The quaint lakefront town of Mount Dora in Florida's wooded hill and lake country sits just an hour from Orlando and is an ideal escape. The town has a rich history and is bursting with interesting things to do, see and eat. Whether you're here for the world class festivals, or simply to explore the beautiful city and surrounding lakes, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
The town's most iconic landmark is the lighthouse at Grantham Point Park. The 35-foot tall structure, one of Florida's few freshwater lighthouses is an impressive sight. It also offers a scenic spot to watch the many boats on the Harris chain of lakes or to catch a gorgeous sunset.
Another popular destination is the Mount Dora Boating Center and Marina. Located on the shore of Lake Dora next to Gilbert Park, the marina sells and rents boats, as well as providing repair service and dry and wet storage. The owner is known for decorating his buildings with multi-colored lights each Christmas season.
For a fun and unique dining experience, head to the downtown district of Mount Dora. The restaurants are all family owned and operated. Expect an eclectic menu of ethnic inspired dishes. You'll find everything from pineapple-lacquered pork rib eye and sweet potato biscuits to craft beer and barbecue street tacos.
If you're planning a visit, keep an eye on the Mount Dora events calendar and try to plan your trip for one of the famous festivals. There's an event every month, and some run for several weekends in a row.