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Every season is the perfect season to visit Orlando, but we have to admit to holding a special place in our hearts for fall. This is when the heat dies down, (just a bit) the magazine ads start selling the corduroys and sweaters we will probably never use, and just as in the cooler states, pumpkin spice makes it debut! Yes, we still spend Saturdays lounging by our pools and the clothes we wear do not change, but the vibe of Florida never really changes. If your Florida journey brings you to our town and a stay in one of our Magnolia Villas seasonal sanctuaries, this guide to the fun things to do in the fall will add a touch of pumpkin spice to your Orlando getaway!

Epcot Food and Wine Festival, July 15 – November 20

In a time when more festivals and events are still being cancelled than not, leave it to Disney to find ways to keep the fun alive and stay safe while doing so! The Epcot Food and Wine Festival is a summer and fall event, lasting until right before Thanksgiving, making it the perfect kick off to our fun fall activities! Sip and dine your way across six continents, and as you eat, enjoy the music from the different nations. Also offering merchandise to bring home that represents the countries, a visit to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival should be number one on your list!

Pick a Peck of Pumpkins, Mick Farms, 4261 Canoe Creek Road in Saint Cloud

Mick Farms is an actual working farm located in the town of St. Cloud, just about a half hour’s drive outside of Orlando. Offering a farm stand that sells delicious produce year-round, in mid-October they open their fields to the public, allowing guests to actually pick their favorite pumpkins right off the vine! Estimated pumpkin opening day this year is October 12, giving you and your family an authentic farm experience. Mark it on your calendars, wear clothing you don’t mind getting dirty, your most comfortable walking shoes, and prepare for a day to remember!

Cow’s and Cabs Fundraising Event in Winter Park, November 13, 2021

This worthy event lasts only one night, but it offers tastings of meals prepared by 25 Orlando gourmet restaurants, with the proceeds going to benefit children’s charities in Central Florida. Also offering sips of over 200 wines, beers, and hand-crafted cocktails, this night of denim, cowboy boots, and awesome food and drinks is guaranteed to be a special evening you will wish goes on forever! Enjoy cigars that are included in the price of your ticket, (a separate cigar tent ensures that non-smokers will not have to endure the scent) complimentary valet parking when you purchase General Admission tickets, and with VIP tickets, private baths, separate seating areas, and specialty food are also included along with all of the above.

Hike in the Split Oak Forest

Named for a giant oak tree that survived a lightning strike that split it in half, the Split Oak Forest Wildlife and Environmental Area offers a breathtaking look at the natural beauty of the Florida landscape. Enjoy cooler temperatures as you hike along the 9+ miles of trails and paths that take you close to the wildlife, and as you spot beautiful flowers and the ethereal butterflies flitting from bloom to bloom, take a few minutes to just breathe. Your real life is so hectic, these quiet moments are bound to be memorable!

Orlando Brewing, 1301 Atlanta Avenue

Every season is the right season for a craft beer, and Orlando Brewing might just have a pumpkin porter that you will fall in love with! Also featuring their version of Oktoberfest, held September 18th, the event will be held outside to help guests celebrate safely as they eat German food, listen to live music, play games, and, of course, drink plenty of ice-cold German beer! Orlando Brewing always has an event going on, no matter what time of year you choose to visit, so if you miss out on Oktoberfest, purchase a couple of tasting tours and sip your way through the delicious maze of specialty brews.

Play at Home

Our Magnolia Villas seasonal escapes are designed to be lived in, so don’t always be in a hurry to get out the door! Plan at least one day to be spent poolside, soaking up the still warm rays of sun and enjoying all the luxury amenities our vacation homes offer. From game rooms to themed bedrooms, and of course, private pools and hot tubs, our homes are destined to be an integral part of your fall vacation experience. Reserve yours today!

