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FIRST LOOK With all there is to do, it’s no wonder that Orlando is the country’s most-visited destination.

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS Orlando’s International Airport’s vibrant art program welcomes visitors. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JIM ARBOGAST

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ABOVE & BEYOND Visitors looking to upgrade their Central Florida visit will find many premium experiences to tempt them. BY BROOKE FEHR

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COFFEE CULTURE Orlando’s craft coffee scene offers a surprising and exhilarating way to go local. BY JOSEPH HAYES

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ORLANDO ON TWO WHEELS Happy trails! Rent a bike or join a tour to see the city from a new perspective. BY STEPHANIE PATTERSON

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ALL ABOUT TOWN Explore neighborhoods, parks, scenic enclaves and trendy communities. BY RONA GINDIN

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WINTER PARK Learn about Florida’s past and savor the charm of “Little Europe.”

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ORLANDO NORTH Orlando North, Seminole County boasts historic areas, scenic waterways, a robust culinary scene and more.

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ORLANDO GUIDE The best attractions, shopping and dining that Orlando has to offer.

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PARTING SHOT Central Florida’s space industry has blasted off to new heights. ON THE COVER: PAUL GOODNIGHT’S UNTITLED MOSAIC AT ORLANDO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, ©JIM ARBOGAST; INSIDE COVER: SUNRISE AT ORLANDO WETLANDS PARK, ©DANNY GOODDING


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Trendy. Authentic. Legendary. All the ingredients you need for a great time out. Spend the evening dining in one place or mix it up. Enjoy appetizers and cocktails in one, dinner in another, and finish with dessert in yet another of our award-winning restaurants. Don’t forget to drop off the kids for two hours of complimentary fun at Camp Dolphin Kid’s Club*. Reservations: 407.934.1609 Complimentary Valet Parking 1500 Epcot Resorts Blvd. Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830 *Ages 4-12. Reservations required. Contact us for full details.

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From thrilling theme park memories to stunning natural beauty, Orlando’s unique attractions make The City Beautiful a universal favorite among travelers.

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Walt Disney World

It’s true that Mickey still steals the hearts of guests at Magic Kingdom, but there are whole new universes to discover, as Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Outside the parks, Disney Springs offers endless shopping, dining and entertainment options, including the all-new NBA Experience. Find tempting new flavors at Jaleo and Wolfgang Puck Bar and Grill. Lake Buena Vista, 407.824.4321, www.disney.com


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Downtown Orlando

Universal Studios

Excitement awaits at Universal Orlando Resort. Guests have a brand new thrill ride to experience: Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure™ in Hogsmeade at Islands of Adventure takes you on an enchanted quest, while Diagon Alley at Universal Studios continues to draw muggles and wizards alike. Volcano Bay, the resort’s third theme park, offers visitors daring water slides and plenty of ways to cool off. CityWalk satisfies your sweet tooth, shopping, dining and entertainment needs. 6000 Universal Blvd., 407.363.8000. www.universalorlando.com 8

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Beyond the fireworks and frenzy of the theme parks lies the heart and soul of Orlando. There’s much to discover. Visit the trendy cafes and boutiques along Thornton Park’s bricklined streets. Take in a show at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Paddle a swan boat around Lake Eola. Learn about Central Florida’s roots at the Orange County Regional History Center. Cheer on our MLS teams, the Orlando City Lions and the Orlando Pride.


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SeaWorld Parks

Encounter animals and more at SeaWorld Parks. New this year, drop in for a visit with Cookie Monster and friends at Sesame Street. Visit Aquatica for a fun day of exciting water slides, including the new KareKare Curl. SeaWorld’s all-inclusive day resort, Discovery Cove, affords even more interactive activity in a relaxing, tropical-themed haven. 7007 SeaWorld Drive, 407.545.5550. www.seaworld.com/orlando

International Drive

Ride on a 400-foot observation wheel, see a dinner show, fly high on thrill rides and make your own chocolate bar. Experience memorable adventures on I-Drive, the heart of the tourist corridor, home to dozens of hotels, restaurants and attractions, including SeaWorld Orlando and Universal Orlando Resort. Many of the venues in the area offer free parking. www.internationaldriveorlando.com

Kennedy Space Center

This iconic attraction tells the story of the U.S. space program. The complex is organized into zones, offering guests a way to explore the progress of the program chronologically. Visitors can stand nose-to-nose with the real Space Shuttle Atlantis, see the actual Saturn V moon rocket and witness an awe-inspiring rocket launch in person. State Road 405, Titusville, 321.449.4444. www.kennedyspacecenter.com WHERE GUEST B OOK

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS Orlando International Airport’s art program welcomes travelers beautifully.

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY JIM ARBOGAST


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“Art is an important component of any public building, and the Orlando International Airport is no exception...residents and visitors who travel through Orlando International Airport are visually stimulated with the message that whether travelers are ‘en route or coming home,’ they are valued and welcomed in Central Florida.” Jacob Stuart, former president of the Central Florida Partnership, saw the value of art in extending hospitality, and leadership at OIA has continued this vision. From its inception, art was woven into the very fabric of the airport’s buildings, and today, it continues to be an important component of the design. Used to connect expansive indoor areas as well as to bridge the indoors with a vibrant natural setting, art also serves as a wayfinding tool. It’s not uncommon for guests to rendezvous at one of the four terrazzo “Welcome Mats,” for example. Opening Spread: “Florida Dream” Triptych by Steve Lotz greets guests as they emerge from the airport’s tram. Opposite page: “Tree of Life” by Charles Williams adorns the airport’s small chapel. Above: “Steel Quilt” by Doris Leeper hangs above the main atrium.

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Clockwise from top left: “Ripples” by Barbara Sorensen conveys the movement of water that you see as you approach OIA from the air; the “Tech Garden” welcome mat by Scott Parsons celebrates Orlando’s technology sector; “Leoguana Da Vinci” by Suzi Edwards and Ricky Rudden was created from broken ceramic tile; “Day Pyramid” by Richard Anuskiewicz depicts sunrise to sunset, perfect for The Sunshine State. Opposite page: A fish from an untitled mosaic collage by Paul Goodnight curiously surveys his deep blue surroundings. The vibrant collage, located adjacent to gate 112, celebrates the cultural and ethnic diversity of the Central Florida area.

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ABOVE & BEYOND Regardless of your interests, there are many opportunities to enrich your Orlando visit with premium experiences BY BROOKE FEHR

Castles abound. Water parks transport you to the South Pacific. Animals from the furthest reaches of Antarctica and Africa call Orlando home. If you can dream about it, you can immerse yourself in it while visiting Orlando. You could visit all of these places to experience what they have to offer, and you would return home with tons of happy photos accompanied by the memories that they inspire. But if you’re looking for something extra, that opportunity to take your vacation to the next level, then you’ve come to the right place. Whether you seek an animal encounter of a closer kind, crave 16

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rock star treatment, or opt for the chance to do something truly unique and authentically Floridian, there’s a premium experience that’s just right for you. It may come as a surprise, given Orlando’s landlocked location, but if you are a lover of water and all things oceanic, there are incredible experiences to be had at SeaWorld’s Discovery Cove. The all-inclusive day resort is located on 30 lushly landscaped acres, and it offers guests an opportunity to interact with dozens of animal species up close in an inspiring, relaxing environment. Located just off of Central Florida Parkway,


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once you enter the sparkling oasis, you’ll have no clue that you’re so close to Orlando’s bustling tourism corridor. And with attendance totals capped at around 1,300 guests per day, you’ll never wait in line or feel that the park is cramped or crowded. And when they say Discovery Cove is all-inclusive, they’re serious. Guests need only arrive with their personal items and a bathing suit; lockers are free and available for your belongings, and animal-friendly sunscreen as well as towels are included in the price of admission. In addition,

unlimited breakfast, lunch, drinks and snacks are available throughout the day, including a selection of beer and wine for guests 21 and older. Settle in, and it’s time to explore the park. Snorkel on the Grand Reef, where you’ll encounter thousands of colorful tropical fish, and marvel as enormous rays glide gracefully beneath you. On one side of the reef, you can observe sharks swimming swiftly through their own habitat, safely secured behind an invisible glass wall. On the other side of the park, wade into Freshwater Oasis and view playful river otters

Opposite page: Go behind the scenes to learn more about Rivers of Light. This page: The Climb to the Moon Tour at Ponce Inlet Lighthouse offers breathtaking views.

