Ducks and Dancing in Orlando, Florida

Orlando at Peabody Hotel

Orlando at Peabody Hotel

Olivia isn’t the only one enjoying the amenities at the Peabody Hotel in Orlando, Florida. I’ve been on assignment here since Monday and even though a majority of that time has been work-related, this duck-driven luxury hotel gets 4-quacks in my book.

Five bathing beauties surround the stone fountain inside while the rest of us eat sloppy fries by the pool. Not a bad way to wrap up a day for hundreds of business guests that stay here for the meeting space – one of the biggest in the country.

A short waddle from the hotel is the shopping and dining mecca – The Pointe. “Belly-dancing envy” was strong on Monday evening watching Elvira Taylor shake her skinny while I wisely ordered a baby Greek salad and hummus for dinner. Yes, Taverna Opa is definitely touristy and yes, somewhat campy, but fun when you’re flying solo and need others to entertain you.

Other unique finds at The Pointe included a pint of cask-conditioned ale by Florida’s own Orlando brewing company. The bar is called The Pub and the unfiltered red ale is the first (maybe only) 55-degree drink in the state. The unfiltered, unpasteurized beer is made with zero carbon dioxide.

The traditional cask method is commonplace in the UK and Scotland but a novelty here. The depth of flavor from my sample was fresh, sweet and even malty. And my kilt-wearing bartender loved to educate me on how much healthier the beer is without all those artificial chemicals.