Row Row Row Your Boat (gently down the canal)

If you’ve never gone I really recommend the Scenic Boat Tour in Winter Park.

It was established in 1938, they take you on an hour long tour of 3 of the chain
of lakes in Winter Park. Along the way the very knowledgeable captain
points out homes of historical figures from Winter Park.
You glide along in a pontoon boat along the shores of the lakes
and through the many canals that link them.
Click on the link above to see when they are open and additional info.

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It’s $12 per person for anyone over 11 and under 2 are free.
You can reserve the whole boat too.

We reserved it for 12 of us (the max is about 16) and brought wine from
The Wine Room , zucchini bread sandwiches from The Briar Patch restaurant,
and salami, crackers, pepitas, and spiced pecans from the amazing people at
The Ancient Olive (thanks Nick!). All on Park Ave. in Winter Park.

Here are some of the beautiful homes….

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This one has a Venetian design and originally didn’t have land in front of it.
They designed it so the water came right up to the building just like in Venice.

And some of the cool trees in the middle of the lake…

Before the boat tour we ate at one of my favorite places for brunch

Cask and Larder – Bakeshop board, croque madam C&L style, and short rib hash.
Stupid good.

We wrapped up the weekend with a return visit to The Ancient Olive.
The Fabulous Beekman Boys were there signing copies of their cookbooks.
Super cool guys – they were so glad Blake loved their spiced nuts. Yep nuts.

Check out their website, beautiful handcrafted jams, sauces, soaps, mixes,
tons of things with a vintage farm feel. Check out their television show
The Fabulous Beekman Boys on The Cooking Channel.

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