I don't think you can ever underestimate the need for a change of scenery every once in a while. For me, crystal blue water and swaying palm trees does the trick every time!
Last year Marc and I flew to the Conch Republic - or Key West for those you who have never been. It was an amazing week that I still think on very fondly. The weather was amazing, the ocean breezes so fine, and the resort, food and shopping spectacular.
It is so easy to get around the island on foot or by bike. We rented beach bikes for the week and used them to go everywhere. There was so much to do and see. The architecture, gardens, and lush vegetation were simply amazing.
One interesting oddity was all of the wild chickens running around all over the island. They are very tame and protected by law. There were chickens, roosters and chicks all over the place. It made it a little difficult to order the chicken sandwich at the many open air cafes and restaurants that dot the island, but we did anyway! There was a lighthouse, amazing sunsets on the one and only Mallory Square where there is a sunset party every evening with jugglers, magicians, musicians, and more! The food was delicious, fresh and plentiful. The thing I remember the most were the beautiful evenings with the cool breezes. There is nothing like riding your bike down Duval Street at night and taking in all of the sounds, sights and smells.
If you ever get the chance to visit Key West, do it! It is a little slice of paradise!