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Miscellaneous information covering sports, transportation and more.

Don’t Miss the Historic Park Avenue District in the Orlando Area for Shopping, Dining and Much More!

The Park Avenue District in Winter Park is a bit of a drive from the attraction areas, but it’s well worth the time! It’s a historic district with a beautiful park in the center of the area with shopping, art galleries, restaurants, an art museum, Rollins College and ample options to enjoy a libation.

One of the nice things about shopping on Park Avenue is the eclectic mix of shops from high end fashion to the Gap, there’s sure to be something for everyone! It has one of the largest and nicest Pottery Barns in the chain. It’s located in a historic landmark theater which was renovated spectacularly and yet retains it’s old world exterior. Almost across the street is a Restoration Hardware and down the avenue is a Williams Sonoma. There’s a large antique shop plus many independent retailers from swank to the mundane.

Park your car and enjoy walking on wide sidewalks along cobblestone streets. Park Avenue isn’t your typical tourist hot spot but it’s VERY popular with the locals. On Saturday mornings there’s a fabulous farmers market offering vegetables, plants, flowers, incredible orchids, locally fresh baked goods and so much more.

While shopping is a big part of the experience there’s no lack of restaurants from moderate priced cafes to the elegant Park Plaza Gardens and lot’s in between. If your in a hurry you can grab a quick bite at Panera or a locally owned delicatessen less than a block away.

Cigar, wine and martini bars make for a popular and hip spot to enjoy a libation. Sidewalk seating at many of the restaurants and bars are perfect for people watching and are pet friendly with Fido welcome at most establishments.

Rollins College is at one end of the Avenue an exclusive private college with a historic and beautiful campus. There’s also an American art museum and store right on Park Avenue. Browse the numerous art galleries and soak in the local flavor. It’s a very pleasant way to spend a nice day while in Orlando and it can be easy on the wallet too!

Various events are staged on Park Avenue including one of the top art shows in the country every spring. So if you’re tired of the ordinary tourist experiences try the flair of Park Avenue for an afternoon or evening of fun!

Orlando Best Place to Golf in North America!

That’s the latest from the International Association of Golf Tour Operators which awarded Orlando the top spot in North America.  Orlando was voted “North American Golf Destination of the Year 2010” at it’s annual International awards ceremony in Spain. The award in good part was won due to “Orlando’s premier service provided to golfers and tour operators” and the “quality and sheer number of facilities available”.

According to the Orlando Convention and Visitors Bureau there are 177 golf courses in the Orlando metropolitan area plus 23 golf academies and is host to more professional golf competitions than any other city. The year round weather in Orlando is conducive to golfing most days of the year.

Some of the best (and priciest) golf courses include the Grand Cypress located in Lake Buena Vista, multiple courses located on Disney property, to the venerable Bay Hill home to the Annual Arnold Palmer golf tournament in the spring. For those not wanting to spend a fortune on a round of golf there are numerous other beautiful and challenging courses though not as acclaimed  in Central Florida.

Book a golf outing now while the Orlando area weather is gorgeous and crowds are small.

written by John Kucik – Capone’s Dinner & Show

What to do? Where to Stay? Orlando’s Best Bang for your Buck!

The first question you have to ask yourself is what theme parks do I want to visit. The thing is to keep your costs down you are probably better off picking one group of theme parks per visit. The big tourism players in Orlando offer EXCELENT bang for your buck if you purchase multi day tickets. You can save alot by employing this methology to the equation.

Walt Disney World offers by far the most choices on their multi park deal but the cost will be the highest. One thing to note the very best ticket deals Disney offers are only valid for a limited amount of time. To save money if you go this route stay on US 192 Kissimmee. Trust me the savings on dining alone will be significant versus staying on property. Pick a hotel/motel that offers free shuttle service to the Walt Disney World Resort and save the fifteen dollar a day parking costs. The Kissimmee 192 resort area offers a vast number of lodging choices including the Gaylord Palms on the high end. Pick your lodging in Kissimmee by location beacause between S.R. 535 and I-4 amost any motel you pick in Kissimmee Hwy. 192 will be within walking distance to restaurants, shopping and much more. One more tip try and pick a hotel/motel with airport service.

I will be more than happy to help you make your choices for a fun, affordable trip.

Next time I will cover Universal Studios and Sea World as alternatives to Disney.