A few weeks ago, we took our first vacation of 2020 to Orange Lake Resort-Holiday Inn Club Vacations in Orlando!! Holiday Inn Club Vacations reached out and invited us to their Orange Lake Resort. Honestly, I was a little hesitant at first (Covid) but then I did significant research on how they were handling it and was very impressed. You can find more about how they’re dealing with Covid and their incredible Safe Travels program here. We took them up on their offer and the next thing I knew we were on our way to Orlando! We hadn’t left Charleston since Covid started and we were pretty nervous but it ended up being such an amazing trip and exactly what our little family needed. *Note: When you see us not wearing masks, it was when we were far apart from others outside or no one was near us inside.
We arrived on a Monday evening, got Chuy’s (my fav!) to take back to the resort and checked in. We didn’t get to see much of the resort because it was dark but I was so impressed by the check in process and our villa. The room had a sticker on the door so that we knew everything had been cleaned and sanitized. I could tell when I walked in how clean it was. I’m very picky about this and usually wipe things down as soon as we get there and I didn’t even feel a need to do this! We stayed in a two-bedroom villa which was great, we all had our space! It also had a full kitchen, living room, and washer/dryer! It had everything we possibly needed.
We woke up the next morning excited to explore the resort…tons of pools, waterslides, lazy river, playgrounds, restaurants, water sport rentals, putt-putt, arcade, etc. Our first stop was the River Island pool…talk about heaven!
We swam until Camden and Ella were so exhausted they were falling asleep in the pool…haha!
We went back to the villa for a little nap and then it was time for putt-putt and dinner!
We finished the evening by going to our favorite Target which is right by the resort. Every time we’re in Orlando, we stop by this Target. It has the BEST Disney selection we’ve ever seen. We let Camden and Ella each pick out a new toy which they loved and took very seriously (we were there quite a while!). Camden and Ella have not been inside a store since March so this was pretty special.
Something else I should mention about this resort is you could spend an entire week here and never get bored but the location also can’t be beat…it’s my favorite area of Orlando! Surrounded by every restaurant you can possibly imagine, it’s a short drive to Disney and the other Orlando attractions, there is a grocery store right outside the property, and it is such a fun and peaceful area!
The next morning, we decided to check out the Crayola Experience. I was so impressed! It was SOO fun and incredibly hands on, perfect for my kiddos! They even were super careful with Covid…temperature checks at the door, some areas were closed off, and they were constantly cleaning after a family left an area. We will be back for sure!
We headed back and spent the entire evening at the resorts’ North Village pool. We ordered pizza from the pizza place by the pool and spent 4 hours going down waterslides. I have never seen my kids laugh so hard. 🙂
The next morning, we slept in and then headed straight to the pool! We spent all day here, even ate lunch at the pool.
That evening, Holiday Inn Club Vacations hosted a blog dinner where we got to meet the wonderful ladies who are in charge of their social media pages and the other bloggers staying at the resort. It was lovely and so much fun!
We were pretty bummed to wake up the next morning because we knew we had to head home. Camden and Ella asked to eat breakfast in bed as one last treat, how could we say no?
We stopped at the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens on our way home. It was an adorable little zoo and was a great way to break up our drive home.
A HUGE thanks to Holiday Inn Club Vacations for hosting us. We had the best time and made so many wonderful memories!