Romantic Stay at The Courtyard at Lake Lucerne, Orlando, FL
Recently, my husband and I visited Orlando, Florida and treated ourselves to a Valentine’s Day stay at a wonderfully romantic and beautiful bed & breakfast, The Courtyard at Lake Lucerne.
A collection of four historic houses ranging in style from Victorian to Art Deco, the cluster of beautiful homes are surrounded by lush gardens peppered with secret romantic alcoves and beautiful fountains and gazebos.
Upon our arrival, the owner himself, Sam Meiner, greeted us at the front desk and upgraded our room to the largest suite in the Dr. Phillips House: a large Victorian home-built in the late 1800s and purchased by Dr. Phillip Phillips, the legendary 19th century citrus magnate responsible for pushing forward Florida’s citrus industry. Dr. Phillips and his wife, Della – as prominent supporters of the arts during the early 20th century – hosted many parties and events in their remodeled two-story Victorian beauty.
The Dr. Phillips room features a four-poster king sized bed, fireplace and circular sitting room that is part of the tower seen from the front of the house. The bathroom features a two-head walk in shower, huge whirlpool tub, and stunning floor to ceiling french doors that open to let in the moist, tropical breezes.
The house also features a gorgeous courtyard garden with a large wrap around porch and a gazebo. A perfect place to relax with a chilled glass of wine and enjoy the sound of birds singing and the scent of fresh flowers in the air. The breakfast, served buffet style, is diverse and delicious, even featuring many delicious vegetarian options.
The Courtyard at Lake Lucerne hosts a complimentary cocktail hour every evening in the cozy parlor of the neighboring house, the Normant Perry Inn, which is also the oldest house in Orlando. It was a lovely way to meet the other guests staying for the weekend and we made some fast friends in the atmosphere of good conversation and tasty libations.
The best part of staying here is its location within the heart of Downtown Orlando, and within walking distance of some lovely downtown attractions including the beautiful Orlando Public Library, The Orange County History Center, and Lake Eola.
Lake Eola sits at the center of this stunning circular park, its shores dotted by interesting restaurants, beautiful walking paths, and even swan shaped paddle boats to rent with your sweetheart.
I highly recommend visiting The Courtyard at Lake Lucerne. Although we only stayed one night, it was a lovely and relaxing getaway and a great introduction to the rapidly growing downtown Orlando area.
The Courtyard at Lake Lucerne * 211 Lucerne Circle NE, Orlando, Florida 32801 * (407) 648-5188
This review was written by Carmen Baumann. Carmen is a book lover, amateur embroiderer and wine lover. Although she travels less that she would like to, she seeks adventure whenever she and her husband can get away. She currently works as a Solutions Architect at Apex CoVantage in their pre-press division where she wrangles fonts, wrestles book designs, and generally keeps order in the world of book and journal services. You can follow Carmen at her Tumblr blog, Mood, a 365 project. Photos courtesy of Carmen Baumann.