LOVE DATE NIGHT
Glamping Getaways 4 Glamorous Camping Retreats for Couples Words by Stephanie Patterson
Westgate River Ranch Luxe Teepee
Not a fan of roughing it? Forget pitching a tent. Glamping (glamorous camping) is the way to go. Camp in style with your love at one of these romantic, outdoorsy escapes in Central Florida. 1. Luxe Tent for Two
3. Yurt Romance
Located 90 miles south of Orlando on 1,700 acres of breathtaking ranch land, Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo (westgateresorts. com) combines cowboy culture with stylish digs. The canvas tents feel more like hotel rooms than tents, with air conditioning, screened porches, king-sized beds and personal concierges. Experience life on the ranch with horseback riding, trail hikes and a weekly championship rodeo. Eat, drink and be merry at the local saloon and restaurant. Rates begin at $265 per night.
A 40-minute drive from Orlando will take you to The Yurt at Danville (danvillebnb.com/the-yurt) for a one-of-a-kind romantic weekend getaway. Basic yurts are round, portable canvas tents, but this unique hideaway is fit for a king and queen. Located on a private airstrip at a quaint B&B in Geneva, The Yurt comes equipped with air conditioning, a plush king-sized bed, Wi-Fi, full bathroom and a mini kitchen. Don’t forget to make friends with the two alpacas who live behind the yurt! Rates begin at $66 per night.
2. Floating Bungalow Bliss
4. Treetop Hideaway
Love being on the water but dislike the idea of sleeping on a boat? Spend your nights together in a floating bungalow instead! The Floating Bungalow (floatingbungalows.com), whose current home is the Boat Tree Marina in Sanford, takes the concept of a houseboat to a whole new level. The floating home boasts such amenities as a porch with overhead fans, loft bedroom, full kitchen, discount pontoon boat rentals and nearby access to historic Downtown Sanford. Rates begin at $159 per night.
You don’t need to leave Orlando for forest treehouse luxury. Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort (disneyworld.disney.go.com/resorts/saratogasprings-resort-and-spa) offers treehouse villas that are the stuff of your childhood dreams. Located along the scenic Sassagoula River, each treehouse is elevated 10 feet off the ground and appointed with beautiful carved wood furnishings. Marvel at the tranquil landscape from your private deck or catch a ride to Disney Springs on the water taxi. Treehouse villas sleep nine adults, so make it a group getaway! Rates begin at $749 per night.
STEPHANIE PATTERSON is the managing editor for Orlando Date Night Guide, the area’s most comprehensive resource for local date night ideas. A local photographer, travel blogger and food tour guide, she shares her creativity on traveltasteclick.com.
PLAYGROUND MAY / JUNE 2017