Four Magazine - Sept/Oct 2016

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LIFESTYLE • DINING • ATTRACTIONS • SHOPPING • REAL ESTATE • RESORTS • EVENTS

FALL 2016 COMPLIMENTARY

WEEKEND GETAWAY These Florida Inns Are Gems

HAUTE PROPERTIES

A Look At Local Luxury Real Estate

RESORT IN FOCUS

Publisher’s Pick: Hammock Beach

SOUTH BEACH

Inside The Famed Beach Town

CHAMPIONSGATE

PROVIDENCE

REUNION

ORLANDO

NEW SMYRNA BEACH


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BEST NEW RESTAURANT

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Read about our nominee for Four Magazine’s 2016 Best New Restaurant.

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LOCAL COUPLE’S SUCCESS

FALL FASHION TRENDS Get the latest colors and styles for the season.

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Reviews and suggestions of local restaurants and bars.

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These residents are making a difference in ChampionsGate.

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BEST BOUTIQUE INNS IN FL

Pack your bags, fill up the tank, and get ready for a fun weekend getaway.

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Discover quaint hidden gems in Florida that offer luxury at affordable prices.

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RESORT IN FOCUS An inside look at Hammock Beach Resort, Golf Courses, Dining, and Spa.

ROAD TRIP TO FL BEACHES

HOME AWAY FROM HOME A look at Orlando’s unique feel of being everybody’s home whether permanent or temporary.

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HAUTE PROPERTIES Unique luxury housing with ideal locations and custom features in our area.

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RESTAURANT REVIEW: BAOERY

WEEKEND ROAD TRIPS IN FLORIDA

RESORT PICK: HAMMOCK BEACH

BAOERY ASIAN GASTROPUB: Happy Hour, Dinner & Neighborhood Fun

EXPLORE BEACH TOWNS: Explore the Architecture, Shopping, Dining & Attractions

HAMMOCK BEACH RESORT: Sixty-acre Beachfront Spread That Will Spoil You

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H IG H L IGHT S FR OM B A OER Y M ENU Our Cocktail Pick Sake Bomb, glass $4 - 2 for 1 when you hear the gong

BEST NEW FOUR MAGAZINE’S

Our Appetizer Pick Slow Braised Pork Ribs, $9 - Served with an Asian BBQ Sauce

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Our Main Entree Pick Bao Wow, $8 - Beef hot dog, pickles and house sriracha-kraut Our Dessert Pick Bao-Nana, $6.50 - Housemade graham cracker tempura with fried banana and caramel


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he menu fe a tures oneof-a-kind As i a n i ns pi red c uisine c reated by a w a rdwinning Executi v e C hef Greg Ric hie. They hav e ev erythi ng f ro m ping p ong ta bl es , cl a s s i c ku n g-fu movies, sake, a nd i f you are lu ck y enoug h to hea r the gong ri n g, 2 for 1 Sake Bom bs ! Positioned in the heart of Downtown Orlando’s Thornton Park District, Baoery offers a contemporary take on traditional Asian cuisine but re-imagined as a modern fusion. Here it is common to see an array of unexpected ingredients like their Bao Wow, American-inspired hot dogs with House Sriracha-Kraut in a bao bun, to their Sizzling Lemongrass Chicken and Miso Ramen all on the same menu.

From the great food to the atmosphere, this place glows with its own kind of charm. A Godzilla at the bar, an array of TVs playing old kung-fu movies, a giant Buddha mural, and a Chinese gong prep guests for the meal ahead and set the tone for an incredible night out. Daring, original and progressive, Baoery is fusing traditional Asian dishes with diverse American and indigenous flavors and ingredients with finesse. It is fusion not for fusion’s sake like those that are forced, simply to be novel. Rather, it is a fusion cuisine that has evolved; a fusion that makes sense with fun tongue-incheek dish names.

BAOERY ASIAN GAS T RO PU B AT T H ORN T ON P A R K 617 E C E N T R AL BLVD OR L AN D O, F L 32 801 Tel. 407-849-9779

Open Daily: Tuesday - Sunday 11am - 10pm Happy Hour: Tuesday - Sunday 4pm-7pm

THE VIBE: A cool neighborhood feel with a fun Asian flair. THE CROWD: It’s a mix of locals, business people and a few tourists wanting to enjoy eclectic Asian food.

The culinary stars of this restaurant are undeniably the Hand-Made Pork & Shrimp Dumplings, Slow Braised Pork Ribs, Bao Wow, and Sizzling Lemongrass Chicken. However, leave room for dessert!