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Have you ever dreamt of whizzing through the parks with your own personal guide, as you skip lines and have the Best. Day. Ever? Then Universal Orlando Resort’s Private VIP Tour will fit the bill nicely. The customizable tour offers opportunities to see backstage areas, front-of-line access to rides and attractions, special character meet-andgreets, and includes meals as well as valet parking. It’s not uncommon for Central Florida visitors to take advantage of Orlando’s close proximity to the coast (both east and west), with a side visit to the beach. If you’re looking to experience a little something extra farther afield, consider a trip to the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse for their Climb to the Moon Tour. Held monthly on the night of the full moon, you’re granted special, after-hours access to the beautifully preserved lighthouse and grounds. And you needn’t worry about crowds; the group is limited to 25 people. During the 90-minute experience, the lighthouse keeper shares the history and lore of the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse, before you climb the 203 steps to the top of the tower. Once there, panoramic views of both the coast and the inlet dazzle, as the sun sets over the land and the moon rises above the Atlantic. Also included are hors d’oeuvres and a sparkling, non-alcoholic beverage for toasting both your achievement and the beautiful surroundings. Best of all, this is one premium experience that doesn’t break the bank: the cost is only $35 per person, and even less if you become a sustaining Ponce Inlet Lighthouse member. Just south of Daytona in Cape Canaveral, take advantage of an adventure of a different kind, as you learn firsthand what it’s like to travel to space from someone who’s been there. Kennedy Space Center offers the Fly With an Astronaut package. Spend a half day with a veteran NASA astronaut, exploring the center’s visitor complex, and discover what it takes to journey to our final frontier. A visit to Orlando and Central Florida is the gateway to making your dreams a reality. If you can imagine it, then you can probably do it here. Go ahead. Get out there.

A visit to Orlando and Central Florida is the gateway to making your dreams a reality. If you can imagine it, then you can probably do it here. Get out there. Opposite page, clockwise from top: Fly with an astronaut at Kennedy Space Center; Visit Disney’s Creative Costuming; Swim With Dolphins at SeaWorld’s Discovery Cove.

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happily frolicking in the water. Adjacent Wind-Away River is the perfect spot to chill as you float serenely through a winding waterway that includes the park’s aviary. All of these attractions are included in your day pass. Looking for more thrills? Sign up for one of the park’s many premium experiences. To interact directly with bottlenose dolphins, book the Swim with Dolphins experience and learn all about these social creatures. As the class draws to a close, you’ll hitch a ride on the fin of your new friend, who will pull you back to shore. Other encounters include Seaventure, where you’ll don a weighted helmet that allows you to comfortably breathe underwater as you walk through a reef, learning about the fish swimming around you. Or opt to Swim With Sharks, an experience that offers an opportunity to interact with these often misunderstood creatures. Beyond the oasis of Discovery Cove, Orlando is best known, of course, for its theme parks. While there are more than enough thrills and adventures available with admission to these wonderlands, many of the attractions offer a myriad of ways to make your visit even more special. At Walt Disney World, there are dozens of premium experiences available—from carriage rides and fireworks cruises to makeovers inspired by your favorite characters. Gastronomes can indulge in Delicious Disney, specially themed dinners that take place monthly, or luxuriate in the Chef’s Table at Victoria and Albert’s. However, if you’re looking for a truly unique, immersive experience, consider booking the Backstage Magic Tour. During this seven-hour experience, learn the secrets of how animatronic figures come to life, and how beloved attractions, such at Epcot’s American Adventure, work. Step “backstage” and see firsthand how costumes are created and theme park rides are meticulously maintained. You’ll even have the opportunity to peek inside the Magic Kingdom’s famous utilidors. Lunch at Tiffins Restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom provides a tasty respite before you end the day with a behind-the-scenes look at Rivers of Light, Animal Kingdom’s nighttime spectacular.


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COFFEE CULTURE Whether you enjoy your cup of joe hot or iced, Orlando offers you endless ways to go local

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BY JOSEPH HAYES

Americans love coffee. The taste, the ritual, the sight of creamer slowly billowing through a cup, the art of sculpting the foam on a cappuccino, the smell—especially the smell. We adore it all. We live in modern coffee nirvana, with endless variety on every corner. But where does all of this coffee come from, and who is performing the alchemy of bean to brew? The answer can be surprisingly local if you look around. Coffee’s so-called First Wave began in the 1700s, taking centuries to become a staple in every American home and diner. The Second Wave, going to cafes for highcost specialty drinks, was famously pioneered by Peet’s Coffee in 1966, and further refined when three former Peet’s employees established Starbucks. The current era is known as the Third Wave: individually owned, artisanal coffee shops that cater to the educated palate, much like wine sommeliers. Orlando’s scene falls under a Fourth Wave of local independent roasters and coffee shops, sourcing from single-grower plantations. Coffee, like our other national fixation, chocolate, only grows in a narrow band on both sides of the equator, passing through Central and South America, Asia and Africa. With climate change and clever science, experimental fields can also be found in California, Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains and the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. Many of our local coffeeologists, such as Downtown Credo’s Jason Moore, have direct relationships with Coffee

Belt growers. And that’s where the local angle comes in. “None of this is on massive acreage,” he says. “The important part is establishing guaranteed sales for these families.” Coffee distributor Herbert Penaloza Correa guides the 575 Café collective in Tolima, Colombia, selling directly to roasters in Orlando and other cities. “Most of the coffee in Colombia was marketed this way historically— brought directly from grower to roaster—150 years ago. It’s nothing new.” But why should the average consumer skip the chains and buy local? According to Dustin Fleming from Barnie’s Coffee & Tea, it’s all about the quality of the drink—and much more. “These are people who take pride in growing coffee correctly. By spending that extra dollar, you’re increasing the total happiness scale of the entire world.” The essence of coffee depends on season and terroir, and how the beans are handled after harvest and during processing. While green coffee beans can remain fresh for two years, fresh roasted coffee degrades after two weeks, and within hours of grinding, loses most of its volatile oils (and flavor). Yet supermarket coffee can be more than a year old. Taste blossoms with an expert roaster extracting the subtle and complex flavor of each bean. Central Florida is alive with passionate roasters who use technology, community and the world’s resources to create that perfect cup of java, making our coffee houses a unique way to go local.

Opposite page, clockwise from top left: Coffee cherries ripen in the sun; starting with the best beans ensures a quality cup; coffee beans are roasted to perfection at Axum; tasting coffee is serious business for the Coffee Roasters Alliance.

