2012 Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day is a time to remember those who have made the ultimate for our country. It is also part of a long weekend often including beaches, barbeques and shopping. Many times this long weekend kicks off the summer.

With a son interested in a career in the United States Navy, I am very conscious of the intent of the holiday. I recognize the sacrifices our soldiers have made, allow for us the choice to spend the long weekend however we choose.

I love to travel. To me, anytime I’m not home, I’m on vacation. Sometimes I’m away on business. Sometimes I’m away for training with organizations I’m involved with. It doesn’t matter to me. I make the best of it. Without an endless supply of cash, I can be very creative…

For Memorial Day Weekend 2012, I chose a staycation. The local Hutchinson Island Courtyard by Marriott was offering a Florida Resident rate of $129 per night including breakfast for two. Their rooms include a microwave and a small (but bigger than normal) refrigerator. Being 20 minutes from home, this was within my budget.

Arriving on property early in the day, I was pleasantly surprised my room was ready. Read more about my first day there… click here.

One thing I didn’t talk about in my blog about the first day was the beach wedding. It was setup and over in 3 hours. Weddings by Rachel were the organizers and they did a fabulous job getting setup with minimal disturbance to guests. It was a beautiful sunset wedding.

The next day, we started our day at the Bistro. This is a very comfortable, attractive space. The Bistro is where you can purchase your Starbucks coffee or your bacon, eggs and Bistro potatoes among other things. The lobby has complimentary coffee until 11 a.m. However our free breakfast for two includes a small Starbucks coffee, a variety of juices or milk. I was very impressed with the breakfast and the prices. Food was made to order. Nothing stale or reheated. Being there were four of us, we also had the ‘payment’ experience and found the prices to be competitive. Leaving the property to find breakfast would have been silly. They offer variety and quality at a reasonable price. With what the room included, we paid no more than $20 per day for breakfast. If you go, say hi to Debbie. She works at the Bistro taking orders. I saw her time and time again explaining how the ‘Florida Resident’ rate ‘deal’ worked. She was patient and very pleasant, time after time.

While we were there, there was a change in the company who operates the cabana rentals. Rates for cabanas are $30 per day and includes two lounge chairs and an umbrella. Shawn is with the new company. He is very helpful and you will see him working hard all day long. Talk to him if you plan on staying more than a day. He does offer multi-day rates.

One important detail… I was going for the relaxing beach experience. There are a variety of things to do in the area. However, that wasn’t in my ‘relaxation’ plan. If you would like to learn more about what the area offers, please visit: www.VisitStLucieFLA.com and www.DiscoverMartin.com.

For the iPad, iPhone and users of other devices that work better on wifi, the property doesn’t seem to have wifi throughout. If like me, you can live without it or have an amazing data package, you’ll be ok. If you rely on wifi, this can prove to be a challenge.

My family and I spent four amazing days on this beachfront property. Everyone from the front desk to the General Manager (who I saw emptying garbage cans, serving breakfast at the Bistro and delivering towels) to the contractors on the sand; were friendly and hospitable. The guest room (our room) and the public areas were clean and fresh, not tired and dated like other beach properties I’ve visited over the years.

Whether you are down the street (of sorts) or coming from ‘a ways away’, this is a fabulous Florida beachfront property where you can stay at a reasonable rate.

www.CourtyardHutchinsonIsland.com

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