Cabana Bay Beach Resort | A Universal Orlando Hotel

When it comes to family friendly resorts Orlando, it can be hard to know which is the perfect fit. Our family is always on the hunt for great destinations in the Sunshine state. When we were invited to experience Cabana Bay Beach Resort, we couldn't resist. Whether it's the retro vibes, the quick access to Universal Orlando Resort, or the…


Coast | Where I’m Eating

A scenic drive and a short ferry ride away from our home in Jacksonville Beach, sits the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island . It's easy to assume the Ritz-Carlton is simply an exclusive retreat for those looking for a top notch getaway. You may be surprised to learn, however, that there are many luxurious amenities open the public. One of those treasures is it's…


Splurge vs Steals: Romantic Getaway Edition

Looking for a romantic getaway that will make a statement? I have just the destinations to sweep that special someone off their feet. Check out my Splurges Vs Steals: Romantic Getaway Edition. Steal:Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa Ponte Vedra Beach, FL Rates from $199* per night  The Sawgrass Romance Experience  as seen on my blog here Package includes: •…


Family Staycation at Sawgrass Marriott

Recently we got away for a little family escape. Since baby London was still so small we decided to stick close to home and do a staycation right in our backyard at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa. Perhaps best known as the home resort of THE PLAYERS Championship course, I wanted to see if there was more to Sawgrass…


3 Epic Gingerbread Creations on the First Coast

1. Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island Visit the world's largest Gingerbread Pirate Ship at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. This 17 foot ship rests in the lobby of the resort throughout the holiday season and greets guests with a crew of ten colorful pirates. Eight Ritz-Carlton pastry chefs invested around 350 hours to create over 600 pieces of baked gingerbread. Additional help comes…


Introducing My Weekly Deals and Steals Round Up

Looking for the best deals? Great news! Now I'm curating a handful of my favorite destination deals every week just for you. Take advantage of great savings at my favorite Resorts, Restaurants, and Spas from all over the world, and right in your back yard. Every week I'll be releasing new deals right here on Amy West Travel. Catch them…


5 One Tank Trips for North Floridians

Ready to get away this summer and explore some new territory? Want to take the kids for a trip but not quite up for cross country? Visiting Florida is about more than great beaches. It's chock full of treasures from natural wonders, to great shopping. If you are looking for a little inspiration on where to go and how to…


Explore Sea Ranch Lodge | Embrace the Savage Beauty of California’s Coast

This spring our travels took us West where the sun meets the sea in the golden hours of the evening, and where life moves at a more refreshing pace. Californian's have a passion for food, enjoying the moment, and embracing the outdoors. Our first destination on our California trip was Sea Ranch Lodge. Situated on the Pacific Coast of Sonoma…


Surviving Disney | How to Navigate the Happiest Place on Earth

Ah Disney, the happiest place on earth... or is it? For every few smiling faces you pass, you may observe the unfortunate grimaces of the discontent not exactly having the happiest time. Personally I think this Jim Gaffigan comedy bit kinda nails it. Yes, this place can be the living breathing version of all our fantasies. There is no doubt…


10 Things You Must Do on Scrub Island | Scrub Island Resort, Spa, Marina

Recently the man and I met up on a whirlwind trip to the exclusive private island in the BVI (British Virgin Islands). Home of Scrub Island Resort, Spa, and Marina, the island is both intimate and exotic. Luxuriously appointed suites create a village of sorts that flanks the open water and leads to the main pool deck and restaurants. Incorporated…