Page 1

 facebook.com/visitwestvolusia  twitter.com/westvolusiafla  pinterest.com/westvolusiafla  instagram.com/visitwestvolusia

Florida’s

SWEET

SPOT

For more information, contact: West Volusia Tourism Bureau & Visitors Center 116 West New York Ave., DeLand, FL 32720 800.749.4350 or VisitWestVolusia.com Visitor Center Hours: Mon - Thur: 9 am - 5 pm, Fri: 9 am - 4:30 pm Sat: 9 am - 5 pm, Sun: 10 am - 2 pm Maps, Brochures, Information

VisitWestVolusia.com


Welcome

There’s more than one way to discover Florida’s Sweet Spot.

West Volusia County is your perfect vacation destination, with new and exciting discoveries around every corner. Even with a full itinerary, there’s no way you can see and do it all in just one day, so plan to stay awhile, relax and take your time. Whether you’re looking for a place to recline and unwind, a chance to uncover Florida’s treasured past, or a shady trail to wander, we have everything to make your getaway a truly special one.


Table of Contents 1

Overview of Events

7

Arts, Culture & History

17

Outdoor Recreation

29

Ecological Areas

35

Shopping

41

Dining

47

Accommodations

53

5 Days of West Volusia


JANUARY

ANNUAL EVENTS

Orange City Blue Spring Manatee Festival Known for their friendly nature and intelligence, the manatees that

Your calendar is filling up. Make some time for yourself and the ones you love. West Volusia plays host to a variety of festivals and year-round events that celebrate our rich culture, colorful heritage and beautiful natural surroundings.

gather at Blue Spring State Park are fascinating to watch as they frolic in the warm spring waters. Enjoy an arts & crafts show, live music, children’s area, exotic animals, K-9 show, environmental displays and more. themanateefestival.com FEBRUARY

Volusia Craft Beer Week Events include pint nights, special bottle releases, rare and limited draft releases, art and music events, brunches, beer dinners, tastings, meet the brewer events, educational sessions, and the signature event, the DeLand Craft Beer Festival. volusiabeerweek.com MARCH

DeLand Outdoor Art Festival Enjoy our wonderful Spring weather at this outdoor art festival where hundreds of award-winning artists gather. There are also fine crafts for sale, an antique car show, lots of food and live entertainment. Held at Earl Brown Park in DeLand. There’s a FREE shuttle to and from the Florida Wildflower & Garden Festival which is held at the same time. delandoutdoorartfest.com floridawildflowerfestival.com 1

2


APRIL

Cracker Day Rodeo A 60-year-old tradition. Celebrate with good ol’ fashioned bull riding, barrel racing, calf roping, and greased pig races for the kids. Admission gets you a free homemade BBQ dinner and a full day of fun, family entertainment. vccattlemen.com JUNE

JAMFest Experience various international cultures in an exciting weekend festival of live entertainment, performing and visual arts, live demonstrations and exceptional food. macdeland.com SEPTEMBER

Smithsonian Day Celebrate Museum Day with free admission to participating area museums, including special concerts and exhibits. macdeland.com OCTOBER

“Thin Man” Watts Jazz Fest The “Thin Man” Watts Jazz Festival

Fall Festival of the Arts

brings the community together with free concerts to celebrate a shared heritage of Jazz Music. wattsjazzfest.com

3

4


NOVEMBER

Fall Festival of the Arts Woodland Boulevard blossoms

Volusia County Fair

into an artist’s garden of color as DeLand hosts the Annual DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts. Over 200 national artists display and sell their work in the historic downtown shopping district, just in time for holiday gift-giving. delandfallfestival.com

Fall Country Jamboree Florida history and folk culture come alive through historical demonstrators, re-enactors, artisans and trades-people. Continuous performances by Florida musicians, historical exhibits, storytelling, hands-on children’s activities and Florida Cracker-style food can also be enjoyed. pioneersettlement.org

Volusia County Fair Voted one of the best county fairs in Florida, it has all the ingredients – hair-raising rides, tricky carnival games, yummy fair food, traditional livestock shows and a variety of entertainment. volusiacountyfair.com

Original Music Festival The largest one-day music festival in the Southeast, with over 130 independent acts on 21 stages throughout the downtown historic DeLand district. ssa.cc/deland.htm

Stetson Mansion Christmas Spectacular Over-the-top designer decorations from around the world dress up one of Florida’s grandest and most historic homes. stetsonmansion.com DECEMBER

St. Johns River Christmas Boat Parade The holidays wouldn’t be complete without our boat parade. Limited only by imagination, each of the themed entries sparkles with thousands of lights. visitwestvolusia.com/boatparade

Tour of Historic Homes DeLand and Lake Helen alternate years to showcase their historic homes, churches and buildings, decorated for the holidays. delandhouse.com lakehelenchristmashometour.com

5

6


Arts, Culture and the rest is History West Volusia’s vibrant cultural heritage takes center stage at our unique venues and intimate showplaces. From fine art museums, majestic theaters and contemporary performing art center to Native American ruins, pioneer villages and

Rich in Heritage

SITES

winter retreats of millionaires, our authentic historical and cultural treasures await you.

