On one of our recent Road Trips we visited one of our favorite get away’s in Florida. Mount Dora, and yes, as they may not be mountains, there are hills.
From Gulf Harbour we like to to take 75 North to exit 164 to 17, heading through the Arcadia area, known for their antique shops. Then 19 in the Winter Haven area toward 441 where you will see signs for 441 to Mount Dora, well-known for its charming tree-lined streets, shopping and for its historic inns, cottages and bed-and-breakfasts.
Frank and I like to go back in time and stay in the Historic Lakeside Inn right in the heart of the town at 100 N. Alexander St. The rooms are quaint & rustic with an a small bathroom but the charm of it is worth it as it just “takes you back to a quieter time”!
With 85 rooms, many have a lake views. Located in the main hotel, they offer fine dining and music in the bar. Rocking Chairs line the old porch of the Hotel where Frank and I have our morningcoffee.
Once famous as the Antique Capital, Mount Dora now boasts a wide variety of other gift & specialty shops, stores and boutiques as well as a Trolley and Train.
Mount Dora has many fabulous options for fine dining, however, our favorite and one of the main reasons we visit is the Goblin Market nestled on a quaint brick alley at 330 Dora Drawdy Way.
The charming bar is definitely worth the walk upstairs. It as well as the dining is a sophisticated fare in a relaxed, intimate setting.
As I’m re-thinking this trip, I’m ready to return again where life is just a little more laid back and brings back memories of bygone days!