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Great news for all the foodies out there! Walt Disney World released the menus for the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival and yes, the dishes are mouth-watering.

Guests can try dozens of delicious foods starting July 15 to November 20. Some fan-favorite Global Marketplaces returning are Hawaii, Australia, Germany, Canada, Appleseed Orchard, and Greece. New Global Marketplaces include Brew-Wing, Lobster Landing, The Noodle Exchange, Kenya, The Swanky Saucy Swine, and the Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina. Guests can also see live entertainment and partake in family activities.

The festival is available with theme park admission and a park reservation for the same date.

Civil War Reenactment

If you’re fascinated by the local history of places you visit, then the 47th Pine Castle Pioneer Days fair on February 21, 2020, is a cultural event you won’t want to miss. This two day event held at Cypress Grove Park off Holden Avenue in South Orlando offers spectators a glimpse at life in the early pioneer days and the Civil War era.

Pioneers, Civil War Life

As you enter the fair, you’ll step through a replica village complete with a blacksmith, sheriff, doctor, pastor, various shops, and an old timey jail. Organizers host musket rifle demonstrations and a small Civil War battle reenactment complete with a visit to the field doctor.

Typical to many American fairs, there are antique car and tractor displays, and fair food: think hot dogs, hamburgers, some BBQ, hot boiled peanuts, and the sweet saltiness of kettle corn. Local blues and folk musicians provide live entertainment.

Tom Tart’s Talks: The TED Talks of Local History

For the history buffs, the Pine Castle Historical Society invites local historian Tom Tart to give his Tom Tart’s Talks each year. Tom provides detailed stories of the local area and invites other historians to contribute. These talks have captured the attention of many audiences which have included the likes of Senator Bill Nelson.

Minutes Away, Modern Amenities and Comforts

Give your Orlando vacation deeper meaning as you learn more about the local history of the land and its people. The cool part is that Rosen Inn will provide you with all the modern amenities you expect of a hotel. Our luxuriously appointed guestrooms come with homelike amenities and comforts. Steps away at the hotel are exciting dining options such as the Palms Dining Restaurant, Shogun Sakura Sushi, and Shogun Japanese Restaurant. We have a swimming pool for adults and one for the kids and plenty of free Wi-Fi to dig deeper into the history of Orlando. Everything for a meaningful vacation is here. Click the Check Availability button at the top to start planning your Orlando vacation today.

Orlando can be described as less of a city and more of a collection of suburbs. You’ve got Audubon Park, SoDo, Ivanhoe Village, Mills 50, and College Park, to name a few. Each of these districts has a unique vibe, a stamp of personality that sets it apart from the next. Orlando Main Streets takes 10 of these neighborhoods and brings their local small businesses together to help support each other. Restaurant Week, the annual event held in the first full week of August, promotes the culinary side of Orlando Main Streets.

Restaurants are encouraged to offer a limited prix fixe menu at specific price points across lunch and dinner with a maximum of $30 for a meal. Following the trends from previous events, you can expect this year’s Restaurant Week to run sometime around the week of August 5, although no official date has been announced yet.

As with the dates for the event, official participating restaurants have not yet been listed, but there are a few popular spots that have participated every year so far. Standouts include Maxine’s on Shine, Mesa 21, Kres Chophouse, The Soda Fountain, and Hawkers Asian Street Fare. A full list of participants in previous years can be found online here: https://www.orlandomainstreets.com/restaurantweek/.

Bring your inner foodie out on your vacation this August and visit some of these restaurants during your time here in Orlando. Rosen Inn Closest to Universal provides convenient access to Orlando’s major highways, allowing you to easily get to any of these restaurants for a meal. Book your stay online today by clicking the button in the upper right corner or by calling 407-996-4444.

As if just one 4th of July fireworks show wasn’t enough, there are actually three different celebrations taking place in and around Kissimmee. City neighbors Celebration and St. Cloud are both hosting their own Independence Day festivities, and all three events will bring a different feel to the traditional patriotic holiday.


The City of Kissimmee hosts its annual Monumental 4th of July Celebration at the Kissimmee Lakefront Park. The event features live music, food trucks, and a fireworks show in true American spirit. While you’re here, check out the Monument of States, a 50-foot tower made of pieces of old buildings from around the entire United States of America.