7

8


African-American Museum of the Arts The region’s only museum devoted primarily to African-American and Caribbean-American cultural art. africanmuseumdeland.org

Museum of Art-DeLand Our flagship museum dedicated to the fine arts. In addition to its permanent collection, the Museum is host to rotating exhibits, receptions, workshops and special events. moartdeland.org

Hand Art Gallery The 5,000-square foot art center includes two galleries; one to exhibit rotating collections, and the second to display works from Stetson University’s permanent collection. stetson.edu/handartcenter

Gillespie Museum of Minerals Home to one of the largest private collections of minerals and gems in the Southeastern U.S. stetson.edu/gillespie

Historic Volusia County Courthouse

Historic Courthouse

Downtown DeLand’s most beautiful and significant landmark, with its copper-clad dome and Legendary Florida exhibit, is a must-see. volusia.org 9

10


Stetson Mansion

DeBary Hall Historic Site

Stetson Mansion

Originally the hunting estate

famous hat manufacturer John

of New York champagne importer Frederick DeBary, this magnificent 1871 house has been beautifully restored to its early glory.

Once the winter home of B. Stetson. Its blend of cottage, Gothic, Tudor, Moorish and Polynesian architectural details and magnificently decorated rooms inspire pure amazement.

debaryhall.com

stetsonmansion.com

DeLand Historic Mural Walk

Henry DeLand House Museum

More than a dozen murals

Built in 1886, it is one of

portray scenes of the regions early settlement. visitwestvolusia.com/delandmuralwalk

DeLand Naval Air Station Museum Home to an impressive collection of historical artifacts, veterans’ mementos and military art. delandnavalairmuseum.org

Enterprise Heritage Center

the city’s oldest buildings. The interior showcases an extensive collection of period photographs, artifacts and memorabilia. delandhouse.com

DeLand Memorial Hospital Museum Originally built to serve the growing needs of the land boom era of the 1920s, it currently houses eight different galleries and exhibits. 386-740-5800

An extensive collection of historic letters, documents, photos, artifacts and other materials. oldenterprise.org

Pioneer Settlement for the Creative Arts Immerse yourself in Florida’s past in a living-history village of restored pioneer-era buildings, art and way of life. pioneersettlement.org

11

12


Shoestring Theatre The 150-seat theatre is a remodeled historic school house, some say haunted by a young girl who was once a student there. All productions are family-oriented, produced and acted entirely by local talent. shoestringtheatre.net

Gateway Center for the Performing Arts Enjoy the spectrum of culture through live music, dance, theatrical performances, and art exhibitions. gatewaycenterforthearts.org

Lee Chapel at Stetson University This stunning and beautiful nearly perfect acoustical hall is home to visiting performances by renowned musical ensembles and performers. secure.stetson.edu/programs/calendar

Deltona Amphitheater A 1,000-seat outdoor amphitheater

Athens Theatre

providing a fantastic venue for concerts, plays, educational programs and community gatherings. yoniapreserve.com/amphitheater.htm

Athens Theatre From live concerts and theatrical performances to vintage and foreign films, this beautifully-restored 1922 theater has been revived to its glory days when vaudeville acts reigned on the stage. athensdeland.com

13

14


Cassadaga Designated a Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places, Cassadaga is the oldest active spiritual community in the Southeastern United States. They welcome not only believers, but the curious and skeptical, as well. cassadaga.org

Lake Helen Known as the “Gem of Florida,” Lake Helen was founded by Henry DeLand and named after his daughter. One of the prettiest and most pleasant towns in Florida, the residents are proud of the well-preserved Victorian architecture and small-town atmosphere. lakehelen.com

Stetson University Founded in 1883 by Henry A. DeLand as the DeLand Academy then later renamed Stetson University to honor its benefactor, John B. Stetson, this highly respected university boasts a rambling and beautiful campus of historically diverse architectural buildings. stetson.edu

Downtown DeLand Downtown DeLand is a nationally award-winning Main Street community. Spend a day browsing shops and galleries, dine at great restaurants or specialty coffee shops, and enjoy one of our many events. mainstreetdeland.org

Orange City From the 2,600-acre Blue Spring State Park to the amazing Family Fun Town, Orange City offers visitors a wide variety of recreation and fun. The city’s charm may be attributed to many scenic parks, warm hospitality, and great events. ourorangecity.com

Northwest DeLand A natural paradise, NW DeLand borders the 21,000-acre Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge and is home to manatees, bobcats, nesting birds and a wide variety of native Florida fauna and flora. fws.gov/lakewoodruff/

Historic Districts and

PLACES

West DeLand From Lake Beresford to the St Johns River, eco tours, biking, fishing and camping opportunities abound. deland.org/about 15

16


OUTDOOR RECREATION

The greater outdoors West Volusia is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise! Take a swim, fish, paddle a canoe or explore any of the area’s scenic parks. Jump on the Spring-to-Spring Trail and you’ll be able to hike, bike or skate to many of our natural and cultural attractions.

