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By Carol Pattrick

Posted on August 28th, 2005

We first discovered the delights of Sanford a few years ago, when we stayed for one night’s B & B at Higgins House. (The villa we rented then – prior to buying our own - could only provide 13 nights accommodation, hence the need for B & B)

This beautiful Victorian house, built in 1894, has been lovingly restored and features a Victorian parlour, numerous antiques, plus 5 bedrooms and 4 full bathrooms all with mod-cons, courtyard and varanda. Breakfast is taken in an elegant Victorian dining room and consists of many home-made specialities, including muffins, breads, jams & jellies.

Sanford is the oldest city in Central Florida, dating back to the 1830’s. It is also the County Seat of Seminole County.

Two museums showcase the history of the area – The Museum of Seminole County History, and the Sanford Museum, which illustrates the history of the city of Sanford and the life and times of City founder Henry S. Sanford.

After exploring the many fascinating antique shops along Main Street, we made our way to North Palmetto Avenue, where we took the Romance Cruise along the St. John’s River. A wonderful experience, if you have the opportunity to take it, an excellent luncheon is provided, and there is musical entertainment. There is also a similar evening cruise provided.

Monroe Harbour Marina on Lake Monroe, is also part of the St. John’s River. There are some magnificent water-front town houses and condos, and brightly painted river front shops and restaurants.

If you decide to take advantage of early baggage check-in at Sanford Airport, why not see for yourself what Sanford has to offer. We particularly enjoy visiting Willow Tree Café on E. 1st Street, where we opt for a table outdoors, where we can enjoy the atmosphere of the historic buildings and shops, before making our way back to the airport for car return and passenger check-in.

Carol Pattrick© 2005
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