Author: Stephanie Patterson

50+ Things to do for New Year’s Eve in Orlando 2022

OUR ANNUAL GUIDE TO NEW YEAR’S EVE IN ORLANDO It’s nearly New Year’s Eve in Orlando! Where will you be locking lips with your sweetie at midnight on December 31? Every year, we put together a curated list of Central…

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Festive Holiday Cocktail Recipes for Holiday Parties

SPONSORED — ‘Tis the season to be merry and stock up on good tidings, cheer and cocktails. While the kiddos may consider Santa as the seasonal MVP, we drinking-age folks know that it’s really the bartender who takes the prize…

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Top 10 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays in Winter Garden

SPONSORED — Looking for the perfect place to make new holiday memories this season? Celebrating the holidays in Winter Garden always tops our list each December. And this year, the city is looking especially merry and bright thanks to hundreds of…

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How to do an Epic Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Food Crawl

You don’t have to step foot in a Disney theme park in order to experience a little magic. In fact, one of our favorite outside-the-parks Disney activities is to infiltrate the surrounding resorts for a DIY crawl hopping from one…

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20+ Relaxing Things to Do for Thanksgiving Weekend

Forget going on a shopping frenzy. Thanksgiving weekend is the perfect time to slow down, unwind, and cherish time with your loved ones. While Thursday is all about connection and bonding over great food, the long weekend is another opportunity to…

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Skip the Cooking! Restaurants Serving Thanksgiving Dinner

Things may not be 100% back to normal yet as we approach the busy holiday season. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make your own new traditions around the dinner table this year. Many of our local restaurants are again…

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Lunch Date on a Farm at Bountiful Farms Bistro

A weekly trip to the farmers market is one of life’s simple pleasures. It was at the Winter Garden Farmers Market that I met Ginny, who runs the Bountiful Farms market stand each week. After she mentioned that the farm…

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Our Favorite Fall Festivals, Pumpkin Patches and Foodie Events

Temperatures may still hover close to 80 even in our coolest months, but any remotely “crisp” day by Florida standards warrants a visit to the closest fall festival, pumpkin patch or craft brewery. Fall festivities understandably look a bit different…

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New Curated Experiences Weekends at Grande Lakes Orlando

Ready for an epic staycation that requires absolutely no planning except making a reservation? Grande Lakes Orlando, home to The Ritz-Carlton Orlando and JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes, has launched Curated Experiences, an all-inclusive weekend getaway perfect for couples.  …

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Where to Take a Cooking Class in Orlando

A guide to the best places to take a cooking class in Orlando As Julia Child once said, “People who love to eat are always the best people.” We couldn’t agree more, although people who love to cook are wonderful…

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Disney Monorail Pub Crawl: A Guide to the Best Date Night Spots

The Best Bars & Lounges for a DIY Disney Monorail Pub Crawl Written by Stephanie Patterson and Hannah Green Updated by Dani Meyering Tourists and locals alike have been hopping on the free resort monorail line for years to explore…

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20+ Seriously Spooky Halloween Date Ideas for 2021

Halloween is just around the corner, but you can partake in frightful festivities starting as soon as September. Start planning your couples costume, stock up on your favorite Halloween goodies at the store, and do date night at one of…

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Where to See Halloween Movies in Orlando this October

Forget about romantic comedies, scary movies are just as ideal for date night. What other movie genre warrants consecutive hours of clutching each other for dear life through jump scares and extra spooky scenes? There’s no better time to binge…

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10 Ideas for a Girls’ Date Night to Celebrate Friendship

One of my favorite Orlando-based artists, Nina Ramos, shared a post on Instagram a few months back about a fun girls “date night” she had recently enjoyed with one of her closest friends. Her friend won a fancy dinner at…

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Magical Dining is Back! What’s New for 2021 + Top Date Night Picks

UPDATE: Magical Dining has been extended through October 17, 2021. We look forward to the month of August each year, which always kicks off Visit Orlando’s multi-week Magical Dining program. This annual celebration of Orlando eateries features dozens of restaurants…

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Fall on the Farm Festival Returning at Grande Lakes Orlando

