A visit to Uptown Park Wine Bar in Baldwin Park

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A Visit to Mead Botanical Gardens in Winter Park

Walking around Mead Gardens reminded me of the Awbury Arboretum in Philadelphia. It's green space you know is there, but it’s a bit hidden. It’s a bit isolated, so it has a secretive feel about it.
mead gardens in winter park
Come explore

Mead Botanical Gardens is much larger than I anticipated. 

There is a large area with picnic tables and big trees scattered about.  

The eye-catching Butterfly Garden was attracting beautiful butterflies. The outdoor amphitheater is a nice setting with a stage and flowers abound. 


There are some trails close to the creek. Make sure you have proper footwear since the ground can be a bit muddy. 

They recently updated their boardwalk area. Another place to meander.   


boardwalk at Mead gardens
What critters were exploring?

boadwalk at mead gardens
A nice option if the ground is muddy

mead botanical gardens
You nature fix


There are a couple of short trails that take you to a pond area off of the creek.
lake at mead gardens
Watch out for snakes & gators

I would love to enjoy a concert in this setting. It's a great area for kids to run and roam as well.
amphitheater at Mead Gardens
The Grove is a beautiful spot to enjoy a concert in the gardens

There is a bike trail that runs through part of the gardens. When I'm on it I like to stop and see if I can find the Gopher Tortoise. My last visit I saw a couple of little ones in a hole. So cute!
gopher tortoise at mead gardens
I'm always looking for the Gopher Tortoise 

What I enjoy: It feels like a secret garden
Cool feature: Lots of events including guided walks
Good for a date:✔
Good for kids:✔
Good for teens:✔
Good for groups:✔
OK for dogs: Leashed
Local spots nearby to explore: Central Park, The Bear & Peacock & Create Your Nature


~ Kelli

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Exploring Orlando By Bike & Enjoying Local Bites, Brews Parks and More

Started off the week exploring Orlando with a nice nature fix and a little nourishing for the body. Biked over to Mead Gardens. This is one of my favorite places to enjoy nature. It's a great spot to just be and take it all in.
Mead Gardens in Winter Park Florida
Great place to explore!

Was looking for a lunch spot nearby and finally stopped by Eden's Fresh. Lots of great salad and wrap options at a good price.


Monday afternoon Bryan and I made our way to the Space Coast. We had to drop off our youngest in the area and since we were there we did some exploring. We enjoyed some beers at Florida Beer Company and grabbed a bite at the new Coasters Taphouse and ended the evening at the Cocoa Beach Pier.
Exploring Florida's Space Coast
Florida Beer Company
Cocoa Beach Pier ~ Coasters Taphouse

I did a bunch of exploring by bike this week. So happy to be able to use the new bike trail on Bumby Avenue👍
Bumby Avenue Bike Lane
Biking in Orlando!

I cut over to ride by Lake Druid Park. This park is a bit of a hidden gem. There's a dirt bike track, dog park, volleyball and soon there will be community gardens!.
Lake Druid Park in Orlando
Great park for families and groups

Had to stop by Ocean Sun Brewing. They were celebrating their first year brewing beer here in Orlando. Great night with friends.


Saturday was another great weather day for biking. Bryan and I enjoyed some Cask & Larder beers at The Ravenous Pig. My favorite place for Happy Hour🍻
Craft Beer at Cask & Larder
Working Man Porter with Chai Tea on cask

We made our way over to Park Ave and enjoyed some tasty pizza and wine at Maestro Cucina Napoletana. They also have Happy Hour on Saturday with $2 off wine and $1 off of beer.
Pizza and wine at Maestro Cucina Napoletana
Deliziosa Pizza &🍷

Always enjoy exploring Rollins College. It was a beautiful night to listen to some music and enjoy FoxFest.
FoxFest at Rollins College
Great night of music thanks to WPRK

Wanted to go enjoy the view at Dinky Dock before we made to loop back to Baldwin Park.
Beach at Dinky Dock
Nice spot to enjoy the view and put your feet in the water

Capped off our night with some chocolate and beer and wine at Winestyles Baldwin Park. They have a nice selection of craft beer along with all the wines.
craft beer and wine and chocolate at Winesyles in Baldwin Park
Lots of chocolate to choose from.

Sunday Bryan and I were up and at em and biking over to The Milk District. Had to get some donuts over at Market on South. These vegan donuts are delish!
Valhalla Donut at Market on South
Coffee Chocolate Chip Donut


Later that afternoon we met up with some friends for Sunday Funday in the Biergarten over at Barley & Vine.



Had a great time exploring Orlando. Love how there is so much to see and do in so many of the neighborhoods. Especially enjoying biking so much right now, because you know that heat is just around the corner.

I hope you had a great time exploring too!

