One of my favorite warm weather bluwatergetaway destinations, bar none ~ The Moorings Village Islamorada in the Florida Keys! We had a taste of sunshine today, and all I could think about was the their dock hammock. Oh Lawd, if I could only click my flip-flops together three times and be there for just 30 minutes, I might make it through the rest of winter!
At least we can re-visit on Warm-up Wednesday, when we’re going back to some favorite little latitude destinations each Wednesday in January.
This was such a special trip. My Hammock Inspector creds got quite a work out that week. Each hammock was prettier than the next, and I worked hard to try them all. Hey, it’s a hard job, but I try. 🙂 We stayed in the Farside Cottage 50 yards from the beach, and I pretended it was ALL MINE ~ well, technically it was, but just for the week. The resort is simply beautiful, very private, and they work hard to make your stay as close to perfect as possible. I will definitely be going back!
Sit back, breathe in, breathe out, and think warm thoughts for the next few minutes. Do you hear the waves and the palm fronds rustling? Do you feel the sunshine and the breeze? Would you like a boat drink, as it’s 5:00 somewhere? Take me away!! Well, if I have to come back to reality, at least the photos are pretty and I will be havin’ a boat drink or two this evening at cocktail hour! Until then bluwaterpals, it’s roughly 8 weeks until the Spring Equinox on Friday March 20th ~ not that I am counting the weeks, days, hours, minutes or seconds ~ really, I’m not. Well, maybe just a bit. 🙂 Cheers y’all!
We’ve visited the Moorings Village in Islamorada on a couple of previous trips, but this was my first opportunity to stay at the resort. It really is something special in the Keys. The property was a private estate and coconut plantation in 1936. The current owner acquired the property in 1988 and was able to add an adjacent parcel on the north side to complete the 18 acres that make up the property today. There are 18 cottages ~ varying in age and size, and all beautifully situated.
The quantity and quality of plantings on the grounds are amazing. Big, mature palms of all sorts from the plantation days are everywhere, along with huge banyan trees, blooming tropicals and meandering shell beach paths. Oh, and there’s a fantastic pool if you decide to take a break from the beach. We maxed out both our beach and pool time!
We stayed in the Farside cottage ~ one of the original plantation buildings from 1936 and right on the beach ~ beautifully updated with AC & wifi, but still with a vintage island feel. As mentioned in my Islamorada Welcome post, we arrived in a full-blown gale, but our cottage was snug and quiet through the night. It has withstood a lifetime of storms. I can only hope to look this good when I’m 76!
I hope you enjoy a quick glimpse into my island paradise week. We took hundreds of photos.
The property is so gorgeous that you can’t take a bad picture, so it was tough deciding which few to share here. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I will let the photos do the tellin’. There are more photos on the bluwaterlife Facebook page, too.
Toasting with an umbrella drink ~ clink, clink ~ ’til next visit here’s the rest of the Islamorada series ~~~
PS> A quick mention in the interest of transparency ~ I was a guest like any other. I paid full rate for my stay, and will certainly be back. My posts and photos are solely for my own purposes to share with friends, family and bluwaterlife readers, and not for commercial use. I respect the resort’s desire and need to manage their brand and image sharing. Considering the time, effort, cost and passion that has gone into creating the resort over the past 23 years, I would certainly feel the same way. All that said, I am happy to be able to share a little bit of my island paradise with y’all 🙂 Bwg ~~~