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RAD Recap for August 31, 2014

I want to start by congratulating everyone who ran one of the races over Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend!!  I’ve had a blast following along and have some great guest recaps coming up in the next few weeks, including one from Jenny who completed her first half marathon and runDisney race…CONGRATS!!

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I’ve spent the past week with my favorite people at one of my favorite places, Disney’s Vero Beach Resort.  It was relaxing, fun and full of laughs.  This is a trip I look forward every year and I am so lucky to get to spend this quality time with my friends…I hope there will always be Days Like This 🙂

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Before heading home, B and I spent a night in Walt Disney World at Bay Lake Tower.  If you follow me on Instagram, you will have seen all of the fun I had in the Magic Kingdom for a few short hours, followed by dinner at California Grill and Wishes! from the Top of the World.  What a great day!

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After we returned to Connecticut yesterday afternoon, we stopped by the grand opening of Black Hog Brewing Co. before heading home.  Our friends from Caseus in New Haven started this awesome brewery that focuses on craft beer using local ingredients.  My favorite was Granola Brown…YUM!

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Hard to believe that this weekend is the unofficial end of summer, but there are a lot of fun events coming up in the fall.  runDisney races, the Disney Fit Challenge, Epcot International Food & Wine Festival just to name a few!  Oh boy!  What are you most excited about?  

Have a RAD week 🙂

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RAD Recap for August 24, 2014

Who’s getting ready for Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend??  The fun kicks off this Thursday and I know many of you are headed out west to run those magical miles.  I’ve put together all of the information you need to know for the weekend…check it out here.  I won’t be there this year, but I can’t wait to follow along with all the festivities…best of luck!!

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This week I’ve been thinking a lot about organization and efficiency of time.  I’ve got A LOT going on these days and I’m always looking for a way to get more done and use my time more wisely.  Here are some of the methods I’m currently using, but more importantly I want to hear what you do.  Let’s share secrets!

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Other things from this week…Pete stopped by to share his transformation story that took him from athlete to obese smoker and back again, and Hannah broke down all the running gear you will ever need for each season…great tips there!

Today I’m headed to one of my favorite places…Disney’s Vero Beach Resort!  This is our annual Disney Beach House trip with some of our great friends.  It will be a week of beach, sun, kayaking, food, fun and laughs…can’t wait!!

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Hope everyone has a great week!

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Running at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort

I’m so excited to have this great guest post from my friend Marc Bigbie!  We recently spent some time at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort with a bunch of our friends and Marc was dedicated enough (unlike me!) to get a bunch of runs in.  It’s a gorgeous place to run, but I’ll let Marc tell you all about that…  

The Disney Vero Beach 10K, at least that’s what I called it. No there isn’t an official runDisney race in Vero Beach, but I did get to spend a week at this Disney beach resort in early September and discovered there’s a near perfect 10k loop right outside your balcony that I got to run it three times. There are only a few turns so you won’t get lost, it’s pancake flat, and has lots of scenery to enjoy that will have you dreaming instead of worrying about the next mile.

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Start your GPS in front of the lobby and take a right turn, north on A1A, out of the resort entrance, head to the light and take a left (West) on Wabasso Beach Rd, away from the beach. You’ll be running on nice sidewalk here and likely see locals out running from the private communities lining A1A. Just a half mile down you’ll come to a dirt road with a big sign that says Historic Jungle Trail.  That’s the sidewalk where you’ll turn left and head south.

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At first you’ll think you’re headed into the jungle because of the vegetation lining both sides of the road, and that sign you just passed.

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But in just .3 miles you’ll start to see why this is such a great run path.  This will be the view you have for the next 2 miles. The “trail” is a wide dirt road that’s in great shape with no holes or deep sand that I encountered, and almost no traffic. If it’s just after sunrise you’ll also have some shade since the sun will be on your left behind the trees it was a little cloudy this morning.

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At the end you’ll hang an obvious left onto a paved road and head back east towards A1A and the beach..  Don’t turn right thinking you’ll keep enjoying the beauty, it’s a dead end into a private community.  When you get to A1A turn left again and stay on this side of the road, there’s no sidewalk yet on the beach side.   But there is plenty of room because you’ll probably see a few more locals out enjoying the morning for the 2 miles or so back to the resort.  It’s all private communities the rest of the way, and I even had a few bikes and a golf cart go by.

Getting in the front “gate” of this resort is easier than the Orlando properties.  Many times there isn’t even a guard in the shack, but you can get to most of the rooms without even passing it.  So no worries about digging your room key out yet, it’s way more laid back at this resort. You could turn right towards the pool area though and head to the Anchors A-weigh fitness center and extend your workout on some machines or dumbbells, and if you haven’t gotten enough cardio, hit a treadmill or elliptical.

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Hope you enjoy your trip to Vero Beach and keep your fitness program up while there.  It’s a great place to enjoy the outdoors so running is perfect for exploring the area and seeing the beautiful island.

Marc Bigbie is a part time ultra marathoner, part time blogger, and full time Disney lover. Visit www.Bigbie.net to follow some of these passions and more.