~ Kelli

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Exploring Orlando's Audubon Park Garden District

Audubon Park is a small historic neighborhood in Orlando. Its slogan; "A Unique and Funky neighborhood just north of downtown Orlando, Audubon Park is where it's at." defines what one can expect when exploring the community.
Audubon Park Orlando

A Brewery Visit to Big River Grille & Brewing Works at Walt Disney World

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Beers on the Boardwalk 💓




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Cask & Larder a Southern Public House in Winter Park

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A Visit to Skyebird Juice Bar in Orlando Florida

Looking at loving your body a bit more with some juicing, but you don't have the time or energy to put into it? Skeybird in Orlando is your juice haven!

Skyebird is located in the East End Market.

Skybird juices
Lemonade ~ Acai Bowl

There are many drinks you can order at Skeybird. There offer a handful of cold pressed juices, smoothies & Kombucha to choose from. Everything you order at Skeybird is 100% organic. All their products are vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free. 
Tea menu at Skyebird
They offer tea too


I've had some their juices and they are wonderful. You can taste each fruit or vegetable that is used in the drinks. If you aren't sure what juice to get ask one of the staff. They are more than helpful and they can make recommendations based on your needs. 

Skyebird is also starting to serve some food at the market with an emphasis on raw foods. Both had great flavors and were tasty. They have a few salads and just like the beverages they are served in recyclable mason jars.
Raw food offerings at Skyebird
Raw food offerings

I not only enjoy the beverages and food being served at Skeybird, but the energy here is good. The staff loves their job and they enjoy sharing their knowledge with customers. If you're feeling a bit in a rut and you want to take some baby steps to improve your health they are more than happy to help. The staff isn't going to judge you either when you grab a tasty pastry to go with your healthy beverage.



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What I enjoy: 
Cool feature: Raw foods available
Good for a date: Could be for a lunch spot
Good for kids:✔
Good for teens:✔
Good for groups: No
OK for dogs: No, but they can hang on the patio.
Local spots nearby to explore: Audubon Park Community Market, Blue Jacket Park & The Owl's Attic

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A Visit to Bikes, Beans & Bordeaux in the Audubon Park Garden District

We've been enjoying dining at Bikes, Beans & Bordeaux since our family first moved to Orlando in 2011. It's a great local cafe that serves up tasty food all day. Sometimes we'll stop in for breakfast and others maybe to get some soup and salad for a light dinner.
Coffee at Bikes, Beans & Bordeaux in Orlando
Enjoy the monthly flavored latte ☕

The restaurant is located in a shopping center in the Audubon Park Garden District. It's a decent sized cafe with tables and a few couches inside and a few tables out. 



They offer a nice cafe style menu with soups, salads, sandwiches and the like. They have coffee drinks & smoothies too.  



B3 offers a happy hour with $1 beer & wine. They have a good selection of craft beers including a number of local beers. I didn't try the wine but it looked like a nice selection as well. You can sign up for their email and see what beer and wine they will be offering for the month.


The service here is incredibly friendly and I find the atmosphere casual & comfortable. It's a nice neighborhood cafe serving up tasty eats at a good price.

They have trivia on Mondays and other events here and there. You can keep up with them on their Facebook Page.
A Visit to Bikes, Beans & Bordeaux in the Audubon Park Garden District
Inside or out it's comfortable either way

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What I enjoy: A great overall cafe
Cool feature: They have a free beer flight once a month with a purchase.
Good for a date:✔
Good for kids:✔
Good for teens:✔
Good for groups:✔
OK for dogs:✔
Local spots nearby to explore: Leu Gardens, East End Market & Redlight Redlight


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Exploring Orlando for Some Finds in Audubon Park & a Trip to the Tampa Bay Area.

I kept the week close at home at the beginning part of the week so I could save my energy for a road trip to West Coast for the weekend.


Was focused on eating a bit healthier too since I know that would be thrown out the window come Spring Break/St. Patrick's Day weekend. 🌞🍀


Started out with shopping at the Monday Community Market with some mixed greens from Fleet Farming, and some smoothies from Skyebird.
Salad greens from Fleet Farming

Skyebird juice & Acai Bowl
Lemonade & Acai Bowl

Friday afternoon Bryan and I made our way across 50 to stop by Marker 48 Brewing. This was the first brewery for the weekend. We hit eight other breweries during our weekend in the Tampa Bay Area.
Breweries in the Tampa Bay Area
Marker 48 ~ Pinellas Ale Works ~ Cage Brewing
Urban Comfort ~ Mad Beach ~ Rapp
Escape ~ Mastry's ~ Wild Rover

Balanced out the brewery visits with some nature and local finds. We got to see the Hillsborough River turn green! 
Hillsborough River Turning Green
🍀🍀🍀

Later that afternoon we did some exploring across the Bay and made our way to the Florida Botanical Gardens. What a visual delight! It's fee to visit too!!
Florida Botanical Gardens
Great spot for picture taking

Florida Botanical Gardens
Come Explore!

