The weather was absolutely beautiful and so was the drive through the Florida sort of-countryside to get there. Orlando continues to spill out in every direction.
Minutes melted into hours as I strolled from shop to shop. Just never quite enough time to do it all!! I'll post some of my finds tomorrow.
I so wanted to snap some photos inside the stores I enjoy, but they were crowded, and I didn't feel like asking permission, and elbowing my way around to get a shot. These outdoor pics should give you an idea as to why I love this little town so much.
The entryway into the first little shop I saw as I stepped out of my car. I want the whole door!!
A beautiful fountain on the terrace
A shop I hadn't visited yet...
And couldn't because they closed early for New Year's (next time!!)
It seems every few steps there is a little alley-way
The walkway as you approach a favorite dining spot of mine
The Garden Gate is a lovely, quaint, shabby chic restaurant that is chockful of charm and delicious food
The gateway into the outdoor dining area
A peek through the gate to the stairs leading up to the tearoom
One of the murals painted on the side of a building
Sorry this pic is too light. I shot almost directly into the sun, but wanted to show one of the balconies overlooking the shopping area. Many of them are outdoor dining areas, and are delightful; similar to the look of the French Qtr. in New Orleans.
It can't be Florida without palm trees. These Queen palms line a couple of different streets. Gotta love them!!
Only one thing left to say:
I'll take more pics on future trips! If you live anywhere in the central Florida area and haven't visited this town definitely put it on your list of places to see! They offer real steam engine train rides, weekend and seasonal carriage rides, and charming accomodations.