Food and Wine Festival is one of our favorite vacations. We are heading back in 70 days with some adult friends and I am getting really excited! Here’s my story on our first trip to Food and Wine and why we keep going back.
So a few weeks ago I turned 40. Since it was a milestone birthday my loving husband graciously planned a vacation for me and him. Yes you heard that right just the two of us, no kids. The kids didn’t get it. Mom and dad don’t go on vacations with out us. They were in denial for some time. But the day came, my parents arrived to our house bright and early and we headed to the airport without them.
That’s right too, we flew. Sounded like a great idea when booking. Just the two of us and rates weren’t to bad. Flight times were ok… Then the times changed on our flight down. So I had to spend a Sat night on hold with Delta for a half hour to get a better time (this was a blessing in disguise since this time was way better than the first.) Then a month or so later the time changed on our return trip so repeat process. Again blessing since I decided at that point to pick seats and got Delta Comfort + which may have been the only way I was able to get back on the plane on the way home- more leg room and free wine and beer. I typically don’t mind flying but with all the turmoil in the world my anxiety was up.
So where did we go?, you ask. Orlando, of course. Specifically for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. We haven’t been to Epcot since our honeymoon in 2001. Just hasn’t appealed to us with the kids. The other parks seem to have more to offer our children. But we have talked many times how we would love to tour the worlds when they are older. Instead of waiting another 4-5 years until they would all be able to do their own thing this became the perfect time, a trip on our own and Food and Wine Festival- perfect!
Epcot Food and Wine Festival was amazing. The lines at all the booths moved faster than I would have ever guessed. The food and drink was wonderful (seriously didn’t have anything I didn’t like.) The variety was great. The weather was perfect. The prices were reasonable. My favorite was the tenderloin and Malbec from Patagonia and Scott’s was the filet from Canada.
Bonuses for getting to ride Test Track before the festival opened, a not so long line on the boat ride with the Three Caballeros in Mexico and the chance to see Captain EO before it closes later this year.
Plus we found Remy and Donald Duck.
Highly recommend attending this event. Really there is nothing better than food and wine tasting at a Disney Park. Hoping to go back next year.
What else do you do in Orlando without the kids? Lots! Disney Springs is a ton of fun as an adult. We got to go to the new tavern Jock Lindsay’s Hangar Bar. It was awesome, really really awesome. They decor was amazing, the drinks were great and the bartenders, Launchpad and Scooter, were fantastic. They even have domestic beer in aluminium bottles if you want to take it to go. And we got to eat at restaurants there that the kids would not have picked. The first night we ate at The Boathouse, right on the water, and then later in the trip at The House of Blues (where we learned some new information- if you get on the water taxi behind The House of Blues you can take a ride to the other end and get dropped off near The Rainforest- then walk back towards where you parked- or vice versa.) We were also able to make it all the way through and able to look at all the stores with out the kids. Normally we only get about 2/3 of the way before we have to turn back.
We sat by the pool. I read a book and didn’t have to watch any kids swimming. Don’t get me wrong I love to watch my kids having fun in the pool, but I also love to read in the sun. We had drinks and lunch delivered to us pool side as well. There was also a man made beach at the resort that we relaxed on. (Huge plus the Marriott refillable mug! Love it. Have to get one every time we go)
We took walks around the property. We did not feed the alligators
We went to the mall.
We had dinner at the fancy restaurant, The Grille, at the golf course at the resort. It was amazing- easily my best meal on the entire trip.
We, peacefully, enjoyed coffee and breakfast, each morning on the patio of our suite which overlooked the golf course. Our suite at Marriott’s Grande Vista http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/mcogv-marriotts-grande-vista/ was a 1 bedroom with full kitchen and washer and dryer. We love having a kitchen to cook breakfast in and reheat leftovers for lunch. Then we can eat dinner out and not feel like we are eating out all the time.
We did debate going to the Magic Kingdom. I am still a little disappointed that we chose not to. It would have been fun to take everything in as just the two of us. To just do whatever rides we decided to do on a whim and not be super planned while there. Not to mention to be able to see the park decorated for Christmas- but I guess that gives us a reason to go back during this time of year.
Adult only vacations are good every once in awhile. They are a great time to reconnect and be together. But family vacations are great too- and I can’t wait to go back with the kids