Author: Samantha Rosenthal

The Best Wine Bars in Orlando

Wine bars are such stellar spots for date night. So, here are some great date night-worthy wine bars in Orlando for couples who love wine, sultry spaces, and good company. Imperial Wine Bar & Beer Garden 1800 N. Orange Ave Orlando, FL…

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Budget-Friendly Downtown Orlando Dates Under $30

In a city as beautiful and diverse as Orlando, we sometimes assume that date night on a budget isn’t possible. But the great thing about downtown Orlando is that there are so many things to do–regardless of your budget! From…

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Brunch Buzz: Carmel Kitchen & Wine Bar

CLOSED With so many options for brunch in Orlando, it can be hard to choose a place to go. But when Carmel Kitchen & Wine Bar is the restaurant of choice, it isn’t a hard decision — it’s a must….

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17 Outdoor Movies in Orlando this Spring

It’s springtime in Orlando and the weather is perfect for watching outdoor movies. Bring some chairs, lay out a blanket, and snuggle up together for a fun and affordable night out. Where to see outdoor movies in Orlando: Movie Night at Leu…

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A Guide to Orlando’s Best Story Clubs and Events

Express yourself with words at one of these eight story clubs and events in Orlando! Updated August 2019 Whether it’s through reading or writing, there are many different forms of communication for our feelings, experiences and thoughts—along with many places…

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Where to Find Orlando’s Best Holiday Lights

It’s the holiday season in Orlando, which means break out the eggnog, Christmas movies and festive tunes. It’s also a great time of year to be outside enjoying the area’s holiday lights and decor. Here’s a guide to finding some…

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50 Free & Festive Holiday Events in Orlando

**This list is for 2016 events. View our updated guide to free & festive holiday events in Orlando for 2019 here. Plenty of free and fun holiday events abound in Orlando in the coming weeks. Enjoy a festive date night…

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Guide to Orlando’s Best Patios

Cooler temperatures make maximizing your time outside a must. It’s time to check out Orlando’s best patios on your next date night or day. Here are some local spots that have great patios for you to relax on, enjoy great food, soak…

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Happy Hour Test Drive: The Stubborn Mule

The Stubborn Mule is the newest addition to the Thornton Park foodie scene, located where Sonoma Kitchen used to reside. The brainchild of co-owners Brian Buttner and Jonathan Canonaco, also the co-owners of RusTeak Restaurant & Wine Bar in Ocoee…

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Go Wild! 10 ‘Beyond the Zoo’ Attractions in Central Florida

Looking for a day date that’s a bit on the wild side? There are scores of unique wildlife and zoo attractions in Central Florida designed to protect, educate and (sometimes) allow you to interact with exotic and Florida native animals, birds and…

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22 Places to Play Bar Trivia in Orlando

Updated February 2019 Looking for a date night that involves some mental stimulation and some friendly competition? Orlando is home to a wide variety of restaurants, pubs, bars and lounges hosting trivia. Here’s where to play bar trivia in Orlando every day of the…

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How to Plan a Running Date Night

Whether you’ve got your sights on a marathon or just want to get in shape with your sweetie, we’ve got you covered with Orlando’s best running clubs, routes, races and fun runs. RUNNING CLUBS Any list related to running in Orlando must…

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Orlando Beer Tour Gives Glimpse into Local Beer Scene

**Update: Brewlando Tours are no longer offered. If you’re looking for a beer tour, try Hop On! Orlando Brewery Tours. Orlando’s craft beer scene has taken the nation by surprise over the last couple of years. In fact, the entire Sunshine…

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10 Places to Learn to Dance in Orlando

Have you always wanted to bust a move or sweep your sweetie off her feet? You’re in luck because there are several dance studios where you can learn to dance in Orlando. Whether you want to waltz your girlfriend away or heat…

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Artsy Date Night With Paint My Story

Let your creative self unfurl with Paint My Story, an Orlando-based company with a two-hour, no-pressure painting experience that requires only your imagination. Held at local restaurants and led by an experienced art instructor, this creative new twist on ‘paint and sip’ nights…

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Fireworks and Festivities: Fourth of July Weekend in Orlando

