A Rosen Shingle Creek Weekend with the Family

Today I’m telling you all about our recent stay at Rosen Shingle Creek, a restort hotel with fun for kids and adults alike, located near the Orlando theme parks .
The fabulous view from our hotel room at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando

The fabulous view from our hotel room at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando

We spent last weekend at Rosen Shingle Creek, a resort hotel located right nearby Seaworld Orlando and a short drive from Disney’s Epcot and Magic Kingdom. We had so much fun and ate such great food that I wanted to tell you all about it.

The Hotel and Our Room

The hotel itself is beautiful. From the moment you enter the gates you’re surrounded by palm trees and lush landscaping. And then you go into the lobby. Grand is the word I’d use. As we entered, my son gasped, “It’s soooo big, Mommy!”

Our room was spectacular. We were in a Double Queen room. It seemed much bigger than many of the double queens we’ve stayed in previously.

Our Double Queen Room at Rosen Shingle Creek Orlando Hotel

The bathroom was also spacious with sink area separated from the toilet and shower.

The bathroom of our Double Queen Room at the Rosen Shingle Creek Orlando Hotel

The best thing about our room was the huge windows looking out over the pool and grounds of the hotel. That view was so wonderful that the kids spent most of their time in our room standing at the windows and looking down.

My kiddos checking out the view from our Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel Room

I thought we were lucky to have such a nice view but I later learned that most of the rooms at Rosen Shingle Creek have good views of the gardens, pools or golf course, which makes sense since the hotel sits in the middle of 230-acres of green space.

Dining at Rosen Shingle Creek

Sometimes when we stay near the theme parks we try to get a night or two of adult time. For this trip, we made it a priority since we were there on Valentine’s Day and on the week of our 9th wedding anniversary.

We booked a babysitter for the evenings (contact the concierge to get reliable babysitting options) and had some lovely evenings without ever having to leave the resort.

We started both of our date nights in Headwaters Lounge sitting in big comfy armchairs while sipping on drinks.

On our first night, which was February 14th, we did a Valentine’s Day Wine Pairing Dinner at A Land Remembered situated in the Rosen Shingle Creek Golf Course’s clubhouse. The ambiance in the room was perfect for a quiet romantic meal. It has that dark clubby atmosphere of a steak house. And the food was wonderful. My favorite was the seared scallops, although, there was a chocolate mousse cake as part of the dessert that I couldn’t stop eating even though I was seriously full.

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My only complaint about this restaurant was that we could see the adjacent lounge’s TV from our table. This was only true of a few tables in the restaurant and so next time we’ll ask to be seated in a different area.

The next night we went to Cala Bella. I fell in love with this restaurant. It’s airy and spacious with super-high ceilings framed by arches draped in luxurious velvet curtains. I can’t believe how much fabric was hanging from the walls. But it’s all that fabric that makes the large space feel cozy and intimate.

And the food at Cala Bella was marvelous. We shared the Antipasto platter to start. It had an interesting and delicious assortment of cheeses, meats and pickled vegetables. We had fun tasting and talking about everything on our plates. For my main course I had the Porcini Dusted Sea Bass and couldn’t stop saying, “This is the best fish I’ve ever had.” It was juicy and so flavorful. My husband had the Grilled Tuscan Ribeye with Gorgonzola Cheese Crust. I got to taste it (of course!) and I swooned a bit. Really tender flavorful meat and delicious accompaniments.

When we weren’t out on our dinner dates, we spent a lot of time hanging out with the kids. The heated pools were a lot of fun. The kids particularly liked the Zero-Entry Pool because they could run into it or just sit in the shallow end and splash.

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We ordered pizza and fries from Cat-Tails Pool Bar and Grill for the kids one afternoon. It came quickly and they really liked it.

For one dinner for the kids, we perused the large selection of dining options at the hotel and decided on Mi Casa Tequila Taqueria. There the kids had quesadillas with a side of rice and beans. (Note that a kids portion of quesadillas with plain cheese on them is available from the unprinted kids’ menu. There is not a printed kids’ menu but our server immediately told us about these options when we sat down). I had a thirst-quenching margarita and sampled the kids’ food, trying hard not to wreck my appetite for The Land Remembered later in the evening. I was really happy with it all. And so were they; they both cleaned their plates, which is a rare event.

They also cleaned their plates when we had a buffet lunch at Café Osceola. I’m not usually a fan of buffets but I’ll admit that they’re super-convenient when your kids are hungry. You can go up and get them food immediately. And if the buffet is a good one, like the one at Café Osceola, there’s a salad bar full of things that kids love. My kiddos filled their plates with cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, pickles, olives (is it strange that both of my kids love olives?), corn and black beans. They both skipped the sandwich-making section, although M did demand a slice of cheese from there. The entrees were Mexican-themed that day, which made us happy. The best thing was a build-your-own-soft-taco-bar that had warm flour tortillas beside a variety of fillings. My favorite was the Pork Carnitas in a flour tortilla with guacamole, salsa and sour cream.

Recreation and Rosen Shingle Creek

While at Rosen Shingle Creek we spent time with the kids in and around the pools. We also wandered the nature trails and checked out some of the other activities available.

Early Saturday morning my husband and I played a round of golf on the award-winning and stunning golf course. This was such a treat for us since we have rarely played golf together since the kids were born. The round of golf was fantastic (no, I won’t tell you my score!). And the views were beautiful. Most of the holes have water nearby (though you don’t have to hit over water very often. Phew!) and there are amazing views of the hotel and the rest of the lush grounds.

Me at the Rosen Shingle Creek Golf Course with a view of the hotel in background

Me at the Rosen Shingle Creek Golf Course with a view of the hotel in background

The best thing about it though was that it’s right at the hotel. We’d never golfed at a hotel golf course before. What convenience! When we arrived at the hotel and unloaded our clubs, the bellhop took them to a storage area. And when we got to the golf course for our tee time the next morning, our clubs were in a cart waiting for us. The fact that it’s a 5 minute walk to the course from the hotel lobby is also pretty amazing. We jumped out of bed, snagged some coffee and were there. And after our game, it was delightful that our room, a shower and a beer were only steps away.

On Sunday morning we checked out and drove 10 minutes (so close!) to Epcot for a sunny fun-filled day.

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What a fabulous weekend full of tasty food and of fun for our whole family. We can’t wait to go back! Thanks for a wonderful weekend, Rosen Shingle Creek!

Coming to Orlando? Check out some of the places I’ve loved!

Disclosure: Rosen Shingle Creek paid for two nights in their hotel for my family as well as golf for two people and the buffet lunch for 4 at Café Osceola. We paid for the rest of our dining and activities. All opinions are my own.

One Response to “A Rosen Shingle Creek Weekend with the Family”

  1. Renee — February 26, 2014 @ 3:35 pm (#)

    It is a fabulous hotel and resort. I was blown away by it from the moment of driving up, to walking in the amazing lobby, and then it just keeps getting better. I can’t wait to go there again this year for the Food and Wine Conference in July. Oh, and happy belated anniversary!

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