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Our Stay at Greystone Lodge in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Our Stay at Greystone Lodge in Gatlinburg, Tennessee 2016 1512 Jenn Pennell

Our Stay at Greystone Lodge in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Gatlinburg, Tennesse is one of our favorite places to travel. Located about an hour from Knoxville, Tennessee, it’s a great place to get away for a weekend or even a quick day trip to visit The Great Smokey Mountains.

4 years ago, we took a fun ride up to Gatlinburg and I shared all the fun things we did in THIS BLOG POST. I go into detail on where we stayed, where we ate, and what activities we did all in a day. Be sure to check it out if you’re planning a trip!

We stayed at The Greystone Lodge On The River, in the Two-Room Family Suite Queen with Bunk. We had such an amazing time that we knew we would be back to stay there again. Here are some of our personal pictures of that room.

We traveled back to Gatlinburg this past week for a quick little girl’s trip during spring break and booked our stay again at The Greystone. 

Peaceful Location

The location is one of the best parts of the hotel. Located across the street from both Ripley’s Aquarium and Anakeesta, it’s in the heart of the city without being on the main strip.

It’s located right on the river so you’ll love hearing the gentle sounds of the water below. Listen closely and you may even get to hear and see a duck or two. The cute ducks are another reason my girls love staying there.

Many Room Options

Since it was just 4 of us, we booked the double queen executive room and it was perfect for two adults and two kids. My girls were a little disappointed we didn’t get the family suite again but it was already booked. They loved having the bunk beds.

Free Complimentary Breakfast

I do wish I would have taken a photo of the free complimentary breakfast buffet they serve. They have everything from cereals, bagels, to eggs and biscuits and gravy and it’s all delicious. It’s a great perk when you’ve got a hungry family to feed in the morning and don’t want to wait in line for a table elsewhere.

There are many other amenities available like an outdoor swimming pool (open April-October), a fitness room, and complimentary parking.

With its breathtaking river views and walking distance to everything in downtown Gatlinburg, you can’t go wrong with at stay at The Greystone Lodge On The River.

This post and second stay were not sponsored. All opinions are my own.

My Justin Gaffrey painting

My Justin Gaffrey painting 150 150 Jenn Pennell

Last year my son and I took a short trip down to 30a with my cousin Angela and in our rental house, there were these AMAZING 3D paintings by a local artist, Justin Gaffrey. We traveled over to his gallery and were AMAZED at his creative pieces. From abstract pieces with metal and oddities mixed in to his signature beauty wave paintings, we were in AWE of every piece. I met Justin’s assistant Brian at the gallery but Angela and her hubby Matt got to visit Justin himself in his main studio a few days later! I was only slightly jealous. 😂
A few days after I arrived back home, a packaged arrived at my doorstep and I pretty much DIED when I opened it up. Justin and Brian has sent me my own painting as a thank you for visiting them! If this painting doesn’t scream J E N N, I don’t know what does!
We were so inspired by the piece that my girlies and I had to have our own paining fun! It’s not something we get to do often but we had the BEST time making a mess and creating some magic!
A HUGE  T H A N K  Y O U to Justin Gaffery and Brian Wood for your kind gift. I will cherish it forever.

Our Favorite Lookout Mountain Activities

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Lookout Mountain Tennessee Georgia. Lookout Mountain Guide. Rock City, Ruby Falls, RiverView Inn, Clumpies Ice Cream

Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, is a southern icon that appears in wide view as you drive down the I-24 ridgecut coming into Chattanooga, Tennessee. It’s one of the key reasons Chattanooga got the nickname, the “Scenic City.” This majestic mountain’s base starts at the Tennessee River and runs into both Georgia and Alabama.

If you’ve ever traveled through Tennesse, you’ve surely seen “See Rock City” or “See Ruby Falls, Lookout Mtn” painted along barns and signs along the highways. I’ve seen these markers my entire life but had never visited these fun attractions until Angela & Matt Lanter came for a visit in 2013!

My dear friend (and PR goddess) Meagan called us this summer and asked if we’d like to take a visit up the mountain.  We knew the kids were old enough to take it all in and would love seeing all the sights.

We started our journey at the base of Lookout Mountain at the iconic Incline Railway.

