What’s on in September, October and November in Orlando.

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During the Autumn months in Orlando; September, October and November you can experience some of the worst weather and some of the best weather of the year. In September the temperature starts to cool but the day time temperature is usually around 32 degrees Celsius and the minimum temperature about 22 degrees Celsius. October is one much less humid with the daytime temp about 29 degrees Celsius and the minimum temperature about 18 degrees Celsius. In November the average temperature is about 25 degrees Celsius and the minimum temperature is 57 degrees Celsius.

This is why Orlando is a popular winter holiday destination for those wanting to escape the cold at home.

SEPTEMBER

Magical Dining Month
Disney On Ice – Amway Centre
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
The Great Irish Hooley at Raglan Road
The Annual MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney – Daytona.
Lego Club weekends at Legoland
Orlando’s Faith and Fun Weekend
Summer Music Series – Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards
Fashion Week at the Mall of Millenia
Epcot International Food and Wine Festival
Universal Halloween Horror Nights
Orlando City Soccer Matches
Rock and Run 5K by Florida Hospital
Food and Wine Weekends at Waldorf Astoria
Global Peace Film festival
Cirque Du Soleil – Amway Centre
Howl O Scream – Busch Gardens

OCTOBER

Brick or Treat at Legoland
Busch Gardens Howl O Scream
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular
Universal Orlando Resort’s Halloween Horror Nights
Epcot International Food and Wine Festival
Orlando City Soccer
The Annual Winter Park Autumn Art Festival
Crayola Experience ‘s Screamin’ Green Hauntoween
Orlando Film Festival
Run Nona 5K and 10K
Zoo Boo Bash –Central Florida Zoo& Botanical Gardens
Orlando Ballet – Dr Philips Centre for the Performing Arts
Orlando Fall Home and Garden Show

NOVEMBER

Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend
Epcot International Food and Wine Festival
Fall Fiesta in the Park –Lake Eola
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
Come Out with Pride Orlando – Lake Eola
Orlando Beer Festival – Festival Park
Stetson Mansion Christmas Spectacular – Stetson Mansion
Light Up UCF –CFE Arena
SeaWorld Christmas Spectacular
The Annual I LOVE College Park Art & Wine Stroll
Florida Blue Classic – Camping World Stadium
Central Florida International Auto Show
Seniors First Turkey Trot 5K – Lake Eola
Christmas Town A Busch Gardens Celebration
Holidays Around The World at Epcot

Tipping Etiquette.

As a visitor to Orlando and the USA then you may not be aware of the
etiquette of tipping.

While tipping is not mandatory in most of the United States, it is customary in many circumstances for service, especially at almost all sit down restaurants which offer table service and many food servers depend on tips as an essential part of their wage.

You will probably find that the tip or service charge has already been added to your bill so do check this carefully before adding this again.

Here are some guidelines which you may find helpful.

AIRPORT
Porter – $1 per bag.

RESTROOM ATTENDANT
$1 or small change in expensive restaurant.

VALET PARKING ATTENDANT
$1-$2 but only when you get your car.

BELLHOPS
$1 -$5 per bag depending upon the level of hotel.

HOTEL CONCIERGE
$5 or more if he or she performs a service for you.

HOTEL DOORMAN
$1-$3 if he helps you get a cab.

HOTEL MAID
$1-$3 a day (either daily or at the end of your stay)

HOTEL ROOM SERVICE WAITER
$1 – $2 per delivery even if a service charge has been added.

BAR TENDER
$1 to $5 per round of drinks, depending on the number of drinks.

TAXI
15%-20% but round up the fare to the next dollar amount.

TOUR GUIDE
10% of the cost of the tour.

WAITER
15%- 25% with 20% being the norm at high end restaurants.

COAT CHECK PERSONNEL
$1-$2 per item checked unless there is a fee, then nothing.

Here at http://www.luxuryvillasusa.com  we provide luxury accommodation in self catering accommodation just a thirty minutes drive away from Universal Studios and eight miles from Walt Disney World. Our homes offer 2 to 13 bedrooms, swimming pools, games rooms, home theatres, great kitchens, summer kitchens, golf courses and lake views. Our concierge service will fill your home’s fridge and pantry, engage a private chef, as well as personally accommodating you with everything from a baby crib, barbecue grill, restaurant reservation, or backyard wedding.

Do take a look at our homes and we look forward to discussing your needs with us and booking you into one of our homes. http://www.luxuryvillasusa.com

What’s on in Orlando in July and August?

