Exploring Nature Trails in Celebration

One of my favorite activities is to get outside and enjoy nature.  We are lucky here in Florida to be able to enjoy the outdoors year round.  While there are many lakes and parks where you can sit and enjoy the sights I prefer walking on trails.  I have been on some trails that are a bit desolate for me and some that have lots of folks out enjoying them.  I like walking the trails in Celebration because it's a bit of both.

Celebration Florida Town Center

The Imperial Wine & Beer Garden

I enjoy a night out with friends catching up with craft beers. I'm one who prefers a cozy setting over a sports bar. I have found a number of cool spots to go hang with friends, one of them being The Imperial Wine Bar and Beer Garden.
The Imperial Wine & Beer Garden in Ivanhoe Village
The Imperial Wine Bar & Beer Garden
When we first moved to Orlando I took off exploring Ivanhoe Village I came upon this exotic furniture store. My husband and I walked around Washburn Imports oohing over the eclectic mix of furniture laid out in the store.Well, this cool furniture store has a double life. At night, the lights are dimmed and the bar is open. While I can't vouch for the wine I am pleased with the small, but decent selection of craft beers on tap. They also have about 30 bottles to choose from as well.
The Imperial Wine & Beer Garden in Ivanhoe Village
The Imperial Wine & Beer Garden 
The furniture for sale by day becomes an intimate seating area by night. The tunes are right and if you're hungry you're bound to find some good eats from a local food truck parked outside.

I just wish a couple of the bartenders could be a bit friendlier. I know you work in a cool place, but being rude does not make a good impression on customers. Not all of them have attitude, so I'll keep coming back and enjoy drinking my craft beer with friends in this exotic setting.
The Imperial Wine & Beer Garden in Ivanhoe Village
Craft Beers at the Imperial 
Spend an afternoon taking a stroll along Orange Ave. There are lots of great shops and some restaurants worth checking out. Then cap off the evening at the Imperial. The Imperial Wine Bar & Beer Garden is a local favorite. It's a visual delight that makes hanging out with friends over a drink a good night for all.
Craft Beers at the Imperial Wine & Beer Garden
The Imperial Wine & Beer Garden in Ivanhoe Village
The Imperial Wine & Beer Garden

The Imperial at Washburn Imports Sanford

My first visit to explore Sanford started off at the Imperial. I didn't end up seeing much of Sanford that night due to the fact that our group was enjoying ourselves, drinking craft beer and admiring the scenery in the store.  
The Imperial at Washburn Imports Sanford
The Imperial at Washburn Imports Sanford
The Imperial at Washburn Imports Sanford
The Imperial at Washburn Imports Sanford
This furniture store/bar is a must when wandering this historic town. Just like the Imperial in Orlando, at night, this furniture store doubles as a stylish bar serving up some tasty craft beers and wine. Unlike the Imperial in Orlando the Sanford location also serves up some creative libations. If you stop in between 5pm-7pm you can take advantage of their happy hour.  
The Imperial at Washburn Imports Sanford
Unique Finds at The Imperial at Washburn Imports Sanford
There are lots of cool events happening in Sanford. Coincide a visit to the Imperial with Alive After 5 or the monthly Sanford Art Walk that takes place the last Friday of the month. I do wish the Imperial at Washburn Imports in Sanford were closer, but this unique bar and town is worth the quick drive from downtown Orlando.  
The Imperial at Washburn Imports Sanford
Jai Alai
*June 2014 Visit
The bar at The Imperial at Washburn Imports Sanford
The Bar at The Imperial at Washburn Imports Sanford
The Imperial at Washburn Imports Sanford
The Imperial at Washburn Imports Sanford
Summer Thyme Cocktail at The Imperial at Washburn Imports Sanford
Cocktails



