If you're a tourist looking for an experience that goes far beyond the theme parks or a local seeking a fun weekend activity, Orlando Food Tours has the perfect option. The Winter Park area, on the edge of Orlando, is well known for the quaint charm of its shopping and restaurant district. Orlando Food Tours offers a tasty overview of what Winter Park has to offer, along with a historical overview, and even a nice walk that burns off a few of the many calories you'll consume.
Click the slideshow accompanying this article for an overview of the tour. In additional to several restaurants and shops, it also includes a quick look at the Tiffany collection inside the Morse Museum. However, no photos are allowed in the museum so you only get to see the building in the slideshow.
The tours take place in rain or shine, and you're indoors most of the time (although there's some patio dining on nice days), so don't let Florida's fickle weather scare you off. It's $47 per person, which includes all your food and drink samples, including some adult beverages. The walking is leisurely and slow paced, so it's suitable for just about any fitness level. Tours take place on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. For full details, visit www.orlandofoodtours.com
For a more in-depth look at the stops, use the following links:
- Prato (Italian cuisine)
- The Ancient Olive (gourmet olive oil and balsamic vinegar)
- The Spice & Tea Exchange (gourmet spices and teas)
- Orchid Thai Cuisine
- Kilwin's Chocolates & Ice Cream
- Sassafras Sweet Shoppe (vintage candy)
I highly recommend taking the tour on a day when you can spend more time in Winter Park so you can head back to the stores and do a little shopping after your tour. I had to leave right after the tour, but I'm planning to return to the tea and olive oil shops and the museum so I can peruse them at my leisure.