Blogging in Paradise : Day One

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As you ll know, about 2 weeks ago I spent the weekend in Pensacola, Florida, attending Brandcation: Bloggers Gone Coastal. I knew I HAD to attend the event because it would involve a major bucket list item for me, and that is photographing a beach on a tropical getaway. That and the fact i was with 31 of my blogging buddies having adventures all weekend was a no brainer. I was prepared for fun but I was not prepared for the beautiful views and accommodations when we arrived at the Portofino Island Resort. They were a main sponsor of the whole event and they were just AMAZING.

The condo’s had 3 bedrooms and were so spacious, with 3 and a half baths, full kitchen, and large balcony, the stay was just enough to make me feel like I was famous! The people I shared the condo with were:







And the awesome photographer, Brandy Goleman!

I shared a room with the fabulous Lisa and Amy . We are such quiet sleepers! our Condo’s team name was the SEO’s. The other condo’s had names too: Ladybugs, Snark Attack and Beachin’ Bloggers.

So the first thing we did was  blog Olympics. We all headed to the first event which was a scavenger hunt. We learned about the property and even met some of the “locals”. The goal was to get as many photos as we could of the items on the list. We totally won that.

Then we headed to the beach for the rest of the olympics.

(Photos Courtesy of Brandy)

(my team!)

We did a sandcastle build (we totally lost)

And hula hoop (I think we got third?)

A water relay, which we totally won..

And dressing and undressing in crazy grass skirts and coconuts, which we totally won too!

And then we had a tie breaker for that one in which we were ALL laughing. I don’t even know which team won that one but it was funny. We all thought for sure we had 3rd place due to the abysmal sand castle. But all of the points from the scavenger hunt carried over and guess what?



After that we went to Surf burger and had dinner as a group.

I didn’t care for the food but I was one of the only ones who didn’t get a burger, my food was a bit salty. The atmosphere was awesome though!

After some boardwalk and shopping it was time to head back to the condos for the pajama SWAG party! We got lots of great things from so many companies, I posted about the great sponsors last week :) It was fun to hang out in jammies and chat a bit!

I was ready to pass OUT, since I had been up since 3 AM with my crazy flights and that was it. I passed out in my comfy bed and slept so well!

Stay tuned for day two!

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  1. Jane says

    Hi Candace,
    My name is Jane and I’m with Dwellable.
    I was looking for blog posts about the Portofino to share on our site and I came across your post…If you’re open to it, shoot me an email at jane(at)dwellable(dot)com.
    Hope to hear from you :)

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