Picture Perfect Beach Getaway

By Cathleen K. Bode

Looking for an unhurried, perfect beach getaway with family and friends? Well, we found a gem that’s just 2.5 hours drive from Orlando.

Ponte Vedra Inn & Club is just 20 miles southeast of Jacksonville, FL, and located on a sprawling, 300-acre beachfront site in northeast Florida. The historic Inn offers a world of upscale accommodations adorned in ocean hues and sandy tones, catering to the affluent clientele looking for that relaxed vibe without the stuffiness.

Start off your morning at the ‘Inn Dining Room.’ They have a large selection of breakfast options from light fare to the hearty. Our favorite — Ponte Vedra Bagels & Lox Board with a glass or 2 of Champagne — A perfect way to start the vacation. And, for our children — Belgian Waffles with sliced strawberries, sweet butter, whipped cream, and maple syrup, did someone say Hot Chocolate? Yes, Please!

For dinner, I recommend a fine dining experience at the Seahorse Grille which serves up fresh seafood, lobster tails poached & chilled just right, and steaks cooked to perfection. They also have a huge aquarium to keep the children entertained while you sip that perfect martini.

If you want a more casual, al-fresco dining experience look no further than the Surf Deck Grille. A blackened Mahi sandwich with a Hayden’s Margarita might do the trick to unwind. Whichever you choose, just imagine the ocean as the backdrop as you toast to the good life indeed.

With so many activities and so little time, redirect your energies to a worthwhile pursuit. Perhaps a challenging round of golf to clear your mind from everyday stresses. Rekindle the spark with a simple walk on the beach with your significant other. Build a sandcastle with your children. Or, simply watch the sunrise on your private terrace and embrace the sense of pure bliss.

Talk about bliss — The Spa is my kind of thing. Just a few hours to myself, to unwind and just be. The heavenly aroma of lavender and the soothing massage therapy is just what the doctor ordered.

This AAA Five-Diamond rated Ponte Vedra Inn & Club has earned the reputation as the Grand Dame of North Florida resorts.

Resort Amenities:

  • Full-service luxury spa offering over 100 services
  • 36 incredible holes of golf
  • 15 Har-Tru clay tennis courts
  • 10 outstanding dining establishments
  • State-of-the-art oceanfront fitness center
  • Four heated swimming pools
  • Children’s playground and nursery
  • Miles of beautiful Atlantic Ocean beaches to explore
  • Beach rentals with kayaks, paddleboards, beach bicycle cruisers
  • An array of boutiques and shops
  • Valet parking and Complimentary Wi-Fi resort-wide