Spring-to-Spring

TRAIL

17

18


Spin your wheels Bicycling Florida’s Sweet Spot On road and off, bicycling is a popular activity in West Volusia County, and for good reason. You’ll discover a different side of Florida on our trails that wind through small friendly communities, alongside the magnificent St. Johns River; and through local, county, state and national parks. Our abundant and varied cycling opportunities offer something for bikers of all ages and abilities.

Spring-to-Spring Trail When completed, the Spring-to-Spring Trail will stretch 26 miles from Gemini Springs Park in DeBary, to DeLeon Springs State Park, in DeLeon Springs. In addition, five trailheads have been built for your convenience at DeBary Hall Historic Site, Gemini Springs Park, Lake Monroe Park, Lake Beresford Park, and Blue Spring State Park.

East Central Regional Rail Trail Constructed along the longest abandoned rail line ever purchased in Florida. When complete, the rail trail will stretch 50 miles, from Enterprise to Edgewater, with a 10-mile leg through Brevard County to Titusville. The first paved 5.7-mile trail segment winds through green canopies of trees and unspoiled rural areas from the trailhead at Green Springs Park in Enterprise to State Road 415 in Osteen. The rest of the trail can be traveled by off-road bicycles.

On-Road Cycling Routes One of the best places from which to appreciate our spectacular natural landscapes, historic sites, abundant wildlife and welcoming communities is the seat of a bicycle. Take your time exploring our many parks and charming historic towns, and also enjoy a full slate of

Blue Spring State Park

festivals. The Volusia County Bicycling Map for the Experienced Cyclist shows numerous suggested routes and bicycle facilities. visitwestvolusia.com/cycle 19

20


IT’S HARD TO KEEP GREAT FISHING A SECRET WITH

All the big mouths around Here in West Volusia County, the opportunity to hook a 10-pounder is paired with surrounding tranquility, abundant wildlife and unspoiled natural beauty. The St. Johns River and its associated lakes offer plenty of great fishing spots year-round. Astor Bridge Marina 386.749.4407 astorbridgemarina.com

Hontoon Landing Resort & Marina 386.734.2474 hontoon.com

Blue Spring State Park 386.775.3663 floridastateparks.org/bluespring

Lake George Fishing Pier 386.736.5953 volusia.org/parks

Candace R. Strawn Lake Dias Park 386.736.5953 volusia.org/parks

Lake Monroe County Park 386.668.3825 volusia.org/parks

DeLeon Springs State Park 386.985.4212

floridastateparks.org/deleonsprings

Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge 386.985.4673 fws.gov/lakewoodruff

Ed Stone Park 386.736.5953 volusia.org/parks

Lemon Bluff Boat Ramp 386.736.5953 volusia.org/parks

Gemini Springs Park 386.668.3810 volusia.org/parks

Mariner’s Cove Park 386.736.5953 volusia.org/parks

Highbanks Marina & Camp Resort 386.668.4491 campresort.com

Parramore’s Family Resort 386.749.2721 parramores.com

Highland Park Fish Camp 386.734.2334 hpfishcamp.com

Riviera Resort & Marina 386.822.5662 rivieraresort.net

Holly Bluff Marina 386.822.9992 hollybluff.com

Tropical Resort & Marina 386.734.3080 tropicalresortandmarina.com

Angler’s

PARADISE

Hontoon Island State Park 386.736.5309 floridastateparks.org/hontoonisland

21

22


Barkley Square Dog Park-DeLand Your furry friend will enjoy more than 14 acres of shady, fenced-in parkland, and amenities including watering stations, large and small dog areas, time-out spaces and training events. volusia.org/services

Keysville Dog Park-Deltona Home of the annual “Wags & Whiskers Pet Festival,” it is situated on 14 acres with 2 separate fenced areas for large and small dogs, watering stations, benches & picnic tables and a half-mile walking trail. deltonafl.gov/Pages/DeltonaFL_ Depts/DeltonaFL_Parks/Parks/ Keysville

Gemini Springs Dog Park-DeBary A 4.5-acre fenced area of Gemini Springs Park with two sections – one for small dogs 25 pounds and under, and another for large dogs over 25 pounds. Includes shaded areas, dog wash and watering stations, benches and picnic tables. volusia.org/services

Waggin’ Trail Dog Park-Orange City Fully-fenced with a mulched walking trail that runs through a wooded area. Includes a dog-washing station, water fountain for pets, and separate areas for small and large dogs.