25+ way to celebrate this Fourth of July weekend in Orlando **Updated for 2018** The 4th of July weekend is nearly upon us, which means you’re probably starting to make plans for ways to celebrate this patriotic holiday. Here are some spots…

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Summer Guide to Outdoor Movies in Orlando

There are so many outdoor movies in Orlando… … so grab a blanket, some ice pops (or cold beer) and check out these local outdoor screenings. Oh, and guess what?!  They’re almost all FREE!! (Love free date nights? Here’s a list of…

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27 Free Things to do in Orlando this Summer

There are loads of free things to do in Orlando… when you know where to look! Living in one of the best cities in Florida means there’s so many things to do… and they don’t all need to break the bank!…

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Orlando Museum of Art Presents Monthly Art Night Out

Looking for a date night where both you and your date can get in touch with your creative sides? Consider checking out Orlando Museum of Art’s (OMA) Art Night Out, a monthly series designed to let you spend an evening creating different…

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A Guide to Orlando Farmers Markets

UPDATED FEBRUARY 2020 Looking for a budget-friendly and easy date day idea? Pay a visit to an Orlando farmers market. We have a dozen located around the city and in nearby suburbs, each offering a huge assortment of produce, local meats, artisan products and…

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Guide to Escape Room Games in Orlando

Updated January 2020 Looking for an exciting date night that will keep you on your toes and get your brain working overtime? Consider checking out one of seven escape room games in Orlando… or try them all. Each has its…

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14 Cinco de Mayo Events in Orlando

Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner and there are plenty of local events perfect for celebrating this holiday on and around May 5. Here are 14 Cinco de Mayo Events in Orlando to consider: Sort of Cinco Block Party April…

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14 Outdoor Movies in Orlando This Spring

It’s finally springtime in Orlando. The temperatures are warm and there’s a nice, cool breeze in the air: perfect weather for enjoying outdoor activities like starlit movie screenings! There are plenty of outdoor movies in Orlando. Here are a few upcoming movies to…

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16 Orlando Tours Locals Will Love

Explore your own backyard on one of these fantastic Orlando tours! There are so many opportunities to geek, eat and sip your way around The City Beautiful. Explore the culture, architecture, history and culinary delights of Orlando on one of these…

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St. Patrick’s Day Events in Orlando

Grab your green knee-high socks and lucky four-leaf clovers because St. Patrick’s Day 2016 is just around the corner. With that comes plenty of St. Patrick’s Day events in Orlando with drink specials, giveaways, costume contests and much more! Trying to…

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9 Irish Pubs to Visit on St. Patrick’s Day in Orlando

**UPDATED FOR 2019** Time for corned beef and cabbage, Guinness draft beers and Irish whiskey this St. Patrick’s Day in Orlando (March 17)! This St. Patrick’s Day in Orlando, plan to visit one of our many local Irish pubs or bars. Raglan Road Irish…

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Top Tapas Restaurants in Orlando

By Samantha Rosenthal Orlando has an eclectic restaurant scene with many places representing international cuisine near and far. But it seems The City Beautiful has particular love for tapas, as evidenced by the growing number of Tapas Restaurants in Orlando….

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Happy Hour Test Drive: Citrus Restaurant

CLOSED January 2017 The ever-popular Citrus Restaurant, with its emphasis on “regionally-inspired new American cuisine,” recently introduced a new happy hour menu to kick off 2016. Located on Orange Avenue in the North Quarter District of downtown Orlando, Citrus Restaurant launched the…

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Brunch Buzz: North Quarter Tavern

UPDATE: Restaurant CLOSED 2018 Getting its name from the area of Downtown Orlando it resides in, North Quarter Tavern is a neighborhood pub and restaurant that you can go to for a good drink, a quick bite or to enjoy a…

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10 Perfect Picnic Spots in Orlando

Throughout the year, our weather is glorious, the sun is shining and being outdoors is an enjoyable activity. With so many parks and gardens in Orlando to choose from, packing up a picnic basket with someone special and having your lunch al…

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A Guide to Central Florida’s Best Lakes and Springs

Updated February 2019 to correct information about Lake Toho Living in Florida has many benefits, one of which is that summer is almost practically year round. We aren’t called the Sunshine State for nothing! Our fine weather makes enjoying the many…

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