Over the years, Hubby and I spent most of our free time seeing America first while driving its highways and byways. We traveled along the Pacific Coast Highway, Great Lakes Shores, St. Lawrence Seaway, Atlantic Coastal US 1A and A1A, the Gulf Coast, Alaska and Hawaii. Big Sur, Thousand Islands, Niagara Falls, Wildwood, Florida Keys, Lake Charles, Homer, Diamond Head…its vistas cannot be forgotten.
Oh, to be a millionaire! Fact is I have spent a lifetime dreaming of a home on the water. Problem is hubby wants rural; me, urban. Accordingly, the wisdom of Solomon keeps us in suburgatory EXCEPT on
vacation. Thank goodness for the Disney Vacation Club. Its resorts and affiliations mean options beyond imagination.
We bought in to DVC almost twenty years ago. Its Caribbean-themed 761 studios, one-, two-, and three bedroom villas (mostly waterfront) offered a lot. Since we had vacationed in WDW annually since 1985, it was our investment in the future. We continue to go yearly. Let you in on a little secret. We love all DVC property, but our favorite in Florida is Old Key West. It’s all about top-notch service and location. Manager Rodney is the best. His concierge, desk, bell and often forgotten behind the-scene cast service including office, maintenance, grounds strive to satisfy. A well-maintained centralized resort off a golf course with groomed lawns and fauna makes for eye candy.
Amenities like complimentary wi-fi, the R. E. S. T. Beach Fitness Center, a community hall, a game room, three playgrounds, four pools, 24-hour self-service laundry rooms near the pools, and REST Beach Fitness Center are sweet, sweet, sweet. Plus outside recreational activities like a resort tour, campfires, movies underthe stars, jogging trails, and basketball and volleyball courts excel.
Complimentary Magic Express motor coaches to any from Orlando International, complimentary luggage delivery Complimentary Disney transport water taxi service to nearby Disney Springs as well as buses
to the Springs and the amusement parts) from Hospitality allows different strokes for different folks staying together. Automobiles are optional at Old Key West even though parking is free.
Casual dining at Olivia’s Cafe, quick-service at Goods Food to Go as well as the Turtle Shack (seasonal), libations at the Gurgling Suitcase, and NEW in-room service pizza delivery mean no one has to cook indoors or outside (grills available on site). Consider The Conch Flats General Store a convenience store as well as merchandise pick up and delivery for any WDW shopping you choose. It has a little of everything–food, snacks, books, magazines, postcards, toys, jewelry, clothes, potions and lotions, and more. Missing something, just ask and its helpful staff will do its best to find it or get it there for you.
Old Key West is a well-maintained centralized resort off a golf course. Its groomed lawns and fauna makes for eye candy. Every “Welcome Home” greeting is truly that to me, hubby too. Like the Terminator says, “I’ll be back.” Fact is I am already planning another two trips for this year.
Please don’t misunderstand me though. I love Disney’s on property hotels–location is key. I use them frequently for special events. Disney Social Media Moms’ 2017 five day Land and Sea Celebration was the best, but travel demands brought us in early then out late. Accordingly we booked two additional nights from Disney Vacation Club’s Concierge Collection to enjoy Port Orleans Resort-Riverside to its fullest. A great thing about being a DVC member is booking perks like availability throughout the World.