(Contest is over)
Mondays are tough, right? Well, we at the Loren and Wally Morning Show feel your pain, so we’re going to soften the blow today....by giving out vacations!
Feeling better? You should, because last week I “pre-vacationed” (that’s LBF-speak for “checked the place out”) for you. And guess what? This trip is perfection.
My father works in the travel industry, which means he’s practically handcuffed to his Samsonite and when it comes to traveling for work, he always says this: “Never whistle while you pack.”
Good advice. But hard to follow when you’re filling a carry on with flip flops and bathing suits, then jetting off to Orlando, home of Disney, Universal, SeaWorld and frozen margaritas.
I stayed at the Hilton Bonnet Creek, a gorgeous, AAA Four Diamond-rated, 1000-room resort located within minutes of Disney World and Epcot. More importantly? It has 12 restaurants and lounges. I settled right in at the outdoor bar, Beech, and sipped on a Hibiscus Margarita while I watched guests float down the lazy river in the lagoon-style pool. Bliss.
But I couldn’t stay too long, because there’s so much to see in Orlando.
I headed to Winter Park, a small enclave outside Orlando that’s home to art galleries, restaurants and shops. And guess what? It was co-founded in 1881 by Oliver E. Chapman and Loring A. Chase, both of whom are from my hometown, Canton. 02021, baby! (Also, it's a small world, right?)
I stopped by Sassafras Sweet Shoppe, a cool candy shoppe with vintage treats from the “olden” days. I immediately thought of the guys, of course, and got them candy from their youth -a Zagnut bar for Wally, maple-bacon taffy for Loren and candy cigarettes for Tom.
After using all of my willpower to avoid a place that serves 148 wines by the glass, I headed to dinner in the Atrium at Park Plaza Gardens, a bistro on the main strip. It’s a great place for a special occasion and the piano player in the center of the room adds the perfect musical touch.
After a three course meal - it was a sneak peek of Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month, when, from Sept. 1-30, you can get a three course meal for $33 at more than 60 locations - it was time to go back to the Hilton Bonnet Creek and rest up for day two.
Check out my blog tomorrow for my crazy adventures at Walt Disney World’s brand-new Fantasyland and behind the scenes at SeaWorld! And visit all week and you, too, might be sipping sangrias under the sun!
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