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O R L AN DO B R E W ING 1301 ATLA NTA AVE . O RLA ND O, FLORID A 3 2 8 0 6 Ph: (407) 872-1117 orlandobrewing.com

FLORIDA’S ONLY CERTIFIED ORGANIC BREWERY

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KASA RESTA U RA N T 183 S . ORA NG E A VE ORL AN D O, F L OR I DA 32801 Ph: (407) 985-5272 kasarestaurant.com

Shake things up at this downtown hip and sophisticated restaurant called KASA. They mix up both old- and new-world cuisine as well as provide a raw bar. Our personal favorites are their Crab Cake a la Kasa, Pan Seared Scallops and Seasonal Mac with Fried Green Tomatoes one word, delicious! The menu is eclectic, showing a global influence with predominant Latin and Asian flavors with flair. The vibe here is South Beach modern chic with an understated upscale tone. A must try for sure!

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GRAND OPENING OF RED ROBIN IN CHAMPIONSGATE

We were fortunate enough to enjoy the new Red Robin location in ChampionsGate during their Sneak Preview Week. We were pleasantly surprised by the variety of food and drinks, especially since this was our very first visit. The decor was well done also. We were greeted by Ron Pyrz, Regional Operations Director, and was given the company’s history as well as the mission and plans for future growth in Central Florida. “Better for being here sums up our company’s philosophy and we pride ourselves in helping both our restaurant team and guests feel that way,” said Ron. Since 1969 when the very first Red Robin opened in Seattle, they have been serving up gourmet burgers and signature dishes alike. To top it off, all of their Gourmet Burgers and Chicken Sandwiches are served with Bottomless Steak Fries®, which means free refills. And who doesn’t love thick steak fries with Red Robin’s signature seasoning? Unless of course you prefer their garlic parmesan fries, which we recommend you try! Aside from the plentiful burger, sauce and appetizer choices, they also have a variety of brews and cocktails.

Red Robin’s Menu Highlights: •

Suggested beer pairings with burgers

Boozy Shakes, as the name implies, are milkshakes made with alcohol

Appetizers ranging from $3 to $9

They even take it one step further on their menu and suggest which beer you should order with a burger. Nice touch Red Robin! Finally we must touch on the decor and ambiance of this new ChampionsGate dining destination. They’ve done an excellent job of targeting both audiences of families with kids and adults only, so much so that they have separate dining areas for both, which is great for everyone.

R E D ROBIN

8 1 8 4 L A UR A L A NE CHAMPIONS GA TE, FL O R I D A 3 3 8 9 6 Sunday - Thursday: 11am-10pm Friday - Saturday: 11am-11pm

Patrons will love the fun, hip vibe of the restaurant and the array of burgers. The new ChampionsGate Red Robin is a cool place to hang out with friends and have good food. We will definitely be back!

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FIND IT. LOVE IT. YOU CAN FIND YOUR COMPLIMENTARY FOUR MAGAZINE AT THESE FINE LOCATIONS:

ChampionsGate -Chili’s Restaurant -Master Image Salon -Watson Realty -ReMax Marketplace II -ChampionsGate Car Wash -Legends Medical Center -Legends Dermatology -Tropical Escape Vacation Homes Davenport -Cinepolis IMAX Theater -Providence Welcome Center -Providence Country Club -Sunshine Foundation -Solterra Resort Hammock Beach -Coldwell Banker -Hammock Beach Resort Lobby -The Spa at Hammock Beach Resort Kissimmee/Four Corners -Longhorn Steakhouse -Watson Realty -Kissimmee Main Street -ReMax Realtec Group New Smyrna Beach -Black Dolphin Inn -Flagler Tavern -New Smyrna Museum -Salty Mermaid Inn Orlando -Baoery Asian Restaurant -Vista Cay Resort -Escapology -KASA Restaurant -Pointe Orlando -Orlando Brewery Reunion -Reunion Resort -The Spa at Reunion Resort -Investors Realty -Reunion Vacation Homes -Caque Bakery


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SOUTH BEACH: Inside the Famed Miami Beach Town

S H O PPI NG IN SOU TH BE A CH? YES PLEASE! From couture to beach essentials, the famed Collins Avenue and Ocean Drive have what you’re looking for - and then some.

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here’s a lot more to South Beach than surf and sun -- although no matter where you go, you’re never too far from both.

One of the area’s landmark restaurants is the 11th Street Diner, which was even featured on Food Network. Breakfast, lunch and dinner at this cute 50’s diner is sure to please your cravings, even those at 2AM. THE 11 STREET DINER SERVES UP EVERYTHING FROM DELICIOUS TURKEY & STUFFING TO CONCH FRITTERS AND CRABBY PATTY SANDWICHES ON THEIR ALL DAY MENU. Aside from being called the American Riviera and an Art Deco Playground, there’s more than just a great diner and colorful architecture to South Beach. For instance, take shopping. Both Collins Avenue and Ocean Drive are the ideal destination for all shopaholics. This area has haute couture, retail markets, designer boutiques and even bargain outlets. So get those credit cards ready, because you’re in for quite the shopping spree! 

