🏖Staycation like you live here.

🏖Staycation like you live here.

That one time our friends got married and we got the group rate to stay at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress and our room had sweet views like this one. 📸: @akatiej


Anyway, we got to thinking about where we like to staycation in Orlando and came up with a few suggestions and even proposed some things to do while you’re at it.

Maybe you’ve done some of these before or have your own suggestions, whatever the case, feel free to share and give us feedback.

If you’re wanting to staycation downtown, we’ve got some great options:

EO Inn and Spa: If you’re looking to be in the mix of Thornton Park, aka “Downtown for grown-ups”, then this place is prime location. You’re a stone’s throw from Lake Eola Park, have restaurants and happy hours at your fingertips, a rooftop jacuzzi, and a quick jaunt away from downtown-downtown. No car necessary and typically, you can score a sweet deal.

🏃‍♀️ 🍔 🍻 Highly recommend the run club/trivia night combo at Graffiti Junktion on Wednesday nights, eating at Soco, The Stubborn Mule or Muddy Waters, and drinks at Burton’s, Stardust Lounge or World of Beer (mostly for the view).

The Aloft: Located directly across from the Dr. Phillips Center, this is a perfect location for Broadway shows, concerts, and OCSC and Orlando Magic games alike. Centrally located downtown, you have easy access to the 408, I-4, Sodo and downtown. In the summertime, you can partake in a pool party if that’s your thing or easily walk the kids over to the Orange County History Center , Wells’built Museum or Orlando Public Library. Did we mention that they’re now participating in a Dog-in-Residence Program where you can adopt a foster pup?

Grand Bohemian: If you’ve got money to spend and want the best of the best while being in the heart of the city, then The Grand Bo is the top choice. Adjacent to the Dr. Phillips Center, it’s in a prime location, is home to a great happy hour at the Bosendorfer Lounge, has the best weekend brunch in the game, a relaxing pool and the comfiest robes in the business (in our humble opinions).

🏃‍♀️ 🍔 🍻  If you’re staying at either of these hotels, then we would recommend lunch at Downtown Pourhouse, Harry Buffalo, or Market on Magnolia and dinner at The Rusty Spoon, Artisan’s Table, and El Buda Downtown.

Now if you’re REALLY wanting to feel like you’re on vacation, out of your normal habitat, make your way out to the I-Drive area (and try not to cringe just thinking about it, it’s well worth the visit). Our top three suggestions look a little like the below:

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress: Did you see that pic of their pool area above? 😳So good. Plus for a minute, as a local, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported away from here. It’ll feel like a real vacation. The rooms are sweet enough, the activities are abundant, and eating on property is delish. BUT you’re also in the tourism corridor and have a host of cool options to really tourist it up.

Orlando World Center Marriott: An oldie but goodie. This place always reminds us of The Atlantis in the Bahamas, but not. Great for golfing, kiddos, and pool times – it’s a drive, but again, your staycation feels like a real vacation. And if we remember correctly, the robes here are nice too.

Lastly, you know who really pushes the “staycations” in Orlando? The Four Seasons. They legit have offered staycation packages in the past including a day at the spa and use of their amenities. Think of this as a romantic getaway or a big treat yo self moment. Like a really big one. Their spa is top notch, the on-site restaurants are the real deal, and nothing really compares to their level of service, their attention to detail, and their ridiculous bathrooms.

So Orlando, we have a question for you, where do you staycation? And why? Shoot us an email at hello@pulp.town or simply reply to this one. Inquiring minds want to know.


Forever Pulsating. Just shy of the two-year anniversary, a new Pulse exhibit opened at the Orange County History Center and it’s worth more than one pass through. “Another Year Passes: Orlando After the Pulse Nightclub Massacre” exhibit is open through October 14 and  sheds light on details about the shooting and the victims. (Fox 35)

New job, who dis? If you’re on the search for a new job, have no fear. Hire Day Orlando is happening Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Amway Center and more than  120 employers offering more than 7,000 jobs are expected to be there If you’re going, you should pre register at OrlandoJobs.com. (Orlando Sentinel)

All hail Hamilton, but just don’t buy tickets yet. If you’ve already purchased your tickets to Hamilton, you might be what Grandpa used to call S.O.L. The Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts just released a statement warning that buyers should be aware of purchasing tickets through second-party websites like StubHub and SeatGeek, as these tickets are not even available for sale to the public yet, nor will they be sold anywhere other than the box office, online and over the phone. Hamilton is coming to town January 22 through February 10 next year. (Orlando Weekly)

Disney is feeling the Bern. At a recent rally in Anaheim, Bernie Sanders ripped the Walt Disney Company a new one, claiming that it can pay its CEOs more than $400 million in four years, but three of four of its employees can’t afford basic needs. Bernie says that if Disney has enough money to spend those dollar amounts on its CEOs, then it has enough money to pay its workers $15 an hour. (Orlando Weekly)

Labor Board says Disney World was right. Speaking of Disney, the National Labor Relations Board just ruled last week that Disney World didn’t violate the law when it withheld its promised $1,000 bonuses to union workers earlier in the year.  The Service Trades Council Union who represents said union workers represent more than half of the 70K workers at Disney World. Disney had announced last January that it would be giving out these one-time bonuses its employees after Congress passed a tax cut but changed its mind soon after. , (WFLA)

Single, living in Orlando and looking for fun? WFTV Channel 9 says that the best Orlando attractions to visit solo are the Orlando Museum of Art, Discovery Cove, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, and Epcot. What do you think? (WFTV)



🖌 Drink a little, sketch a little in a bar. (College Park)
💆‍♀️ Let your hair down and enjoy some Punk on the Patio (Downtown)
🎭 Through Sunday, catch Rent’s 20th Anniversary Tour. (Downtown)


🏃‍♂️ Participate in Global Running Day with Track Shack (Mills)
🌱 Attend this workshop on Florida plants and sustainability. (Loch Haven Park)


🍑 Put your paws on fresh produce at Edgewater Farmers Market (Edgewater)
🎉 Grand Opening Party at Winter Park History Museum (Winter Park)
🖼 It’s the weekly 1st Thursdays at OMA (Loch Haven Park)
🎟 Game of Thrones Trivia is coming (Sanford)
☕ Enjoy Coffee + Cake + Conversations (Sanford)


🍹 Enjoy margaritas, tacos and tequilas with a LIVE DJ Friday. (East Orlando)
🎼 Watch the Orlando Gay Chorus perform their new cabaret. (Thornton Park)
👘 Engage in a night of couture and culture. (Downtown)
🎤 Belt your heart out to Bidi Bidi Bom Bom and Dreaming of You. (Disney)

📖 Take a storytelling class. (Mills 50)
🏎 Celebrate twenty years of fun with some go-cart racing. (IDrive)
🦏 Watch Jumanji outside at Sunset Cinemas at Cranes Roost. (Altamonte)
🎸 Rock out at House of Blues (Disney)
🔥 It’s close enough to Halloween to have a Night Hike and Campfire (Oveido)
⚾ There’s a new team in town and it’s their mascot’s birthday. (Kissimmee)


🌈 Head over to Orlando Shakes to attend Orlando Voices. (Loch Haven Park)
🎪 The greatest (dance) show of all time! (Downtown)


See you tomorrow, Pulptowners.

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