Oh, The Places I Go

These are just a few of the reviews of places I got to visit on my most recent trip to Bradenton Beach FL. Bringing the joy to spectators, athletes, and local businesses is the best life ever.

The Canyons Zip Line and Adventure Park, Ocala FL

Just off the expressway and pass the little rural area there is a red Barn off in the distance the promises fun, excitement, and adventure beyond anything you could imagine. We were welcomed by the friendliest staff. They were eager and participated in our excitement of adventure. Since my back injury 20+ years ago, I’m not able to continue skydiving and zip lining is a close adrenaline rush. This place was fabulous!! From the informative and entertainingly fun training for the newbies that were traveling with me, to the informative commentary of the landscape as we traveled the canopy tour, it was a true adventure. the weather was perfect and the scenery breathtaking. From forests to cliffs, and hieghts to make your heart pound, the gradual increase of thrill with the next zip line fed the anticipation. They offer a go pro accompanied SD card filled with the pictures of the group’s escapades and videos that include the comic banter among participants and guides as well. There is also a cute gift shop filled with everything from magnets to sweatshirts to build you keepsake hope chest filled with proof of your quests. I can’t wait to go back and only wish I lived close enough to visit regularly!!!!

Fazoli’s Prattville, AL

When traveling fast foods gets very mundane and when seeking out something a little different, this was a great find!! The parking lot to the bathroom is spotless and would meet with mom’s approval of clean.the friendly staff directed us thru the menu board and we chose the baked combo. A sample of lasagna, fettuccini  alfredo ,and spaghetti with meatballs smothered in baked cheesy goodness. Our choice of salad or a slice of pizza with a drink was part of this meal ensemble. The salad was crisp cold and very fresh served in a bowl that made you feel like you had just prepared it yourself at home. As soon as we were about finished with our salad, the most friendly smile greeted us with our piping hot encore with fresh bread sticks: so soft they melt in your mouth. It was as if I visited an Olive garden without the expense or crowded wait. A wonderful little find. Even though it is a franchised chain, the warm feeling of family and care could be tasted with every bite.

Silver Surf Resort, Brandenton FL

This little hidden gem brings back the nostalgia of the 80’s getaway. When it was purchased in 1986 it was renovated and added two more buildings to accommodate guests with breathtaking views and the privacy to enjoy all the amenities it has to offer. Walking up to the third floor was worth the sunset views. Keys given with identifying seahorse building medallions were an enjoyable touch. The little things that are overlooked by corporate owners were definitely not missed by this family-owned and run home away from home. Being greeted by the most helpful staff at the front counter, Megan provided transportation options like the free trolley service until 10 pm and the Monkey Bus that operates solely on tips and will pick you up anywhere and take you anywhere on the island.  She also gave suggestions of local establishments that enhanced our experience of Anna Marie Island. They also provide a very reasonable and great personal massaging service that will come to your room or provide their services in a tiki hut on their private beach. This is truly a one of a kind great find!!

Manatee Beach Bradenton FL

Even the parking lot has captivating scenery that invites the soul to relaxation and pure enjoyment. With a cafe and gift shop to feed the body and the memories, this place is a true treasure. Saturday brought the EVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tournament, bringing entertainment and excitement for all ages to watch. Even a few older locals 50 joined in the fun of participation in exhibition matches against the Women’s Pro Players. At then end of the day, a peace that touches the spirit inside is priceless and experienced in every color the sunset sky provides.

Wicked Cantina Bradenton FL

The outside seating is warmed with heaters removing any concern of night air chills. The margaritas and food portions were pleasing as well as the wonderful live music and entertainment of Noel. As he accepted requests and put his personal touches to the tunes, his talent never ran short. He loves what he does and loves to bring the crowd into his worldly style of sounds. Great place and a must visit!!

Gulf Drive Cafe Brandenton FL

A place recommended by our host at Silver Surf, was no disappointment. Their signature margarita packed a powerful punch and the views from outside were intoxicating as well. The staff’s friendly and attentive eagerness to please guests just gives your mind the break from reality as the  live music entertains dreams and memories of joy.

Published by Pam Brant

I am a beach volleyball travel writer who promotes players and local family businesses to increase involvement in the sport in a fun exciting way. Travel with Sand/Beach Volleyball, be treated like a Rockstar Athlete, an improve community health. I invite you all to like, follow and share my blogs as I visit new and exciting places: Meet some amazing people along the way, and even join in the fun!!! This is for all levels and players from 21- 65, recreational to professional. Your Feedback is important to me, as I share my information not only with my traveling athletes, but also with any beach volleyball organization. Let's enjoy the game, share community activities, and promote healthy activity by traveling our beautiful parks and beaches.

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