Last week for my spring break we went to Orlando to see our homesick Disney daughter. Besides the homesickness, she was also tired from some very early morning work hours (and she is definitely not a morning person!) I thought a little vacation with her parents (and some sleep) was needed for her 2 1/2 day break. Visiting the Disney parks would not have provided any rest, and I didn’t want to waste several of her hours driving some place away from Orlando. So Disney’s nearby planned community of Celebration seemed the perfect choice for our little getaway.
Celebration was about 20 minutes from her apartment, but it seemed worlds away from the hustle and bustle of the parks. There were a couple of hotels to choose from in the little community, and after doing some research, we made reservations at the Bohemian Hotel. The exterior is modeled after seaside inns of the 1900’s, but everything else about it is…well…a little… bohemian.
Our daughter was smitten with the old car parked out in the front courtyard.
And I loved the old bicycle parked on the side of the building.
Now you can probably tell that I like interiors that have a traditional style, mixed with some cottage elements. Well the hotel lobby had none of that…but in this case, it was a good thing. It really made you feel you had traveled to someplace very different. And sometimes you just need to be in a different environment to get recharged, right? This was the reception area outside by the valet parking. (I did like the red accents.)
And this was the glamorous lobby.
The candles burning there had a very tropical scent to them…almost pineapple-y.
The lobby also did double-duty as the hotel restaurant.
This was part of the restaurant’s terrace. My husband really liked that wooden canoe there on the wall. He took a photograph of it and has been studying that photo here at home. When he retires he wants to build wooden boats.
Care for an alligator in your hall?
Yes, this place had an unusual interior style.
Another of their halls was an art gallery.
The rooms themselves were traditional…two queen beds, a desk, a rattan chair, and an armoire.
Dark green walls…
I want you to see a photo of one of their studios (which we did not stay in.) I thought the sitting area in it was very nice. (This is from their website.)
Although we reserved a standard room, we did request one with a lake view, and I am so glad we did. This was the view from our balcony (which by the way, had 2 rocking chairs on it.) A funky statue was down below on that terrace.
Looking left, this was our water view.
And looking right was the view of the pool. You can see the walking trail that goes around the lake.
Sunset by the pool.
I want to tell you all about the town of Celebration in my next post. It’s a charming little place…so charming in fact that our daughter took all of her roommates to the Community Church there for the Easter service and out to eat at one of the town’s restaurants on Sunday. None of them had been there before, and now they all want to move to Celebration.
Oh, and our daughter loved her Easter/picnic basket of goodies.
I think our trip was a success.
Have any of you been to Celebration before?
Where’s your favorite place to go to recharge?
We’d love to hear.