Vacation Orlando (Vero Beach) July 2011


Solaris Restaurant

Orlando World Center Marriott Resort & Convention Center

8701 World Center Drive   Orlando

(407) 238-8528

Solaris is a restaurant we sought out to visit again because we loved it so much the first time we visited Orlando.  This excellent restaurant inside the Orlando World Center Marriott offers homestyle cooking with the freshest ingredients and has a world class breakfast buffet with over 80 items daily, including Belgian waffles, sour-cream pancakes, Artisan meats and cheeses and a made to order station where you can get omelets, Eggs Benedict and other favorites.  One of Paige’s favorites on the buffet was homemade yogurt with fruit, honey, nuts and granola served in individual cups.

If you’re looking for a dining option where the selections are fresh, delicious and nearly endless, we suggest visiting Solaris and especially taking advantage of their breakfast buffet!

Revolution Off Road • 4000 State Road 33 • Clermont, Florida • (352) 400-1322

If your family has a sense of adventure, Revolution Off Road is the perfect place for you to visit on your vacation!  Located around twenty minutes from Orlando, Revolution Off Road offers a number of activities including ATV rides, fishing and 4 x4 driving on a challenging course.  We decided to do the 4 x 4 track and both Shayne and Schyler tried their hand at this.  The 4 x 4 track is a purpose built course to challenge the toughest of off-road drivers.  From the beginner to the seasoned professional, these tracks have a lot to offer.  There are steep incline/declines from 20 degrees to 60 degrees, twist ditches, vertical walls, stairs, rock and builder section and side slopes, all taken on in a Jeep Wrangler.  The instructor at Revolution was a rally race car driver, so he really knows what he is doing and is very safety-conscious.  Not only was this fun for the guys, but they also learned quite a bit about how to be a better driver!

There’s so much to do at Revolution that you could easily spend a whole day there.  Highly recommended for the family who loves excitement!

Waldo’s • Inside the Driftwood Inn • 3150 Ocean Drive  •  Vero Beach, FL • (772) 231-0550

Looking for something a little bit different for dinner on your vacation?  You should check out Waldo’s inside The Driftwood Inn.  The Driftwood Inn was originally a private beach house called the “Breezeway” by the owners because of the opening in the central portion of the first floor.  The original house was completed in 1937 and additions were added in 1939.  Though originally built as a family home, within a short time it was being operated by Mrs. Waldo Sexton as a small resort hotel, and because of there not being any restaurant in the vicinity of the Driftwood Inn, Mrs. Sexton began to cook breakfast for the guests in the family kitchen. This success led eventually to the founding of the adjacent restaurant. Waldo’s Restaurant was constructed in 1947.

The restaurant is full of colorful characters and great atmosphere and we had a fun time eating there for dinner.  With options like The Beach Side Sampler (fried oyster, conch fritters and coconut shrimp), Jamaican Mahi-Mahi sandwich (served with a side of mango salsa), prime rib and the fresh catch of the day, Waldo’s is a seafood heaven that also offers something for the salad or beef eater.  If you’re looking for a relaxing dinner in a unique environment, Waldo’s is your place!