Is it spring yet? Nearly so, and our friends at the Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott at Grande Lakes Orlando have a bevy of vernal events planned over the coming months.
Beginning with Valentine’s Day, which technically isn’t spring yet but it’s close.
At the Ritz, both Knife & Spoon, the Michelin-starred steak and seafood restaurant, and the southern-inspired Highball & Harvest will be offering special Valentine’s Day menus in addition to their regular fare. And you can make it extra special with a pre-dinner paddle boat ride at sunset on Grande Lake.
Across the way at the JW, Primo will host “Mangi con Amore,” with a special V-Day a la carte menu for two.
And speaking of Primo, on Feb. 17 you can learn the Art of Pizza from the restaurant’s pizzaiolo, beginning with a tour of the restaurant’s backdoor garden for fresh ingredients and continuing in the kitchen with dough-making and -stretching techniques and the secret to the perfect pizza sauce. Class is at 11:30 a.m. and reservations are required.
Also in February, at Highball & Harvest, is a first-time event I just love: Brunch at Birdie’s. Birdie is the resort’s mascot – she’s named for the golf term rather than her hunting skills – and she’s inviting all four-legged friends and their owners for a special get-together. Lots of socializing for the doggies while the humans enjoy brunch, cocktails and live entertainment. It’s Feb 25 from noon to 4 p.m. and reservations can be made at 407-393-2400. (Birdie and my labradoodle, Toby, had kind of a thing when they first met a couple of years ago, so I know he’ll be expecting me to take him.)
After that we’re looking at Easter, with special brunches and events, such as the Cotton Tail Tea (March 30 and 31) and the JW Marriott Springtime Festival on March 29 and 30, with games, crafts and other Easter themed fun.
And don’t even get me started on Mother’s Day. More on that to come.
In the meantime, check out all of the dinner and event details in the Grande Lakes’ Spring 2024 Event & Activity Guide.