If you’re one of those people who want the trees to turn vivid colors before Thanksgiving and a white Christmas to sing “Baby It’s Cold Outside” while shivering in your booties, then don’t come to Orlando for the holidays. All they have in winter are tall coconut palm trees, tropical flowers, poolside parties and golfing all year-round. People wear shorts in late November in Florida. They eat Thanksgiving turkey outside on their expansive terraces like those at Villas of Grand Cypress. Outside. In late November.
In anticipation of your visit this upcoming Turkey Day, the Villas’ crew has put together the following special events and travel values.
Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot 2-Mile Run | Thursday, Nov. 27 | 7:30 to 9:30 am
Before enjoying Thanksgiving dinner, guests are invited to participate in the 2nd annual Grand Cypress Turkey Trot. All you have to do to ensure you get up before the sun to go running on your vacation is imagine all of the extra stuffing at dinner time. And believe us when we say you want to get in on some of Chef Lonny Huot’s good stuffin’.
This run, jog, walk, or “trot” follows a two-mile course through the expansive forested grounds, golf courses and placid lakes of Villas of Grand Cypress.
Chef Huot and the culinary team will present a gourmet Thanksgiving feast with traditional favorites you know and love like roasted turkey, the aforementioned good stuffing, and mashed potatoes. The meal will be highlighted with exceptional surprises like a sweet potato gnocchi made with butter poached oysters, Andouille sausage lardons with a charred corn emulsion, and crispy salsify (a skinnier relative of the parsnip).
Thanksgiving Dinner is priced at $55 per adult and $25 per child, served in The Club from 11 am to 10 pm, and in Nine18 from 1 pm to 10 pm. Reservations are required and “leftover” boxes will be ready and available.
Black Friday “Drop & Shop” Junior Golf Clinic | Friday, Nov. 28 | 8 am to 4 pm
The Academy of Golf offers half-day and full-day sessions this holiday season for tykes to teenagers from 7 to 17. Take advantage of an outstanding student-to-teacher ratio, offering personalized attention that will help your kids improve their game and enjoy it more.
Black Friday Drop & Shop School includes: Instruction on full swing and short game, three holes of golf, lunch, and a Premium Outlet coupon book for holiday shopping. Bonus! A half-day dealio is $99 from either 8 am to 12 noon, or 12 noon to 4 pm. A full day is $179.
How to Make A Pumpkin Pie | Friday, Nov. 28 | 2 pm to 4 pm
Thanksgiving isn’t Thanksgiving without some homemade pumpkin pie! The culinary professionals at Villas of Grand Cypress are offering hands-on instruction for guests on how to make the best pumpkin pie you’ve probably ever tasted. We’re biased, true. After the class, you can then take your awesome homemade pie back to the villa for the family as a special holiday treat.
Thanksgiving Leftovers 101 | Friday, Nov. 28 | 4 pm to 5 pm
Guests will receive recipes, ideas and tips for preparing Thanksgiving leftovers from the chef and restaurant team in this oh-so-necessary cooking class for guests 13 years and beyond. Learn about herbs in the chef’s herb garden and take some fresh herb clippings home for use in your next holiday meal!
Tree Lighting | Friday, Nov. 28 | 6 pm
Villas of Grand Cypress will host the annual Christmas tree lighting in The Club Restaurant. Bring the family and count down to the start of the Christmas season.
Rather than staying home over Thanksgiving, round up your friends and family to celebrate all week long. After all, no prep work or clean-up duty means more time to explore. Rates for Thanksgiving week start at $295.
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