A Wonderful Culinary Weekend at Grande Lakes Orlando
At the Grande Lakes Resort in Orlando, Florida, at the headwaters of the Everglades, sit two amazing properties that offer a plethora of dining options for an epicurean adventure: the Ritz-Carlton Orlando and JW Marriott Orlando. In sunny Florida, you’ll find 12 different and delightful dining possibilities — as well as lots of unique resort happenings — for a fun weekend getaway.
Of course, you can venture out and visit nearby Walt Disney World Resort, Busch Entertainment Parks, and Universal Orlando — all are an easy shuttle ride away from the resort — but you could also find much to do on property at Grande Lakes Orlando.
Visit the Greg Norman-designed 18-hole championship golf course to get the lay of the land. Guests of the resort can also enjoy playing a round of tennis, pop balls over the volleyball net, rent a family Surrey bicycle, or hop on a mountain bike and take over the brand-new trail system.
For a really unique-to-Florida experience, check out the Eco-Tour on Shingle Creek, led by an expert naturalist. You’ll kayak or canoe down the waterway and spot resident alligators, see and hear all sorts of bird life, and enjoy the peacefulness of the Spanish moss — also known as “grandpa’s beard” — swaying from the southern live oak and bald cypress trees.
Early risers will geek out on the Sunrise Safari, a guided golf-cart trip that takes you around the 500-acre property in search of whitetail deer, bobcats, alligators, and more birds than you can count. The Audubon-certified golf course, bordered by Shingle Creek, provides excellent nature-viewing opportunities.