It's not spring yet and the cold weather isn't quite over. Get hygge in front of a city bonfire or make one of your own just out of town.
Hygge: Pronounced hewgah, this Danish concept is all about achieving comfort, coziness, and a warm glow.
The Alfond Inn This Winter Park jewel has posh lawns for strolling. Grab a craft cocktail or creative mocktail at the bar and step out onto the open patio. There are comfy rocking chairs, benches, cusion-filled seats and a concrete fire-pit to warm you during the slightest chill or deep in the middle of a cold snap. The best is the people watching. Don't miss a stroll inside around the gorgeous art-hotel. You'll find extraordinary pieces from the Cornell Fine Arts Museum Collection.
If you're looking for a creative libation, try the MBA: Woodford Reserve bourbon, blackberry, and oranges topped with ginger ale. You know, a fancy bourbon and ginger. It's my all-time favorite drink. Everything For Love sounds warming too with Ron Za capa Aged Rum, chocolate mole bitters, orange bitters, and grapefruit peel. You just have to throw in some of our winter citrus.
The Taproom at Dubsdread Golf Course The only brunch in town that hands-down makes a perfect cathead biscuit with sausage gravy also sports a fire-pit. A chilly night under the stars calls for a warm fire and snacks under twinkling market lights. Just far enough away from the porch to have a private conversation, this fire-pit is one of my favorite places in the cooler months. Deep comfy chairs and just enough table space for drinks and small bites. Servers come right to the fireand you get the same great attention al fresco. My choice off the cocktail menu? The grapefruit and basil martini with fresh basil and Deep Eddy's Grapefruit Vodka.
Volusia County Beaches About 40 minutes from Orlando on the East Coast you can reserve your own bonfire ring on the beach. Only available during non-turtle nesting seasons (November through April), you can build your own pyre by the Atlantic Ocean. Be sure to click on this link for a permit and to reserve your space. They don't provide wood, so bring your own and make sure it's unprocessed.