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A Romantic Weekend Getaway

by Trish Utter

For a minute I thought I was in . . . Paris! But I was at the Park Plaza Hotel in Winter Park, which is close to downtown Orlando. Built in 1922 this charming vintage, boutique hotel is nestled between unique stores and cafes. Step inside this little jewel box and you are transported to a bygone era. The quaint dark wood and Tiffany lit entrance is very reminiscent of Europe, and even has an adorable 1920’s style elevator. Upon arrival guests are handed a beautiful brass room key. A grand staircase guides you up to the 28 rooms that are on the first floor. And yes, that is it, just 28 rooms so the personal service you get is incredible. Every room is oversized and the beds have luxurious, crisp white linens. Everything is historically preserved. The bathrooms have the original fixtures and tile, so you could say you are staying in a working museum that is an amazing treasure, and makes for a memorable experience. The guest rooms that overlook Park Avenue lead out to a large wrap around balcony where a continental breakfast tray, with fresh flowers, is brought up to you each morning. This is included in the cost of your room. Sitting on the balcony, over-looking the trendy street below is a lot like being in New Orleans, with its iron laced railings and lush palms, and the energy of Park Avenue below. I sat there enjoying my fresh brewed coffee and hot croissants and listened to the distant train that stops in Winter Park. What a time capsule of a place this is, very romantic and absolutely charming.

NOT Your Grandma’s Ferris Wheel!

Are you looking for something to do this weekend? We are constantly in search of unique places for our readers to visit. Our latest trips were down I-75 to Orlando to visit I-Drive 360 and a plane trip to the Washington, DC area to see National Harbor in Maryland. What both destinations have in common are massive Ferris wheels, entertainment, restaurants and stunning views.

I-Drive 360, Orlando FL

This entertainment area is located on International Drive, close to the convention area. It was named after the 360° view you will get from the Orlando Eye. You will find restaurants, shops, and entertainment and best of all, lots of free parking!

Coca Cola, Orlando Eye

The huge 400-foot, Ferris wheel opened in 2015 and is run by Merlin Entertainments, under its Midway attraction brands which also has the iconic London Eye. Although this in not as large as the London Eye, it is still impressive and gives you panoramic views of Orlando, theme parks and downtown. Each of the 30 capsules are air-conditioned and have seating. There are touch screens in the gondolas that tell you what you can see on your twenty minute tour. At night, the Eye lights up
with changing color displays commemorating national holidays, important world events, and charitable causes.