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Hiking Lake Lotus Park

Low-Budget Date Ideas

Marc and I were blown away by a recent visit to Lake Lotus Park, arguably one of Altamonte Springs’ best-kept secrets. We had no idea that such a tranquil and meticulously maintained lakeside hiking trail existed just a few miles from our home. The 1.7-mile trail, which winds its way past Lake Lotus and under towering cypress trees, is primarily ... Read More »

Orlando Magic Launches Friday Night Magic Promo

Hey Magic fans, check out this date night idea: Throughout the entire regular season, the Orlando Magic is featuring a new promo dubbed “Friday Night Magic,” which gives guests two fun game package options. Option One: Concessions Dinner and Game Package Starting at $29 per person, this package includes a game ticket on the Promenade level, choice of burger/fries or ... Read More »

In Bloom Florist’s $20 Tuesdays

Psst… guys. Want to wow your boo with flowers DELIVERED for only $20!? Once a month (sometimes more) In Bloom Florists offers a spectacular deal on a delivered bouquet of flowers. For just $20, you can have a select arrangement delivered on the day of the deal. Today (Tuesday, October 22) you’ll send a dozen assorted roses. Next time it ... Read More »

Finding an Orlando Happy Hour Just Got Easier

It’s no secret that I am a BIG fan of happy hour date nights. They’re cheap, fun, and sometimes offer the easiest way to snag some QT. I’ve posted several of my favorites over the years (including Brio, Mitchell’s, and Seasons 52) but that meager round-up is nothing compared to the spectacular database of Orland-area happy hours that Orlando Weekly ... Read More »

Nerd Nights!

In the September issue of Orlando Magazine, I had the opportunity to showcase a handful of Orlando local events designed to engage your inner nerd. I bet you’ll find at least a few worth checking out on your next date night. Get Your Geek On Orlando’s nerd culture blooms with help from nightly local events. Thanks to a few cerebral celebrations, ... Read More »

Flights & Flatbreads… $15 Date Night at Seasons 52

July 2014 update: this promo is still running! View the SUMMER 2014 menu here.  Here’s a great idea for those nights when you want to grab a quick and inexpensive bite before heading to a movie or event. All of Central Florida’s Seasons 52 locations are now featuring a “Flights and Flatbreads” promotion, which invites guests to try a flight ... Read More »

Rona’s Dining Deals

Rona Gindin, Zagat contributor and Orlando Life magazine’s dining editor, does a monthly segment on Fox 35 Orlando I never miss. Titled “Get Great Food For Less,” these spots feature AMAZING dining deals perfect for date night. This month, Rona featured: Bar Harbor Seafood – $6.96 lobster roll special on Mondays and Tuesdays through the end of August Big Fin ... Read More »

Tapas Tuesday at Cuba Libre

By Tisha Mccray Recently I had the opportunity to try out Cuba Libre’s new feature:  Tapas Tuesday. I love ordering small plates of food with fellow diners; it automatically creates an atmosphere of sharing and exploration and you can get away with eating several different things. Cuba Libre’s atmosphere is welcoming starting from the minute you walk in the door. ... Read More »

Lake Lily Sunday Farmer’s Market

Lake Lily Farmers Market - Orlando Date Night Guide

We’ve really got just a few weeks left before the heat becomes unbearable. If you haven’t already been, now is the time to check out Lake Lily’s Farmer’s Market. Every Sunday from 9am – 2pm, a few dozen purveyors set up shop around the lake where couples and families munch their way through the edible offerings. From gourmet lemonade to ... Read More »

Saturday Mornings in Downtown Winter Garden

Last Saturday I was in downtown Winter Garden for a photography class. Rather than sit in a classroom and talk about taking pictures, we wandered along Plant Street and took them. Besides upping my photog skills, I also left that day with a new appreciation for downtown Winter Garden. With its independently owned cafes, ice cream parlors, one-off shops, and ... Read More »

Happy Hour Deals + Mimosa Flights at Eola Wine Company

By Tisha Mccray  Happy hours are a great way to try new places while watching your pennies. I love finding great happy hours, but I feel an extra sense of victory when I find a happy hour that none of my friends know about. That’s where today’s feature comes in: Eola Wine Company. Eola Wine Company is hands down my ... Read More »

CityWalk Meal & Movie Deal

Here’s a cheap and easy date night idea… Grab dinner at one of CityWalk’s restaurants then a movie at AMC Universal Cineplex 20 for only $21.95 per person with CityWalk’s Meal & Movie Deal. Plus, parking is free after 6pm with proof of Florida residency. With twenty screens, including an immersive IMAX Experience theater, the AMC Universal has all the perks ... Read More »

8 Ideas for Making Date Night More Affordable

Date night doesn’t need to break the bank! Here are those tips as well as a handful more: Hit Happy Hour If you can manage to head out in the early evening, say 5ish, a bevy of bargains await. There are a ton of local restaurants luring patrons with stellar happy hour specials. In fact, we do a series called “Happy ... Read More »

Four Awesome Winter Park Happy Hours

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse 933 N Orlando Avenue, Winter Park Daily 5pm – 7pm (only at the bar) 5 For $6 ‘Til 7 Choose from a section of five delicious appetizers (such as Sweet Chili Calamari and Mushroom Ravioli), five premium cocktails (including Manhattans and martinis), and five selected wines by the glass, each for just $6. Brio Tuscan Grille Winter ... Read More »

Ocoee Bluegrass Jam

Last week, I read a great story in Orlando Weekly about a group of bluegrass musicians that get together to jam every Friday night in an Ocoee parking lot near the southeast corner of Route 50 and Maguire Road. Read the full story by Ashley Belanger. With bands like Mumford & Sons bringing bluegrass into the mainstream, a new generation of ... Read More »

Pecha Kucha Orlando

PechaKucha Nights are informal gatherings where creative people get together to share ideas using just 20 slides and 20 seconds each (six minutes and 40 seconds in total). Think of it like a TED Talk on speed. Hundreds of people gather to hear presenters from all walks of life talk about whatever lights them up. Originating in Tokyo, Pecha Kucha ... Read More »

3 romantic Orlando picnic spots

The weather is fine and the city’s green spaces are exploding with color. Now is the perfect time to plan a romantic picnic. Here are three of my favorite spots: LAKE EOLA PARK: this urban oasis in the heart of downtown features a mile-long path around the “lake.” You’ll find lots of little spots to snuggle up and there is ... Read More »

Tapas Tuesday at Ceviche

I love Ceviche any day of the week, but Tapas Tuesdays are pretty hard to resist! Head to downtown’s Orlando's Church Street tonight for Ceviche’s Tapas Tuesday when Sangria and 30+ tapas are just $4 each and Mount Gay Rum Mojitos are only $6! Check out the Tapas Tuesday Menu.   By the way, you should follow GDO on ODNG.     Read More »

Friday Nights at Cranes Roost, Uptown Altamonte

Last week we had one of those ‘pleasantly surprised’ sort of date nights when we headed to Cranes Roost in Uptown Altamonte for dinner. I’ve walked by Café Murano, the area’s only “lake” view eatery, at least 50 times since it opened a few years ago. But sadly for me, we’ve never taken the plunge and given it a test ... Read More »

Recession Proof Orlando Date Night Idea

Dinner and a movie for less than $50?! Believe it! Thanks to the Meal and Movie Deal at Universal CityWalk, Date Night in Orlando just got a little easier. Priced at just $21.95, this package includes dinner plus one admission to the AMC theatre featuring great digital sound and stadium-style seating. With twenty screens showing all the newest releases, you’re certain to find ... Read More »