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Is Celebration Florida Your Cup of Tea?

Disney Florida Life Like a Local Travel

For many first time visitors to the Town of Celebration, they aren’t quite sure what to make of it. White picket fences, perfectly manicured lawns, families on evening bike rides, it sounds ideal, doesn’t it? If you like living on a movie set, or as many refer to it, The Stepford Wives. You have to remember though, the Town of Celebration was built by the Walt Disney World Company back in the 90’s, and what is Disney if not the…

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Poking Around at Florida Cactus

Florida Life Like a Local

I’ve put my nurturing skills to the test. A couple of weeks ago I took a trip to Florida Cactus, a nursery devoted to cacti and succulents. I first learned about this place on Instagram, of course. However, Instagram did not prepare me for how expansive it was. Row after row of succulents, cacti and various other plants filled 20 large greenhouses. If you are a lover of succulents, you will love this place. We checked in at the office…

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Tips for Conquering Epcot Food and Wine

Disney Florida Life Like a Local Travel

In my last post, I listed some of my favorite fall events and festivities in Orlando, one of them being Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. If you’ve been to this event, or just attempted to eat and drink around the world, you probably noticed how popular it is among the bachelor and bachelorette parties. Well, I was one of those a few weeks ago. Seems like nowadays you can’t go to Epcot Food and Wine without making some sort…

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Festive Fall Events in Orlando, Florida

Disney Florida Life Like a Local Travel Universal Orlando

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…

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Coffee Breaks Make Great Dates

Life Like a Local Orlando Travel

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. This beautiful oasis is plop in the middle of Downtown Orlando, but surprisingly quiet and peaceful. Thanks to the recent drought, water levels were surprisingly…

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Happy International Sloth Day

Life Like a Local Travel

Following a few very busy weeks, I’ve begun to channel my inner sloth. So, in honor of International Sloth Day, I will be celebrating by taking a nap, eating dinner and then promptly getting back in bed. If there is any day where you can get the okay to be lazy, today is that day! And once you are all rested up, head to Wild Florida in Kissimmee, Florida and experience a real life sloth encounter of your very own.…

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Orlando King Cobra Found, There Goes My Weekend

Life Like a Local

It’s a bittersweet day for Orlandoans.  The King Cobra which escaped in early September has been found and taken back to its owner.  Now how will I discover new coffee shops, bars and fun attractions in Orlando? My weekends just got a little more boring. Thanks to the King Cobra‘s run on the town, I found quite a few spots I plan to frequent more often. That’s a lot of coffee.  I should probably do a post at some point…

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All of Orlando is at Disney, why aren't I?

Disney Florida Life Like a Local Travel

You know it’s October in Orlando when all your friends Facebook check-ins are at Epcot Food and Wine Festival.  It’s where every local spends their weekends, and their paychecks.  It doesn’t matter how crowded, how hot or how many hours it takes to find your car at the end of the day, every one is going to do it.  Based on my Facebook, at least 75% of my friends are at Epcot today and a few more headed there now.  After I finish…

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