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Napa Comes To Orlando To Make Business Travel More Bearable

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September 17, 2010 at 8:52 AM | by | Comment (1)

The next time the boss sends you to a convention in Orlando, just think: you're really going to Napa. Kind of. You can at least drink yourself into thinking so if you hit up the Peabody Orlando hotel's new Napa Valley-themed restaurant and bar called, um ... Napa.

You may be familiar with this hotel if you've ever set foot in the gargantuan Orange County Convention Center, right across the street. It's one of the few Forbes Four-Star, AAA Four Diamond hotels in Orlando, and it's about to unveil a $450 million expansion next Thursday.

We're thinking that this bar--and another new lounge at the hotel called Rocks--may just be the best thing to hit Orlando since Britney. (Who, incidentally, might like the hotel's new pool cabanas.)

But back to Napa. The restaurant promises to transport a slice of Northern California's organic, farm-to-table concept to the Sunshine State, which we think is a fine way to make convention travel more healthy.

Throwing back a fine selection of hand-crafted cocktails and Napa wines also sounds like the best way to suffer through boring convention companions. From what we've seen of Napa's menu, it's very fresh and modern, with plenty of seafood options as well as chicken, pork and steak steak dishes. One thing we haven't seen on the lineup? Duck.

Which, considering the Peabody Orlando's quaint tradition of a Duck March every day at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. should not surprise us.

And no, we're not kidding. The hotel really does have five ducks who march through the lobby and into the fountain, set to the "strident tones of John Philip Sousa's King Cotton March." It's a tradition that began at the Peabody Memphis, which you can read all about here.

And, with that, it's definitely time for a glass of wine ...

[Rendering via The Dish blog / Orlando Sentinel ]

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The Peabody is a great place to host meetings for business travel but I have to say the Rosen Centre Hotel out beats it by far. They offer a much larger venue for hosting big meetings.

Jill
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