If you're visiting and staying at a resort like the recently revamped Peabody Orlando, take a break from the theme parks to check out part of the local culture. Here are three things that an Orlando native enjoys to do downtown on a Sunday afternoon!
1. First, have brunch at Hue. I've been a fan of this restaurant for quite some time. And it's not just because they have an awesome Bloody Mary bar. It's a great place to people watch and I've always had fantastic service. The brunch menu has a great variety of options ranging from traditional sandwiches (my favorite is the Turkey Brie and Brandy Poached Pear Croissant) to fun breakfast items like the three different scramble platters (go for number 2: ham, spinach and cheddar with the sweet potato mash). But I think my favorite brunch pairing with the Bloody Mary Bar is the Steak and Eggs: Petite Filets, Scrambled Eggs and Tater Tots.
2. After indulging at brunch, you'll probably want to walk off your meal. So for your second activity, take a walk around Lake Eola and feed the swans. It's a time honored tradition here in the City Beautiful and a great way to enjoy not just the perfect weather, but our fantastic city as well. The walk should take about 20 minutes, and you'll be entertained by not only the wildlife and scenery, but also by some of our locals. Enjoy the strums of guitars or just make fun of the people who dress up their dogs and carry them around in backpacks.
3. After your jaunt around the lake, make sure to check out the Orlando Farmer's Market. Open every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., this is certainly one of the best farmer's markets in the state. Not just because of the goods you can purchase here, but also because of the scenic location: It's situated under enormous oak trees, set against an urban backdrop. Stroll around and check out local produce as well as art, jewelry, plants and food items. Don't miss trying the phenomenal fresh orange juice. Or you can just sit back, relax and imbibe in the Wine and Beer garden. And then maybe take another walk around the lake!
–- Kate Higgins of Kate’s Kitchen
Photo courtesty of Kate Higgins