The weather in July is hot and humid. The average daytime temperatures can reach a scorching 92 degrees Fahrenheit with an average minimum temp of 73 degrees Fahrenheit.
Orlando is very busy in July and August as it is the summer holidays. On average there are about 10 hours of sunshine and day time humidity can rise to 95%.
Visitors need to protect themselves from the hot sun with a high factor suncream and they need to wear a hat and sunglasses. It is important to keep hydrated. As it is the rainy season is can be wet in July although this changes each year to how wet it can be. The average monthy precipation is around 196 mm. The rain rarely stays around for the whole day. Most of it is received in the form of a strong thunderstorm in the afternoon which pass within the hour.

Here is a selection of a few of the things going on in and around Orlando in July and August.

JULY

Summer Nights at Seaworld, Sounds Like Summer Series at Epcot, Summer Nights at Busch Gardens
Cirque du Soleil – La Nouba

4th Florida Gun Show, Orlando.
House of Blues Gospel Brunch
Independence Day at SeaWorld, Orlando
Independence Day at Universal Orlando Resort
Independence Day at Walt Disney World
Legoland
Watermelon 5K in Winter Park

Dr Philips Centre
Orlando Pride

Hard Rock Live
House of Blues
Southeast Building conference
Orlando Citrus Bowl.
House of Blues.
Leu Gardens.

AUGUST

More details to follow.

What’s on in Orlando in May and June?

May is a popular month to travel to Orlando.
The temperatures are rising and the crowds are relatively low as the snowbirds,the Spring breakers and Easter holiday makers return home.
The half term in May is the time when you may see many of the Premier League football stars from the UK enjoying the Floridian sunshine and the The Theme Parks with their families.

Orlando’s weather in May is warm and humid. The average maximum daytime temperature in the month of May in Orlando is 31°C, about 88°F, while the average minimum temperature is still a pleasant 18°C, about 65°F.
On average, there will be 10 hours of sunshine per day.
The average amount of rainfall expected for this month goes up to 84 mm. The rainy season generally start.

In June, the weather is hot and humid, and can get very wet if you get caught outside when it rains. The average maximum daytime temperature in Orlando is as high as 32°C (90°F) whereas the average minimum temperature drops down to 22°C (71°F). There are fair chances of rain compared to the preceding months, as the rainy season is well under way.

You will find however that as soon as the rain does come it will disappear as quickly. Often you will find however that it may be raining in The Magic Kingdom and not in Disney Springs just down the road or it may rain in Hunters Creek and not in Reunion.

Here are some of the events taking place in Orlando in May and June 2016. A one off event in May 2016 is The Invictus Games which will see Prince Harry and Michelle Obama attending.

MAY

Orlando 15th Annual Cabaret Festival
Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival
Orlando Ballet,
The Moonstone Music Festival.
Blue and Groove Weekend – Mount Dora
International Fringe Festival
Mothers Day at Bok Tower Gardens.
Viva La Musical, SeaWorld.
Orlando Wedding Expo
BBQ Blowout
Memorial Day Concert at Bok tower Gardens.
Gay Days

JUNE

Florida VolleyBall Challenge
Premier Beauty Challenge
Summer Nights at SeaWorld

Encore Resort Homes at Reunion and The Encore Club.

As you drive down the Interstate 4 towards Tampa as you come towards Junction 60 you ask yourself a question “I wonder what is being built there?”

It is a new top class Resort – The Encore Club and Encore Resort Homes at Reunion.

This is a luxury vacation resort development with state of the art amenities just minutes from the finest world class entertainment Orlando has to offer.

WHAT?
The Encore resort community when fully completed will have 750 homes ranging from 5 bedroomed luxury villas to 13 bedroomed luxury villas.

WHO?
All the luxury villas will be privately owned and managed by Management companies selected by Encore. The houses we promote are all managed by Jeeves who will be on call 24/7 if required.
Encore’s developer, Encore Capital Management, owns the property and also owns and manages Encore Resort Homes.
Encore Capital Management currently has more than $2 billion in real estate assets under management across the USA and a very strong track record of successful developments. Encore are also building on the 192 in Orlando near to The Formosa Gardens Shopping Plaza.

WHAT IS THE ENCORE CLUB?
The amenities of the Encore Club are exclusively available to the owners and their guests. The Encore Club can be found in the massive Clubhouse in the centre of the Community.
The Encore Club concierge are available to answer questions for you about Orlando and print Disney and other park tickets right at the desk and they can also arrange for complimentary transportation to these parks.

Within the building there is a full service restaurant and bar, a lounge and fitness centre. Outside there is a large lawn and play area, basketball and tennis courts and a beach volleyball court.

