Author: Stephanie Patterson

Restaurants to Try in Orlando’s Best Dining Districts by @tastecooksip

Instagram is our favorite social media platform, so we’ve launched a series to showcase some of our favorite Orlando Instagrammers. Each month we’ll choose a different local digital storyteller to feature. We love following them and we hope you will…

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Embark on a Disney Springs Brews & BBQ Food Crawl Through Sep 3

Sip on brews paired with BBQ-inspired dishes at Disney Springs on a new self-guided food crawl Disney Springs won us over earlier this summer with their limited-time Discover Bourbon trail, and now the fun is back with their newest self-guided…

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Brunch Buzz: Tartine

A newcomer to Orlando’s College Park District, Tartine is a breath of fresh air amongst Orlando’s ever-evolving dining scene. First daters and couples who have been together for years will find comfort in the refined yet casual atmosphere. The cozy…

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10 Date Night Deals in Orlando on Travelzoo and Groupon

Craving new summertime adventures while sticking to a budget? Date night is all about quality time and connection, not how much money you spend to make it happen. And thanks to sites like Travelzoo and Groupon, it’s easier than ever…

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Happy Hour Test Drive: Pharmacy Orlando

An unmarked elevator door in an unassuming passageway is the only clue you’ve located Pharmacy, a stylish speakeasy bar and restaurant located within The Dellagio in Dr. Phillips. Press the green button and the doors will slide open to transport…

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100+ Orlando Cooking Classes in July and August

This content is proudly supported by Aggressive Appliances It’s hot in the kitchen, baby! Whether you’re hoping to learn some new skills, pick up some fresh ideas or just have a fun night out together, you’re bound to find something you…

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25+ Things to do for 4th of July Weekend in Orlando

There’s no better way to spark fireworks with your date than to go and watch the real thing! Pack a basket with your favorite goodies, grab a blanket and head out to one of these July 4th celebrations for a…

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Rooftop Wine Flight Tastings at Paddlefish All Summer

This summer, make your way to the 3rd floor deck at Paddlefish (Disney Springs) for a curated rooftop wine flight experience taking place every other week now through September. Held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from…

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Happy Hour Test Drive: Santiago’s Bodega Orlando

There’s just something about tapas that adds an extra dose of intimacy to dining. Shared food and other key ingredients like artful details and multiple dining rooms to suit several moods have no doubt led to the popularity of Santiago’s Bodega among date…

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Orlando United Day 2018: Pulse Memorials and Events

June 12, 2018 marks the 2-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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5 Dates for Golf Lovers Beyond the Course

You don’t need to be an avid golfer to get into the game with the golf lover in your life. There are a handful of unique places to play golf in Orlando, from driving ranges with interactive elements and swanky…

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7 New Orlando Restaurants You Must Try for Date Night this Summer

Looking for a new date night haunt? Over the past few months, dozens of new Orlando restaurants have opened their doors, several of which are perfect for date night. From romantic wine bars to a rooftop restaurant, here are our…

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Where to Watch Classic Movies on the Big Screen this Summer

Nothing says date night quite like the movies, especially when the movie in question is a classic. This summer, a host of Orlando venues are bringing classic movies–spanning the decades from the ‘30s to the ‘80s—back to the big screen….

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The Best Late Night Happy Hours in Orlando

It’s 10pm, date night is winding down and you’re hungry but definitely don’t want to put forth the effort cooking requires. Yet you want something tastier than a late night cheeseburger from a fast food drive through. Lucky for you…

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8 Things to do at Disney Without a Park Ticket by @livingbydisney

Instagram is our favorite social media platform, so we’ve launched a series to showcase some of our favorite Orlando Instagrammers. Each month we’ll choose a different local digital storyteller to feature. We love following them and we hope you will…

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10 Amazing Orlando Wedding Proposals We Love

Nothing warms our hearts here at Orlando Date Night Guide quite like a good how we met, first date, or wedding proposal story. We can’t help double tapping every emotional proposal that comes across our Instagram feed, or swooning at…

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Cult Classics + 8 More Ways to do Date Night at Enzian Theater

