Orlando – Who Knew?

Like many business travelers (especially those of us that do lots of trade shows and conferences), I end up in Orlando a lot!  I’ve always kind of thought of the area as a cultural wilderness (lots of chain restaurants and Disney-themed and other touristy shops) So last time I was there, I thought that I’d do something different and I headed into downtown Orlando. What a great surprise! I found several terrific one-of-a-kind restaurants and shops, I got a taste of the local nightlife and actually made my way back over one afternoon to the quaint neighborhood of  South Eola. This historic downtown neighborhood was a complete surprise to me with cobblestone streets (historical – not Disney-made), large shade trees dripping with Spanish Moss and bungalow homes. The best part of the neighborhood was Lake Eola Park where a fantastic Farmer’s Market was underway, with locals gathered to do yoga in the large lawn, and swans swimming in the lovely lake. The lake, which is encircled by a .9 mile walking path included,  some small gardens, a swan boat rental dock, and several sculptures.
You’d better believe that the next time I’m in Orlando for a conference or convention and I find myself with a little extra time, I’ll be heading downtown to visit Lake Eola Park.

Faves:Farmer’s Market at Lake Eola Park
Area – Lake Eola Park

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Susan Brauer

Welcome fellow Road Warriors! Like many of you, I travel for work -- A lot! But believe it or not, I actually pretty much love it. I've become a bona fide business travel tourist by finding quick things to do when I find myself with the bits of free time that we business travelers sometimes get (i.e. after meetings and before dinner.) especially if I'm in a great city like Chicago, NY or San Francisco. Because we never have much time, this blog is all about quick, easy, inexpensive/free things to do in some of the cities I travel to along with recommendations for restaurants that are great for meals with colleagues, but also perfectly comfortable for solo dining. So maybe next time you find that you have a few minutes to yourself on a business trip, before you just automatically head for your hotel room, barricade yourself in with your computer and cell phone and order room service, you'll be inspired to become a business travel tourist and start loving your business travel too. Feel free to comment on any of my posts and let me and other readers know if you have tips, or recommendations. Happy Travels!

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