I don’t know about you….well, actually…I think I DO know a bit. Love that.
But me? I LOVE old I love ancient I love vintage….I love cobblestone streets I love sandy lanes.
I love meandering.
I love beautiful landscape. I love being connected through history in my houses and my towns….even
maybe especially…in my people.
I live in Florida.
cue:: screeeech :: coming to a halt::
Ok…I love Disney as well as the next. No, wait, NO I don’t.
Indeed…there ARE gorgeous corners that aren’t Disney~fied in this state.
I LOVE finding them…and love when they find me.
And when I do….I sigh a little sigh….and breathe a little deeper. I just do. Sorry Goofy. I do.
When I can….I love finding a local hotel…Not the chain which CAN be wonderful and consistent.
But I love different, unique…some history…often boutique.
Boutique is maybe a misnomer…doesn’t have to be fancy, posh…I don’t need wine coming out of the walls
but HAVE stayed in one such place… here. Oh My. Go if you can.
Gaudy, wacky and Small works well for me.
And I search for it. Spooky is even ok…Like this place…My kids SWEAR it was haunted.
Enter: Winter Park, Florida. At the fringes of all that is Disney, in Orlando.
But oh so much more.
This past weekend we had the lovely experience of spending time in this cobblestone clad town.
We chose to stay at the vintage Park Plaza Hotel….
smack in the middle of the town…surrounded by, and above many great unique stores and restaurants…
Speaking of stores…I Loved this place…you get to taste a bounty of different oils and vinegars….
Me? I brought home Red apple white balsamic vinegar to pair with sage mushroom olive oil.
The streets are old cobblestone. There are also regular stores…cloaked in vintage architecture…
and train stations…
And art. lots and lots of art…and relaxation.
The hotel was everything I love….ancient for Florida standards
creaky wood floors…brass key fobs…valet parking
and breakfast in the morning on your balcony overlooking the main street
The room was a touch mysterious…small doors leading… where? But perfect for us.
Other rooms there are only 28 have original brick walls.
and…maybe we invited a FEW too many friends to join us
…as we enjoyed our breakfast
The more the merrier.