Best of all! The Encore Club has a spectacular Water Park covering 10 acres featuring a 50 ft. high towering slide as well as additional exciting water slides, pools and kids’ splash zone. There is also a beach entry pool, a poolside bar and grill, cabanas and sun shades and sun loungers.

WHAT ARE THE LUXURY VILLAS LIKE?

As all the homes are private luxury villas then no two villas will be alike. You will find that the individual owner has worked with the designer to develop their own dream vacation home to their particular taste and their own needs. Thus please do check the bedroom configurations in each villa so that they fit your needs. All the villas have swimming pools as well as many other purpose built features.

There are approx. 18 models of houses being built and the following table will help you to understand the development and the different sizes and the rental rates of the homes. Please note this is just a guide and I will amend it as time goes on.
Remember each luxury villa is individual and it is a private home so do check the website as we will showcase each luxury villa in its own right.

To have a look at the homes which are now READY please browse our website www.LuxuryVillasUSA.com

Here are the different models and their sq ft, plot size and a typical nightly rate for 2016.

Mandrake, 5 Bedrooms, 2,500 sq ft, 40ft, $390-$525
Crest view, 5 Bedrooms, 3,300 sq ft, 40ft, $390-$525
Fairfield, 5 Bedrooms, 3157 sq ft, 40ft, $375-$485
Berkeley, 5 Bedrooms, 3029 sq ft, 40ft, $375-$485

Club, 6 Bedrooms, 40ft, $375-$485
Kingston, 6 Bedrooms, 2911 sq ft, 40ft, $438-$550
Ashcroft, 6 Bedrooms, 3108 sq ft, 40ft, $438-$550
Claremont, 6 Bedrooms, 3460 sq ft, 40ft, $355 -$585
Wellington, 6 Bedrooms, 2800 sq ft, 40ft, $438-$550
Stafford, 6 Bedrooms, 3310 sq ft, 40ft, $415-$550

Club, 8 Bedrooms, 40ft, $450 +
Fremont 1, 8 Bedrooms, 4057 sq ft, 40ft, $565-$750
Madison, 8 Bedrooms, 3437 sq ft, 50ft, $565-$650
Lancaster, 8 Bedrooms, 3568 sq ft, 50ft, $565-$650

Hawthorne, 9 Bedrooms, 4,669 sq ft, 50ft, $625-$815

Fremont 11, 10 Bedrooms, 4,724 sq ft, 50ft, $680-$950

Biltimore, 11 Bedrooms, 5,534 sq ft, 60ft, $950+

Essex, 13 Bedrooms, 6430 sq ft, 60ft, $1200+

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WHAT ABOUT REUNION RESORT?

If you are renting an Encore home then you will be able to access certain areas of Reunion Resort. All guests will enjoy access to: Four pools and seven Jacuzzis, the full-service spa and hairdresser,the five Reunion Resort restaurants: Forte, Eleven, The Clubhouse Grille, The Cove and The Grand Lobby Sushi Bar, two playgrounds and you will also be allowed to walk and jog the trails.

However you will NOT be allowed to use the waterpark at Reunion, play golf, play tennis or use the fitness centre unless the homeowner of the house you rent has a Reunion membership.

BOOKING AN ENCORE HOME WITH LuxuryVillasUSA.com

We work as booking agents for the private homes – the luxury villas that are managed by one of the official Encore Management Companies – Jeeves. We look forward to helping you choose the vacation home you will stay in whilst in Orlando, helping you plan your stay and basically supporting you throughout your stay.

We are always available to answer any questions on info@luxuryvillasusa.com

We will add more information when it becomes available.

At the moment there is a 20% discount on the advertised rates as an opening offer. This is for a limited period only.

IS ENCORE OPEN?

We are NOW accepting booking on the first stage of the development and The Encore Club is scheduled to open March/April 2016. Please be aware that there will be building going on in the neighbourhood although not specifically near the house you stay in. Encore Resort Homes post several updates frequently on You Tube and other social media so do browse these to watch how the development develops.

Encore may be for you and your family if you would like to stay in a modern house that is brand new and to use brand new facilities then it is definitely worth considering! I know my children would love to use the WATERPARK.

For shopping the shops at Championsgate and Posner Park as very close as are the amenities on the 192. Please read the information on The Retreat at Championsgate.

For more details contact about booking one of The Encore Homes please email info@luxuryvillasusa.com

The Retreat at Championsgate, Orlando.

THE RETREAT AT CHAMPIONSGATE,Orlando.

If you ask someone if they have heard of Championsgate in Orlando I would imagine that the answer would be YES we have and you may find that they have either stayed there or they know of someone who has stayed there. They may not have heard of THE RETREAT however as the development is one of Orlando’s newest developments.