It’s a

DOG’S WORLD

ourorangecity.com/departments/ parks/pets

VisitWestVolusia.com for dog friendly lodging. 23

24


Adventure

AWAITS

Skydiving

Scenic River Boat Tours

Take a leap at Skydive DeLand, one of the busiest drop zones in the

Tour the St. Johns River and its many tributaries departing from

world. Not a pro? Don’t worry; make a tandem jump attached to an

four locations. Learn about the history of this region dating back

experienced skydiver, or watch the action from either the observation

to ancient Indian and Spanish civilizations, to European and

deck or the comfort of the Perfect Spot Restaurant and Bar.

American settlers. On your St. Johns River eco-tour you will have

skydivedeland.com

opportunities to see alligators, bald eagles, manatees, air plants,

River Quests Everyone loves a treasure hunt. Our River Quests offer clues, maps

visitwestvolusia.com/rivercruises

and even GPS coordinates. DeBary’s Backcountry Quest highlights

Paddling

the history of DeBary Hall Historic Site. Kingsbury Quest leads

Via kayak or canoe, the scenic Blue Trails makes for an intimate

visitors through the charming town of Enterprise. The Persimmon

encounter with the river’s natural beauty and wildlife. Canoe and

Hollow Quest explores the unique history of Downtown DeLand.

kayak rentals are available at most parks throughout the county,

visitwestvolusia.com/riverquests

with access to area rivers and lakes.

Airboat Rides

25

ferns, large cypress trees and much more.

visitwestvolusia.com/trails

The river is our playground, so be prepared for a real Florida

Cave Diving at Blue Spring State Park

adventure. You can expect to see plenty of wildlife, such as alligators,

Blue Spring is the largest spring on the St. Johns River. The spring

wild hogs, deer and many species of birds. Florida’s beautiful

pool is circular, with a notable boil in the center and steep sandy

landscape includes cypress swamps, Spanish moss-covered oaks, lily

banks that rise approximately 15 to 20 feet above water level.

marshes and the dark and mysterious waters of the St. Johns River.

Certified divers can enjoy this beautiful and serene dive.

gatorhunter.com

floridastateparks.org/bluespring 26


Victoria Hills Golf Club Tee up for some of the best golfing in Central Florida, rated 4.5 stars and one of the Best Places to Play by GolfDigest in 2008-2009. It was also ranked one of the Top 50 Public Courses in America by GolfWorld. victoriahillsgolf.com

Stetson University Athletics Stetson is a highly-regarded academic university, but also has a popular and accomplished athletics program. Hatters football and basketball programs draw a loyal following among locals and alumni. With a full range of men’s and women’s sports programs, there is always a game around town. gohatters.com

DeBary Golf Club With undulating fairways and greens that roll true and fast, DeBary Golf Club is consistently chosen as a U.S. Open Qualifying site. A GolfDigest 4-star rated semi-private golf course. clubcorp.com/clubs/debary-golf-country-club

Deltona Club The Deltona Club was rated one of the Top-50 Best New Courses in the country by GolfWeek Magazine and is a nice blend of power and strategy. This 18-hole course was designed by Bobby Weed and features 7,016 yards of golf from the longest tees with a par of 72. thedeltonaclub.com

LONG IRONS to the

GRIDIRON

Spec Martin Stadium A community-owned lighted sports stadium with a seating capacity of 6,000. The stadium hosts Stetson University’s football program and is the home field for DeLand High School’s football and soccer games. deland.org/pages/delandfl_parks/Parks/Martin

27

28


ECO AREAS

Dive in to nature West Volusia is a natural wonder. Our parks have thousands of acres of pristine wilderness, home to hundreds of species of migratory birds and the second-largest Southern bald eagle nesting habitat in America. Nature lovers and bird watchers flock to our area to observe the abundant wildlife and explore our unspoiled wilderness.

Blue Spring State Park

29

30


Blue Spring State Park The largest spring on the St. Johns River, Blue Spring is a designated Manatee Refuge and the winter home (November-March) to a growing population of West Indian Manatees. floridastateparks.org/bluespring

DeLeon Springs State Park Brimming with history, the focus of DeLeon Springs Park is the Old Spanish Sugar Mill Griddle House and historic ruins. The park also features swimming, picnic pavilions, outdoor grills, a narrated river cruise, canoe, kayak and paddleboat rentals, playground, hiking trails, and visitor center. floridastateparks.org/deleonsprings

Green Springs Park Look out over brilliant emerald waters at Green Springs Park in Enterprise, one of Florida’s few remaining green sulfur springs. volusia.org/parks

