Orlando’s Ivanhoe Village Main Street District, the awesome neighborhood that is home of Retro City Cycles, just outside of downtown along Interstate 4, is a lover’s paradise—eclectic shops and makerspaces, art-filled museums, Spanish moss-draped oaks and posh restaurants with patios abound. Ivanhoe Village also prides itself on being “open minded, artistic, friendly and multi-cultural.”

If you go: Nothing says romance like a love note—start your day at Paper Goat Post for everything you need to share your sweet nothings in style. (They also offer wedding planning services.) Creative juices flowing? Cozy up to some art at the Orlando Museum of Art, or check out Factur, Orlando’s maker’s space, to see creative projects, artwork, and business plans in the making. Be sure to plan a stroll in Gaston Edwards Park to take in a sunset over Lake Ivanhoe before you head to a romantic tapas dinner on the patio at Santiago’s Bodega. Grab a nightcap at Better Than Sex—this “dessert restaurant” also offers indulgent cocktails. edited and posted by National Main Streets 2017

Top left: The Mennello Museum of American Art hosts outdoor weddings. Bottom left: The patio at Santiago’s Bodega. Right: View of Swanson’s Ivanhoe Row on Orange Avenue. (Photo credit: Marilyn Vaca)