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Upscale, cosmopolitan shopping from more than 30 designer shops such as Armani, Dash, Tommy Hilfiger, Intermix, UGG and Versace.

Bars, clubs and nightlife in South Beach are second to none. Everything from rooftop bars to endless possibilities on Ocean Drive.

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH: One of Florida’s Best Surfer Towns

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ust und er a n hour’s dri v e from Orlando, New Sm yrna Beac h offe rs a l ov el y dri v eon Atlantic coa s t bea ch.

New Smyrna Beach Highlights

Whether you go for a weekend or a week long, there’s plenty to do here, everything from deep sea fishing and lazy days on the beach to first class dining and museums. If you’re a history buff, be sure to check out the New Smyrna Beach Museum of History which gives you a chronological overview of the area’s history, starting with pre-historic Florida and continuing through eleven distinct periods until present day.

Known for surfing and its small beach town feel

Dolphin watching is fun and easy

Cute downtown shopping

Foodies will love the plentiful seafood restaurants, including Flagler Tavern

If spending the day at the beach is more your style, than New Smyrna Beach has more than 13 miles of pristine white sand beaches with an additional 24 miles of coastline at nearby Canaveral National Seashore. When hunger strikes, you have plenty of choices to pick from, including Flagler Tavern which is serving up everything from delicious clam chowder and cracked conch for appetizers to their signature entrees like the Tavern Steamer, and homemade key lime pie for dessert.

Lots of historical homes in the area, many have been converted into B&B Inns, including the Black Dolphin Inn

Like wine? Explore different wines as you walk along Flagler Avenue

After a long day on the beach and sightseeing, you’ll need a good night’s sleep. Don’t miss the Black Dolphin Inn, a quaint boutiquestyle B&B inn owned by Brett and Sheila Smith. Read our full review on page 15 as they are one of our nominees for our 2016 BEST Boutique / B&B Inns. 

Pictured Top: Flagler Avenue shopping and dining district; historical cash register at the New Smyrna Beach Museum of History. Pictured Bottom: Explore the Wine Walk along Flagler Ave; the Tavern Steamer at Flagler Tavern.


Local Couple is

Making a Difference by Melisa S. Kennedy

T his Sizzling Local Couple is

Delivering their Unparalleled Vision for the Vacation Home Business

Long before Matthew and Birgit Daniel were married, they moved to the United States and attended college here. When they were planning their wedding, they had to find ways to accommodate over 100 guests from all over the world. After asking around, they found out that vacation home rentals were right in their neighborhood, which had a huge impact on making their wedding a lasting memory for everyone and a chance to spend more quality time together. Thus, the idea for Tropical Escape Vacation Homes was born. Having worked in the hospitality industry for Walt Disney World in Orlando, Birgit and Matthew know a thing or two about providing superior guest experiences. The couple say they were inspired to build a company that had everything under one roof -- and they did.

They offer over 70 home rentals

with first class property management, professional interior design and furnishings, as well as new home sales. This turnkey approach has made this couple’s business a success in 10 years. After spending some time with them, you get the feeling they aren’t afraid to think big. Bursting with enthusiasm, they proceeded to talk about their newest business venture, Blue Ginger, an upscale Indian Bar & Grill coming to the new Downtown ChampionsGate this fall. Scheduled to open this fall, their new fine dining destination sounds amazing. They have assembled a famous restaurant interior design team known for their work at Season 52, Paradiso 37 at Disney Springs

TRO PI C AL ESCAPE VAC AT I O N HO ME S Toll Free: 1.866.409.8598 tropicalescapevacationhomes.com

and Hard Rock Cafe.

To say we are excited is an

understatement. We can’t wait to experience, and share, this new restaurant in our next issue. 

45625 US Hwy 27 Suite 22 Davenport, Florida 33897

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WE E K E ND G E T AWAY YOUR ESCAPE TO THE BEACH Pictured Top: The Black Dolphin Inn; New Smyrna Beach Pictured Right: Washington Park Hotel; South Beach Miami

