Grande Lakes Orlando is planning a bunch of activities and specials for this holiday weekend, celebrating both Valentine’s and President’s Days, which is especially helpful if your Valentine is also a president.
Things get started on Friday with Valentine and USA crafts in the Ritz Kids Garden. You can also join in a fish feeding session on the Lakeside Terrace.
That evening, you can reverse it by enjoying a nice seafood selection at Highball & Harvest, the Southern-inspired restaurant at the Ritz, or Primo by Melissa Kelly at the JW Marriott.
There are similar activities on Saturday and Sunday with other fun things thrown in, including eco-tours on Shingle Creek, fishing excursions and falconry classes. Notice that all these activities are outdoors?
Sunday, of course, is Valentine’s Day, and the new and critically acclaimed Knife & Spoon has some creative specials. Such as:
Diamonds and pearls $38 half dozen; Oyster, crème, caviar, blood orange, tapioca pearls
Heart “beet” salad $18; Whey hearts, coffee cardamom soil, grapefruit, mizuna
Bitter sweet Duck $52; Cherry puree, black garlic jus, smoked maitake, sour cabbage
All prices are a la carte, but you can also get all of the above as a prix-fixe option that includes a bottle of Moet Champagne for $165 per person. (You’ll also get an upgraded amuse bouche and a secret middle course.)
After dinner, you can step out to the terrace and watch the fireworks over the lake at 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday is something called Coconuts & Moet Ice Bar with whole coconuts and ice glasses of Moet served at the Ritz-Carlton pool.
There are other things, like golf outings and tennis lessons and a bunch of spa packages. And you don’t have to be staying at the resort to partake. If you want to make it a little staycation weekend, you’ll find that the Ritz-Carlton has updated its guest rooms. I’m sure they’re top-notch because, you know, it’s the Ritz.
You can check out the full details and schedule at the official holiday weekend brochure, and you’ll find the number to call to make reservations.