Sunday, November 15, 2015

Winter Park Village Florida

 Winter Park Village is an affluent outdoor shopping mall in Winter Park, Florida.  My family and I were there for only a short while back in August, but I hope to spend more time there next week.  My son and husband had to pick something up from a music store there, so my daughter and I walked around a bit to investigate.

The village is absolutely gorgeous, filled with tall, beautiful palm trees, old-fashioned lanterns & street signs.  I'm sure it's beautiful when it's all lit up at night.  We were there during the heat of the day, when the sun was the strongest, so the lighting in my pictures aren't the best.

I almost died when I saw The Cheesecake Factory.  I've seen a lot of these restaurants on my travels, but this building was by far the best I've ever seen!

This was another restaurant that looked really interesting and pricey.

  I loved their outdoor seating area.

I thought this tea place looked really cute!  I'd love to try some Chai Tea here someday!

The most fascinating and fun thing we saw in the village were the  life-size chess  and checkers games.

 You can actually play the games!  You pick up and move the pieces around.  Here is my son holding one of the checker pieces so you can get an idea of the scale.  That is my daughter and husband in the background.

I loved the elegant shape of this water fountain!

The village has lots of greenery.  It is filled with gorgeous layers of tropical plants consisting of tall palms, mixed with shorter ones, and also bushes, cacti,  and flowers.

One of my favorite tropical plants is Jasmine because I love the smell!

Hopefully I'll get back to the village on my next visit and I will have more photos and details of this beautiful place.

Have a great day!  Amy

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  1. It does look beautiful there! Love those lamp posts! I've never eaten at the Cheesecake factory before but always want to whenever we're in Chicago. One of these days we'll have to skip the American Girl store and eat there instead :-) Love the live sized chess. They had one in Salzburg, Austria when we were there, and people were playing chess.

  2. Looks like a lovely place to visit! The life size chess board is so fun!

    Doused In Pink

  3. Hopefully, the next time you visit us here in Florida, the heat will be gone. Looks like a fun place to explore.
    Thank you for visiting us on The Maple Hill Hop this week!

  4. I've eaten at The Cheesecake Factory a few times in Hawaii when we have visited. I love their crab wontons. :)

  5. Winter Park looks like a great spot to visit. We too discovered The Cheesecake Factory as an eating place in Hawaii when on holiday there last year. In fact, our grandson's favourite eating place! Mind you, we had to queue each time but hey, you do that on holiday don't you? Carolyn @

  6. That's one might BIG chess set!

  7. Lovely shots, Amy. The soft focus suits the images well.
    Thanks for participating in the Floral Friday meme.


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