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PUBLISH ER ’ S P I CK SOME OF FLORIDA’S HIDDEN GEMS ARE INNS

Planning a road trip this weekend? We have been scouting the state for the best boutique inns for your road trip destination. Here we are featuring two of our nominees with more to come next issue. Enjoy! Our two hotel choices are a bit different, not a faceless chain or bland corridors which lead you to a room which could easily be anywhere. We selected these because they are unique, boutique and independent. What makes these boutique hotels so special? A high standard of service, luxury and beauty with some unforgettable special touches, ideal beach locations and all within a weekend getaway reach of Orlando. The hotel in South Florida that made the cut is Washington Park Hotel in Miami’s famed South Beach. This centrally located 4-star property is in the heart of all the action at South Beach. The hotel is easy walking distance to restaurants, nightclubs, bars, and shopping. It’s also a good example of art deco architecture that South Beach is known for. WPH offers complimentary breakfast and transportation -- Tuk Tuk shuttle and Martone bikes to further the appeal of this boutique inn. If you’re looking for food and shopping, don’t miss our South Beach article on page 10. To learn more or make reservations at Washington Park Hotel: 1050 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 Phone: (305) 4216265. Now our second hidden gem is just an hour’s drive from Orlando. Located in New Smyrna Beach, this town offers a lovely drive-on Atlantic coast beach and you’re only steps away from the Indian River when you stay at The Black Dolphin Inn. This historic inn has a connection to the outdoors with ocean breezes and seemingly endless water views. The inn is a Spanish Isle-inspired historic estate which features 14 guest rooms and suites. The inn even has its own private dock to fish or watch dolphins from.

W EEK END GETAW AY YO U R E S C A P E T O T H E B E A C H Pictured Top: Walking path to South Beach Miami

We selected this B&B because of what makes it truly “boutique”: a prime address that still feels removed from the tourist grid, with an air of sophistication, a unique personality, and first-class customer service.

Pictured Bottom Two: Black Dolphin Inn interior and exterior; New Smyrna Beach

To learn more or make reservations at The Black Dolphin Inn: 916 S Riverside Drive, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168 Phone: (386) 410-4868.

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Home Away From Home T OURIST S ARE COL L ECT ORS OF S P E C IAL M E M ORIE S , AN D W ITH E AC H D EST INAT ION VISIT ED , BEAU TIF U L M E M OR IE S S E TTLE IN E AC H HE ART.

With Orlando being the home to a large tourist industry, the City Beautiful takes up residence in millions of hearts each year. It is the most visited city in the USA and one of the most visited cities in the world. Orlando has a big heart that offers comfort, entertainment and leisure to each guest, and in return her heart pulsates through a global community who associate Orlando as a home away from home. The fun loving character of the city is not just gained from the entertainment industry; Orlandoans love their city and know that it is a shared gem. One of the best sources of information comes from the passion of an eager local that can’t wait to experience the next thing along with you. Central Floridians frequent their major tourist attractions, and they keep up with the latest buzz. Orlando residents are tourists too and a majority of them moved to the city and the state of Florida from elsewhere. Orlando welcomes its diverse population with an open heart: tourists, snowbirds, natives and migrants. Orlando belongs to us all!

by Jessica Lang

One of the ways Orlando offers a warm and homely stay to visitors is through its growing market of vacation rentals. Instead of the typical and impersonal hotel stay, vacationers prefer to lay their hat – and kick off their flip-flops, in a villa, condo or luxury home that resonate with their personal style. Hotel room #3045 never makes it into the family vacation album, but 123 Homely Road does. There are pictures of Jake and Lisa splashing in the private pool, Grandma Rose cooking her famous stew in the kitchen, the family sitting down for dinner or the teens taking selfies in the game room. Future conversations will forever include, “Remember our house on Homely Road?” It is with warmth and sincerity that we – the Orlando residents, make every effort to ensure that our City Beautiful provides a most enchanting experience to forever live on in every visitors heart.

E S C APE T H E OR D I N A R Y A T O N E O F T H E S E L U XU R I O U S R EN TA LS

R E UNION VACATION HOMES Toll Free: 1-855-453-5400 Local Tel: 321-323-7810 www.reunionvacationhomes.com 7531 Osceola Polk Line Rd Davenport Florida 33896

ORLANDO, FLORIDA

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A c t Fast: MOVE-IN READY FLORIDA GOLF HOMES ARE AVAILABLE FOR END OF SUMMER BUYS by Connie Helena

The Central Florida based real estate developer, ABD Development Company, is offering its inventory of move-in ready golf course homes in Providence Golf and Country Club Community in Davenport, Florida. Conveniently located in Polk County just southwest of downtown Orlando, Providence has been recognized with real estate awards and honors since breaking ground in 2006. Here is the current list of what ABD has in Heritage Green at Providence: - Three bedroom/three bath, 2543 square foot Sorrento model with side entry two-car garage on third fairway of the golf course. Extras include oversized kitchen with very large island, cooktop with hood, oven/convection microwave combo, tile floors in living areas, wood floors in bedrooms, extra-large paver patio, and giant wood doubledoors. Priced at $419,000. ¡ Four bedroom/three bath, 2614 square foot Wyndham V model with three-car side entry garage on third fairway of the golf course. This beautiful home will be finished in less than 60 days but the buyer can still choose paint colors, flooring, cabinets, and countertops. Priced at $469,000.

