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Refurbished Hotels, New Eateries and Entertainment Venues


SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. – Leisure travelers, business travelers, tournament sports teams and conventioneers will find there’s plenty that’s new when visiting Orlando North, Seminole County in 2019. Here’s a sampling:


District Eat and Play at the Oviedo Mall is a new 26,000 sq.ft. entertainment complex that includes a restaurant featuring handcrafted burgers and more, plus full bar and seats 243 guests. The play zones include 4 different escape rooms where guests are given 60 minutes to escape using clues, hints and strategy to complete the objectives at hand. Over 50 arcade games, boutique bowling, live entertainment and a number of event rooms round out the offerings.  For more information, call 407.977.2400 or visit their website.

Altitude Sanford, a cutting-edge trampoline park opened this summer.  With plenty of party rooms, it’s a great venue for kids and adults’ gatherings and more. The indoor park’s activities include: dodge ball, basketball, a performance wall and performance trampoline, high 9 reaction wall, trapeze bar, battle beam, rock wall, wipeout warped wall, air bag, main court and kids court.

Theater West End opened in September in the former Dangerous Theater, Sanford with their production of The Color Purple. Visit their website for future engagements and group ticket blocks.

Via Airlines introduced service into Orlando Sanford International Airport in May from Mobile and Montgomery, AL and commenced service from Jackson, MS on June 11. Current Via Air service also includes flights from Charlotte, NC, and Beckley and Parkersburg, WV Also in May, Allegiant Air added its low-fare service from Syracuse for a total 71 nonstop destinations serving Orlando North, Seminole County.



Located in the heart of Historic Sanford is the old train depot built for the first railroad system in Florida by Henry B. Plant, dating to the late 1800s. Rebuilt as the city’s first food hall, Henry’s Depot, opening soon at 212 W. First Street as an open-air culinary collective of food vendors anchored by an old Florida themed bar.

It won’t be long before folks will be trying to break into The Old Jailhouse in Sanford – for a great meal, that is. The 1890s building, which started off as a livery, and served as the Seminole County Jail in the early 1900s, will serve up fare from the American Sunbelt.  Their slogan: Kitchen & Spirits Behind Bars.

The Sullivan, A Public House – Irish themed bar and grill is also nearing its opening date. Guinness, fish & chips and other Irish pub fare will be coming to the transformed east side space at Washburn Imports, which incidentally, is still open for business.

Also opening this fall is Loggerhead Distillery in Sanford, which will produce such artisanal spirits as craft rums, vodkas and gins with locally sourced ingredients.



The Orlando Marriott Lake Mary is completing its $8 million guestroom renovation in December. Featuring 307 guestrooms and five suites, the striking decor of the Orlando Marriott Lake Mary has a distinctive flair, featuring Marriott’s Great Room Lobby, including the Espresso Lounge, Proudly Serving Starbucks coffee. Cobalt’s lounge and Bistro 1501, with its fresh contemporary cuisine, are ideal for business or social entertaining. Custom-crafted European furnishings, luxurious 300-thread count linens, paired with granite and marble bathrooms, provide the background for the conveniences that make taking care of business at the Orlando Marriott Lake Mary a pleasure. Guest rooms offer complimentary wired and wireless high-speed Internet access, speakerphones, irons/boards, and hairdryers are among the many in-room conveniences. The property features 14,000 sq.ft. of meeting space (including Seminole County’s largest ballroom). A lobby and meeting space renovation will start in 2019. 1501 International Parkway, Lake Mary, FL 32746.

Earlier in 2018, the Hilton Orlando Altamonte Springs completed a guest room renovation reinventing their 309 rooms with over $5.6 million in enhancements designed for better sleep including upholstered headboards, noise buffering carpeting, luxurious bedding, artwork that elicits a sense of calm, a modular desk/hospitality bar/dresser system, bright new bathrooms and more. The hotel has also added two new Parlor Rooms with conference tables seating ten, connecting to king bedded rooms. An addition to their 19,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. The enhanced Executive Lounge serves breakfast and evening hors d’oeuvres; plus the Fitness Centre is completely upgraded with new machinery and sauna; and as always guests enjoy free Wi-Fi and free parking. To welcome back former groups and introduce planners to their refreshed and enriched meeting/AV/culinary services, they invite you to “Pick your Perk.”  This generous program earns planners additional awards such as: breaks, complimentary sleeping rooms, Hilton Honors points, Executive Level upgrades, free meeting room rentals and more.  350 Northlake Blvd. Altamonte Springs, FL 32701 (407) 830-1985.


About Orlando North, Seminole County:

Teeming with old Florida charm and young Florida vibrancy, Orlando North, Seminole County offers visitors nature-based attractions, eclectic dining, an emerging micro brew scene, plus a year round calendar of festivals and events. With over 2,000 waterways, you’ll discover a wide array of thrilling outdoor activities from paddling in clear freshwater springs and rivers to air boating among alligators, or zooming through an aerial zip line course. It also features an array of sports and training facilities for amateur tournament play, including the 102-acre Boombah Sports Complex at Seminole County. And getting here is easy via Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB), Orlando International Airport (MCO), aboard the Amtrak Auto Train, or via auto on I-95 and I-4; and you’ll save 30% on accommodations over Orlando hotels. All this and it’s just a short drive to area theme parks and beaches too. 1-800-800-7832 or 407-665-2900 or visit:



Mary Jane Kolassa


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