Lookout Mountain Tennessee Georgia. Lookout Mountain Guide. Rock City, Ruby Falls, RiverView Inn, Clumpies Ice Cream
I remember, years ago, when some of my Ohio family came to visit, they rode the Incline Railway to the top of the mountain but this was my first time and it was so very cool.  It was a very steep ride all the way to the top and I wish we would have had a clearer day to take some magnificent photos of the valley below! If you’re traveling to Point Park or The Battles of Chattanooga, you have to take the Incline up!
Also, make sure to bring your quarters for the view finders!

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After a short walk down E Brow Road, you end up at The Battles for Chattanooga museum and Point Park, a 10-acre memorial park at the very top corner of the mountain. If your a history buff like me, you will love reading all the markers and learning more about the Civil War and where the “Battle Above the Clouds” took place. We loved that we could throw a little educational mix into our trip. We were too early for the Ranger tour but the reviews for that are great. We’ll make sure to catch it next time. I do suggest hitting this later in the day as well. It was quite foggy the morning we went and we know the views would have been spectacular!
Across the street is The Battles for Chattanooga museum and gift shop. After a quick drink and snack inside, we toured the relic and weapon collection and then watched the digital-projection mapped show. I had always known that Chattanooga was an important battleground for the war but I had never heard the story told like this before.  With a 3-D landscape display and projections to show all the events and areas that the battles took place, this was one of our favorite parts of the trip. It’s shown in a small theater and is perfect for school-aged children!

I do suggest going here first, before you hit Point Park.

After a ride back down the mountain on the Incline, we drove up to Rock City next.  The kids were SO excited to finally visit and it did not disappoint!
We knew we wanted to hit Café 7 before it got too busy so we started there and my, oh my, it definitely hit the spot!  From the Choo Choo nachos to the Peach Cobbler, it made our bellies very happy! I went with the Fried Green Tomato BLT but substituted the avocado puree and chipotle mayonnaise for the pimento cheese, with a side of cheese grits (as suggested from my friend Meagan) and it was simply heaven on a plate. You can’t get much more southern than that!
After “Seeing Seven States” we rushed to catch the “Birds of Prey” show in Rock City’s Critter Classroom. I am so glad we didn’t miss this as it was my daughter’s favorite part of the trip. From seeing barn owls, to peregrine falcons, and even a bald eagle, it was incredible seeing these magnificent birds up close. They do let them fly around so if you’re scared of birds, I’d stay outside the net. 😉 We loved Cayce the vulture and Buddy the small screech owl (the little fella below with one eye), but Gilbert, the colorful American kestrel was my favorite. Isn’t he gorgeous?!
We wrapped up our Rock City tour as we squeeeeeezed through “Fat Man’s Squeeze”, gazed the beautiful scenery and waterfall at Lover’s Leap, and toured magical Fairytale Caverns. The views from Rock City are simply spectacular. We did, somehow, miss the Swing-A-Long bridge but we’ll make sure to hit that next time.
Next up, Ruby Falls!

Ruby Falls is simply a wonder.
For over 89 years, Ruby Falls has been a main attraction in Chattanooga and it’s no wonder why. Home of the tallest and deepest underground waterfall open to the public in the United States, it’s surrounded my astounding cave formations and is a beautiful sight to behold.
After traveling down 26 stories in an elevator you reach a slim path that will take you deep into the mountain. You’ll follow the path that discoverer Leo Lambert took when he found the waterfall in 1928! Named after his wife Ruby, the 145 ft waterfall is simply magnificent when illuminated by the light show. To this day, they still aren’t sure where the water comes from!

It can be a tight squeeze and a little slippery at times so make sure to wear good shoes and a coat isn’t a bad idea either as it stays around 60 degrees down there all year long.

Ruby Falls recently went through a renovation with new amenities and beautiful new gift shop.  A new feature is their timed-entry ticketing, which means you can purchase your tickets ahead of time and not wait in line with your little ones.

Make sure you climb up to the top of The Lookout Mountain Tower see see a spectacular view of the Tennessee River and the city of Chattanooga. So gorgeous!