WHERE IS IT?

The Retreat at ChampionsGate is located in a large area to the south of Highway 192 in Kissimmee. ChampionsGate is just two miles from the turn off to Disney World on the Interstate 4 and our luxury homes in The Retreat are ideally located less than an easy 10 minutes’ drive to Walt Disney World thus making The Retreat a favoured community in the Orlando Vacation homes area.
The junction you need to take from the Interstate 4 is junction 58. As you come off the motorway you can see the iconic double arches which span the road which welcome people into the Championsgate area. Here you will also find shops, restaurants, fast food outlets such as a Chillis, a Publix grocery supermarket, Walgreen’s, a UPS store banks and petrol stations. The 192 is also easily accessible from here.
Travelling in the direction towards Tampa on the Interstate 4 at the next junction you find Posner Park which is a shopping area where some large stores such as Dicks Sporting Goods, Michaels and J C Penney can be found as well as a new cinema complex. The Posner Park area can also be accessed by travelling two miles down the US 27.

Driving directions from Tampa
• Take I-4 to Exit 55, US 27.
• Go North on US 27 for two miles.
• ChampionsGate entrance will be on the right.
• Once through the gate proceed towards the water tower roundabout.
• Continue straight ahead and the Country Club entrance will be first left
after the round-about.

Driving Directions from Orlando.
• Take I-4 to Exit 58.
• Take a right on ChampionsGate Boulevard heading west.
• To visit the community continue on ChampionsGate Boulevard, make a right on Masters Boulevard and The Omni Championsgate Hotel will be on your left.
• Take Tri-County Rd and continue approximately 2 miles until you see the ChampionsGate Entrance on the left.
• Once through the gate proceed towards the water tower roundabout.
• Continue straight ahead and the Country Club entrance will be first left after the round-about.

GOLF?

The Retreat at Championsgate is located near to the Omni Hotel and ChampionsGate Golf. Here there are two premier 18-hole championship golf courses designed by Greg Norman.
You will also find the World Headquarters for The Leadbetter Golf Academy. The Leadbetter Golf Academy at ChampionsGate. Here the very finest learning and practice facilities can be found. You will also find Annika’s Academy just five minutes down the road at Reunion Resort developed by Annika Sorentsam.

Celebration Golf course is about a 15 minute drive away and Mystic Dunes Golf Course is also on the doorstep.

WHAT ARE THE HOUSES LIKE?

The houses are large detatched properties with a stone façade and they are very stylish and modern. They are perfect for extended family groups or two families travelling together. We at www.LuxuryVillasUSA.com offer different sizes of homes with the largest the 8 bedroom luxury pool home offering space and comfort for up to 18 guests. Do browse our website to see which home appeals to your taste. The homes are beautifully decorated by professional designers with every attention to design. All the properties boast spacious floor plans with high end finishes including stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, open planned living and dining accommodation. Many homes include a games room and a home theatre and some have a spa attached to the swimming pool. All homes have free wifi. The homes have been built by Lennar Homes Orlando Florida. Lennar is a 60 year old major building developer in the US who are known for quality of construction. If you have any questions about the homes and the services that we offer to you please contact us on info@luxuryvillasusa.com.
The management company in Orlando manage all the homes we offer you and they are on hand to support you from first booking the property, throughout your stay and also after your stay if required. We can offer welcome packs, private chefs, extra housekeeping, advice on tickets. Please let us know your needs when booking or before you travel.

RATES

A weeks holiday in a 8 bedroomed home is from $2450 in low periods, $2800 in mid periods and $4200 in peak periods. Rates exclude pool heat and tax at 13%.(See website for more details)

ARE THERE LEISURE FACILITIES?

The Oasis Club and Water Park facilities are available to all guests renting a property at The Retreat. Amenities include: Resort Style Swimming Pool, Family Swimming Pool, Lazy River, Water-slides, Swim-Up Bar, Water Falls, Beach Entry, Spa, Splash Pad, Grill, Bar, Fitness Area, Theatre, Games Room, Tiki Bar and Cabanas. The Oasis Club Clubhouse is 9,500 sq ft.
You can use this as often as you like with no additional cost or other restrictions.

HOW CLOSE IS THE OASIS CLUB TO THE HOMES?

The Oasis Club is situated next to The Retreat. It is not central to the development. There is parking outside.

Please do browse our website to find out which homes are available for your holiday dates. We look forward to helping you choose the home that is right for you and your family and to you visiting Orlando and having a fabulous holiday.

www.LuxuryVillasUSA.com

What’s on in Orlando in March and April?

