Author: Stephanie Patterson

Date Night at OMA with Pig Floyd’s + Live Jazz August 8

Calling all art lovers! Enjoy a special limited capacity date night at OMA on August 8, 2020 when the museum will stay open late from 4-8pm. Live music from the Weldon Street Jazz band (5-8pm) will set the mood for…

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At-Home Date: Takeout + Orlando Philharmonic Virtual Concerts

Are you missing the magic of live music? The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra is bringing the concert experience to your living room with a free, 4-part Summer Serenades virtual concert series this August. Concerts will premiere Saturdays at 8pm on August…

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A Romantic Day Date at Bok Tower Gardens

Situated between Orlando and Tampa in Lake Wales lies a special place that’s always worth the drive: Bok Tower Gardens. Set upon 50 acres, the gardens were founded by Edward W. Bok and designed by famed landscape architect Frederick Law…

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Daycation: Day Passes to Central Florida Resorts from ResortPass

Novelty, joy and new adventures are all synonymous with travel. But in a time where it’s unlikely we’ll be leaving our homes for far-flung travel destinations anytime soon, how can we experience those travel highs without traveling far from home?…

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Movie Date: Classic + Interactive Movies at Garden Theatre

It doesn’t get more classic than the tried and true dinner and a movie date night combo. That’s why we’re so excited about the return of this twist on the classic movie date: a seven-part Interactive Movie series at Garden…

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A Thornton Park District Airbnb Staycation

Itching for a change of scenery? While it may not be feasible to go on a full-blown vacation this summer, don’t underestimate the power of a relaxing staycation. The Thornton Park District features some of Orlando’s best restaurants, plus walkability…

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Get Messy on a Private Splatter Paint Date Night at Pinspiration Orlando

SPONSORED — Looking to shake up your date night routine? There’s a new craft studio in town and we’re pretty in love with their signature date night offering. Owned by Jacksonville native Austin Patterson, Pinspiration Orlando in Oviedo offers a…

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Orlando Hotels Offering Deals for a Romantic Summer Staycation

Making the call to cancel summer vacation plans has been a tough one, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop exploring this summer. We live in one of the nation’s top tourist destinations and most of our Orlando hotels…

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Local Attractions Reopening for Date Night Fun

With Universal Orlando theme parks now open again and SeaWorld and select Disney parks just around the corner, many of our smaller attractions and date night go-tos are also reopening their doors with revised safety measures for eager date nighters….

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13 Places for an Outdoor Brunch Date on a Patio

How about a little bit of sunshine and fresh air with that mimosa? A major perk of living in Orlando is that outdoor dining is enjoyable year round. With dozens of local restaurants boasting fantastic brunch menus and spacious patios…

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Retro Date: Drive-In Movie Theaters Near Orlando

Looking for something different, maybe even something a little old school? Visiting a drive-in movie theater could be just the thing to for you! In light of Enzian + Bungalower’s wildly popular drive-in movie series, we thought now would be…

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Friday Date: Enzian + Bungalower Drive-In Movie Theater Series

Missing the magic of the movies? Thanks to Enzian Theater and Bungalower’s new drive-in movie series, you can watch a flick from the comfort and safety of your own car at multiple locations throughout Orlando. Soak up the nostalgia with…

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10 Things You Can do for Date Night Right Now

As things gradually begin to reopen throughout Florida, I’m here this week to tell you what you can do while still practicing social distancing. So if you feel ready to venture out into the world again — slowly and safely…

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Mother’s Day in Orlando: Brunch to Go, Local Gifts and More

By Arlene Laboy and Stephanie Patterson Being a mom in the age of social distancing is H.A.R.D. Between work, housework, and distance learning, moms deserve to be celebrated more than ever! Though you might not be able to take her…

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Host a Virtual Wine Party + Support Orlando Science Center

Calling all wine lovers! National Wine Day (May 25) is just a few weeks away, and Orlando Science Center has dreamed up a fun way to celebrate. OSC’s ongoing virtual fundraiser, Stellar Wine Cellar, provides you with wine, offers from…

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U-Pick Blueberry Farms Open for an Outdoorsy Date

Over the past few weeks, so much of our focus has been on what we can’t do right now. It’s forced us to be creative at home and inspired businesses to pivot in genius ways. I’ve been examining the way I…

