We've been pretty lazy lately, and I decided I wanted to go for a long drive and check out something new. So we went to Sanford.
Sanford is a city on the shores of Lake Monroe in North Seminole County. Lately it's gotten some notoriety in the news, but if you're in Orlando and you're looking for a day trip, or if you're headed to the beach, it's a great place to stop. The Historic District is great, especially if you have a dog.
So Lulu and I hopped into the car and drove off to our first stop.
It's compact, with parking on three of the four sides. Each entrance is a double entrance, and the east entrance includes an entrance into a small dog play area off to the side.
In the center is a big downed tree and a community bulletin board. There is a walkway that wraps around the park, and there are benches and shade trees.
But the dogs are more interested in each other.
She walked the whole park and sniffed just about everything. And every one.
It's a nice little park. There were places for the dogs to climb, there were water areas and even a time out area.
My only complaint is the dirt. There were several dirt patches, and where there's dirt there's a dog who wants to jump and roll in it. The little doggy pool was full of dirty water, and I don't think there was anything that could be done to get that pool clean.
Conveniently though, there's a dog wash and groomers right across the street.
Paw Park Place, which also has a little mini area of its own for dogs to play at, grooming and a boutique with fresh baked doggy treats and a case full of frozen "dogurt." Unfortunately they wouldn't let me shoot any pictures inside.
After Lulu and I took a look around, we got back in the car and headed back onto First Street to a place I've always wanted to go.
Hollerbach's Willow Tree Cafe is very popular and well-known., but when I found out this German eatery was doggy friendly, I had to check it out. So Lulu and I got a seat on the patio, danced a little to the beer garden-style music playing, and ordered a schnitzel.
Before long the waitress brought an iced tea for me. Just water for Lulu, thanks.
So my schnitzel came:
And Lulu got a bratwurst.
Cooked and cut to order.
The Willowtree Cafe is open for lunch and dinner every day and is located on East First Street in Downtown Sanford. They also have Magnolia Square Market around the corner, but the market doesn't allow dogs inside.
If German food is not your thing, there are several other restaurants along 1st Street that allow dogs at the table. There are also lots of lovely shops to window shop in, and the marina is right up the road if you want to sit out and enjoy Lake Monroe. In fact, Lulu and I drove right next to the lake on our scenic route home.
Paw Park Place is open Tuesday through Sunday, and is located on South French Street, right across from Paw Park.