 

 

There are many things you can count on during your stay with Magnolia Villas in beautiful Orlando, including a comfortable luxurious lifestyle to which you will happily grow accustomed, the fresh and delicious meals you will find in our restaurants, and of course, an exciting getaway filled with adventures big and small! From alligators to zebras (at Gatorland and the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens), your bucket list is guaranteed to be a long one, but what happens if it begins to rain? Does a rainy day automatically put an end to your fun? The answer is absolutely not! This guide to all the activities in Orlando you will be able to enjoy when the skies open up will ensure that every minute of your stay is destined to be memorable.

Gray Skies WILL Clear

Just as the song tells us, this rain will not last forever, and the heartiest of travelers understand the fun that can be had at the house the mouse built, especially in the rain! As long as there is no thunder and lightning, a rainy day spent at Disney World is the best way to fill those vacation hours; the worst of the crowds will be trying to find indoor activities and the lines will be short! Many of the rides take place under cover of a roof, keeping you dry, or you can grab a sit-down dinner at any of the restaurants in the park and wait for the sun to appear once again.

Oh, How the World Has Changed!

If you have spent any time at all on Instagram or TikTok, you know the value of a good background, and the Orlando Wall Crawl helps you do that! Located at 1016 W Church Suite Suite C and offering over 4500 square feet of air-conditioned coolness, this warehouse of backdrops can help you become the star of your favorite social networking site while you stay dry. Featuring a variety of colorful and unique backdrops, including Christmas, graduation, and glamour themes, the admission fee gives you an hour of unlimited photo opportunities!

How Sweet It Will Be

It’s true that you may be feeling a little blue when the skies are gray and gloomy, but the quickest way to a smile is through chocolate, and it is impossible to be sad when you visit the Chocolate Kingdom! Located at 9901 Hawaiian Court, this factory dedicated to the sweetest treat of all may not change your life, but it will definitely sweeten your disposition as you explore the museum, take the factory tour, and create your own custom chocolate bar. The rain may be soaking the grounds, the skies may be dark and gloomy, but you will be in your happy place surrounded by the most wonderful of aromas, the smell of chocolate in all its many forms!

A Fiery Example of History

This next activity is only available on Fridays and Saturdays, but families with little boys and girls will want to add a visit to the Orlando Fire Museum to their itinerary, even if the sun is shining brightly. Located at 814 E Rollins Street inside a brick firehouse built in the 1920s, the exhibits found here cover decades of firefighting history and include a variety of uniforms, equipment, historic fire trucks, and a fascinating glimpse into the bedrooms that are built into every station.

Fore!

No, we are not suggesting you head out in the rain for a game of golf; we are inviting you to enjoy 18 holes of colorful fun at the Putting Edge indoor miniature golf course! Black lights and neon colors make mini golf fun as you move from themed hole to themed hole, exploring the ocean, the jungles, and the mysteries of outer space with your kids and spouse. Located at 5250 International Drive and offering a cool respite from the dreary weather outside, spending a couple of hours here is fun on rainy and sunny days!

Photos with the Stars

Another popular activity in Orlando is Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, located at 8387 International Drive, where you can mingle with big-time celebrities that include Shrek, Taylor Swift, and our personal favorite, Jason Momoa as Aquaman. Take your turn in the hot seat as you are “interviewed” by Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show, pose at the big desk in the Oval Office, or help Superman hold up a helicopter, saving everyone who is inside! The options are limitless at Madame Tussauds, and the fun never ends!

At Home with Magnolia Villas

Of course, there is no law that says you have to leave the premises of your Magnolia Villas vacation escape! Staying in for the day has never been so fun as you sleep late, play games, and maybe, take a swim in the rain because you know you can’t get any more wet. Reserve your stay with us today!

Not all vacations are created equal, as you fulfill different needs in different cities. Perhaps you need a break from everything, and you are choosing a quiet country getaway, far away from the hustle and bustle in the world, or maybe you crave the buzz of the frenetic atmosphere of a big city. Maybe you are interested in doing it all: spending time with the kids at the amusement park, relaxing and finding peace by a private pool, and getting out to enjoy all the exciting adventures your vacation destination has to offer. When you want to have the option to do just about anything, Orlando is the place to be! As you live it up from the comfort of our Magnolia Villas sanctuaries, this guide to the top tours you can experience in our favorite place on earth will ensure that you get the opportunity to do it all.

