Disney’s Vero Beach Resort – A Breath of Fresh Air

The second day of my trip to Disney’s Vero Beach Resort, I got up and was excited to be heading back to Shutters for the character breakfast with Goofy and Donald. This breakfast is one of the best character meal values I’ve ever seen at under $18 for adults. It is family style usually, but since I wasn’t eating meat, I was permitted to order off the menu and got the pina colada pancakes with pineapple and rum sauce. Incredible!!!

 

Goofy's Beachfront Breakfast at Disney's Vero Beach Resort
Goofy’s Beachfront Breakfast
Goofy signing autographs
Goofy signing autographs
Goofy wanted to dance
Goofy wanted to dance
Then Goofy wanted a hug
Then Goofy wanted a hug
Donald
Donald
Autographs from Goofy and Donald
Autographs from Goofy and Donald
Ocean view from Shutters breakfast
Ocean view from Shutters breakfast
Fresh fruit
Fresh fruit
Pina colada pancakes
Pina colada pancakes
Pineapple and rum sauce
Pineapple and rum sauce

Shortly after breakfast, I heard from Shalon, who had asked if she could come visit for lunch since she had not been to Disney’s Vero Beach Resort before either. I told her no problem. We met up, and I showed her around before we had lunch at the Green Cabin Room, another casual restaurant and bar at the resort that is open for lunch and dinner. In the evening they also sometimes offer live entertainment in the form of musicians. We had a nice lunch, with me ordering a roma tomato, basil, roasted garlic and buffalo mozzarella flatbread, and Shalon got the oak-grilled breast of chicken  on crispy pretzel. We were both very happy with our selections. After lunch we decided to try out the miniature golf course since it looked like fun (and it was, until that six on the last hole) and it was such a great value. Shalon headed back home after a quick stop in the gift shop where we found out one of the CMs I had spoken to the evening before for almost an hour about the turtles, turned out to be our friend Matt’s mom. It is indeed a small world after all.

Tomato flatbread
Tomato flatbread
Chicken on pretzel
Chicken on pretzel

Playing hostess, even for just a few hours, can really take it out of a girl. Bed called, but not before I called down to the spa to see if there was a pedicure appointment available. Luckily, there was for late afternoon, which would still allow me some more reading time before my dinner reservation at Sonya’s, the more upscale restaurant at Vero Beach. This trip really was shaping up to be the ultimate in R&R. If only I had been able to splurge even more on the massage, but there’s always next time. The pedicure was great and again, with an ocean view from the spa, and phenomenal service.

The Spa Menu
The Spa Menu
There's even an ocean view from the Spa
There’s even an ocean view from the Spa
Getting my pedicure
Getting my pedicure
Pedicure
Pedicure

Sonya’s vegetarian trio, along with the spectacular service and the triple chocolate dessert made the evening even more magical. I finished earlier than I expected, so I again was able to go back to my room to read for an hour or so before the campfire. Although very different, I would say both nights’ singalongs were equally enjoyable. I even saw the couple from New Jersey from the night before, as well as some other guests from Orlando that I enjoyed speaking to earlier in the trip. Disney’s Vero Beach Resort very much has the feel of a family resort that guests return to year after year and the CMs get to see the families grow up over time. I loved this feeling of kinship and recognition. Even though I was only at the resort for a couple of days, I was remembered and called by name from the restaurant staff at Shutters to the recreation cast. It was really a nice feeling that I don’t typically experience at most WDW resorts just due to the sheer size and turnover of the resorts.

Entrance to Sonya's
Entrance to Sonya’s
Sonya's
Sonya’s
Dinner table at Sonya's
Dinner table at Sonya’s
Apple sorbet
Apple sorbet
Bread and olive oil
Bread and olive oil
Vegetarian trio
Vegetarian trio
Cheese trio
Cheese trio
Triple Chocolate Semifreddo
Triple Chocolate Semifreddo

On my last evening at Vero Beach, upon returning to my room, I found my favorite movie of all time, Casablanca, on Turner Classic Movies and felt compelled to watch the rest of the film as a great ending to the night. I read for a bit longer to finish my book after the movie ended, and set my alarm so I would have enough time to grab a bite to eat before checking out at 11 before heading to work. I slept so well, hearing the waves crashing on the shore just outside my window. It is one of the most peaceful sounds, yet backed by so much power. It was entrancing! I missed it from my youth and miss it now.