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Renting a bicycle or joining a tour gives visitors a new perspective BY STEPHANIE PATTERSON

Magical theme parks, thrilling attractions and one-of-a-kind experiences contribute to Orlando’s fast-paced, exciting atmosphere. But with over 150 miles of bike trails and 300 miles of bike lanes and multi-use paths, there are endless opportunities for you to slow down and see the city from a new perspective: a bicycle. Offering a glimpse of Orlando’s natural side, tree-canopied trails pave the way to unexpected destinations, including art museums, locally owned restaurants, craft breweries and peaceful nature preserves. Join a tour or rent wheels, and set one of Orlando’s most cycling-friendly locales as your destination. No bicycle? No problem. Bike rental companies are affordable and nearly as plentiful as Orlando’s abundance of bike 22

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trails. Most bike rental companies, including Elite Road Bike Rentals, will deliver bikes directly to your hotel or resort. Or, rent bikes nearest to the trail you’d like to visit for a do-it-yourself cycling adventure. West of Orlando in Winter Garden, the West Orange Trail is a former railway that has been repurposed into a peaceful, 20.8mile paved, multi-use trail. Ancient live oaks provide dappled shade, while wildflowers, quaint neighborhoods, and nature preserves star as the passing scenery. Start your quest at West Orange Bikes and Blades, where you can rent comfort bikes, bicycles that are built for leisurely recreational use on paved paths. Heading east, a 4.5-mile cruise

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Opposite page: Bike Cubed’s Taco Tour is a great way to see the city deliciously. This page: Explore nature on Grande Lakes’ Hidden Lakes biking trail.


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Chua Bao An Buddhist Temple at the Apopka-Vineland Outpost (8.6 miles). For a dose of city life, head to downtown Orlando and travel part of the city’s 40-mile trail network. For visitors, one great option is to explore with a guided or DIY tour. New to Orlando, Bike Cubed offers guided bike tours on their fleet of electric bikes. Embark on the Taco Tour for a 3-hour tasting and biking experience, see manatees up close on the seasonal Manatee Tour in Volusia County, or traverse the city on the City Tour, a 4-hour, 19-mile excursion including stops in Downtown, Baldwin Park, Winter Park and more. If you’d rather choose your own adventure, take advantage of a local bike share, such as HOPR or LimeBike.

Opposite page: Plant Street Market; The Pedestrian Bridge Downtown; Hidden Lakes trail at Grande Lakes. This page: The West Orange Trail is a hidden gem and favorite of locals.

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will plant you in the heart of downtown Winter Garden. En route, stop for a walk along the boardwalk leading to Lake Apopka at Oakland Nature Preserve, and wander through the Butterfly Garden at Tildenville Outpost, both free to enjoy. While you’re downtown, meander through the local shops before refueling at Plant Street Market, an artisan market and food hall. Anchored at one end by local craft brewery Crooked Can, the market serves as one of Winter Garden’s coolest and hippest hangouts. Bikes are also available for rent from Winter Garden Wheel Works, located just outside of downtown, adjacent to the Winter Garden Station. If your travels take you in the other direction, sights toward Apopka include the playground and nature walk at Chapin Station (2.1 miles), and


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Once you’ve located and rented a bike using each line’s mobile app, ride to your heart’s content before parking the bike at your final destination. Speaking of destinations, the Orlando Urban Trail is one of the city’s best paved pathways, weaving 3 miles through Ivanhoe Village and Mills 50. The trail will lead you past Loch Haven Park, home to the Orlando Museum of Art, Mennello Museum of American Art, Orlando Repertory Theatre, Orlando Shakespeare Theater and Orlando Science Center. You’ll also cruise by picturesque lakes, colorful murals and even a local craft brewery, Ten10 Brewing Company. Recently, Orlando opened its first trail overpass bridge in Downtown, offering walkers and bicyclists a safe way to cross busy Colonial Drive, and continuing the goal of creating a Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail network. The quarter-mile bridge links the Orlando Urban Trail to Gertrude’s Walk, thus providing cyclists a safer way to access Downtown from points north of the city. Offering the exact opposite of the hustle and bustle of the city, you can go off the beaten path—literally—at Grande Lakes, home of The Ritz-Carlton Orlando and JW Marriott Orlando. The resort recently opened their new two-mile Hidden Lake mountain biking trail, comprised of wooden boardwalks and dirt pathways. Available for overnight guests, access to the trail and a one-hour mountain bike rental is included in the resort fee. Another destination for a leisurely ride, Celebration is replete with white picket fences and front porch living. Boardwalks and paved pathways link neighborhoods to Market Street, the town’s epicenter. Wheels are available from Celebration Bike Rental, located behind the Bohemian Hotel. Combine your visit with the weekly Sunday Farmer’s Market, or bookend your ride with a peaceful pause in a rocking chair along the waterfront. From nature-filled sojourns to urban adventure, there’s a perfect trail for every interest and skill level. Interconnected trails like the Cross Seminole Trail, Cady Way Trail and Seminole Wekiva Trail provide endless miles of natural beauty, while commuter trails and connectors allow a safer and greener way to discover city hotspots. No matter which destination you choose, seeing Orlando from the seat of a bicycle is an invitation to downshift the pace of your getaway, if only for the day. WHERE GUEST B OOK

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THE FACES OF ORLANDO WhereTraveler GuestBook is pleased to present the movers-and-shakers of Central Florida. These leaders work tirelessly every day, whether it’s at one of the country’s busiest airports or in our thriving downtown and our ever-popular tourism corridor, to make sure Orlando is the very best place to live, work and play. Thanks to the guidance and vision of our community leaders, Orlando is proud to be the most visited destination in the world. PHOTOGRAPHY BY NORMA MOLINA

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FACE OF THE ORLANDO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

ORLANDO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Phil Brown, Greater Orlando Aviation Authority Chief Executive Officer, has been in the finance and airport industries for more than three decades. He is committed to developing a worldclass airport where comfort, ease, speed and efficiency promote a memorable customer experience. Brown is leading a $4.2 billion capacity enhancement program, featuring construction of the 19-gate first phase of the new South Terminal Complex, expanded and renovated ticket lobbies, additional parking, cutting-edge technology and a new intermodal station to serve the more than 49 million annual passengers while meeting demand for future growth. 407.825.2001, www.orlandoairports.net


FACE OF INTERNATIONAL DRIVE

INTERNATIONAL DRIVE Maria Triscari is president and CEO of the International Drive Resort Area Chamber of Commerce. For close to 30 years, since the chamber’s inception, Triscari has been instrumental in the development and success of the I-Drive corridor, and her leadership has made the I-Drive Chamber one of the most productive and influential organizations in Central Florida. In 2015 Triscari was inducted into the prestigious UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Hall of Fame. 407.903.0084, www.internationaldrivechamber.com


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FACE OF THE CIGAR LIFESTYLE

CORONA CIGAR COMPANY Jeff Borysiewicz, president and founder of Corona Cigar Company, is the guru of premium cigars, whisky and tobacco. From growing his exclusive Florida Sun Grown cigar tobacco on his farm in Clermont, to hand-crafting his own cigars to procuring prized barrels of the world’s most exclusive whiskies, Borysiewicz has always been focused on bringing aficionados “the ultimate cigar experience.” 407.248.1212, www.coronacigar.com


ALL ABOUT TOWN Venture outside the tourism corridor for a glimpse of how the locals live. BY RONA GINDIN

DOWNTOWN ORLANDO By day, high-rises bustle with office workers. After dark, the streets fill with decked-out club-hoppers. Yet downtown Orlando is packed with intriguing sub-destinations worth exploring. Orlando’s creative community shows its talent in the Downtown Arts District where CityArts Factory boasts several galleries, arts venues rotate collections regularly and street sculptures abound. Lake Eola is where tourists ride paddleboats shaped like swans, shoppers stock up at a weekly farmers market and groups practice yoga on the lawn en masse. Hipsters live in Thornton Park’s restored historic homes, urban professionals in its contemporary condos; both frequent the neighborhood’s chic and casual restaurants. Big venues draw crowds: the sports and concert arena Amway Center, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and Camping World Stadium, along with the Orlando City Stadium, home of the area’s pro soccer teams. Before and after downtown events, attendees gather around Church Street, where historic buildings with fanciful adornments mix with contemporary buildings to house dining and nightlife. 30

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neighborhood is known for its offbeat yet attractive businesses. Ivanhoe Row was long Orlando’s antiques center; now art galleries and trendy bars fill the vintage storefronts with hipster wares and fare. It’s a short walk to Loch Haven Park’s museums and theaters. Nearby, Mills 50 is two neighborhoods in one. Artsy with an edge, it’s an LGBTQ-friendly enclave lined with inexpensive cafes serving flavors that span the globe. It’s also Orlando’s Asian center, packed with Vietnamese restaurants, grocery stores and acupuncture practices. Local graffiti artists have transformed utility boxes, dumpsters and exterior business walls into works of art.