Celebration is one of the most unique towns you’ll ever have the chance to visit. Designed in the 90s by Disney in the spirit of New Urbanism, the community almost looks like it could be a movie set rather than an actual town (Seaside, FL, a town similarly designed on New Urbanist principles, was the set of 1998’s The Truman Show). This manicured town lives up to its name every Independence Day though, coming together for a Star Spangled Spectacular that kicks off in the morning with a parade and closes with a festive fireworks show over the lake in the center of downtown Celebration.

St. Cloud

It is remarkable how St. Cloud can be so close to a major city like Orlando and still provide a small-town feel when you drive through it. If you are here on vacation and perhaps missing home a bit, St. Cloud is the perfect cure for your homesick blues. Their 4th of July lakefront celebration promotes their small-town character and values and is a great way to spend your holiday evening.

An Orlando Hotel for Your Summer Vacation

Rosen Inn is the perfect home base for your summertime Orlando vacation, with a prime location near the Universal Orlando theme parks and just minutes from Kissimmee and the 4th of July celebrations above. Book your stay today by clicking the button in the upper right corner or by calling (407) 996-4444.


This article is a part of a series about Independence Day celebrations taking place in and around Orlando. You can find more information about other events below:

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Anyone even remotely familiar with American barbecue as a cuisine knows that there are several distinct regional styles. The competition between these regions for the best barbecue has been and always will be intense. Traditionally, barbecue hotspots have been places like Texas, St. Louis, Kentucky, Alabama, and the Carolinas. As the city of Orlando grows in size, so too does its presence in the world of barbecue, with several new entries to the local scene over the past few years.

The Polite Pig


It wouldn’t be an Orlando list without a mention of Disney, but The Polite Pig certainly deserves a spot on this list regardless of its Disney status. This Disney Springs favorite features a menu with more range than you would expect from a barbecue restaurant, but this makes sense—it is Disney, after all. Of course, anything Disney tends to cost a bit more than comparable places (what locals affectionately call “the Disney tax”), but a meal at The Polite Pig is worth every penny.

Must-try item: Baby Back Ribs, made with a special dry-rub and Layla’s Sweet BBQ Sauce.

Bubbalou’s Bodacious BBQ


Bubbalou’s has been serving Orlando barbecue since 1986, longer than any other restaurant on this list. In that time, they have racked up a number of awards—not only from local publications like the Orlando Sentinel and Orlando Magazine, but from national institutions like USA Today, Southern Living, the New York Times, and the Food Network.

Must-try item: 3 Pig Platter, featuring a healthy serving of pulled pork, sliced pork, and spare ribs.

4 Rivers Smokehouse


4 Rivers is probably the most iconic of the Orlando barbecue restaurants. Established in Winter Park in 2009, 4 Rivers quickly became a city favorite, and then a state favorite as they pulled in traffic from all over Florida. Their original restaurant was tiny—the line was always out the door and usually ended up wrapping around the building. They have since expanded to 14 restaurants, including the first one outside of Florida in Atlanta. Keep an eye out for their bumper stickers when you’re in town: “Peace, Love, 4R” has become somewhat of a mantra around here.

Must-try item: Signature Angus Brisket, smoked for 18 hours and seasoned with a signature rub, sliced lean or moist.

Cecil’s Texas Style Barbeque


Cecil’s has taken on the responsibility of bringing good, old-fashioned, Texas-style barbecue to Orlando for nearly 30 years now. All their meats are hickory-smoked for hours on end, making them so tender that you don’t even need a knife to cut into them. Cecil’s may not be attempting to revolutionize the world of barbecue, but in this world of slow-cooking and sweet tea, some things don’t need to change.

Must-try item: Pork loin, a very generous portion of meat served with two sides and Texas toast.

Pig Floyd’s Urban Barbakoa


If any one of these restaurants provides a distinct identity in the world of barbecue, it is Pig Floyd’s. Serving up everything from banh mi to pork al pastor tacos, this diverse barbecue restaurant pulls inspiration from Orlando’s similarly diverse population in combining traditional barbecue styles with a wide variety of cultural flavors. Simply put, if you are looking for a new favorite restaurant, Pig Floyd’s should be on your shortlist.

Must-try item: The Big Floyd, a combination of Fred Stokes sausage, pulled pork, and Oakwood-smoked brisket topped with citrus peanut slaw and french fries, served on a coconut pineapple roll.


Each of these delectable restaurants is easily accessible from Rosen Inn Universal, the perfect home base for your summer Orlando vacation. Book your stay now by clicking the button in the upper right corner or by calling (407) 996-4444.

