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Tales from the Central Florida Ale Trail

Currently, 18 breweries make up the Central Florida Ale Trail and more are on their way. On this edition of Orlando Sentinel Snapshot, we sample some local beers and share some tales from the Central Florida Ale Trail. Get a taste for what it takes to tackle this epic pub crawl and the reward for...

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Orlando hotel occupancy rises 7.4% in October

The occupancy rate and revenue-per-room figures for Orlando- area hotels both made strong gains during October. The revenue mark for the market — defined as Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties — was up 12.2 percent from October of 2016, according to STR, a research company that tracks hotel data....

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IAAPA: Disney's banshee, SeaWorld shows win Brass Ring Awards

Two SeaWorld Orlando shows and a Walt Disney World souvenir were among the winners of the Brass Ring Awards for 2017. The honors were announced during the IAAPA Attractions Expo at the Orange County Convention Center on Wednesday afternoon. The “Disney Avatar Banshee Rookery” won judges choice...

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  • Florida travel calendar for November

    Florida travel calendar for November

    Check out festivals and events in November across the state. This list is organized by region. Central Florida (including Orlando, Kissimmee, Daytona Beach, Sanford, the Space Coast, Lakeland/Polk and Lake County) Aug. 25-Nov. 1 (select dates): Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Walt Disney...

  • Florida travel calendar for December

    Florida travel calendar for December

    Check out festivals and events in December across the state. This list is organized by region. Central Florida (including Orlando, Kissimmee, Daytona Beach, Sanford, the Space Coast, Lakeland/Polk and Lake County) Nov. 18-Jan. 6: Universal Orlando holiday events, Orlando. Universal has expanded...

  • Florida travel calendar for January

    Florida travel calendar for January

    Check out festivals and events in January across the state.This list is organized by region.Central Florida (including Orlando, Kissimmee, Daytona Beach, Sanford, the Space Coast, Lakeland/Polk and Lake County)Through Jan. 1: Salvador Dali-BIBLIA SACRA: Dali & His Bible Art Exhibition, Winter Park....

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  • Miami Beach boat show rebrands with new name for 30th run in February

    Miami Beach boat show rebrands with new name for 30th run in February

    The Yachts Miami Beach boat show — one of two major boating showcases running annually in South Florida during the President’s Day holiday weekend — will debut a new name in 2018 for its 30th year, organizers announced Wednesday. The rebranded event, dubbed Miami Yacht Show, is scheduled for Feb.15-19...

  • Daytona Beach Bandshell getting $1 million overhaul

    Daytona Beach Bandshell getting $1 million overhaul

    DAYTONA BEACH — The historic oceanfront Bandshell, the sandcastle-like structure that's been overlooking the waves since the 1930s, is going to get a nearly $1 million interior overhaul. City commissioners voted unanimously at their meeting Wednesday night to tackle a complete demolition of the...

  • Country stars and more headline 2018 Florida Strawberry Festival

    Country stars and more headline 2018 Florida Strawberry Festival

    The Florida Strawberry Festival always brings in big-name entertainment for its 11-day run, and 2018 is only different in that it isn’t just country music headlining the event. Sure there’ll be current country juggernauts like The Band Perry, Brad Paisley and Trace Adkins and older fan favorites...

  • Widespread Panic, Phil Lesh coming to Wanee Music Festival

    Widespread Panic, Phil Lesh coming to Wanee Music Festival

    Tickets go on sale Nov. 17 for the 2018 Wanee Music Festival in Live Oak, featuring jam-band favorites including Widespread Panic, Phil Lesh, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood and St. Paul and the Broken Bones.

  • Party on: Miami Beach residents reject 2 a.m. alcohol ban on Ocean Drive

    Party on: Miami Beach residents reject 2 a.m. alcohol ban on Ocean Drive

    Booze will continue flowing until 5 a.m. on Ocean Drive after Miami Beach voters rejected a proposal to restrict alcohol sales to 2 a.m. on the popular tourist strip. Patrons of popular late night party spots such as Mango’s Tropical Café and The Clevelander can drink and party until the predawn...

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Beyond the horseshoe: How I fell in love with Springfield food

Beyond the horseshoe: How I fell in love with Springfield food

It’s been about eight years since my first trip to Springfield, Ill., and, not coincidentally, eight years since I met Neil, my husband, who grew up in Illinois’ capital city. Through countless treks from our adopted hometown in Chicago to visit his family and friends, we’ve eaten our way through...

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Port Canaveral logs 4.5M passengers in FY2017

Port Canaveral logs 4.5M passengers in FY2017

Port Canaveral said 4.5 million cruise passengers were logged at the Port in 2017, an increase of 6.4 percent over the previous year. Total cruise passengers, which includes multi-day passengers coupled with one-day cruise passengers, totaled 4,520,229 for the port’s fiscal year, which ran from...

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