Taking an artsy girlfriends getaway doesn’t have to mean tiptoeing from one painting to another in a museum or gallery. Thanks to the Florida Mural Trail, there are 11 cities where you can infuse your love of art with your love of exploration. Today we are checking out the Punta Gorda Historic Mural Walking and Biking Tour. This is the second city I am visiting on the Florida Mural Trail.
We are about 3 hours south of Orlando, on the Gulf Coast in Charlotte County. Punta Gorda is a small and historic waterfront town which traces its roots to a landing at Live Oak Point on the Peace River by Hernando DeSoto in 1539. Punta Gorda is rich with history as depicted in the 24 murals through out their historic district. The total area covered in the Punta Gorda Historic Mural Tour is about 3 and a half miles, and takes about 2 and a half hours to finish. We used our car for portions of the tour.
As we walked the peaceful streets of Punta Gorda that morning I reflected on the murals: the details in the art work, the lines, the use of color and shadow, and the state of mind the artist may have been in when he envisioned the piece. With each passing thought of the art my mind became more clear and focused, leaving me with a sense of harmony and complete relaxation.
We ended our tour at Fisherman’s Village officially, at Harpoon Harry’s Restaurant and Bar unofficially. We all needed some cool tall drinks and yummy seafood. I enjoyed the 12 jumbo shrimp tossed in a spicy Thai sauce. Happy with our food and service, we move on to shopping. There are over 35 dinning and shopping venues at Fisherman’s Village, but I have two stores I must hit every time I’m in town. The first store is a great wine bar called Sweet Treasures. They carry a multitude of fruit flavored wines (think cool fruity perfect for sangria by the pool with a cheese and meat platter with manchego cheese, fine chorizo sausage and fresh bread with butter), and wine gifts. My favorites are the mango and peach wines. The second store is Salty Paws, a pet paradise for dog and cat lovers. This is where I buy Sasha and Loki (my fur-babies) their finer clothes, toys, and snacks. Since I only get here a couple of times a year I tend to splurge.
That evening we sipped our wine, showed off our best buys, and enjoyed big belly laughs into the wee hours. I could not have asked for more on my bounce back getaway.
What do look forward to when you are meeting friends for a short getaway?
If you would like to see more pictures of the murals, check out my board on Pinterest,
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Gal Pal Carmen, Travel Counselor
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