I’m starting to reflect on this past year, and the details are already getting fuzzy… It’s shameful! I’m not that old, right? This is precisely why I need to blog more. I need to document our travels, so I can look back and relive the memories. (Hence me just now writing about a trip I took months ago…)
Our first vacation of 2014 was to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for the Tortuga Music Festival in April. We fell even more in love with country music this year, and this two-day country music fest on the beach was the kick-off to a long series of amazing country concerts in 2014.
I’ve traveled all over Florida, but I really only remember passing through Fort Lauderdale in the past, so it was a new vacation spot for both of us. We loved it. It has the retro charm of old-school Florida that I love (vintage motels with neon signs, pink houses, a bar straight out of Where the Boys Are) mixed with updated, high-end shopping and dining, too.
Tortuga Music Festival is two days on the beach, with an amazing line-up of country music, all benefitting marine conservation. Major credit to Dan for finding out about this event. Once I saw the two headliners were our faves, Luke Bryan and Eric Church, I knew we couldn’t resist making the trip.
In addition to dancing to Luke and Eric on the beach (such perfect nights), we also saw Dierks Bentley, Sheryl Crow, Brett Eldredge, Brothers Osborne, Brantley Gilbert, and Billy Currington. It was a blast to spend two days together seaside, meandering around the fesitval grounds going from stage to stage with our feet in the sand and beers in our hands. The crowd was relaxed and fun-loving. It was a casual festival completely free of pretension. A little downpour on day two didn’t even keep us down. We donned some ponchos and jammed to Brothers Osborne from the front row. Definitely a memory I will never forget.