I arrived back in town late week, knowing that there was a storm brewing, but still with full intentions of an East coast 3 day Labor Day road trip. Friday morning I decided that spending hours upon hours of driving in the rain and wind just wasn’t for me. Time to regroup and make it an “Antiquing Weekend”, after all, there’s a new house to furnish.
Village Antique Mall. Located less than an hour North of Orlando it’s an easy day trip. This place is packed, and if you’re looking for beer glasses, I can say it would’ve been easy to fill all the kitchen cabinets. If you’re into Tiffany styled lamps, then bring your checkbook because they offer an extensive collection, but at a price. While you’re in Mt. Dora there’s plenty to see and do, consider eating at The Lost Parrot, and make sure to to find a seat in the air conditioning, it is Florida after all.First stop was Mt. Dora and the
Heading North to Wildwood, FL take exit #329 off the turnpike, turn right and head 3 miles, that’s where you’ll find Traditions Antique Mall. Traditions is home to 100 different vendors spread across 30,000 square feet. I’d have to say they cover the gamut, from filling your man cave with antler mounts to vinyl LP’s they seem to have it.
The final stop of weekend was the Wildwood Antique Mall Of Ocala, my second trip here, but this time I had my designer in tow. Since this is horse country expect lots of saddles, bridles and horseshoes. Out of the three stops, they offered a more eclectic selection, which means that you’re more than likely find something cool here.
All this walking, shopping & traveling is bound to make a “Baby Road Warrior” tired so when I’m in Ocala the place to stay is the Hilton Ocala. A four star staff, with sweet fitness center and a great executive floor set up. Plenty of places to eat along College Road, but I’ve wanted to eat at Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers ever since it had opened, and today was the day. Freddy’s looked like it was a cross between In-N-Out and Steak ‘n Shake, with the advantage going to In-N-Out. The food is made to order, and a loaded double with cheese filled me up, imagine that. Pass on the ketchup and load up on their Fry Sauce. Have no fear, as there are two Freddy’s in the Orlando area.
Give yourself 4 hours of drive time a couple of hundred miles of fuel, and you’ve got an easy day trip.
“When life gives you lemons, take a road trip” Back And Gone Again
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