Take Me To: Yacht Club

October 27, 2018

While in Disney, I had the opportunity to do a look for the next part in my Disney Resort series. I chose Disney's Yacht Club Resort for a few reasons. For one, I feel like Yacht Club is underrated and often gets overlooked a lot in favor of other deluxes like the Grand (which is of course magnificent in all its grandeur, there's no denying that) and needed some limelight love. Second, I had the perfect subtle Smee-meets-sailor Disneybound that lent itself perfectly to this resort (& lines up with the recent #fallintodisney style challenge - Disney sidekicks!), and if you've learned anything about me from reading through some of my prior posts, you know that girl loves to dress for the occasion, so Yacht Club & I were just meant to be.
The Yacht Club is inspired by 1800s era New England seaside resorts with some serious nautical flair. The lobby is filled with boat decor, maritime flags, and plenty of sailor swag (you know, anchors, globes, things like that!). But there's also an air of sophistication about it, brought to life with the dark leather couches and antique chandeliers. Lounging in hotel lobbies is kind of my thing, and the Yacht does not disappoint! There's plenty to do here, both during the day and at night.

Yacht Club's location is another reason it's one of my top picks for Disney resorts because it's incredibly close to Epcot. No messing with boats or buses - just take a short walk down the path to the back gate to Epcot and within minutes you're in Canada. If you're opting to stay resort-side instead of park hopping during the day, this resort offers so many amenities. Stormalong Bay is an awesome pool, complete with a shipwreck (AKA photo-op!) and if you get hungry from all that poolside lounging, Yacht has several dining options available (or you know, don your luxurious hotel robe and order room service).

Because the Yacht Club is situated in the Boardwalk area, it's just a 5 minute walk to all that Boardwalk has to offer - and it has a lot! Nighttime comes alive here, and I strongly encourage everyone to stroll the Boardwalk at night. Stop in to Abracadabar for a drink, then continue on down the way to Jellyrolls Piano Bar (be prepared to belt out some well-known tunes all. night. long). There is a $15 cover (at least there was on Saturday night), but it is 100% worth it.

Bodycon dress - Agaci (sold out); similar options here & here

Since we were spending some time at Yacht, I had to look the part. I had been holding on to this striped dress for a while, just waiting for the perfect opportunity to showcase it. When I decided on Yacht Club for this look, the rest of the pieces came together, and I ended up doing a bit of a Mr. Smee look. The weather that day was also really overcast, misty, and windy, which I was totally into because of the stormy seas vibes (probably the only time you'll hear me say I was excited for a rainy Disney day)!

One thing I love about this bodycon dress is how easily I can take it from day-to-night. It's the absolute definition of "business in the front, party in the back." Add some heels & a cute clutch, and this little number is ready for a night out at Disney Springs!

For the accessories, I kept it simple with a dainty necklace, an enamel pin (yay small shops!), and a red sun hat that, luckily for me, was incredibly easy to fold up into my carry-on luggage (which I had a ton of - more on that later!!) When I found the pin, I knew I had to get it to complete the look and add another layer of Mr. Smee-ness (is that a thing?) to my outfit. For my bag, I had to snag this boat tote from my good friend Jess at Main Street Printing Co. The GPS coordinates on it were too perfect to pass up. I mean, the style of this bag has boat in the name - how could I not!?

Talk to the Hook Pin - Oh Hey Studios | Vitamin Sea necklace (gifted) - Similar

My Happy Place Coordinate Boat Tote - c/o Main Street Printing Co.

After checking out the grounds, we made our way inside Yacht Club to Ale & Compass Lounge because it was happy hour, and we like to be punctual. We take our cocktails very seriously.

Ale & Compass Lounge has been around for some time, but it recently got a facelift. The lounge now has plenty of seating, in a cozy nautical atmosphere. The menu offers several mouth-watering options, so in the name of research, we had to try a few.

I ordered the "Just Peachy" - a blend of peach vodka, aperol, bitters, peach, and blood orange. Second picks would be the "Purple Mariner" (Henrick's gin, creme de violette, lemon juice & soda water) and the "NE Avenue" (Jack D. TN Whiskey, pomegranate juice, passionfruit, and bitters). If none of those sound appealing to you, they also offer a classic cocktails menu with standard fare like manhattans, mules, and of course, the nautical piece de resistance, the dark & stormy. If cocktails in general just don't float your boat, well then walk the plank, because we can't be friends (you walked into that one, mate). I mean, I guess we can still be friends. I'll just drink for two.

Since we were conducting some serious taste-testing, we ordered some snacks for the table (in the name of science, of course). We needed carbs STAT, so we ordered the "rolls & spreads" - a combo of buttery melt-in-your mouth park house style rolls with a trio of spreads (bacon jam, pub cheese, and cirtrus butter). Pro tip: they'll bring you more rolls if you ask! Or if you snarf them all in 5 seconds, like we did, they just automatically bring you more :)

Hello, lover!

So put this place on your list of resorts to hop to. With so much to see & do, it's a resort that is not to be missed. Come for the atmosphere...stay for the pub cheese...

Dreaming of my next visit? Or pub cheese? The world may never know :)

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