Author: Stephanie Patterson

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 virtual fundraiser, Stellar Wine Cellar, provides you with wine, offers from local…

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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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28 Days of Love Giveaway 2020

Orlando Date Night Guide’s giveaway extravaganza is back this year with the return of 28 Days of Love (with a bonus day this year!). For all 29 days in February, a different winner will score one of the spectacular prizes…

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The Coop Now Open on Sundays + New Menu Items

SPONSORED — Listen up foodies because The Coop is now open every Sunday from 8am-4pm for your brunching and lunching pleasure! We’ve long been fans of this Winter Park staple created by 4 Rivers and known for its comforting Southern cuisine….

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Sip + Create at Maitland Art Center’s New Handmade Happy Hour Series

SPONSORED — Want to change up your usual happy hour routine? Trade your seat at the bar for a night of beer, wine, snacks and crafting at Maitland Art Center’s new adults-only Handmade Happy Hour series. It’s perfect for date night,…

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Thornton Park District Hosting Beach-Themed Music Festival this Saturday

Thornton Park District hosting 1st annual all-day, beach-themed music festival featuring Sugar Ray, Eve 6 and a 150-ft long wake board track Get ready to rock out to some of your favorite ’90s bands while soaking up summertime vibes this…

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An Italian Inspired Date Night in Orlando

For a glorious 23 days last October, my life was getting lost in cobblestone alleyways, hiking far above the Ligurian Sea, indulging in a diet comprised entirely of pizza/pasta/gelato, trying my best to speak the Italian language, taking thousands of…

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Adults-Only Science Night Live featuring Otronicon Returns Jan 18

SPONSORED — It’s social, it’s science, and it’s 21 and up! Orlando Science Center is reserved strictly for adults at Science Night Live featuring Otronicon from 8-11:30pm on Saturday, January 18, 2020. Science Night Live is your ticket to experience…

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The Best of Instagram: Our 25 Most Popular Photos of 2019

Instagram is undoubtedly our favorite social media platform. (Follow us @orlandodatenightguide!) This year, we shared hundreds of photos and date night ideas plus a few epic giveaways for couples. To showcase the best of what we shared this year, we…

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Roar into 2020 at Orlando Museum of Art’s Glamorous New Year’s Eve Party

The Orlando Museum of Art Presents The Roaring Twenties: A Fashionable Affair with open bar and full museum access from 9:30pm – 1:30am. SPONSORED – Ring in 2020 at Orlando’s classiest New Year’s Eve celebration – a luxurious evening at…

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10 Romantic Holiday Events in Winter Garden to Celebrate the Season

SPONSORED – With its quaint brick-lined streets, local eateries and boutiques, and paved pathways, Winter Garden is one of our favorite locales for date night. This year is looking especially merry with hundreds of twinkling lights and a large Christmas…

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