If you are in Orlando and looking for something completely different, Mt Dora is only 25 miles from Orlando straight up US 441. This cool little artsy community on Lake Dora is perfect for anybody who’s spent too much time at Central Florida theme parks.
Being in downtown Mt. Dora reminded me more of North Carolina than Central Florida. The downtown area is filled with art studios, antique & home décor shops, wine shops and other fine eating and drinking establishments. Restaurants vary from fine dining to sushi and pizza.
For a real look at Mt. Dora try a Segway tour, they also head off road so you can see the natural resources of the area. Lake Dora offers many recreational and wildlife viewing opportunities. There are tour boats and kayak expeditions so you can experience the outdoors how you like.
We visited Mt. Dora with a group of Central Florida travel bloggers and were welcomed by our host from WhatToDoInMtDora.com. They set us up at this great little cafe called One Flight Up where we met and discussed how to be better travel bloggers. Afterward we all went to Maggie’s Attic where we enjoyed fine wine and delicious cheese, we were good.
Here are more post from other writers who attended the meetup in Mt. Dora.
Originally Published on January 26th, 2011