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After a quick ride down the mountain, we grabbed a bite to eat and headed to our favorite ice cream spot, Clumpies.  With many locations spread throughout the city (and one on the mountain) we decided to try the brand new location near the Chattanooga Choo Choo. We loved it’s cute mural wall and outside seating. A treat was well-deserved after a full day of sight-seeing!
Cookies n’ cream in a waffle cone.
Just do it.
We ended our trip with a relaxing stay at the newly renovated Lookout Mountain RiverView Inn. This adorable bed and breakfast is just minutes away from Ruby Falls and the views from the balcony are simply spectacular.  We stayed in the two room Hillside Suite it was perfect after a long day. Our favorite part was definitely the balcony and all the gorgeous views. Give me a cup of coffee & a good book and I could stay out there all day. The kiddos definitely loved the pool but I believe it was the continental breakfast that they loved the most! From cereal, to bagels and yogurt, they were in heaven!
Another great feature is that they’re pet friendly! You can read more about that here: http://www.stayatriverviewinn.com/about
Attractions/Lodging links:
A HUGE thank you to Rock City for sending us on this wonderful trip and many thanks to Meagan for setting everything up and being and amazing guide! We enjoyed visiting and eating dessert with you friend!
Another big thanks to Lara, Beth, and Missy at Ruby Falls for all your help and support! It was a pleasure meeting you all.
Thanks and hugs to Charles River Apparel for keeping us dry and warm with our wonderful raincoats and to Royal Highnies (a local Chattanooga business 🙌🏻) for the cozy jammies and robe for our overnight stay! Love y’all so much!

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Packing my bags for a weekend getaway

Packing my bags for a weekend getaway 150 150 Jenn Pennell
Hello Love!
Can you believe it’s finally summer time? School is out, the weather is amazing, and we’re all giddy to be getting ready for vacation!
It may surprise you, but I am not your typical fashion blogger when it comes to packing my luggage for a trip away from home.  Being a mom of three kids, my hands are pretty full, all the time. From three sets of electronics, to books, and just stuff in general, I have a lot to keep track of on a daily basis.  When it comes to getaways, both short and long, the less I pack, the better.
There’s a funny meme that I see floating around on my IG and Facebook all the time where a girl goes somewhere for 3 days and packs 35 outfits.  That’s not how I roll.
My Monogrammed Essential Travel Bag and matching Train Case from Marleylilly are my best travel buddies.  They’ve been with me to Boston, Ohio, Los Angeles, Gatlinburg, and will travel with me soon to Florida and Nashville for our summer trips. What I love most about these bags is that they’re just small enough to be carry-ons when we travel by plane. I couldn’t love these two bags more.
My newest travel bag is my Palm Paradise Beach Tote.  This huge bag was great for carrying all our other necessary travel things like our heavy jackets and my beloved Abrazo Designs essential oil diffuser carrying case. This bag is currently packed and ready to go with all of our beach towels and bathing suits for the beach!
No trip is complete without a great pair of cozy pajamas and there are none better than from Royal Highnies. I found this fabulous brand while vacationing in 30A a few years ago and I’ve been in love with them ever since.  I also love that they’re local to me! 
Two duffle bags for a family of five is pretty darn good, huh?!
 Monogrammed Essential Travel Bag – Marleylilly c/o // Monogrammed Essential Train Case – Marleylilly c/o // Beach Tote – All For Color c/o // Pajamas – Royal Highnies c/o

Things To Do In Gatlinburg, Tennessee

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Thank you Visit Gatlinburg for sponsoring this post. 
The mountains are calling! Plan your own Gatlinburg adventure today.

Growing up in southeast Tennessee, Gatlinburg was one of those places we would go to just get away for a day or two, without spending the whole day in the car driving. We make a trip up there about once a year to take in the scenery, eat amazing food, and my favorite, people watch!
Gatlinburg is a beautiful, scenic mountain town nestled in the heart of The Great Smoky Mountains. We love taking trips up there because it is filled with activities for all ages and interests.

Why are they called “smoky” mountains? Read below 👇🏻

A few weeks ago we were blessed with a fun campaign to take a day trip to Gatlinburg to visit fun attractions and highlight all the goodness for you!
If you’ve never visited, or plan to go soon, read along for our favorite activities!

Where We Stayed

We drove up late on a Saturday evening and spent the night at The Greystone Lodge On The River. Located alongside the Little Pigeon River, it was the perfect location to walk to all the attractions we wanted to hit the next day.  We honestly couldn’t have stayed at a better spot.  We nestled ourselves into the big, cozy family suite, which included a master bedroom, bunks for the kiddos, spacious living room, 2 baths, and kitchen/dining area. The kids were in HEAVEN! The suite also had two outside balconies that opened to a view of the mountains and the Gatlinburg strip. The girls loved watching the wildlife alongside the river.

