A note of Thanksgiving
How fortunate that we were able to land Thanksgiving week at Paradise Found! We came with two rules: 1) Do whatever we feel like doing, even if it's nothing at all, and 2) Do no work for a Thanksgiving dinner. We were easily able to accommodate both rules -- not that the condo didn't have everything needed to prepare a Thanksgiving meal, including a turkey roaster, pie pans, etc. Paradise found is a beautiful, new, well-kept, uncluttered gem of a vacation residence, and that's just the interior! Everything worked like a charm (except that the stereo remote control was missing one of its 2 batteries ?), including the fabulous jetted tub in the master bath :) The unit is BIG inside, with generously sized bedrooms, and we loved that there are kitchen/great room AND master bedroom balconies. We just loved the location, too. New Smyrna still has that "old beach" feel, and although the southern beachfront is full of condo's these days, the strip is not built up with monstrous hotels, mini-golf, Hard Rocks and Planets Hollywood. Check out the original beach area with a good variety of shops and restaurants, all within a nice walk of each other. Get a fabulous burger at Breakers, and an ice cream (hand dipped or soft serve) in the shops right next door. Check out the Canal Street district, with its boutiques and antique stores. A tip, if you want antiques, you'll find great prices and a larger selection less than 2 miles further south on the Dixie Highway (Route 1). Just past there is the Beacon cineplex, which has inexpensive matinees and Tuesday specials. They also have a senior special popcorn and drink for only $6! For dinner, try Norwoods, which has a great atmosphere and good food; and you can pick up something for breakfast or lunch at the little French bakery almost across the street from there. We also wandered up to Port Orange to Giuseppe's Steel City Pizza (If you're a native Pittsburgher, you have to take this side trip!) We heard from many folks that JB's Fish Camp is a great place, too, but we simply ran out of week - we'll catch that one next time, and we do look forward to a next time! Great location + great digs = great time. Thanks to our gracious hosts :)
Bonnie and Dave C., Hampton Roads, VA
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