This past weekend was an exceptionally warm one here in Kent. I’ll take 60º in the middle of February anytime, thanks. The warm temps got me motivated to edit this batch of photos/write this post I’ve been putting off.
Over new years, Alex and I got to go on a trip with his family to Florida and a cruise to the Bahamas (where I counted Hawaiian shirts to keep things interesting, as previously mentioned. That post is
still comin’ here). One of the days, while the rest of the group went to Universal Studios, we explored the Winter Park area, which is just north of Orlando. Mainly to visit Rifle Paper Co.—but I was pleasantly surprised to find this huge list of recommendations in the area. And let me tell you, I was sold pretty much instantly. I’d move there in a heartbeat. (Alex was not sold; he likes the midwest’s seasons too much.) That list guided a good portion of our day. I’ve included some photos from Alex’s phone, marked with an asterisk, because I’m not excellent at thorough documentation (yet).
We had breakfast at The Coop. This was the first thing we saw when we pulled in. I mean…
Not gonna lie, a chicken-themed restaurant worried me with my new diet, but you can’t go wrong with pancakes. And this BISCUIT.
After we ate, it was finally warm enough to sit outside, so we finished our coffee on the patio.
I did not and still can not get over all the Spanish moss in this city.
Alex: in this sweater, looking like this guy; me: not upset about it.
These little lizards were everywhere—basically Florida’s equivalent of squirrels.
A map of visitor’s locations around the US. Ohio is well represented.
Come ON!! I’m pretty sure every block looked like this. It was heaven.
What a gorgeous store. It just doesn’t get any cuter. In my alternate life where I move to Florida, I work here.
We ended up buying this print.
There were so many black and white storefronts!!
Next we got lunch at Ethos, a vegan restaurant/bar. We ended up just ordering two appetizers, but they were surprisingly too big for either of us to finish:
The girl at Rifle recommended walking around on Park Avenue. We stumbled upon Barnie’s CoffeeKitchen and hung out there for a while, mostly because I didn’t want to leave this gorgeous courtyard!
How is everything cute here, Winter Park?
Oh, Leu Gardens. 4:30pm was a simultaneously great and awkward time to be there. Of course, outdoor things are best experienced when it’s sunny, and it’s preferable to go somewhere when they’re not closing in a half hour. But sunset in this particular botanical garden was magical. I wished I could have seen things in full daylight, but being there in the golden hour was a-okay, too.
Also, we happened to be there on the one day a month that it’s free. I’ll take it.
Leu Gardens is a tropical garden—so basically, just the good stuff 😉
Banana trees—these leaves were as big as me
We had time to kill before the Audubon Park Community Market—which also happened to be on Mondays! We were so lucky with this trip—so we went to Park Ave CDs to look around. It was perfect. I knew so many artists! That’s pretty rare for me. I’m pretty out of the loop on cool music.
Finally, we went across the street to Stardust Coffee for dinner and to check out the farmer’s market. We got kombucha from a stand at the market and bowls from Stardust. It was strange dropping in to this weekly gathering of friends and neighbors, but it also felt very authentic 🙂
Thanks for lookin’. More photos from this vacation here.