31

Old Spanish Sugar Mill Griddle House

32


Hontoon Island State Park Located on the St. Johns River. Enjoy nature and history in quiet seclusion. The island is accessible only by private boat or park ferry. Boating, canoeing and fishing are popular and canoe rentals are available. floridastateparks.org/hontoonisland

Gemini Springs Park A 210-acre park with bicycle, walking and equestrian trails. There is a fishing dock, picnic pavilions, playground, dog park and primitive tent camping. Canoe and kayak rentals are also available. volusia.org/parks

Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge Discover rare and endangered species. Home to the Southern bald eagle and the swallowtail kite. Excellent for viewing alligators and other native wildlife. 21,000 acres with observation tower, hiking trails, bicycling, photography and more. fws.gov/lakewoodruff

Hontoon Island State Park

Lyonia Preserve and Environmental Learning Center Get up-close and personal with Florida scrub jays. A 360-acre restored ecosystem with hiking trails, amphitheater, ecology exhibits, classrooms and gift shop. lyoniapreserve.com

33

34


SHOPPING DISTRICTS

Shoppes until you drop From eclectic boutiques and fine galleries to fun-filled farmer’s markets, West Volusia County is home to hundreds of places to enjoy America’s favorite pastime.

It’s in

THE BAG

35

36


Main Street DeLand Shopping District Downtown DeLand is an awardwinning Main Street community where we have learned to cherish what is special about our past, while planning for the future. Spend a day browsing the many eclectic shops and galleries, dine at great restaurants, or have a pick-me-up in one of our specialty coffee shops. You won’t be disappointed. mainstreetdeland.org

West Volusia Town Centre, Orange City West Volusia Towne Centre is a 154,477-square-foot shopping destination in Orange City. Anchored by Bed Bath & Beyond, Kohl’s, Ross, and Michaels, it also boasts numerous boutiques, quaint shops and restaurants. moonbeamproperty.com/Property/ Details/shopping-center/westvolusia-towne-centre

Shopper’s

PARADISE

37

38


Volusia County Farmer’s Market at Volusia County Fairgrounds

One of the largest in the state with hundreds of vendors. Fruits, vegetables, plants, unique goods and collectibles. Wednesdays from 7 am - 2 pm. 386.734.1612 http://volusiacountyfarmbureau.com

Lake Helen Market in the Park

Unique, weekly Farmer’s and Flea Market with locally grown produce and homemade goods. Saturdays 8 am - 1 pm | 386.215.1788 visitwestvolusia/what-to-do-shopping

Orange City Farmer’s Market

Every Friday from 8am - 1pm at Dickinson Park. 386.775.5410 ourorangecity.com/parks

Gateway Center Farmer’s Market

Fruits, produce, gourmet foods, handcrafted jewelry, gifts and more. Saturdays 8 am - 1 pm | 407.443.6965 gatewaycenterforthearts.org/ Farmers-Market.html

Artisan Alley In the

MARKET

A “growers-only” farmer’s market in historic Downtown DeLand. Fridays from 6 - 9 pm | 386.589.3118

Barberville Family Farm Swap & Market

All things agricultural, plus a variety of farm and exotic animals. Saturdays 7 am - Noon | 386.469.9409 farmswapmarket.com

39

40


DINING & ENTERTAINMENT

Two yums up Visitors hankering for a unique dining experience will find a memorable menu of culinary delights. Whether savoring classic Southern comfort food overlooking the magnificent St. Johns River, relaxing at a cozy sidewalk cafe or enjoying upscale cuisine at a sophisticated bistro, you’ll get your fill of our region’s flavors. Every place you dine is where the locals go.

Byte a modern bistro

41

42


Genuine Bistro & Lounge At GENUINE Bistro & Lounge you will find international flavors, hometown favorites, fine wines, premium spirits and always a GENUINE good time! Located in Downtown DeBary on the corner of U.S. Route 17/92 and Highbanks Rd. 386.320.0217

De La Vega Restaurante Y Galeria

genuinebistro.com

Byte a modern bistro A refined casual restaurant specializing in upscale casual dining with a vast menu of unique offerings. 386.279.7527 byteofDeLand.com

Boston Coffeehouse A local gathering place with a delicious assortment of specialty drinks and great food selection. 386.738.2326 thebostoncoffeehouse.com

De La Vega Restaurante Y Galeria Features a vibrant modern Latin fusion that includes rich flavors, textures and traditions used in their unique tapas, rich salsas and signature Sangria. 386.734.4444 delavegart.com

Cress Restaurant Using locally grown organic produce and only the freshest seafoods, meats and cheeses, our chef–a three-time James Beard finalist– combines global flavors using classic techniques for an exciting dining experience. Orlando Sentinel Foodie Award for best overall

