Storm Chasing Hurricane Sandy

Quite the view from our floor to ceiling windows!

Storm Chasing Hurricane Sandy


Storm Chasing Hurricane Sandy


I have lived in Florida almost my entire life.  I have weathered a hurricane or 20 in my lifetime.  I will be the first to admit, I don’t like them.  Quite frankly when the state of Florida is in the path of a hurricane, my blood pressure instantly rises.  So when my boyfriend suggested that we take a ride to the coast with the girls I said sure, not taking him seriously.  Well, um, he was serious.  And well, I had a choice. Stay home by myself or load up and join in a little beach front hurricane party.  Well, I went with the latter.

Late on Friday afternoon I made a call to the The Boardwalk Inn and Suites to check on availability – and can you believe that they had a room for us?  Ha!  Imagine that!  The lady I spoke with was very eager to have me book while I was on the phone – before I came to my right mind – and offered me a deal!  So next thing you know, Donnie is off to pick up the girls and I made a list of what to pack.  Vodka, and a few other items.  😉  We hit the road just around 4:30 hoping to miss some of that Friday afternoon traffic.  During the drive up and over we did hit a bit of traffic – but we made it to the hotel in about an hour and 20 minutes.  I was quiet and anxious, but my family was excited, so that helped me keep my sanity.


The Boardwalk Inn and Suites has newly renovated rooms!


Once we arrived to the Boardwalk Inn and Suites we were pleasantly surprised by the newly renovated rooms.  Not only was it clean, eye appealing and spacious, but check out the view.  My storm chasing family was very satisfied!  Gabi could get all the photos she could dream of shooting and Madi had a fridge full of soda and snacks!


Gabi was very excited to take some awesome photos!



Madi stocked the mini fridge with some yummy treats!


We enjoyed watching the storm throughout the night.  It got too dark for photos, but the waves crashing and winds whirling made the perfect white noise through the night!




Quite the view from our floor to ceiling windows!


When we woke up, we enjoyed the free breakfast provided in the lobby.  An array of breads, muffins, cereal, coffee, juice and milk.  They also had hot food too!  Sausage, scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy as well as a make your own waffles area.  A great deal for this already reasonably priced hotel.

Shortly after breakfast we spent some time down by the water – but it was chilly so we didn’t last too long!


Gabi got some great pictures!


A few shots from the beach.

Of course hurricane or not, no trip over to Daytona Beach is complete without a stop at the World Famous Taffy store and Salty Dog Surf Shop.


The girls got their taffy fix and we had to visit the infamous Salty Dog!


We had a really fun time!  The storm, lucky for Florida, wasn’t too bad.  The winds did get up to about 60 miles per hour for a bit through the night.  But lucky for us we didn’t find any damage.  More than anything, despite the craziness hurricanes can bring, I found our stay fun and peaceful!  I can’t say I will be chasing any other storms soon, but I am glad I gave in to my family for this one.  It was worth the memories we made!  I also look forward to going back to the Boardwalk Inn and Suites in Daytona Beach when we can actually enjoy the beach!  Reasonably priced, rates starting as low as $85 per night for an ocean front room, free wi-fi and breakfast, it’s  great deal.

Here’s a little video of our trip!  Enjoy!

I was not compensated by any of the above mentioned companies.  All my thoughts and my opinions are all my own.




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  1. I am so glad you got to chase your storm this weekend! How fun! It sounds like you and your girls had a great time! I spent a good part of my life in Tampa, so I’ve seen my share of storms.

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