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Central Florida staycations

Simple day trips and overnighters that'll help you recharge your batteries

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Photo: PHOTO BY MICHAEL LOTHROP, License: N/A

East End Market
3201 Corrine Drive, eastendmkt.com

Blue Bird Bakeshop
3122 Corrine Drive, bluebirdbakeshop.com

Redlight Redlight Beer Parlour
2810 Corrine Drive, redlightredlightbeerparlour.com

Stardust Video and Coffee
1842 Winter Park Road, stardustie.com

Lake Eola Famers Market, Swan Boats and Drinks in Thornton Park
There are more than 50 vendors (and growing) at one of the best weekly markets in Central Florida. Fill your reusable shopping bags with baked goodies, cheeses, pastas and more as you enjoy the sun-dappled walkways around the Southeastern corner of Lake Eola. Kick back and enjoy a beer – or the $12 all-you-can drink mimosas – from Orlando Brewing while listening to the always-chill live music before strolling around the park to the $15 Swan Boat rentals on the north side of the lake. Afterward, make your way over to the center of Thornton Park for fantastic burgers from Graffiti Junktion, barbecue from Wildside or something more brunchy from Dexter’s before heading over to Burton’s for one-too-many pitchers on the patio. Watch the sun set over the downtown Orlando skyline before making your way back to the Eo Inn (because there’s no way you can drive right now) with sun-kissed cheeks and a happy-dazed look in your eyes. Treat yourself to a massage or a manicure while you’re there too.

Thornton Park
10 a.m.-2 a.m. Sundays

Graffiti Junktion
900 E. Washington St., graffitijunktion.com

Wildside Bar and Grill
700 E. Washington St., wildsidebbq.com

Dexter’s Thornton Park
808 E. Washington St., dexwine.com

Burton’s Bar
801 E Washington St. Eo Inn, 227 N. Eola Drive, eoinn.com

Take a Ride on the Rivership Romance
You’ve got two options here, y’all: You can either make it a sun-filled day of bird-watching and cloud-gazing during a daytime cruise, or a night of boozing and gluttony on an evening trip. Either way, gliding along the St. Johns River should be something every Orlando resident does at least once a month to reconnect with our abundance of natural awesomeness. There’s something about seeing herons, gators and turtles in the wild that reminds us why we put up with the shitty things we have to deal with by living here, like I-4 traffic and sprawl. Meals on the cruise are indoors, but we encourage you to take that plate outside, because otherwise what’s the point of being there?
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday and Sunday and 7:30-11 p.m. Saturday; 433 N. Palmetto Ave., Sanford; $43.34-$60.19; 321-441-3030; stjohnsrivershipco.com

Summer Guide 2014
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