The local area
The 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. 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.
Favourite places to try: Texas Roadhouse, Bahama Breeze, Houlihans, Carrabas, Red Lobster, Giordanos, Logans Roadhouse, Manny Chop house and so many more.
Don't forget you have the added bonus of saving money by cooking at home with the fully equipped kitchen. The choice is yours.
As 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.
There are also places where you can grab a bargain. The outlet stores offer really big discounts on lots of well known brands. There are also flea markets open every day to tempt even the most reluctant shopper.
Not driving - an option
This may be an option if you do not drive or if you don’t want to drive for the odd occasion.
My neighbours who live locally have used this service and all drivers are vetted and insured. Apparently it is very popular with those not able to drive yet, or those who want to have a drink.
Check out their web site www.uber.com for details how to sign up, download the app and order a driver. They do have an option for those without a smart phone, though that is by far the easiest option. They keep you informed how far away the driver is, but you have to wait outside – use your GPS location to determine your exact pick up point. Instructions and a video on the site are very useful.
They have different levels according to numbers and luxury – I just did a quick search and these are the fares they quote from our door to Disney World just to give you an idea of fares. You pay through the app, and not the driver, and if you sign up you may just get a welcome $15 on your account. Payment will be made by a registered credit card or Pay Pal which you determine at sign up.