March and April are busy months in Orlando. The temperatures are warming up and the average temperature for April is a high of 83 degrees and a low of 60 degrees.
This is the time of year for Spring Break in the USA and the dates differ throughout the Country. March 25th is Good Friday and the Easter weekend is March 25th to March 28th inclusive. School starts back in the UK the week beginning April 11th 2016.

Here are some of the events in Orlando that you can enjoy in March and April.

MARCH
Real Music Festival at Busch Gardens
Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival
Florida Strawberry Festival, Plant City
Bike Week Orlando
Tony Bennett
FHSAA Wrestling
UCF Knights softball
The Orlando Home and Garden Show
Appetite for the Arches
Bands Brew and BBQ at SeaWorld
Busch Gardens Food and Wine
Dine with the Departed
Mardi Gras at Universal Studios
Smile Mile
Rumba Bash presents Nicky Jam
Mighty St Patricks Festival at Raglan Road
Valiant Air Command Tico Warbird Air Show
Praise Wave Musical Festival at Seaworld
Taste of Oveido
Stomp
Atlanta Braves Spring Training
Solar Bears
American’s Men’s Basketball Championships
Orlando City
Florida Gators
Winter Park Road Race
Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill
8th Annual Wine and Seafood Festival at Lakeridge Winery

APRIL
2016 Florida Film Festival
Brews Around the Zoo
Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival
Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival
James Beard Food and Wine Festival
Mardi Gras at Universal Studios
Pentatonix World tour
Orlando Philharmonic:Let’s Fall in Love
Viva La Musica at SeaWorld
The Used, House of Blues
Winter Park Paint Out
Florida Music Festival
Publix Chefs Emeril Lagasse
14th Annual Orlando Cabaret Festival
11th Annual Earth Day
Orlando Ballet: Beauty and the Beast
Moonstone Music Festival

Things to think about before booking a rental home.

WHO?
Who will be staying in the home with you? This will determine the size of home that you need and also the bedroom configuration.

WHEN?
Do you have the dates that you are looking to stay?

WHAT?
What is your budget? This is important as we have homes to accommodate most budgets.

WHY?
Why are you visiting Orlando? Family holiday. Corporate Trip. Business Launch. Golf Competition. Golf Holiday. Tennis Holiday. Spa Trip. Snowbird. Winter Training.

WHERE?
Do you know where you would like to stay?
Reunion, Formosa Gardens, Championsgate, Encore.

WHICH?
Which type of home do you like?

WHAT?
What services do you require?

HOW?
How would you like to pay?

What’s on in Orlando in February?

These events may be of interest to you if you are visiting Orlando in February

The Real Music Concert Series at Busch Gardens.
Mardi Gras at Universal Studios.
The Arts Festival at Mount Dora.
Orlando Chilli Cook Off.
The 9th Annual Bach Festival.
Bands, Brew & Barbeque at SeaWorld.
Orlando Philharmonic.
Run 4 Love 4 Mile.
The 36th Silver Spurs Rodeo of Champions.
The Antiques Vintage Garden Show.
The Disney Princess Half Marathon.
The Sixteenth Annual Wetlands Festival.
The 59th Annual Daytona 500.
The 10th Annual Sword Swallowing Event.
The Harlem GlobeTrotters.
Orlando City.
Morse Museum Highlights Cell Phone Audio Tour
Shen Yun Performing Arts – Bob Carr Theatre
Universal Orlando Mardi Gras
Orlando Boat Show
Golf Industry Show
NAFEM Show
North American Veterinary Community
Orlando Home and Garden Show
Everything Under The Sun Expo
American Rental Association

Ten quick questions on Orlando?

1. What are the two airports called that serve Orlando?
2. What is the main interstate motorway that goes through Orlando?
3. How far is it from Orlando to Cocoa Beach?
4. Do you know the name of the football team that play in Orlando?
5. What is the name of the basketball team in Orlando?
6. Downtown Disney has been renamed?
7. If you were visiting for a business convention where would this be?
8. Name one Disney Park?
9. Name one Universal Park?
10. Name one waterpark?

Answers.
1. Orlando International Airport (MCO) or Sanford.
2. I4 or Interstate 4
3. 59.8 miles or one hour 4 mins along the 528.
4. Orlando City
5. Orlando Magic
6. Disney Springs
7. Orlando Convention Centre
8. Magic Kingdom,Animal Kingdom,Epcot, Hollywood Studios.
9. Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure.
10. Blizzard Beach, Aquatica, Typhoon lagoon.

Add up your total. Marks out of 10. Question one half a mark for each correct answer. Well done if you have got the ten quick questions on Orlando all right!
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