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Festive Fall Events in Orlando, Florida

What does Fall mean to me? Crisp air, falling leaves and cozy blankets. Unfortunately, Florida doesn’t lend itself to these luxuries very often.  In fact, the first Florida “fall front” blew through earlier this week and the temperatures finally fell from the high 90’s to low 80’s (we’re even going to drop to 70’s next week!!!!!).

So, while I would love to believe we would have a cool fall season, it likely won’t happen, so fall to me includes theme parks, sunshine, and the great outdoors.

First up, the annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

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Some of my favorites this year: 

Active Eats: Loaded Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Light Lab: Bleu Spectrum

The Cheese Studio: Savory Caramelized Onion and Boursin Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese Tart and Cheese Trio

The Chocolate Studio: Banfi Rosa Regale

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And the photos with Remy this year are a lot of fun.

Event Tip: If you plan on spending a majority of the day eating and drinking around the world, pick up a Disney gift card and load it with what you plan on spending. That way you can stay on budget, and you don’t have to pull your wallet out at every food pavilion. 

Then there is my absolute favorite event of the year, Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando.

This year may have been one of my favorites between the terrifying houses and chilling scare zones. Every single detail was on point.

Favorite houses:

Scarecrow: The Reaping (thanks to this house I had no voice the next day)

The Shining

American Horror Story

Saw: the Games of Jigsaw

Horror of Blumhouse

Dead Waters

Favorite Scare Zones:

Trick ‘R Treat (I loved the music, decor, and scare-actors in this zone)

The Purge

Event Tip: Lines get long, so plan before you go and know which houses are ones you want to see. Take it all in, the amount of detail that goes into the houses is incredible so take the time to look around as you walk through. 

Bonus: RIP Tours are a great way to guarantee you see all the houses, ride some rides and see Bill and Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure (final year). 

And for a fun local, more laid back fall event check out Partin Ranch Corn Maze in Kenansville, Florida.

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This was my first ever corn maze, so I had no idea how easy it would be to get lost.

After making it out of the maze, there was still plenty to do like the Combine Ride, Corn Cannon, Petting Farm and so much more. So festive!

If you are looking for something fun for the whole family, definitely check out Partin Ranch Corn Maze open on the weekends through October.

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It’s pumpkin season, get out and enjoy!

What are some of your fall favorites? And, what does fall mean to you?

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Happy First Day of Summer!

It’s not summer without a trip to the beach. And for me, it’s not summer without a trip to my favorite beach: Captiva!

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While it has been a bit rainy and cloudy, I still managed to get enough sun to resemble a lobster. This is what happens when you only go to the beach once a year and try to soak up as many rays as you can in a few days. Oops.

Besides all that, it’s still the most relaxing and beautiful place to spend the first day of summer 🙂

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Coffee Breaks Make Great Dates

Lately, I’ve been on the go a lot. Between weddings, anniversaries, family visits, it’s been awhile since I’ve had a quiet weekend at home. It was nice to not have any sort of plans or schedule this weekend and just play it by ear, exploring our own back yard.

First up, Greenwood Urban Wetland Park.

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This beautiful oasis is plop in the middle of Downtown Orlando, but surprisingly quiet and peaceful.

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No water under this bridge

Thanks to the recent drought, water levels were surprisingly low, but it was still beautiful and quite scenic. I can’t wait to go back after a nice long rainstorm.

We continued relaxing over some cold brews from Foxtail Coffee Co. I’d consider this another first for me since my first visit to Foxtail wasn’t as pleasant. I was suffering from appendicitis and didn’t know it. This time was far more enjoyable.

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We sat in the grass, beneath the palm trees, people watching for the next few hours. It was absolutely perfect.

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And to round out the day of firsts, we had dinner at Reyes Mezcaleria, a brand new Mexican restaurant in Downtown Orlando.

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