Annual Manual 2016: Ivanhoe Village 

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The Ivanhoe exit was the first casualty of I-4 Ultimate, but that hasn't stopped shoppers and eaters from rallying around the lake and its bars, restaurants, bakeries and retail stores, both brand-new and long-established.


Flaky, buttery perfection comes in the form of a croissant at the German bakery Backhaus. Run, don't walk, tomorrow morning. Other favorites include lemon-rosemary shortbread cookies and apple strudel (natch).

Backhaus, 1213 N. Orange Ave., 321-800-5212,


Even though there's literally a major interstate running through it, there's something oh-so-Orlando about taking a board and paddling out for a SUP sesh on Lake Ivanhoe. Spend an hour out there and then cap off the afternoon with a beer or five at the Lucky Lure or Hammered Lamb.

Maui B's Stand Up Paddleboarding, 407-952-4663,


When the old Orlando Science Center building was eventually transformed into the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, the home of Orlando Shakes, the massive tile mosaic of the Bard in the entranceway capped off an elegant addition to the arts and culture corridor at Loch Haven Park.

Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E. Rollins St., 407-447-1700,


It may look like an ordinary furniture store (and it is – sort of), but Washburn Imports also houses the Imperial, a wine and craft beer garden, in the back. Food trucks visit every once in a while if you don't want to surrender your spot, or grab a gourmet sandwich from This N That across the street.

Imperial Wine Bar & Beer Garden, 1800 N. Orange Ave., 407-228-4992, This N That Eats, 1811 N. Orange Ave., 407-757-0810,


Whether you're an oenophile or a total wine newb, Tim's Wine Market will give you as much help as you want (or need). Sign up for a tasting class if you want to hone your swirl/sip/spit skills further.

Tim's Wine Market, 1223 N. Orange Ave., 407-895-9463,


Yes, you want to wash your hands with beer. The beer soaps from Damn Handsome at Cloak & Dapper are not only totally effective at cleansing your mitts, they fill your bathroom with the aroma of Java Stout, Smoked Porter or Hoppy Mint.

Cloak & Dapper, 1219 N. Orange Ave., 407-250-6783,

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