MY FAVORITE TRAVEL ITEMS

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To our surprise Sunday morning, we woke up to SNOW on the mountains!!
We’d had some warm days in the Tennessee Valley weeks before our trip, but to our luck, it turned frigid the day before our travels.  We were bummed that it had cooled down and we couldn’t take advantage of their amazing swimming pool.  The snow sure was a beautiful sight on those mountain tops though!

What We Did

After a delicious, complimentary breakfast at the lodge, we headed across the street to Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. Voted “Best U.S. Aquarium” in 2017, this is definitely a must-see when visiting Gatlinburg. Jason and I came here many years ago when I was pregnant with Brayden and it’s just as amazing now as it was then. From many species of shark to penguins and jellyfish, it definitely a fun place for the whole family.

We also had a lot of fun perfecting our photography skills. 😉


Next stop on our list was the Hollywood Star Cars Museum.  I originally thought this would just be something for the boys but us girls LOVED it!  From seeing one of the trucks from the movie Twister to seeing one of Dolly Parton’s personal cars, we had so much fun!
Brayden was in heaven because he FINALLY got to see his dream car, a Lambo.

 
Before heading up to Ober Gatlinburg, we stopped into Blaine’s Grill, located right on the strip. We’d never been there before but we will definitely be going back.  It wasn’t crowded at all, our server was incredibly kind (and was a Boston fan ❤️)  and the food was soooo tasty! I think the girls’ nachos and cheese were the best I’ve ever eaten! Y U M !
I’ve been to Gatlinburg countless times but I’d never been up to Ober Gatlinburg Amusement Park & Ski Area. I had always assumed that it was just skiing, but they’ve got so much more up there and I’m so glad we decided to go on this trip. We rode the Aerial Tram all the way to the top and it was the coolest thing ever! I even saw a live bear running down the mountainside! It was so fast that I couldn’t get my camera in time.

Aren’t the trees so pretty?! It almost looks like fall foliage!

When you step off the tram and into the main center, the sweet, decadent smell of fudge SMACKS you in the face and summons you over to buy a tasty treat. Man, that smell gets me EVERY TIME!
We grabbed our wristbands and made a beeline to the Wilderness Encounter to see the bears!
Cal was dying to get on the ice skating rink but they were closing it down 10 minutes after we got there to smooth the surface. Maybe next time, Cal.

After a quick ride at their amusement park, we went back inside and cozied up by the fire.
It was definitely a cold day for sightseeing and adventuring!

We shimmied back down the mountain and stopped by the Ripley’s Moving Theater and World of Illusions, before heading to The Space Needle. We LOVED the Santa movie at the moving theater and all the brain teasers at the World of Illusions. It was dark and a bit spooky in there though, so it may not be suitable for those with younger children.

The Space Needle was another “new to me” attraction. I’ve always wanted to do it but just never did.
The views were AMAZING! If it would have been a warmer day, we would have stayed up there longer! Definitely worth the trip to the top!

And you know I did a little shopping while I was there! When you go on vacation or little getaways, do you gift yourself a little treat? I usually pick up a “You Are Here” mug from Starbucks but since Gatlinburg doesn’t have its own, I picked up a new monogrammed Charles River Apparel pullover from a little shop called U Name It. Aaannnndddd, I had to sneak by my favorite pastry shop, the Donut Friar for a coke and cinnamon/sugar donut, my fav!

MY FAVORITE TRAVEL ITEMS

No trip to Gatlinburg is complete without a trip to Fannie Farkles, the best arcade in Gatlinburg! From fun games to ginormous corn dogs, it’s a MUST!

Our last stop for the day was a brand new attraction, Anakeesta. Located right across the street from The Greystone Lodge and Ripley’s Aquarium, this amazing outdoor theme park was the perfect way to end our day. After riding the Chondola up to the top of Anakeesta Mountain, we entered Firefly Village, with quaint places to shop, eat, and play! You’ve GOT to check out Pearl’s Pie in the Sky!
The kids loved playing hide-and-seek in the Treehouse Village Playground but my favorite was the Tree Canopy Walk! Even on a cool, brisk day, it was perfect to see all the amazing sights of our beautiful state.

