Hi from Marco Island, Florida!
We are here for a few days for the annual Great Harvest Convention! The trip is a chance to attend sessions on how to make our store the best it can be as well as a chance to network and meet all the other owners. I always tell people that although GH is technically a franchise, it’s much more of a co-op of local owners bursting with creativity.
Our travels went well, although it’s been one of those days that feels wasted on flights. Two things I miss from past lives: direct flights and free luggage. Hauling two rolling bags onto two flights is quite the process!
But I did get a nice double serving of Biscoff on my first flight! I smiled at the attendant and told him I loved them and an extra pack fell onto my tray
PSA: Charlottesville’s airport doesn’t allow yogurt to go through security! Even though I’ve brought it on many a’flight, Karen got the whole “over 3 ounces and a liquid" speech today. Guess it just depends. (And overnight oats are probably easier to get on since the ounces aren’t on the package) She ate one and had to throw away the other two before we got inside.
But let me tell you – the Cville security crew is the NICEST I have ever experienced. So personable! The woman wanted to know where we got our sandwich bread. Heh – Great Harvest is a’comin’!
Matt and I packed sandwiches and apples to eat on our flight
Cheese, jam and chia seeds on homemade Dakota bread
And FINALLY – a crunchy apple!
I had my sandwich around 1:30 and my apple at 2:30.
We also packed a snack bag for the trip
Spoons, napkins, decaf instant coffee, Amazing greens (for emergency hangover treatment!), raisins, bars, various nut butter packets and Meg’s granola! The breakfast at our hotel is fit for a king – $15 for pancakes!? So we’re planning to do breakfast in our room tomorrow morning. I called ahead and we have a mini fridge! During the conference on Mon+Tues we’ll have breakfast included.
Tonight Karen, Matt and I are sharing a room (since we arrived a day early) but tomorrow Matt and I move to our own room (!!)
Once we landed and acquired our rental car (quite a pain in the butt, Dollar!) we made our way to the island, which took about an hour. In the mean time, Karen and I became famished and split a banana while I was driving us there and after we had stopped at a Publix for yogurts, milk and fruit for breakfast.
We arrived, checked in, parked, unpacked (=all easier said than done!) and then made our way to the hotel bar for a drink!
Manhattan for me, Martini for Karen!
Of course the cherry was the best part
After our drinks, we had a late (8:30) reservation at the nicer restaurant here at the resort.
We started out with a bottle of the Seven Deadly Zins – a favorite wine of Matt and me! I had two glasses – too much! – over the course of dinner.
To start, really fun sourdough with buttah – we were all so hungry and it tasted so good!
After much scrutinization, I ordered the local red snapper in a Thai BBQ sauce. It did not disappoint! I absolutely loved it – breading, noodles, spice and all!
Matt had the jumbo shrimp – boy were they jumbo! And Karen’s Hawaiian-style Sea Bass – ay yi yi!
Our table split a side of snap peas (for a veg!) and mushrooms
For dessert, we shared the coconut crème brulee and some decaf coffee
After dinner, Matt and I went walking on the beach and now we’re all zonked for bed!
See ya tomorrow!