Friday Feast: New Lunch Menu at the Green Cabin Room

I’ve spent the past week at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort having what was probably the best vacation I’ve ever been on.  It was our 2nd annual Disney Beach House vacation full of fun adventures, some sun, great friends, laughs and good food.  That’s what life is all about right?

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One of my favorite places to eat while at the resort is The Green Cabin Room.  The food is pretty good, but it’s this view that makes it one of my favorite locations. Stunning…

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We had eaten there on our last visit (read my review here) and gotten a few appetizers to share with the group.  My friend Rick had mentioned that they recently changed the menu, so B and I decided to check it out for lunch.  Here’s the new menu:

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The draft beer selection is pretty limited there with Miller Light and Yuengling being the only two options.  I went with the Yuengling and a glass of water.  Check out the paper straws they use here, just like the ones at Animal Kingdom.  Conservation is huge at this resort and I like that!

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I had been craving a turkey club sandwich that day and was beside myself with excitement when I saw it on the menu.  YES PLEASE!  B decided to go with the Fish & Chips which I was happy about because that would’ve been my next choice.  I opted for the House-made Kettle Chips with my sandwich and also ate B’s Crunchy Slaw…win-win.

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That is one good Turkey Club!!  I highly recommend it and I even went back the next day for another one! B liked his Fish & Chips, but thought the breading was too thick.  It was actually still a bit raw in some parts, but the fish was cooked through and tasted great.

I really like the changes they made to the menu, but the one thing I was disappointed they took off were the Crispy Pork Wings.  I was looking forward to trying those.  No matter what the menu is, I will always eat there or at least have a cocktail when I’m at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort.

Have you eaten at The Green Cabin Room?   What do you think?

Friday Feast: The Green Cabin Room at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort

I recently visited Disney’s Vero Beach Resort for the first time and I can’t say enough good things about the resort.  The beach side setting is stunningly gorgeous and there are so many activities to keep all ages entertained during their stay.  And let’s not forget about the restaurants…oh boy is there some tasty food!

One afternoon, our group decided to head over the The Green Cabin Room for some drinks and appetizers.  A storm was rolling in, so we figured this would be a great place to kill some time after spending the morning on the beach.  The bar is located on the second floor of the main building at the resort and is named and themed after a ship wreck off the coast of Vero Beach.  The whole room is very welcoming with dark woods and cozy areas to sit, and there are tons of artifacts displayed along the walls.

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On the ceiling above the bar, there is an amazing mural that is supposed to look like an old, weathered treasure map of Florida.  Don’t forget to look up when you’re checking out all of the details!

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While the inside is really nice, the covered deck outside is the real gem of The Green Cabin Room.  Here you have a breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean and it is the perfect place to relax and watch a mid-day storm.

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(The storm is behind us…I swear!)

We ordered drinks while we perused the menu and I decided to go with a margarita, which is my go-to vacation beverage.  The menu here is mainly made up of various appetizers, but there is a burger and some flatbreads if you are looking for something a little more substantial.

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The Green Cabin Room Menu

We decided to get a bunch of appetizers for the table and all share so we could sample different things.  First we have the Chicken Wings in a Sweet Thai Chili Sauce and the Barbecue Flatbread with Red Onion, Pepper Jack Cheese and Cilantro.  I was skeptical about the wings since I am a classic buffalo wing gal, but they were delicious.  They were very crispy and the sauce was a nice combination of sweet and spicy.  The flatbread was another winner.  All of the flavors went really well together.  My friend Amanda had a bad experience with the Four-Cheese Flatbread here before, so we were all a little skeptical going in and thankfully were pleasantly surprised.  (Read Amanda’s review here)  

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Next up we have the Southwestern Eggroll and the Caribbean Conch Fritters, both served with a Cilantro Cream Sauce.  I’m not a huge fan of southwestern eggrolls, but this was pretty good.  The outside was crispy and the black beans and veggies inside were seasoned really well.  The conch fritters on the other hand were out of this world.  I had never had a conch fritter before (which is apparently blasphemy to my Floridian friends) and I had no idea what to expect.  Let’s just say they are little fried balls of corn and seafood deliciousness.  The cilantro cream was a great dipping sauce and offset the little bit of heat that was in the fritters.  These were so good in fact, that we ordered a second plate.  I sure have been missing out!

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And last, but certainly not least, I ordered the Crab Cakes with Crunchy Slaw and Chipotle Aioli.  This was my favorite out of all the dishes.  These were all crab with very little filler.  They were super crispy on the outside and light and moist on the inside.  The slaw was refreshing and the aioli had a nice smoky flavor with a slightly spicy kick to it.

This was a great lunch/mid-day snack.  Not only was the food good, but the beautiful setting made it even more enjoyable.  Oh and the company…that really was the BEST part!

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I can’t wait to return to Vero Beach and check out The Green Cabin Room again.  Hopefully next time I can catch some of the live music they have there Wednesdays – Saturdays!

Have you ever visited The Green Cabin Room at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort?  What did you think?