VACATIONING IN TENNESSEE? VISIT MY LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN 101 TRAVEL GUIDE HERE!

Where We Ate

We ended our trip at Calhoun’s, our favorite East Tennessee restaurant. The closest one to us is in Knoxville so we don’t get to dine here very often.  Jason ALWAYS gets Calhoun’s trio with baby back ribs, chicken tenders, and hickory smoked pork, with a side of onion rings. I usually snack on a little bit of his and get myself a bowl of their amazing white chicken chili. I could eat 3 bowls of this at one sitting! It’s so good!

The mountains are calling! Answer the call by visiting Visit Gatlinburg today!

Attraction/Lodging links:
The Greystone Lodge On The River
Ripley’s Aquarium
Hollywood Star Cars Museum
Blaine’s Grill
Gatlinburg Aerial Tram
Ober Gatlinburg
Ripley’s Moving Theater
Gatlinburg Space Needle
World of Illusion
Fannie Farkle
Anakeesta
Calhoun’s

Gatlinburg, TN

Outfit deets:
White Jacket – Charles River Apparel c/o // Pink pullover – Charles River Apparel c/o // Chambray button-down – JCrew factory // Backpack – Lily Jade c/o // Jeans – Levis 710 // Sneakers – Nike (similar here and here) // Jenn’s pajamas – Royal Highnies TOP/BOTTOM c/o (BEST PJs EVER!!)

A huge thank you to GCVB for sending us on this wonderful trip! We are very thankful for you! 💕
Another big thank you to my girl RJ for helping me take all these photos! ✨ She’s a superstar! ✨

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Universal Studios Hollywood

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Universal Studios Hollywood 150 150 Jenn Pennell
 Hello Love!
You know those days where you have everything planned out and then something happens and your plans completely change?
Well, that totally happened to us when visiting LA last week! We had just visited the set of my cousin Matt’s set for his TV show, TIMELESS, and us girls (Ang, Martina, Megan, Layla, and I) were on our way to Venice Beach to see the ocean and “sights”, if you know what I mean. 😂 Matt and my husband Jason set out on their own and called us shortly after to let us know they were going to go to Universal Studios to ride the rides and eat at Three Broomsticks at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
What?! Go to Harry Potter without us?
Nah man, we weren’t going to have that!  
We whipped that car around and drove ourselves right to Universal Studios! 
We only had about 2 hours in the park before it closed but it was absolutely perfect! We drank hot and cold butterbeer, shopped the shops, and rode the best rollercoaster EVER!
What a great way to end a perfect vacation!

Sightseeing in Los Angeles!

Sightseeing in Los Angeles! 150 150 Jenn Pennell
Hello Love!
As most of you know I am lucky enough to be related to the gorgeous and fabulous Angela Lanter of Hello Gorgeous. She and her husband Matt (NBC’s TIMELESS, 9O21O), welcomed our newest family member MacKenlee Faire at the end of December and I couldn’t wait to get out there and smooch those sweet baby cheeks! My husband and I booked a flight and spent a very short 4 days out on LA visiting this sweet little family, along with a few more family members.  
We left our schedule pretty open for the most part but we got to do a lot of sightseeing while we were out there, including visiting the TIMELESS set at Paramount Pictures.  We actually got to make two trips so I’ll post a separate post about that closer to the show’s premiere date, March 11th.  We saw many famous LA landmarks and basically stuffed our faces the entire time we were there. That food out there? WOAH.
Miss MacKenlee and I loved eating at The Honor Bar Restaurant! Yum!!
The Brady Bunch house!!
Ang took us across Mulholland Drive! Yes, that road from the Tom Petty song!
Rodeo Drive, Baby!
 Who can guess what famous movie was filmed here! ☝🏻
 I’ve waited 35 years to see this!
 Capitol Records, another landmark building I wanted to see!
Our favorite landmark of them all, Paramount Studios!
Jason and I were incredibly lucky to visit Matt on set of his show, Timeless, and watch him film a few scenes! Yeah, we’re VIPs!
 The famous Beverly Hills Hotel!
Have you ever been to LA? What was your favorite place to visit/eat? We did, unfortunately, forget to eat at In-and-out burger 🙈.

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She said “I think I’ll go to Boston.”

