A Week of Adventures in Weston

Key West, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, and shopping!!! There was no shortage of activities or relaxation in Weston. It is an A+ resort in an A+ location.


Vacation Village At Weston

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by lvohra on August 22, 2005

Best Things Nearby:
There are six small plazas nearby where you can get all your food and pharmacy needs for the week, as well as some small places to eat or rent movies. If you wanted, you really wouldn't have to go anywhere else but these plazas in the resort’s shuttle, but within a 10-minute drive, there is the Sawgrass Mills mall, with more shops and restaurants than you need for a week's vacation. If you drive or rent a car, there are numerous malls within a half-hour drive as well.

Best Things About the Resort:
The resort is very quiet, with six pools and many activities, and only a few have a small cost. The resort is new, and the rooms were very large and had beautiful views. There was lots of friendly staff and parking, and the best thing was that even though we went into the hustle-and-bustle of Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, or Key West most days, it was wonderful coming back to the calmness of the resort!

Resort Experience:
The resort has many buildings and six pools. The one-bedroom unit we had was all tile and very handicap accessible. There were two elevators and a garbage chute for your garbage. There was a large-screen TV and VCR in the main room, which also had a large glass dining table with six chairs, a couch, and two love seats. The patio was large with 4 chairs and a table. The kitchen was well equipped with dishes, a dishwasher, microwave, blender, stove, and sink. There was no dish soap, though. There were laundry rooms on each floor, not each unit. We had no trouble getting our laundry done. The bedroom had a small TV, two nightstands, and a dresser. There was a LARGE Jacuzzi tub as well as a large closet and safe in the room. The bathroom had a single sink, toilet, and tub/shower with very low water pressure.

The pools all have nice showers there. There is also a fair-size kid’s pool. The two pools at Weston both have fountains, which is nice, and there is also a hot tub for adults. Weston offers 15 minutes Internet and a gym. Cleaning service is once a week.

Vacation Village at Weston
16461 Racquet Club Rd.
Weston, Florida, 33326
(954) 389-6750

The Cheesecake Factory

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by lvohra on August 29, 2005

There is always a wait, but the meal is worth it. It is hard to save room for dessert, but try your best. This was our first time at Cheesecake, and we will return--no doubt. There is a very large seating area in the bar and "outdoor" covered seating area, as well as a large dining room. The seats are all very close to each other, but the music will help create a sense of privacy for your conversation. Everything is on the menu, from nachos to steak.
The Cheesecake Factory at Sawgrass Mills
2612 Sawgrass Mills Circle
Sunrise, FL, 33323
(954) 835-0966

11th Street Diner

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by lvohra on August 29, 2005

This old-style train diner is a cheap way to fill up before or after you visit the beach. Only two blocks away from the beach, the diner seemed to be a local and tourist favorite. There are many daily healthy specials, as well as regular diner fare. There is a lot of indoor and outdoor seating for a diner, and service is very quick.
11th Street Diner
11th Street
Weston, Florida

Max's

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by lvohra on August 29, 2005

There are many Max's in the area of Weston. We visited the one at the mall, and the 3-for-1 wine and drinks were a big hit. The food was average but worth the low cost for a full sit-down meal. The restaurant has too many TVs, which makes it more like a pub than restaurant, but definitely a bang-for-your-buck kind of place. The desserts were wonderful, and the restaurant has nice decor, but it's a little loud in the atmosphere department, probably too plain and boring for families.
Max's Cafe
Sawgrass Mills Mall 12801 W. Sunrise Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, 33323
(954) 846-2300

Miami Beach

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by lvohra on August 22, 2005

Miami Beach is something to be seen once I think. If you are taking your family, please be careful, as some of the areas are topless. The beach is very sandy and very large, and the water is fairly clear. The lifeguard flags will give you an idea of water conditions. There is street parking and city parking for about $10 a day.

