Orlando Itineraries ~ Art & Drinks in Sanford

I love exploring all the charming towns in Florida. There's nothing like a stroll along the main street stopping at some local restaurants and shops along the way. This past November my husband and I went to visit Sanford for the evening. We joined some friends and had a great time wandering this charming town. I had no idea how much I would enjoy this Historic District and I can't wait to go back and see all the places I missed.

The fourth Friday of each month downtown Sanford hosts the Sanford Art Walk. Our visit was during the Sanford Art Walk, but we didn't have much opportunity to explore the various art venues due to time. Each month there is a different theme with January's theme being "Seminoles Got ARTalent". This event takes place from 6pm-9pm.

While you're taking your stroll among the shops, be sure to check out the Imperial at Washburn Imports Sanford. This furniture store/bar is a must. Just like the Imperial in Orlando, this furniture store doubles as a stylish bar serving up some tasty craft beers and wine. Unlike the Imperial in Orlando the Sanford location also serves up some creative libations. If you stop in between 5pm-7pm you can take advantage of their happy hour.
The Bar at The Imperial Washburn in Sanford    

The Imperial Washburn in Sanford
Speaking of drinks, the Sanford Pub Crawl also takes place this upcoming Friday. This month’s Pub Crawl has an Age of Aquarius theme; A great opportunity to bust out some bell bottoms. The Pub Crawl is $10 and you get "1 call drink (liquor bars) or premium beer or glass wine up to $5 value at each stop. Upgrades available or "Double Down" and add another drink of the same kind for an additional $3 when you present ticket stub"

If you're looking for a place to grab some dinner you will find Sanford has a number of options. Hollerback's Willow Tree Cafe seems to be the most popular place in town. If you'd like to dine there during the Art Walk a reservation is a must or you will have a long wait.  

During our November visit, we stumbled upon a new restaurant; La Sirena Gorda Cabana-The Fat Mermaid. Our group enjoyed dining outside at this Mexican restaurant. Though there was a chill in the air we were kept warm with outdoor heaters. The patio has a romantic setting with sparkling lights and enchanting music from the nightly entertainment. Everyone in our group enjoyed our meals and found the service to be warm and engaging. 
I was surprised at how close Sanford was from downtown Orlando. The Art Walk combined with the Pub Crawl would make for a fun time to gather some friends and explore the charm of this historic town.

*Sanford Art Walk
*Imperial at Washburn Sanford
*Sanford Pub Crawl
*Hollerback's Willow Tree Cafe