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A Theme Park Alternative Awaits In North Orlando’s Seminole County (Video)

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Historic downtown Sanford

For an Authentic Florida weekend retreat that combines relaxation, adventure and fun try North Orlando’s Seminole County with a scenic small town, a natural oasis and exciting outdoor adventures.

Sanford, a New Old Town

Base your stay in Sanford, a charming walkable community that has re-imagined itself by embracing its historic past while attracting freshly inspired locally owned businesses and restaurants that make this getaway memorable.

The town of Sanford sits on the southern shore of Lake Monroe, once a thriving steamboat port on the St. Johns River and a distribution point for Central Florida commerce including cattle, citrus, turpentine, lumber, seafood and agriculture (known as the “celery capital of the world”). During Florida’s Seminole Wars of the 1830’s the area was home to a U.S. Army post named Fort Mellon.

Wind Down, Chill Out

Seminole County
Sanford’s Higgins House Bed & Breakfast Inn

Begin your weekend retreat at a quaint Bed & Breakfast Inn, one that will change the way you envision a getaway weekend. The 1891 Victorian Higgins House in Sanford is situated off the bucolic Centennial Square and surrounded by historic churches and old homes. This impeccably kept inn is within walking distance of historic downtown Sanford.

Innkeepers Patty and Mike Ribera will make your visit extra special with a stay in beautifully appointed rooms matched with their warm hospitality and Patty’s signature gourmet breakfast. The Riberas provide plenty of insider tips for your Sanford visit but you may just want to sit on the old-fashioned porch and sip a cocktail and let this serene and quiet neighborhood remind you of days long ago.  


By Robin Draper, AuthenticFlorida, excerpt posted on SouthFloridaReporter.com, Feb. 15, 2017 

A Florida resident since 1974, Melanie Lentz-Janney is the owner/CXO of AuthenticFlorida.com, a travel and lifestyle blog devoted to the Sunshine State's most unique and quirkiest treasures. Authentic Florida is intended to inspire discovery of the accessible, yet under-appreciated areas of the state as well as celebrating good old-fashioned Florida kitsch. Lentz-Janney’s lifelong passion has been discovering Florida’s genuine side – some old, some new – with a focus on “fun and affordable.” Authentic Florida has been recognized as the BEST Blog of the Year, the BEST Travel Blog (twice), and BEST Food Blog at the Florida Sunshine Awards. Lentz-Janney is a member of Florida Outdoor Writers Association and the Society of American Travel Writers. She is also a well-respected marketing expert and an award-winning filmmaker.


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