Welcome To Hollywood! What’s Your Dream?
Name that movie.
For those of you who may not know, I’m in the midst of moving my little sister —
This is my little sister:
— from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Chicago, Illinois.
With a couple-week pit stop here in Fayetteville, North Carolina, that’s over 1,500 miles of quality road time.
Over 3,000 miles for me, since I had to drive to Florida and back, and soon to Chicago and back as well.
Which means Kelly is like… really lucky I love her so much.
I made the 11-hour trek to Florida on Tuesday, we packed up her things during the day and moved them all down three flights of stairs on Wednesday, said goodbye to her friends, drank a little too much, and stayed out a little too late on Wednesday night, and then made the 11-hour trek back to North Carolina yesterday.
For her last night in the sunshine state, Kelly decided she wanted to spend it chillin’ in Hollywood, her old stomping grounds.
There might not be any stars on the sidewalks in Hollywood, Florida, but they do have one hell of a beach.
We were a little early to meet her friends, so we stopped at one of the numerous boardwalk bars for a mojito.
It was all Garry’s fault, you see. Garry and his adorable Irish accent and his upsells and his damn happy hour with buy-one-get-one deals and these little coins so we could get the good rum.
If you find yourself in Hollywood and have a hankering for a drink, head to Ocean Alley and find Garry. Ask him to make you a mojito — it’s his favorite drink to make. (Not really.)
Then we headed to Giorgio’s Bakery and Bistro, this little cafe that sits on the other side of Ocean Drive with beautiful views of a secluded harbor.
The patio gets hot when the sun sets, but the views are worth it as various watercraft and coconuts pass amiably by.
Kelly’s friends Teagen, Melissa, and Tom joined us for some good drinks, good food, and lots of laughter.
At the end of the night (before we walked back to Ocean Alley, that is), Florida rewarded us with a spectacular sunset.
And while I know that Chicago is absolutely the right move for my baby sister…
It was hard, just for a minute, to imagine her anywhere else.
Need to Know:
900 North Broadwalk
Hollywood, FL 33019
Giorgio’s Bakery & Bistro
800 N Ocean Dr.
Hollywood, FL 33019
Good to Know:
- Ocean Alley is an “open air” restaurant and bar right on the beach. GREAT deals during happy hour!
- Street parking can be hard to find in Hollywood, so get there early.
- Giorgio’s has plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. If you’re on the patio at sunset, prepare to sweat. But the views are worth it.
Pretty Woman….It is Pretty Woman….
BTW…will you come on our next vaca and photo document it…pretty please!!!!!
YES! It’ll just cost you the ticket and a place to stay. ;)
Great pictures!! So beautiful and makes me want to go visit. The quote that is the title is from Pretty Woman. I’m pretty sure :) Have fun on your travels!
When are you going on your vacation, Katie?? Buying the ticket is the hardest part. :) (And you’re right – it’s Pretty Woman!)
Wait! Kelly has friends??;-)))
Only the ones she pays. ;)
It was great to see you in the sunshine state again! You are such a good sister helping Kelly move! XOXO
So good to see you too! And maybe see you up this way soon!!
And so sorry I spelled your name wrong. All fixed now. I suck at life. :)
This makes me happy! Pretty Woman, Florida, friends, and quality sibling time all rolled into one. It also makes me happy because it means that I get to see you two in Chicago very soon!!!!
Sometimes I can’t believe how lucky I am. :)
Thanks, Jason! :) I won’t have any in Chicago. Thank you to my beautiful big sis for helping me out! I can’t wait to show you around Chicago!
I can’t wait to see your new city!! It’s been real, Florida – but we’re ready to move on. :)
Great pictures as usual ….hey most people just get beer and pizza for helping a move looks like you got a bit more than that lol …granted its not your normal city move …but still i think you scored
Good food, fun people, and gorgeous sunsets make for easy picture takin.’ ;)
And who said she paid for everything?? :) (She did buy my dinner and bought me a beautiful bracelet – we’ll call it even.)