The quaint village of Mount Dora is known for its boutique shopping, its gourmet restaurants, and its lakeside views. It is such a popular attraction that it has become the home of Segway of Central Florida whose downtown office hosts hour-long tours run Tuesday-Sunday at 10am, 12 noon, and 2pm. The tours of Mount Dora include a visit to the local marina, rides along the raised boardwalks of Palm Island Park, a drive past the historic Mount Dora lighthouse, and a visit to the town’s old neighborhoods, some of which boast buildings from the 1800′s. Tours range from $49 to $55 per person depending on if you book online in advance or as a walk-in at the office.
If you want to explore Mount Dora by foot, there are also many interesting places to visit including the old train tracks that run near Lake Dora, Cauley Lott Park with its open-air amphitheater, Childs Park which is located next to the Mount Dora Chamber of Commerce, and Donnelly Park which is light up in the holiday season with abundant decorations and displays.
If you are visiting for the food, you can enjoy authentic Cuban cuisine at Copacabana Cafe or you can enjoy hearty portions at The Bavarian Haus. Sup on fresh seafood while listening to live music on the patio and watching the sun set over the lake at local favorite Pisces Rising. Take a break from shopping to try delicious Japanese sushi with friends at Lampu Japanese Steak House.
Once refreshed, go back to crawling the many boutiques and unique curiosity shoppes of this old community. Stop in at Cupcake Delights for a frosted and sugary gourmet bite. Pick up your perfect Christmas presents at Karen’s Gift Shoppe where you can find handmade ornaments, delicate jewelry, porcelain figurines, and other precious items. If your feet get sore from all that walking, then take a load off at Donnelly Euro Footwear where you can find some of the most comfortable shoes on the planet. It is also well worth it to visit the art galleries, bookstores and confectioneries for surprising and one-of-a-kind items. Mount Dora and all of its charm are located only 10 minutes from our Leesburg-Tavares hotel
By Becky Schaff