Author: Stephanie Patterson

Happy Hour Test Drive: The Melting Pot Orlando

Gooey cheese and decadent chocolate are the stuff of my date night dreams. And nobody combines them better than The Melting Pot Orlando. Maybe it’s the moody lighting, maybe it’s just all that chocolate, but dining here always feels like…

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Our Favorite Romantic Weekend Getaways from Orlando

What’s more blissful than a weekend away full of quality time with your other half? Living in Central Florida means being surrounded by stunning beaches and hip cities in all directions. And with many locales just a few hours’ drive…

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WINNERS: Readers’ Choice Picks in the 8th Annual Orlando Date Night Awards

The votes are now in for this year’s Orlando Date Night Awards, which ran from March 4-15, 2019 and was sponsored by Beth Hobart, Mainframe Real Estate (bethsellsflorida.com). Readers selected from dozens of fabulous nominees for best date night picks, but only…

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7 Ideas for Date Night in Hannibal Square

Written by Stephanie Patterson and Jeanne Amend Just minutes from Winter Park’s famed Park Avenue, Hannibal Square boasts many of the same charms in a more compact form with a quieter atmosphere. Romantic restaurants line the brick streets, boutiques and…

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Happy Hour Test Drive: Menagerie Eatery and Bar

A multitude of high-quality restaurants, fun monthly events, and proximity to Lake Eola Park make Thornton Park a no-brainer for date night. But if you’re on a budget, happy hour is an affordable alternative to a fancy dinner. And at…

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Where to do Goat Yoga in Central Florida

It’s Saturday morning and you’re adding a touch of zen to your routine, flowing through a peaceful outdoor yoga class. Feeling tranquil in tabletop pose, you suddenly feel a jolt as four little hooves take up residence on your back….

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Sunday Funday: Liquid Pool Parties at Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach

Ready to up your Sunday Funday game? Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach is introducing a monthly adults-only Liquid pool party series beginning Sunday, March 3, 2019. Held on the first Sunday of every month from 12-4pm, Liquid takes place at…

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What’s New on Park Avenue

Looking for new date night ideas you can enjoy on and around Park Avenue? We’ve got eight! This walkable and refined stretch of Winter Park has it all for lovebirds: brick-lined streets, romantic restaurants with outdoor patios, unique experiences, museums,…

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Adults-Only Comedy Night at Central Florida Zoo with SAK Comedy Lab Feb 21

Ready to explore the zoo without the kiddos? Central Florida Zoo recently announced a hilarious new event to their lineup of adults-only events. Held on February 21, 2019 at 5:30pm, Zoolarious is a one-night only comedy event including exclusive zoo…

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Brunch Buzz: Yard House

International Drive may be primarily a tourist destination, but time and again I’m drawn back as a local. It’s a destination that works for any occasion, just as optimal for entertaining out of town guests as it is for girls’…

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Sanfording: Ideas for a Romantic Date in Sanford with your Valentine

Whisk your date away to a new locale this Valentine’s Day. From sightseeing and food tours to lakefront views and some of Central Florida’s coolest bars, restaurants and breweries, Historic Downtown Sanford has quickly become a hot spot for couples.   …

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10 Ways to Spend Valentine’s Day in Winter Garden

From a romantic and free outdoor concert to a specialty food tour and several artsy couples’ workshops, here’s the best of what’s happening for Valentine’s Day in Winter Garden.   – SPONSORED – We’ve been longtime fans of Winter Garden…

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Valentine’s Day in Orlando 2019

It’s almost time to celebrate the most romantic holiday of the year! Have you started planning yet? If not, look no further than our official guide to things to do for Valentine’s Day in Orlando 2019. There’s something for every…

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Andrea Bocelli Valentine’s Concert at Amway Center Feb 13

SPONSORED — Love is sure to be in the air ahead of Valentine’s Day this year! In celebration of the holiday, beloved Italian singer-songwriter Andrea Bocelli commemorates his return to Orlando with a romantic, one-night only concert on Wednesday, February…

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New Year, No Diet: “No Resolutions” Dinners at Plant Street Market this Month

Dieting and exercising more reign supreme as some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. But Winter Garden Food Tours is offering up a tasty alternative: a series of three over-the-top “No Resolutions” dinners at Plant Street Market this January….

