Just a few minutes north of downtown Orlando waits for Winter Park, a captivating stunning suburban area soaked in history. After my excursion on the Picturesque Boat Tour, my local expert Wanda Salerno took me on a little walk through town past lovely historical areas.
With is origins as a citrus growing region, Winter Park became a significant destination for wealthy northerners during the early 1900s, who entered town by train to reach their elegant winter season retreats, seeking shelter from the cold winter seasons of the north. Stylish estates and stately old oak trees curtained with Spanish moss bear witness to this historic age.
Wanda then took me through a few of Winter season Park’s hidden yards, which are filled with specialty retailers and galleries. Winter season Park includes a big range of galleries and I had a possibility to sample 3 of them, all which carried significantly different artwork:
– Scott Laurent Collections
– Native Visions Gallery
Our walk took us out on to Winter Park’s main street, Park Opportunity, which houses 10 blocks of specialty retailers, galleries and ecclectic restaurants. Park Avenue is flanked on its west side by Central Park which provides a welcome sanctuary of relaxation with its elegant fountain, walking courses and shaded benches.
We then went on to explore Casa Feliz (” Delighted Home” in Spanish), the signature residential work of prominent architect James Gamble Rogers II.
In 1932 Robert Bruce Barbour, a chemical engineer from Massachusetts, commissioned Rogers to develop a home on Lake Osceola, which turned out to be the Andalusian-style masonry farmhouse that we see today. This house was not only treasured by Barbour, but by the community also. Throughout its history, it has actually hosted garden club trips, chamber orchestra concerts, poetry social conferences and a dinner for author Sinclair Lewis.
In 2001, in order to prevent the house from demolition, Casa Feliz was moved across Interlachen Avenue to its present location on Park Opportunity. This move was one of the most significant events in Winter season Park’s history. Casa Feliz was transferred on 20 pneumatically levelled dollies, and a sophisticated wheel system moved your home about 75 feet per hour. After your house was in position at its brand-new location, experienced craftsmen dealt with restoring it to its initial 1933 condition. A special landscape style was commissioned to reflect the style of the age.
Today, Casa Feliz is offered to rent for wedding events, celebrations, business conferences and events. Its unique features provide the best backdrop for a really unforgettable occasion.
As a centre of local culture, Winter Park also features 3 well-known museums:.
– the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American art, which holds the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany, consisting of Tiffany’s 1893 Chapel. The museum likewise includes paintings, furniture and other works mostly from the late 19th and 20th centuries.
– the Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Garden: 3 acres of gardens, featuring sculptures and painters by Albin Polasek. The museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
– the Cornell Fine Arts Museum, which focuses on western world art of the 20th century and consists of paintings, drawings, sculptures and other art from America and Europe. This museum is located at Rollins College, one of the top rated liberal arts colleges in the country.
The Winter Park Historical Museum takes a look at different historical time periods, interchanging displays and turning displays highlight a few of the changes that have actually taken place in central Florida.
While I explored the town my partner really played a round of golf at the 9-hole Winter Season Park Country Club, which is nestled wonderfully inside Winter Park’s historic neighbourhood. The WPCC is the second earliest golf club in the Central Florida location and makes its way through the downtown Winter Park location and offers a difficulty to even the most experienced golf player. He enjoyed his outing, and an expense of $12, it was an extremely cost effective outing on a well-kept golf course.
We capped off our adventure with an enjoyable dinner at a restaurant called 310 Park Opportunity, right on Winter season Park’s primary strip. While an excellent portion of the Orlando area is very new, Winter Park is a welcome oasis of history and atmosphere that is ideal for a day of checking out.
To learn more on Winter Park call the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, www.winterpark.org.