Hurricane Evacuation To Ross Bridge Resort, Marriott Birmingham

We live in South Florida, so when Hurricane Irma rolled in, we rolled out… all the way to Alabama where we will spend the weekend at the Ross Bridge Resort Marriott Birmingham.

Now, Alabama wasn’t on my bucket list, but the Ross Bridge Resort more than exceeded my expectations.

It took 45 minutes to travel the last 15 miles of our journey (3 out of 4 license plates were Florida tags), but this Marriott Birmingham hotel rose up to meet us.

 

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Helloooooo curb appeal!

We did look like a bunch of evacuees as we piled out of the mini-van with our kids – their toys & snacks literally falling out of the door when it slid open.

As always, Marriott’s friendly, professional staff makes us feel right at home.

I used my Marriott points to book the room, which came with a big balcony & this stunning view.

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It’s a relief to have plenty of entertainment here for the kids – restless after spending 3 days in the car.

Once the golf course closed, the kids loved walking the paths, collecting pine cones, and chasing birds.

The hotel grounds are stunning in every direction.

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I expect we will do the same every night, as it’s a great way to end the day… the sunset walk is beautiful, yes, but mostly we go to wear the kids out!!!

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In the mornings we stuffed our faces with a ridiculously delicious breakfast – biscuits & gravy, mountains of fresh fruit & a honey-baked ham.

Then we hit the pool, where the kids spent the day going down the waterslide.

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We aren’t sure yet how long we will need to stay at this Marriott Birmingham hotel – we’re watching to see where Hurricane Irma is headed.

Even though we don’t yet know where we will go next, the Ross Bridge Resort has provided a welcome sanctuary as a home away from home…

Now, if only we could actually GO home.

Amsterdam: Places To Visit

I hope Amsterdam is on your list of places to visit.

Traveling to Amsterdam, Netherlands? Looking for tips on hotels & food during your visit to Amsterdam? Find your top 10 bucket list things to do in Amsterdam here: http://www.jetsetdaddy.com/amsterdam-places-visit

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Amsterdam: Places To Visit

We went a few years ago & while I wouldn’t suggest going in February (don’t we look cold!), Amsterdam is full of beautiful scenery & lovely people.

I usually plan out our entire trip ahead of time, but honestly for Amsterdam I didn’t do much travel planning.

We were living in London at the time, so it was cheap & easy to jump on the Eurostar & head to Amsterdam.

One thing I suggest is picking up this Top 10 Amsterdam Travel Guide.

It’s full of pictures, covers all the highlights & is small & lightweight, so it’s a handy reference.

Here’s a little video montage of our Amsterdam visit.
 



 

If you need a complete guide to Amsterdam NOW, you can download the ebook here from Lonely Planet.

Traveling to Amsterdam, Netherlands? Looking for tips on hotels & food during your visit to Amsterdam? Find your top 10 bucket list things to do in Amsterdam here: http://www.jetsetdaddy.com/amsterdam-places-visit

 

If you are planning ahead & want more detail than just the Top 10, order the book to be delivered to you here.

Traveling to Amsterdam, Netherlands? Looking for tips on hotels & food during your visit to Amsterdam? Find your top 10 bucket list things to do in Amsterdam here: http://www.jetsetdaddy.com/amsterdam-places-visit