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Mount Dora[1] is a city in Lake County, Florida. Mount Dora is a charming town in Lake County consisting of 1400 named lakes. On rolling hilly terrain, Mount Dora sits 184 feet above sea level on beautiful Lake Dora which is part of the Harris chain of lakes, including Lake Beauclaire, Lake Eustis, Lake Griffin, Lake Harris and Lake Yale.

Mount Dora is a quick drive from the Disney area, Orlando, the beaches (on both coasts) and Ocala.

Understand

In Mount Dora’s early history, citrus was its major industry and even though you can still get a glorious whiff of the fragrant white blossom of the orange tree in springtime, it has become more of a tourist destination wherein people from all over the world come for its ambiance.

Nicknamed many times over, Mount Dora is often referred to as “The New England of the South”, “The City of Parks”, “Antique City”, and “The Festival City”. Even Money Magazine seemed enthused, naming Mount Dora in their "Top Places to Live Today". With a population of around 12,000 it still holds a small town appeal but provides many options in shopping, restaurants, and things to do and see.

Get in

From Orlando International Airport, about an hour drive. From the Beachline to west Florida Turnpike, to Toll 929 to SR 441 going north to Mount Dora.

From I-95, to I-4 West to Sanford. Take SR 46 into Mount Dora.

From I-75 south of Ocala to Wildwood. SR44 to US 441, south to Mount Dora.

Get around

Mount Dora is a great walking town, with parks and alleys and little enclaves. You can also take an historic tour through the city by using the Mount Dora Road Trolley which departs at the historic Lakeside Inn at 100 N. Alexander Street. (352)385-1023.

See

The Lakeside Inn. [2] Walk back in time--over a hundred years--to 1883. Calvin Coolidge and his wife would winter here. The lobby retains a romantic 19th century feel with vintage furniture, fireplaces, a cozy restaurant and ballroom and a wonderful piano bar. Grab an iced tea and sit on one of the rockers on the front porch overlooking Lake Dora. Take a lake cruise from the dock, or just stroll the grounds.

The Old Jail and the Royellou museum. This might take a full five minutes, but it is a fun little excursion.

Do

  • Ride the Vintage Train. Office near The Lakeside Inn.
  • Walk the long lakeside boardwalk that leaves Griffin Park and follows Lake Dora. It is a beautful walk and follow the shoreline for a good distance. Also, at the same park, see one of the few freshwater lighthouses still in operation.

Buy

A wide variety of speciality shops!! Great unique finds and friendly folks the South is known for.

Eat

Favorite spots:

  • The Goblin Market Ambiance and good food merge together magically.
  • The Frosty Mug Owned by two Icelandic sisters, Thora and Maria, this wonderful, friendly place offers a menu with a Scandinavian flair!
  • Fifth Ave. Cafe Consistantly good food. Nice view of Donnelly park.
  • The Retro Funky, fun, good food.

Drink

  • The Vicking Lounge (upstairs in the Frosty Mug).
  • Upstairs at The Goblin Market.
  • One Flight Up Cafe. Overlook the town.
  • The Tremain Bar at Lakeside Inn.

Sleep

  • Lakeside Inn, (800)556-5016, [3]. Offers rooms in 4 historic buildings, 40 miles north of Orlando.
  • Magnolia Inn, (800)776-2112.
  • The Grandview, (352)383-4440.

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