The local areaThe villa is located off Highway 27 near the junction with the 192. Just 5 minutes drive north there is a Walmart superstore which sells practially everything. They even have an "ethnic" isle for those things you miss from home. In the opposite direction from the villa there is a Publix supermarket with that little bit of French flair (try out the pastries!) and in the same complex is a number of small stores and takeaways.
If you want to eat out the choice is mind blowing and it gets bigger each time we go. There is something for everybody's taste and pocket. We have particular favourites and we ask guests to leave their notes of their own experiences in the folder we provide in the villa with lots of maps, coupons and flyers. Below is a list of web sites to a selection of restaurants just to give you an idea of the variety of choice of food and prices. Most are franchises and will ask you for location so try Orlando, Kissimmee, Highway 27, 192 or W. Orlo Bronson Memorial Highway to find the nearest restaurant. They all have menus for you to see the variety and prices and whether they have specific children's menus. Most have entertainers for the children and don't forget to mention any special celebrations you may have.
CLICK HERE for Carraba's Italian Grill - one of our favourites
CLICK HERE for Giordanos - great pizza
CLICK HERE for Beef O Bradys - a family sports pub and the place to see the game on all the TVs - famous for their chicken wings.
CLICK HERE for Houlihans - a real mixture of old and new favourites
CLICK HERE for TGIFridays - good value for all the family
CLICK HERE for Boston Lobster Feast - a great place for seafood
CLICK HERE for Key W Kools for steaks cooked over a barbeque pit
CLICK HERE for Ponderosa who also do a great value all you can eat buffet breakfast
CLICK HERE for Kobe steak House - japanese food including Tappanyaki cooked for you at your table where the chef puts on a show.
CLICK HERE for Applebees - located between Highgate Park and the Publix supermarket so really close for a great meal. Does Happy Hour all day every day! Wide choice for lunch or evening meal.
CLICK HERE for Chili's - right near the Walmart - spicy snacks or a full meal with a tex-mex flavour.
CLICK HERE for Red Lobster - affordable seafood - including new oak grilled choices for a lighter taste
This is not an exhaustive list and there are loads more to choose from - almost on your doorstep. Don't forget you have the added bonus of saving money by cooking at home with the fully equipped kitchen. The choice is yours.
Highgate ParkAs part of the development the Highgate Park Owners Association has provided and maintains a childrens play area and a tennis court.
How about a little shopping?
Orlando has some of the best shopping around - from the upmarket Florida Mall and the Mall at Millenia with lots of well known brands to gift shops with all those essential reminders of your time in Florida. Try Orlando Premuim outlets for your favourite brands at discount prices - but remember to pack light as you will need the extra room in those suitcases on the way back.