August 2020 News and Events
FLORIDA HERITAGE TRAVELis the companion monthly e-zine of FLORIDA-BACK-ROADS-TRAVEL.COM
WINTER GARDEN, FLORIDA: REBORN FROM RAIL TO TRAIL
Winter Garden is a small city of about 45,000 people 14 miles west of Orlando on State Road 50 in western Orange County, Florida. One of the first challenge for newcomers to Florida is to learn the "winter" towns. Winter Garden, Winter Park, Winter Haven and Winter Springs.
The first settlers came to the Winter Garden area just before the Civil War in the 1850's. They established small farms along the south shore of Lake Apopka.
Winter Garden's economy depended largely on citrus and vegetable production. This economy was helped when the Orange Belt Railroad was completed and came through town.
READ MORE ABOUT WINTER GARDEN
RECOMMENDED WINTER GARDEN RESTAURANT
The pandemic has slowed down our travel quite a bit, and a lot of restaurants have been closed or only open for take out. This month we are relying on TripAdvisor to review our recommended restaurant.
CHEFS TABLE AT THE EDGEWATER
99 West Plant Street
Winter Garden, Florida 34787-3139
READ MORE ABOUT CHEFS TABLE AT THE EDGEWATER
NOTE: DURING THIS PERIOD OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, THE RESTAURANT SHOULD BE CONTACTED REGARDING ITS CURRENT STATUS.
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August is too hot, but many of us stay home in our air conditioned homes during the pandemic. Some heroic people go to their jobs every day and we appreciate them. Some restaurants are open with curbside service only or limited seating. Everybody is doing their best. The weather is too hot and humid, so we enjoy our time
at home by reading and getting caught up on chores. Not many restaurants are completely open, but some are. Most of our snowbirds have gone back north, but some are staying in their Florida homes during the pandemic. Restaurants are beginning to open with new recommended health procedures in place. Some also offer take out or delivery services.
HERE ARE SOME INTERESTING FLORIDA EVENTS FOR AUGUST:
FLORIDA WINERIES. Check the Florida winery nearest you. Many of them have wonderful weekend events that include music and wine tastings. Our site has information on 27 wineries scattered across the state. We plan to add even more when we have time to visit them.
FLORIDA TOURIST ATTRACTIONS. We have an extensive list of Florida Tourist Attractions. Some
of them are well known; other are a wonderful step back into Old Florida.
FLORIDA TOWNS. We have profiles and histories on hundreds of Florida towns and cities.
FLORIDA FESTIVALS. There are several outside events this time of year. Among these are outdoor art festivals and folk and bluegrass music festivals.
BEST BEACHES IN FLORIDA. Almost anything you decide to do in Florida can be enhanced by spending some quality time at a great beach, and best beaches in Florida will guide you in the right direction.
FLORIDA DAY TRIPS BY LOCATION. Hundreds of destinations withing one hundred miles of eight major
FLORIDA DAY TRIPS BY THEME OF INTEREST. Many people like to take day trips to destinations that reflect their interests.
FLORIDA ROAD TRIPS. Hundreds of recommended road trips with maps that let you explore all regions of the state.
FLORIDA AUTHORS. Any time is a good time to read a book by a Florida author. Our most visited author pages are those of Randy Wayne White, the creator of adventurous marine biologist Doc Ford, Tim Dorsey and his unlikely protagonist, serial killer Serge Storms, and Robert N. Macomber, and his historical novels featuring Captain Peter Wake of the U.S. Navy.
Here is a useful link that will tell you what is going on this
month virtually everywhere in Florida.
FLORIDA FESTIVALS AND OTHER EVENTS FOR AUGUST 2020
Information on the towns and places hosting these events, or near them, including lodging, can be found at Florida Towns.
A few events are cancelled on very short notice. I do my best to ensure that our information is correct and current, but I recommend you call before leaving for the event to make sure it's still on.
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