Month: July 2018

Luisa’s Cellar Brings Sincere Love of Wine, Craft Beer, and More

Wine Bar

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When you walk through the door at Luisa’s Cellar, you may think you’ve been transported to the set of a classic film. I almost expected to see Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman seated in the corner, bringing to life a scene out of Casablanca. The warm, vintage decor harken back to a time before smartphones and televisions, a place where...

The St. Johns River; from Lake Harney to the White-Haired Bridge


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While visiting Historic Downtown Sanford, there's so much to see and do along the St. Johns River. At 310 miles long, the beautiful St. Johns River is the longest river in the State of Florida and winds through twelve counties. The St. Johns River is one of the very few rivers in North America that actually flows north, emptying into...

Amazing Growth and Synergy on The “West Side” of Historic Downtown Sanford

Craft Beer, Restaurants

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Historic Downtown Sanford, nestled alongside Lake Monroe in scenic Seminole County, Florida, is a global destination featuring Central Florida’s most vibrant and expanding craft food and beverage scene. Sanford’s Historic Downtown footprint is rapidly extending, as there are several newer and upcoming projects coming to the west side of Sanford’s east-west boundary, Park Ave. All of these additions promise to...

Things To Do in Sanford and Seminole County, Florida


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You can make a full day of fun at the Central Florida Zoo. Along with the animal exhibits there are giraffe feedings, rhino encounters and animal educational programs, Zoom Air Adventure Park has tree top zip line courses designed for both kids and adults, there’s a kiddie splash park, an old fashioned carousel and mini train ride, and when it’s...

Leon’s Food Tour: St. John’s River Steak & Seafood


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The best view in Sanford is along Lake Monroe—literally a fat spot on the St. John’s River—and St. John’s River Steak and Seafood has that million dollar view. Their new screened patio (demolition courtesy of hurricane Irma in September 2017) offers a stunning view of the St. John’s with spectacular sunsets and the Wednesday evening Rum Race (sailboats). Open several...

Leon’s Food Tour: The Breezeway Restaurant & Bar


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The Breezeway Restaurant & Bar has been a staple of Historic Downtown Sanford for about five years now, serving up all kinds of great food for lunch and dinner, and often featuring live music. With its breezeway seating area, it’s a popular place for locals to hang out, have a drink, and get some delicious food. Tops on their menu...

Leon’s Food Tour: The District – Eatery Tap & Barrel


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When Brad Plummer and Anne McNamara decided they wanted to open and own a restaurant, they knew there was only one logical choice for “where” — Historic Downtown Sanford. In the year plus that they’ve been open on the west end of downtown, that great choice has been affirmed. Extensive remodeling of the interior of a 100-year-old building has brought...

Leon’s Food Tour: The Tennessee Truffle


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Tired of corporate fare in South Sanford (a/k/a Orlando/Winter Park), highly successful Chef Nat Russell decided to try out his own concept for Southern Fine Cuisine on Sanford as a pop-up restaurant two years ago. The 30-day pop-up was so wildly successful, that Nat decided to stay the course, and The Tennessee Truffle has been delighting customers ever since. Southern...