Lake Eola Park

Lake Eola

Take a walk around Lake Eola and feed the swans

If you’re visiting and staying at a resort like the recently revamped Peabody Orlando, take a break from the theme parks to check out part of the local culture. Here are three things that an Orlando native enjoys to do downtown on a Sunday afternoon!

Hue in Orlando

Hue in Orlando

1. First, have brunch at Hue. I’ve been a fan of this restaurant for quite some time. And it’s not just because they have an awesome Bloody Mary bar. It’s a great place to people watch and I’ve always had fantastic service. The brunch menu has a great variety of options ranging from traditional sandwiches (my favorite is the Turkey Brie and Brandy Poached Pear Croissant) to fun breakfast items like the three different scramble platters (go for number 2: ham, spinach and cheddar with the sweet potato mash). But I think my favorite brunch pairing with the Bloody Mary Bar is the Steak and Eggs: Petite Filets, Scrambled Eggs and Tater Tots.

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Downtown Disney in Disney World, Orlando

Downtown Disney in Disney World, Orlando

Orlando is typically a must-do vacation for any family with children. Parents might try to save money by searching the web for the best deals at Disney World, because we all know how expensive a family vacation can be, but they might not look into the numerous Orlando attractions outside the theme parks. To help keep your vacation within budget, consider these fun and free alternatives.

Downtown Disney Marketplace: Experience the Happiest Place on Earth without paying for it. Downtown Disney is a perfect spot for a relaxing day. You will enjoy walking along the boardwalk and shopping in various specialty stores like the Disney Mega Store and the Lego store. Afterward, you can reward the kids (and yourself) with ice cream from the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop. It’s within a short drive from Disney ‘s All Star Movie Resort, one of Disney’s most affordable resorts, or the pricier. Read More »