Top 7 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 7 speedy getaways are designed to help visitors to central Florida relax, get some fresh air and experience something new.
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Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin ResortAttend the 3rd 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. 12 and Saturday, Oct. 13 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.
Walt Disney World Golf ResortEnjoy a friendly round of golf with industry colleagues at Walt Disney World Golf Resort. The 4-Man Scramble, on Sunday, Oct. 14, takes places at Palm Golf Course. Golf Digest rated the course “one of Florida’s top courses.” The 4-star facility with fairways through a pine forest meanders through a network of waterways and large greens.
Tee off is scheduled for 8 p.m. Eager golfers should register now to enter for 18 holes, which includes one of the most challenging holes on the PGA Tour. Registration includes a golf cart, box lunch, transportation to and from the conference hotel, a chance to win various prizes and much more!
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.
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.
La Nouba, a French phrase meaning “to party” or “live it up,” is performed twice nightly at the free-standing, permanent theater in Downtown Disney's West Side. Watch for the massive white, tent-like theater -- the tallest and most dramatic structure in the shopping and dining district, just minutes from International Drive.
An instructor stays on-hand to help, and the entire adventure is photographed and videotaped. Earn your wings with 2 one-minute flights or arrive with a group of up to 5 and experience 10 one-minute flights. The entire adventure can be experienced in the time of a midday break and promises to be a bit more memorable than a boxed lunch in a conference room.
New players are introduced to the game and provided with instruction to keep frustration from setting in. Core players are taught a plan to get that double-digit handicap into the single digits. Advanced players are provided routines by Faldo-certified instructors to develop consistency and elite players are coached to maximize tournament skills.
Sessions -- at Marriott's Grande Vista course -- range from 3-day golf school to an afternoon 3-hour session. You'll be back before anyone notices you're gone. Though they may see the renewed confidence and suspect something.
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