Win­ter Park

Where Orlando - - Editor's Itinerary -

Long be­fore Or­lando’s theme parks, North­ern snow­birds flocked to Win­ter Park for its mild cli­mate amidst scenic lakes and moss- draped live oak trees. To­day, the area’s charm draws vis­i­tors year­round with its art mu­se­ums, side­walk cafes and lo­cal bou­tiques.

Start on the south­ern end of Park Av­enue at Rollins Col­lege, Florida’s old­est col­lege that rests on beau­ti­ful Lake Vir­ginia. Then, work your way up the half-mile stretch of cob­ble­stone to pe­ruse the shops and eater­ies. You’ll find ev­ery­thing from a two-story Pot­tery Barn inside a 1939 art- deco movie theater to lo­cally owned bou­tiques like Vi­o­let Clover, Shoooz, Tuni and Tug­boat & the bird.

Treat your­self to a co­conut ice- cream cone at Kil­wins, cho­co­late- cov­ered pop­corn at Peter­brooke Choco­latier or sa­vory sam­ples at The An­cient Olive. The Wine Room is an­other cozy spot for a shop­ping break, where you swipe your credit card for 1, 2.5 or 5- ounce pours.

Just past Cen­tral Park, the Morse Mu­seum of Amer­i­can Art book­ends the shop­ping district on the north end of Park Av­enue and fea­tures the world’s largest col­lec­tion of Louis Com­fort Tif­fany glass, in­clud­ing his fa­mous chapel from the 1893 World Fair in Chicago.

If you don’t have time to see the mu­seum, duck into the Al­fond Inn on the way back to the car. Built by Rollins Col­lege, with fa­mous res­i­dents like Paul McCart­ney, the Al­fond Inn also serves as an art show­case with con­tem­po­rary works on loan from the cam­pus’ Cor­nell Fine Arts Mu­seum.

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