Author: Stephanie Patterson

Shop Local + Live Music at Winter Garden Small Business Saturday Event Nov 30

SPONSORED — Thoughts turn to the holidays–and shopping–as soon as Thanksgiving is over, and Downtown Winter Garden’s Small Business Saturday event on Saturday, November 30, 2019 is the ideal place to launch this year’s holiday memories. Known for its quaint charm,…

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8 Unique Ideas for a Date Day Trip to Ocala

Surrounded by Gainesville, Crystal River and The Villages, Ocala may not be on your radar as a day trip destination. But this city located just over an hour from Orlando has so much to offer day trippers, from the sprawling…

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Orlando Workshops and Classes for Couples + Girls’ Night: November 2019

This content is proudly supported by Aggressive Appliances There are so many fun classes happening around Orlando. Try a new dance class, learn a new recipe or make something perfect for the holiday season. Here are our top picks for Orlando…

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Perfect Pair: Champagne + Dessert at Luma on Park’s Pastry Counter

Getting a behind the scenes look at Orlando’s culinary scene is attainable by way of food tours, chef’s tables and specialty dinners. But recently, a friend clued me in to a fun, under-the-radar experience perfect for dessert lovers: the pastry…

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How to do an Epic Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Food Crawl

You don’t have to step foot in a Disney theme park in order to experience a little magic. In fact, one of our favorite outside-the-parks Disney activities is to infiltrate the surrounding resorts for a DIY crawl hopping from one…

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Where to See Halloween Movies in Orlando this October

Forget about romantic comedies, scary movies are just as ideal for date night. What other movie genre warrants consecutive hours of clutching each other for dear life through jump scares and extra spooky scenes? There’s no better time to binge…

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Staycation: Rent a Lakefront Tiny Home in College Park

Could you pare down to the essentials and live permanently in less than 400 square feet of space? This is one of the questions at the heart of the tiny home movement, a counterculture lifestyle my boyfriend, John, and I…

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Reunion Resort Hosting Chef’s Charity Challenge Dinner Oct 4

Reunion Resort is putting a delicious spin on the usual charity dinner on October 4, 2019, when five of the resort’s chefs will battle it out in the kitchen to benefit five local charities. During the upcoming Chef’s Charity Challenge…

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Strut Your Stuff at Unique Dance and Fitness Classes

Earlier this year, a friend and I faced our fears and joined a beginner’s hip-hop dance class. By the end, we were exhilarated and totally hooked. And, despite only mastering about 30 consecutive seconds worth of choreography at the end…

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How to Do a Disney Springs Brunch Crawl

Savvy Orlandoans know how to experience Disney local style, from taking advantage of happy hour deals to checking out the live music scene and planning for the occasional date night splurge. Today we’re offering up a new experience for locals:…

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8 Unique Places to Practice Boozy Yoga

Does it take a little more than the promise of shavasana at the end of yoga class to coax you onto your yoga mat? The mind, body and soul benefits of practicing yoga are reason enough to head to the…

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See Evita at Orlando Shakes September 4 – October 6

Artsy date night alert! The Tony Award-winning musical Evita takes the stage at Orlando Shakes September 4 – October 6, 2019, retelling the story of Eva Perón’s rise to sainthood. The iconic musical is set in Argentina between 1934-1952, following…

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Happy Hour Test Drive: Ocean Prime Orlando

Restaurant Row is one of Orlando’s crown jewels when it comes to dining, especially during happy hour when nearly every restaurant in the area offers killer deals on drinks and eats. From casual watering holes to upscale eateries, there truly…

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Brunch Buzz: Maxine’s on Shine

A local favorite hiding in plain sight in a residential neighborhood surrounded by the Thornton Park District, Colonialtown and The Milk District, Maxine’s on Shine is no secret among Orlandoans. Especially those who love to brunch. Yet its popularity doesn’t…

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8 Awesome Places to Watch a Rocket Launch in Central Florida

Rocket launches are now a nearly monthly occurrence thanks to United Launch Alliance (ULA) and Space X missions launching regularly from Kennedy Space Center. While there’s something magical about being able to watch one from your own backyard, a little…

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Unique Date: Blindfolded Wine, Bourbon + Coffee Tastings for a Cause

You, your date, a blindfold, and some wine… Sounds like a good time, right? This August and September, local nonprofit Lighthouse Central Florida is hosting three unique tasting events around Orlando as part of their awesome Sensory Series. The out…

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4 Must-Try New Orlando Dining Experiences

Updated September 2019 The weather isn’t the only thing that’s hot in Orlando right now. Our dining scene is also turning up the heat, with a handful of local restaurants offering new dining experiences that are perfect for date night….

