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The ultimate foodie girlfriend getaway
I feel like the luckiest girl on earth to call these two women friends and even luckier to be able to spend an entire weekend with both of them doing what we do best…talking, eating, imbibing and laughing during the pinnacle of Orlando’s Food and Wine festivities.
Want to recreate our Orlando experience? Here’s a play-by-play for the shenanigan filled weekend…
4:00 p.m. – Check-In to the Hilton Bonnet Creek Resort
You’re going to need a home base for the weekend and ours was the Hilton Bonnet Creek inside the gates of Walt Disney World. Get the two-bedroom Parlor Suite. We seriously had the best time talking like the girls from Designing Women and shooting Snapchat and Instagram Story videos about ‘adjourning to the parlor’.
Our Bonnet Creek suite was humongous. The size of four regular hotel rooms. There were three of us and the accommodations were just right. One king-bedroom and one double-queen room flanked either side of the suite which had its own entry door and full bath, giving us three full bathrooms to get ourselves ready in. There were also three flat screen TV’s, a dining room table that sat eight, a convertible queen sofa and an office nook.
5:00 p.m. – Cocktails at MYTH Bar in the Hilton Lobby
The MYTH Bar in the Hilton Bonnet Creek lobby has an inventive craft cocktail list. The Campfire is pictured above and is a mix of High West Whisky, Sweet Water, Choco Bitters and is topped with a Toasted Marshmallow. If given the choice always choose the drink with the toasted marshmallow the size of your head. It was like a liquified adult’s only S’mores!
The MYTH Bar ceiling is a piece of art…
…and there’s only one way to capture it fully…plus, twinsies.
I told you…shenanigans. Lisa always gets the shot.
6:00 p.m. – Craft Beer Sampling
On Friday and Saturday nights during Bonnet Creek’s Food & Wine Weekends you can sample complementary craft beers from local Florida breweries. The flight pictured above was from one of my favorites…Crooked Can Brewing.
6:30 p.m. – Art of Sushi Pairing at Zeta Bar
Zeta Bar is located in the Hilton Bonnet Creek and has one of the best Happy Hours in Orlando. During Food & Wine Weekends Zeta offers guests the opportunity to pair a prix-fixe sushi dinner with a specialty beer or sake flight.
There is also an option which includes this beautifully presented Coconut Chicken Green Curry with lemongrass, ginger, Thai chili, cilantro, Thai basil, toasted pine nuts and steamed white rice. The dish is made with a seafood stock and because I have a shellfish allergy the chef made it for me with coconut milk instead. OMG! Full review coming soon.
8:30 p.m. – Macaron Bar with Prosecco at MYTH
Making a return again this year is the Macaron Bar in the Hilton Bonnet Creek lobby. The girls and I paired our sweet treats with a glass of bubbles.
11:00 p.m. – Late Night Girl Talk Sesh Over Wine
Nibbling and sipping late into the night in the parlor suite…
11:00 a.m. – Room Service Lunch
Sleep in on Saturday and then order one of the delectable cheeseburgers from room service for lunch. Trust me on this one. The burger is to-die-for!
1:00 p.m. – Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
Spend a few hours walking off calories and taking in a few more at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Leave the driving to the Hilton Bonnet Creek by taking advantage of their complementary shuttle.
6:00 p.m. – Sip, Swirl & Savor Sommelier Experience at La Luce
Enjoy complementary pours of wine just outside La Luce in the Hilton Bonnet Creek before the start of your dinner inside the restaurant.
6:30 p.m. – Taste of La Luce
This meal is not to be missed. The girls and I had been looking forward to tasting our way through Italy and sampled just about everything offered on the special “Taste of La Luce” Food & Wine Weekends menu.
Standouts included the Pumpkin Tiramisu and apricot forward Donnafugata Ben Rye Port from Sicily. Full review of this special dining experience coming soon.
9:30 p.m. – Cocktails and Bar du Chocolat at Peacock Alley
After dinner service concluded we took a leisurely stroll across the hotel grounds to the adjacent Waldorf Astoria. Here we made a few selections from the decadent Bar du Chocolat and sipped nightcaps while listening to live piano music and watching the fireworks over Disney’s Hollywood Studios from the comfort of the Peacock Alley Lounge.
Pictured above is the Cold Brew Espresso Cocktail comprised of Belvedere vodka, Madagascan vanilla syrup, Ethiopian cold brew espresso and Borghetti Cafe.
Ashley and I took full advantage of a convention photo opp prop on our return trip to the Hilton.
I told you…shenanigans.
10:00 a.m. – Coffee and Macarons
In-room coffee and macarons constitute breakfast right?
11:00 a.m. – Lazy River Pool
The Hilton Bonnet Creek pool was calling our names. I had just returned from a trip to West Virginia and had brought back some local micro brews so we each poured ourselves a craft beer and floated around in the lazy river until it was time to ready ourselves for a proper tea service at the Waldorf Astoria.
2:00 p.m. – Royal Tea at Waldorf Astoria’s Peacock Alley
We ended our girl’s weekend with finger sandwiches and pastries in the lobby of the Waldorf Astoria during Royal Tea.
This is a girl’s weekend that I will never forget at one of my favorite Orlando resorts! For more information on Bonnet Creek’s Food and Wine Weekends check out this post – Food & Wine Weekends Sneak Peek at the Hilton Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria Orlando.
I was a guest of the Hilton Bonnet Creek for the purpose of this review. I was not compensated to write this article and all opinions are my own.