A Brewery Visit to 7venth Sun Brewery in Dunedin

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Beers on the patio🍻




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Exploring Orlando's WestArt District

If you find yourself over near the Orlando City Soccer Stadium take a stroll over and up a block and check out the WestArt District. This is the largest street art exhibit in Orlando. Their mission is to "provide the canvas for creative arts."
Hubs and I were biking in the area and as we drove past we were welcomed to go behind the fence and take a better look at all of the street art. There were a couple of artists out working on some walls. If it wasn't so dang hot that day I would have spent more time admiring the art.
Orlando's WestArt District

Orlando's WestArt District















Looking at their website it looks like they offer some tailgating spots for the soccer games. The WestArt District is also just a couple of blocks up from Broken Cauldron Brewery. Grab some beers and head over and do some exploring in the WestArt District.

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Exploring Orlando and Celebrating Earth, Science and Records

Another week out and about Exploring Orlando. As usual, I try to balance out nature with food and drinks. My exploring was kept close to home again. I was busy helping out with my daughter's high school chorus production of the Titanic and didn't have much free time.
One of my favorite ways to get out and explore is by foot. It's a great way for me to get some exercise and to take in the sights. I went exploring along Lake Virginia last week. There is a nice path that runs along the lake on Rollin's campus. It's about a mile walk from Dinky Dock over to Lakeview Drive. I love walking this path.
Path at rollins college along lake virginia
Take in the view


We've been having some nice weather lately. Though to be honest I miss the rain. The lakes are so low and the fire danger is still high. Since it was another nice evening we stopped at Gator's Dockside in Baldwin Park for drinks before the show.  Nothing fancy here, but I do love the view while enjoying my beer.
beer on the patio at Gators Dockside in Baldwin Park
Brews with a view


Thursday night our family went to watch our daughter perform at Night on Broadway 🎤 The Winter Park Chorus Department does and amazing job. They do this every spring and the concert benefits the Tyler Rush Memorial Scholarship Fund.  This year's show was another spectacular performance!
winter park high school night on Broadway titanic
Worthy of a standing ovation


I went out exploring in my Audubon Park neighborhood. I usually swing by the East End Market once a week. I couldn't believe how tall the flowers have gotten out front of the market. They are so pretty!🌻




Fridays I usually splurge on a treat in the neighborhood. I ended up at Blue Bird. Their brownies are my FAV! I decided to branch out and try one of these Krispy treats. These were just as delicious at the brownies and a great deal at $2. 25!👍
krispy treat at blue bird bake shop in orlando
Delish!

Saturday was a day of biking around town. Bryan and I got nine miles of exploring on our bike. 🚴

There were a BUNCH of events taking place around town Saturday afternoon. We started out in Audubon Park where there were tons of people at Park Ave Cds for Record Store Day.

We then headed downtown to Lake Eola Park. There was an Earth Day 🌏celebration on one side of the lake and the March For Science ⚛ on the other. There were lots of people out for both events.
Lake Eola Park
My favorite lake


Saturday was opening day for Orlando Pride ⚽There was a lot of excitement our front of the stadium.
Orlando City Stadium
Game Time


As Bryan and I were making our way back up towards Colonial we came upon the West Arts District.  There was an artist painting and he encouraged us to come in and take a look around. It's a very cool space. I will have a post with more photos soon.
murals in WestArt District in Orlando
WestArt District


We then biked over to Ten10 for some beers. They had a collab on tap that they did with Central 28. Sister Midnight was brewed for Record Store Day.🍻
ten10 Brewing Company
Brews & Tunes


What's nice about going to Ten10 is my favorite bottle shop is just a couple of blocks away. We walked over and enjoyed some beers at GB's Bottle Shop with friends and grabbed a couple to take home.



We came back through Audubon Park where we were lucky to swing by P is for Pie before they closed.  We got some Cutie Pies to pair with our beer. OMG, so good! I love pairing desserts with beer💖
p is for pie Cutie Pies with Terrapin Beer
Yum!

