar and Grill for dinner both nights we were here. The burgers were SO good. We loved the view from here- you can see it all. The beach, the pools, the FlowRider, the bandshell, the boardwalk- EVERYTHING. We love people watching (and good food). So we loved this place.

Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort Review. Great tips on bringing a toddler on vacation! This place is stunning!

Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort Review. Great tips on bringing a toddler on vacation! This place is stunning! Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort Review. Great tips on bringing a toddler on vacation! This place is stunning! Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort Review. Great tips on bringing a toddler on vacation! This place is stunning!

After we ate dinner, we walked around the boardwalk and listened to the live music at the bandshell. Gracie loved walking around and watching all the bikers go past. Gracie took a hard fall when she was running and cut her lip a little. So we got some ice cream to cheer her up. All better! hehe

Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort Review. Great tips on bringing a toddler on vacation! This place is stunning! Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort Review. Great tips on bringing a toddler on vacation! This place is stunning! Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort Review. Great tips on bringing a toddler on vacation! This place is stunning!

For breakfast in the morning, we ate at Margaritaville! It was delicious and had a great ambience. This restaurant looks over one of the three pools on property. One of the staff members even gave Gracie a little toy to play with while we were eating! So cute!

Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort Review. Great tips on bringing a toddler on vacation! This place is stunning! Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort Review. Great tips on bringing a toddler on vacation! This place is stunning! Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort Review. Great tips on bringing a toddler on vacation! This place is stunning! Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort Review. Great tips on bringing a toddler on vacation! This place is stunning!

On Thursday, we took a tour of the whole property and got to see everything, even the spa. The spa is HUGE. 11,000 square feet of pure bliss. They do everything here- massages, facials, nails, everything. I’m not much of a spa person, but I might have converted after seeing this space. They had a steam room, and even a huge jacuzzi top. Ah…. it was heavenly! We also got to tour a few of the rooms. I loved every room! We didn’t get to see one of their giant suites, but the photos of them are incredible! Great for big groups.

Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort Review. Great tips on bringing a toddler on vacation! This place is stunning!

What We Loved 

+ The decor

+ Our intracoastal and ocean view

+Complimentary water each day

Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort Review. Great tips on bringing a toddler on vacation! This place is stunning!

+ Live music every night

Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort Review. Great tips on bringing a toddler on vacation! This place is stunning!

+ The toiletries (oh my gosh – they are amazing. And yes, I took some home)

Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort Review. Great tips on bringing a toddler on vacation! This place is stunning!

+ The boardwalk (lots of people watching)

+The monopoly game in the lobby (entertained Gracie for so long)

Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort Review. Great tips on bringing a toddler on vacation! This place is stunning!

+ Friendly staff

+ Coffee Shop

+ Hanging out in the lobby (seriously comfortable)

Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort Review. Great tips on bringing a toddler on vacation! This place is stunning!

+ Landshark Bar and Grill

Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort Review. Great tips on bringing a toddler on vacation! This place is stunning! Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort Review. Great tips on bringing a toddler on vacation! This place is stunning!

+ Being on the 11th floor

Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort Review. Great tips on bringing a toddler on vacation! This place is stunning!Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort Review. Great tips on bringing a toddler on vacation! This place is stunning!

+ Fun games outside

Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort Review. Great tips on bringing a toddler on vacation! This place is stunning!

+ The random entertainment everywhere

Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort Review. Great tips on bringing a toddler on vacation! This place is stunning!

What We Didn’t Love 

+ There was no bathtub in our room (I’m sure this is something you can request. Our room just had a shower. Gracie loved playing in it, but we usually give her a bath every night, so that was challenging LOL.

+hmm… I’m literally trying to think of what else we didn’t like, but gosh- everything was so amazing, there really wasn’t much!

Recommend? 

I would recommend this hotel in a heartbeat. Our stay was heavenly. We truly loved every second. We will definitely be back.

Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort Review. Great tips on bringing a toddler on vacation! This place is stunning!

Discloser: A huge thanks to Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort for sponsoring our stay. All opinions are my own. 

Disney’s Treehouse Villas Review

Disney's Treehouse villa review! I've always wanted to stay here.

Disney's Treehouse villa review! I've always wanted to stay here.

We just got back from Disney World yesterday. I’m having major disney withdrawals! Ugh, it’s so hard to leave vacation! But I can’t wait to share some photos of our beautiful Treehouse Villa!

We stayed in the Treehouse Villa from Thursday-Sunday. It was an awesome stay, and one of my favorite places now! While it’s not an actual treehouse, it does have lots of charm and is something very different than traditional Disney villas. Here are a few features of the Treehouse Villas, as well as some downsides of staying here.

➕Sleeps NINE  – The Treehouse Villas sleep 9, comfortably! The master has a queen bed, one guest room has bunkbeds, the other guest room has a queen bed, and the main living area has two pull out sofas! We were very comfortable with 6 adults and one child. However, the villas only have 2 bathrooms. With 6 adults, three bathrooms would have been even more comfortable!

➕Super cozy – I love the cozy cabin decorations of the villa. Everything is very rustic and cabin-y, which was super fun and relaxing. You instantly felt like you were transported out of Florida and into some northern state. Even driving to the Treehouse Villa was so cozy. The scenery is just to-die-for!

➕ Private and remote – The Treehouse Villas are SUPER secluded. Now, this can be a good thing, but also bad. It’s awesome because you are completely away from the hustle and bustle of Disney. The Treehouse Villas stand alone, so you definitely won’t hear any neighbors or kids running above you like in some hotels. But, it is very set back from all of Disney. That means it takes longer to get to EVERYWHERE. You have to take a bus to a bus to the park. The Treehouse villas have their own bus station. Bu that bus takes you to the main saratoga building. Then you have to get on another bus to take you to the park. If you’ve ever stayed at Saratoga Springs before, you know it’s HUGEEEEE. So usually the buses are packed. And then, you have to make MULTIPLE stops to pick up and drop off people at each building. That’s kind of the biggest bummer of the Treehouse Villas. Because of this, we ended up driving to the park most days. Or we just drove to the main Saratoga building, then hopped the bus.

Disney's Treehouse villa review! I've always wanted to stay here.

➕Private patio – The patio of the Treehouse Villa might be my favorite part! You are completely private and surrounded by trees. It’s beautiful, and a fun place to look for birds and animals. Gracie loved it out here. They even provide you with a high chair, so the whole family can enjoy sitting out there!

➕Every room has a window and view – I loved looking out of every window to see trees everywhere. It really does feel like a treehouse! Each room has huge windows. Gracie loved looking out the windows and watching the trees move.

➕Grill – We never used it, but each villa has their own barbecue grill! So fun!

➕Access to Disney Springs – The Treehouse Villas have their OWN boat dock that takes you RIGHT to Disney Springs. I love that feature!!

So as you can see we loved the Villas! However, there were a few downsides to staying here! In my opinion, the positives outweigh the fact that you’re pretty far off and secluded. In fact, I actually like that about the Villas. It’s a great place to relax after a crazy day in the parks!