COLLEGE PARK The main drag, Edgewater Drive, is a pedestrianfriendly thoroughfare with restaurants, boutiques and resale furniture emporiums. Surrounding that, 1920s-era bungalows along brick roads named for universities are home to an eclectic group of residents, most of whom shop and socialize at the now-retro 1950 Publix supermarket. Author Jack Kerouac once spent time in one of the bungalows; it’s now a writer’s retreat. Locals fuel up at independent coffee shop Credo and Infusion Tea. Away from College Park’s center, expansive homes with lake views show Orlando living at its most graceful.

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WINTER GARDEN Quaint, friendly and free of pretension, the

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welcoming enclave with brick-paved streets and faux gas lamps is timeless yet trend-forward. Children jump in splash pads and couples relax in oversized porch swings set in the center of town, where Americana is played alfresco. Adults sup and sip wine and martinis in dining rooms, cafes and watering holes. A brewery and indoor locavore market, plus a weekly farmers market, offer up artisan wares and groceries.

DR. PHILLIPS/RESTAURANT ROW The main drag, Sand Lake Road, has become known as Restaurant Row, attracting an equal number of tourists and locals to its high-end and midscale eateries on the lakefront and tucked inside upscale strip malls. Boutiques, trendy grocers and polished retailers selling goods from cigars to liqueurs beckon those looking to stock their hotel rooms or suitcases. Quiet parks dot Dr. Phillips, which was named for a citrus magnate and philanthropist. Bay Hill, a residential golf community, is home to the annual Arnold Palmer Invitational, started by the late Orlando resident and “King of Golf.”

(Left to right): “Take Flight” by Douwe Blumberg at Lake Eola; Mary Jane’s Rose Garden at Leu Gardens; the craft beer scene continues to grow and thrive in Orlando and the greater Central Florida area.

KISSIMMEE A quiet agricultural community before the theme parks came to town, modern-day Kissimmee invites visitors to experience Old Florida. Airboat, zipline and ropes-course operators add a bolt of thrill to the outdoor experience. Take the opportunity to see a classic rodeo if the timing’s right. Kissimmee’s historic city center is worth a visit for its street art and 25-acre Lakefront Park.

CELEBRATION Disney started building this new-urbanism neighborhood in 1996, and today it’s a destination community for locals and visitors alike who are drawn to its walkability, charm and architecture. Market and Front streets feature local shops, sidewalk cafes and restaurants with lake views. Revered architects including Michael Graves and Philip Johnson designed signature buildings. Residents and visitors make use of the Robert Trent Jones golf course, 26 miles of walking trails and 45 parks.

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Winter Park UTOPIAN COMMUNITY Often referred to as “Little Europe,” Winter Park offers visitors a peek into Florida’s past. Cobblestone streets, pristine lakes, world-class art, an affluent main street and historic homes are just part of what makes Winter Park a must-visit destination for visitors and a beloved neighborhood for locals. A century before the Walt Disney Company dreamed up the utopian community of Celebration, entrepreneur Loring Chase and partner Oliver Chapman drew up plans for Winter Park. Situated in the bend of the railroad between Jacksonville and Orlando, their mild-climate paradise for wealthy Northerners would include schools, homes, churches and businesses nestled among the area’s scenic lakes. In 1885, Rollins College opened its doors, and the following year, Winter Park’s first hotel opened, featuring extravagant amenities like steam heat and electricity. Over the decades, the city thrived with an influx of businesses and the donation of land for parks and golf courses by wealthy retirees. Today, more than 28,000 residents call the area home, in addition to some 2,400 students. 32

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CENTRAL PARK Situated at the heart of Winter Park is one of the city’s most beloved landmarks, Central Park. The 11-acre green space plays host to a long list of events throughout the year, including the annual Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival as well as the annual Olde Fashioned 4th of July Celebration. The winter holidays are an especially festive time, as the city partners with the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art to produce Christmas in the Park the first Thursday of each December. Turn-of-the-century Tiffany stained glass windows provide a beautiful backdrop for a performance by the Bach Festival Choir and Brass Ensemble. Any time of the year, the park’s bubbling fountains and seating areas, landscaped planters and a stunning oak tree canopy lure thousands of visitors from both near and far. Children play with abandon, and couples lounge lazily in the shade on picnic blankets. Central Park’s Rose Garden, located on the southern border of the park, beckons visitors to stop and sit for a spell.

COLLEGE CHARM The area’s historic charm is thanks in large part to Rollins College, the state’s oldest college, named for one of Winter Park’s founders, Alonzo W. Rollins. Spanish-Mediterraneanstyle buildings sit on the banks of Lake Virginia, with the main gates facing Park Avenue. Visitors can step onto a boardwalk amid cypress

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(Left to right): Strolling the beautiful campus of Rollins College is a charming way to explore the city; Shops line scenic Park Avenue.

trees and moss-draped oaks overlooking the lake. The crew team practices here, along with students piloting sailboats checked out from the campus boathouse. The public can visit Cornell Fine Arts Museum free of charge and admire paintings by Georgia O’Keeffe, Marc Chagall and Edgar Degas, as well as traveling exhibitions. Famous alumni include golf-course designer Pete Dye, actor Anthony Perkins, Paul McCartney’s stepson Arlen Shevell and Mr. (Fred) Rogers, who wrote “Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” as his senior thesis.

SHOPPING & DINING At the heart of the Winter Park shopping and dining experience is famed Park Avenue. Although Central Park occupies much of the west side of the brick-paved thoroughfare, a collection of cozy cafés, upscale restaurants and quaint shops line the half-mile stretch on the east, and to the north and south of the park. You will find everything from a two-storyPottery Barn inside a 1939 art deco movie theater to locally owned boutiques like Violet Clover, Shoooz, Tuni, Tugboat & the Bird and established jewelers. Treat yourself to a coconut ice cream cone at Kilwins, WHERE GUEST B OOK

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chocolate-covered popcorn at Peterbrooke Chocolatier or savory samples at The Ancient Olive. Take a shopping break at The Wine Room, where you swipe your credit card for 1-, 2.5- or 5-ounce pours. Or round the corner from Park Avenue onto Morse Boulevard for an authentic French pastry at Croissant Gourmet. Dining rooms, both upscale and casual, make Winter Park a popular destination for romantic date nights and lively alfresco brunches throughout the city, both on Park Avenue and beyond. The James Beard Foundation has put its stamp of approval on many Winter Park eateries, giving James and Julie Petrakis of The Ravenous Pig a nod, as well as Brandon McGlamery of Luma on Park and Prato. Just west of Park Avenue, historic Hannibal Square and the surrounding area feature day spas and salons, in addition to boutique shopping and dining options. Even further to the west, visitors can stock their suitcases with goodies at Trader Joe’s, grab a Shake Shack burger or dine overlooking Lake Killarney at Hillstone. Just across Orlando Avenue are Bulla Gastrobar, a fantastic stop for 34

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tapas, as well as the tempting boutique bakery, The Glass Knife. To the north, enjoy a leisurely day at upscale Winter Park Village, a destination that offers a pleasing combination of shopping, dining and entertainment. Prepare to shop until you drop as you encounter favorite brands such as LOFT and J. Jill. Charming Adjectives Market offers vintage clothes, antiques and new and upcycled home decor. Hungry shoppers can enjoy a stop by favorite nationallyknown restaurants such as Brio or Cheesecake Factory, opt for local flavors at the Hangry Bison, or dine alfresco at Bar Louie. Catch the latest release at The Regal Winter Park Village offering unparalleled comfort with reclining chairs and reserved seating in its stadium theaters. If your visit takes place on Saturday, make your way back downtown to enjoy the Winter Park Farmers Market, offering delights like freshly baked breads, just-picked flowers, fragrant local honey, from-scratch jams, fresh pasta and big vats of kettle corn made on the spot.