June marks the start of Florida’s rainy season, the time of year where thunderstorms roll in almost every afternoon and drive everyone indoors. These downpours, while intense, are usually brief and rarely last into the evening. But just because you have to head for cover, that doesn’t mean the fun stops entirely—there are plenty of fun indoor activities around the city that will provide much-needed respite from the rain.

Indoor Mini-Golf

Although most mini-golf courses are outdoors and exposed to the elements, there is a hidden gem located at the Artegon shopping complex, just across the street from the northernmost outlets on International Drive. Putting Edge is a glow-in-the-dark indoor mini-golf course, complete with black lights and music to jam to while you putt around. If you’re still looking to kill some time once you finish, there’s a movie theater right next door (and some pretty great movies coming out this June). //link parenthetical to June Movies blog


Another great indoor activity that is perfect for spending a few sheltered hours in the afternoon is bowling. Some of our favorite spots are Kings Dining & Entertainment on I-Drive and Splitsville at Disney Springs. While the mere mention of the word “bowling” may call to mind images of pale fluorescent lighting, stale pizza, and pitchers of flat soda, you can rest assured that these places are contemporary and fun, with delicious food that competes with many of our favorite local restaurants.


While certain activities become less exciting as we grow older, few things are as ageless as the excitement of stepping into an arcade with time to kill and some game credits burning a hole in your pocket. Whether you are racing against your friends, dominating your siblings on the air hockey table, or beating your family at Skee-Ball, few things are as distractingly fun as an arcade trip. Nowadays, there aren’t so many stand-alone arcades—the closest on I-Drive would be Dave & Buster’s, the combined arcade/restaurant. Other local favorites include Main Event Entertainment (bowling/arcade) and Andretti Indoor Karting and Games (go-karts/arcade). Even the Rosen Inn also has an arcade game room onsite.

If you are looking for a luxurious way to avoid the storms, you can’t beat taking those afternoon hours to pamper yourself at one of our spas. Both the Spa at Shingle Creek and the Spa at Rosen Centre offer a variety of massages, facials, and other relaxing services that will leave you feeling right as rain. For more information on services offered, please visit www.spaatshinglecreek.com or www.spaatrosencentre.com.

Rosen Inn Closest to Universal is your perfect home base for a summer visit to Orlando. Conveniently located just minutes from each of these attractions and more, you are never far from a good time, rain or shine. Book your stay today by clicking the button in the top right of the page or by calling (407) 996-4444.

Ah, Black Friday. Not even 24 hours removed from a day of giving thanks and reminding ourselves of the things we are grateful for, we lose our collective minds as companies slash prices and sling deals on nearly everything. Black Friday is an American tradition, where shopping is turned into a competitive sport. It’s good to have a game plan, so here are some strategic tips to help you emerge victorious.

Avoid Malls

Traffic sucks, there’s no getting around it (both the fact and the actual traffic). Malls are already usually busy areas with a lot of traffic, and Black Friday only amplifies this fact. For the most efficient deal hunting, do your best to avoid the bigger malls. Instead, find stores that are slightly more out of the way. These stores will have less traffic and most likely provide a better overall shopping experience than the malls on their busiest day of the year.

Research Deals

Most stores announce their Black Friday sales long before the fated day arrives. Smart shoppers take advantage of these announcements and scout out the best deals on the products they actually want or need. Don’t just wait for the flyers to show up in your mailbox. Many stores post their deals online, so be sure to check your favorite retailer’s website in the days leading up to Black Friday.

Choose Specific Products

Shopping on Black Friday without a handful of specific products in mind is the best way to either spend too much money on things you don’t want/need, or to end up walking away from your stores empty-handed and disappointed. It’s like going to the grocery store hungry and without a list. You wander around and grab whatever catches your eye or seems like a good enough deal. Except on Black Friday, there are other people who have already done their research and picked out the best of the best. If you’re waiting until you get to the store to make your decisions, you may miss out on some of the deals you hoped to catch!

Show Up Early

Black Friday is to the serious shopper a competitive sport. It’s a frenzied race to the stores and the shelves before everyone else can snatch up the sales. Serious Black Friday shoppers arrive before the store opens and wait in line outside of the doors. All of these shoppers ahead of you make it that much more unlikely that you will get the items you are looking for. To beat them,show up extra early. It can pay off if you are a patient and dedicated shopper.

Cyber Monday

If you aren’t a patient shopper or you aren’t great with crowds, Black Friday may not be your thing, and that’s okay! It doesn’t mean you have to miss out on deals. Cyber Monday has become almost bigger than Black Friday in recent years, and it ensures that everyone has a chance at the supreme holiday sales. Cyber Monday is largely the same as Black Friday in that you still benefit from researching the deals beforehand and choosing specific products to shop for, but you don’t need to deal with the hassle of dealing with traffic at the malls or waiting in lines before the sun comes up.