Ghost Tours of Orlando

Why not get your blood flowing right from the start with a chilling ghost tour offered by Orlando Haunts! We are not alone in the world, and the wonderful guides know the tragic underbelly of Orlando; they will take you to where the spirit world and our world collide! Learn the terrifying tales of pirate’s pillaging gone bad, the woeful stories of love gone wrong, and the truly sad narrative of those who lived alone, died alone, and are now just looking for some company as the centuries slowly pass by.

The Most Delicious Tours of All

Our favorite part of any vacation is getting a chance to taste the flavors of the region, and the best way to do so in Orlando is with a food tour offered by Wandering Palms! Savor your way through the Milk District neighborhood with a variety of tours, including the Neighborhood Eats tour, which will take guests to five local restaurants, and the Almond Milk District Vegan Tour that also visits five restaurants but is focused on the plant-based meals that are so yummy in this region. Finally, they also offer the Foodtography Mills 50; perfect for all you budding influencers who love posting all the pics of all the foods you have enjoyed over the years, this tour visits four different restaurants but includes tips and hints on how to take the best pictures of your meals! Book your most delicious tour here.

Make Up Your Own Tour

After all that food, you are probably feeling a little thirsty, so why not make up your own tour of the Orlando wine bars and sip your way fantastic through the night? Ride share services make this tour safe for all involved as you sip in and out of Wine Bar George, Vine’s Grille and Wine Bar, the Eola Wine Company, and a host of other wine bars in the area! At last count, we noted eight fantastic places to sip and savor, but that number is always changing! Although we cannot say that we have a favorite wine bar, we can tell you there is a soft spot in our hearts for the Wine Room on Park Avenue, located in nearby Winter Park, and offering over 150 handpicked wines for you to try. We do not recommend trying all 150 in one night, however, and if your goal is to try them all out, we suggest making more than a few trips!

The Bird’s Eye View Tour

Orlando is a beautiful city, but its size prevents visitors from really being able to enjoy all its charms unless you choose a helicopter tour offered by Air Force Fun! Flying you over all the spots you may want to visit personally, later on, the tour times range from a quick 4- to 5-minute tour that takes you over Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, and Volcano Bay to the monster flight tour that lasts 20 to 25 minutes! Otherwise known as tour number 6, this flight will give you a bird’ eye view of the best of Orlando, including SeaWorld, Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports, and Gatorland!

From the Sky to the Sea

Well, not exactly the sea, as Orlando is about an hour’s drive away from the beach, but the kayak tours offered by Get Up and Go Kayaking in nearby Winter Park. They offer daylight tours of the lakes in clear kayaks that allow you to see all that swims below, and nighttime tours that feature kayaks with color-changing LED lights to add an extra twinkle to your explorations! Also offering sunset tours that will take your breath away (Remember to keep hold of your paddle and don’t let it slip away in the excitement of the moment!), this tour company is one of the best in the region.

Come Home to Magnolia Villas

No matter how you spend your days in our magical city, coming home every evening to the comforts and luxuries found in our Orlando sanctuaries promises to be the best part of your Florida adventure. This vacation is destined to be the one you talk about for years to come, so be sure to reserve your stay with us today!

Enjoy Amazing Outdoor Adventures and Plan Exactly What To Do During Orlando Summers

The early summer is a great time to visit Orlando and enjoy all the outdoor activities. Many flocks to the Orlando area in the summer months for its many activities and easy beach access. Many theme parks have just opened their gates for the season, including Disney World, SeaWorld, Universal Studios Florida, and Islands of Adventure. There are beautiful lakes near Orlando with plenty of fishing opportunities. Here are some details on early summer activities in Orlando.

