If you attended our Holiday Kickoff event at Bulla Gastrobar in South Tampa, you probably already know how I feel about Bulla's beer sangria. If you have spoken to me about Bulla for any reason, you probably know how I feel about the beer sangria. It is incredible. It is as delicious as it is unique, and now, it's even more dangerous because I am able to share their recipe with you today to celebrate National Sangria Day!
I must caution you that the at-home version may not live up to Bulla's standards. They squeeze their own fruit juices every day and have amazing talent behind their bar. But, if you're looking to give it a try at home, gather your best ingredients and let us know how it turns out!
Bulla Gastrobar Tampa's Beer Sangria
Small handful of fresh basil leaves
Pear purre (about 4 tablespoons)
Spoonful of small orange wedges
½ oz. St. Germain
½ oz. fresh orange juice
½ oz. fresh lemon juice
½ oz. simple syrup
Looking for a great resort to spend time with your family? We had the immense pleasure of spending a weekend at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa in Ponte Vedra, and we all had an amazing time! The resort is located in Ponte Vedra Beach, between St. Augustine and Jacksonville, Florida. Its location off of A1A made it convenient to the beach, local shopping (Publix is just off the property), and of course the famous TPC Sawgrass Golf Course.
This Marriott has recently undergone renovations, and the rooms were fresh, bright, and new! There are not only standard hotel rooms, but the villas on the property provide more space and even kitchenettes. If you are staying for a longer amount of time or want to splurge, the villas are a great option. Traveling as a family of 5, we loved the ability to add an adjoining room. My husband and I shared a king-sized bed, we had a comfortable living area with a couch and chairs, and our boys were able to have their own beds (and bathroom!) in the adjoining room.
My favorite area of the entire villa was our balcony! We had a view of the main hotel and could even see the TPC Sawgrass course!
Fun for the Kids
My initial thought was that my three boys, ages 6, 4, and 10 months, wouldn’t have much to do at a golf and spa resort. I was so wrong! It only took about 3 hours into our stay for our 6 year old to proclaim that he “loves this place!” He and his brothers enjoyed the restaurants, pools, cornhole game, ping pong, putt-putt golf, Surfstream (more on that later!), and the beach. The Marriott even provided a pack n play for our baby to sleep in, complete with fresh sheets.
Marriott has really thought of everything for the children of guests here. They recently added the Mighty Oaks play area where parents can accompany their children for some quiet play time with a great selection of toys and even foosball! There was never a dull moment during our stay!
Sawgrass Marriott has an amazing selection of restaurants with a variety of fare for every desire. We were lucky to sample delicious food ranging from beach casual, brunch buffet, Mediterranean themed dinner, and the fine dining selection at Vernon’s. I loved that our kids felt welcome and had great choices at each of the restaurants, and my husband and I were able to enjoy delicious food as well! Just a few of our favorites include: the swordfish and desserts at Vernon’s, the burrata at 619 Oceanside, the crabcakes at the Sea Porch Bar & Grill, and the chili glazed gator nugget tacos at the American Gator Club!
We all can use some time away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The Sawgrass Marriott has a secluded, quiet location that provided comfort and beautiful views! If that’s not enough, you can enjoy time at their spa for a variety of services including facials, massages and body treatments for men, women and couples, and manicures/pedicures.
If you prefer to relax by exercising, the workout studio has a great selection of cardio and strength-training equipment.
Fun in the Sun
I am a beach girl at heart. I hadn’t visited the Atlantic Ocean in about three years, so it was a delightful treat that the resort offered a free shuttle to their Cabana Beach Club for our enjoyment! Our kids played in the sand, enjoyed the surf, and then transitioned right over to the pool at the beach club. The resort had toys on hand, towels by the pool, and clean bathrooms. The Sea Porch Bar & Grill and 619 Oceanside Restaurant are both located at the beach, so you can spend the day here without any problem at all!
The first Surfstream American Wave Machine in the continental US just opened at Sawgrass Marriott, and it was the highlight of my trip! The instructors gave us the safety equipment and training we needed, and were so supportive while we tried out this fun activity! My husband, my 6 year old (height requirement of 42 inches), and I had a blast taking turns riding the waves right at the resort! They had boogie boards and surf boards available so everyone was able to ride a wave without trouble. I was a nervous wreck, but it was such an amazing experience!
You can’t stay near TPC Sawgrass without feeling the influence of the game of golf. Adjacent to Alice and Pete’s Pub is a floating hole challenge. For a small fee, guests can try their luck at hitting a golf ball into the “floating” hole 65 yards away.
A Wonderful Family Getaway
The Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa was a perfect destination for our family. We were able to sample delicious food, have fun, and relax on the property and at the beach club. The Marriott staff all went above and beyond to make our weekend memorable, and we would gladly return! You can find many more details and book accommodations on their website.
We were invited for a media weekend as a guest of Sawgrass Marriott.
As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own!
All photos are my own unless otherwise noted.
I LOVE brunch! There are so many choices in the Tampa Bay area for a great brunch, I am also always on the lookout for a fun spot. This past weekend my friend Jamie and I had the pleasure of trying the newly revamped brunch buffet at Beach Bar | Restaurant on the Courtney Campbell Causeway. The restaurant is attached to the Bay Harbour hotel which overlooks Tampa Bay.
I could stop right here. They make them to order and even include blueberries and/or raspberries!
Their location overlooking Tampa Bay is perfect! It saves you the drive of going all the way out to the beach on the gulf, but brings the view right to you!
Hot buffet items
What an amazing variety of delicious foods ready to eat! They had veggies, mashed potatoes, shrimp and grits, bacon, eggs, and even chicken and waffles! It was my first true chicken and waffles experience (can you believe it??), and they were amazing!
This was my first stop on my first trip through the line. A properly made omelet with personalized toppings is always better when someone else makes it!
Don’t skimp on the protein! The ham and prime rib are carved fresh to order!
There was a beautiful selection of fresh fruit including cantaloupe, pineapple, blueberries, watermelon, and honeydew melon.
Caesar salad, green salad, and tortellini to accompany the breakfast items
I’m not a huge seafood fan, but my friend Jamie sampled the crab legs and shrimp for us! They had a wide variety of seafood choices including crab legs, oysters, and shrimp!
Sweets, Muffins, and Pastries
I’m a sucker for sweets. I sampled an AMAZING lemon bar, and I simply cannot believe that I forgot to go back for all of their chocolatey goodness!
In addition to the lovely buffet, you can enjoy music from the live band outside, and have your choice of seating inside or outside. If you are looking for a new place to try for a brunch in the Tampa area, Beach Bar | Restaurant has so much to offer! You can find more information on their website or Facebook page.
Hi! I'm Diana. I love the beach, my family, chocolate, coffee, and meeting new people. I host monthly events in the Tampa area and cannot wait to meet all of you!
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