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Explore Orlando’s Art Scene


Orlando has a thriving art scene with opportunities to view work by contemporary, local and international artists as well as works from antiquity. Residents of Altis Sand Lake Apartments live in close proximity to the city’s many museums and venues featuring not only art exhibitions, but events and programs that encourage active involvement in the art community.

Start your tour of Orlando’s art at the Downtown Information Center where you can find out about the best places to shop and dine, as well as upcoming events in Orlando. While you are there, check out the work of local photographer Jason Fronczek.

The Orlando Museum of Art features the works of local, regional, national and international artists. Experience exhibitions like the art behind graphic novels, or the sculpture plaza. The museum also hosts special events like yoga in the galleries, or story time for kids in the galleries. Visitors can also participate in hands-on workshops and create art to take home! Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders can take advantage of one free general admission on “Museum on Us” days.

The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum features the most extensive collection of the works of Louis Comfort Tiffany. It is also home to a major collection of American pottery, and 19th and 20th century paintings, graphics and decorative arts.

Located on the campus of Rollins College, Cornell Fine Arts Museum is the only teaching museum in the greater Orlando area. The museum features works from all time periods and has the only collection of the works of European Old Masters in the Orlando area. Kids can take tours or watch films just for them, or participate in a hands-on art making experience. Adults can take the museum’s happy hour tour on the first Wednesday of each month.

We would love to tell you more about the artistic community in our city. Please contact us today!


Don’t Miss the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival in September

Disney isn’t just for kids! If you ever had any doubt of that, be sure to visit the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival at Walt Disney World this fall. This event is sure to satiate your love of fine food and drinks.


The Epcot ball in Disney
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The festival features the cuisine of countries and cultures from around the world. There will be many different kiosks throughout the park where you can try almost any type of cuisine imaginable. In addition, you will find wine vendors, live music, cooking demonstrations, celebrity chefs, and other special events.

The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival starts on Friday, September 25, and runs through Monday, November 16. Epcot is located at 200 Epcot Center Dr. in Orlando, which is about eight miles or about a nine-minute drive from our apartment community, depending on traffic.

Enjoy close proximity to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, as well as to other exciting festivals in Orlando, when you live at Altis Sand Lake. Our apartments are also located close to dining, shopping, and entertainment. Contact us for more information or to schedule a tour.


Family Fun Near the Altis Sand Lake Apartments


Enjoy some family time without breaking the bank. The city of Orlando is home to a variety of parks close to Altis Sand Lake Apartments that offer free or inexpensive activities for all ages.

Lake Eola Park runs a free outdoor movie series called Movieola. Catch the last one this Friday at 8pm on the East Lawn, when Monsters University hits the big screen. Pre-movie activities begin at 6pm, including Croquet, cornhole, washers and more. Food will also be available for purchase.

Loch Haven Park is home to many cultural activities, including the Mennello Museum of American Art. At $5 for adults and $1 for kids six and older, you will be supporting the arts and enjoying attractions like the Lakeside Sculpture Garden. Children under six are free and discounts apply to students and seniors.

Nature lovers can visit the Orlando Wetlands Park and enjoy activities like bird watching or biking through the park’s paths and trails. Relax and enjoy nature, or discover a new hobby. Make sure to bring your camera!

Does your four-legged family member need a day out? Head to the Park of the Americas and visit the dog parks. Separate areas for small and large dogs are present. Young children can enjoy their very own playground with activities especially for children between the ages of two and five. End your day with a family barbecue at the park’s picnic and grill area.

To learn more about living in the center of family-friendly activities, contact us today!


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Add a Painted Canvas to Your Orlando Apartment for a Customized Look

If you’re like a lot of apartment dwellers, you’re probably seeking out ways to improve and uplift plain white walls. While choosing wonderful, colorful décor that you love is a good start, and a great way to show of your sense of style, you might still feel like your walls are lacking.

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One of the simplest and most cost-conscious solutions is to simply get yourself a blank canvas and get to work. Use your imagination, and you’ll have some great wall décor in under a few hours.

