Amongst the hustle and bustle of the attraction rich city of Orlando and the ever popular beaches of Daytona lies the city of Sanford, FL (also known as Celery City ) is a city that is as rich in history, with their 19th-century buildings, as it is rich in food and unique experiences.
The Westin Lake Mary
I cannot say thank you enough to The Westin for hosting these 3 days while exploring Sanford it was a beautiful hotel from start to finish. If you plan on visiting Central Florida for Sanford or Orlando then the Westin would make a great option. My room was on the 7th floor (which is the only floor you have to use your key card on in the elevator), the view up there is amazing!
Shula’s 347 Grill
The steakhouse on site is really pretty and while I can’t say how their breakfast, dinner and lunch is I can say their desserts are amazing!
- Beautiful comfy rooms
- Complimentary breakfast and free snacks on the 7th floor
- Great restaurant
- Free Parking
The not so good:
- 1 mbps of internet is complimentary anything faster you have to pay
- Your room key is needed to keep the lights on in the room, but I can understand that as it helps save energy.
I was settled in and ready for a nap (3hrs on the road will do that),
After a long 3hr drive to Sanford from GA, I was more than ready for our first stop to enjoy some marshmallows at Wondermade.
Wondermade does not sell marshmallows that you would find in the store, oh no these are not mass produced in a factory these are made from scratch and are as unique as they are delicious.
Some one-of-a-kind flavors include:
- 24k Gold Leaf and Champagne (this was so good I bought a box to bring home)
We had the opportunity to tour their kitchens and even try our hand at making marshmallows of our very own in their workshop. They offer workshops for kids, couples and groups.
More than just marshmallows
They offer more than just Marshmallows; they also make their ice cream in-house (even allergy friendly versions which will make my lactose-intolerant youngest VERY happy).
Their S’more ice cream sounded great already but toasted it really did a number on the mind because you bite into the warm toasted outer shell and met with the cold marshmallow ice cream and chocolate. I could see why it is a favorite with their customers’, adults and kids alike.
Starting as just something they wanted to try their hand at making and went on to prepare them for family and friends, owners Jenn and Nathan Clark has not only their time, but their heart into being the cure for many a sweet tooth for their community and visitors alike. You can definitely see all the love they put into what they make.
Visit Wondermade online or in person at 214 E 1st St, Sanford, FL 32771.
Ride Lime City Tour
One thing I did find awesome and I wish more areas would adopt this, are city tours or transportation aside from Uber, Lyft and Buses. Ride Lime and our driver gave us an amazing introduction to the city. Our tour around town with Dan was both informational and enjoyable.
If you follow the team and I and our travels to abandoned places you know where my heart is and how annoyed I get when I saw these fantastic buildings with so much history torn down and replaced with modern this, and that’s. Sanford is NOT like most cities they not only save and repurpose these old buildings and they pride themselves on the history and the charm.
So many of the houses in the downtown area have been lovingly provided some much needed TLC and sold as residential home while some of the larger ones turned into multi-family homes. It’s definitely a growing area and due to the many parks and playgrounds around it is no wonder so many families are moving to the area.
Our Driver Dan was Amazing! We learned so much about the area in our short-ish ride around town. He took us to some of the historic sites in town. Like the Mayfair Hotel was so cool and abandoned-ish. It does have investors that are looking to rehab the building and keep it as original as possible which is something I always like to hear, and I will be keeping tabs on this beauty and see what happens (the Mayfair might even be the teams next roadside adventure who knows).
Ride Lime is a free service that you can call and they will help you get where you need to go safely. While it is free please tip the driver.
Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Cafe
Hollarbach, located downtown on 1st street. There was more to Hollarbach then just a restaurant with delicious food.
You have the main restaurant, and around the corner, you have their German outfitter boutique where you can get your very own (authentic) Lederhosen, and then you have their Deli and Grocery selling authentic German foods, snacks and drink you can to take a piece of Germany home with you.
The atmosphere is something that has to be experienced. The music the dancing, the songs the feel is something you don’t always find, but we did, boy did we ever!
We had the Kings Feast, which included (and no I cannot pronounce most of this, but I was not concerned with that as my tastebuds translated everything to delicious):
It was such a warm and true family feel. Kids played and danced, couples danced and sang and joined the band it did not feel like I was in a small town in Florida but on location in Germany or at Oktoberfest (which they host in Oktober).