Well, Theme Parks!

Let’s be clear: theme parks rock everything! This is the main reason people come to Orlando, and even if you come here thinking you will skip them, chances are you’ll visit at least one. It might be so much fun you’ll go to the others, too.

Walt Disney World is perhaps the most well-known. This magical land of make-believe is popular with young and old alike and has experienced for all ages. The young ones will see all their favorite Disney characters as they walk along the paths to the next ride. Older children will love the thrills of the more adventurous rides and special events. Adults may enjoy the shopping and dining, but most of them would rather get on the rides themselves!

On a warm day, you can also visit their waterparks. Typhoon Lagoon has a fun surf pool, a water coaster ride, a huge body slide, and a water playground for the littles. Blizzard Beach has an exciting body slide called Summit Plummet, one of the world’s tallest and fastest. It also has shoot-the-rapids with tubes, a toboggan race, and Tyke’s Peak, a play area for younger children. Orlando Watersports Complex is also a ton of fun, but more on that later.

Universal Orlando has some fabulous movie-themed rides, with Fast and Furious-Supercharged, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, E.T. Adventure, Transformers-The Ride 3D, and Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit starring the lineup. Islands of Adventure has its own magical and exciting themes, from Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure to Jurassic Park River Adventure.

Legoland Florida is always a fun trip! Besides the exciting theme park rides, they have a water park and the new Peppa Pig Theme Park. SeaWorld is always a family favorite, and Busch Gardens in Tampa is chock full of fun!

Animals, Animals, and More Animals!

If you ever wanted to get close to a gator, you can do that at Gatorland, where you can get up close and personal with an alligator! There are other adventures at the park, along with zip line and off-roading. One of the unique things about Gatorland is their Trainer for a Day program. Ages 12 and up will get a chance to see what it’s like to work with animals—dangerous ones!  Are you ready?

Discovery Cove is one of the most popular places to swim with the wildlife. You can swim with a dolphin, hold the birds in the aviary, and go snorkeling with tropical fish in their coral reef habitat.

Outdoor Tours

Outside of the several theme parks, Orlando has plenty to do in terms of outdoor adventures. You can rent a boat to explore Ocala National Park or hit one of the beach attractions nearby. There are also some exciting outdoor adventures, like the Orlando Tree Trek Adventure or Wild Willy’s Airboat Tours. It’s also fun to just go hiking along the trails in Orlando and watch for native wildlife.

Watersports

If it is warm enough, watersports are a great way to enjoy the Orlando sunshine. You can rent kayaks, wave runners, and more from one of many rental companies. There are also some fabulous fishing opportunities in Florida with freshwater lakes all over the place. From largemouth bass to the beautiful sailfish, offshore fishing is fun and fun to watch for the whole family.

If you like paddle boarding, waterskiing, wakeboarding, or kneeboarding, Buena Vista Watersports has what you need. They also have tube rides and pontoon boats and the much-loved Jet Ski for rent as well.

If you want some excitement and lots of different activities, don’t miss the Orlando Watersports Complex. They have two full-sized cables, an aquapark, wakeboarding, wake surfing, kneeboarding, wakeskating, and more. There are so many activities here you may need to visit twice!

Indoor Activities

If it rains one day on your trip, or you want a break from the outdoors, not a problem! In the morning, you can see Madam Tussauds or WonderWorks–the hands-on interactive STEM exhibit–then have lunch at one of the fabulous restaurants in Orlando. Once you’re satisfied, check out Ripley’s Believe It Or Not museum or Chocolate Kingdom, where you can tour a chocolate factory and even make your own treat!

With so much to do in Orlando during the summer, you’ll need a comfortable home from which to experience it all. Contact us today to book one of our lovely rental properties in Orlando!

