The Perfect Day in Sanford
One of the best things about living in the RTP is all the historic districts and Sanford has quite a large historic area! This is what I call the perfect day in Sanford but the area is not limited to what I post here!
If you enjoy history then start the day with House-In-the-Horseshoe also known as the Alston House. This plantation house hosts a ton of history and is free though they do request donations. It acquired its nickname because of the houses location on the horseshoe bend on the Deep River. Afterwards, head towards Historic Sanford and as lunch time approaches you must stop by D&M Scoops. They have the best hot dogs, don’t know why, but they are really good and worth any wait! Though, I suggest trying to beat the lunch rush! After enjoying a good chili dog you can enjoy shopping in the historic district, there are many different shops and I am sure you will find something that you like. Next, stopover at the Railroad House Museum; this 1872 exhibit is adorable! It was the first house built in Sanford for a railroad employee. Historic Downtown Sanford also offers a walking tour…
If history is not the way you want to start your day, then I suggest spending the day at Raven Rock State Park there are numerous trails with a variety of terrains. The Raven Rock Loop Trail is a one-mile trip to the park's centerpiece, Raven Rock. If you are able, I suggest, taking the wooden stairs down to the base of Raven Rock, there is a river bank and you are able to survey the area beneath the overhang. Pretty cool!
If you are looking for something to do with the youngsters, it is a good time of year to visit Gross Farms. They host corn mazes, a pumpkin patch, hayrides and so much more.
You cannot visit Sanford with stopping by Yarborough’s Homemade Ice Cream…a great treat for the end of the day, lunchtime or my favorite time; before dinner!
After enjoying the day filled with activities, you cannot be expected to cook dinner! For relaxed, casual dining I suggest La Dolce Vita Pizzeria in Historic Sanford. I love going here in the evening, this is funny, but it is a romantic yet family friendly pizza restaurant, the exposed brick makes it warm and inviting. The specialty pizzas are delicious, though they offer a wide variety of Italian food and desserts. Yes, it is open for lunch but the dim lighting has me going back for dinner!
Make a day of it in Sanford but don’t limit yourself to my post; there is so much more to do! Enjoy!