  • Use a piece of canvas to simply add a block of color to bare walls. You can pair multiple canvases together to help bring your favorite colors into the room as well.
  • Try your hand at some abstract art. Paint what your heart desires, but use colors that work well with your décor and accent the pieces of furniture you already have. Make sure you don’t splatter paint on those pieces of furniture too.
  • Consider embroidering a canvas with a prepared pattern to give your home a unique look. Not all embroidery looks old, and it’s actually quite popular right now.

Are you seeking ways to uplift a new Orlando apartment that offers much more than plain white walls? If so, contact us to learn more about our homes at Altis Sand Lake.


Get Ready for Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month

Orlando is a city that offers its residents a ton to do pretty much every night of the week and day of the month. However, if you’re interested in trying a lot of new restaurants, but you just don’t feel comfortable spending so much of your income that way, you’re in luck.


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In September you’ll be able to take part in Magical Dining Month, when you can get wonderful three course meals from a variety of restaurants for $33 per person. A lot of cities have events like this, but Orlando has one of the best because of the huge amount of fantastic restaurants.

  • Try Ravello at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World. They make some of the best authentic Italian cuisine in the area, and you can even plan a great romantic dinner there with your spouse or partner.
  • Go for the Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar to try out some traditional Spanish and Cuban dishes. They also make great cocktails, so this is a wonderful place to go with a big group of fun friends.

Contact us to learn more about restaurants in Orlando that will be involved with Magical Dining Month this year.


Find Your Zen in Orlando


Living at the Altis Sand Lake Apartments has many benefits, and one of them is the close proximity to many of Orlando’s finest yoga studios. Whether you are a long time practitioner, or are interested in trying it out for the first time, you’ll have no problem finding a class to suit your needs at one of these local studios.

At Inspirit Yoga, a diverse schedule offers something for everyone. From kids and prenatal yoga to beginners classes and all level flow yoga, you’ll have plenty to choose from. Find this fun, vibrant community at 7575 Kingspoint Parkway.

Orlando Power Yoga offers a dynamic style of yoga known for its faster pace and stronger poses. You’ll break a sweat, create a strong, toned body and have lots of fun. They are currently offering a 40 days for $40 special, so visit them at 6375 Conroy Road.

Unwind at Yoga Matrix Studio at 7601 Della Drive. In addition to all levels classes,  you’ll find therapeutic yoga, T’ai Chi and Meditation. Budding teachers can also enroll in the teacher training program.

Everything Zen Yoga at 801 Woodbury Road has an extensive schedule that includes both beginner and all levels yoga. You can also join in on one of their special workshops like Reiki, meditation and teacher training. This studio also offers corporate yoga and private lessons.

Yoga can be a great complement to any active lifestyle and we hope you’ll find the perfect class at one of these studios. Please contact us today for more on the happenings in and around our community.


Go School Shopping during Florida’s Sales Tax Holiday

Will you be on the lookout for deals while back-to-school shopping? Do you need to cut cost on school supplies before heading back to campus?


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If you’re getting kids or yourself ready for the start of school, be sure to come out and shop between August 7th and August 16th when the Sales Tax Holiday commences in Florida.

This sales tax holiday in Florida is just in time for back to school clothing and supplies. There are a lot of great shopping opportunities in Orlando, specifically in the Dr. Phillips area.

A few places you can visit in the Dr. Philips area during this sales tax holiday include:

  • Department Stores, such as Stein Mart, Walmart Super Center, Ross Dress for Less and T.J. Maxx.
  • Outlet stores for the best of everything such as Nike, Puma and Reebok Factory Outlet stores, and Timberland.
  • The Marketplace at Dr. Phillips is a premiere shopping center with more than 65 businesses.
  • Dellagio has great shopping and dining opportunities.
  • New Trader Joe’s right in the Dr. Phillips area.

Remember, this sales tax holiday in Florida is not just for purchases made for the kids, so stock up for college or the autumn season.

And to learn more about living in Central Florida, Orlando and the Dr. Philips area, be sure to contact us at Altis Sand Lake.