 

High-end Amenities, Glamourous Destinations, and More for Your Orlando Luxury Vacation

Orlando remains one of the most popular vacation destinations in all of Florida, and with its sunny skies, close proximity to beaches, and seemingly endless theme parks, it is easy to see why! Although known for large, attraction-filled destinations such as Walt Disney World and Universal Studios, Orlando isn’t just a family-friendly vacation destination. Those looking for a luxury getaway will be pleasantly surprised by the high-end shopping, dining, and activities here. Leave the kids at home and get pampered on your next vacation in Orlando!

Luxury Living in Orlando

An Orlando luxury vacation experience starts with your accommodations. To truly get the most of what Orlando has to offer, you don’t want to stay in a cheesy theme park hotel or book just any rental property. When you book your stay with Magnolia Villas, you are choosing some of the best luxury vacation rental properties in the entire Orlando area. Our properties are located within resort-style planned communities, where everything is designed with the best amenities in mind. Our vacation homes feel like a home away from home and our communities will wow you with the details. Enjoy the fantastic perks of a Magnolia Villas community, such as large pools with water slides and private cabanas, clubhouses complete with fitness centers and game rooms, and the perfect location to keep you close to all the fun in Orlando. Whether you’re interested  in shopping, dining, or attractions, we have the perfect property to suit your needs.

In addition to amazing local amenities, our rentals themselves are spectacular. Instead of sharing a small room with the entire family in a theme park hotel, you can stay in an entire private home, often for the same price per night or less! Luxury can be affordable, too, with rentals from Magnolia Villas. All of our properties are beautifully furnished and include high-speed Internet, cable TV access, full kitchens with dining areas, and in-unit washers and dryers. To make your stay extra special, consider one of our properties with added perks, such as themed bedrooms, game rooms featuring pool tables or arcade games, and private pools and hot tubs in addition to the community amenities. No matter what you’re looking for in your next getaway or your budget, we have the perfect property for you during your next visit luxury vacation in Orlando!

High-End Dining and Shopping

Perhaps the best part of staying in one of our Magnolia Villas properties is the location! Staying with us means you are near all the fun in Orlando. For those seeking a luxury shopping experience, consider heading to the Mall of Millenia. The Mall of Millenia isn’t just your standard hometown shopping mall! Here is the perfect place for a day of high-end and designer shopping, with boutiques such as Louis Vuitton, Rolex, Gucci, Prada, and Tiffany & Co. It is the best destination in Orlando for window shopping, taking home a one-of-a-kind souvenir, or even finding the perfect couture gift.

Once you have shopped to your heart’s content, consider dining at one of the upscale restaurants located within the mall. Although you’ll find more expected fast-casual dining here, such as California Pizza Kitchen or P.F. Chang’s, there are also a number of high-end restaurants, as well. Book a table at The Capital Grille, famous for its quality, dry-aged steaks, fresh seafood, and extensive wine menu. Winner of countless dining awards, The Capital Grille was named one of the top 50 restaurants in America and is a must on your luxury vacation to-do list! Another great choice at the Mall of Millenia is Earls Kitchen + Bar. Earls combines the quality of upscale dining with the lively and relaxed atmosphere of casual dining. Perfect for a lunch date or happy hour, Earls is a great dining destination. The Mall of Millenia is the perfect destination for your luxury vacation in Orlando!

Get Pampered!

Whether you spent the day shopping at the Mall of Millenia or trekking through one of the many theme parks in Orlando, a luxury getaway in Orlando is the perfect excuse to pamper yourself with a spa day! One of the best places in the area for relaxation and pampering is the spa at the Ritz Carlton Orlando. This 40,000 square foot spa could be an entire vacation just to itself! Choose from a carefully curated menu of services to create your perfect spa day. Enjoy a swim in the outdoor lap pool or a meal at the spa’s restaurants between your treatments. Hit up the full-service salon or barber shop after your service to glam up before you go out. The spa at the Ritz Carlton has perfected the luxury spa day experience!

When you’re ready to enjoy a luxurious experience, Magnolia Villas is here to help you make the most of your journey. Contact us today and enjoy a luxury getaway in Orlando!

