Mount Dora is a charming village in the heart of Central Florida with over one hundred years of history. It's the perfect place to bring the entire family to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and just relax. Go fishing at the "Bass Capital of the World," or join the fun at one of Mount Dora's nationally known annual festivals. Either way, you'll quickly see why Mount Dora is "Someplace Special."
Founded in 1880, Mount Dora is still known for its small town charm. The historic downtown area overlooks Lake Dora and is full antique shops and restaurants. In spite of the name, there actually isn't a mountain nearby. The area first became popular as a winter retreat for hunters, fishermen, and boaters and really began growing residentially in the 1920s. One of the most interesting secrets about Mount Dora is "The Catacombs." In fear of the Cold War, some of Mount Dora's residents built a fallout shelter. The underground structure could support 100 people for six months and contained a conditioner and dehumidifier, as well as food and supplies. "The Catacombs" still remain today, but the location is kept secret.
Mount Dora is famously known as ‘The Festival City’ with two of the top annual events in the country, the Mount Dora Fall Craft Fair in October and the Mount Dora Arts festival in February. Mount Dora also hosts an annual Blues & Groove Weekend, a Music Festival, a Florida Highwaymen Artist Show & Sale twice annually, a Spring Collectibles & Crafts Show featuring an eclectic mix of antiques, arts and crafts and a Plant & Garden Fair and the annual Mount Dora Scottish Highland Games/Festival. If you're not in town for one of their many popular festival weekends, historic downtown offers shopping, dining and lots of entertainment opportunities year-round. There's something for everyone!
Mount Dora is the perfect "home base" for your Central Florida vacation. It's conveniently located near the Orlando and Sanford International Airports and all of the attractions that Central Florida has to offer while still providing and quaint and quiet getaway. Walt Disney World, Universal, and Sea World Orlando are an easy 45 minute drive from Mount Dora. Take a lovely drive in the Florida countryside to New Smyrna Beach. Enjoy the beach or continue just south for the Canaveral National Seashore roughly an hour away. Another great road trip is the one to two hour drive directly through The Villages and on to Ocala, home of horses. While you're there, check out Silver Springs and other area parks.
The Mount Dora area has many lodging options to give a comfortable stay during your Florida visit. The town is unique because it's home to nearly a dozen bed and breakfast inns ranging from the quaint to the luxurious. Plus, all of the Mount Dora bed and breakfasts have 5 star traveler reviews on Trip Advisor! You'll find pet and family friendly options, romantic getaways, and places accommodating adults only. There really is something for everyone. For a "true" " Bed & Breakfast experience and Southern Hospitality at its finest, check out Award Winning Magnolia Inn Bed and Breakfast. Lounge in a hammock by the garden wall, swing under the majestic magnolia, or unwind in the gazebo with in-ground spa, tables and bar area. Or, sit on the porch in a comfortable chair while you enjoy the sound of birds and a gentle breeze while you stay at the historic Farnsworth House Bed and Breakfast. These are just some of the amazing options in Mount Dora!
The best way to get to Mount Dora is by car. You can either rent one or hire a taxi or other shuttle service from the airport for about $35. It's also possible to travel between Mount Dora and Orlando using the LYNX bus system.
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