There is a Sunday brunch offered at Shutter’s, with additional seating in Sonya’s, but seeing as I couldn’t eat the majority of the items on the buffet, I chose to order a la carte and got the heavenly orange oatmeal french toast. Even the chefs in the restaurant remembered me from day to day due to me having food allergies and needing to consult them before ordering. Also, the table service restaurants at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort even take Tables In Wonderland, excluding the Sunday brunch. This was meal a great way to end my trip.

Orange oatmeal french toast
Orange oatmeal french toast

Disney’s Vero Beach Resort was most definitely the breath of fresh air that I needed to recharge and renew myself. It was absolutely one of the best weekend vacations I’ve ever taken. I cannot wait to go back and experience some of the amazing culinary options I wasn’t able to try this trip. I relished the fact that I could unplug (literally and figuratively) and get the rest and relaxation I was so wanting and needing. This trip and resort completely exceeded any and all expectations I had. I think this is due so much in part, possibly in whole, to the incredible Cast Members. I even took the time before leaving to get the manager of the resort to personally compliment him on the exemplary service everyone provided. I do not think there was a single thing I would have changed about this visit, other than to maybe extend it by a week or two.

I hope that everyone will take the opportunity to visit this magnificent resort at some point. Have you ever been to Disney’s Vero Beach Resort? What did you enjoy most? Did you take it easy like I did, or did you take advantage of the tons of activities at the resort and in the area?

Panorama from the back porch
Panorama from the back porch
Seating area off lobby
Seating area off lobby
Kids seating area
Kids seating area
Entrance to Shutters
Entrance to Shutters
Back of the resort
Back of the resort
Mickey fence
Mickey fence
Kid's water pay area
Kid’s water pay area
Playground
Playground
Bike rentals
Bike rentals
Hibiscus
Hibiscus
Recreation schedule
Recreation schedule
Eb & Flo's sign
Eb & Flo’s sign
Activities board
Activities board
Rental equipment
Rental equipment
Ocean view from the pool
Ocean view from the pool
Community Hall
Community Hall
Sports rentals
Sports rentals
Exercise room
Exercise room
Pool table
Pool table
Bleachers
Bleachers
Surf conditions
Surf conditions
Beach equipment rental
Beach equipment rental
Surfers
Surfers
Back of resort
Back of resort
Island Grove Packing Company
Island Grove Packing Company
Island Grove 2
Island Grove 2
Tervis Tumbler
Tervis Tumbler
Port Holes Mini Golf
Port Holes Mini Golf
Mini golf course continuing Peter Pan theme
Mini golf course continuing Peter Pan theme
Broken mast hole
Broken mast hole
Cannonball hole
Cannonball hole
Skull Rock hole
Skull Rock hole
Shark hole
Shark hole
Evil treasure chest hole
Evil treasure chest hole
Paraglider
Paraglider
Paraglider dropping a parachute
Paraglider dropping a parachute
Sunset at the beach
Sunset at the beach
Maria and Trey warming up the crowd
Maria and Trey warming up the crowd
Campfire singalong
Campfire singalong
Campfire closeup
Campfire closeup
Singalong
Singalong
Toasting marshmallows
Toasting marshmallows
Dodgers dedication plaque
Dodgers dedication plaque
Sea Turtles
Sea Turtles
Nesting Sites
Nesting Sites
Loggerhead Turtles
Loggerhead Turtles
1715 Fleet
1715 Fleet
Lobby ceiling
Lobby ceiling
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Author: Betsy

Scorpio. Passionate about movies, music, sports, Disney and my friends who are more like my family. Fiercely loyal and competitive. My thoughts are my own.

2 thoughts on “Disney’s Vero Beach Resort – A Breath of Fresh Air”

  1. I’ve always been surprised and delighted by the personal touches at this resort…and I’ve run into Cast Members that I knew from Orlando, too! Asking for items off-menu for a picky eater or an allergy is always simple, and I’ll never forget the recreation staff fighting for the opportunity to make my son his first ever S’more. I absolutely love this resort.

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