Winter Park Guide

A Travel and Entertainment Guide to Winter Park
Free Orlando Philharmonic Concert in Central Park on Sunday

Free Orlando Philharmonic Concert in Central Park on Sunday

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photo courtesy of Orlando Local Guide

The Orlando Philharmonic will be performing their free annual concert in Central Park on Sunday, April 6th, 2014 at 7pm called “Voices of Spring” that will feature light classical works and selections from American musical classics by Leonard Bernstein, Leroy Anderson, George Gershwin, Rodgers & Hammerstein and Lerner & Lowe.

Click here for more information about the event from the Orlando Philharmonic and check out the video clip from last years event from Orlando Local Guide:

Winter Park Train Station to begin serving SunRail on May 1st, 2014

Winter Park Train Station to begin serving SunRail on May 1st, 2014

SunRail Service will officially begin bringing local visitors in-and-out of Central Park in Winter Park on May 1st, 2014 that shows the train picking up commuters every 15 to 30 minutes during the morning hours of 5:30am until 8:30am heading into Downtown Orlando. During the evening hours, the final boarding call leaves Church Street in Downtown Orlando at 9:24pm to head back into Winter Park Monday through Friday.

Our opinion is that there should be an additional pickup on Church Street during evening hours around 11:30pm and 1am to head back into Winter Park with Orlando Magic games, concerts, and Broadway shows taking place in Downtown Orlando and vice-versa with Downtown Orlando commuters spending a late evening on Park Avenue or Hannibal Square at one of the restaurants or wine bars.

Click here to see the schedule that will roll-out on the first day of service and check out the video of the Winter Park Train Station groundbreaking event held last year on February 13th, 2013:

2014 Central Florida Home and Garden Show Preview at Barnie’s Coffee Kitchen in Winter Park

2014 Central Florida Home and Garden Show Preview at Barnie’s Coffee Kitchen in Winter Park

As part of a media preview for the 2014 Central Florida Home and Garden Show, Barnie’s Coffee Kitchen previewed some of the dishes that they offer at their Winter Park location on Park Avenue that included Mini Caprese Tartine, Key West Pink Shrimp Skewers, Mini Chicken & Lentil Tagine, Mini Fig & Brie Tartine, and Cream of Carrot Shooters that was held on March 25th, 2014.

Some of the guests at the preview included Edible Orlando Publisher Kendra Lott and Executive Chef Camilo Velasco. Velasco will be a presenter at the Edible Orlando Cooking Stage at the show on Saturday, April 5th, 2014.

Check out the photos from the preview below:

Smallcakes Cupcakery Mini Cupcakes Opening in Winter Park Soon

Smallcakes Cupcakery Mini Cupcakes Opening in Winter Park Soon

We saw this sign for Smallcakes Cupcakery between the Toasted and Tijuana Flats restaurants in Winter Park on Aloma Avenue tonight. There is also a Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt Shop in this popular restaurant strip plaza to have some frozen yogurt to go along with your cake. Looks the build-out is in the early stages (see picture below):

photo courtesy of Orlando Local Guide

photo courtesy of Orlando Local Guide

We would like to add an appeal to Hollis Wilder to please open up a Sweet! By Good Golly Miss Holly in Winter Park.

Is Winter Park more Sausalito or Palo Alto?

Is Winter Park more Sausalito or Palo Alto?

Sausalito Yacht Club (Wikipedia)

Sausalito Yacht Club (Wikipedia)

In a recent Forbes.com article entitled 5 Great Escapes from Orlando Theme Parks, author Andrew Bender gives the city of Winter Park some high marks and compliments when he states that Winter Park is our regions “Southampton, its La Jolla, its Sausalito, a refined town with graceful shopping, smart restaurants and busy farmers markets.”

While I think it’s great press and Bender gives some great advice on visiting Orlando outside of the theme parks, I have visited Sausalito, and dare I say that I felt it was a little bit touristy. Winter Park has great shops and restaurants but it is also a college town with Rollins College intertwined within the fabric of the city. From some of the locations that I have visited, Winter Park reminds me a lot more of Palo Alto near Stanford University and Bleecher Street in Greenwich Village near NYU.

Take a look at the videos below and let us know if you think Winter Park is more Sausalito or Palo Alto:

Sausalito Video

Palo Alto Video

Winter Park Art Festival This Weekend

Winter Park Art Festival This Weekend

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Photo courtesy of Orlando Local Guide

Mount Dora and Winter Park each hosts the biggest art festivals in the region each year. The Mount Dora Art Festival is always held during the first weekend in February when Super Bowl Sunday is played. Winter Park’s annual art festival is always around St Patrick’s Day in the middle of March.

The 2014 festival will be held on Friday, March 21st, 2014 through Sunday, March 23rd, 2014.

Click here to visit the official website of the event for more information.

Click here to view the Orlando Sentinel’s coverage of the Winter Park Art Festival and here for the photo gallery.

Check out some of the sights and sounds of the 2013 art festival below from Orlando Local Guide: