About

Orlando Date Night Guide launched in October 2007 and has grown to serve over 80,000 unique monthly readers. It’s also expanded to Tampa Bay, Asheville, NC, Boston, MA, Columbus, OH and New Orleans, LA!

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. 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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We just celebrated our 10th Anniversary!

OWNERSHIP

Orlando Date Night Guide is owned by DNG Media and is a part of the Date Night Guide national network of websites. 

STATS

  • 70,000+ Social Media Followers
  • 22,000 email subscribers
  • 1.6 million annual page views
  • Average of 50,000 monthly unique visitors

Facebook: facebook.com/orlandodatenight

Twitter: @OrlandoDateNite

Instagram: @orlandodatenightguide

Pinterest: pinterest.com/DateNightGuide

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OUR TEAM

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. 

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, The SOMM Journal, The Tasting Panel Magazine 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

Arlene Laboy, Managing Editor

Arlene is a photographer and writer based out of Central Florida. A UCF alumna, Arlene is passionate about Orlando and is a lover of all things local. When she’s not at a coffee shop working, you can find her with her husband and son exploring The City Beautiful. You can see more of her work on her site or follow her on Instagram here.

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Arlene Laboy Orlando Photographer
Arlene Laboy, Photo by Amanda Rivera

Stephanie Machado, Girls’ Club Event Coordinator + Contributor

Stephanie Machado is lifestyle blogger and writer with a passion for connecting with others and experiencing new things around Orlando. As the planner for the popular ODNG Girl’s Club, Stephanie organizes events that bring women together to play, collaborate and explore. Creating content for Orlando Date Night Guide, Ford, Hilton, Orlando Sentinel and more, Stephanie offers a unique perspective on life in the 407 as a tourist gone local. You can follow her adventures on her blog www.givethatgirlasnack.com and her Instagram @givethatgirlasnack.

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Stephanie Machado, freelance writer and Orlando Date Night Guide Girls' Club coordinator

Preston Toor, Technical Superstar

Preston joined the Date Night Guide organization to provide technical support to Date Night Guide’s ever-growing sites. He serves DNG by providing support for the website design and search engine optimization needs for the DNG sites. 

REGULAR CONTRIBUTORS

Nancy DeVault Orlando Writer
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 two boys, 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
Erica is a Domestic Engineer who spends her days homeschooling and overseeing the day-to-day operations of a home filled with love, laughter and lots of patience. In her free time, she enjoys date nights, the great outdoors, freelance writing and anything adventurous. Erica and her husband Thomas are the proud parents of 3 small children. 

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 Glennon
Kelsey is a dancer, writer, and Winter Park native. Her first career as a performing artist allowed her to see the world. She now satiates her wanderlust by slowly roaming the USA in an old Airstream trailer named Bear (@bear_theairstream). As an Orlandoan, she loves writing about the city’s colorful multi-cultural atmosphere and the underground haunts that make it unique. When she’s not dancing or writing, You can find Kelsey exploring the outdoors, playing frisbee, or sipping local beer and petting other people’s dogs. Follow her travels on Instagram @kelsey_wanders

Kelly Lamano Orlando WriterKelly Lamano
An Orlando native, Kelly loves exploring nature trails and discovering lesser-known local spots to fall in love with. Kelly specializes in email marketing by day and freelances in multimedia projects by night. She loves expanding her knowledge to learn about people in person, on paper, and behind the lens. Keep up with Kelly’s adventures at Twentysomething Vision.
 

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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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