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ABOUT WINTER PARK, FL 32789 & 32792
Known as the 'City of Gracious Living,' Winter Park, Florida, is one of America's most appealing cities. Its scenic beauty, tranquil environment, and abundance of art and culture have made it a showplace residential area since the late 1800's. Brick-lined streets meander through quaint neighborhoods. Mediterranean, Greek, Victorian, Revival, and arts and crafts-period architecture create an eclectic atmosphere. Picturesque lakes with old Venetian canals surround residential areas. Beautiful parks, old majestic trees, and botanical gardens are abundant. The area is host to frequent arts and music festivals and events. And although it feels as if it's worlds away, it's only a few miles from downtown Orlando.
From its humble beginnings as a log cabin situated between Lakes Virginia and Mizell in 1858, Winter Park has grown from a wilderness outpost in a pine forest to a luxurious haven for snowbirds - a charming section of Greater Orlando in Central Florida. This is thanks to Loring Augustus Chase, whose vision of a planned community with scenic, curving brick roads, charming Mediterranean-style architecture in park-like settings of Spanish-moss draped live oak, all centered around a chain of 17 lakes.
The Farmer's Market, now refurbished to accommodate large gatherings, was Winter Park's railroad station, and contains historic memorabilia depicting the city's roots in the Winter Park Historical Association and Museum. The railroad, dedicated in 1880 by U.S. Grant, opened up this new destination to visitors from the busy St. Johns River area to the east, and by 1882 the city of Winter Park was dedicated. A few years later Rollins College, the very first institute of higher learning in the state, was built. By 1890, the population of the town reached a thriving 600.
Winter Park grew steadily despite a devastating freeze in 1895, and thanks to Charles H. Morse of Chicago who stabilized the town by acquiring the Winter Park Company. When the 1924 land boom hit, the population had blossomed to 2,360. It has been thriving ever since and is now one of Florida's most unique year-round destinations which has remained true to the plans of its founders.
The main street in Winter Park, Park Avenue, is chock-a-bloc with al fresco cafes, upscale boutiques and gift shops, home decor galleries and museums, posh clothing stores, tationery shops, just steps away from the sophisticated, cozy Park Plaza Hotel. The village green, Central Park, offers a manicured and shady respite from a day's shopping. The Park Avenue area is the place to be for great shopping and dining.
Along the brick-lined Park Avenue, awaits the sophisticated Park Plaza Hotel. Another lodging option is the nearby Best Western Mt. Vernon Inn located on 17&92. These inviting hotels will pamper vacationers, business travelers and also can accommodate meetings large and small.
MEETING & GATHERINGS
Venues for large gatherings include the historic Farmer's Market just a block from Park Avenue, the beautiful Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens on Aloma Avenue, Rollins College Carnegie Hall on Holt Avenue, the plantation-style Winter Park Country Club, University Club Of Winter Park, the elegant Rachel D. Murrah Civic Center on Morse Boulevard, San Pedro Catholic Retreat & Conference Center, and Casa Feliz, the beautifully restored Spanish Farmhouse on North Park Avenue designed by acclaimed architect James Gamble Rogers II.
THE ART SCENE
Three notable museums place Winter Park on Florida's cultural map, each within walking distance. The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art houses the world's most comprehensive collection of the works of Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933), the legendary stained-glass artisan. An impressive collection of late-nineteenth and early twentieth century paintings, graphics and decorative arts are also on display. The Cornell Fine Arts Museum on the Rollins College campus features an outstanding art collection from Renaissance to contemporary. This is one of the best college collections in the country, and certainly one of Florida's oldest. The Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens displays over 200 works of the late Czech-American sculptor, on lovingly manicured grounds overlooking Winter Park's chain of lakes. Park Avenue is also home to five fine galleries of contemporary art.