Places Tagged outdoor dining

A Water's Edge Retreat

Summer should be spent on the water, and no one knows that better than the residents of Kelley's Island. This big, beautiful Victorian house doesn’t have one window without a view of the lake. A Water’s Edge Retreat offers guests a chance to leave their worries on the mainland and spend their stay getting pampered and relaxing on the beach. Rooms are decorated with antique and period furniture, although modern updates have been made to make your stay as comfortable as possible. While it is possible to ferry your car to the island with you, save some money and leave it at the dock. Instead, rent a bicycle or golf cart and get a real feel for life on the island.


Hang on to your inner hippie –The Haight is alive and well. This Age of Aquarius area was once called home to iconic musicians including Janis Joplin and the Grateful Dead. Retrace their famous footsteps as you stroll amongst San Francisco’s famous “Painted Ladies,” which is the name by which the Victorian and Edwardian row houses are locally known. While 1967’s famous “Summer of Love” may be only a memory, The Haight is still a mecca for some of San Francisco’s most eclectic businesses, including vintage clothing stores, retro record stores, hip cafes and bohemian restaurants. While exploring the eclectic neighborhood is tons of fun, learn more about Haight-Ashbury’s tumultuous history with a guided walking tour of the area.

Ghirardelli Square

Once home to San Francisco’s most famous chocolate factory, Ghirardelli Square has grown into a thriving marketplace featuring artisan shops, top-notch restaurants and a venue for live events. Support the community by shopping for handmade toys, vintage items and locally made products then relax with a glass of local wine or an organic treat at Kara’s Cupcakes. Keep your eye on the square’s calendar for events including wine or chocolate festivals and other seasonal celebration. And don’t forget to stop pay homage to the square’s namesake confectioner with a stop for sweets at the Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop.

Treasure Island Flea

Booty abounds at the Treasure Island Flea – San Francisco’s premier flea market held on the last weekend of every month. Come prepared to plunder, as the open-air market features hundreds of the top local vendors hawking everything from antiques to hand-made goods. Wander the stalls while drinking quality local wines and listening to live music as you discover must-buy loot around every corner, or take on the Treasure Island Scavenger Hunt to win a flea shopping spree. Just remember to save a little cash to indulge in some eats as you’ll find the flea is a magnet for San Fran’s best gourmet food trucks. 

Pier 39

Known as the sea lion hangout of San Francisco, Pier 39 attracts crowds no matter what the weather. But the impressive waterfront views and sea lion watching aren’t the pier’s only draw. Wander down Pier 39 and you’ll begin to feel like you’re at a carnival – minus the roller coasters. Stuff yourself with crab cakes, mini-donuts and waffle cones, then browse the unique shops stores and candy shops for a San Francisco treat to take home. If you’re looking for a little more adventure, take on the 7D Experience which combines coaster thrills with laser blaster technology and 3D effects for a one-of-a-kind experience – all without leaving your theater seat. When evening comes, settle in at one of the pier’s restaurants to enjoy the spectacular sunsets.

Find L.A. Food Trucks

Feasting at L.A.’s finest restaurants may sound spectacular, but pricey eats can devour your dollars faster than you can earn them. Luckily, the streets of L.A. are teeming with scrumptious cuisine on wheels in the shape of food trucks. These “foodie” trucks don’t peddle any ordinary dishes – the best of them only serve gourmet. So instead of dressing up to dine in style, hop on the web to find the nearest food truck where you can grab some grub in whatever you’ve got on. Bring a bunch of friends when you find several trucks set up in one location so you can savor all the flavors by sharing samples.

Goochland Drive-In Theater

A family-run and community oriented business; this theater in the neighboring county of Goochland shows current and slightly older movies for affordable prices. The snack bar has nothing priced over $3.95, which includes items like popcorn, tater tots, hamburgers, barbeque and candy. Ticket prices are just $8 for adults & kids 12 and older. Kids 4-11 are $3.50. Technologically modern, it also gives a nod to the classic Americana drive-ins. Open weekends and occasional weeknights, late March through October. Private group showings are also possible.

Dallas Bites

Ever dream of having a foodie expert take you on a tour of their favorite locales? Dallas Bites has you covered. This food-geared tour group will take you on themed tours of the Dallas area to discover some of the hidden gems. If you’re feeling a little adventurous, check out the ethnic markets and food tour (one of the most popular), which helps you explore everything from Middle Eastern and Asian cuisine to Italian and more. History buffs will enjoy the historical tour featuring historical notes on where Bonnie met Clyde, the trolleys and historic inventors of the area. If you’re in the mood for some Texas classics, check out the new barbecue and brewery tour. But they have many more.

(Most tours include bus fare and food and drink samples.)

Real Richmond Food Tours

Not your average tour, this is brought to you by two writers and foodies who’ve got Richmond and storytelling down pat. Each offers a chance to sample unique offerings from some of the best local eats in distinct neighborhoods around town. The two and a half hour jaunts usually hit 5-6 food places, with a signature piece at each, along with some walking and a bit of the area’s history. You’ll go about a mile and half but it never feels like it. Tours have names like “Lincoln Legs: Brunch and Brushes with History” and “Shockoe Bottom/Church Hill: Shock & Awe." Cost: $42 and offered on Fridays and Saturdays.

Flight Restaurant and Wine Bar

This top-rated restaurant is perfect for adventurious drinkers and diners who want to try one of everything. The “flight” in the name refers to a selection of small servings grouped around a theme – for instance, a sampler of pinot noir or cabernet. The food is available in flights, too -- like a “feather flight” of chicken, quail & duck. The menu leans toward rich meat and seafood dishes, and featues items that you won't find in many restaurants, like elk, escargot and bison. Diners rave about dishes like pork tenderloin with butternut squash ravioli and chicken and waffles with mushroom cream. (Vegetarian entrees are also available). Stop by for dinner on the patio or a few glasses of wine -- either way, you'll be tempted by the cheesecake, gelato, and praline sweet potato pie.

P.O.V. Roof Terrace

P.O.V. Roof Terrace is all about the backdrop. This rooftop bar over the W. Washington D.C. Hotel is the perfect place to sip a drink while you sit back and soak in your surroundings. From the terrace, you can see the White House (located right next door!), the US Treasury, the Washington Monument and Georgetown. The drinks and food are not cheap, but it’s worth the price to see the sun set over our nations’ capital with a drink in your hand. There is a dress code – they don’t allow ball caps, tank tops or sneakers, and prefer that men wear collared shirts.

Cantler's Riverside Inn

Just 30 miles outside of Washington DC is some of the best crab you'll ever eat. Head on over to Annapolis and enjoy the crab, crab cakes, steamed shrimp and much more, all while you sun on their outside deck. Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from 4-6:30 p.m., but only at the bar. It includes half-priced drinks and appetizers, so it's definitley worth the trip inside for refills! Check the daily specials before you order, they let you know what's the freshest and best tasting that day. Pretty much anything order here will be delish, but they're known for their steamed hard-shell crabs.


Rooftop bars are all the rage in Washington DC, and Brixton is one of the best. The big, open-air bar has room for a crowd, and it usually does fill up pretty quickly. Happy hour is from 5-7 p.m., Monday through Friday, when a few beers are sold for $5 a glass, and rail drinks and house wines are $6. If you want a seat, show up near the beginning of happy hour. If you're late, you'll find yourself standing and waiting for someone to leave so you can snag their stool. If you're one of the lucky few that don't have to be in the office early on Monday morning, they host the same specials on Sunday nights from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. They're less crowded then, so if you swing it, it's a great time to go. 

Park Avenue

Park Avenue is a mecca for shopping, dining, and culture with more than 140 boutiques, sidewalk cafes, and museums. This signature shopping street is bordered by stunning oak-canopied Central Park which plays host to seasonal art shows, concerts, exotic car shows, and fashion events. The historic Park Avenue is located just a few minutes north of downtown Orlando. The Avenue gained fame in the early 1890's for shopping and socialites and still holds that reputation. Locals and tourists alike will enjoy spending the day here. Often times, friends lose track of time roaming about tiny wine bars and eateries on a sunny summer Saturday afternoon. 

Downtown Disney

Downtown Disney is a great spot to bask in the Disney atmosphere, but not pay the Disney price. Entrance to Downtown Disney is free and parking is currently free. It's a great place to spend an evening with the familiy or friends. Take a stroll along the water enjoying shops and dining or catch a movie at the enormous AMC Theater or a Cirque Du Soleil show. Kids will love the Rainforest Cafe, T-Rex Cafe and the LEGO store where they can spend some time assembling their dream construction. House of Blues often has live outdoor music and offers a great atmosphere to sit back and relax with a cocktail. Disney will be starting a transformation of the area this year so only good things to come. 

Mall At Millenia

Whether you have money to spend or not, the Mall at Millenia is a fun spot for people watching and fashion fun. The skylights throughout let in the summer sun, while shoppers remain cool in the air conditioning. Shops range from Gap and Forever 21 to Louis Vuitton and Tiffany. The food court has a wide variety of quick dining options like Chick-fil-A and a large carpeted area for kids to blow off some of that energy. There are also dining options such as Cheesecake Factory and Brio if a more upscale dinner is in your plans. However, expect a wait if you are aiming for a full dinner. The mall is always packed with hungry shoppers. The mall is home to Blue Martini where shoppers can grab a cocktail and appetizer outdoors in a laid back atmosphere. 

Rumors Wine Bar

Few places are more suited to a summer evening than a wine bar patio. That makes Rumors the ideal destination for a warm-weather date or a night out with friends. Their wine list includes dozens of options, by the bottle or the glass; their staff can suggest one (or a few) that you'll love. The menu ranges from snacks (olive medley, bacon deviled eggs) to small plates (crab cakes, shrimp and gouda grits) to full meals (steak, seared scallops). The food is uncomplicated but richly flavored, and designed to pair perfectly with wine. There's also a generous selection of beer and cocktails. Although Rumors is in the Gulch, it faces away from the it, making the ambience feel relaxed and intimate. Stop by for a drink or a meal under the stars.

El Palacio de los Jugos

Believe us when we say that there’s nothing better to quench your thirst on a hot day than cold, fresh coconut water, or as we would say in Miami: coco frio. While there are many side-of-the-road stands where you can get your fresh coconut during the summer, locals and visitors head over to El Palacio de los Jugos for a true Miami experience. At this popular Cuban restaurant, which feels more like an oversized fruit-and-food stand, you can drink coconut water right out of a freshly opened coconut. Or you can take the coconut juice to go so you can keep it in your fridge and enjoy whenever thirst hits.

Blizzard Beach

Who says you can't play in the snow in the middle of a Florida summer? Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park was created to represent a one-time ski resort that has melted into a watery wonderland. Park visitors can zip down the slushy slopes of Mount Gushmore on one of the world’s tallest and fastest waterslides, float down a tranquil river and sunbathe on a white-sand beach. No need to drive to the beach when Blizzard Beach has a one-acre wave pool. Children under 48 inches tall can even splash around in their own water play area with a snow-castle fountain and kid-sized waterslides. Save some cash on food and drinks and bring your own small cooler. Renting a locker is a good idea. Rumor has it that a lot of money and other valuables are scooped off the bottom of the pools and slides. 


Simply one of the best outdoor dining experiences in the city. Tria has two cafe locations in Center City, one in Rittenhouse and the other in Washington Square. Both offer outdoor seating options that give you a unique view of the city. Sitting on the sidewalk you will actually feel strangely relaxed even with the hustle and bustle of the city going on around you. The wine list is amazing and the staff is great at helping you pair with chesses to create a custom cheese plate or recommend entrees from the menu.