- Four bedroom/three and one half bath, 2749 square foot Courtyard II model with two-car garage and a pool on a lot with a conservation view. This superior home (our most popular plan because of its detached one bedroom/one bath pool house) will be completed in 90 days so there is still time to choose paint colors, flooring, cabinets, and countertops. Priced at $489,000. - Five bedroom/four bath, 2984 square foot Wyndham V model with three-car side entry garage on fourth green of the golf course. This award winning model has an upstairs bonus room/bedroom with bath and balcony overlooking the green. This one is just starting construction and will be ready by the end of the year. Priced at $539,000. ABD Development is also building a new golf cottage in Sherbrook Springs: three bedroom/ two bath, 1968 square foot Elgin model with two-car garage. This cottage fronts a water and golf course view and the back view features the second hole of the golf course. This home will be ready in 60 days and the buyer can pick floors, paint, cabinets, and countertops. Priced at $279,000. If you would prefer to build a completely custom home in Providence, this process takes approximately eight months. All of the models at Providence are open seven days a week, 10am6pm.

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Providence Sales Center 131 Chadwick Dr., Davenport, FL 33837


Local Salon Is Growing by Melisa S. Kennedy This ChampionsGate salon destination is super-convenient for local residents and visitors staying near the new Downtown ChampionsGate area. Cuts and coloring are standard offerings along with skin care and nail services which includes their newest SNS Nails. To give you a little background, SNS Nails process overlays directly onto the nail bed to create a long lasting nail with exceptional durability and shine. Since the application doesn’t use harsh chemicals, it eliminates the odors that are typically associated with acrylics and gels. Master Image is the only local salon offering SNS at this time.

N A I L TE C H S MA S T ER I M A G E S A L O N Pictured Left to Right:

Moms who already go to this posh salon now have another reason to go: back-to-school hair cuts for the kiddos. That’s right, Master Image isn’t just for adults, they cater to children as well with their adorable kid-friendly room!

Heather, Carmen, and Alison

Not only are they adding services, but they are hiring new stylists and nail techs too. Book your next service with one of their newest staff members: Heather, Carmen, Alison, Christian or Joel. Regulars vouch for the reliable service you get at this luxurious neighborhood gem. Affordable, personalized salon services in a friendly, glam-inspired atmosphere is exactly what you’ll get when you visit Master Image in ChampionsGate.

MASTER IMAGE SALO N Phone: 321-401-4752 www.masterimagesalon.com

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Legends Blvd VIP ChampionsGate, GUESTS1495 INCLUDED ADVERTISERS Florida 33896

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Christian and Joel


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FAL L FASHION TR E ND S Y O U R U NIQ U E FLORID A STYLE Pictured Right: Our Fashion

FA L L FA S H I O N TRE N D S YO U R U N I Q U E F L O RI DA S T YL E

Contributor, Maria Wyatt-Uhl, modeling a savvy white and blue

Pictured Above: Sophisticated and intelligent, this go-to look is

outfit.

perfect for Florida’s cooler Fall days or nights.


ORLANDO’S FALL Fashion by Maria Wyatt-Uhl

Florida’s Hottest Fall Fashion Trends Fall fashion in Florida is a wide range of styles that mix the key pieces of your spring/summer wardrobe, while incorporating statement trends for fall. For fashion lovers, it can be difficult to dress comfortably while keeping abreast of the warm temperatures of Florida autumn. Wool coats, faux-fur bombers and overthe-knee boots may be a little too warm for southern temperatures. Styling is the key to creating the perfect look while being realistic about the warm weather. Adding texture to your attire can create depth and alter your look from summer to fall such as leather, fringe, suede, satin, lace, etc. Accessories are a fantastic way to add textures to your look. Handbags, hats, jewelry, scarfs, capes and booties can be very effective and elevate an outfit. Another tactic to semi-fall styling is to showcase colors that blend with autumn trends and create a warmer tone. Marsala, mint foam, sand, airy blue, hunter green, camel and roses are colors that you can blend for a fashion forward cacophony. It is important to integrate trends but not look too busy. Many women tend to over-accessorize during fall, trying to wear every new item in one outfit. Keep it simple and have one statement be the eye-catcher. Layering is a fantastic tool during Florida fall as the evenings are cooler and can add additional options. Draping a leather motorcycle jacket over your shoulders or a fun collared shirt under a t-shirt will create statements that are easy and simple. The goal is to look chic while effortless.

