The Holiday Experience

Why Are Vacation Rentals The Ultimate Staycation Destination?

Why Are Vacation Rentals the Ultimate Staycation Destination?


One perk for vacation rentals is that you can rent out the entire home just for you and your family. You will not have to interact with others at all. You can come stay in a home knowing you and your family are the only people there. 


Continuing on that same note, there are no common areas with other guests such as elevators, lobbies or restaurants. The home is properly sanitized and cleaned prior to and after your stay. 


Many if not all vacation homes have some sort of amenities. Whether it be a private pool & spa, a game room, a movie theater or more. These amenities for your own use throughout your entire stay. 

Free Wifi

Working from home? Are your kids homeschooling? Vacation rentals provide free wifi so you can still get the important stuff done, just in a more relaxing environment.

Your home away from home.

Orlando: Best 5 Halloween Holiday Events for Families

Are you searching for a better way to spend the fall holidays with your family? If so, consider taking a trip to Orlando and spending them in our Disney area villa rentals. Many of our vacation rentals are located less than an hour’s drive from the best fall holiday events and they come with all of the amenities a growing family needs. That said, here’s a look at five October events that are just a pixie’s hop away:

 1.) Brick-or-Treat® (Winter Haven)

 First on our list is LEGOLAND’s Brick-or-Treat. It’s slated to run on the weekends, throughout October, and is ideal for children 12 years of age or younger. What makes it such a great event are all of the activities on tap. The park’s long list of diversions even includes a dance party and costume contest complete with prizes. Plan on allowing 45-minutes’ drive time both to and from the park and several hours worth of onsite exploration.

 2.) Sea World Halloween Spooktacular® (Orlando)

 The next family friendly, holiday event to make our list takes place right in Orlando. It’s Sea World’s Annual Halloween Spooktacular®. Just like the Brick-or-Treat® celebration, it’s best suited for children up to 12 years of age and features an onsite dance party. Plus, age appropriate crafts and trick-or-treating are a part of the event too. It is expected to take place throughout the month, on weekend afternoons. If you do decide to go, allow at least 8 hours of park time, starting at noon. 

3.) Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights® (Orlando) 

Of course we can’t forget about families with teens. That’s why Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights® made the number three spot on our list. It is incredibly scary. As such, the kids must be 13 years of age or older in order to enter the park after dark. So you’ll want to leave the little ones at our Disney area villa rentals in the care of a trusted relative or local babysitting agency. The event typically runs from mid-September until early November, on the weekends and select weekday evenings.

 4.) Central FL ZOO Boo Bash® (Sanford)

 Coming in at the fourth spot on our list is the Central Florida ZOO Boo Bash®. It’s situated roughly 30 minutes away from Orlando. We love the event because it has activities suitable for all age groups right in one large, location. For example, the wee ones may enjoy trick-or-treating and the elementary school age kids will likely love the costume contest. Tweens and teens may appreciate the keeper chats, animal feedings and Walk on Water Balls. To date, the event is slated to take place the weekends of October 18th and October 25th. Plan on spending the entire day there fully emerged in fun.

 5.) Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (Orlando)

 Last on our list is the well beloved, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. It too is suitable for all of the kids, regardless of age. Just keep in mind that park management has specific guidelines regarding which Halloween costumes are able to be worn into the park. So you’ll want to plan your holiday supply purchases accordingly. This year, the event is anticipated to take place from early September until late October.

TIPS: A Fun Independence Day Weekend Celebration

There is still time to make plans for this weekend!! Independence Day falls on a Monday this year so families are plannning a nice, long weekend with the family– just in time to celebrate the 4th of July, America’s Independence Day! Staying in a Florida Spirit homes offers you the best of both worlds. You can spend a day enjoying the home with your own private pool as well as enjoying an intimate BBQ poolside. You can also opt to go to the theme parks! Disney, Sea World and Universal Studios has their yearly fireworks shows all weekend long for the 4th. Whatever you decide to do, here are some tips to help you enjoy your time in your vacation home!

