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Resort Style Historic Hotel to Bring Visitors & Jobs to Historic Downtown Sanford

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Since its construction in 1926, no architectural structure on Lake Monroe has commanded the lakefront like the old Forrest Lake Hotel in Sanford, FL.  As one of the oldest and largest landmarks in Sanford, the building has served a variety of functions over the years, but was at the height of its grandeur as a hotel, operating as such until...

Free Trolley to Historic Downtown Sanford from Amtrak Auto Train or SunRail

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The City of Sanford through the Community Redevelopment Agency provides a free trolley service from the Amtrak Auto Train and Sanford SunRail station to Historic Downtown Sanford! Click here to see the updated schedule as of April 2019. For more information please visit these sites: Sanford Trolley Sanford Amtrak Station SunRail Northbound Schedule SunRail Southbound Schedule AMTRAK AUTO TRAIN STATION...

5 Sanford Art Walk Stops to Add to Your Day of #Sanfording

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The arts community of Historic Downtown Sanford will come together this Saturday April 20th for our favorite event of the month, Sanford Art Walk! As this monthly event continues to grow, so does our sweet anticipation for the day. Peep below to get the skinny on what five of our favorite #sanfording stops have in store! Historic Sanford Welcome Center...

Smith’s Barroom Challenge Historically Inspired Drinking Tour and Pop Up Bar

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We hope you join us several times over the month as we raise a glass and say cheers to one of Sanford’s earliest business owners, John Smith, and support our downtown establishments. You can visit Smith's Barroom pop-up located at Celery City Craft, which will have an extensive historically inspired drink menu or you can order a custom Smith’s Cocktail at any of our other 15 participating...

Andrew Lippa’s Darkly-Brilliant ‘Wild Party’ Premieres in Historic Downtown Sanford

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The buzz is in the air! Fresh off the success of an extended sold-out run of West Side Story, Theater West End presents Wild Party, with book, music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, March 29 - April 14 in Historic Downtown Sanford. The musical is directed by Artistic Director Derek Critzer, with music direction by Austin Paul McElwain, and choreography...

The Pop-Up (Pop-In) Restaurant Scene in Historic Downtown Sanford

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For a few years now, “pop-up” restaurants and shops have been all the craze. A new venue “pops-up” for a limited time and if they are successful, they may become permanent, such as Sanford’s own award-winning restaurant, The Tennessee Truffle. But Sanford has experienced a recent new craze which I call “pop-ins.” What is that? In the food and drink...

Sanford Art Walk March 2019

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The Historic Downtown Sanford Art Walk is going green this Saturday! Bagpipes are in the air and a few crowd pleasing art installations are sure to make for March’s best night out on the town. Read below to learn more about this weekend’s artful festivities! The Historic Welcome Center – Start your night off right at the Sanford Welcome Center...

Sláinte! The Sullivan, a Slice of Ireland in Historic Downtown Sanford

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St. Paddy’s Day is upon us and we can only think of one place where it would be most appropriate to celebrate! Get in on the festivities now, The Sullivan will be the anchor to the best St. Patrick’s Day party in Central Florida in the coming years. They say a good friend is like a four leaf clover —...

2nd Annual St Paddy’s Day Truck Pull & Street Festival

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The 2nd Annual St Paddy’s Day Truck Pull & Street Festival takes place in beautiful Historic Downtown Sanford on March 16, 2019, at 4:00pm. Attendees can enjoy live music, food trucks, vendors, craft beer, and other activities. For the children there will be face-painting, a balloon artist, and a kid’s zone sponsored by Ladies 327 Supper Club. Musical performances featuring...

8th Annual Pints n’ Paws Craft Beer Festival in Historic Downtown Sanford

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8th Annual Pints n' Paws Craft Beer Festival! Located in beautiful Historic Downtown Sanford (in between West End Trading Co. and Celery City Craft), Pints n' Paws Craft Beer Fest Sanford, FL is a craft beer festival that you bring your dog to. Enjoy a multitude of beer, interact with other pet lovers, and most importantly help raise funds for...