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Join a Virtual Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Pairing Class May 1

The creativity, innovation and adaptability of the Orlando community has been astonishing and joyous to witness these past few weeks. And this week, a few of our favorite local Orlando ladies have planned an extra special virtual event that’s perfect…

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Spice Up Your Kitchen with At-Home Cooking Experiences

Ready to heat things up? In the kitchen, that is. Some of Orlando’s innovative chefs and restaurants are now offering unique at-home cooking experiences, from dinner kits and cooking classes to sharing chef secrets and more. We’ve rounded up a…

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Stay at Home Date Night Ideas from Our Readers

What to do when you’re stuck at home or on a strict budget but still want to indulge in a memorable date night with your partner? We recently asked you, our readers, what the most fun activity you’ve enjoyed together…

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Virtual Markets and Local Farms for Getting Your Farm Fresh Fix

For the past six months, Saturday mornings in my world have been reserved for visiting my closest weekly farmers market. I love chatting with the local vendors, farmers and artists while stocking up on produce for the week. It’s a…

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Keep Close While Social Distancing: Support Local + At-Home Ideas

Post last updated May 7, 2020 In these uncertain times, one thing is certain: we’re all going to be spending a lot more time at home for the foreseeable future. Some of you may be adjusting to new work from…

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Happy Hour Test Drive: Highball & Harvest at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando

Located within The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Highball & Harvest is best known for craft cocktails and delectable Southern fare infused with ingredients from Grande Lakes’ onsite Whisper Creek Farm. While worthy of a splurge for date night (especially for the coveted…

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Downtown Clermont Hosting Free Bicycle Scavenger Hunt March 21

UPDATE: As a preventative measure due to Coronavirus, this event has been canceled. Cool date day alert!! Explore Clermont’s charming streets and parks on two wheels during the city’s upcoming 3rd Annual Cycle & Seek bicycle scavenger hunt.  Perfect for…

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Treat Yo’ Self! New Monthly Spa Memberships at Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach

A major perk of living in Central Florida is that the beach is only a short drive away. In an hour or less you can be sunning yourself on the east coast. Or you could be getting a massage or…

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Ooo La La! Aphrodisiac Dinner at Wine 4 Oysters March 22

UPDATE: This event has been canceled. Tantalize your senses (and learn a few tricks for tantalizing your partner) at the upcoming Taste for the Senses Aphrodisiac Dining Experience on Sunday, March 22, 2020 at Wine 4 Oysters. The oyster-focused eatery…

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Broadway Date: Wicked, Hamilton + More Coming to Dr. Phillips Center

Dr. Phillips Center recently released the full FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando 2020/21 season and there are several shows we can’t wait to check out on date night. The upcoming season marks the return of Hamilton, the Orlando premier of The…

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Spring Arts Preview: 50+ Upcoming Orlando Arts and Culture Events

OUR SEASONAL GUIDE TO THE BEST ORLANDO ARTS AND CULTURE HAPPENINGS FOR DATE NIGHT Orlando boasts vibrant murals, dynamic outdoor art installations and galleries that give locals and visitors the opportunity to explore the visual artistry of its residents. On…

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Camp No Counselors Bringing Adults-Only Summer Camp to Central Florida this March

SPONSORED — Get ready to relive your favorite summer camp moments with no camp counselors in sight to tell you it’s time for lights out! Camp No Counselors is bringing their popular all-inclusive, adults-only summer camp back to Florida March…

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Pompeii’s Table Dinner Series Pairs Local Chefs + Ancient Cuisine

This June, the highly-anticipated exhibition Pompeii: The Immortal City will open at Orlando Science Center, immersing guests into the dramatic history and culture of Pompeii. The traveling exhibit will feature more than 100 artifacts, a 360 projection experience, art and more. …

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Ruth’s Chris Hosting Monthly TasteMaker Dinners in 2020

Take “wine and dine” to a whole new level by reserving seats at one of Ruth’s Chris Steak House’s esteemed TasteMaker Dinners this year. The popular dinner series, available at all three Orlando-area locations, is returning for 2020 with a…

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10 Romantic Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Winter Garden

SPONSORED — From a concert under the stars and Cinderella horse drawn carriage rides to unique restaurants and a special “love potion” beer release, we’re head over heels for Winter Garden’s amorous Valentine’s Day happenings this year. If you need…

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