I had reserved the Riverside Hotel on Las Olas through dayuse.com. The cost was $134.47 for a classic 2 queen bedroom. The Riverside Hotel is a historic landmark hotel that was built in 1936. It has been updated and renovated over the years, but still maintains its old-world charm and atmosphere. The hotel is located in the heart of Ft. Lauderdale’s downtown, surrounded by shops, restaurants, and nightlife. The hotel offers a variety of accommodations to suit all needs, from standard rooms to luxury suites. There is also a rooftop pool and terrace, fitness center, and several on-site dining options.
We dropped our stuff off at the hotel, then decided to go back to SurfStyle to buy some shirts and hang out around the beach. I requested Circuit to pick us up, but after waiting 10 minutes I cancelled it and just requested an Uber. Adrian picked us up in his UberX and took us the 2.21 miles in 7 minutes to the beach, for $7.71.
We walked down to SurfStyle and bought about $100 worth of shirts, and my youngest bought something for his grandma. From there, we walked up to Las Olas Park where they were having their weekend market going on. They had the best looking fruit and other goodies. We ended up buying quite a bit of fruit and goodies. My son tried dragonfruit, and my wife bought some blackberries, blueberries, strawberries. My oldest son and I bought smoothies. We also bought lots of cookies from KukieMunchster. Those cookies were DELICIOUS!!! From the farmers market, we went up to CVS at BeachPlace to buy airplane snacks. We sat at the beach for a bit, before requesting Circuit to pick us up and take us back to the hotel. Jean picked us up in Circuit and took us back to Riverside.
At the hotel we dropped off our goodies we purchased at the beach, then decided to go find some lunch and shop a bit. We stopped in the Yeti store as well as SaltLife and made some purchases. We then went to B-Square Burgers & Booze for lunch. The service was very mediocre but the food was fandamntastic. My son ordered a hamburger, my wife got steak frites and I got a spicy chicken sandwich. It was great! It was about $75 for lunch. We then walked back to the hotel room where my son and I would rest a bit, while my wife took a shower.
We had a 4:00 flight to Raleigh, so about 2:30 we packed up and got ready to head to the airport. This time, Lyft was cheaper. Delroy picked us up in his LyftXL and took us the 4.88 miles in 17 minutes to Ft. Lauderdale International Airport for $24.89. I dropped off our luggage with the Southwest skycap and we breezed through security. We made our way to our gate where we’d wait on our flight.
While waiting, 4 guys came and sit across from me. Those 4 guys were UNC baseball players!! I talked to them a bit, and one was Vance Honeycutt. On day 1 I mentioned I bought his Air Honeycutt shirt in Chapel Hill. I told him I bought his shirt, talked to him some, then it was time to board the flight. They were flying back to Raleigh with us.
We made it back to Raleigh with no issues, very uneventful. There was a birthday on the flight, so the flight crew turned off the lights in the cabin, had everyone turn on their call bell to make the blue lights come on, and we all sang happy birthday to the passenger. It was really cool for Southwest to do this.
We landed at RDU, called Homewood Suite to send their shuttle to pick us up. They got there fairly quickly, picked us up and took us back to the hotel so we could get our car. We were on the road at 8pm. We did stop at Chick-Fil-A in Chapel Hill on the way home for dinner. Then when we made it to Greensboro realized the NC GOP convention was taking place at the Koury Convention Center, so we hit a lot of traffic there since Trump and Pence was in town. We made it home by 10:30, got unpacked, took showers and hit the bed. We had an amazing vacation, had lots of fun but as Dorothy said, there’s no place like home.
Next cruise is in 30 days, time to start preparing!