Taking in the beauty of Florida at Westgate Resorts


After a wonderful night’s sleep at Westgate Lakes, in Orlando, FL, I was ready to make the most of the day, after my morning cup of coffee, of course.
The hardest part was choosing which activities to do.  There are a variety of water activities, kids activities, mini-golf, bike rentals and more.
But, first things first…breakfast.  First stop, Sid’s Deli, in the main lobby. As soon as you walk through the door you can smell the coffee.  They were brewing Starbucks coffee and had a variety of pastries.  It all looked, and smelled, amazing but I was more in the mood for a hot breakfast, so we started walking to Smokehouse Grill. It was so nice outside that we chose to walk instead of drive, but that didn’t last long.  We walked maybe a 15 steps before a golf cart pulled up besides us and asked where we were headed.  We told the man Smokehouse Grill and he told us to hop on.  Now that’s service.
Breakfast was a buffet style, all you can eat for $12.95. There were eggs, fruit, muffins, pancakes, potatoes, bacon, French toast and even an omelet station.
After we were nice and full, it was time to get out on the water.
We made our way, walking this time, to the boathouse where we had a variety of different options. They had kayaks, paddle boats, pontoon boats and fishing. Before we even arrived, I had my heart set on the kayak.
It was reasonably priced, only $6 for 30 mins out on the water. At first I was thinking, 30 mins wasn’t going to be enough time, but once out on the water I realized it was the perfect amount of time. I have gone kayaking 2 times before this, once in the Caribbean islands and another time in Rockford, IL, I forgot how much strength it takes to paddle through the water, especially when the wind and current begin to pick up. My fiancé and I had a good rhythm going and we made our way all around the lake, taking a few breaks to just sit and take it all in – and take some selfies. The sun was shining bright, but luckily it wasn’t unbearably hot.
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After that workout, we decide to go for something a little more suited for lazy people (hey, at least I’ll admit I’m lazy), a pontoon boat.  It was a bit faster than the kayak and easier on our arms.  It was so peaceful on the water.  Even more peaceful when I thought I had no cell service, but then I realized Instagram was just down.  Yeah, it was the weekend everyone thought the world was coming to an end because Instagram was down for 2 hours.
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After all the exertion on the water, it was time to relax and eat again.
The pool bar was the perfect option. We ordered drinks, I got the drink special of the day, and a hot dog.  While we waited for our hot dogs, we relaxed in the sun and enjoyed music from the 80’s to today’s top hits being played by the live DJ.
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I dozed off a bit but didn’t want to get too much sun so we went back to the room, freshened up, took a nap and then met the rest of the group to go to Downtown Disney.
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I got to eat at one of my favorites, Bongos, for dinner and wandered around Downtown Disney the rest of the night.
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It had been a long day. I immediately passed out as soon as my head hit the pillow. Now that I think about it though, I’m not sure if it was because I was exhausted or because the beds at Westgate are so comfortable.
I already have a list of things I want to do next time I stay at Westgate Lakes.

  • Serenity Spa
  • Mini-Golf
  • Rent Bikes
  • Order Pizza and watch a movie in the room
  • Visit all 8 pools

And the other activities available on property, but most of all, RELAX!

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