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This season, combine colors such as marsala, mint foam, sand, airy blue, hunter green, camel and roses for a fashion forward cacophony. Then reveal a new you - one with distinctive glamour and refinement inspired by the latest colors, such as pairing airy blue and sand!


de s tina tion: HAMMOCK BEACH RESORT


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“Hammock Beach Resort redefines modern hospitality with a luxurious blend of sophisticated design and an abundance of amenties along Palm Coast’s most exclusive shores.” - MELISA S. KENNEDY, Publisher

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HAMMOCK BEACH RE S O RT Pictured Top to Bottom: The 18th Hole of the Ocean

Delfino’s Italian Restaurant

Course; Indoor and outdoor pools.

Recreationally speaking, the resort

This is your go-to for Italian cuisine with a bit of contemporary flair. Big portions. Tasty dishes. Chef Jason Stasa is turning out plates of splendor at this resort that even the most sophisticated Italian food enthusiast would enjoy.

is rich in playful pastimes for land, sea, and golf enthusiasts.

A duo of

swimming pools to chose from, a lazy river, dolphin watching, sunrise walks on the beach, two award-winning golf courses and spa services galore, there’s never a dull moment here. Similarily wonderful, our Ocean Tower 3 bedroom condo overlooked the pool, golf course and ocean. With its oversized balcony and spacious rooms with a view, getting comfortable here was not difficult. Recreation and accommodations aside, another reason to visit Hammock Beach Resort is the food. Pick from poolside dining if you want a relaxed affair, to a beautiful setting oceanside at Atlantic Grille. Food, fun, and sun, amid luxurious resort amenities with mesmerizing ocean

and golf views.

What could be better? Our stay at Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast with two full days of savory cuisine and entertaining activities, plus a couple’s massage and pedicure made us realize one thing - why haven’t we been here before? What we do know, Phone: 866-841-0287 www.hammockbeach.com

however, is that it won’t take us nearly as long to return.

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Atlantic Grille Restaurant An over-the-top view of the Atlantic Ocean, this fine dining restaurant is grilling, sautéing, and even flavoring up dishes with housemade sea salt. With its just creamy enough texture, generous potato chunks, meaty pieces of clam and bacon, Atlantic Grille gets our vote for Four Magazine’s 2016 Best Clam Chowder. If you eat too much chowder then you won’t have room for the final crowning glories of the kitchen -- dessert. It’s just another one of the charms of Atlantic Grille’s menu: enticing diners to keep eating long after they’re full. 


Cue the fireworks.

Chic and progressive in ambience. An award-winning modern steak house with farm to table elements and exclusive wine list. Add an open air rooftop veranda and nightly fireworks. Now that’s an evening out. Call 855.229.1238 to book your reservation. 7593 Gathering Drive, Kissimmee, FL 34747

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My feminine foodie review may be a bit bias this time since Italian is one of my favorite cuisines. For starters, the

Pictured Top to Bottom: Pink raspberry sorbet with

bruschetta is fresh and delicious. It’s unfortunate that I couldn’t make an entire meal out of it because it was that good. Next was Chef Russell’s panzanella salad, which was the perfect blend of fresh veggies, herbs and vinaigrette. This would be perfect paired with the bruschetta for those wanting a light meal. Deciding whether to have a flatbread or pasta can be difficult at Forte, but if you

biscotti; Chef Russell Stehle.

Full of Flavor! by Melisa S. Kennedy

The flatbreads are huge and layered with lots of toppings - even the crust is good. Then there’s the housemade red sauce on their pasta dishes which is delicious as well.

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With a menu that stays close to its classic Italian roots, it’s easy to overindulge in appetizers and entrees, but don’t! Save room for dessert, especially their pink raspberry sorbet served with biscotti simply amazing. FORTE RESTAURANT at Reunion Resort Phone: 407-662-1350 www.reunionresort.com 7593 Gathering Drive Kissimmee, Florida 34747


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PROPERTIES:

UNIQUE HOMES IN OUR AREA by Melisa S. Kennedy

They’re not in the south of France or the English countryside -- but these local homes sure had us fooled!

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I

f you like enchanting and unique homes, you’re going to love these homes we found, and they are all for sale. Whether your vision of luxury living is in a historical mansion, beachfront resort style, land in the countryside or a jewel-like condo in downtown Orlando, you won’t have to travel far to enjoy these beauties - but you may be transported back in time for some. Our first home is nestled in the Lake Wales area, about 30 miles south of I-4 Exit 55. This historical castle called Casa De Josefina, was built in 1920 and is a registered Florida landmark. Irwin Yarnell built the Casa for about $1.5 million at Highland Park, as a surprise for his wife, Josephine, according to the stories. Her name is even inscribed in the decorative iron grillwork of a stained-glass window above the front door. Her profile is sculpted in a parapet wall. This amazing home consists of nine bedrooms, five full and three half bathrooms, plus two kitchens. You enter the home through an elegant entryway and greeted by the original, Italian imported, fireplace (pictured below). The unique E-shaped layout boasts two courtyards, one with a garden, and one with a refreshing swimming pool for those hot Florida days.

