In September, I won a free trip for 4 on the radio (The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show). All I had to do was be caller 10 and I won a trip for 4 to Innisbrook Golf and Spa Resort with flight and rental car included. We decided to take our trip during spring break (one of the fun perks of being a school counselor). Here are our thoughts on the resort and it’s surroundings.
Innisbrook is a golf and spa resort located in North Palm Harbor Florida, not far from Tampa. Many people own condos on the resort and spend months at a time or retire here. Although we didn’t see a lot of young adults on the property, there were several families and there appears to be several activities for children. Innisbrook includes 5 golf courses, tennis courts, several pools, fitness center, spa and more.
Driving in to Innisbrook, you will immediately notice how beautiful the grounds are. We loved how green and luscious everything was. The golf courses looked beautiful, but we didn’t want to pay the additional fee to use it. Unfortunately, unless you book a golf and stay package golf isn’t included. We were also disappointed that tennis or racquetball were not included with hotel reservations either. You can rent bikes, quad bikes and double bikes to ride around the resort as well.
Although there were several things not included with the reservations, there were a lot of activities that were included. Basketball, volleyball, shuffleboard, mini golf, and the pools are all included activities. They have a short nature walk you can check out too.
Originally, we were supposed to have a 2 bedroom suite, so we were surprised to find an extra bedroom when we walked inside. The reviews online say that the rooms are outdated, however I thought they were charming. Outdated? Yes, but it felt like visiting your grandma’s house. Our suite was gigantic and could have easily slept 8 or more adults. The master closet felt like an extra bedroom.
Innisbrooks offers a variety of restaurants to satisfy all palates and budgets. The most expensive restrant on the resort is Packard’s and they suggest reservations. We tried the Market Salamander Grille our first night and indulged on flatbreads and cocktails. They have a beautiful patio with fireplaces to enjoy a nightcap after dinner.
While we were there, we tried the Turnberry Pub’s breakfast buffet. It’s $16 and includes eggs, any style, a variety of meats, potatoes, pancakes, french toast, and biscuits and gravy. We also enjoyed salads and drinks at the grill at the Loch Ness pool.
Our favorite breakfast, however, was right down the road at Tiffany’s. Yes, we had breakfast at Tiffany’s and it was wonderful. They have a menu full of every breakfast food you can imagine for great prices. Not to mention, a full bar to go with it. Needless to say, we were happy we found this gem so close to the resort.
Tampa’s beaches have white sand and pretty water compared to most other beaches in the United States. They also have beautiful sunsets.
Along the causeway in Tampa, there are a couple of fun beach bars worth checking out. Whiskey Joe’s has a laid-back vibe. You can play some cornhole, listen to live music, and chill on the sand with fire pits, drinks and food. Just across the water is Beach Bar, a tiki-style restaurant with a large patio.
St. Petersburg (St. Pete)
We didn’t spend much time in these beaches other than just to drive around and grab dinner. One of the best parts of beach towns is driving around and looking at all of the cute beach houses and little neighborhoods. St. Petersburg had some great ones.
Our favorite beach by far was Clearwater Beach. It tops most lists as the best beach in Florida because of it’s fun beach town, great sand, and water. We could have spent hours just laying out in the sun, listening to the waves crash.
We had an awesome time on this free trip and got to experience a side of Florida none of us have ever been to. Although we didn’t spend too much time on the resort, we enjoyed our stay and found the room to be comfortable and nice. I enjoyed my morning runs through the resort and loved relaxing by the pool. Tampa’s beaches are beautiful and nearby, so Innisbrook is a nice, quiet resort nearby.
What’s your favorite Tampa beach? Share with me in the comments below!