Staying Fit and Active in Orlando


At Altis Sand Lake Apartments, we cater to an active lifestyle. Our community has a state of the art fitness center that allows a comfortable workout even when the temperature hovers in the 90’s. We’re located close to many sports facilities, biking paths and popular places to run. Whether you are training for Disney’s Half Marathon or simply trying to stay in shape for the year round bikini season, there’s plenty to keep fit. Some of the best options include:

West Orange Trail: The trail runs for 22 miles between Winter Garden and Apopka. It gives a glimpse of old Florida.

Dr. Phillips Community Park: Orlando has a neighborhood, performing arts center, high school, hospital and park named for orange juice magnate Dr. Phil Phillips. The park has a basketball court, splash pad for kids, baseball diamond, soccer fields, dog park and jogging trail. The path is shaded in places and runs along the shores of Big Sand Lake.

Track Shack Running Series: Track Shack is a specialized shoe store that sponsors a number of local 5k road races, with the series kicking off this month. Additionally, our neighbor SeaWorld plays host to the popular Reindeer Run and Dawn Brancheau Foundation race. You can walk over from Altis Sand Lake and be warmed up in time for the race.

Golf Courses: Many of the area hotels have golf courses open to the public. Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, the Ritz Carlton and Disney all have beautiful courses just minutes away.

Buena Vista Water Sports: If running isn’t your thing, then try out paddle boarding or wake boarding on nearby Lake Bryan.

In Orlando you get to be a tourist in your own backyard and enjoy a permanent stay-cation. If you’d like to be part of an active community and enjoy all the areas attractions, contact us for a tour of our model units and check out the fitness center.


View Artwork and More at Third Thursday Gallery Hop

The arts community is vibrant in Central Florida, and one of the best things to do in Orlando is to go on the Third Thursday Gallery Hop to experience the great art on display at one of the many local galleries.


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Thousands of people converge on the downtown arts district on the third Thursday of every month to view artwork by national, international, and local artists on display not just in the galleries but at local restaurants, clubs, and salons. Besides all of the great art, you will love all the sights and sounds of the bustling Orlando art scene.

You will also see local bands, street performers, dance troupes, and mimes. While the gallery hop officially runs from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., many of the restaurants and bars stay open much later to accommodate the crowds.

No third Thursday is the same. Each month is unique, and you will love the amazingly diverse cast of artists and performers in the downtown arts district.

Our residents love living in our community because of all the great amenities, plus much more. To get more information about living in our apartment community, contact us today at Altis Sand Lake.


Pamper Yourself at Luxury Spas and Salons Near Sand Lake Apartments


Are you due for some pampering? This summer, or better yet, this weekend, treat yourself to a much-needed indulgence. Here are three spas within a ten-minute drive of Altis Sand Lake.

Marilyn Monroe Spa Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Orlando
For a ladies looking for a luxe experience, try the “My Day with Marilyn” spa package at the Marilyn Monroe Spa Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Orlando. You’ll be a star for a day filled with massages, facials, manicures and pedicures. Soon-to-be new mothers will love to be babied during a “Maternity Massage.” For the fellas, there are “Gentlemen’s Manicures,” “Gentlemen’s Pedicures,” and the ever-so-important, “Gentlemen’s Facial.” And the couple that spas together, stays together, so book a “Couple’s Facial” or a “Couple’s Massage.” Facilities are open daily from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Chocolate Salon and Spa
Professional men and women know how important hair and nails are to making that all important first impression in business. To maintain a look that says, “Success,” you might try the services at Chocolate Salon and Spa. Chocolate has a variety of hair treatments for men and women: shampoo, styling, scalp treatment, cuts, perms and highlights. Gentlemen, start with a buff and polish of your nails then head to a chair for a haircut. For women, accentuating eyelashes is the latest rage. This spa offers services from tinting to full-set lash extension. Open seven days a week, Chocolate Salon and Spa is sure to offer a service to make you look and feel great.

Massage Envy Spa – Dr. Phillips
For a beneficial massage on a budget, visit Massage Envy Spa – Dr. Phillips. Customized sessions at introductory prices from $49.99 to $99.99 are available Monday through Sunday. A mere five minutes from Altis Sand Lake, take a quick detour to relaxation at this local spa.

Just minutes from hundreds of places to relax and unwind, it’s all waiting for you at Altis Sand Lake. Contact us today to experience Upscale Undone.