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Orlando’s Best Shopping Near Altis Sand Lake

Few luxury apartments in Orlando are as ideally situated for shopping as Altis Sand Lake. From bargains to high-end boutiques, there are options to fit every style and budget. Whether you’re in the market for clothes, furniture or Disney collectibles, there are malls, outlet centers and shopping districts in every direction.

Vineland Premium Outlets
Traffic on Vineland Road leading to the outlet can be a nightmare but not for locals in the know. The Daryl Carter Pkwy Bridge over I-4 provides a quick, back road route to the popular outlet. Off Fifth and Ralph Lauren are top destinations at this shopping mecca, along with preferred retailers like Tory Burch, Coach and St. John outlets. Those with more modest budgets can find standbys like The Gap and Nike Store.

Mall at Millenia
On a rainy day everybody heads to Millenia. It’s a newer mall with gorgeous finishes and only the best stores. Shoppers will find Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, and Neiman Marcus along with Louis Vuitton, Cartier and New York export Henri Bendel. The food court is modeled after an Orangerie and has ample seating. There are also great restaurants like Cheesecake Factory and Capitol Grille on the premises.

Just past the mall is an Ikea to get everything you need for your new apartment. If you can’t find it there try West Elm in front of the mall or the very handy Container Store across the street. Conroy Road is one stop shopping for all your needs and only a few miles away.

Dr. Phillips Marketplace
For quick shopping trips and the necessities, Sand Lake Rd. and Dr. Phillips Blvd. are perfect. There are big box choices like Home Goods and Office Depot along with smaller locally owned stores. You’ll also find a Publix in the center, which has an in-house demonstration kitchen.

Location is important when considering where to live. If great shopping and convenient highway access top your list of must-haves, contact us to arrange a tour.


The Best Wine Bars Near Altis Sand Lake

Orlando’s Dr. Phillips area is home to some of the best wine cellars in the region. Cleanse your palate and get ready to taste some of the world’s finest wine flights at one of the following Restaurant Row establishments:

Le Rouge (West Sand Lake Road)
The first stop for many wine lovers is Le Rouge. We adore this venue for its three-course wine pairings, which are priced right and full of palate-pleasing combinations. Also, there are artisanal cheese platters that may be ordered to go with vino by the glass. Best of all, this wine bar frequently treats patrons to live, bluesy music that only adds to the intimate atmosphere.
Vines Grille & Wine Bar (West Sand Lake Road)
The second stop on a lot of wine lovers’ lists is Vines Grille & Bar. Their wine cellar selections have been consistently amazing over the years; they’ve been championed by industry leaders, including Wine Spectator Magazine. Typically sold by the glass, the list includes, but is not limited to, vintages from the Russian River Valley, Napa Valley, New Zealand, France, and Germany.
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar (Via Dellagio Way)
Third, but undeniably not least, is Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. It is the only wine bar on our list that is not located on West Sand Lake Road. However, it is still just a short drive from Altis Sand Lake. A well-known, award-winning establishment, it’s an excellent place to sample wines from all over Europe. Plus, many of them are available by the glass as well as the bottle.

To learn more about the great wine bars located near our luxury apartments in Orlando, or to learn more about our community, please contact us at Altis Sand Lake.


Take in a Show Near Altis Sand Lake

If you’re looking for a fun way to spend a relaxing evening, why not take in a show? The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts has something for everyone, and is located only a short distance away from our luxury apartments in Orlando. This Orlando venue offers a wide genre of shows, ranging from ballet and opera, to comedy and speaking engagements. Several Broadway shows also take place here from time to time, as do jazz concerts and other musical acts.

Not only can you enjoy watching these performances, but you can also take classes that will enhance your appreciation of the arts. The Dr. Phillips Center offers several dance classes, including jazz, tap, hip-hop and movement. The Yamaha Music School is also located here, and offers music classes for children and adults, in addition to voice and instrumental lessons. A good number of acting and musical theater classes are available as well.

If you attend shows here regularly, you may want to consider becoming a member of the theater. This will provide you access to presale tickets, invitations to pre-show receptions, complimentary parking vouchers, and artist meet and greets. There are several levels of membership available, so you can choose the one that best suits your needs and budget.

Attending a show at the Dr. Philips Center for the Performing Arts is a great way to unwind after a hard day of work. You’ll also find it easy to unwind in our heated pool and spa, fitness room, or our courtyard that’s complete with barbecue stations. To schedule a showing of our apartments, contact us.



Dining Out in the Dr. Phillips Area

Altis Sand Lake Apartments are located near some of the top dining hotspots in the Dr. Phillips area. It makes for a fun evening to explore new restaurants and foods. We’ve rounded up some top restaurants to add to your dining out bucket list.

Roy’s Restaurant
Considered Hawaiian fusion, Roy’s offers diners a unique experience by blending Asian and Hawaiian flavors that will have your mouth watering. They offer an Aloha hour available nightly until 7 p.m., which features an amazing bar with uniquely handcrafted cocktails, beers, and wines.

The Whiskey
For traditional American cuisine, check out The Whiskey. They offer an exquisite whiskey collection. Pair it with a gourmet burger, which was voted one of the Best Burgers in Orlando, and you’ll have a meal you will be sure to remember. The Whiskey also serves its meal with a side of Rock n’ Roll—check out Tuesday Bluesday every Tuesday night.

Hot Krust Panini Kitchen
If you are looking for something more laidback and maybe don’t have the time to spare for a fancy sit-down, check out Hot Krust Panini Kitchen. You are sure to be pleased by their freshly roasted meats, which are served on their signature Tuscan bread. Their reasonably priced menu and casual atmosphere make it the perfect stop for a convenient evening meal.

Chatham’s Place Restaurant
For relaxed elegance with a menu that boasts items such as a mouth-watering filet mignon or a seared tuna, you are in for a night to remember. The atmosphere is enhanced by a piano player at the bar, which provides a quiet and intimate ambiance. Chatham’s is the perfect stop for a special occasion or just a lovely evening out.

These are just a few of the dining hotspots in the Dr. Phillips area. For more information on local dining, please contact us today!