NYE Weekend in Ft Lauderdale


Happy new year everyone! I hope 2016 is off to a great start for you.

I had a very eventful weekend in Ft Lauderdale ringing in NYE with friends. On Thursday I had the day off of work so we took the 3 hour drive to south Florida to check in to our hotel by Ft Lauderdale beach. While driving there the hotel called to say they overbooked and wanted to give us an upgraded room at their sister hotel only a block away and also gave us a small discount for the inconvenience. Fine by me! It was a cute boutique hotel called Tranquilo which was a short walk to the beach.



After getting settled we went out for dinner at Casablanca Cafe along the beach with a girl friend and enjoyed some escargot, baked brie, beef carpaccio and a strawberry mojito. Everything was amazing and the outdoor patio overlooking the beach was a nice vibe.


After dinner we went out for some adult beverages and then watched the annual ball drop along Ft Lauderdale beach at midnight. It was a fun night out with friends exploring a new town.


On Friday we went to visit one of my best friend's from childhood and spend some quality time with her three kids at their house on the water. We brought Lola along so the kids could play with her.



After a few hours of bestie and kiddie time and whining children, we were starving so we went with K's friend from high school to G&B Oyster Bar for some amazing oysters and stone crab.



On Saturday morning we slept in and then checked out of hotel to make the trek back to Orlando. Before hitting the highway, we stopped at La Granja Peruvian restaurant for an amazing seafood ceviche for lunch.


The rest of the weekend was spent relaxing and doing errands. Overall it was an amazing weekend with good friends, amazing food and a nice change of scenery for a couple days in sunny south Florida.

How did you ring in the new year?

Joining the lovely Biana for her Weekending linkup.

24 comments

  1. I love that you guys went a little further down south to ring in the new year - and it sounds like it was so much fun!! That seafood got me so hungry and it's so early in the morning haha!!! So glad you had a great start to 2016! Happy Monday girl! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  2. Perfect!!! Nothing like recharging at the beach and getting away for a little bit! I'm so glad you got to do this Emily and I hope that 2016 has many great things in store for you my friend!

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  3. ugh so jealous of your vacation! I can't complain about the temps up here though, since it was seriously unseasonably warm. I hope 2016 is great for you and what a perfect way to ring in the New Year!

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  4. What a great way to spend NYE weekend! Definitely better than in the cold and chilly days we've had up here. Happy new year!!

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  5. what a great way to ring in the new year! i love it. beach and oysters and friends - the best! and nice upgrade to the sister hotel. :)

    xoxo cheshire kat

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  6. It sounds like you had the perfect weekend with friends and some amazing food! Everything sounds and looks delicious! That's so fun that Ft Lauderdale has has their own ball drop on the beach! That would be such a fun way to ring in the New Year!

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  7. Nothing beats a free upgrade! Looks like you had a great time, happy 2016!

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  8. The ceviche looks amazing!

    How is Lola in hotels?

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  9. There's just something so pretty about South Florida, and love that her house is right on the intracoastal - gorgeous! Yay for a free upgrade, and that Lola got to go. Cheers to a fabulous week and 2016 <3

    Green Fashionista

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  10. All of the amazing food you had this weekend is making me sooo hungry!! The weather looks so perfect to ring in the new year, too!

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  11. That looks like such a fun NYE!

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  12. The beach looks so calm and peaceful! So glad you had a fun trip and NYE looks like so much fun.

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  13. So great that you got to bring Lola, I bet the kids enjoyed her...your friends house on the water looks like a dream! What a fun weekend with friends, Happy New Year girl!

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  14. Always love it when the hotels mess up and you get an upgrade! Looks like a wonderful NYE weekend!

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  15. Free upgrades are always nice! Looks like a great view and weather too.

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  16. So fun! It's getting cold here so Ft Laud sounds amazing!

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  17. Peruvian food is seriously my favorite! It looks like you guys had a great time!

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  18. Looks like you had a fabulous time ringing in 2016 girl!! That hotel looks so cute and nice that you got upgraded and a discount, win win!

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  19. oh thats so nice of the hotel to do that, i mean of course they should, but still! i think i read somewhere that hotels purposefully overbook because people cancel and stuff. crazy! that ceviche looks delish!

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  20. What a way to kick off the new year - always so jealous of how many amazing place you have close to you down there! The hotel lucked out having a place to put you but you definitely lucked out with the upgrade and discount!!

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  21. Damn, with all the clean eating I'm trying to do here to day this post made my mouth water--- literally!!!
    What a fun time!! Happy new year!

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  22. I love the look of that hotel room! So clean and modern!! I would've freaked at first when they said they overbooked... I'll never understand how that happens, lol Good that they were able to upgrade you somewhere so close though!

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  23. Such a fun weekend! You were in my neck of the woods. Now I need to try that oyster bar - sounds amazing!

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  24. i went there once when i was very little, so i think it's high time for a repeat visit, thanks to your post! not a bad way to ring in the new year!! btw i am still obsessed with that brunch post of yours!

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