On Park Avenue in fashionable Winter Park, the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of Art is a hidden gem known for housing the most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany. The interior of the Tiffany Chapel, created for the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago, is a source of stunning inspiration (407- 644-8355; morsemuseum.org).
There's an old-time charm to this
community, known for its annual art festival and year-round assortment of shops and boutiques. There's fine browsing along Donnelly Street and on weekends at nearby Renninger's Antiques Center, Flea and Farmer's Market.
Three times a year, Renninger's is the site of an Antiques and Collectors Extravaganza, which boasts some 800 booths on the 115-acre site on U.S. Highway 441, less than a mile north of State Road 46 in Mount Dora.
The next Extravaganza, which draws vendors and shoppers from around the world, is planned for November. Other months feature smaller Antique Fairs, featuring the wares of Renninger's 200 permanent dealers (352-383-8393; renningers.com).
Looking into the future (Cassadaga):
This spiritualist community in southwest
is the place to go for psychic readings. But even if you're not up for that, the community's bookstore is a good source for spiritually minded literature, music and collectibles.
Although "Camp" appears in its name, there are actually no camping facilities available. Instead, the community is home to 55 residences on 57 acres, with about 25 percent of the population being mediums who offer counseling from their homes.
A historic district on the National Register of Historic Places, the Southern Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp Meeting Association is the oldest active religious community in the Southeastern United States (cassadaga.org).
It's not the pancakes, but the preparation that makes the experience unique at the Old Spanish Sugar Mill and Griddle House at DeLeon Springs State Park. Equipped with batter supplied by the restaurant, diners can concoct custom-made flapjacks with a variety of fruit, chocolate and other fixings.
Afterward, there's swimming and sunbathing available in the 72-degree waters of the spring, or canoe and kayak rentals to explore nature more quietly at Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge (386-985-5644; floridastateparks.org/deleonsprings).
There's not much to attract tourists to this small town in southwest Volusia County, but Blue Spring State Park is a prime spot to gander at sea cows in the chilly weeks of January.