Enzian Theater is no secret, but the impressive line up of special programming and date night options may come as a surprise. From the 7-hour long daily lunchtime happy hour to monthly music documentary screenings and free outdoor flicks, here…

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22nd Annual Wine Quest Wine Tasting and Auction Returns June 1

Sample 250+ fine wines, feast on savory hors d’oeuvres, and participate in Orlando’s largest fine wine auction when Wine Quest returns June 1, 2018 at Loews Royal Pacific Resort. Held in partnership with Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, Wine Quest…

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The Most Historic Restaurants in Orlando

As Christner’s Prime Steak and Lobster prepares to celebrate its 25th anniversary in Orlando this June, our minds shifted to curiosity about Orlando’s most iconic and longstanding restaurants. We teamed up with local restaurant critic Scott Joseph of Scott Joseph’s Orlando…

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A Culinary Map of Orange Avenue Eats

Written by Stephanie Patterson and Arlene Laboy Casual coffee shops, fresh seafood joints, waterfront restaurants and spots to satisfy your sweet tooth are just a few gems located along the stretch of Orange Avenue spanning from Winter Park to Downtown…

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Dine and Drink Around the World with a Sanford Passport

Note: This story originally appeared in the May/June 2018 issue of PLAYGROUND Magazine. Read the digital version here. Dreaming of jet setting this summer? The Downtown Sanford Small World Passport is your ticket to Germany, Belgium, The U.K., and beyond—no…

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Central Florida Gardens You Can Visit for Free

When was the last time you slowed down to stop and smell the roses—literally? Not only is a day spent in nature rejuvenating, it’s romantic when you’ve got your partner at your side. In honor of National Public Gardens Day…

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Brunch Buzz: The Glass Knife

Tempting photos of decadent cakes and handcrafted doughnuts may lure you through The Glass Knife’s doors, but the restaurant’s more savory side is equally delicious, especially during brunch. Served on Saturdays and Sundays from 7am-4pm, brunch proves that the restaurant…

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Movieola at Lake Eola Park is Back! 5 Free Outdoor Movies this Summer

One of our favorite local outdoor movie series, Movieola, is back for the summer at Lake Eola Park beginning in April. Held on the last Friday of each month from April – August, Movieola at Lake Eola Park is a…

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11 Relaxing Places to Practice Outdoor Yoga in Orlando

Healthy relationships are all about balance. And if you’re looking to interpret that literally in your relationship, why not take advantage of the fabulous spring weather by practicing outdoor yoga in Orlando? From a picturesque blueberry farm to Downtown Orlando…

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A Tour of Sanford’s Best Bars and Eateries by @drinksanford

Instagram is our favorite social media platform, so we’ve launched a series to showcase some of our favorite Orlando Instagrammers. Each month we’ll choose a different local digital storyteller to feature. We love following them and we hope you will…

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12 Most Fun Ways to Get Drunk Together Around Orlando

Orlando Magazine recently published an in-depth list highlighting five local bars hosting out of the ordinary events in addition to serving up top-notch concoctions. (Read the article here.) At breweries like Orlando Brewing, you can sip a cold pint of…

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Happy Hour Test Drive: Big Fin Seafood Kitchen

If there is such a thing as happy hour heaven here on Earth, its location is certainly on Sand Lake Road. This stretch of restaurants, nicknamed “Restaurant Row”, is an oasis for conducting a progressive happy hour crawl just far…

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The Ultimate Guide to Date Night on the Central Florida Ale Trail (VIDEO)

In 2013, Paul Roy drank a total of 715 different beers. It was during this “Beer Year” that he discovered his love of craft beer while getting to know the people brewing the beer he was drinking. When a small…

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Top 10 Movie Picks for Date Night at the Florida Film Festival

The 27th Annual Florida Film Festival (FFF) is back April 6-15, 2018! Featuring more than 180 feature films and shorts plus celebrity guests and fun parties, the festival is a wonderful date night option for culture-loving couples. Kick things off…

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10 Orlando Places to Explore Together by @orlandoissleeping

Instagram is our favorite social media platform, so we’ve launched a new series to showcase some of our favorite Orlando Instagrammers. Each month we’ll choose a different local digital storyteller to feature. We love following them and we hope you…

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