 

Five of the Best Date Ideas for a Romantic Evening in Orlando

There are many fantastic vacation destinations in Florida, but few offer the variety of shopping, dining, and entertainment of Orlando! One visit here and you’ll see why Orlando remains one of the most popular cities in Florida, with many people choosing to visit here year after year. Although Orlando may be most known for its family-friendly theme parks and entertainment, there are plenty of romantic destinations and activities to enjoy. Whether you are planning a couple’s trip or simply want a night off from the kids, get out and enjoy a date night in Orlando! Keep reading to find out our five favorite places for a date night in Orlando.

Romantic Dining at Victoria & Albert’s

A great date night doesn’t have to be elaborate, sometimes just a delicious meal is enough to sit, enjoy each other’s company, and take in a great atmosphere. There are plenty of romantic restaurants suitable for a date night throughout the city that are perfect for just that! One of the best restaurants in Orlando is Victoria & Albert’s. Located inside the Grand Floridian Resort in Walt Disney World, you won’t need a parking ticket to dine here but you will definitely need a reservation as the tables fill up fast! Enjoy exquisite food alongside excellent service inside the beautiful dining room. Victoria & Albert’s has been the recipient of dozens of awards throughout the years, making it a perfect date night choice!

Luxury Shopping at the Mall of Millenia

For the couple who loves to shop, there is no better date than time spent at the Mall of Millenia. More than your average shopping mall, the Mall of Millenia is the premier destination in Orlando for high-end boutiques. Whether you want to window shop or take home a luxury souvenir, enjoy shopping at designer boutiques such as Gucci, Tiffany & Co., Prada, and Rolex. You can choose to shop at your own pace, or head to the concierge and book a private shopping experience with a personal stylist. After you’ve shopped your heart out, enjoy a meal at one of the amazing restaurants here, such as The Capital Grille or Earls Kitchen + Bar.

Movie Night at Leu Gardens

One of the best parts of vacationing in Orlando is the beautiful, warm weather you can enjoy year-round and lush greenery that thrives in this environment. Enjoy the natural beauty of Florida by planning a date at the Leu Gardens. Explore 50 acres of gardens, filled with over 15,000 plants that are native to the Orlando area. Be sure to stop by the Leu House Museum, a 19th century home listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the art exhibits located in the Welcome Center. For even more fun, plan a date for one of the Movies Nights! These monthly movies take place on the garden’s lawn, with adult tickets costing just $6. Bring a lawn chair, blanket, and some snacks, and spend a romantic evening in Orlando at the Leu Gardens.

Central Florida Ale Trail

It’s no secret that craft breweries are exploding with popularity across the nation. For the passionate beer drinker, consider heading to the Central Florida Ale Trail for your next date night in Orlando! Get started by visiting one of the 28 breweries on the trail to pick up your map and start your journey. Order a beer and get your map stamped at each location – a great adventure and souvenir for a romantic evening. These breweries are spread out all through the Orlando area, so you get to explore the city along with enjoying some delicious brews along the way. Challenge yourself to do them all in one trip or pick a few to try every time you visit. Once you collect all of the stamps, you get a complimentary Central Florida Trail Ale growler and enjoy $1 refills at any of the breweries. This is a great way to enjoy the best tastes of Orlando and also make amazing memories together.

Disney Fireworks

You can’t talk about anything in Orlando without mentioning one of the main attractions here: Walt Disney World. Although mainly known as a family-friendly vacation destination, there is a surprising number of romantic adventures to be had in Disney World, even for those who aren’t Disney-obsessed. Consider planning a date night with a view of the fireworks show! Whether you choose to head into the parks and view them from Main Street, USA or you find a cozy spot with a view, what could be more romantic than a fantastic firework show?

From casual date nights to splurge-worthy activities, Orlando is a fantastic romantic vacation destination. Explore the city and enjoy some extra special one-on-one time with the person you love the most on your next vacation in Orlando. Make the most of your vacation and book your trip today!

 

 

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