Pines and Palms

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By: Alexander G. Weiss, CFP®

The start of 2016 has been enjoyable as winter settles into New England. The year started off with a bang as Ashley and I rang in the New Year with some friends in Boston. We enjoyed a marvelous dinner at Island Creek Oyster on Comm Ave ( If you enjoy seafood and have not been before – this is the place for you to try. Everything was fresh and the atmosphere was top notch. After the meal we brought in 2016 with a glass of champagne while watching the ball drop down the street.

Immediately following our New Year celebrations, we were fortunate enough to take a trip for some R&R in the Florida Keys. I have only been to the Key’s once for a very short visit during spring break in college. We were in Key West for one of the stops during a cruise. I don’t think I need to go into details… but you could imagine we didn’t go out of our way to try the local cuisine and watch the sunset.

During our most recent trip we flew into Ft. Lauderdale and drove to our destination. The place we stayed is called the Pines and Palms Resort ( in Islamorada (about two hours south of the airport). I truly enjoyed the stay because it felt like ‘classic Florida Keys,’ and not a corporate hotel on the water. While I do enjoy a good Marriot stay, the Florida Key’s vibe does not fit that too well.

Unfortunately during our stay, we had a lot of rain – but we made the most of it. If you haven’t been to The Key’s, just about all of the activities are based around being on/in the water. The sun did eventually come out we jumped on every opportunity. We ended up snorkeling, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding (which took me a while to master), boating, and swimming.

When we couldn’t get in the water, we did some local land based activities. One day we made our way to Key West. Just the drive alone was beautiful and now going as an adult, it has a lot to offer (and not just people watching). We also fed the tarpons at Robbie’s. I know it sounds strange, but these 3’+ fish sit around a dock waiting for tourists like me to feed them. To make it even more interesting the docks are swarmed by pelicans trying to eat the scraps! It made for an interesting afternoon.

If you haven’t made your way down to the Florida Key’s and enjoy water sports, it is something to put on the to do list. We are always looking for other places to go and recommendations are welcome. 2016 will be another exciting and fun year!

Until next time…