Are you counting down the days until Orlando’s slightly cooler fall temperatures arrive? To help get you into the fall spirit, Grande Lakes Orlando, the 500-acre property home to The Ritz-Carlton Orlando and JW Marriott Orlando, is bringing back its…

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7 Quintessential Dates at Plant Street Market (VIDEO)

Plant Street Market is a one-stop shop for date night: delicious eats, a bustling brewery, easy access to the 22-mile paved West Orange Trail, and a killer outdoor patio.   Located 25 minutes from Orlando in charming downtown Winter Garden,…

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9 Upcoming Shows We Can’t Wait to See at Orlando Shakes

This Arts Season, Return Home to Orlando Shakes for the Best in Live Theater and Entertainment! SPONSORED — Looking for the finest on-stage entertainment in Central Florida? After more than a full year away, live entertainment is back at Orlando…

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Unlimited Food + Sips at Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic

SPONSORED — Calling all foodies! The beloved Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic returns for its 11th year Friday, October 29 and Saturday, October 30, 2021. Boasting unlimited tastings at more than 20 stations featuring culinary…

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Don’t Miss this 3D Art + Bistro Experience at Dr. Phillips Center

From Creative City Project’s lineup of unique art experiences to the anticipation of this fall’s Immersive Van Gogh exhibit, interactive arts experiences are having a moment. And there’s a new one couples need to put on their radar: the new…

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Central Florida Gardens You Can Visit for Free

When was the last time you slowed down to stop and smell the roses—literally? Not only is a day spent in nature rejuvenating, it’s romantic when you’ve got your partner at your side. It got me thinking about all of the…

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The Perfect Group Date Night: The Escape Ventures Orlando

SPONSORED — When it comes to a group date night, it’s great to have some staples to lean on: dinner and drinks, a movie and dessert, appetizers and board games.  But while everyone loves visiting their go-to spots in Orlando…

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100 Orlando Date Night Ideas

I’m guessing you are here for Orlando date night ideas, right? So, here are 100. You’re welcome. Post last updated January 2022 1. Paddle around Lake Eola in a swan boat Booking a swan paddle boat is practically a right…

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How to Have an Orlando Food Truck Date

Looking for a date night experience that’s the perfect marriage of food and fun? Orlando’s delicious food truck scene has it all. Weekly and monthly meet-ups throughout Central Florida make for an easy breezy evening, and you’ll never have to…

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Three Perfect Days in Indian Shores

There’s no need to travel far for a getaway when we have some of the world’s best beaches right in our backyard. Sandwiched between Clearwater Beach to the north and St. Pete Beach to the south, Indian Shores beckons with…

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Brunch then Beach at Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach

Want to slip into that vacation state of mind, even if only for just a day? The lively Brunch Remix served every Saturday and Sunday from 11am – 3pm at Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach combines three things we love…

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What’s New on I-Drive for Locals

International Drive isn’t just for tourists. It’s a playground for locals, too, thanks to a host of fantastic restaurants, walkable entertainment complexes, exciting attractions and a constant stream of new additions. And now is the perfect time to visit and…

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Adults-Only ‘Sunset at the Zoo’ Series at the Central Florida Zoo

Sunset at the Zoo, a seasonal adults-only event at the Central Florida Zoo is back this year on select dates from May 20 – October 21, 2021. This 21+ event invites you to step into the zoo after hours for…

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Orlando Shakes Presents Little Shop of Horrors May 5 – 23 at Lake Eola

It’s the most wonderful time of year to get outside and enjoy an outdoor performance under the stars! If you missed your chance to see Orlando Shakes’ production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream last month, fear not. This May, Orlando…

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Only in Florida Adventures to Experience Together

Beyond the world-renowned beaches, year round sunshine, and pleasant weather, countless Florida adventures await that can only be enjoyed in the Sunshine State. From getting face to face with a manatee to watching a rocket launch from the beach, and…

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6 Ways to Experience the Arts in Winter Garden this April

SPONSORED — Calling all art loving couples! Experience the arts in Winter Garden this April with a lineup of FREE and ticketed arts activities all month long, plus an all-day arts event and exclusive VIP Art Night on Saturday, April…

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