The Vanderbilt Beach Resort: Cozy Condos with an Upscale Supper Club on the Beach

On our recent trip to Florida, we decided to shake things up and stay in Naples, FL rather than our old stomping grounds, Marco Island, FL. Naples is a wonderful city with many activities to fill your days with shopping, golfing, fishing, and, of course, beaching. We stayed at the Vanderbilt Beach Resort. Located right on the beach, this family-owned hotel sports cozy condos that are well furnished and kept up excellently. The condos really feel like a home away from home for the time that is spent there. For those of you who enjoy your beach time, the beach is either a step away or just across the street (depending on what building you’re staying at). If you are not on the beach, you are across the street with pretty views of the bay. On the beach, towels, chairs, and umbrellas are included with your stay.

One of the bayside condos across the street from the beach
The view of the sunset on Vanderbilt Beach from the Turtle Club

If the cozy condos and the stunning sunsets on the beach isn’t enough to convince you to give the Vanderbilt Beach Resort a look, then its restaurant surely will. The Turtle Club is the Vanderbilt Beach Resort’s restaurant that is on the beach. And when I say on the beach, I mean you actually are sitting and eating in the sand! This makes for an experience unlike any other. Lunch and Dinner is served at the Turtle Club, so you could even make reservations twice in a day (and yes, reservations are needed for the Turtle Club). The food is perhaps some of the most amazing food I have ever had, and that’s saying a lot considering how much food I’ve eaten. The food is on another level of elegance and taste. I love shrimp and grits, and the Turtle Club’s lemon grits are some the best grits that I have ever had. Normally, I am not a fan of pan seared grouper, but this grouper was absolutely to die for, and the citrus rice and crab served with it were equally amazing. However, the Turtle Club is pricier than the local diners, so keep that in mind. The food and atmosphere is worth the price, be sure of that!

Shrimp and Sausage over Lemon Grits
Roasted Gulf Grouper and Lump Crab
Pan-Seared Sea Scallops
And of course, Key Lime Pie for dessert

In addition to having knockout food and atmosphere, the wait staff were friendly and knowledgeable about the menu and were willing to help with any questions we had. Overall, both the Vanderbilt Beach Resort and the Turtle Club recieve the ETT seal of approval. The Resort will be earning a 9/10 for excellent rooms, and the Turtle Club earned an 11/10 for quite possible the best seafood I will ever eat.

Links:

Vanderbilt Beach Resort

Turtle Club

NeNe’s Kitchen: a Breakfast Joint That Really Feels Like Home

Marco Island, Florida has always been a favorite vacation spot of ours here at Eats, Treats & Travel. We always try to plan a getaway to this relaxing, welcoming island at least once, if not more, a year. And whenever we need breakfast, we always go to NeNe’s Kitchen. NeNe’s Kitchen has the best breakfast you’ll find on the island! From their egg skillets, to their strawberry blintzes, to their oatmeal, an ETT favorite, the food always delivers.

NeNe’s Kitchen’s amazing Strawberry Blintzes!

In addition to amazing food, NeNe’s offers an amazing staff who is always friendly and smiling, no matter how early in the morning we get to breakfast at. NeNe’s also feels cozy and homey.

NeNe’s Kitchen’s interior

I have been visiting Marco Island and eating breakfast at NeNe’s for over 15 years now, and I can’t imagine going to Marco Island and not eating breakfast at anywhere else than NeNe’s Kitchen. I am proud to give NeNe’s Kitchen a 10/10 rating and it is definitely ETT approved!

Here is the link to NeNe’s Kitchen

Pizza Night At Borner Farms

Prescott, WI has yet another hidden gem restaurant. A local farm that, every other Friday night, uses the vegetables they grow to make homemade, wood-fired pizza.

This week we tried the Sausage and Fennel pizza

All of the crusts, both regular and gluten-free, are homemade, and all of the toppings come fresh from the gardens! Borner Farms not only makes good pizza, but it also sells frozen pizzas, vegetables, and other amazing products on site. The farm also makes for a wonderful place to meet up with friends, relax, and enjoy great pizza, great drinks, great deserts, and a great atmosphere.

