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Mount Dora – A Different Side of Central Florida

Blue Heron on the Dora Canal

I’ve known about the quaint little town of Mount Dora for years, it’s one of my parent’s favorite places to visit. Recently, however, some friends of ours, Rori Paul and Brian Young of WhatToDoInMtDora.com, invited us for an overnight visit to really get acquainted with all Mount Dora has to offer. In the coming weeks look for more detailed posts about our trip, but here’s a quick look what we did.

Wine Tasting at Maggie's Attic

Our night began with a wine tasting at Maggie’s Attic. We were invited to taste a sampling of two red wines and two white wines all four were wonderful. Maggie’s Attic hosts wine tastings the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month and, for all you beer lovers, they have just started a beer tasting on the 2nd Saturday.

Maggie’s Attic has over 400 wine selections and includes over 300 imported beers and micro brews and over 60 choices on tap. They have a unique collection of gifts, home décor items, specialty items to purchase and of course, all the beer and wine that covers their walls.

While at the wine tasting we met the wonderful people from Le Petite Maison who treated us to a great new way to add a lasting fragrance to your home called the Lampe Berger. These beautiful lamps gently deodorize the air and leave a lovely fragrance behind, we can’t wait to use ours.

Food Truck Bazaar

We crossed the street to the parking lot where all the food trucks were assembling. We had the pleasure of meeting Mark Baratelli of TheDailyCity.com who created the Food Truck Bazar event. This event has an average of 15 trucks that show up to feed over 1,000 people for approximately three hours. They have everything you can think of including; fish-and-mango tacos, Swedish meatballs, lobster rolls and much more. They also have several dessert choices, including gourmet cupcakes and some interesting Popsicle flavors.

Mt. Dora Historic Inn

Brian and Rori lined us up a stay at the beautiful Mount Dora Historic Inn. This Bed and Breakfast was built in the 1880’s and was completely restored. The Inn offers four uniquely beautiful rooms and is even pet friendly. They serve a gourmet breakfast every morning and are so centrally located that we were able to walk to everywhere we wanted to go.

Segway of Central Florida

The next day the fine folks at Segway of Central Florida took us for a sight seeing tour of Mount Dora that lasted over and hour an took us through scenic and historic Mount Dora, we even got to climb Mount Dora.

Pieces Rising

After our segway tour we were hot and hungry so we went to a great little place called Pieces Rising located on 4th Ave right near Lake Dora. They are known for their delicious food, extensive wine selection and being a wonderful place to watch the sunset over Lake Dora. They have a wide variety of seafood, steak and chicken at dinner. Their lunches offer great salads and sandwiches, I had the Blast, a delicious sandwich of bacon, lettuce, tomato, avocado spread and shrimp. They also offer homemade desserts and host a great Live Jazz Sunday brunch.

See Rusty Anchor Cruise Photos »

The last thing we did was take a boat tour of Lake Dora and the Dora Canal compliments of Capt Dan and the Rusty Anchor. We saw many birds, a few turtles and even some baby alligators. It was a great tour that took us back in time as we visited how the canals of Florida used to look.

Just about 40 minutes northwest of Orlando is the quaint little village of Mount Dora. I say village because to call it a ‘town’ doesn’t give one the true feel of the place. Think of a modern day Mayberry where the people are friendly, even to pets, and there are many eclectic shops, beautiful Bed and Breakfast Inns and a variety of eateries all over town.



Originally Published on September 3rd, 2012




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