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 »

EO Inn… a sweet little spot for an in-city overnight

I’ve walked by the sign for the EO Inn dozens of times and always wondered what it’s like inside. So, one day I called and asked for a tour. Turns out this 17-room boutique hotel on the corner of Eola Drive and Robinson Street (above Panera) is not only super cute, but with rates as low as $89/night, it’s not ... Read More »

PHOTO TOUR: Five Reasons to Love a Gaylord Palms Staycation

Desperate for a summer getaway but can’t find the time to get out of Orlando? Solution: book a staycation at one of my favorite area resorts, Gaylord Palms, and it will feel like home is hundreds of miles away. Here are five reasons to love this sprawling resort: . 1. An unforgettable setting The four-and-a-half acres of indoor gardens with ... Read More »

Orlando’s Best Staycations

When we need a getaway but we just don’t have the time for a full-fledge vacation, never fear. This is Orlando, after all. Home to some of the world’s best hotels. Here are a few ideas for a retreat close to home… Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes Plan a getaway at this palatial resort and the toughest part ... Read More »

Getaway to Key West – New Air Tran Direct Flights!

Yahoo! Air Tran has starting flying DIRECT to Key West from Orlando with flights as cheap as $79 each way!! (Read official announcement here). This is great news considering the drive from O-Town can be 7 hours +. Plan a quick and easy getaway to the keys with these travel resources and turn your average date night into three days ... Read More »

Free Second Night at Gaylord

Couples celebrating their wedding anniversary with a quick, in-city getaway now receive a free 2nd night at Gaylord Palms. You need only book anytime within your anniversary month to take advantage of this deal. It just so happens that Gaylord Palms is already one of the most romantic hotels in the Orlando area (I’d also add to the list the ... Read More »

Weekend Getaway… Casey Key

Time for a weekend getaway! We just got back from an incredibly relaxing 3-day escape to Casey Key near Sarasota (about a 2 hour drive from Orlando). Casey Key is quiet with a capital Q, but the beach is peaceful, the water is warm, and the sunsets are breathtaking each night. I also loved the handful of seafood spots within ... Read More »

Road Trips

Take a Road Trip Together With this extra long weekend coming up, why not get in the car and take off for little day trip? There are tons of wonderful romantic escapes, all within a 2-hour drive from downtown Orlando. Here are a few popular choices… CassadagaAbout 40 minutes from downtown or Sometimes referred to as the "Psychic ... Read More »