Renowned amongst locals as “the Athens of Florida,” DeLand has earned its reputation as a rich, cultural arts community. It’s no surprise, then, that this beautiful Florida city’s celebration of arts has a direct pipeline from the stellar music and art programs of nearby Stetson University. Furthermore, DeLand was voted the best downtown in the nation in the second annual “America’s Main Street” competition.
So, what is it that makes DeLand so welcoming to both residents and guests alike? That answer starts with the famous DeLand Arts District! To gain a deeper understanding of this artistically rich community, join DeLand realtors as we explore its Arts District’s five cultural venues.
DeLand is home to many fine art museums, mural walks, sculpture walks, and numerous shops and restaurants with pieces of visual artwork for sale. No matter where you turn, you are sure to find precious jewelry, paintings, sculptures, and mixed media works. Make an afternoon of trying to find the six Adirondack chairs located about town that were painted by seven talented local artists, or take in a lesson in the visual arts at Art Studio 308 on West Rich Avenue.
Science goes to show that the stomach is the “second brain” of the human body – something that we celebrate well in DeLand. A diverse selection of restaurants and cafes boasting cuisine from around the world can be found dotting the streets of DeLand. For example, early birds can always find a delicious, homecooked meal at C’s Waffles, whereas guests looking for an international flavor can choose between Forno Bello, El Taco Rico, Bellini’s Delicatessen, and so much more!
DeLand is proud to call itself home to a long list of performing arts venues, as well as a few annual festivals celebrating music. Every November, 18 different stages throughout the historic downtown district host more than 100 independent acts that celebrate rock, folk, blues, Americana, jazz, country, metal, and more. Feeling something more “low key?” The Hard Bottoms Jazz & R&B Lounge is the perfect place to take in dancing, singing, poetry, and even comedy.
Even after decades (or centuries, in some cases), there are a bevy of historic buildings that have been preserved well throughout DeLand. Florida’s First Luxury Estate – the Stetson Mansion – was built in 1886 for famed hat maker John B. Stetson. Stop by from February to September for historic tours. Similarly, the Artisan Inn (late 1920s), Athens Theater (1921), and Volusia County Historic Courthouse (1929) are all still standing as tributes to a time long past, though still cherished.
Here in DeLand, the very art of education is celebrated just as much as its other counterparts – thanks in part to Stetson University. Stetson’s Gillespie Museum features one of the premier historic mineral collections in the entire southeast, as well as seasonal exhibits on a wide array of earth science and natural history topics. Willing learners can also take a stroll down DeLand’s Historic Mural Walk and see fifteen authentic depictions of scenes important to DeLand’s past.
Whether you consider yourself a gourmet foodie, a curious explorer, an entertainment buff, an art lover, or a willing student, there is something for you at DeLand’s Arts District. We hope that you’ll enjoy the many amenities available to you in the new DeLand Arts District – just one reason to call “the Athens of Florida” your home. Call Jennifer Alsbrooks and her team of DeLand, Florida realtors to learn more about the incredible homes for sale in our area!