Author: Stephanie Patterson

An Italian Inspired Date Night in Orlando

For a glorious 23 days last October, my life was getting lost in cobblestone alleyways, hiking far above the Ligurian Sea, indulging in a diet comprised entirely of pizza/pasta/gelato, trying my best to speak the Italian language, taking thousands of…

Read more Read more - An Italian Inspired Date Night in Orlando

Adults-Only Science Night Live featuring Otronicon Returns Jan 18

SPONSORED — It’s social, it’s science, and it’s 21 and up! Orlando Science Center is reserved strictly for adults at Science Night Live featuring Otronicon from 8-11:30pm on Saturday, January 18, 2020. Science Night Live is your ticket to experience…

Read more Read more - Adults-Only Science Night Live featuring Otronicon Returns Jan 18

The Best of Instagram: Our 25 Most Popular Photos of 2019

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…

Read more Read more - The Best of Instagram: Our 25 Most Popular Photos of 2019

Roar into 2020 at Orlando Museum of Art’s Glamorous New Year’s Eve Party

The Orlando Museum of Art Presents The Roaring Twenties: A Fashionable Affair with open bar and full museum access from 9:30pm – 1:30am. SPONSORED – Ring in 2020 at Orlando’s classiest New Year’s Eve celebration – a luxurious evening at…

Read more Read more - Roar into 2020 at Orlando Museum of Art’s Glamorous New Year’s Eve Party

10 Romantic Holiday Events in Winter Garden to Celebrate the Season

SPONSORED – With its quaint brick-lined streets, local eateries and boutiques, and paved pathways, Winter Garden is one of our favorite locales for date night. This year is looking especially merry with hundreds of twinkling lights and a large Christmas…

Read more Read more - 10 Romantic Holiday Events in Winter Garden to Celebrate the Season

24 Days of Holly Jolly Joy

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Celebrate the holidays in Orlando with our list of joyful activities to partake in together every single day from December 1 – 24. December 1: Insta-worthy photos with Santa Feel like kids…

Read more Read more - 24 Days of Holly Jolly Joy

Winter Arts Preview: 50+ Orlando Art Events to Add to Your Calendar

Orlando boasts vibrant murals, dynamic outdoor art installations and galleries that give locals and visitors the opportunity to explore the visual artistry of its residents. On stages everywhere from small, independent theaters to the impressive Dr. Phillips Center, performances wow…

Read more Read more - Winter Arts Preview: 50+ Orlando Art Events to Add to Your Calendar

20+ Relaxing Things to Do Thanksgiving Weekend in Orlando

Forget going on a shopping frenzy, Thanksgiving week is the perfect time to slow down, unwind, and cherish time with your loved ones. While Thursday is all about connection and bonding over great food, the long weekend is another opportunity to…

Read more Read more - 20+ Relaxing Things to Do Thanksgiving Weekend in Orlando

Date Night to Go: Takeout and Delivery for Two in Orlando

We’ve all been there: cooking at home feels like a chore, yet you don’t quite feel like getting dressed up to go out either. What’s a couple to do? As tempting as it may be, resist the siren call of…

Read more Read more - Date Night to Go: Takeout and Delivery for Two in Orlando

Happy Hour Test Drive: DoveCote

From the artful décor and intimate dining nooks to the delectable menu and recently upgraded outdoor courtyard, everything about DoveCote screams date night. Ever since my boyfriend, John, and I tried DoveCote’s brunch several years ago, it’s been in our…

Read more Read more - Happy Hour Test Drive: DoveCote

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,…

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

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…

Read more Read more - 8 Unique Ideas for a Date Day Trip to Ocala

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…

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

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…

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

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…

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

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…

Read more Read more - Where to See Halloween Movies in Orlando this October

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…

Read more Read more - Staycation: Rent a Lakefront Tiny Home in College Park

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…

Read more Read more - Reunion Resort Hosting Chef’s Charity Challenge Dinner Oct 4

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…

Read more Read more - Strut Your Stuff at Unique Dance and Fitness Classes

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:…

Read more Read more - How to Do a Disney Springs Brunch Crawl

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…

Read more Read more - 8 Unique Places to Practice Boozy Yoga

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…

Read more Read more - See Evita at Orlando Shakes September 4 – October 6

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…

Read more Read more - Happy Hour Test Drive: Ocean Prime Orlando

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…

Read more Read more - Brunch Buzz: Maxine’s on Shine

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…

Read more Read more - 8 Awesome Places to Watch a Rocket Launch in Central Florida

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…

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

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….

Read more Read more - 4 Must-Try New Orlando Dining Experiences

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…

Read more Read more - A Date Day Trip to Historic Downtown Clermont

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…

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

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…

Read more Read more - 5 Unique Eateries for Global Dining on I-Drive

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…

Read more Read more - Double Date: Local Wine Tastings + Dinner