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!
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!