*The Imperial at Washburn Imports-Sanford

Walt Disney World's Yacht Club Resort

Our family has enjoyed many stays at Walt Disney World. When we first started visiting our kids were younger and we preferred the monorail resorts with the Polynesian being our favorite. As they got older we started enjoying staying over at the Epcot resorts. We had stayed at the Beach Club and the Boardwalk Inn in the past. For our recent visit, we decided to give Disney's Yacht Club a try.
Walt Disney World's Yacht Club Resort

Walt Disney World's Yacht Club Resort
The Yacht Club is a great resort for older kids; they can have the freedom to roam the resort and it's mini water park; Storm Along Bay. The Yacht Club was my daughter’s choice to spend her birthday weekend. I was happy to be staying at an Epcot resort since that is my favorite park. 

Beaches and Cream Soda Shop

Our family has dined at Beaches and Cream a few times and we always enjoy the food and the atmosphere at Disney's Beach Club Resort restaurant. It's one of the few table service spots in Walt Disney World where you won't spend a lot of money to eat out. Ever since Disney changed the menus and added the dining plan we found that the value of eating out with a family of five isn't worth it at many places. My kids don't fancy much off the "adult" menus at many of the restaurants, and I'm not at all interested in spending $20-$30 for them to dine at a place they could care less about.
Walt Disney World Dining ~ Beaches and Cream Soda Shop
Beaches and Cream is a great spot for our family. They have a good "dinner' menu and lots of ice cream treats to choose from. Sometimes if we're in the area we'll swing by and get a cone or a sundae. Our last visit to Beaches and Cream was to celebrate my daughter's 18th birthday. We stopped by the restaurant around 5:30 pm on a Friday afternoon. We got cozy in our booth and checked out the menu.

Gigi's Cupcakes Orlando


I've never heard of Gigi's Cupcakes, but apparently her cupcakes are a big hit wherever she sets up shop. I stopped by on opening day to their new location off of Colonial and tried a few of their cupcakes. I see why Gigi is known for her cupcakes; these treats were delicious! I love cupcakes, but I have a hard time finding regular sized ones that are moist inside. These cakes didn't have the slightest taste of being dry. These cupcakes are so yummy, but the thing is I find three swirls of frosting a bit too much. 

Assorted Cupcakes at Gigi's Cupcakes Orlando

Gigi's Cupcakes Orlando


Assorted Cupcakes at Gigi's Cupcakes Orlando


Assorted Cupcakes at Gigi's Cupcakes Orlando


Cookie Dough Cupcakes at Gigi's Cupcakes Orlando

I tried the Chocolate Turtle, Double Stuff and Chocolate Salted Caramel (I like me some chocolate!) and all were good. The Double Stuff was amazing with its marshmallow cream filling.  I went back for another visit and picked up a Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough cupcake. This was another delicious cupcake, but just a little overkill on the frosting. There are other tasty flavors if you're looking for something other than the chocolate varieties. There were some cheesecakes and a gluten-free option as well.

Gigi's Cupcakes Orlando
Chocolate Turtle
Gigi's Cupcakes Orlando
Chocolate Salted Caramel
Gigi's Cupcakes Orlando
Double Stuff
Both of my visits I have encountered great customer service.  I have found those working at Gigi's to be engaging and willing to offer advice on flavors when looking for it. I've enjoyed my cupcakes in house. There are drinks to enjoy your cupcakes with along with a few tables to sit down and enjoy your goodies at.
Gigi's Cupcakes Orlando


I was really hoping that I wouldn't enjoy the cupcakes as much as I did because I'm over in this area all the time & it will be hard to resist these baked goodies!


Gigi's Cupcakes Orlando
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
~November 2013 Visit
German Chocolate Cupcake at Gigi's Cupcakes Orlando
German Chocolate Cake

~December 2013 Visit

Holiday Cupcakes at Gigi's Cupcakes Orlando


~July 2014
Banana Split Cupcakes at Gigi's Cupcakes Orlando
Banana Split Cupcakes

An assortment of  Gigi's Cupcakes in Orlando


~August
Gigi's Cupcakes Orlando Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcake
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcake