Last week was so much fun.
After getting up early, I hopped on a plane to Orlando
to join my GMC family for a fun drive through Florida.
But it wasn't just any drive- it was a Dream Drive
driving the not even released yet 2017 GMC Acadia Denali
to the HGTV Dream House in Merritt Island.
So of course I have a ton of stuff to tell you about the trip,
and the cars and the house...
and something that might involve a
big old 'Ferris Wheel'...
I took sooo many photos
that I am going to split this post into two
because, otherwise- you might need more than a pot of coffee to read it all.
We started out the Dream Drive with an amazing dinner
with GMC & HGTV that was full of laughter, catching up with blog friends, delicious food
and an abundance of design inspiration.
And after dinner, we took a short walk over to the Eye of Orlando for a fun treat.
A ferris wheel that goes up 400 feet above the city
for a birds eye view of Orlando.
The next morning- I got up early for California and notched jogging in that thick Florida humidity
(and can you believe HEAT before 7 am?) off the list.
Basically, almost every trip I go on- I am jogging in the morning... to Starbucks.
I admit that I am insane.
But I need a large cup of coffee to get going- especially with a time change.
After waking up, jogging, chugging coffee and getting ready for the day
over breakfast- we learned all about the new 2017 Acadia Denali. Yes, the 2017 model.
Not even in full production yet- and it is an amazing vehicle.
This was our sweet ride- Hello beautiful!
Aside from the gorgeousness of it-there were so many neat safety features with this new Acadia-
including one of my favorites from the GMC Hidden Treasure Adventure-
the side mirror alerts to let you know about the cars in the next lane approaching
to the pedestrian alert-we didn't try it out but it lets you know if someone all of a sudden
steps out in front of the vehicle
and a brand new favorite- the lane assist.
What is that?
Well how many times have you been driving along
and you kind of drift just a bit over into the other lane on the freeway?
Guilty. It happens. But it isn't a good thing to do.
The Lane assist notices when you are not paying attention and will buzz your seat-
and nudge your car ever so gently back into your lane.
I did try this feature out- and it was pretty darn amazing if you ask me.
Aside from the amazing amount of safety features - the Acadia was just plain gorgeous.
(I believe that our car group decided that the car was 'HOT')
Plus, it was fun and easy to drive.
|Moi, Danielle (Finding Silver Pennies), Liz Marie (Liz Marie Blog) and our HOTTTT Acadia Denali|
We trekked through green grasslands dotted with trees covered in spanish moss
and found ourselves on Merritt Island right making our way towards the HGTV Dream Home.
Can I just say- this house was gorgeous.
From the palm tree lined driveway
to the blooming bougainvillea
to the seaside location...
and that is just the outside.
Once we stepped inside - we were in for a treat.
the living room- amazing amazing.
The dining room- just off the living room.
The kitchen- was tiled floor to ceiling in marble basket weave tile
and was stunning.
Pretty much there were always a half a dozen people inside
taking photos. ;)
Dark lowers- white uppers and an abundance of gorgeousness.
Next to the kitchen- a colorful sitting room.
My favorite part was that gorgeous bold pink map of Miami.
On the main floor - there were 2 bedrooms
and the first bedroom was a soothing pretty room filled with an abundance of blues.
From crisp whites to bold and beautiful
I loved the nautical feeling this room had.
And it looked right out into the backyard and the sea.
The bed was stacked with colorful pillows
and had a tufted headboard in sea foam.
and this room also had a bathroom
which was a whimsical beauty
I absolutely loved the blue penny tile in this bathroom- so pretty
and check out that string style artwork- amazing.
Another bedroom downstairs was wrapped in warm earth tones.
And check out those coral colored sheets.
And the laundry room with a tiled wall
and green ceiling.
Then it was onto a luxurious bathroom and a bedroom filled with even more color.
When I say even more color- I am not kidding...
Since I have already shared 24 photos...
and I have another dozen or so to share with you
I will share the rest of the tour and my favorite space in a separate post.
Hint: it involves going upstairs.
View from the staircase
yes, that is Brian Patrick Flynn chatting with Lucy from Lucy's Inspired, Nick & Sarah from Nestrs and behind them are several other bloggers you might recognize taking photos.
(Liz Marie from Liz Marie Blog , Amy from Idea Room)
I want to also say a big thank you to my GMC family for bringing me out to
experience the 2017 GMC Acadia Denali first hand
and tour the HGTV Dream Home in Florida.
I am off hitting the ground running this week (and month!)
and stay tuned for a behind the scenes peek at just what I am up to this week.
Happy Monday everyone!