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A Date Day Trip to Historic Downtown Clermont

On an impromptu day trip to Clermont several months ago, I accidentally discovered what Clermont residents already know: Historic Downtown Clermont is a delightfully charming (and rapidly growing) city not to be overlooked. With a $22 million master plan already…

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Happy Hour Test Drive: Ruth’s Chris Steak House Orlando

Dining at an upscale eatery doesn’t have to break the bank, as long as you’re willing to get a little creative. Many higher end eateries around town offer surprisingly affordable—and robust—happy hours allowing you to experience fine dining at a…

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5 Unique Eateries for Global Dining on I-Drive

Written by Kendra Lott Foodies in Orlando know that finding Orlando’s best restaurants often requires a bit of sleuthing. In her new book, Unique Eats and Eateries of Orlando, local author and Edible Orlando publisher Kendra Lott offers up a comprehensive guide…

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Double Date: Local Wine Tastings + Dinner

The best way to learn is by doing, and at a handful of local wine bars and spirits stores you can do just that. Learn and sip by attending one of these Orlando wine tastings paired up with dinner nearby…

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Brunch Buzz: Mia’s Italian Kitchen

What to do when you’re craving an Italian holiday but can’t spring for a pricey plane ticket? Orlando isn’t Italy, but it does have a few notable places where you can play pretend for the day, especially if it’s fresh…

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Four Must-See Shows During the Annie Russell Theatre 2019/20 Season

From Broadway shows to ballet and monthly arts events, Orlando has no shortage of options when it comes to supporting the arts. Beyond Dr. Phillips Center and Loch Haven Park, the Annie Russell Theatre at Rollins College is your ticket…

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Catch Flashdance The Musical at Garden Theatre July 5 – 28

SPONSORED — Relive the romantic ’80s classic film on stage when Flashdance The Musical hits the stage at Winter Garden’s historic Garden Theatre this summer from July 5 – 28, 2019. Bringing the beloved film to life, the musical follows Alex,…

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Four Adventurous New Date Night Experiences to Try This Summer

Orlando and adventure go hand in hand. Beyond the obvious theme parks, you can get your kicks by trying something new like falconry (!!!) or glamping (glamorous camping) in a fully furnished luxurious tent at a local state park. Add…

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How to do a Walking Food Crawl Through Gaylord Palms

Hankering for a romantic getaway to Key West? How about St. Augustine or the Florida Everglades? If a romantic escape isn’t in the budget, we’ve found the next best thing. Just park your car and crawl your way through the…

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Orlando United Day: Pulse Memorials and Events

June 12, 2019 marks the 3-year anniversary of the tragic Pulse Nightclub shooting, a day that devastated—and united—the Orlando community.  While the pain, hurt, and confusion will never subside, we continue to remember and honor those whose lives were lost…

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Happy Hour Test Drive: Tony Roma’s

International Drive’s reputation as a tourist mecca isn’t inaccurate, but locals keen to avoid the crowds are missing out. Lean in to the full “Orlando like a tourist” experience and you’ll be rewarded with dozens of restaurants, exciting attractions, live…

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Day Trip: Rainbow River Tubing at KP Hole

Ready to escape from normal life, if only for the day? You don’t have to travel far. Central Florida is a natural playground for water activities like kayaking, paddle boarding, and my personal favorite: tubing. From Orlando, tubing at Kelly…

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Shop Local + Live Music at Winter Garden Summer Sidewalk Sale June 8

SPONSORED – Support local businesses and enjoy free live music while strolling the streets of Winter Garden’s picturesque downtown during the upcoming Summer Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, June 8, 2019. From 11am-7pm, Downtown Winter Garden will be transformed into a…

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24 Free Outdoor Movies in Orlando: Spring and Summer 2019

Daytime temperatures are heating up as summer makes a fast approach. But when the sun goes down and the stars come out, outdoor movies make for enjoyable spring and summetime dates. Below, we’ve rounded up the best outdoor flicks being…

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