… 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.

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Kristen Manieri

Owner & Founder
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.

And as if that wasn’t enough, I’m also the host of The Synced Life, a podcast focused on the power and magic of human connection.

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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Stephanie Patterson – Editor

Stephanie Patterson is the editor of Orlando Date Night Guide. She’s a talented professional food and travel photographer and writer with a passion for creativity, the beach and great eats. When she’s not taking photos or writing, you can find her exploring the state for her Florida travel blog, Travel Taste Click. Her photography and writing have appeared in numerous publications including Coastal Living, Where Orlando, Edible Orlando and more. Find her online at www.spattersoncreative.com and www.traveltasteclick.com.

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Stephanie Patterson, Editor of Orlando Date Night Guide
Stephanie Patterson, photo by David Lawrence


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! Check out more of her date night suggestions on our national site DateNightGuide.com

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).

Arlene Laboy
Arlene Laboy is so passionate about supporting local businesses that she created a blog site and Instagram to cover it in 2015. Arlene aims to give you a visual story with her words to make you experience places through her eyes, helping locals and visitors discover The City Beautiful. Follow her adventures at @arlenemlaboy on social media.

Dani Dennison
Born and raised in the land of sunshine and dreams come true, Dani is a proud Orlando native. She loves sharing her hometown with others from the theme parks to Florida’s natural beauty. With work experience in six of Orlando’s theme parks, she now works in the world of hotels, and enjoys exploring all of Central Florida in her free time. Follow her adventures on Twitter and Instagram @thisfloridalife.

Kelsey Glennon
Kelsey is a Winter Park native and working performing artist. She earned a degree in English from Rollins college while dancing at Orlando’s major theme parks. Kelsey has recently returned to the Orlando area after many years of international travel. She aims to highlight Orlando’s unique character and local haunts that make the city a cultural destination. When she’s not dancing or writing, Kelsey is exploring the outdoors, playing frisbee, or sipping local beer on an outdoor patio. Follow her travels on Instagram @kelsey_wanders. Explore her work onstage at www.kelseyannglennon.com.



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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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