Earth Day is Sunday, April 22. To celebrate our planet, Te Fort Lauderdale Historical Society is inviting everyone to The Historic New River Inn from 11am-2pm. The theme for this year's event is "End PLastic Pollution" where the South Broward High School Coral Club who will demonstrate how we can stop water pollutants and help heal the aging coral on our reefs. Nova Southeastern University Halmos College Peer Educators will be on-hand to answer questions about the marine ecosystem that surrounds us. It is a FREE event. But you can stay longer to visit the museum, by paying the normal general admission of $15 for adults; $12 for seniors and $7 for students.
More about the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society (FLHS):
For 56 years, FLHS has brought the stories of our diverse community to life through engaging educational experiences, innovative cultural exhibits, research and preservation of artifacts. Residents and visitors to Fort Lauderdale are invited to explore the city’s rich past within the five historic buildings on the beautiful campus.
I recently had the opportunity to stay the newest hotel on Hutchinson Island, located in the part of Florida known as the Treasure Coast. This resort and spa is great for a weekend getaway with your girlfriends or your spouse or even as a family vacation...which makes it a well rounded hotel meeting the needs of everyone.
The Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa is part of the Opal Collection, one of my favorite hotel chains in Florida. The first new beach resort to be built on Hutchinson Island in 20 years, Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa opened in 2017. This relaxing beachfront hotel features two oceanfront dining spots, two swimming pools, a spa and beautiful coastal inspired guest rooms.
There are two pools on property -one is small with a handful of lounge chairs, a cozy poolside bar, and a beachfront view. The other pool is much larger and was my favorite hangout spot because of the ample lounge seating, a hot tub, towel service and the poolside bar service that delivered the perfect fruit cocktail as needed! The beach at Hutchinson Shores Resort is also fantastic - it is the perfect spot to enjoy a slice of the ocean with few people around.
The dining options at Hutchinson Shores Resort, are all serviced from one main restaurant, called Drift, but the food is available through room service, poolside at the outdoor patio or in the dining room. I enjoyed all my meals but dinner was one definitely worth writing about!
The restaurant allows you to go fancy or casual. So for a fun girls getaway, dressing up for dinner at Drift is perfect. The wine list is fabulous and extensive. I started with the roasted garlic hummus which came with a delicious olive-caper tapenade and crunchy sesame crackers. Then I selected the broken caesar salad and for my main entree I ordered the Blue Crab Crusted Grouper dish. All were superb.
This is the perfect getaway from Fort Lauderdale. Only a 90 minute drive North and you will arrive in a low key, relaxing piece for Florida's Treasure Coast. I highly recommend you CHECK IT OUT!
You may be wondering what Housewives in the City is all about. I know I did when I first heard about it. So I want to try to answer those questions that you might have.
WHAT EXACTLY IS HOUSEWIVES IN THE CITY?
Well, Housewives in the City is a network of women that want to help connect other women in their communities. Our goal is to connect local women with fun and unique monthly Girls Night Out events hosted throughout the area. We also want to keep you informed of local happenings, charities to support, businesses to check out, cool nearby trips to take and giveaway opportunities via our website and social media posts.
IS THIS NEW?
Housewives in the City originally started in Northern Virginia in 2011 by our founder Andrea Khoury and has since grown into over 60 cities with Fort Lauderdale being among the new set of cities to launch! And I could not be more excited to grow the community here!
DO I HAVE TO BE A "HOUSEWIFE' TO ATTEND?
Absolutely not! We want to connect women of all ages and backgrounds. You will meet business women, moms, entrepreneurs, bloggers, divorcees, single ladies, and everything in-between.
WHAT DO YOU DO AT THESE EVENTS?
These events are set up so you can network, socialize, drink, eat, relax, and/or shop. They are just a great way to get out of the house and meet other women in the community.
DO THESE EVENTS COST MONEY TO ATTEND?
No, these events are FREE to attend!
WHERE ARE THE EVENTS HELD?
Our events will be hosted, in restaurants and bars throughout the Fort Lauderdale area. We will keep you up-to-date via our social media pages and this blog, so please make sure you connect with us and read this website weekly! We are always seeking new and cool spots for our monthly event, so if you are a restaurant, bar or brewery interested in bringing our group to your place of business shoot me an email!
If you have any more questions about Fort Lauderdale Housewives in the City or want to take part in any of our events please feel free to reach out to me via email or social media.
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What is Housewives in the City (HITC)?
Fort Lauderdale Housewives is one of the newest branches of Housewives in the City and we want to get you connected with local events, small businesses, charities, and giveaways. We do all this through this website and monthly social meetups at local spots.
Who runs HITC?
I am Mandy and I am dedicated to build the Housewives in the City community in Fort Lauderdale like it is in so many other cities across the US!
Hey Y'all - My roots are in Tennessee, so I can be a little soft spoken and I have a true southern belle twang who despite my journalism career, frequently uses the contraction you all. I left my hometown 2 decades ago with some lofty goals for a young girl. What it got me was a BA in Communications and minor in Journalism from Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS (Go Bulldogs!), a 10 year marriage, a successful marketing career and two beautiful kids. Fast forward 2 years later ----> that marriage ended, and the career took too much time away from my kids. So I refocused on my dreams for me and my kids.
With the support of my friends and family, I threw away my comfort zone and decided to focus on growing myself and my dream of working for myself, having full control over my time. Which led me to the happy place I am now...working freelance fulltime as a Pro Blogger, Published Journalist and Social Influencer. I’m looking forward to sharing my life, travels and other local information with you. A little more about me: I am a writer, editor and birthed two charismatic kids, a silly boy and a sweet girl) + recently became an instantmom to one cute little girl (ages 4 , 6 and 7). I am obsessed with traveling, could eat tacos everyday, can sip whine or shoot whiskey, I love sunsets, can spend hours at the beach and if you need a buddy to go check out a new attraction, museum, restaurant or hotel-I'm your girl!
Building a support circle
One thing I found to be more difficult as I get older, is meeting new people. Sure, you can meet new people at work, your kids school events or possibly just out at the beach but to me it seems like it gets more challenging with each year, each life changing event and the increasing time spent online. But mostly it is challenging to meet ladies from all walks of life, which everyone’s different experiences is to me the interesting part of life! When the opportunity of bringing Housewives in the City to Fort Lauderdale came about, I figured this would be the PERFECT way to not only meet new women myself, but also help others that may want to get out and meet new people too! I have seen how amazing Girls Night Out events are in our other cities and I can’t wait to bring the same fun to all of you! And before you ask, let me say you do not need to be a “housewife” to be involved in what we do - look at me, I am breaking the stereotype of a typical housewife as I venture through life as a single, work from home mom.
With our monthly Girls Night Out Social Meetup Events we will strive to get you out of your house, meet some friends, network with other 'Girl Bosses' and rock this amazing city.
I hope that you continue to check here and on our social media pages to see what I’m up to and what fun you can join in on in the Fort Lauderdale area. Stay tuned for our Girls Night Out launch event coming soon! If you ever see me out and about, please come say hello – I can’t wait to meet you!
Hi, I'm Mandy!
I am obsessed with traveling, could eat tacos everyday, can sip wine or shoot whiskey, trying new restaurants gets me excited and my children fill the days with joy, laughter and challenges!
I share fun things to do in the in and around the Fort Lauderdale area plus host monthly events at local businesses and cannot wait to meet all of you!
Aside from Housewives In The City I am a freelance writer, Family Travel Blogger + Influencer and Assignment Editor for a Florida Magazine Publisher.