5 Friday Favorites – Orlando Destinations

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Totally not interior design related, but Chris and I traveled to Orlando, Florida last week for a trip that was part-business and part-pleasure. While I wasn’t in my conference, we did a bunch of fun things and today I’m going to tell you about my favorite 5 places we visited! I know I’m not a travel blogger, but part of this blog’s purpose is allowing you all to get to know ME – and in case you didn’t know, I’m a huge foodie… So, most of these places I’m describing have AMAZING FOOD and if you’re traveling to Orlando anytime soon, you should definitely check these places out!

1. DISNEY SPRINGS

Being on the west coast, our family goes to Disneyland just about every year. But, we’ve never been over to the Disneyworld parks in Florida! We didn’t end up having time to go to any of the actual parks, but did have a chance to go over to their outdoor shopping and dining strip called Disney Springs on our first evening in Orlando. We walked around for most of the evening and had an amazing dinner at the roof top bar of a restaurant called Paddlefish that resembles a large paddle boat!

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2. PARK AVE, WINTER PARK

After the conference was over we chose to stay the remainder of our trip in Winter Park, a small suburb of Orlando. Just two blocks from our condo was a high-end shopping strip on Park Avenue. We ate multiple meals on this strip and they were all to-die-for! My favorite was an industrial restaurant called Rustic Table that had amazing pizza. With the jet lag, we typically went out pretty late in the evenings and one night ended up sitting there for quite a while eating and watching the Olympics!

3. SIESTA KEY

Apparently Siesta Key was recently voted the best beach in America – including Hawaii! When we left for our trip, we knew we wanted to see the gulf-side of Florida, but weren’t sure where we would end up. We asked some of the locals where to go and this was their #1 recommendation. It was about a 2.5 hour drive from Orlando, but totally worth it! There’s a fun strip of restaurants and shops just a block from the beach and we ate at a Mexican restaurant with some fabulous margaritas. ๐Ÿ™‚

4. WINTER PARK VILLAGE

Just two blocks the other direction from our condo was a fabulous outdoor shopping mall called Winter Park Village! We saw a movie and had lunch at an Italian restaurant called Brio where I had the best steak salad I’ve ever had! They also serve a really good Bloody Mary… ๐Ÿ˜‰

5. MEAD BOTANICAL GARDEN

On our last day, we chose to sleep in, relax and then walk over to a Winter Park favorite – the Mead Botanical Gardens. This place had almost 50 acres of trails and we were surprised to see signs near the water warning you about alligators! There are also some beautiful homes along the edge of the gardens, so as you walk the trails you get to see a lot of pretty nature as well as pretty homes. ๐Ÿ™‚

Well, there you have it! A foodie’s guide to a few days in sunny Florida. ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great weekend, friends!

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