BBQ Cookout at Home

Enjoy a nice celebration at your vacation home with the family! Have a good BBQ going with some of your favorite summer dishes. And just because you are staying home, doesn’t mean you have to compromise the fun! Every Florida Spirit home has a private pool, so watch the kids swim around while you enjoy eating your meals outdoors in the patio dining area. If you need a grill, make sure to use our trusted company Derenter who will deliver a BBQ grill to your home FREE of charge!

Theme Park Fireworks

One of the most magical things about being at Disney, Sea World or Universal Studios is the fireworks shows that ilght up the night time sky! Enjoy a long day at the park with the family and end it all with a beautiful fireworks display! These firework shows are some of the best in the country and provide such a unique experience for the theme park goers!

Beach Getaway

Who doens’t love the beach? Not to mention, all of our Florida Spirit homes are within an hour driving distance of the nearest beach. Playing in the ocean, sun-tanning on the sand and eating fresh seafood on the shores! If you want to be by the water and enjoy the sun, consider doing a beach weekend! Go away for the long three-day 4th of July weekend and see what the beautiful Florida beaches have to offer! You will not be disaapointed with the beautiful views and activities they have going on on the pier!

We at Florida Spirit want to wish every one a happy and safe Independence Day celebration!!

Nothing Says Love Like Weekend Getaway

Chocolate candies. Romantic dinner. Beautiful vacation home. 

Nothing say love like an intimate weekend getaway! 

What a great way to treat eachother by booking an Orlando vacation home and getting away for the weekend to spend time together. The weather looks like its going to be delightful and the sun will definately make an appearance, so if you have the time–take a mini weekend vaca! Florida Spirit is offering 3 bedroom vacation homes all the way up to 8 bedroom vacation homes at a Hot Deal discount which is 15% OFF

Enjoy dinner on the patio deck and get a breathe of fresh florida air. Make nice dinners in your own private kitchen or enjoy take out from several restaurants in the Davenport area. Don’t book a hotel, book an entire home! Get more for you money and spend the weekend with the one you love. Don’t forget the chocolate–!

4th of July Fireworks – Orlando, FL

Orlando’s major theme parks will be lighting up the sky this 4th of July! Let your American flag fly free and get your sparklers out – get ready for a blast of a day to celebrate our Independance. 

Independence Day at SeaWorld Orlando
July 4
As part of SeaWorld Orlando’s Summer Nights, a special Fourth of July Reflections show will feature an expanded fireworks show timed to patriotic music. Admission: Included in regular park admission.

Independence Day at Universal Orlando Resort
July 4
Guests can enjoy a special version of the popular Universal 360: A Cinesphere Spectacular, a cinematic adventure that combines cutting-edge projection technology with lasers and pyrotechnics to bring movies to life like never before. Admission: Included in regular park admission to Universal Studios Florida.

Independence Day at Walt Disney World Resort
July 4
“Disney’s Celebrate America! – A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” at Magic Kingdom will start at 9 p.m. The holiday-inspired “IllumiNations: Reflections of the Earth” at Epcot will start at 10 p.m., and a special July 4th fireworks presentation at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will start at 10 p.m. Admission: Included in regular park admission.

Baldwin Park Independence Day Bash 
July 3
This annual event from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. will kick off with a festival in the Village Center of Baldwin Park and will end with a spectacular choreographed fireworks show over Lake Baldwin. Admssion: Free.

Fireworks at the Fountain 
July 4 
Celebrate United States’ independence at the free fireworks display and laser show around Lake Eola in downtown Orlando. Pack picnic baskets and comfy blankets for an old-fashioned summertime picnic at downtown Orlando’s Lake Eola from 4 – 10 p.m. Admission: Free.

Red, Hot & Boom 
July 3 
Celebrating its 20 year anniversary, Red, Hot & Boom is an Independence Day celebration that features big-name performances Cranes Roost Park in Altamonte Springs. The event also features food, drinks and a fireworks display. The event hours are 4 to 11 p.m. The fireworks show begins at 9:30 p.m. (weather permitting). Admission: Free.

(courtesy of Visit Orlando)

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