Foxtail Coffee Is Spreading Like Wildfire

Foxtail Coffee has locations in Winter Park, Downtown Orlando, and Altamonte with several more on the way. Recently they celebrated their grand opening of the Hourglass District location and the first week of classes marks the grand opening for their UCF Campus location.

Foxtail - Hourglass District

2401 Curry Ford Rd, Orlando, FL 32806

If you haven't heard of the Hourglass District, it's one of Orlando's up-and-coming neighborhoods focusing on being pedestrian friendly, safe for cyclists, and supportive to local businesses.

At the Foxtail Coffee on Curry Ford Road, that sense of community is evident in the multi-vendor layout of the storefront (hey there, Social House and Leguminati...) and the spacious patio lounge in the back.

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Hourglass Social House is the glue holding these businesses together and is in the process of expanding to the rest of the spaces in the plaza. Leguminati is a new vegan eatery featuring the OG Crunch, which seems to be a vegan imitation of a Taco Bell Crunchwrap Supreme. I don't know about you, but that's plenty of information to get me in the front door (not sure if I'll fit through on the way back out though).

 

Foxtail - UCF Bookstore

4000 Central Florida Blvd, Orlando, FL 32816

At the UCF Bookstore, Foxtail Coffee has begun branching out into licensing their product and brand. Though this is uncharted territory and the bookstore side of the venue is still under partial construction, it seems to be a popular dining choice among students, faculty, and staff at the university.

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Foxtail is conveniently located at the heart of campus right next to the student union and new library expansion, so expect crowds this week. And they're certainly equipped to handle a UCF-sized crowd! With the open layout and plenty of seating and table space for study, you can set up with a textbook and laptop and work without the worry of taking someone else's spot.

Along with the classic grab-n-go snacks you'd expect from a bookstore, Foxtail features mouth-watering Valkyrie Doughnuts and their famous cold brew Growlers that you can take back to your dorm room or office on campus.

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Tina Fleming is a partner at Townie Tourist and an Orlando-based travel and lifestyle blogger at Tina In The Sun. She's a cat mom, self-proclaimed foodie, and moonlight singer in an a cappella group called Geekapella.

3 Locations for Getting Hygge in Orlando

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.

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