Heritage Village at the Florida Botanical Gardens
Heritage Village


Sunday we made our way to St. Petersburg where we met up with some friends and enjoyed brunch and more breweries.
Urban Comfort
Urban Comfort Restaurant & Brewery


There are quite a few breweries in walking distance. What's nice about walking around is you get to enjoy the murals that adorn so many buildings.
Murals in Downtown St. Pete
How many murals will you discover?

After an afternoon of breweries, it was time to get a nature fix so we all drove out to Fort De Soto Park to take the doggies to the dog beach. This was a first-time visit and it was great! Beautiful park to take in the view of Gulf. I hope to come back soon and do more exploring.


Capped off our weekend back in Tampa with a beer at New World Brewery (which actually isn't a brewery). Met up with some friends I don't get to see that often. I love the patio here and the beer list is 👍

New World Brewing in Tampa
Beers on the patio, my fav💛


I'm always thankful that I live in a great state for exploring. I love exploring the Tampa Bay Area and It's pretty sweet how close it is to home.

I hope you had fun exploring!

~ Kelli

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Exploring Blue Jacket Park in Orlando

Blue Jacket Park is located on a former Naval Training Center. In 2000 when the base was closed down, the City of Orlando allocated 75 acres for this public park. The name of the park is in reference to the informal term of the service personal.  


There is a loop around the park that is about a mile. You will find ball fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, a track field, and playground. There are a number of places in the park to have a picnic. There are tables and benches located throughout the grounds. The fountain would be a perfect spot for relaxing.

Parking is located around the perimeter and there is a lot off of General Reese Ave. 
Blue jacket park in baldwin park orlando florida
75 acres to explore
Blue Jacket Park in Orlando

map of blue jacket park in orlando
Great space to workout

fountain at blue jacket park in orlando
One of my favorite fountains in Orlando

path around blue jacket park in orlando
Path winds its way around the park





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What I enjoy: Great spot for exercising.
Cool feature: This formal Navy base is a historic site.
Good for a date: ✔
Good for kids: ✔
Good for teens:✔
Good for groups:✔
OK for dogs:✔
Local spots nearby to explore: Harbor ParkSeito Sushi Uptown Park Wine Bar

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Exploring Orlando and Enjoying Local Bites, Brews, Parks and More

I feel very lucky to have so many great local eateries, bars, parks, shops and more near me. I don't have to venture too far to have some fun exploring Orlando.

This week I kept it close to home with a visit to Quantum Leap Winery. How cool is it that there is a local winery here in Orlando!
Wine, cheese & chocolate at Quantum Leap Winery
Wine is fine with cheese & chocolate 🍷
After enjoying wine with the ladies a few of us decided to make our way over to Black Rooster Taqueria

The weather we had last Friday was calling me to get out. Enjoyed exploring some local parks on the bike. Blue Jacket Park is one of my favorite parks.



I love how many of the bike trails are connected in Orlando. It's great that they have helpful maps up along the way.
Bike trail map at Lake Baldwin Park
Stay connected 🚲
After an afternoon of biking, it was time for Happy Hour at The Ravenous Pig. Their Pub burger is DELICIOUS!! Plus the truffle fries are my favorite too. Pair that with some Cask & Larder beer and I'm one happy lady.
The Ravenous Pig Pub Burger
Damn delicious Pub Burger

After Happy Hour at the Pig, we made our way over to Virgina Drive. We met up with friends and did our own little winery/brewery/pub crawl. I think Virginia Drive is the best street in Orlando for craft beer! 🍻
Craft beer at along Virginia Drive in Orlando
Thirsty Topher ~ Quantum Leap
Ten10 ~ G&B Bottle Shop
Saturday was a day exploring the Audubon Park Garden District. Starting off with Breakfast at Bikes, Beans & Bordeaux.


Stopped by the East End Market a couple of times. Got some greens in at Skyebird.
Skybird smoothie
Complete Protein Smoothie

 Looked for some more greens up the way at Fresh24. I also needed to get some goat cheese for a beer pairing dinner that night and was happy to have a few options to choose from at this market. Nice gourmet food market with local produce and foods.
Greens at Fresh24
Greens Galore
 Bryan and I made it back to East End after a bike ride around town. We needed a bite to hold us over before a beer pairing party. What better way than to enjoy some Houndstooth Sauce pulled pork and bluegrass in the courtyard.
Houndstooth Sauce Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Pulled Pork, baked beans & collards 😊

Sunday was a day of resting knowing Spring Break is around the corner.

I hope you had fun exploring Orlando!

~ Kelli

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