CULTURAL TREASURES Winter Park gives visitors access to significant works of art. Rollins College alumnus Hugh McKean had been a student of Louis Comfort Tiffany at his Long Island, New WHERE GUEST B OOK

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York, estate, Laurelton Hall, in 1930. After a fire at the estate, McKean and his wife, Jeannette, salvaged much of the work and opened a museum in Winter Park. Now celebrating its 77th year, the museum is named for Jeannette’s grandfather, Winter Park benefactor Charles Hosmer Morse. “Anyone with an interest in art—or American history for that matter—and who has a chance to travel to this city should not miss the Morse,” says Catherine Hinman, former director of public affairs at the Morse Museum of American Art. “Many people are familiar with Tiffany lamps and windows, but when they come to the museum, they are often astonished to see the range of [Tiffany’s] work. A highlight of a visit is always the Byzantine-Romanesque chapel interior that Tiffany designed for exhibition at the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago.”

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(Left to right): Stained glass windows are just some of the treasures at the Morse Museum; Winter Park’s famed canals.


Park chain of lakes and into hidden canals, initially created to serve the interests of local logging companies. The tour, established in 1938, is one of Florida’s oldest attractions. During the hour-long voyage, observe eagles soaring above, marvel at towering cypress trees, and even spot an alligator sunning on the beach. If you prefer to be more active, just head to nearby Lake Killarney, where Paddleboard Orlando rents paddleboards by the hour.

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A TRAVELER’S DREAM Just off Park Avenue is The Alfond Inn. This chic boutique hotel has been listed in the top 10 on Travel + Leisure’s prestigious list of “Best City Hotels in the Continental U.S.” “Winter Park is the hidden gem of Central Florida that’s increasingly less hidden,” says Betsy Gardner Eckbert, president/ CEO of the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce. “We are thrilled that now even international visitors have discovered Winter Park’s unique blend of charm and sophistication. Whether you’re here for our Venetian canals, world-class art or the finest in shopping and dining, we know you’ll understand why Winter Park has been a magnet for tourists since the 19th century.” For information, visit 151 W. Lyman Ave., or call 407.644.8281.

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Orlando North A RELAXING OASIS When you need a vacation from your vacation, simply head northeast of Orlando to a natural oasis, an easy and convenient distance from the theme-park crowds. Here you’ll find a blend of historic, quaint downtown areas alongside 2,000 waterways, including scenic lakes, rivers, natural springs and even a private island.

ORLANDO’S NATURAL SIDE For an admission fee notably less than many local attractions, you can see hundreds of exotic animals, including giraffes, rhinos and more, at the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Sanford. For an adrenaline rush, Seminole Aerial Adventures allows you to explore the treetops on suspended ropes courses and ziplines. Hiking and cycling enthusiasts receive a hearty welcome and plenty of opportunities to ride and hike along the trails that wind through Orlando North, Seminole County. Curving through parkland, streetscapes and waterfront locales, the well-kept hiking and biking trails are part of the Florida National 38

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Scenic Trail, a federally designated, non-motorized recreational trail that spans across some of the state’s most beautiful and unique landscapes. Paddlers will also find their paradise here. Wekiwa Springs State Park offers a crystal-clear swimming hole with canoe rentals, and just upstream is Wekiva Island, a popular hangout for canoeing and kayaking on the Wekiva River where the water remains a constant 72 degrees year round. Other Orlando North waterways offer recreation. Enjoy the thrill of an airboat ride and see tons of alligators with Black Hammock Adventures on Lake Jesup in Oviedo. For a slower pace, rent a sailboat and cruise Lake Monroe or dine and cruise with the St. Johns Rivership Company aboard the Barbara-Lee, an authentic paddlewheel boat.

DOWNTOWN SANFORD Seminole County boasts several quaint areas, with Sanford being its heart. This historic downtown sits on the shores of beautiful Lake Monroe, part of the St. Johns River, the largest river in Florida. Downtown you’ll find lots of old Florida charm coupled with a hip, young vibe as you traverse cobblestone streets and brick sidewalks. Family-owned restaurants, trendy boutiques and lively night spots now occupy historic buildings, alongside gracious Victorian-style homes. Don’t miss The Imperial at Washburn Imports,

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(Left to right): Bike one of Seminole County’s many trails, or take an exhilarating airboat ride on one of the area’s scenic lakes; ziplining through the treetops offers a whole new perspective.

an eclectic furniture store by day that transforms into an intimate bar every evening, serving beer, wine and cocktails. For the ultimate s’mores treat, you’ll want to stop by Wondermade. What began as a passion project by a local couple is now a renowned business of gourmet handcrafted marshmallows in a variety of flavors like strawberry, mint, lavender, gold champagne, bourbon and Fireball. In 2017, the shop expanded to offer homemade ice cream in a variety of interesting flavors. Cornbread and maple bacon are standouts.

LOCAL CUISINE Outside the charming suburban communities, Orlando North, Seminole County features vast tracts of rural and agricultural land. Sanford was long known as the “Celery Capital of the World,” and today, visitors can best experience this farming heritage at the dinner table. The fare at F&D Kitchen in Lake Mary reflects the culinary team’s commitment to Florida fishermen, farmers and brewers. The Smiling Bison Restaurant & Bar in Sanford features house-made charcuterie WHERE GUEST B OOK

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and locally sourced ingredients—and of course lots of bison, from ribeye steaks to burgers. Tennessee Truffle originated as a pop-up restaurant whose popular following necessitated chef-owner Nat Russell set down permanent roots in downtown Sanford. The menu changes daily but always retains a Southern feel with a modern twist—the popcornflavored ice cream is a must. The area’s diverse population has created a melting pot of international fare. Diners find global flavors in Lake Mary at Memories of India, Aspendos Turkish Cuisine, Krazy Greek Kitchen, and La Antioquena for Colombian cuisine. Longwood’s Enzo’s on the Lake serves sensational antipasti and Italian specialties in a romantic waterside setting. In Altamonte Springs, you can grab a Cuban coffee and a hearty sandwich at Zaza or share delectable Spanish tapas at the ever-popular Santiago’s Bodega. Sanford offers modern Japanese cuisine at Jimotti’s Restaurant and German food and entertainment at Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Cafe. Oviedo’s Sushi Pop is one the best sushi restaurants in the entire metro area.

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continues to offer a dynamic beverage scene, nowhere is that more apparent than in Seminole County. In Historic Downtown Sanford especially, visitors can create their own brewery crawl and visit four breweries within five blocks. At WopsHops Brewing Company & Kitchen, treat yourself to craft beer paired with hearty, Italian-inspired fare,

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(Left to right): Tuffy’s Bottle Shop in Sanford offers fresh Dakine poke bowls and a great place to toast the weekend with friends.

including the famous Wop-sicle, their signature house meatballs. Standouts in the beverage department include Sleepin’ with da Fishes, a British-style ale. Across the street, Sanford Brewing Company provides more brews in a modern, convivial atmosphere. Nearby, Inner Compass and Deviant Wofe are the newer members of the club. Craft doesn’t just mean beer, however. You’ll also find an impressive collection of craft cider at Tuffy’s Bottle Shop. If your tastes run to liquor, stop by Bitters & Brass for an incredible classic craft cocktail, or The Suffering Bastard for an authentic tiki bar experience, complete with immaculate decor and Polynesian-inspired concoctions.

GETTING HERE Orlando North, Seminole County is about an hour’s drive from major attractions via the 417 toll road or Interstate 4. For a charming day trip, take SunRail from downtown Orlando or Winter Park. Fly into Orlando Sanford International Airport, or hop aboard the Amtrak Auto Train, which disembarks in Sanford, and enjoy room rates that are substantially less than Orlando hotels. For information call 800.800.7832 or 407.665.2900. or visit www.DoOrlandoNorth.com.

FLORIDA Located on the Wekiva River, Wekiva Island is Central Florida's best natural attraction. • Private cabana rentals • Craft beer and wine bar • Riverfront relaxation • Canoeing • Kayaking

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THE GUIDE DINING DISNEY AREA CAPA Spanish. This 17th-floor rooftop steakhouse and bar offers cuisine with a Spanish twist. The restaurant features an open kitchen, wood-burning grill and outdoor seating for views of Disney fireworks. D (nightly). Four Seasons, 10100 Dream Tree Blvd., 407.313.7777. www.fourseasons.com/orlando H DEEP BLU SEAFOOD GRILLE Seafood. Let the experts at deep blu Seafood Grille prepare a diverse culinary journey that will not only be delectable but sustainable. D (nightly). Reservations required. Wyndham Grand Resort Bonnet Creek, 14651 Chelonia Parkway, 407.390.2420. www.deepbluorlando.com H IL MULINO NEW YORK TRATTORIACL0000002237 Italian. This authentic Italian eatery offers dishes from the Abruzzi region. Free daycare provided. D (nightly). Swan and Dolphin Resort, 1200 Epcot Resorts Blvd., 407.934.1609. www.swandolphin.com

H SHULA’S STEAK HOUSECL0043865 Steak. Custom Angus steaks combined with their aging process make up an award-winning “Shula Cut.” Some free child care provided. D (nightly). Swan and Dolphin Resort, 1500 Epcot Resorts Blvd., 407.934.1362. www.swandolphinrestaurants.com H TODD ENGLISH’S BLUEZOOCL0024 Seafood. Celebrity chef Todd English draws on coastal cultures to create a seafood menu. Free babysitting at the Dolphin Club with entree purchase. D (nightly). Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel, 1500 Epcot Resorts Blvd., Lake Buena Vista, 407.934.1609. www.swandolphinrestaurants.com H TWISTED VINE WINERYBREWERY & RESTAURANT American. Try the popular pork carnitas and flatbreads at this winery, brewery and restaurant that offers free wine and beer tastings. Eight beers on tap, plus local and other craft beers are available in bottles and cans. Located across from Medieval Times. L & D, closed Mondays. 4467 W. Vine St., Kissimmee, 407.507.4189. www.twistedwinery.com/Florida.html.

DOWNTOWN JIKO—THE COOKING PLACECL0000002236 African. See giraffes and zebras before you dine. Enjoy authentic African cuisine and rare wines. D (nightly). Animal Kingdom Lodge, 2901 Osceola Parkway, 407.939.1947. www.disneyworld.disney.go.com

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BOHEME RESTAURANTCL00249 New American. This elegant downtown restaurant boasts a fabulous art collection along with a prestigious AAA Four-Diamond rating. B, L, D (daily), Br (Su). The Grand Bohemian, 325 S. Orange Ave., 407.313.9000. www.grandbohemianhotel.com


INTERNATIONAL DRIVE H BEST SHABU SHABU WORLD NOODLE AND PHO Japanese. Translated as swishswish, shabu shabu is a Japanese hot pot meal of thin slices of meat and vegetables cooked together. Try noodle soups and noodle dishes from Thailand to Japan. L, D (daily). 11025 International Drive, 407.809.2662. www.bestshabunoodlepho.com H BLUE MARTINI This classy, chic martini lounge is the perfect place to grab dinner or drinks, whether it’s happy hour or late-night. 9101 International Drive, 407.447.2583. www.bluemartinilounge.com H CALA BELLA69 Italian. This Italian bistro makes everyone feel at home. Cozy up to the bar for a full dinner and watch chefs skillfully prepare Italian delights such as mozzarella stuffed meatballs and veal marsala. D (daily). Rosen Shingle Creek, 9939 Universal Blvd., 407.996.3663. www.calabellarestaurant.com H EVERGLADES RESTAURANTCL0027 Steak/Seafood. The unusual menu of gator chowder and buffalo tenderloin works well with the Evergladesthemed dining room complete with nature-scene murals. D (daily). The Rosen Centre Hotel, 9840 International Drive, 407.996.2385. www.evergladesrestaurant.com

H FIORENZO058 Italian Steakhouse. The Hyatt blends an authentic Italian restaurant and the tradition of a great American steak house. Features an open kitchen and a pizza oven. D (M-Sa). 9801 International Drive, 407.345.4570. www.orlando.regency.hyatt.com H JACK’S PLACECL00274 Steak/Seafood. Steak, seafood and regional dishes are served in an intimate dining room among Orlando’s largest collection of celebrity-autographed caricatures. Get your caricature done for free on F and Sa nights. Complimentary valet. D (nightly). The Rosen Plaza Hotel, 9700 International Drive, 407.996.1787. www.jacksplacerestaurant.com H A LAND REMEMBERED Steak. Old Florida charm abounds with artifacts and photos from the state’s past. D (daily). Rosen Shingle Creek, 9939 Universal Blvd., 407.996.3663. www.landrememberedrestaurant.com H THE OCEANAIRE SEAFOOD ROOM278 Seafood. This upscale dining room is dedicated to fresh seafood. Specialties include chicken-fried lobster and pan-seared Florida black grouper. D (nightly). Pointe Orlando, 9101 International Drive, 407.363.4801. www.theoceanaire.com

The Palm restaurant, conveniently located near many of Orlando’s major attractions, has a simple philosophy: Treat guests like family, serve great food and exceed expectations. Enjoy Prime Aged Steaks, Jumbo Nova Scotia Lobster and classic Italian specialties, all prepared with generations of practice – from our family to yours.

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Thai Thani restaurant group presents Orlando’s first Shabu Shabu restaurant, featuring the famous Japanese hot pot. You can savor top quality Japanese Kobe Beef in the hot pot with many choices of broths such as miso, chicken, Thai tom yum, Thai tomkha, and shoyu. The Japanese Shabu Shabu also comes with an array of noodles, tofu, udon and rice. Also on the menu are specialty sushi rolls like the Dynamite Roll and Dragon Roll. Enjoy our signature pho beef filet. Also we offer specialty noodles dishes from many part of the world including phad Thai, ramen, Chinese, Singapore, Indonesian and Myanmar noodles.

The popularity of Thai food has skyrocketed and now ranks among the world’s top cuisines. After all, patrons at Thai restaurants can order from a menu with a choice of spiciness – whether hot, medium or mild, the taste is delicious. Thai cuisine uses many varied herbs and spices and different sauces for diners’ personal tastes. Since 2002 Thai Thani has cherished Thai food and offered Thai dining excellence. The décor is reminiscent of a grand dining room in a majestic palace. Artwork and Thai-style furniture were imported to lend ambience. All guests are treated like VIPs as they savor healthful and exotic dishes. Distinguished by the Thai government as one of the best Thai restaurants in the US. Vegetarians welcome. Open 11:30am to 11:00pm everyday. Reservations recommended.

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H THAI THANI06418 Thai. Choose from assorted curries made with spicy chilies and coconut milk, ginger-laced stir fries, fresh spring rolls and seafood specialties. The atmosphere is colorful and festive. L, D (daily). 11025 International Drive, 407.239.9733. www.thaithani.net

KISSIMMEE H BLACK ANGUSCL003521 Steak. USDA Prime or Choice Beef cut daily. Large selection of fresh seafood and favorite side dishes. L, D (daily). 7516 W Irlo Bronson Highway 192, Kissimmee, 407.390.4548. 6231 International Drive, 407.354.3333. 12399 Kissimmee Vineland Road, 407.239.4414. www.blackangusorlando.com

SAND LAKE ROAD H MORTON’S THE STEAKHOUSE Steak. Every detail, from elegant servings of steak and seafood, vast wine selection and seamless service, makes Morton’s a classic destination. Happy hours daily from 5-6:30 pm and 9 pm-close. D (nightly). 7600 Dr. Phillips Blvd., 407.248.3485. www.mortons.com/orlando

SOUTH HEMISPHERE RESTAURANTCL00359 Creative/Contemporary. Enjoy fine dining from the ninth-floor location with runway views. Locally sourced and organic options are on

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the menu. B, D (daily). Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport, 9300 Jeff Fuqua Blvd., 407.825.1234. hemisphereorlando.com

UNIVERSAL/CITY WALK H BUBBA GUMPCL004038 Southern. Located at Universal’s CityWalk, Bubba Gump is an excellent family dining experience. Try one of the many shrimp dishes, try on the plaster casts of Forrest’s running shoes and delight in the Southern hospitality. Free valet. L, D (daily). 6000 Universal Blvd., 407.903.0044. www.bubbagump.com H THE PALM RESTAURANT00231 Steak. Located in the Hard Rock Hotel, this legendary steak house boasts aged steaks, jumbo Nova Scotia lobster, and classic Italian specialties. D (daily). 5800 Universal Blvd., 407.503.7256. www.thepalm.com

WINTER PARK HILLSTONECL003721 American. Enjoy steaks, seafood and salads in a picturesque setting on the lake. L, D (daily). 215 S. Orlando Ave., Winter Park, 407.740.4005. www.hillstonerestaurant.com

SITTING SERVICES H KID'S NITE OUT This well-respected company provides professional childcare (and pet sitting), at all hotels, resorts and vacation homes. 407.828.0920. www.kidsniteout.com


ATTRACTIONS & MUSEUMS ART GALLERIES H CITYARTS FACTORYCL0047613 The area’s largest collective of art galleries, showcasing local and international works of art, rotated monthly. Free admission Tu-Sa. Be sure to check out Third Thursdays. 39 S. Magnolia Ave., 407.648.7060. www.downtownorlando.com

ATTRACTIONS H CENTRAL FLORIDA ZOO & BOTANICAL GARDENSCL00234 See more than 400 animals, feed the giraffes, admire the big cats or take a ride on the train. Little ones will also enjoy a tropical splash pad open yearround, a playground and a petting zoo. Open daily. 3755 NW. US Hwy. 17-92, Sanford, 407.323.4450. www.centralfloridazoo.org H CHOCOLATE MUSEUM & CAFE Learn the long history of chocolate, see world-famous people and landmarks sculpted in chocolate, watch how chocolate is made, then enjoy decadent samples. A cafe along with a wine and coffee bar are also onsite. 11701 International Drive, 407.778.4871. www.chocorlando.com H KINGS DINING & ENTERTAINMENT One-stop shop for family entertainment, including bowling, pool, bocce and other games plus an upscale menu and full bar. 21-plus after 8 pm. Fall hours: noon-2 am M-Su. 8255 International Drive, 407.363.0200. www.kingsorlando.com

H ORLANDO GUN CLUB Whether you're a sharp-shooter or a first-timer, this indoor live-fire shooting range offers a safe environment with an expert staff. 3721 Vineland Road, 407.236.9199 www.orlandogunclub.com REVOLUTION OFF ROADCL0056841 Learn to ride an ATV, gear up for bass fishing or tool around on dune buggies and 4x4s. 4000 State Road 33, Clermont, 352.400.1322. www.revolutionoffroad.com

BEYOND ORLANDO H BOK TOWER GARDENS Features Olmsted-designed landscaped gardens crowned with a majestic bell tower that plays music by the hour. Open daily and holidays. 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales, 863.676.1408. www.boktowergardens.org

MUSEUMS MENNELLO MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ARTCL00236 This beautiful lakefront facility is home to sculpture gardens and a permanent collection of paintings by American Primitive artist Earl Cunningham and other traditional and contemporary artists. Closed M. 900 E. Princeton St., Loch Haven Cultural Park, 407.246.4278. www.mennellomuseum.org

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THE GUIDE H MORSE MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ARTCL002360 Featuring the world’s most comprehensive collection of work by Louis Comfort Tiffany, including his 1893 chapel interior and art and architectural elements from his Long Island estate, Laurelton Hall. Exhibits include late-19th- and early-20th-century American pottery, paintings and decorative art. Stop by the gift store for pieces inspired by the arts and crafts movement. 445 N. Park Ave., Winter Park, 407.645.5311. www.morsemuseum.org

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ORANGE COUNTY REGIONAL HISTORY CENTERCL002364 Central Florida’s storyteller since 1942. Journey through the region’s transition from Indian settlement to small citrus and cattle town to today’s worldwide destination. 65 E. Central Blvd., 407.836.8500. www.thehistorycenter.org H ORLANDO MUSEUM OF ART02365 With permanent collections of American art, African art and works of the ancient Americas, the museum also hosts prominent traveling exhibitions. Loch Haven Cultural Park, 2416 N. Mills Ave., 407.896.4231. www.omart.org H ORLANDO SCIENCE CENTER Themed exhibits teach while they entertain. The center also features an observatory. Open daily. Loch Haven Cultural Park, 777 E. Princeton St., 407.514.2000. www.osc.org

NORTH ORLANDO H WEKIVA ISLAND Offering kayak, canoe and paddle board rentals and a boat launch, Wekiva Island is a favorite gathering spot on the river. Enjoy an outdoor and indoor bar, river-banas, fire pit area and boardwalk. 1014 Miami Springs Drive, Longwood, 407.862.1500. www.wekivaisland.com

PARKS & GARDENS HARRY P. LEU GARDENS This 50-acre botanical garden is a maze bursting with color and greenery including one of the Southeast's largest collection of camellias. 1920 N. Forest Ave., 407.246.2620. www.leugardens.org

PERFORMING ARTS H AMWAY CENTER Home to the Orlando Magic basketball team, this venue also plays host to major shows and concerts. 400 W. Church St., 407.440.7900. www.amwaycenter.com H ORLANDO SHAKES This full-season professional theater includes the works of William Shakespeare and other classics, holiday comedies and a series of plays for young audiences. Loch Haven Cultural Park, Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E. Rollins St., 407.447.1700. www.orlandoshakes.org H WINTER PARK PLAYHOUSE This professional musical theater presents upbeat musical comedies and revues from Broadway and a


