Getaways

Getaway: Explore Tampa Bay

Our sister city, Tampa Bay, is an easy two-hour drive away and is packed full with delightful diversions perfect for fun weekend together. Earlier this year, the city launched a brand-new program designed to give out-of-towners the key to the city… sort of. The Tampa Bay CityPASS includes tickets to all of the area’s best attractions, including: Busch Gardens Tampa ... Read More »

Getaway: Escape to Streamsong Resort

From the moment I saw photographs of Streamsong Resort, I knew I had to go there. Flip through the snazzy website and the images of sprawling, sun drenched vistas and earth-inspired design are bound to tempt anyone to set out on the two-hour, southeast journey past Lakeland to see for yourself if this place is really as special as the ... Read More »

Photo Tour: Four Seasons Resort Orlando

It’s been two months since Four Seasons officially opened the doors to its Orlando resort sprawled across 26.5 luxuriously designed and meticulously manicured acres. 443 rooms, many with views of the nightly fireworks at Magic Kingdom, provide the digs for a splurge-tastic staycation at what’s now the finest property within Walt Disney World’s 40 square miles. I could tell you ... Read More »

Food & Wine Weekends Return to Waldorf Astoria Orlando

Lovers of fun, creative and decadent culinary experiences will adore all the foodie festivities planned on weekends through November 9 at Waldorf Astoria Orlando and Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek. To begin with, the annual Food & Wine Weekends will host a series of wine dinners held on Friday and Saturday evenings when 16 guests will feast on a three-course, wine-paired ... Read More »

Sneak Away to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tampa

One of the great things about living in Florida is our access to great hotels, everywhere. Our stay-cation spots are abundant and diverse. We don’t always want the beach or a fancy lazy river. Sometimes we want some good ole fashioned Vegas style fun. This is the case at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tampa. Easy access off I-4 ... Read More »

Date Night Plus a Staycation at Swan & Dolphin Resort

Located just a stone’s throw from Epcot and Disney’s BoardWalk, Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort sprawls across 87 acres dotted with sparkling lakes and five shimmering swimming pools. With easy access to all of Walt Disney World’s parks and entertainment districts via Disney shuttle and water taxi, the resort is a great starting point for those looking for ... Read More »

Win a Magical Nights Package at Rosen Plaza Hotel + Dinner at Jack’s Place

Here we go with the 2nd of two giveaways as we celebrate Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month, now underway with more than 75 restaurants participating throughout the Orlando area offering three-course dinners for $33. One of the best parts of this 5-week-long fete are the Magical Nights dine-and-stay packages, which allow couples the opportunity to turn dinner into an overnight for as little as $149, ... Read More »

Win a Magical Nights Package at Hyatt Regency Orlando + Dinner at Napa

Magical Dining Month is now underway with more than 75 restaurants throughout the Orlando area offering three-course dinners for $33. Magical Nights dine-and-stay packages have also returned, which means you can turn a dinner into an overnight for as little as $149, including accommodations and dinner for two. We’ll be giving away two such overnight packages this week and another next week. Today’s ... Read More »

24 Stellar Staycations during Orlando’s Magical Dining Month

Yesterday we announced that more than 75 restaurants are participating in this September’s Magical Dining Month. But here’s more great news: Following three-course dinners for $33 at some of Orlando’s best restaurants, you and your sweetie can turn an evening out into an overnight staycation with one of several Magical Nights dine-and-stay packages offered by participating hotels. Starting at just $149, including your accommodations ... Read More »

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Launches Theme Park Package

Considering a staycation? Here are a few deals at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress to consider. First off, the resort is now offering an Orlando Theme Park Package, which features overnight accommodations for one night, two, one-day tickets to an Orlando theme park, and a $25 food and beverage credit to enjoy at the resort’s restaurants. Package rates start at $269. Valid ... Read More »

Waldorf Astoria Orlando’s Enchanted Evenings Begin

Waldorf Astoria Orlando is celebrating summer with its Enchanted Evenings series, which presents an ongoing line-up of activities and events running weekends now through September 1, 2014. The summer-long schedule includes scores of dawn to dusk happenings available to all guests staying at Waldorf Astoria Orlando, located near Walt Disney World Resort. Rates start at $249/night. Besides daily poolside activities and live entertainment, the series will showcase a ... Read More »

Cupcake Lovers Weekend at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, June 13-14

There is no sweeter staycation that an overnight at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek during its fourth Cupcake Lovers Weekend, June 13 and 14. The special weekend – part of the resort’s popular season-long SummerBlast! promotion – will feature a schedule of activities and events themed around you guessed it, cupcakes! Guests visiting the hotel during Cupcake Lovers Weekend will have an opportunity to sample and ... Read More »

Stay at the NEW Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Beginning August 3

The year’s most anticipated hotel opening is now just weeks away as the new Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World gets ready to fling open its doors for reservations beginning August 3rd. Located just minutes from Walt Disney World’s theme parks, this 444-room and suite resort on Disney property promises to be unlike any other. Luxurious accommodations, incredible ... Read More »

GETAWAY: The Shores Resort & Spa

For most Orlando locals, it takes an hour or less to travel to The Shores Resort, a AAA Four-Diamond, beachfront resort located in Daytona Beach Shores. Just a stone’s throw from the Atlantic Ocean and quietly tucked away from the more bustling Daytona Beach (about a mile away), the resort is an enjoyable yet affordable luxury complete with a full-service spa, ... Read More »

GETAWAY: The Epicurean Hotel, Tampa

Orlando couples with a love for getaways packed with gourmet adventure will want to check out the new Epicurean Hotel, a 137-room boutique property that just opened in Tampa’s trendy South Howard (SoHo) district. I recently visited this food-focused spot and fell in love with its culinary aesthetic, rooftop bar, French patisserie, and luxurious spa, where a menu of gourmet ... Read More »

A Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Stay-Cation

It’s amazing how sometimes the best of Orlando can be right under our nose without us ever noticing. This was how I felt during a recent overnight at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, the 1,500-acre resort located a mile from Walt Disney World. This place is AWESOME for an easy overnight or weekend when you just need a getaway but ... Read More »

A St. Augustine Getaway

This year Florida is celebrating the 500th anniversary of Juan Ponce de León’s arrival on Florida’s east coast… what a perfect time to visit our oldest city! St. Augustine was founded in 1565 by Spanish admiral Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, and subsequently served as the capital of Spanish Florida for two hundred years. Today, that romantic Spanish influence still weaves ... Read More »

Getaway: Destination Fitness Camp on St. Pete’s Beach

In the January issue of Orlando Magazine, I had the opportunity to share my experience attending a destination fitness camp. For two grueling but surprisingly fun days, I ran, lunged, kayaked, biked and swam my way around one of the most gorgeous vacation spots on the Gulf Coast. Thinking about kicking off a renewed commitment to getting fit? This easy ... Read More »

Three Awesome One Tank Overnights

One of my absolute favorite ways to get out of a romantic rut is to get the heck out of town together. Lucky for us Central Floridians, we don’t have to go far. Here are three ideas, each about 2 hours away, that will cost you less than a tank of gas to get to. .. Seminole Hard Rock Café ... Read More »