Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

Annual Meeting Host City: Orlando

by By Barbara Palmer, Senior Editor | Nov 01, 2012

Entertainment and Dining Districts Offer Menu of Exciting Options

We all know how important dining is when you’re traveling. Sharing a meal with family, friends, or colleagues strengthens existing connections and helps to foster new relationships. When visiting Orlando, you’ll be overwhelmed by the diversity and quality of the dining and entertainment options available throughout the area. Orlando’s distinctive dining and entertainment districts include the Convention Area, Restaurant Row, Winter Park, Downtown, Universal/CityWalk and Disney/Lake Buena Vista.
Convention Area
When it comes to entertaining, the Convention Area has you covered. With a diverse selection of restaurants and nearly endless options, there’s something here for everyone. Sip crafted cocktails at the one-of-a-kind Rocks lounge at The Peabody Orlando. Order fresh-caught oysters at The Oceanaire Seafood Room. Or laugh yourself silly at the Orlando Improv Comedy Club.
Restaurant Row
Do your attendees a favor and make reservations along Restaurant Row. This stretch along Sand Lake Road serves up some of the finest fare the destination has to offer at more than two dozen upscale and casual restaurants. Discover Roy Yamaguchi’s unforgettable Polynesian-fusion menu. Swap stories over cigars and cordials at the Corona Cigar Company. Or order a dry-aged steak and then swing to live jazz at Vines Grille & Wine Bar.
Winter Park
New-world sophistication meets old-world charm in Winter Park, a picturesque city where arts and culture are part of everyday life. Guests will discover chic bistros, fine dining, gastro pubs, trendy wine rooms, museums, art galleries, and specialty boutiques. Savor the succulent slow-smoked Angus brisket at 4Rivers Smokehouse. Enjoy refined Southern fare and hand-crafted house brews at the Cask & Larder. Or sample from 150 wines by the glass or bottle at The Wine Room on Park Avenue.
With a sizable skyline, downtown Orlando is both a vibrant entertainment district and a collection of trendy neighborhoods. Dine on an impressive range of global and regional flavors, and then get ready for a fun-filled evening adventure. Try locally sourced produce and farm-to-table cuisine at The Rusty Spoon. Catch an Orlando Magic basketball game at the Amway Center. Or take in a Broadway show at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center.
This self-contained universe offers an electrifying selection of dining and nightlife experiences courtesy of the CityWalk entertainment complex and adjacent hotels. Hold court while impressing clients at Emeril’s Orlando. Rock out to your favorite band from college at the Hard Rock Live. Or lose track of time and space with the Blue Man Group.
Disney/Lake Buena Vista
Big names provide plenty of star power, with exquisite fine dining, casually elegant eateries, and first-class entertainment. Just be prepared to make some hard choices. Should you sample the menus of Cat Cora, Todd English, Wolfgang Puck, or Don Shula? Drive the sports car of your dreams at the Exotic Driving Experience, or watch rock legends perform at the House of Blues? Better plan to extend your stay.

For more information: Visit Orlando - 800.662.2825; orlandomeeting.com; orlandodistricts.com

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