Winter Garden, FL Meeting Planning Overview
A rejuvenated downtown with brick streets lined with Winter Garden event venues like restaurants and bars, as well as boutique shops and a Saturday farmer's market, makes this town appealing for day trips and spouse programs. Meeting groups like to stay in Winter Garden because of the easy access to Universal Studios Orlando and unhurried lifestyle.
Winter Garden is 26 miles from the Orlando International Airport, 20 miles from the Orange County Convention Center, 14 miles from downtown Orlando, 7 miles from Universal Studios Orlando and 16 miles from Walt Disney World Resort.
Hotel venues in Winter Garden begin with the 99-unit Palisades Resort, with two- and three-bedroom, fully equipped suites and a 770-square-foot meeting room; followed by the 46-room room Orange County National Lodge, which is framed by two championship golf courses and a 42-acre practice range and is situated adjacent to a 22,000-square-foot clubhouse with event facilities.
For off-site venues in Winter Garden, the two most popular local options are Tanner Hall, situated along the shore of Lake Apopka, which has a 5,000-square-foot Main Hall that can accommodate 200 for a banquet and 300 reception or theater-style; and the Garden Theatre, a single-screen film theater originally built in 1935 that has been refurbished with auditorium-style seating.
Groups can select from a wide variety of entertainment and recreation choices such as biking and hiking on the West Orange Trail, a 22-mile long paved surface; playing golf at courses like Crooked Cat and Panther Lake at Orange County National Golf Club; enjoying nighttime entertainment in downtown Winter Garden and shopping at Winter Garden Village at Fowler Groves, a sprawling, open-air complex with stores like Target, Coldwater Creek and Old Navy and restaurants like Red Robin and UNO Chicago Grill.
Eclectic is the best way to describe Winter Garden's dining scene, which has the rollicking Hagan O'Reilly's Irish Pub, The Chef's Table at The Edgewater (a downtown gourmet restaurant), and reliable chain restaurants such as Longhorn Steakhouse and Bonefish Grill.