Author: Stephanie Patterson

Thornton Park District Hosting Mini Golf Pub Crawl October 24

Do you consider yourself a bit of a mini golf champ? We love a good competitive game of putt putt, and each year the Thornton Park District puts its own spin on this fun pastime. Sign up with your love…

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At-Home Date: Dinner Date in Your Living Room from Cre8tive Crate

Since mid-March, we’ve been in awe of the creativity on display from countless businesses in the Orlando community in response to the pandemic. Local restaurants have gotten creative with outdoor seating, and savvy entrepreneurs have pivoted to offering full service,…

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Sneak Peek: Knife & Spoon at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes

Much like the classic dinner and a movie pairing, steak houses and date night just go together. So, while we were sad to see Norman’s at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes close after such a long run, we were excited to…

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Best of October: Our Favorite Date Night Events in Orlando

The fall season is upon us! And in Orlando that means warm, breezy days, fall festivals, outdoor Halloween happenings and more. This month, our curated event calendar is packed with a mix of virtual and in-person happenings perfect for date…

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An Outdoor Movie Night in Your Backyard, No Set Up Required

Not quite ready to return to the movie theater? There’s a new local business in town that will bring the movies to you, setting up a cozy outdoor movie night in your own backyard. If you’ve been looking for a…

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Grande Lakes Orlando Hosting Fall at the Farm Festival

Are you counting down the days until Orlando’s slightly cooler fall temperatures arrive? To help get you into the fall spirit, there’s a new festival making its debut this October featuring all of the season’s best activities and eats. Grande…

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Outdoor Dining Guide: 75+ Places to Eat Outside in Orlando

Pleasant temperatures and sunny weather throughout the year mean an abundance of options when it comes to outdoor dining in Orlando. But in the age of social distancing, we’re cherishing our outdoor dining spots more than ever. To help you…

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Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic Reimagined as Staycation Package

We look forward to the annual Food & Wine Classic hosted at the sprawling Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort each October. While typically a weekend foodie event drawing a large crowd, this year’s festival has been totally reimagined…

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Best of September: Our Favorite Events in Orlando this Month

Whether you’re heading out again for date night or staying safe at home, the event calendar this month is packed with a mix of virtual and in-person happenings. From alpaca yoga (!!!) and the return of Leu Gardens’ outdoor movie…

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10 Out of the Ordinary Outdoor Date Ideas

Itching to get out of the house? Enjoy a safe outdoorsy date this summer and fall by checking out one of these unique outdoor date ideas and experiences in Orlando. Outdoor Scavenger Hunts While Let’s Roam is a worldwide company,…

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At-Home Date: A Gourmet Picnic in Your Own Backyard

These times call for heightened creativity when it comes to maintaining your date night routine. If you’ve found yourself at a loss for how to celebrate an anniversary or create a romantic ambiance without leaving home, you aren’t alone. Have…

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Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining is Back Aug 28 – Oct 31 with Takeout + Outdoor Dining

Update 9/23/2020: Magical Dining has been extended to October 31, 2020! We’ve updated the original article to reflect this. We look forward to the month of August each year, which always kicks off Visit Orlando’s multi-week Magical Dining program. This…

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20 Art-Filled Dates to Support Orlando Arts + Artists from Home

Love the arts? Our local Orlando arts community needs support now more than ever. And many of our local organizations have gotten creative in their offerings, pivoting to online programming and live stream performances to enhance your at-home date nights….

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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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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! With drive-in movie experiences currently soaring in popularity, we thought now would be the perfect time…

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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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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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