She said “I think I’ll go to Boston.” 150 150 Jenn Pennell
Hello Love!
A few weeks go my husband and I were lucky enough to cross one of our biggies off our bucket list: visiting Boston.
As long-time Red Sox fans, we couldn’t have been more excited to learn that I had won a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Boston, courtesy of Charles River Apparel!  Thanks to all my friends and their support of my little blog, they engaged TO THE MAX on my giveaway I hosted along with CRA and I was the winner!  We booked the trip a few weeks later and it was AMAZING! 
My little history-loving heart was full the entire time. From seeing the Boston Commons to watching the Red Sox take on (the now World Series winner) Houston Astros to taking a boat ride on the Charles River, I couldn’t get enough.
We met the owner and wonderful employees at Charles River while we were there and got to take a tour of the plant! I got to see new prototypes, talk one-on-one with the designer and talked all things monogramming with them!  Seriously, seeing how they work was so much fun!
Have you ever been to Boston? It’s been weeks and I still can’t get enough of it!
💚 Sending out a H U G E thanks to Charles River Apparel for taking us on this trip of a lifetime and sponsoring this post! Love you guys!!💚
Monogrammed duffle bag – c/o Marleylilly // Green rain jacket – c/o Charles River Apparel (on sale now at Marleylilly) // Monogrammed weathered pullover – c/o Marleylilly // Gray striped sweater – c/o Duffield Lane

Shaw Avenue’s 5 beach essentials

Shaw Avenue’s 5 beach essentials 150 150 Jenn Pennell
Hello Love!
Isn’t coming home from the beach completely depressing? 
The salty air, the cool ocean breeze, and the sounds of crashing waves just soothe my soul and I try to soak up every glorious minute of it while we’re there.
We go to Daytona Beach, FL every year and we love it.
We have secret little beaches were we go to avoid the crowds, favorite seafood restaurants where we stuff our faces full, and a hotel that we completely adore.
Alright, let’s get down to business.
Now that my kiddos are older, we no longer have to drag all kinds of sand toys and crap down to the beach. Now, I can pack my own goodies to just sit there and soak up the goodness.  
1.) A good tote bag.  I scored that amazing Spartina449 Mermazing tote while I was down in Daytona at a cute little gift shop. It’s made of vinyl so it was super easy to clean the sand out of everyday and had a separate pouch to hold my keys and phone to keep them sand-free.  It’s almost sold out too! Find it here and here!  We also carry mesh seashell bags (like these) to carry all our treasures in!
2.)  I forgot my trusty Tervis at home so we picked up this adorable Florida Starbucks tumbler while shopping the Boardwalk. Y’all know i’m a sucker for flamingos… 
3.) I also forgot my trusty Chaco flip flops to wear down in the sand so I had to take my pineapple Lilly Pulitzer sandals down with me.  I was afraid they would be ruined after wearing them all week, but they’ve held up perfectly…I still won’t take that chance again.  Don’t forget to pack some good waterproof flops!
4.) A beautiful beach towel.  I scored this lovely one from BuckheadBetties and I LOVE the fabric it’s made of.  And those colors? SWOON!
5.) The perfect beach cover-up.  I originally bought one of those terry cloth, zip-up moo moo things but then thought, no! Just throw on a Lilly! Duh! 
6.) A good book…well, this is a no brainer.  
Of course, there are many other things i could tote down to the sandy beach with me but with three kiddos following along, it’s enough to get us through!  
What can’t you live without?

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Ponce Inlet, our favorite Florida beach

Ponce Inlet, our favorite Florida beach 150 150 Jenn Pennell
Hello Love!
Every summer we travel down to Daytona Beach for relaxation, sight-seeing adventures, and face stuffings of delicious seafood.
We love our hotel that we stay at every year, but the beach can get a little crowded with lots of people and cars. On days we need a little more of a relax atmosphere, we travel down to our favorite beach at Ponce Inlet. Our favorite restaurant, Down the Hatch, is located there too!
They have a few spots down South Atlantic Avenue that you can park and walk to the beach, but this year we discovered Lighthouse Point Park.  It’s at the southern tip of Ponce and it was amazing.  There was a long pier to walk out on, a beautiful view of the Ponce Inlet lighthouse, and seashells galore!  With a fee of $10 to get in, it keeps it less crowded, which makes it very family friendly!
And it’s pet friendly for all you dog lovers!