Prope rty fac t s and phot os court esy of Zach Lay, RE A LTOR®, Wat son Realt y Corp. Cham pionsg at e

If a castle isn’t enough for you, would a really cool staircase from a ship, two courtyards with gorgeous flowers, and large acreage seal the deal? You’ll find all that and more on over 7 acres of pure Florida country charm located next to a lake. The house has been upgraded and well taken care of, so it offers an old house aesthetic coupled with plenty of modern conveniences. To the true historical house lover, we say: “Welcome home! (And can we come over?)”

Regardless of the size or location of the home, certain characteristics are shared by homes that are considered luxury. Buyers looking at high price tag properties have certain standards for the home they are purchasing, such as upgraded flooring, unique custom features and

The Castle’s Entryway Imported Italian Fireplace

cabinets are assumed to be among the standard of any high-end home.

Take for instance this custom home in the country side sitting on about 5 acres. Elegant country living in this exquisitely detailed, Spanish Style custom built home offering unparalleled quality, finishes and design. Custom in every way with details that will amaze you at every turn. The floor plan is magnificent and has every room anyone could want with four full bedroom suites, five baths plus a detached office. You will be greeted by the grand two-story height rotunda with circular staircase leading to the living room with the most dramatic view of expansive pool and tropical landscape.

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If downtown living is what you love, look no further than this Sanctuary condo unit.

Enjoy views of Lake

Eola and Downtown Orlando from the balcony, along with the master and guest bedrooms. Imagine being greeted downstairs by the concierge before you head to the 10th floor where you will enter into the spacious unit with wood and ceramic tile flooring in the main rooms and carpet in the bedrooms. Ready to work-out? Head out to the fifth floor to use the fitness center or take a dip in the pool. Having guests over? Relax by the pool or enjoy the clubroom. When you live in this luxury high-rise residence building, you get plenty of perks like the bonus of enjoying its three great restaurants and nearby events at the Abbey.

As the area’s growing real estate market takes hold, Ellen Thunell, Broker / VicePresident at Watson Realty Corp in ChampionsGate, shares her insight on what is fueling the boom. “Whether you’re looking at Downtown Orlando, ChampionsGate or surrounding subdivisions, this entire area is booming right now with new construction which in turn is feeding the real estate market. As the vacation capital of the world, we should expect to see this trend continue,” says Thunell.

Giving up suburban living for city life has its perks.

Pictured Above: Lobby of the Sanctuary

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Imagine waking up to this million dollar view. A luxury beachfront penthouse located in the brilliantly appointed Hammock Beach Resort offers a private

entrance

elevator

directly

into your unit, travertine floors, 10 ft ceilings, gas fireplace, and wonderful kitchen with Viking appliances. This is one of Central Florida’s most desirable destinations to say the least.

With

lifestyle amenities and services galore, this world-class resort has it all. The brand

behind

this

award-winning

resort, Salamander Hotels & Resorts, knows how to do modern luxury. “Hammock

Beach

Resort

offers

unparalleled lifestyle and real estate opportunities for primary, seasonal, or that perfect vacation place at the ocean for creating lifelong memories with your family and friends when they visit,” says Craig Straky, Managing Broker of

This open floor plan of this beachfront luxury condo has ample living space and spectacular views from your balcony.

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate in Flagler County.

“There is

a great range of real estate options including homes, condos, villas and building homesites as well as varied view selections of oceanfront, ocean view, golf view or preserve-view.” Your dream of a luxurious life on the water begins now. 

Pictured Top to Bottom: Wrap-around balcony overlooking Hammock Beach Resort’s beautiful Jack Nicklaus Ocean Golf Course and Atlantic Ocean; private elevator to this exquisite penthouse; the living room with 10 ft ceilings, gas fireplace and spectacular views out the sliding glass doors.


