One of the many amazing things about Sanford, NC is its mild winters. We’re just far enough south to enjoy the occasional chilly day without all the heavy snow. This means outside adventures like exploring Sanford’s Mural Art Trail and Antique Trail still have a place on your travel itinerary. Especially, when they’re perfectly paired with warm and cozy cups of coffee.
For a quick pick-me-up, Kathy’s Java Express is the place to go. This casual coffee shop/restaurant is known for outstanding coffee, awesome food and warm friendly service. Order up the Cinnamon Hazlenut Latte and stroll over to see trail murals “Off to War” WWII War Memorial, Piedmont Blues and Caterpillar and Wings. Close by, you’ll also find Sanford’s Antique Mall where you can shop 18,000 sq. ft. of showroom for wonderful treasures.
Sure, the pizza at La Dolce Vita is amazing, but did you know they whip up a mean cappuccino as well? Grab yours in a to-go cup to sip while you marvel at another mural trail stop, Herb Thomas and the Fabulous Hudson Hornet. This colorful work of art pays homage to one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers. If you need a minute or two to warm up, grab a table and some dessert at La Dolce Vita. We highly recommend the tiramisu. If you’re in the mood to go antiquing (and let’s be real, who isn’t?), stop off at The Cotton Lily for vintage wares, local crafts and sourced tea and accessories. Right across the street is A Few Simple Things, another fabulous shopping option for art/picture frames, crafts and more.
French Vanilla Cappuccino from Sandra’s Bakery
Where there are delicious baked goods, there’s coffee to match. Sandra’s Bakery serves up fresh donuts, mini donuts and other pastries as well as their French Vanilla cappuccino. Warm milk, bold espresso, vanilla flavoring, and a dollop of foam make this drink complete. Best of all, donuts and the coffee travel well and make popping over to the Silent Wings mural or into Redoux Home for some shopping a brisk winter breeze!
Fairview Dairy Bar’s Regular Cup of Joe
When it comes down to it, a regular cup of drip coffee just can’t be beat. Luckily, the OG java over at Fairview Dairy Bar delivers simple bliss in a diner-like setting. Stop in to satisfy your caffeine craving before taking in the creativity and history of the Tobacco Mural. Be sure to snap pictures with the 3-D mule and tobacco plants as well.Vineland and Hickory, an antique furniture showroom and design studio specializing in repurposed furniture. You’ll also find a great selections of antiques and home décor as well!
Tea Party Tea from Ms. Lacy’s Magnolia House
Enjoy a spot of tea along with a light lunch and some delicious desserts at Ms. Lacy’s Magnolia House Tea Room. This lovely Victorian home turned restaurant is famous for its homemade recipes and lovely atmosphere no matter the weather. Grab a seat in the interior dining room, or on the wraparound porch if it’s not too chilly out and cozy up to a great selection of hot teas.Braston-Gail Antiques. This hodge-podge of store with furniture, china, décor and more is sure to hold a hidden gem or two that you’ll want to take home.
Coffee to Go from Big T’s
Here’s another no-frills entry in the coffee game that’s well rounded and grounded. Big T’s Restaurant pours it up hot and delicious while also serving awesome burgers, hot dogs and some of the best biscuits in town!
Far be it for us to suggest hitting up a Boba tea spot for coffee on the daily. One sip of their toasted marshmallow coffee however, and you’ll understand why we added Brick City Boba to our list. If you’re not a coffee drinker, then the teas as well as the hot chocolate will certainly do the trick. Right next door is Southern Kreations Antique Boutique, another swell stop on the Sanford Antique Trail. You can also pair your dreamy hot drink from Brick City with a selfie in front of the DREAM mural.
The Café Italiano at Valenti’s
If you like coffee with an added kick, make a beeline to Valenti’s Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria. Their Café Italiano pairs Franglico and Tuaco liqueurs with Brooklyn House coffee, brown sugar, fresh whipped cream and chocolate shavings. It’s part of a trio of adult coffee beverages that’s sure to keep you nice and toasty. While in Jonesboro, be sure to check out Jonesboro Cornet Band — another historical mural that highlights the area’s musical roots.