15 Labor Day Weekend Staycation & Getaway Packages

Labor Day Weekend Orlando

The last long weekend of summer is fast approaching. So you’re not left without a plan for celebrating Labor Day Weekend, we’ve compiled a list of over a dozen staycation and getaway packages that will help you plan a mini vacation in a snap. ORLANDO AREA Orlando World Marriott 8701 World Center Drive, Orlando The “Catch ‘Em All Escape Package” includes: • Nearly ... Read More »

Sand Sculpting Festival at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin

Summer and sand castles practically go hand in hand. For those who relish the memories of hours in the sun, hands in the sand, crafting an epic fortress, these bygone days would be happily relived. You’ll have your chance to reignite your love of sand sculpting at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort’s inaugural Sandtastic Weekends. Held August ... Read More »

A1A Cocktail Trail & Free Concert Series in St. Augustine

Two big announcements came out of St. Augustine this week, each tempting us to pay a visit to Florida’s favorite historic town. AIA Cocktail Trail Taking the scenic route is the best way to travel along the coast of Florida, and now a stretch of A1A from Atlantic Beach to the north to historic St. Augustine to the south is ... Read More »

Three Perfect Days on Anna Maria Island

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Calm turquoise water, white sandy beaches, homemade ice cream, and a quaint beach town are just a few of the things you’ll find on Anna Maria Island, a 7-mile island south of Tampa. If you’ve ever dreamed of finding a less-crowded and tourist-trap-free Clearwater beach, Anna Maria Island just might be your paradise. After a 2.5 hour drive from Orlando, ... Read More »

The Great Summer Staycation Giveaway

Win one of 12 two-night staycations at some of Central Florida’s best resorts and boutique hotels. Beat the heat this summer with a staycation at one of the many resorts and hotels across Orlando and Central Florida. Now offering spectacular summertime rates, these sprawling properties provide the perfect elements of a getaway for two. We’ve gathered all the details for ... Read More »

6 Secret Florida Islands for an Unforgettable Couples Getaway

The next time you’re planning a romantic getaway, consider sneaking away to one of these six secret Florida islands. Sprawling coastlines, charming beach towns, untouched beaches and a tropical setting will make it a vacation you won’t soon forget. Casey Key This lovely Sarasota-area gem is truly one of Florida’s best-kept secrets. Home to the town of Nokomis, Casey Key boasts ... Read More »

13 Memorial Day Weekend Orlando Getaway Packages

Grande Lakes Memorial Day fireworks

*UPDATED FOR 2017* By Erica Thomas There’s no need to travel far to relax and unwind during the long weekend. Why not stay close to home and enjoy some affordable fun? Take your pick from these Memorial Day Weekend Orlando getaways for a staycation to kick off summer! Orlando World Center Marriott 8701 World Center Drive, Orlando The ‘Holiday Fireworks’ package includes: ... Read More »

Westgate River Ranch Resort Launches Luxe Teepee Experience

New Luxe Teepees take glamping at Westgate River Ranch to a whole new level! By Gabrielle Cash-Kara Howdy, y’all. Last year we explored “glamping” at the Westgate River Ranch Resort. This year the folks at the Resort delved deeper into the world of glamorous camping with their new Luxe Teepee accommodations. Westgate River Ranch is a 1,700-acre dude ranch surrounded ... Read More »

Three Perfect Days in Boca Grande

Boca Grande

Explore the charming village and bike trails on one of the Gulf’s best Old Florida islands. Located on Gasparilla Island on Florida’s Gulf coast, Boca Grande has been a vacation hideaway for over a century, hosting historical celebrities from Henry Ford to Audrey Hepburn. And while the tiny town certainly exudes an air of elegance, it’s still a beach town after all. Be ... Read More »

8 Reasons to Visit Grande Lakes Orlando

Sprawling across 500 acres only minutes from downtown Orlando, Grande Lakes Orlando resort is a property unlike any other in Central Florida. Home to The Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes boasts more than 1,000 guest rooms and suites, a lazy-river, three outdoor heated pools, The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, The Ritz-Carlton Spa (featuring 40 treatment rooms) and more than ... Read More »

A South Florida Breweries Road Trip

Florida Breweries

Jump in the car and head out on a road trip to visit dozens of Florida breweries There are over a 100 breweries now dotting the state of Florida, each beckoning beer lovers into tap rooms and on tasting tours from Pensacola to Miami. These craft brewers are putting their unique mark on everything from ales to stouts to lagers. ... Read More »

10 Places to Renew Your Vows in Orlando and Beyond

renew vows in orlando

Say ‘I Do’ all over again when you renew your vows in Orlando, across Florida and beyond! By Erica Thomas There are few moments as special as vowing to love your spouse for the rest of your life. For some of us who have taken that journey and made the promise “for better or worse,” a vow renewal ceremony is ... Read More »

Three Perfect Days on Amelia Island

Boutiques, beaches and stellar eats await on picturesque and romantic Amelia Island Hop in the car headed north and two-and-a-half hours later, just a few miles from the Georgia border, you’ll find Amelia Island. Named after Princess Amelia, the daughter of Spain’s King George II, the 13-mile-long barrier island hugs the coastline of Nassau County and was once a haven ... Read More »

Join us at Hyatt’s Inaugural Wellness Weekend: Feb 6-7

Celebrate the New Year with a wellness reboot at Hyatt Regency Orlando‘s inaugural Wellness Weekend, February 6-7. We’ve partnered with this AAA Four Diamond hotel to create a wellness day program and getaway that will set you off on the path to feeling fit and fabulous in 2016. As part of a new seasonal event series, the Total Wellness Weekend will feature local ... Read More »

Three Perfect Days in St. Augustine

Dotted with Spanish colonial architecture and dripping with old world charm, St. Augustine, America’s oldest city, turned 450 this year. While the year-long celebration, which included a visit from the King and Queen of Spain, comes to a close, the city now looks toward its bright future, one rooted in farm-to-fork fare, craft cocktails and a destination that’s far more ... Read More »

Fly to Vancouver, Austin, Amsterdam from Sanford Airport

As you begin making your 2016 travel plans, keep in mind that OIA isn’t the only Orlando-area airport sending travelers far and wide. Sanford International offers direct flights to a slew of unexpected destinations, many not offered by Orlando International Airport. For example, National Airlines, a newcomer to Sanford, will begin a direct route to Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada) beginning January 20, ... Read More »

Photo Recap: Food & Wine Weekends at Waldorf Astoria and Hilton Bonnet Creek

Waldorf Astoria Orlando and Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek hosts its fifth annual Food & Wine Weekends now through Nov. 15, 2015. Featuring a slew of delectable events and special offerings spanning eight weekends, Food & Wine Weekends (a compliment to Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival, Sept 25-Nov 16), offers a wide range of distinctive wine and culinary programs, including wine dinners at ... Read More »

Three Perfect Days in Palm Coast

Hop in the car headed north on I-95 and in about 75 minutes you’ll arrive in the Palm Coast area, one of Florida’s finest destinations for unspoiled beauty and easy beach respites. 19 miles of uncrowded coastline are the first reason to visit. The beaches and surrounding Atlantic waters provide an endless array of activities from fishing to surfing to ... Read More »