Here are a few Cyber Monday tips instead: add your specific items to your online shopping cart before the deals go live, and have your credit cards already entered on your account for each website you are shopping on. Both of these tricks serve to expedite your online checkout process and make sure that you can make your purchases before your item goes out of stock.

Are you coming to Orlando to celebrate Thanksgiving and Black Friday? Book your stay online now at www.roseninn6327.com or by calling 1-866-33-ROSEN (76736) for easy access to all of Orlando’s favorite shopping centers.

IMMERSE 2018 is one of Orlando’s most encompassing art event featuring more than 1,000 artists. The diverse cast, including professional organizations like Cirque du Soleil and the Orlando Philharmonic as well as individual artists from local colleges and public schools, create an unforgettable and inspiring experience. IMMERSE 2018 will take place this year October 19 and 20.

First launched by the Creative City Project in 2012, this event has been taking over the streets of downtown Orlando since 2012 when the premiere event launched. For two nights each year since IMMERSE showcases the best performance and installation artists in Orlando. The event has grown over the years from the collaborative efforts of thousands of artists supported by tens of thousands of patrons. You don’t want to miss Central Florida’s most exciting multi-faceted art performance event!

Best of all, basic performance tickets to the event are FREE! Upgraded tickets are available for purchase and include a handling fee. Learn more about ticket pricing and the artists at CreativeCityProject.com.

Full Experience Plus / $22.97

The Full Experience Plus includes all of the performances and access to the larger interactive installations, including a 3,200 sq. ft. ball pit, a multi-room photo experience, and a large-scale mural playground. This ticket is also available in a Family Pack for $50. The Family Pack gives the rewards of the “Full Experience Plus” to two adults and up to four kids.

VIP Experience / $75

Watch all of the performances from the best vantage point—the reserved VIP-only viewing areas. The upgrade tickets include the benefits of the FULL experience ticket. As VIP, you also get a curated guide to help you navigate IMMERSE 2018 like an expert. VIP guests over 21 years of age get entry into the Art of the Cocktail where you can enjoy specially made drinks inspired by short stories. Sip your carefully crafted cocktail while local artists paint live next to the bar.

Dinner Party Project Experience / $150

This exclusive ticket includes VIP access and the guide plus an exclusive four-course meal right in the middle of IMMERSE featuring special performances just for you during dinner. This Dinner Party is available on either Friday or Saturday night.

IMMERSE 2018 takes place in Downtown Orlando, conveniently located about 20 minutes away from Rosen Inn, and easily accessible via Interstate 4. Call us today to book your room: 1-800-999-6327.

Mother’s day is all about thanking our moms for everything they do, from taking care of us when we are sick to simply being there when we need support. Dedicate this Mother’s Day to showing Mom how much you love and care about her with flowers or whatever she wants! Are you looking for ways to spoil her? Here’s a spa-tacular idea: Create lasting memories with Mom while relaxing at The Spa at Shingle Creek. Check out our different spa packages that will definitely spoil mom:


In preparation for Spring Break, we’re summing up exactly what sets us apart from other area hotels and laying down the facts. If you’re considering Rosen Inn, you know value, comfort, and convenience of location are all a shoo-in.

1.When Harris Rosen purchase the Rosen Inn, it was named International Inn and only had 251 guestrooms. A building expansion in 1979 brought Rosen Inn to 315 guestrooms.


2. Want to enjoy a great dinner and drinks? Our new Shogun Sakura Sushi bar, located next to the International Pub, serves freshly made sushi. The two places combined hosts TWO happy hours: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Shogun Sakura and 10 p.m. to close at International Pub.


3. No need to travel far from the hotel for late night snacks and emergency needs. Our Lite Bite Mini-Market & Deli is open 24/7. Purchase can be made at the front desk after midnight.


4. Spring break in Orlando should include a trip to a theme park. At Rosen Inn, you can drive the 2-mile distance to Universal Orlando® Resort in less than 10 minutes or you can walk the paved way in just over 30 min, that is, if you haven’t already booked a seat on our complimentary shuttle service to the theme park.


5.During Spring Break, sleep is for the weak. However, did you know Rosen Inn features Simmons Beautyrest® pillow top mattresses? After a long day of fun at the theme parks, it’s hard to resist our comfy and cozy beds to recoup from the fun-filled day.


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