Ava Grace's Closet: A weekend at Lago Mar
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Monday, July 16, 2012

A weekend at Lago Mar

We spent the weekend away in Fort Lauderdale at the Lago Mar resort. The resort is family-owned and run and has been around for over 50 years. It reminded us so much of a place that Frankie and the Rat Pack would have stayed at years ago.
It was great to spend a few days on the beach and the resort was just perfect for kids. Lots for them to do. 
the view from our balcony
We stayed in an executive suite which we now needed since becoming a family of 5 (!), and honestly, it was bigger than most Toronto condos. We were pleasantly surprised by a huge balcony that overlooked the pool (the above picture was taken from it) where you could sit out and still feel as though you were "part of the action" while the little one napped. Or refused to.
Ava making herself comfortable on the balcony
 There was tons for the kids to do including a full park right on the resort and tons of other fun amenities.
The older ones were just happy to be able to walk around unsupervised after dinner. It was extremely safe and super family friendly.
Little miss went up and down the slide (in the blazing heat) 4,384,657 times. Or thereabouts.
The resort was centrally located within walking distance to downtown Ft. Lauderdale, tons of great shopping and restaurants.
We had great meals both evenings, {which isn't easy sometimes when you're looking for kid-friendly AND good} ...mexican the first night at Carlos + Pepe's and italian the next at a local favourite called Il Mulino. If you follow me on instagram (I'm Ava Grace's Closet) you would have seen the homemade garlic bread. Enough said.
Ava insisted on visiting reception daily to see the large aquarium. She is saying goodbye above.
All in all, a totally great experience. I would definitely recommend visiting if you're looking to stay in the area.

Farewell, Lago Mar. 
We hope to be back! 


  1. i LOVE personal, positive reviews of potential family destinations!! this resort looks amazingly kid friendly...we may just have to consider for spring break next year. glad you had a great trip!!

    1. I'm so glad Amy! Definitely a consideration. Mind you, not sure I could do a full week...if I did, I would bring more of my own food (ie a quick breakfast) and probably spend more time exploring Ft Lauderdale. Lot's do do!

  2. Great photos, hope you are having a wonderful vacation!
    xo K

  3. That looks like so much fun!

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    Happy Monday xx

  4. Nice review! Time to forward the piece to the resort! I see swag in your future!
    As usual, very nice photos of some of my favorite people in the world

  5. Looks like you had a fabulous vacation!

    We're always on the hunt for someplace new and wonderful -- with enough space for a family of five! I'll add this to our long list.


  6. Wow, that looks like a lot of fun! Love the pictures, Ava is getting so big!! Glad you all had a wonderful time.

  7. It seriously looks like you had an amazing time there! I'm a little jealous of your lovely beach vacation!

  8. Oh so glad you are having a lovely time! Loved your happy list comment ...Jude speaks fluent whine :)

  9. We just moved to West Palm Beach (45 minutes from Ft. Lauderdale)...I'll have to check out the restaurants!

  10. That looks beautiful! We're finally at the point where we MAY be ready to travel with the little ones (3 under 4). This looks like a fabulous option!

  11. That looks like a gorgeous location and I bet you had an amazing time!

  12. I love all your photos. Looks like you all had wonderful weekend. I love Ava's neon suit and she's so adorable.

  13. Dearest Susan,

    Cute photos! That must have been a super time for all of you.
    We did stay at the nearby Marriott in 1984 and several times at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66. Walking the famous Las Olas Boulevard is fun and there is lots to do in the area.
    Glad you had a great summer with the family!
    Love to you,

  14. omgoodness i LOVE that view from your balcony!

  15. I love it there!!! So jealous of you as always;)

  16. We just went to Carlo's and Pepe's last year in Ft. Lauderdale! Yum! I hear you about needing the larger space with a family of five - it's nice to spread out, isn't it? Love those sparkly little Toms I spy on Ava's feet.:)

  17. Sounds like a great time!!! Love Ava's pedi!!! she is definitely beach ready .... it is going to be high 40s tomorrow , here. xo C. (HHL)

    P.S. We'll have to introduce your Mr. to Dolce and Gabbana ... he'll be hooked on adding a puppy to your family. xo

  18. Homemade garlic bread and sun and those curls? Perfection.

  19. Oh it looks amazing! I used to have to go to Ft Lauderdale for work a few times a year, but never got out and about unfortunately. What I ever did see was so lovely!

  20. Oh my gosh, this place looks like Heaven! How fun for you and your family. :)


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