… Because if you’re going to be in a relationship, you might as well enjoy it!

Why is it that the further a relationship progresses – dating, moving in, marriage – the less fun we have together? The strongest couples never stop going on dates, and why should they? One of the best things about sharing your life with someone is actually living your life together, instead of simply drifting mindlessly from day to day. Eat… drive… work… drive… eat… sleep… repeat. How boring!

This is the reason the Orlando Date Night Guide exists. Formerly Great Dates Orlando, this website is THE place for local and visiting couples to find an endless list of ideas and recommendations for having fun and meaningful quality time together.

Kristen Manieri

Founder and Editor
For me, date night isn’t a luxury; it’s a necessity. Married with two small girls, I’ve come to realize that Saturday night is probably the only time each week that Marc and I can actually have a meaningful, uninterrupted, and alert conversation. I’m a former freelance food and travel writer with frequent contributions to Orlando Magazine, Edible Orlando, WHERE Orlando, Forbes Travel Guide and Orlando Family Magazine.

I’m also the author of the book, Great Dates Orlando, and I founded this website in 2007 to not only share fun and romantic date night ideas with other couples, but to keep myself accountable to a regular date night, too.

Finally, I created the Orlando Date Night Discovery Club in 2016 to make it even easier for couples to experience amazing connection while exploring our fabulous city. Learn more about the Discovery Club here.

Kristen Manieri is available for media appearances, festival judging and panel discussions. She can be reached via email at manieri.kristenATgmail.com.

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Kristen Manieri, photo by Roberto Gonzalez

Kristen Manieri, photo by Roberto Gonzalez

Stephanie Patterson – Managing Editor

Stephanie Patterson is a local wedding photographer, travel blogger, and food tour guide with a passion for creativity, the beach, and great food. When she’s not taking pictures or writing, you can find her hanging out with her boyfriend and their dog, trying new restaurants, or baking something sweet. Find her online at www.spattersonphotography.com and www.traveltasteclick.com.


Erica Boucher
Erica Boucher has three great loves: yoga, spending time in nature, and traveling the world. She is the Creator of Empath Yoga, and offers a yoga teacher training here in Central Florida. She is a travel specialist focusing on international yoga travel, adventure travel, group travel and more (learn more at www.internationalyogatravel.com). And locally she organizes YogAdventures, bringing yoga into the great outdoors with yoga and biking or kayaking trips, and more. You can learn more about Erica at www.ericaboucher.com, or call 407-383-4196.

Gabrielle Cash-Kara
Gabrielle is an editor, writer, and small business owner who has worked in publishing for 22 years. She lives in College Park with her semi-famous foodie husband and their dog. She is a avid equestrian who loves traveling, food, and spas!

Nancy DeVault
Nancy DeVault is a fitness enthusiast, news junkie, shoe lover, adult beverage fan and travel addict. She works as an Orlando-based freelance writer, editor and PR pro. As mom to a baby boy, Nancy values both girls’ night out and date night!

Christy Holley
Christy is a stay-at-home mom of three wonderful children and have been happily married to her husband, Steven, for over 23 years. She was born and raised right here in Central FL and currently lives in Lake County. She has been a Virtual Assistant and Blog Contributor for over 6 years and enjoys every minute of it!

Samantha Rosenthal 
Originally from South Florida, Samantha Rosenthal is a local journalist who works full-time as a communications manager for a local nonprofit and freelances for a variety of local publications. She loves whiskey, brunch, soccer, Duke basketball and running. Check out her Instagram at @supaafly_sam!

Erica Thomas
Formerly an Executive Assistant now a Domestic Engineer, Erica spends her days overseeing the day-to-day operations of a home filled with love, laughter and lots of patience. In her limited free-time, she enjoys dates with her hubby, reading, writing, and being outdoors. Erica and her husband Thomas are the proud parents of 2 small children, a fur baby (dog), and feathered babies (chickens) .


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We don’t have anything against fancy dinners and elaborate getaways, but there’s value to your relationship and your wallet when you learn how to explore our city on a shoestring. The Orlando area has lots to offer those looking for quality time that won’t break the bank.

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