Apparently, I’m not the only one who loves downtown DeLand. So do thousands and thousands of others. For proof, all you have to do is look at the results of a bracket poll featured in the Orlando Sentinel.
In a search for the ‘Other Best Downtown’ (they concluded Orlando was a shoo-in), after weeks of voting it got down to two top contenders. My hometown of Mount Dora was runner-up, and DeLand came in first.
And why not? There are wonderful restaurants throughout downtown (including the top-rated Cress), great music shops, boutiques, art galleries, fantastic antiques, vintage record stores, public art, and Stetson University. Nearby, there’s skydiving, natural springs, and the St. Johns River.