Month: March 2016
I have to say that I’ve lost count of how many times and how many places I’ve stayed in an Embassy Suites. I know the first time was in the late 80s when I was young man. I was doing a kickboxing seminar in St Louis after fighting there a few weeks before. They booked me in to an Embassy in Laclede’s Landing. I was hooked! Yes like any hotel chain there are ups and downs but for the most part I never worry when a company or dojo book one for me.
So recently my wife, on a whim booked a week in Destin Florida at one for spring break. I was already going to be in the area for a day to do a private coaching session for a fighter, so my wife decided to make a trip of it with our youngest ( my 20 year old daughter ) as we won’t have many left with her at home. Embassy suites it was then.
I like to do my reviews of a hotel or resort as a rolling conversation, but with a core. The general, the meat and the area but mostly pictures! It gives you an idea of what its really like and as an old fighter, it’s simple!
So here is the general. Embassy suites is known for three things. Being all suites, having a breakfast buffet with some great cooked to order items and it’s evening happy hour. The evening reception is snacks and free drinks for two hours. Wine, beer and simple mixed drinks. It is a huge draw! Always served in a gorgeous atrium. This one happened to be under construction during our trip. They used one of their many nice meeting rooms for it, not great but they did a good job. The work was finished our last night so we go a good look and some pics( more later).
The room was very nice. Always good space. Clean and well designed. It has a good luxury feel at a less than luxury price. I always like them, and this location was no exception. Beach locations are hard to stay ahead of cleaning and maintenance but they did well here. I’ll let some room pictures speak for me.
It’s not in the top of luxe places we stay, but for family trips for many folks it is great. I’ve been all over and we are spoiled, yet this place didn’t disappoint us.
You get private access to strip of beach. It’s a quick walk across the street and it’s gorgeous. You have numbered access through a gate. All places along this strip are like that but keeps things quiet and subdued. Upside is its clean and no drunken stripper battles ( OK upside at my age lol). Downside is that you don’t have the cool cheap Beach food stands right there. If that’s you’re thing for Beach vacation, this isn’t your place. The beach is stunning, but I’ll cover that in other pieces.
Location wise it’s great for some things, not others. It’s a distance from some big things, harbor walk etc and clubs. If you want to party, arrange transportation or stay elsewhere. For the most part that isn’t who would be here. Harbor walk is great ( upcoming piece) but the party part is different. We stayed here and went there several times. It is very close to Destin Commons which is a cool shopping center with great views( another coming picture review. It’s also close to Silver Sands Premium Outlets if that’s your thing. They are both on 98 and within a couple of miles. Heck I walked up by Silver Sands one night. Ok full disclosure, we all got hungry late and there had been a bit of drinking. Solution, walk to Whataburger and bring food back. Easy walk, and not a bad area. I might not be a good judge as I get hit in the head often!
You can walk along scenic gulf drive, as the hotel sits on it. From Beach rental homes, gorgeous private complete es to kitschy shops it’s a cool place to walk. I’m going to post a few of that ( expect an article just on that street) along with the atrium and other amenities. Catch the final after the jump.
A quick summation. If you are want to yell and party naked on the beach, this isn’t you ( I’ll probably hit you ). If you need perfect luxe this isn’t you ( been to that place but still like this). Enjoy it. Enjoy the area. Enjoy your family.
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OK, even though we are rapidly approaching 50 my wife and I still often hang out on campus. Coffee, a drink or just walking. We love to go there and grab a bite and walk a bit. It’s just something we’ve done since our teen years together and will likely never stop. Great little places from ethnic to pub food. It’s a little trip to somewhere else, when we are not traveling already( rare these days) lol.
One of our favorite places and dishes is Murphy’s Pub and the famous Bacon Mega Cheeseburger. It’s as simple as that. A good sized well cooked burger with your choice of cheese and bacon on it. I know it’s not the foodie review kinda thing but I don’t care. It’s awesome, tastes great and a great deal!!! Good fries, a solid burger. Mix that with a couple of beers or cocktails and it’s just a great simple evening. You can’t beat that!
The place has expanded in size quite a bit since I started going there decades ago, but still has that great pub atmosphere. Warm and inviting. It’s actually where I had my first pint of Guinness many moons ago. As young man training hard most of the time to fight, it was a welcome relaxing spot. Have a pint and let my bruises rest. Now as an older man who has seen a ton of the world as a fighter and now promoting places, it still has that feel. Order at the bar, grab a drink and just absorb it. Then walk around the streets a bit and just enjoy things. You’ll be amazed how you feel and what you find! Trust me. Take a look at few pictures here to see what I’m talking about.
If you live here, go enjoy an evening at Murphy’s Pub. If you aren’t then take a trip here! We were there recently when the sandwich in question was the special (which seems to be often). Two burger and fry meals, a couple of Captain Morgan and Diets plus a couple of beers. Didn’t break $30. Can’t beat it. As someone who eats at places like Nobu regularly, this is still my fave kinda thing!
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All day, every day if I can find something that is inexpensive and awesome, I’m going there! No matter how successful I’ve become. No matter all the places I’ve traveled and been able to enjoy the world’s best. In the end I’m a guy who grew up without much and with the work ethic of a rural Midwestern guy. Finding something any budget can enjoy is a pleasure for me. I feel like it’s part of my job to do things like this( and punch and kick lol).
Let me first say that I am a huge malbec fan! Let me also say that I’m a bit more of a beer and whiskey guy. Still, I travel often. My wife runs a huge department in a major hospital and we go to many functions with incredible wines and wine knowledgeable people. We both though this was quite good. Seriously quite good!
Nice level of fruit. Very clean. No aftertaste. None. I like big bold things. This isn’t quite there but very good. She thought so as well. Not sure if I mentioned we travel, and have recently dined at places like nobu and various Mario Battali restaurants. In other words, we drink well! This was pretty good. Disclaimer ( I drank a cheap domestic beer yesterday!!!)
My wife and i both enjoyed this. Great for having a glass while we discussed our days and cooked. From the subjects of training ( yes she is also a black belt under me) to health care ( her expertise) and marketing. A couple of glasses while building our martial arts/ PR/social media marketing empire was a great experience. Better yet we bout the big bottle at Sam’s Club for less $7 amounting to less than $3.5 per bottle. Yep. That’s real!
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