I ’m writing you, relaxed on the couch watching the kids gleefully running around deciding on which room will be theirs for the week. It’s a far leap from our previous trips when the four of us would cram in to one hotel room and fight for bed space. This time I’m relaxed looking forward to visiting all the great things Orlando offers for our vacation. There is a company called Magical Memories Villas located just a few miles from Disney World that opened our eyes to the best way to travel. My wife and I stayed in a Magical Memories villa over Valentines weekend, on accident actually, but what a find! Magical Memories Villas has almost four hundred vacation rentals to choose from, so finding a villa that was just right for our family was easy.

So lets see, golf for me and shopping for them, a few days at the amusement parks… We also booked a day out in the real Florida rather than man-made option. One of the couples we met over Valentines weekend had just returned from kayaking on one of the hundreds of natural spring rivers found around Central Florida, apparently the nature amusements are as fantastic as the man made variety.

The next time you want to get away, let me recommend a trip down to Orlando and Magical Memories. Whether it is just the two of you, a group of friends, or the family, Central Florida has something for everyone and Magical Memories will make sure your home base will be the most relaxing option around.

Mystic Dunes Golf Club

mystic-dunes-golf-club_000Open to the public, the Mystic Dunes Golf Club was designed by tour player and NBC golf analyst Gary Koch. Rated 4 ½ stars by golf digest it is renowned as of the most unique courses in Florida. With a 7,012 yard par 72 public course that offers two distinctly different nines. The front nine reminiscent of the Carolinas with its boarding grand oaks and cypress forest. The back nine shadows the characteristics of a British Isles links course with perimeter mounding, pot bunkers, and lush fairways. Hosting a full-service Pro Shop offering the latest in golf equipment and fashion for men and women, and a practice facility featuring driving range with grass teeing area and target greens, practice bunkers and putting and chipping greens. To book a tee time, call (407) 787-5678.

Celebration Golf Club

celebration-golf-club_000Welcome to Celebration Golf Club where you don’t just play golf you experience golf. Laid out through the beautiful pine trees and wetlands of Central Florida the course was designed to challenge the best of the pros. Featuring strategic hazards and challenging greens, this championship caliber course demands accurate approach shots and consistent putting. Eighteen distinctive holes with Champion Dwarf Bermuda greens, presenting a great deal of variety and wildlife throughout make this truly a must-play for every Central Florida golfer. If you need to improve your swing they have a golf academy where they will analyze you with their state of the art video equipment so when you leave you will be able to take your personalized video with you. Call for tee time’s (407) 566-GOLF (4653).

Falcon’s Fire Golf Club

falcons-fire-golf-club_000Designed by Rees Jones the 18 hole championship Falcon’s Fire Golf Club course is recognized both regionally and nationally as one of the finest public golf courses in Orlando. Located just minutes away from Walt Disney World, Orlando International Airport, and the Orange County Convention Center it features classic architecture, and exquisitely maintained grounds that allows for year round playing conditions. The club offers a challenging yet playable course for a relaxing round with friends or a competitive tournament. Be sure to visit the award winning pro shop for all your golfing needs. Call for tee times (407) 239-5445.

Champions Gate

champions-gate-golf_000Designed by architect and golfer Greg Norman, Champions Gate premiers two 18 hole championship golf courses. The international course was designed for the most skilled and avid players. Reflecting Norman’s homeland with long carries, deep pot bunkers, tall grass-topped dunes, and large undulating greens, it is destined to rank among the top resort courses in the country, and has been honorably mentioned in Golf Magazine’s ’10 Most Distinctive Places to Play’. The National course was designed for players of all levels, with 18 holes that wind through 200 acres of secluded woodlands, wetlands, lush fairways, and greens. Together, both golf courses bring a unique combination, married with Florida’s natural habitat, every hole features beautiful natural vistas. Book your tee times now by calling (407) 787-4653.

To book call (877) 808-2686 or visit www.magicalmemories.com/can