Articles by Kristen Manieri

Visiting Lakeridge Winery

Visiting Lakeridge Winery March 1, 2011 | Romantic, What's New | Read More
Lakeridge Winery by Kristen Manieri I’ll be the first to admit that Florida ain’t exactly famous for its wine country. The wines here, which tend to be quite sweet, don’t come close to rivaling a vino from California or Oregon, and only a handful of winemakers attempt to try. But a...

Orlando’s Best Wine Bars

Orlando’s Best Wine Bars February 22, 2011 | Nightlife | Read More
While most of the country is still slogging through slush and suffering through the winter doldrums, Orlando is heading into spring. These past few days have seen temperatures in the high 70s and low 80s. The daytime weather is ideal for theme park hopping and the night time temperatures are perfect...

La Nouba at Downtown Disney

La Nouba at Downtown Disney February 21, 2011 | Nightlife, What's New | Read More
Ever wake from a zany, colorful, trippy dream and wish you could close your eyes and slip back into your fantasy world again? This describes, almost exactly, how it felt the other night as I joined the audience in standing ovation applause at the finale of La Nouba. I, along with more than 1,600 audience...

Rawhide Roundup at Forever Florida

Rawhide Roundup at Forever Florida February 19, 2011 | Things to Do, What's New | Read More
Giddy-up cowboy, it’s time to head out on the range for an authentic cattle corral in the deep Florida wilderness.  If you’re thinking City Slickers you’d be right on the money; Forever Florida’s Rawhide Roundup takes urbanites on a three-hour horseback adventure through their 1,700 acre eco-ranch...

Paddleboard in Orlando

Paddleboard in Orlando February 16, 2011 | Things to Do, What's New | Read More
image courtesy of Paddleboard Orlando Paddleboarding is quickly reaching ‘craze’ status. For those of you not yet in the know, paddleboarding uses a specific type of board, similar to a surf board, and one paddle that’s tailored to your height, usually around 70 inches long with a single, angled...

Gator Encounters in Orlando

Gator Encounters in Orlando February 16, 2011 | Things to Do, What's New | Read More
Folks travel to China to see panda bears, Australia to see kangaroos, and Africa to see lions. In Florida, the main animal attraction is the alligator. More than a million alligators call Florida home, a population size that’s only eclipsed in the USA by the state of Louisiana where there are more...

More Orlando Valentine’s Day Happenings

More Orlando Valentine’s Day Happenings February 9, 2011 | Events | Read More
by bbheart/flickr While the official date for Valentine’s may be February 14th, Orlando’s going to be celebrating the entire weekend prior thanks to a bevy of festivities designed for hopeless romantics like me. A kaleidoscope of happenings from outdoor kayak trips to culinary classes for...

Orlando’s Top 5 Romantic Restaurants for Valentine’s Day

Orlando’s Top 5 Romantic Restaurants for Valentine’s Day February 3, 2011 | Food, What's New | Read More
Lake Eola Park Don’t let all the theme parks packed with giggling kids fool you… Orlando really does have a romantic side, even if you have to veer slightly off the beaten path to find it.  Think private helicopter rides over the nightly firework shows, champagne hot air balloon flights...

Calling all Singers… Orlando’s Got Your Ticket to Stardom

Calling all Singers… Orlando’s Got Your Ticket to Stardom January 30, 2011 | Things to Do | Read More
Think you have what it takes to be the next big singing sensation? Anyone can have the chance to become a star at The American Idol Experience located at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Imagine being able to go through an audition process, make the cut, and sing your heart out in front of a live audience...

It’s Manatee Time at Blue Springs State Park

It’s Manatee Time at Blue Springs State Park January 28, 2011 | Things to Do, What's New | Read More
Blue Springs State Park by Kristen Manieri For a tranquil day spent in the real Florida wilderness, make a trip to Blue Spring State Park, about 45 minutes from downtown Orlando. A $6 entrance fee gives unlimited access to the park’s beautiful 2600- acre grounds and rich historical features, but the...