Amazing

DOG PARKS

eeeee

restaurant in Central Florida. 386.734.3740 cressrestaurant.com

43

44


JC’s Lobster Pot Specializing in fresh seafood, great steaks and raw bar. 386.734.7459 jcslobsterpot.com

Old Spanish Sugar Mill & Griddle House The Old Spanish Sugar Mill is a unique restaurant located inside the DeLeon Springs State Park. All tables are equipped with griddles and pitchers of homemade pancake batters to pour and flip right at your table. 386.985.5644 oldspanishsugarmill.com

Karling’s Inn 4-Star, Foodie Award-winning cuisine, voted a Top-25 Great Florida Restaurant. Established in 1982, the cuisine is mainly Continental but specializes in several German dishes. Don’t miss the strudel and schnitzel. 386.985.5535 karlings-inn.com

Elusive Grape

Sinatra’s in Cassadaga An International Cuisine restaurant with an unforgettable atmosphere. Delicious Italian home cooking from Hell’s Kitchen winner, chef Danny Veltri. 386.218.3806 sinatras.us/cassadaga

45

46


PLACES TO STAY

We’re very accommodating Around here, you have many choices when it’s time to call it a night. From flagship chain hotels, charming bed-and-breakfast inns, country cabins and campgrounds, to riverfront fish camps and marinas, our welcome sign is always on. So, whether you want to sleep under the stars or in a luxury suite, you’ll find us very accommodating.

47

48


Bed & Breakfast Inns Alling House Bed & Breakfast 386.775.7648 allinghousebb.com Ann Stevens House 386.310.1290 annstevenshouse.com DeLand Country Inn Bed & Breakfast 386.736.4244 delandcountryinn.com Cabin on the Lake Bed & Breakfast 386.951.2684 cabinonthelake.com

Hotels & Motels Continued Hampton Inn & Suites DeLand 386.279.7808 hamptoninn.hilton.com/deland Spring Waters Inn 386.985.5455 springwatersinn.com Comfort Inn DeLand 386.736.3100 comfortinn.com

Resorts & Marinas Hotels & Motels Holiday Inn Express Orange City 386.917.0004 hiexpress.com Hampton Inn DeBary/Deltona 386.668.5758 hamptoninn3.hilton.com/ Artisan Downtown 386.873.4675 artisandowntown.com Travelodge Deltona 386.860.3000 travelodge.com 1876 Heritage Inn 386.774.8849 1876heritageinn.com Cassadaga Hotel and Psychic Center 386.228.2323 cassadagahotel.net Days Inn Orange City 386.775.4522 daysinn.com/OrangeCity Quality Inn Orange City 386.775.7444 qualityinnorangecityfl.com Budget Inn DeLand 386.736.3440 budgetinnfl.com

Hontoon Landing Resort & Marina 800.248.2474 hontoon.com Tropical Resort & Marina 386.734.3080 tropicalresortandmarina.com Holly Bluff Marina 386.822.9992 hollybluff.com Riviera Resort & Marina 386.822.5662 rivieraresort.net Astor Bridge Marina 386.749.4407 astorbridgemarina.com Highland Park Fish Camp 386.734.2334 hpfishcamp.com Highbanks Marina & Camp Resort 386.668.4491 campresort.com Parramore’s Family Resort 386.749.2721 parramores.com Hontoon Island State Park 386.736.5309 floridastateparks.org/ hontoonisland Sunny Sands Resort 386.749.2233 sunnysands.com

49

50


Resorts & Marinas, Continued Orange City RV Resort 386.775.2545 sunrvresorts.com/Community/ORN Lake Monroe County Park 386.668.3825 volusia.org Paradise Lakes Travel Trailer Park 386.574.2371 paradiselakesforrent.com/rvsite.html Gemini Springs County Park 386.668.3810 volusia.org Clark Family Campground 386.775.3996 clarkfamilycampground.com Blue Spring State Park 386.775.3663 floridastateparks.org/bluespring Cypress Point Golf Club & RV Retreat 407.323.0760 cypresspointgolfrvpark.com St. Johns River Campground 386.749.3995 stjohnsrivercampground.com

Country Cabins to

CAMPGROUNDS

& RV PARKS

51

52


5 DAYS OF

West Volusia If you have the days, we have the ways.

Life happens around food, so we’ve put together some suggested dining spots and itineraries to help you enjoy the variety of restaurants and attractions in West Volusia County. Whether you have a day to spend or a week to relax, you’ll run out of time long before you run out of things to do.

53

54


DAY 1:

2 6 531 4

A day of adventure and history punctuated by

4

outstanding food and a real flavor of our local environment, culture and attractions.