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Pulptown’s Only in Orlando 2019 Bucket List

Admittedly, we’re kind of obsessed with Pulptown, a daily email newsletter that’s dedicated to keeping you in the loop about all things Orlando. It covers everything from history tidbits to day trip itineraries and weekly events, plus the latest Orlando…

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7 Orlando Bachelor and Bachelorette Party Ideas by @theorlandoduo

Recently engaged and starting the party planning process? We checked in with local married couple Jessica & Tyler of @theorlandoduo for their top Orlando bachelor and bachelorette party ideas.  As we’re both big theme park fans, we knew we wanted to…

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Eater Miami’s Guide to Orlando’s Hottest Restaurants

Foodies, listen up: Eater Miami recently made a heatmap for Orlando’s dining scene! The map features picks for the 13 hottest restaurants in Orlando right now from Faiyaz Kara of Orlando Weekly (one of our favorite local food writers). The…

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The Best of Instagram: Our 25 Most Popular Photos of 2018

Instagram is undoubtedly our favorite social media platform. (Follow us @orlandodatenightguide!) This year, we shared hundreds of photos and date night ideas plus a few epic giveaways for couples. To showcase the best of what we shared this year, we…

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A Romantic Gourmet Picnic for Two…No Set Up Required

In the cooler winter and spring months, it doesn’t get much more romantic than an upscale picnic in the park. Cheese and charcuterie, a cozy blanket, and a beautiful setting make for a memorable date night. Which is why we’re…

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New Year’s Eve in Orlando 2019

Are you ready to wave goodbye to 2018 and hello to 2019? New Year’s Eve is just around the corner and there are TONS of ways to ring in the New Year. From bar parties to hotel happenings, dinners and…

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12 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays in Winter Garden

Winter Garden is a romantic date night destination any time of year. But it’s especially charming during the holidays when the city is aglow with twinkling lights and ripe with holiday festivities for celebrating the season. From embarking on a…

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9 Awesome Orlando Restaurants Opening this Fall and Winter

A new year is about to begin and with it comes a fresh bunch of new Orlando restaurants to try for date night. From a food truck park to a carnivore’s paradise and a cozy wine bar to a new…

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Glow in the Dark Kayaking Tours Announced in Winter Park

From paddling with manatees to navigating through water set aglow by bright bioluminescent organisms, there’s no shortage of cool kayaking experiences to be had in Central Florida. Now there’s one more incredible experience to add to your kayaking bucket list:…

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New Year’s Eve 2019 Event Preview

Already envisioning how you plan to ring in 2019 with your love? New Year’s Eve is just over a month away but already the party plans and celebrations are being announced. Here’s a little preview of some of our favorite…

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Brunch Buzz: Bulla Gastrobar

The first time I dined at Bulla, with a steady stream of tapas arriving at the table to be shared amongst new friends, I was hooked. It’s since become one of my go-to destinations for everything from weeknight book club…

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Pulptown’s Guide to a Downtown DeLand Day Trip

Admittedly, we’re kind of obsessed with Pulptown, a new daily email newsletter that’s dedicated to keeping you in the loop about all things Orlando. It covers everything from history tidbits to day trip itineraries and weekly events, plus the latest…

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Central Florida Wine Walks to Sip and Savor

Whether you’re a novice or budding sommelier, these Central Florida wine walks provide an opportunity to expand your palate and increase your knowledge of vino, often while perusing goods from local businesses and artists. Sip and stroll all over town…

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5 Out of the Ordinary Things to do in Orlando Before You Die

Locals know there’s so much more to do in Orlando beyond the theme parks. But even if you’ve lived in Orlando for years, there are likely dozens of experiences you haven’t had, restaurants you haven’t dined at and quirky attractions…

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8 Ideas for a Crystal River Date Day

Located just an hour and a half west of Orlando, Crystal River is best known for the hordes of manatees that flock to the spring-fed waters of Kings Bay each winter. Thanks to stable year-round temperatures between 72-75 degrees, springs…

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The Best Orlando Main Street Districts for Date Night

The Orlando Main Streets Program was developed in 2008 as a way to strengthen Orlando neighborhoods as part of the Main Street America movement. Today, there are 10 Orlando Main Street Districts, each with their own signature flair and walkable…

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