THEME PARKS LEGOLAND FLORIDACL005179 Built especially for kids, this 150-acre theme park offers more than 50 rides, shows and attractions. One Legoland Way, Winter Haven, 877.350.5346. https://www.legoland.com/florida. H SEAWORLD Immerse yourself in the sea, from up-close animal encounters to awe-inspiring performances to thrilling rides. 7007 SeaWorld Drive, 407.545.5550. www.seaworldorlando.com UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT72 Be part of the Hollywood experience at major theme parks Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and Volcano Bay. Don't miss The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. 6000 Universal Blvd., 407.363.8000. www.universalorlando.com WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT Combining theme parks Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom, plus shopping and dining at Disney Springs. Lake Buena Vista, 407.939.5277. www.disneyworld.disney.go.com

largest alligator population. Visit the scenic bird island to spot waterfowl, bald eagles and wild boars. Enjoy dining in the full-service restaurant. 2316 Black Hammock Fish Camp Road, Oviedo, 407.807.6623. www.theblackhammock.com H BOGGY CREEK AIRBOAT ADVENTURES Spot exotic birds, turtles and alligators in their natural environment while zooming on an airboat. 2001 E. Southport Road, Kissimmee, 407.344.9550. www.bcairboats.com INTERNATIONAL HELI-TOURSCL002381 See Orlando and its attractions from the perspective of a helicopter, with various tours and times available. 12651 International Drive, 407.239.8687. www.orlandohelitours.com H KISSIMMEE SWAMP TOURS035872 Enjoy an exciting, 60- or 90-minute tour through the headwaters of the Florida Everglades. Open daily. 4500 Joe Overstreet Road, Kenansville, 407.436.1059. www.kissimmeeswamptours.com H WINTER PARK SCENIC BOAT TOUR Relax on this one-hour narrated tour through the lakes and canals of beautiful Winter Park. Rides daily from 10 am to 4 pm, cash or checks only. 312 E. Morse Blvd., Winter Park, 407.644.4056. www.scenicboattours.com

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WALT DISNEY WORLD, TYPHOON LAGOONCL002384 Float along a lazy river, ride a water coaster, plunge down nine water slides and take on one of the world’s largest artificially created waves. 1145 E. Buena Vista Drive, 407.824.4321. www.disneyworld.disney.go.com

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VISIT CENTRAL FLORIDA Plan a day trip to Polk County and experience what the heart of the state has to offer, from Gulf to Atlantic coasts and everything in between. 101 Adventure Court, Davenport, 863.420.2586. www.visitcentralflorida.org

WATER PARKS H SEAWORLD’S AQUATICACL008216 Enjoy the serene to the wild, with white, sandy beaches, up-close animal experiences, lush landscaping and thrilling rides. Try the new Ihu’s Breakaway Falls, an 80-foot slide with four, 360-degree turns. 5800 Water Play Way, 407.545.5550. www.aquaticabyseaworld.com WALT DISNEY WORLD, BLIZZARD BEACHCL00238 Chill at the wave pool, ride the chair lift to the top of the mountain, or catch a thrill on Summit Plummet. Walt Disney World Resort, 1534 W. Buena Vista Drive, 407.939.7812. www.disneyworld.disney.go.com

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RITZ-CARLTON SPACL00249 Treatments taken from the best RitzCarlton spas worldwide. Spa, salon and fitness center open daily. 4012 Central Florida Parkway, 407.393.4200. www.ritzcarlton.com THE SPA AT FOUR SEASONS RESORT Exclusive amenities include an experience shower with nine spray massagers, Fire & Ice facial, and Magical Moment makeovers for kids. 10100 Dream Tree Blvd., 407.313.7777. www.fourseasons.com/orlando

GIFTS & SOUVENIRS H CORONA CIGAR CO.CL005089 The bar and store locations are actually 4,600-square-foot-plus humidors. Open daily. 7792 W. Sand Lake Road, 407.248.1212 127 S. Orange Ave., 407.404.5344 1130 TownPark Ave., Lake Mary, 407.333.3453. www.coronacigar.com


DRIFTWOOD MARKET Named Orlando-area top gift store, family-owned Driftwood Market specializes in high-quality art, home decor, jewelry and accessories from local artisans and international suppliers, priding itself on excellent customer service. Open daily. 47 W. Plant St., Winter Garden, 407.554.3105. www.driftwoodmarket.net.

JEWELRY & WATCHES H NA HOKUCL00531 Na Hoku captures the essence of Hawaiian lifestyle and tradition in its collection of fine jewelry. Disney Springs, 1676 E. Buena Vista Drive, 407.560.0630. www.nahoku.com ORLANDO WATCH COMPANY This family-run shop in the heart of Winter Park specializes in new and secondhand timepieces, collectible vintage watches and repair. 329 N. Park Ave., Winter Park, 407.975.9137. www.orlandowatchco.com H REYNOLDS & CO. JEWELERS Distinctive selection of precious gems and fine jewelry along with a collection of preowned Swiss watches. Family owned since 1974. 232 N. Park Ave, Winter Park, 407.645.2278. www.reynoldsjeweler.com

OUTLET MALLS ORLANDO PREMIUM OUTLETS Shop 180 designer and name-brand outlets, and enjoy savings of 25 to 65 percent every day. Open daily. 4951 International Drive, 407.352.9600. 8200 Vineland Ave., 407.238.7787. www.premiumoutlets.com/orlando

SHOES H BOOT FACTORY OUTLET This Nashville outpost offers two free pairs with the purchase of one on national brands such as Rocky, Justin, Sterling River and more. Styles include work, hiking, fashion, motorcycle, Western and more. 5490 International Drive, 407.903.0317. www.twofreeboots.com H SHOOOZ Find trendy shoes for all occasions at this independently owned boutique in Winter Park. 303 N. Park Ave., Winter Park, 407.647.0110. www.facebook.com/ShooozOnPark

SHOPPING CENTERS THE FLORIDA MALLCL002541 This upscale mall, just east of International Drive, has 260 specialty shops and major department stores including Macy’s, Dillards, JC Penney and Sears. Other popular shops include American Girl, Aldo, Apple, Coach, Disney and Guess. 8001 S. Orange Blossom Trail, 407.851.7234. www.floridamall.com

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THE GUIDE THE MALL AT MILLENIACL002540 With 150 upscale stores and dining options, this luxury mall features anchor stores Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s and Neiman Marcus. Open daily. 4200 Conroy Road, 407.363.3555. www.mallatmillenia.com H WINTER PARK VILLAGE An upscale, outdoor shopping center featuring shops including shops, spas and salons and restaurants. 510 Orlando Ave., 407.571.2700. www.shopwinterparkvillage.net

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WINTER PARK’S PARK AVENUECL00256 Stroll through upscale stores, cafes, coffee shops, restaurants, wine bars, salons and art galleries. 151 W. Lyman Ave., Winter Park, 407.644.8281. www.winterpark.org/park-avenue

SPORTING GOODS H AMERICA’S GOLF OUTLET Find everything you need for your golf game at this superstore outlet and its sister store, Golf Passion. Both have a great selection of premium golf equipment, shoes and apparel. Find closeout deals and last year’s model inventory, take advantage of the custom fitting services and on-site regripping. 5552 International Drive, 407.248.9827.

GOLF COURSES ARNOLD PALMER'S BAY HILL CLUB & LODGE Lodge guests have access to the famous home course of Arnold Palmer, featuring 27 holes along the Butler Chain of Lakes. Amenities include a spa and salon, marina, tennis courts, restaurant and the Arnold Palmer Golf Academy. 9000 Bay Hill Blvd., 888.422.9445. www.bayhill.com FALCON’S FIRECL00246 Rated one of the best public courses by Golf Digest, this Rees Jones Signature-designed championship course is challenging yet playable for golfers of all skill levels. 3200 Seralago Blvd., Kissimmee, 407.239.5445. www.falconsfire.com H SHINGLE CREEK GOLF CLUBCL00245 Located at the headwaters of the Florida Everglades, this Arnold Palmer-inspired course challenges even the most seasoned golfer with increased and well-placed bunkers and greens that vary in size and degree of slope. 9939 Universal Blvd., 407.996.9933. www.shinglecreekgolf.com

TENNIS PLAZA Top tennis specialty retailer features brand name racquets, tennis equipment, apparel, and accessories. 5540 International Drive, 407.288.8088. www.tennisplaza.com

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