BREAKFAST

MID-AFTERNOON

1 DeBary Diner

4 St. Johns River Eco Tours

It’s like a visit to your mom’s house for breakfast. Friendly and

Experience Central Florida

comfortable with great homestyle

wildlife in a completely natural

food at a modest price. Get there

environment. Explore the back

early, it can get busy.

waters of the St. Johns River

Hwy 17/92 corner of Highbanks Rd

on-board a new 35-foot, electric hybrid catamaran. Don’t miss one

MID-MORNING

2

D  eBary Hall Historic Site

Step back in time. Originally the

of Florida’s great natural treasures. Located at Highbanks Marina. DINNER

5 JC’s Lobster Pot

1871 hunting estate of New York wine importer Frederick DeBary, this magnificent historic house has been beautifully restored to its early glory with period furnishings, award-winning exhibits, and interactive programs. Sunrise Blvd- DeBary LUNCH

3 Genuine Bistro

Nestled among large oaks and weeping willows, their slogan, “We’re not fine dining, we’re darn good eatin’” has attracted locals and visitors alike for over 20 years. S.R. 44 West of DeLand NIGHTLIFE

6 B  erryville This frozen yogurt shop features 14

The Bacon Jam Burger alone is

rotating flavors of fro-yo, custard,

worth a visit. Chef Tommy says,

gelato, sorbet, & ice-cream with

“Nothing is better than simple

over 75 different toppings to

perfection. When you dine here, you can be assured the food will be

create your very own masterpiece! Woodland Blvd. Downtown DeLand

fresh, fun and genuine.” Hwy 17/92 corner of Highbanks Rd 55

56


DAY 2:

12 5 6 3 4

Great food, nature and culture are on the menu.

4

A morning on the water, an afternoon of fine art and Latin fusion food, with some live music to end the day.

BREAKFAST

MID-AFTERNOON

1 Old Spanish Sugar Mill

4 M  useum Of ArtDeLand

Located within DeLeon Springs

Has featured original works of

State Park. Tables are equipped

John Mellencamp, Ansel Adams,

with griddles and pitchers of

Audubon and other world class

homemade pancake batters to

artists. Woodland Blvd.

pour and flip right at your table.

Downtown DeLand.

MID-MORNING

DINNER

2 D  eLeon Springs State Park

5 De La Vega Experience the rich flavors,

57

Brimming with history, the park

textures and traditions of modern

features swimming, picnic pavilions,

Latin fusion. You’ll enjoy classic

narrated river cruise, canoe, kayak

family dishes with a contemporary

and paddleboat rentals, play area,

twist, creating a unique marriage of

hiking trails, visitor center and

innovation and tradition. Woodland

historical ruins.

Blvd. Downtown DeLand.

LUNCH

NIGHTLIFE

3 Pitmasters BBQ

6 Café DaVinci

Old fashioned southern-style

Central Florida’s best original live

barbeque, cooked at low

music venue. This little gem in

temperatures for many hours

small-town DeLand has featured

producing the most moist, tender,

notable acts like JJ Grey of Mofro,

flavorful barbeque. The menu

The Wailers, The Avett Brothers,

reflects the best of homestyle

and other fine bands and artist.

southern cooking with sides made

Located across the street from

from scratch daily.

Persimmon Hollow Brewery,

N. US Highway 17, DeLand.

Georgia Ave, Downtown DeLand. 58


DAY 3: 2

See how the other half lived. Enjoy a tapas break at

46 13 5 4

lunch, take a walk through history, and finish the day with an innovative dinner and a few micro brews.

BREAKFAST

MID-AFTERNOON

1 Hunter’s

4 D  eLand House Museum

Miss your mamma’s eggs, grits, biscuits and gravy? Here they are! Come and enjoy a good oldfashioned breakfast. Woodland Blvd, Downtown DeLand. MID-MORNING

2 Stetson Mansion Once the winter home of legendary hat maker John B. Stetson. The blend of cottage, Gothic, Tudor, Moorish and Polynesian architectural styles and the magnificently decorated interior inspires pure amazement. Camphor Lane, DeLand.

The Henry DeLand House is furnished with authentic period pieces throughout the home. The history of the area is depicted on the walls through an extensive collection of period photographs. W. Michigan Ave, DeLand. DINNER

5 Cress Innovative eclectic food, served with tasteful and professional service, in an exciting trendy setting. Locally grown, organic produce, plus the freshest seafoods, meats and cheeses make for a dining experience that’ll be long remembered. W. Indiana Ave, Downtown DeLand.

LUNCH

NIGHTLIFE

3 Byte

6 P  ersimmon Hollow Brewing

A refined casual restaurant specializing in upscale casual

With plenty of tables, a high,

dining with a vast menu of unique

vaulted ceiling and muted decor,

offerings. Woodland Blvd,

Persimmon Hollow’s taproom feels

Downtown DeLand.

like a super-sized version of your best friend’s garage. Enjoy eclectic music and entertainment on select nights. Georgia Ave, Downtown DeLand

59

60


DAY 4:

4 13 2 5 6

Start out island hopping, have lunch along the St. Johns

4

River, then find refuge in 21,574 acres of natural beauty. After dinner, catch a show for a nightcap.

