Nonstop to never want to leave
If the heat and endless lines at over-crowded theme parks doesn’t quite fit your definition of “magic,” a trip to Orlando might seem like the last place you would travel for a fun-filled summer vacation. But there’s more to Orlando than just Disney World and theme parks. Recently re-branded as Orlando North Seminole County, the area serves as a welcome reprieve to the big-city feel of the well-known Orlando of your childhood. And thanks to Montgomery Regional Airport’s new nonstop flight offered by Via Airlines, travelers can see and enjoy an entirely different side of central Florida.
Nonstop flights from Montgomery Regional to Orlando-Sanford International Airport start from as low as $99 each way. After experiencing the ease of Montgomery Regional Airport’s check-in process, from parking to checking luggage, Montgomery’s departure gates are a welcome change of pace from the overwhelming and laborious job of flying from bigger airports like Atlanta. The Montgomery Regional staff greets their flyers with southern hospitality and is willing to help in any way possible. And while flight delays are inevitable, they now present an opportunity to grab a bite from Runway 28, the new restaurant inside the airport, all while taking advantage of the airport’s free Wi-Fi.
After a short flight, you can expect a leisurely arrival to Orlando Sanford International Airport. The airport offers in-house car rental companies - perfect for those flyers looking to explore the nearby cities. An on-site company is available to meet with travelers to plan their trips, reiterating the airport’s motto of “Simpler-Faster-Better.”
Just a 20-minute drive from the airport lies the hidden gem of downtown Sanford. The unofficial foodie capital of central Florida has something for every eater’s (or drinker’s) palette. Feel as though you have travelled to Germany at Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Cafe, sample gourmet marshmallows at Wondermade, and browse furniture while sipping at The Imperial. A personal favorite, Smiling Bison, offers an ever-changing seasonal menu. The duck pizza is a phenomenal pair to the jalapeño-infused watermelon margarita. If the delicious eats of Sanford do not do the trick, travel to the local brewery, Sanford Brewing Company or cindery, Tuffy’s Bottle Shop and Lounge, for local sips unlike any other. Sanford Brewing Company’s ale, the Panty Dropper, offers a wheat beer with a twist indignant of its name at 10% alcohol. The downtown area of Sanford offers a unique blend of growth and tradition. Their festivals and celebrations draw huge crowds each year, but the unassuming air of the downtown area can entertain even on the simplest of nights.
Free trolley rides on “The Lime Ride” are available as well for a more eclectic choice of getting around town. Rides on the neon green golf cart arrive with a simple call or by texting 407-500-LIME. In addition to the historic downtown and garden district, Montgomery visitors can see the similarities with their own hometown as they walk along the Riverwalk and board Sanford’s own riverboat, the Barbara Lee. The downtown trek can be tailored for any age or family size. Organized bar crawls are encouraged with the chance to “go around the world” and earn stamps resulting in a free t-shirt at completion.
Sanford’s close neighbor, Oviedo, offers an equal escape from the hustle of the surrounding tourist towns. Daytime activities include browsing the unique selection of mom-and-pop stores at the Oviedo Mall and gator-spotting on Lake Jesup with Black Hammock Airboat Rides. Oviedo’s Mall works to provide shoppers with a shopping excursion tailored to experience and entertainment. Whether it’s tasting dips at Farmhouse Provisions, watching your toddlers experience the real world at Arcadia, or sipping and stroking at The Winey Wench, locals and travelers alike can find charm in this eclectic mall. Black Hammock’s unique variety of wildlife on-site provides both adults and children with a safe, educational, and entertaining way to connect with Florida’s natural side. The site serves as a sanctuary for injured birds and alligators. The growing Seminole county still manages to retain a number of small-town atmospheres, something rare in an area with so many citizens.
If Orlando North Seminole County’s plethora of unique sites and activities don’t meet all of your vacation needs, Sanford is just a short drive to the popular theme parks of Orlando. Disney World, Universal Studios, and many other theme parks in Orlando offer endless options of entertainment. In addition, the beautiful beaches of Daytona are another short drive from the city.
Knowing that you must inevitably return to both home and reality makes it difficult to leave an enjoyable vacation. Luckily, the Montgomery Regional Airport offers an easy transition that lessens the burden. Be sure to take advantage of the airport’s new nonstop flight to Orlando for a fun summer trip, or consider a nonstop flight to Washington, D.C., another new option also offered now from our very own Montgomery Regional Airport. Visit the airport’s website www.flyMGM.com to learn more.