- One must be a fox in order to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten off wolves. Machiavelli Niccolo
Visit Bartow, Florida
We call our little piece of Florida, located between Tampa and Orlando and just south of Lakeland, the "City of Oaks and Azaleas." And that tells you a lot of what you need to know about our gentle hideaway. In fact, a self-guided walking tour passes some of the city's grandest structures and ancient oaks, pretty azaleas and dogwoods. This is a land of lakes and citrus groves; of friendly, family-owned antique shops and welcoming bed and breakfasts; an historic courthouse and the embedded Polk County Museum of Art and Genealogical Library. This also is the home of the annual Bloomin' Arts Festival.