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WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL AN INSIDE LOOK AT DAVENPORT SCHOOL OF THE ARTS Address: 4751 County Road 547, Davenport, FL 33837 District: Polk County School District

DAVENPORT SCHOOL OF THE

Phone: (863) 420-2557

WAS RECENTLY NAMED FAAE

ARTS PRINCIPAL, BRIAN KIER, ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR.

our 1100 students but to neighboring community as well. “DSA”, as it is affectionately known,

“A SCHOOL IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD”

started as Davenport Elementary in the heart of historic Davenport. Under the vision and guidance of Principal Brian Kier, several dedicated assistant principals and an impassioned professional staff,

by Robert J. Moszenberg

the school evolved into an arts school, then expanded to include middle school students and finally found a new home off Country Road 547. With a full arts integration program employed by all the

It is with great joy that I welcome the publication

academic teachers, DSA showcases student achievement through two yearly Drama Productions,

FOUR into our community. This area has greatly

several Dance Recitals, winter and Spring Music Concerts, multiple Visual and Graphic Art Shows

needed a publication which strives to promote

and Instructional TV Broadcasts.

local culture and events that can be enjoyed both by our rapidly increasing number of families living here as well

Mr. Kier best summed up the spirit and essence of Davenport School of the Arts when he said,

as our steady stream of welcomed tourists.

“DSA was established 16 years ago to create a place where students enjoyed attending school and

For the past twelve years, I have personally had the pleasure of being one of two drama instructors at one of the educational jewels of Polk County, Davenport School of the Arts; a

learning through the arts; a place where artistic talents could be discovered and enhanced. Our goal is to prepare a well-rounded student for high school and beyond.” The school is also very proud of its Technology Club, Outdoor Classroom and Garden and its dedication to raising money, awareness and hope for many local charity organizations; including H.O.P.E, Ronald McDonald House, Make-A-

Model Arts Achievement K-8 school which seeks to bring

Wish, Sunshine Foundation, Give Kids the World, Toys for Tots and the Peter Pan Foundation.

the very best of arts education and awareness to not only

Davenport School of the Arts has consistently been one of premier examples of why arts education is essential to the overall educational experience success of all children. Whether you live in this area, or are visiting from out of town, I encourage you to check out our web site, www.davenportschoolofthearts.com, to see if there is an upcoming performance for you and your family to enjoy. We are certain you will be impressed with the above and beyond performances of these young professional artists.

W i th 8 0 ,000 attend ees both i n a nd out of co s t u me, this year ’s c onv enti on f ea tured gues ts l i k e W i lliam Shatner, N ic hel l e Ni chol s a nd G eorge T a kei t o c eleb rate Star T rek ’s 50th a nni v ers a ry, al on gsi de b ig nam es like Sta n Lee, J ohn C us a ck , J o hn Bar rowman, Chri s topher Ll oyd, Ha yl ey A t w ell, Ra lp h Mac c hio, C a rl os V a l des a nd reuni ons f o r fan favor ites like Ha rry P otter ( J a s on I s a a cs , T om Felt on, J am es & O l i v er P hel ps ) , B a tm a n an d Ro bi n (Ad am West a nd B urt Wa rd) , m a k i ng o ne o f t h eir final c onventi on tour a ppea ra nces , an d co mi c b ook legends l i k e F ra nk Mi l l er, K l a us J an so n , Peter David — the cel ebri ty l i ne- up w a s l i k e a wh o’s who in fan ta s y, horror a nd s ci ence f i c t io n . FOUR M AGAZI NE

Come in and try our assortment of delectable desserts!

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Come for the Cupcakes,

Stay for the Cute Decor by Melisa S. Kennedy

The wait is finally over for local residents to finally get a neighborhood cupcake bakery. Located right next door to Reunion Resort in the plaza behind CVS Pharmacy, Caque is not only serving up delicious cupcakes, but treating its guests to sweet pink and gold filled ambiance complete with fancy chandeliers. Caque Owner, Arriel Young, has always dreamed of owning a bakery. From a young age, she was inspired to bake cupcakes by her grandmother, which is good considering our new dream is to head to Caque to taste one of her newest delicious pastries as she creates them!

CAQUE BAKERY 7535 Osceola Polk Line Rd Reunion, FL 33896 (321) 401-4923

MOVIE REL EAS ES & EVENT S

Dates of movie releases coming to Cinepolis Polk County: SEPTEMBER 9 SULLY SEPTEMBER 23 MAGNIFICENT SEVEN STORKS SEPTEMBER 30 DEEPWATER HORIZON OCTOBER 7 THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN THE BIRTH OF A NATION OCTOBER 14 THE ACCOUNTANT KEVIN HART: WHAT NOW? OCTOBER 21 JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES OCTOBER 28 INFERNO ---

CINEPOLIS IMAX THEATERS CALL (863) 547-0480 5500 Grandview Pkwy, Davenport, FL 33837 www.cinepolisusa.com

GRAND OPENING OF TOSCANA IN PALM COAST! ABD Development is excited to announce the grand opening of its new model home located at 56 New Water Oak Drive. Toscana is Palm Coast’s best kept secret, where lot/custom home packages start at just $380,000.

CALL (386) 517-6864 FOR INFO.

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