With all that biking in the heat, we crashed the rest of the weekend. It was nice to have a lazy Sunday.

I hope you had fun exploring Orlando or wherever you may call home.✨



Looking ahead here ar five local events on my radar for this upcoming week:

Tuesday 4/25 - Green City + Open City = Innovation City ~ 6:30 pm-8:30 pm

Tuesday 4/25 - Drink and Think ~ 8 pm at Lil Indies

Wednesday 4/26 - Generocity Orlando ~ 6 pm-8:30 pm at The Orlando Science Center

Thursday 4/27 - ZipOde Throwdown ~ 6 pm- 9 pm at  Orlando Brewing

2017 Florida Film Festival




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A Visit to Stardust Video & Coffee in Orlando

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craft beer at Stardust Video & coffee
Smore's Beer


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Exploring Lake Druid Park in Orlando

Lake Druid Park in Orlando is a newer park that keeps evolving. It's hidden back in the Coytown neighborhood just off of Bumby and Colonial.

The park is located off of Lake Druid hence the name.

Lake Druid Park
Park Hours

The Cady Way Trail runs past the park. If you want to head west there is a connecting "trail" through the nearby neighborhoods that will get you over to the Urban Trail.

If you're not biking over there is plenty of parking.

This park has something to offer most people. 

There's the large volleyball court.
Volleyball at Lake Druid PArk
Volleyball anyone 


There is a brand new community garden. It even has a Pink Ribbon Garden💞
Pink Ribbon Garden in Lake Druid Park


The Orlando Mountain Bike Park looks cool. They even have a trail that goes into the woods.
bike park at Lake Druid Park in Orlando


There are an air-pump and tools if your bike may end up needing either during your visit.
Bike Park in Lake Druid Park
🚲 around

Every visit to the Lake Druid I notice more doggies at the dog section of the park. There are two areas, one for large and one for small pups. There is a hose to clean your dog afterward if you'd like.
Lake Druid Dog Park



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What I enjoy: A park that's good for all groups.
Cool feature: Community garden
Good for a date:
Good for kids:✔
Good for teens:✔
Good for groups:✔
OK for dogs:✔
Local spots nearby to explore: Drunken Monkey Coffee, Beefy King & Skyebird Juice Bar

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Exploring Orlando by Bike

I am one who hates driving in Orlando. If I can get somewhere on foot or bike I'm a happy lady. Hubs and I rode our bikes around town for 20 miles this weekend. We had a great time exploring the Mills50, Thornton Park, Audubon Park and Winter Park neighborhoods.

We started off Friday with beers at one of my favorite local breweries Ten 10 Brewing.
craft beer at ten10 brewery

After our thirst was quenched we made our way to Colonial, I had to go past Big Tree Park along the way so I could see one of my favorite trees in Orlando. This beauty is considered a significant tree here in Orlando.
Big Tree Park in Orlando


We made it to Banh Nha Trang just before closing and were able to get a couple of subs to go. Some of my favorite sandwiches in Orlando. I always go for the Meatball Banh Mi. Love it! Bread is perfection👌
Banh Mi Trang


We took our sandwiches over to The Falcon Bar in Thornton Park. They have Happy Hour Monday-Saturday 5:30-8pm with $1.50 PBR and $1 off of drafts. It was a perfect night to enjoy beers and our bites on their patio.
Beers at the falcon bar


Making our way full circle I had to stop at one of my favorite parks in Orlando. Dickson Azalea Park is a wonderful park to sit back and take in some nature. I love how it's hidden below the street.🌳
Dickeson Azalea Park


We made our way back to Audubon Park where we met up with our daughter for an ice cream night cap at Kelly's Homemade Ice Cream. 🍨


Rise and shine Saturday morning! I don't know about you, but I'm a happy camper now that Bumby Avenue is open. There was and official ribbon cutting for the new bike trail that runs along the Avenue. The Mayor, Commissioner Sheehan, and some press were there for the ribbon cutting. We got a police escort over to Bikes, Beans & Bordeaux for some coffee and pastries to celebrate.