BREAKFAST

MID-AFTERNOON

1 Boston Coffeehouse

4 Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge

A unique gathering place with a touch of Colonial Boston. This coffeehouse is renowned for its

Outdoor activities include nature

assortment of specialty drinks,

photography, birding, hiking,

award-winning food selection and

fishing and boating. 15 miles of

having the finest coffees.

trails are available for hiking,

New York Ave, Downtown DeLand.

bicycling, and horseback riding. Mudlake Road, DeLeon Springs.

MID-MORNING

2 Hontoon Island State Park

DINNER

5 Karling’s Inn

Located on the St. Johns River, the

The cuisine is mainly Continental,

park welcomes visitors to enjoy nature

however the menu features

and history in quiet seclusion. The

several traditional German dishes.

island is only accessible by private

Reminiscent of a mountain top

boat or park ferry. Boating, canoeing

chalet. Try their authentic schnitzel

and fishing are popular activities, and

and delicious strudel.

canoe rentals are available.

Hwy 17 N, DeLeon Springs.

River Ridge Rd, W. DeLand. NIGHTLIFE LUNCH

6 A  thens Theatre

3 Shady Oak The Athens Theatre is one of the

61

One of Central Florida’s hidden

few remaining examples of classic

gems. It’s an old-school fish house

American theatre design in Central

and bar tucked among the trees

Florida. Once the centerpiece

on the banks of the St. Johns River,

of DeLand, it’s a jewel of Italian

along a serene strip of Old New

Renaissance architecture.

York Avenue off SR 44, W. DeLand.

W. Indiana Ave, Downtown DeLand. 62


DAY 5:

4

5 2 36 1

After a hearty breakfast, check out some 1500-lb.

4

vegetarians, learn to skydive, then toast the day from a selection of more than 500 different wines.

BREAKFAST

MID-AFTERNOON

1 Gram’s Kitchen

4 S  kydive DeLand & Kermit’s Key Lime Shop

A relaxed spot serving southernstyle breakfasts from morning to afternoon, plus sandwiches, hot dogs and more. It’s where the locals dine. Hwy 17/92, Orange City. MID-MORNING

2 B  lue Spring State Park Covering more than 2,600 acres, it includes the largest spring on the St. Johns River. It is a designated Manatee Refuge and the winter home to a huge population of West Indian Manatees. W. French Ave, Orange City.

If you want to learn to skydive or just watch, come to the skydiving training capital of the world. Nearby, you can visit the production facility and showroom of Kermit’s Key Lime Pie Shop. Patterson Ave, DeLand. DINNER

5 Santorini’s Santorini’s main attraction is the landscape and seascape murals throughout the restaurant. It also has some of the best Greek food locally, including Gyros, Mousaka, Macaronada and Shrimp Santorini. Woodland Blvd,

LUNCH

Downtown DeLand.

3 Mac’s On Main

NIGHTLIFE

One of downtown DeLand’s most popular and most visible restaurants, serving a variety of traditional American fare — burgers, sandwiches, etc. — along with pasta, seafood and traditional

Located in beautiful Historic Downtown DeLand, The Elusive Grape is a unique and inviting place to gather with friends and make new ones. More than 500 different

southern comfort food. Corner of

wines from around the world can be

E. New York and Woodland Blvd,

found here.

Downtown DeLand.

63

6 The Elusive Grape

Woodland Blvd, Downtown DeLand.

64


The DeLand/Deltona - West Volusia County Region has 14 communities, conveniently located along I-4 and U.S. route 17/92 between Daytona Beach and Orlando, making it an easy drive to the beaches and Central Florida theme parks.

13 12 14

1 8

9

5 4

4

10 3

2

6 7

11

1 Barberville 2 Cassadaga 3 DeBary 4 DeLand 5 DeLeon Springs 6 Deltona 7 Enterprise

8 Glenwood 9 Lake Helen 10 Orange City 11 Osteen 12 Pierson 13 Seville 14 Volusia/Astor

AIRPORTS DeLand Municipal Airport 386.740.6955 delandairport.com Daytona International Airport - 30 minutes 386.248.8030 flydaytonafirst.com Orlando Sanford Airport - 20 minutes 407.585.4000 orlandosanfordairport.com Orlando International Airport - 60 minutes 407.825.2353 orlandoairports.net SUNRAIL - Service from DeBary to Sandlake Rd. 1.855.RAIL.411 sunrail.com AMTRAK - Service to DeLand’s Historic Train Station 800.872.7245 amtrak.com For more information contact: West Volusia Tourism Bureau & Visitors Center 800.749.4350 or VisitWestVolusia.com

West Volusia Vistors Guide