When my son & his wife were here this past week we took them to visit a delightful town not far from Orlando called Winter Park. It is an upscale
town with a main street called Park Avenue. It has some delightful shops, a few out of the ordinary. It is the home of Rollins College which is a private school with an 1800 student enrollment. Cost 45,000.00 per year. We are well past that and grandkids not ready yet so won't be considering that for awhile.
It is the home of the Morse Museum of American Art and has one of the largest collection of Tiffany glass plus the paintings of Louis Comfort Tiffany. The best price is admission is only $3.00 per person, $1.00 for students and children under 12 are free. They also have a great gift shop with reasonably priced gift items. You can enter the gift shop without visiting the museum.
We had a nice day around 70 and partly sunny so took the boat tour. It is 10.00 per person and they are pontoon boats that seat 18. The tour is wonderful. It is one hour long and visits 3 different lakes thru small canals where you can reach out and touch the foliage. The narrator tells the story of various homes, Rollins college, etc. that you pass. Little info is that Mr. Rogers of television fame and his sister both attended Rollins. They actually rented a house so he could bring his grand piano with him. Don't think he spoke of that on Mr. Rogers show.
It is also the home of the Polasek Museum and Sculpture Garden. We ran out of time and did not do this. Will save it for another visit. I have been to all of the above before with our garden club members and enjoy them.
Speaking of gardens Orlando also has very near Winter Park the Harry P Leu Botanical Gardens. Also very nice to visit. Not too large.
These are just a few ideas for anyone coming to Orlando and has access to a car. It is a nice change from the Disney options plus a lot easier on the pocketbook.
Still no sewing today. Spent the morning still putting up Christmas decs and the afternoon at Handy Andy's (hardware store) buying fans, lights, etc. for our new sunroom which should be finished this week. Fingers crossed.