Bryan and I then made our way over to Winter Park where we enjoyed checking out the new Blaze Pizza.  I'm excited to see all the new shops and eateries in this area along Orlando Avenue and Lee Rd. The pizza was delicious and a good deal.😋
Blaze Pizza in Winter Park


We then headed east along Webster to the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum. The museum was free to visit all weekend for the holiday weekend. I always enjoy strolling through this museum. It's a gem in the neighborhood.

Stained glass at the morse museum in winter park

While I love all the shops and eateries along Park Avenue. My favorite is Central Park. I could sit here all day and take in the sights and watch people.
Central Park in winter park florida


It was time to get recharged. I had heard about the New General Store in Winter Park and thought that would be a perfect check it out and enjoy a coffee.  Cute little store with some good finds for gifts or your home.
coffee at the new general store in winter park


On to one of my favorite hobbies, is day drinking🍻 Stopped by The Ravenous Pig for their daily Happy Hour. Enjoyed this lovely $3 IPA and then headed down the street to The Bear and Peacock for this tasty Pale Ale. Great to have breweries close to each other.
craft beer at the ravenous pig and bear and peacock brewery


Time to wind down. The day was starting to feel long. Took the path through Mead Gardens and made our way back home in Audubon Park.
Mead botanical gardens


Sunday we had to get in the car since we were going to Tampa to visit our oldest daughter. We took her pups and discovered a great dog beach on Picnic Island. Wonderful views of downtown St. Pete. There were dolphins enjoying the Bay as well as the pups.

Stopped by 81 Bay Brewing to cap off our weekend.

Had a nice time exploring Tampa for the day.
Picnic Island beach and 81 bay in Tampa



I hope you had a great time Exploring Orlando. I for one am happy to see the improvements with our bike lanes so that exploring Orlando by bike can be an easy way to get out and see what the city has to offer. I find when I'm on bike or foot I discover many things that get overlooked when going by car.

Biking is my favorite way to explore Orlando.

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A Visit to Redlight RedLight Craft Beer Parlour in Orlando

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 craft beer Redlight Red Light Craft Beer Parlour
Cheers to Orlando Beer




Cheers!
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Exploring Lake Baldwin Park in Orlando

Lake Baldwin Park is a true beauty. This natural lake with a bordering trail offers outdoor entertainment for the community. The paved trail around the lake measures 2.7 miles. When out enjoying the path you will come across families, joggers, people out walking their dogs, couples taking in the view, a cyclist making their rounds and walkers abound.

Lake Baldwin Park is connected to four other local parks. 


When going around the path you will come across Blue Jacket Park, Lake Baldwin Park Winter Park, Orlando Veteran's Memorial Park and Harbor Park.

The park has scenic views all around. This makes walking the trail a visual delight. The native plants and trees serve as a backdrop to the peaceful lake. I enjoy watching the boats on the lake.There are benches scattered along the trail.  It's a nice feature that allows one to take in the view and watch the birds.


Juice Bikes has a rental station on New Broad St.  If you don't feel like walking around the like renting bikes is a nice option. After enjoying the park swing by one of the many local eateries for a bite and brews.
Lake Baldwin Park in Orlando trail map


Exploring Lake Baldwin Park in Orlando





Exploring Lake Baldwin Park in Orlando

Exploring Lake Baldwin Park in Orlando


Exploring Lake Baldwin Park in Orlando



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What I enjoy: The trail that borders the lake
Cool feature: There are four other parks connected to Lake Baldwin Park
Good for a date:✔
Good for kids:✔
Good for teens:✔
Good for groups:✔
OK for dogs:✔
Local spots nearby to explore: Gator's Dockside, Colibri Mexican Cuisine & The Osprey Tavern



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