Sawgrass Mills Outlet

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by lvohra on August 22, 2005

Sawgrass Mills is a day full of shopping, and with over 30 restaurants, you won't get hungry either. There is a new branch opening in 2006 as well. There is a lot of parking, daily shuttles from Weston, and taxis. The prices were average. We didn't find any great deals, but it was a fun day out.
Sawgrass Mills Mall
12801 W Sunrise Blvd Sunrise
Sunrise, Florida, 33323
(954) 846-2351

Little White House

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by lvohra on August 22, 2005

Turman visited this home 11 times for his working holidays while president. The home has been lovingly restored, and the $11 tour is worth every cent to relive some amazing moments of history. You can't take any photos indoors, as this is a historical site, but photos are allowed outside. The Truman Annex, where the home is located, is a beautiful place to walk around as well. There is no parking in the area allowed, but city meter parking (make sure you pay, as we got a $25 ticket since we were 15 minutes late returning to the car!) is available 2 blocks away. It is a wonderful tour with wonderful stories with no political motivation or bias.
Harry S. Truman Little White House Museum
111 Front St.
Key West, Florida, 33040
(305) 294-9911

Hemingway's House

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by lvohra on August 23, 2005

The Hemingway House is the largest property in Key West. With 40 cats, all named after famous people, that you can feed, there is hands-on action as well. The tour goes through his early days, his many wives, his life, and the life of his family. You come to understand why some of Hemingway's characters were written the way they were and more. It is well worth 1 hour of your time. There is no A/C in this attraction, so try to go on a day when the heat is below 100°F!!
Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum
907 Whitehead Street
Key West, Florida, 33040
(305) 294-1136

Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by lvohra on August 25, 2005

Margaritaville at its best, we had the best service at this restaurant/pub. There is a large bar and two-floor eating area. Around 10pm, a band plays you into the night. There are many menu and drink options. There is a Jimmy Buffet store next door that displays plates from all around the world paying homage to Jimmy B! The restaurant is very open, so even on a warm night you can be comfortable.
Margaritaville
424 Fleming St. Ste. A
Key West, Florida, 33040
(305) 296-9089

Fort Zachary

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by lvohra on August 29, 2005

Fort Zachary was the only clean beach in Key West while we were there, as the Federal Government had cleaned it, the state still has not cleaned the local beaches. Fort Zachary cost $6 per car for entry but the beach is very nice and clean and the water is clear. There are a lot of shells so wearing sand shoes is a good idea. This is a nice quiet day out for the family, and there are lots of hiking spots here as well.
Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park
601 Howard England Way
Key West, Florida, 33040
(305) 292-6713

Southernmost Point in the U.S.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by lvohra on August 31, 2005

One corner of Key West holds the honor of being the southernmost point in the U.S.! Here, there is the southernmost point in the U.S., the southernmost hotel, the southernmost everything. Just a sight to be seen! All the attractions are free to look at and take photos of, so if you are in Key West, it is worth the trip to the Southern corner of the U.S.!
Southernmost Point Key West
Whitehead And South Streets
Key West, Florida, 33040

Marlins' Game

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by lvohra on August 22, 2005

We had a good night at the Marlins baseball game. For only $32 each, we were able to get seats in the 19th row. There were many food choices inside the park. Parking was only $10. We paid $1 in tolls to get from the resort to stadium by our rental car. There were a lot of family activities going on at the park before and during the game. It is a great outdoor stadium worth a night out for a good team.

Day Trip to Key West

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by lvohra on August 31, 2005

We took the 4-hour drive from Weston to Key West. We stopped at the Florida City Outlet on the way, but it was a waste of time, as half the mall is closed. The drive down was slow but beautiful. All the bridges and water are clean and in good shape. There are lots of police on the way, so don't speed.

Once in Key West, we were surprised at the amount of damage from the hurricanes in the early summer still at the end of the summer. The downtown was still busy at night. There are a lot of sights to see in Key West, and there are coupons in all the travel info spots on the way. You can rent a scooter to get around town. Parking costs everywhere. There are many nice local places to eat. Duval Street is the main street to walk around; you can walk from one end to another in less than an hour. Most of the shops are very expensive, so it's more about window-shopping than take-home shopping, but there are a few tourist shops as well.


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