Orlando

Top 5 Orlando Escapes

Orlando's most popular tourist spots can easily take up an entire day between planning, picking up tickets and waiting in long lines. Skip the hassle, and consider a quick escape instead. These 5 speedy getaways are designed to help visitors to central Florida relax, get some fresh air and experience something new.

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Food & Wine Classic

Attend the 5th Annual Food & Wine Classic at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. Sample wines from around the world and experience the culinary artistry from pastries to pasta. The event -- held on Friday, Oct. 31 and Saturday, Nov. 1 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. -- also offers seminars to expand your knowledge of wines, cocktails and beer.

Enjoy live entertainment while you eat, drink, mingle each night -- and end your evening watching fireworks under the stars.
Food & Wine Classic

1500 Epcot Resorts Blvd, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

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Phone: 888-828-8850

Ritz Carlton

The Spa at the Ritz-Carlton

Don't let the subtle scent of citrus surprise you -- this is Orlando, after all. And as such, it's an element kept mindfully intact at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando's spa. A mixture of indoor and outdoor features -- including some of central Florida's vivid flora and a private heated lap pool -- help guests remove themselves from the world outside.

This extensive space features 40 treatment rooms where pampering is the order of the day. Among the extensive menu listings is the Spa Diva package, which includes poolside cabana amenities, lunch for two at Vitale, and a 50-minute service at the spa itself. For starters, choose something from the Art of Well roster, which is themed around Balance, Energy and Vitality. You can pick from a myriad indulgent options. The Ritz-Carlton spa is just off International Drive on the Central Florida Parkway.
The Spa at the Ritz-Carlton

4012 Central Florida Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32837

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Phone: 407-206-2400

Orange County National Golf Center

Orange County National Golf Center

Play a round or two where scores of PGA hopefuls tested their mettle at Q-School. Two championship courses and one 9-hole short course make this public course the perfect place to get out for a few rounds. The Panther Lake course takes golfers through rolling meadows, native pines, wetlands and dramatic elevation changes.

Panther Lake is also a rarity in Florida: A golf course without any development or homes on it. The greens are well-guarded and elevated, so risk is well-rewarded. The Crooked Cat course presents fewer trees throughout, but as a links course can lure golfers into ripping it out into the seemingly open fairways. That's when overlooked bunkers appear, adding extra challenge to this versatile course. The Tooth course is a 9-hole, short course, yet remains as challenging as the championship courses.
Orange County National Golf Center

16301 Phil Ritson Way, Winter Garden, FL 34787

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Phone: 407-656-2626

About the Author

Bill Burke is an award-winning humor columnist and writer with 20 years experience in the newspaper and magazine industry. He is the author of Mousejunkies (Travelers' Tales 2009) and Mousejunkies: Second Edition (Travelers' Tales 2011) --a humorous look at Walt Disney World addiction.

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