Celebration, Florida ( Disney inspired downtown )
When staying in Central Florida don’t forget to visit the quaint downtown streets of Celebration. Celebration is a Disney inspired town with several thousand homes located east of I-4 off of Highway 192.It is well marked an easily found. Although not formally connected to Walt Disney World it might as well be. This town in magical and you can understand why Walt Disney's brother insisted that their company sponsor something of a tribute to his brother inspirations of life in America.You really feel safe here and the town itself is like a small American village the way you'd always hope it could be.
For those of you who have not heard of Celebration, the town was originally designed by Walt Disney and his family.There are all sorts of quirky by-laws that include that every private home has a front porch and you can never see the driveway from the street. The downtown boasts many good places to eat, drink and to satisfy your sweet tooth. One of our favorite features of Celebration is the fountain located near the lake across from the now closed movie theater . At anytime you can hear children giggling and screaming as they run through the fountains. Almost monthly major festivals attract young and old to the downtown.
Celebration Bohemian Hotel: The Lakeside Bar and Grill recreates a true Florida experience of out door dinig under the stars. I suggest trying the Filet Mignon egg rolls (they are outstanding!) and ordering a martini as they have a large selection of fun martinis to choose from. The hotel has a very charming lobby where a piano player plays the classics on the weekends. You can also take your favorite beverage outside by the lake and relax in an elegant setting. If all you want is a drink or two the bar area is extra ordinary.We suggest you start your evening there with a few special drinks and then wander down the street to enjoy whatever other restaurant you feel like enjoying.
Town Tavern:The burgers, seafood and clam chowder are excellent and the bar is a place “where everybody knows your name.” It is a wonderful spot where the locals hang and is very welcoming. It can get noisy at times as it is a local hang out but if you are in the mood for “ Cheers” but outside this is the place. Family, Food & Friends” says it all when it comes to the Celebration Town Tavern. This New England style restaurant & tavern has become the town’s social hub and place to be seen since opening in early 2000. The town tavern offers an extensive menu that is very family friendly.
Items that the tavern is famous for include: Award winning clam chowder Fried Ipswich Clams Fresh Boston Scrod Haddock ,scallops flown in fresh from the Northeastern Coastline as well as main plate salads, burgers, chicken, ribs & steaks
Imperium Food and Wine Wine bar with a front patio features light global fare along with pairings from around the world.Address: 606 Market St #140, Celebration, FL 34747
Sherlocks Tea Room: (Desserts) :If you’re looking for some place to satisfy your sweet tooth, make sure to stop by Sherlock’s. They have some very tempting and delicious desserts, wines and teas. On Friday and Saturday nights they feature live music and if you like English beer, this is definitely the right spot.
If you’re looking for ice cream, Kilwins is the place to go. They host many different flavors along with decadent chocolate and fudge that are made on sight.
Café D’AntonioLocated in the heart of Celebration’s downtown area, Cafe D’ Antonio enjoys a lakeside view with seating indoors and “al fresco.” Dress is casual in this warmly decored and family friendly atmosphere. With an open kitchen and the wood burning oven, grill and rotisserie that are common to Antonio’s restaurants, the menu features items representative of many of Italy’s varied regions. Fresh fish and seafood, Black Angus steaks, veal, chicken, pasta --- everything’s a specialty! Sample a simpler fare luncheon menu or a more traditional dinner menu; we have a children’s menu as well. There is a full bar at your service and an excellent wine list with wines by the glass and the bottle. After dinner, enjoy a liqueur or cappuccino in true Italian style.
Kilwin’s of Celebration Confectionery Chocolates and Ice Cream from the masters of confections Kilwin’s.
Thai Thani : Thai food restaurant located on a the main street across from the fountain park. Prime location with sidewalk seating. Thai and Asian inspired cuisine with an Asian decor. For those seeking an authentic Thailand experience certain tables allow you to set almost on the floor on plush pillows as your server recreates a dining experience only found in the far east .Address: 600 Market St #110, Celebration, FL 34747
Sweet Escape Celebration Bakery & Cafe serving European-style pastries & breads plus sandwiches from a small park-side deli.Address: 603 Market St #110, Celebration, FL 34747
If that is not enough for 2017 one mile north of the downtown a whole new set of restaurants has opened around the Watertower Shops
Website Directory : http://www.morethanadoor.com/directory.html
So many new shops and restaurants it is near impossible to list but well worth the visit..