July 18, 2014

Exploring Sanford With a Visit to Hollerbach's Willow Tree Café

I remember how charming I thought Sanford was the first time I visited the historic town. Their main street in town offers a lot and makes for a nice afternoon of exploring. A fun way to get around this town is with Limo Cycle Tours. Grab some friends and enjoy some beers as you peddle your way around Sanford.
Limo Cycle Tours
The folks with Limo Cycle want you to have a fun time. There's beer on board and music to enjoy. They even have some mister fans for those hot Florida days.

Beer on the Limo Cycle Tours
One of my favorite places to enjoy a craft beer or cocktail is at the Imperial at Washburn Imports in Sanford. The setting for this bar is one of a kind. The bar makes for a great place to enjoy the sights in this furniture store while enjoying your handcrafted cocktail.
Cocktail at The Imperial Wine Bar & Beer Garden in Sanford
Summer Thyme
The Imperial Wine Bar & Beer Garden in Sanford
Another place in town that is a visual delight is Jeanine Taylor Folk Art.  Local folk artists display their work in a market like setting. Enjoy exploring in the gallery during the monthly Art Walk held the 4th Friday of each month.
Art Displayed at Jeanine Taylor Folk Art in Sanford

Art displayed at Jeanine Taylor Folk Art in Sanford
If you're coming to Sanford you've got to stop at Hollerbach's Willow Tree Café.  Folks have enjoyed delicious German food at the Willow Tree since 2001. Willow Tree is more than just dining it's an experience.
Hollerbach's Willow Tree Cafe | Exploring Orlando
There is patio seating out front where you can take in the view from downtown Sanford. Inside the restaurant they offer German entertainment that takes place Thursday - Sunday evenings.   
Dining room at Hollerbach's Willow Tree Cafe | Exploring Orlando


I wanted to dine at the Willow Tree Cafe for some time. I came to Sanford with friends, but we didn't have time to wait for a table. We've tried planning trips up to Sanford just to dine here, but something always came up. I was excited to be offered an opportunity to dine as a guest. I went with a group looking to experience some fun food and activities in Seminole County.

Theo welcomed us into his restaurant. We felt right at home with him all night long. It was a wonderful dining experience to hear Theo talk about his food and hear fun stories about the restaurant.
menu at Hollerbach's Willow Tree Cafe | Exploring Orlando
We started off the meal with a glass Schöfferhofer Grapefruit Weizen. This is a nice refreshing beer. This is one of the beers I suggest to people who aren't sure about craft beer. It has a nice grapefruit taste and is low in ABV.
German beer a tHollerbach's Willow Tree Cafe
Schöfferhofer  Grapefruit Weizen
After we enjoyed our beer with soup and bread Theo brought out Das Boot. This 3 liter glass boot is filled with German beer and is to be shared with friends. You take a sip and pass it along till it's all gone. They say "Drinking Das Boot is about sharing the joy of life with friends" It was definitely a joyful & tasty experience!

Hollerbach's Willow Tree Cafe | Exploring Orlando
Köstritzer Schwarzbier 
We enjoyed a family style dinner with so much delicious German food including; Bratwurst, Potato Dumplings, Spätzle and more. I was looking forward to the sauerkraut since no one in my family enjoys it. I miss eating it and was quite happy with getting my fill.

I was pleased with all that I tried. My favorite was the Chicken Schnitzel and Potato Dumplings. I would suggest going to the Willow Tree Café with friends and ordering a bunch of menu items and enjoy them family style. There is so much good food and it's nice to be able to sample the variety of German dishes served at the Café.
Bratwurst at Hollerbach's Willow Tree Cafe
Nürnberger Bratwurst
Chicken Schintzel at Hollerbach's Willow Tree Cafe | Exploring Orlando
Chicken Schintzel
Plated German food at Hollerbach's Willow Tree Cafe
After indulging on some great food we had little room for dessert. We couldn't resist and sampled the Apple Strudel and Black Forest Cake.
German cake display at Hollerbach's Willow Tree Cafe
What a fantastic dining experience. Theo was a gracious host who showed a lot of passion not only for his restaurant, but also Sanford. He has a sense of pride showing off this charming town. When you are able to live and work in a place you enjoy it shows.
Downtown Sanford

The town of Sanford is enough to draw folks in. If you're looking for even more fun in Sanford check out some of their regular events that they host such as:


Alive After 5 - 2nd Thursday of each month 5pm-8pm

Sanford Art Walk - 4th Friday of each month 6pm-9pm


Sanford's charming town is filled with unique shops, restaurants, bars and entertainment making for a fun place to explore.

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