Overall, Borner Farms Pizza Nights are a must go for anyone in the Prescott area. This restaurant is a 10/10 and nobody should miss out.

Here is a link to Borner Farm’s website.

Sushi Night At Prescott Roadhouse

There’s a hidden gem of a small town outside of the Twin Cities called Prescott, WI. Prescott is located on the convergence of the St Croix and Mississippi rivers. If you haven’t been to Prescott before, the weekends are an ideal time to stop by the restaurants and shops of Broad Street. The restaurants all have a wonderful view of the rivers and all have cute patios. In another post, we will highlight the other amazing places to eat and shop in Prescott, but this week, we went to Prescott Roadhouse’s Sushi Night. Every Wednesday and Thursday from 4-9 pm, Prescott Roadhouse adds a special sushi menu, in addition to the normal menu. If you’re interested in eating Prescott Roadhouse’s sushi, we suggest that you get there early, as by 6 o’clock, it gets busy!

We tried the Yum-Yum Roll with Tempura Shrimp

This roll had a bit of heat, but the cream cheese and avocado balanced the heat. This is one roll we will be ordering again!

We also had the Spicy Salmon Roll

This roll had just the right amount of spice to it! Both of these rolls didn’t have a strong fish flavor, so they are good for those new to sushi.

Overall, Prescott Roadhouse’s Sushi Nights are an absolute must for those who love sushi or for those who want to start trying sushi. Stay tuned for a post all about Prescott Roadhouse (not sushi nights)!

Weekend Getaway

I have the perfect weekend getaway for you!  If you are looking for sun, sand and warmth Marco Island has it all including pina colada’s and key lime pie  YUM!

We escaped to Marco Island this winter for a long weekend and it was so relaxing.  Here are our family recommendations for restaurants and things to do on Marco Island Florida.

We always use VRBO when we are traveling.  We prefer to rent a condo or house then staying in a hotel.  Plus, we have always had good luck with using VRBO.  Marco Island has 2 hotels on the beach, JW Marriot and The Hilton.  Here is the house we stayed at from a Friday to a Monday

Usually when we go on vacation we have a plan as to what we are going to do and what sights we want to see.  This time since we were just going to a weekend we decided to not plan anything and just hang out on Marco Island.  It was a very relaxing weekend!! I highly recommend it.

For breakfast we always go to NeNe’s.  It has a big menu but everything on the menu is delicious.  It is open for breakfast and lunch.  During high season it is open for supper.  NeNe’s is a breakfast MUST.

If you are looking for a healthier lunch option check out Summer Day Market and Cafe.  They have large variety of smoothies and jucies.  They also have fresh made wraps, sandwiches and a salad bar.

Most of the restaurants on Marco Island have amazing happy hour deals.  If you want happy hour deals and to see the sunset check out The Hilton and CJ’s on the bay.  At the Hilton make sure to get a key lime pina colada!!

Other restaurant recommendations: Joey’s (for pizza and pasta), Marco Prime (great HH too), Lee Be Fish, Snook Inn (for dolphin watching and drinks), Mango’s Dockside.

For your morning joe or afternoon pick me up check out Wake up Marco, Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts

Recommendations on things to do on Marco Island: the #1 reason we go to Marco Island is the beaches.  They are clean and beautiful.  There are many different places to park if you are not close enough to walk.  If you can walk to the beach I recommend that, as parking is between $8.00-12.00 per day.  Tiger tale beach has public restrooms, chairs/umbrellas to rent as well as concessions.

When you get bored of the beach (can you ever get bored of the beach??) Check out Marco Garden and Golf.  It is an 18 hole mini golf course that is fun for the whole family.  This is a great activity to do in the evening too.

Make sure to catch the fire dancer show at JW Marriot.  It is held after sunset every night.  It is free to watch.  You can sit on the beach or in their beach restaurant.

If you are visiting Marco Island FL for longer then a weekend I highly recommend  one or more of the following activities: a dolphin cruise, a sunset cruise, renting a boat to explore the island, visit Key West FL on the Key West Express, shopping in Naples on 5th Avenue (great restaurants too).

I hope your family enjoys Marco Island FL as much as we do!

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