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

It's really cool that almost all of its businesses are local. They are scattered about in the strip malls on Corrine and Winter Park rd. Many of the business get great online reviews. There is a great mix of retail and restaurants.

Audubon Park has a great sense of community. I appreciate it's uniqueness in this day in age where everything can be so much of the same thing.


A few of my pictures from exploring Audubon Park.

MARKETS

Audubon Park Community Market
East End Market
BITES

Bikes Beans & Bordeaux
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Florida & Co.
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La Femme Du Fromage
Houndstooth Sauce Company
Olde Hearth Bread Company
Skyebird
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Stardust
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TREATS

Blue Bird Bakeshop
Kelly's Homemade Ice Cream
Gideon's Bakehouse
P is for Pie
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The Gourmet Muffin
PARKS

Lake Druid Park
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Leu Gardens
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Redlight Redlight
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SHOPS

Park Ave Cd's
Porch Therapy







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

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craft beer at disneys big river grille
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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