I had a fun phone call last week from traveler/reader Betty Wolterman. She called to let me know that she’d taken our lead and spent some time exploring the charming downtown of Sanford, Fla. She loved it and said it was a good way to spend an afternoon.
We started chatting about the rest of their trip and I learned they’d inadvertently arrived just in time for the flood of Daytona 500 visitors. Since her habit is to find a hotel when she arrives at her destination, that was … a problem.
They ended up finding a room in the Melbourne area and having a great time.
Betty kindly sent me an email to respond to a question I had about things to do around Melbourne (where I have never visited). She wrote:
“So nice to visit with you yesterday morning. … We saw the Washington Nationals professional baseball team practice at their facility in Vero Beach. We also took in the Brevard Zoo, which was great and had so many interactive exhibits for children.”
“We stopped in Christmas and toured the county park which has many, many historic buildings including an old fort, schoolhouse, homes, barns, etc. There was no charge to enter the park but I went in to leave a donation, but was told that since it was a county park, no donations could be accepted! What a surprise! We also walked around Blue Spring State Park, which had great trails, another historic home to tour plus warm springs which attracted manatee since the river waters were much colder. We saw six manatee while there, which was a real treat.”
“Finally, we took in a plethora of fantastic restaurants with wonderful seafood which was a mid-winter treat.” Melbourne favorites were Bonefish Willy’s, Matt’s Casbash and the Around the World Cafe/Bakery.
Great trip report, Betty! Thanks for sharing your tips.