You know Orlando as a place for fun, family vacations. Now, discover its sophisticated side.

by LP Green, II

Orlando might not be the first place that comes to mind for sophisticated dining and high-end accommodations, but it should be.

Long known for its world-class theme parks, family vacationers and relaxing resort hotels, Orlando has established itself as a quality dining destination thanks to internationally renowned chefs such as Emeril Lagasse, Kat Cora and Roy Yamaguchi, as well as home grown talent the likes of John Rivers (4Rivers Smokehouse), Kevin Fonzo (K restaurant) and James and Julie Petrakis (The Ravenous Pig). In fact, Zagat recognized Orlando as a quality dining destination.

Need a place to rest your head after an exquisite meal? Orlando is now home to more upscale, luxury resort hotels than ever before. Ritz-Carlton, Waldorf Astoria, Loews and Disney all have flagship properties in the Orlando area, and the world’s largest Four Seasons resort is now open.

There’s also incredible shopping in Orlando. The Mall at Millenia is the area’s most upscale retail shopping destination, featuring Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., Prada, Rolex, Emporio Armani and Saint Laurent Paris. It ranks among the world’s top-10 shopping centers.

Of course, a visit to Orlando wouldn’t be complete without a trip to its famous theme parks. From swimming with dolphins to close encounters with exotic African wildlife in their native habitat, Orlando’s theme parks also offer unique VIP experiences unlike anywhere else.

Needless to say, there is something for every age and interest. With so much to do, see and enjoy, it’s no wonder that more than 55 million people visit Orlando every year.

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