Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Girls Getaway to The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes - Day #2

After breakfast at the Club Room, we made our way by van to the Adventure Course (for adults) and Exploration Course (for kids). The Adventure Course was designed a few years ago to cater to groups who wanted team building activities. It now accommodates all types of traveler and includes a zipline, ropes course and giant swing. The staff ensures a “safety first” approach is always taken, so you never feel too uncomfortable. We zipped and swong (is that a word?) to a terrific first part of the day. I did scream as I dropped straight down for the first few seconds of the giant swing. I wasn’t quite ready for that and will not be jumping off the platform next time.

After building up quite an appetite, we had lunch at Fairways Pub and then made our way to the driving range for our PGA Tour Academy Golf Lesson at The Ritz- Carlton Golf Club with Gol Pro Kim Healey. While none of us had any golfing experience, we got a full lesson in the basics of golf, from stance to grip to terminology. With laughs and giggles along the way, we all improved 100% and were hitting the ball well. Annika Sorenstam....look out!

Although we were sad to leave Kim and the course, we were eager to get to our spa appointments at The Ritz-Carlton Spa. I had my first ever Ashiatsu Massage. In this ancient form of bodywork, utilizing a pleasantly hypnotic essential oil of peppermint, specially trained therapists use bars set in the ceiling to balance themselves while their feet perform broad, deep compressions to bring about structural change in chronically tight muscle tissue, while invoking a state of deep relaxation. I could not believe Joanne was using her feet to massage me. It felt just like someone’s hands. It was very cool!

That evening was a five-course dinner at Norman’s Restaurant in The Ritz-Carlton, which is the award-winning restaurant featuring celebrity Chef Norman Van Aken's acclaimed New World Cuisine as the culinary centerpiece. I started with the Creamy Cracker Conch Chowder, which was out of this world. Then the Pan Cooked Fillet of Key West Yellowtail was absolutely perfect.

PHOTO: Casey Wohl jumps off the platform and swings on the Adventure Course's Giant Swing.

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