The nearby City of Mount Dora is nationally known for its charming waterfront ambience and gracious lifestyle including dozens of specialty retailers, year-round festivals and events, and historic architecture. Recently recognized among the nation’s top historic small towns by Money Magazine, Mount Dora is also listed as one of America’s Top 1000 places to visit.
Known to many as “the New England of the South”, Mount Dora successfully combines Southern hospitality and small town charm in keeping with its national reputation.
- “Top Places to Live Today” by Money magazine
- “50 Best Places in the World to Ride a Bike” by Bicycling magazine
- “Best Antique Shopping” in the state by Florida Living Magazine
- “Friendliest Small Town”
- “Best Romantic Escape”
- “100 Best Places to Retire” by Where to Retire Magazine
The “City of Parks” rests on a hillside above Lake Dora, a 4,500 acre lake. Rolling hillsides and winding roads give way to the city’s tree-lined streets. Many of Mount Dora’s beautiful homes and bed-and-breakfast inns are listed on the National Register of Historic Places...
Mount Dora is known for many things and among them is the fabulous variety of restaurants and fine dining in the area. From French cuisine, to outdoor cafes, to Irish pubs, to American cuisine you can find it here. There is even an underground bar (The Frosty Mug) and authentic afternoon tea rooms…! This place has to be seen...
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There are many cultural activities and events supported by the local area. The Ice House Theatre stages plays, the Mount Dora Center for the Arts features rotating exhibits and The Mount Dora Community Concert Association offers year-round concert series. If you are a fan of jazz there is a local group called the Mount Dora Jazz Orchestra that has been known to play some of the best big band music around!
With the breadth of options for your enjoyment, Mount Dora has something for every taste!
There are 5 public parks in and around Mount Dora for swimming, boating and even hiking. Plus, there is a full-service marina on large Lake Dora. This is a fisherman’s and boater’s paradise!
The Dora Canal connects Lake Dora to the Harris Chain of Lakes, which can be navigated to the St. Johns River and, ultimately, the Atlantic Ocean.
Also, the Ocala National forest is located just north of Mount Dora and offers a wide variety of outdoor activities to enjoy. Then there is the Wekiwa Springs State Park located just to the southeast and the facilities they offer such as canoeing are fun plus you can see a large natural spring here, as well.
Mount Dora is also home to the 2nd largest Lawn Bowling Club in the United States. And, we cannot complete the recreation section without mentioning some of the finest golf available is within a short drive from your new home in Lakes of Mount Dora…
Mount Dora is called “Festival City” by many people and for good reason…it hosts many large festivals each year! A list of them is shown below:
- Arts Festival – (Feb.) 300+/- artists display painting, photos, jewelry, sculpture
- Antique Boat Show – (Mar.) 150+/- antique vessels are displayed
- Sailing Regatta – (Apr.) on Lake Dora
- Plant & Garden Show – for nature lovers
- Taste of Mount Dora – (Aug.) local area culinary sampler
- Bicycle Festival – (Oct.) state’s oldest bike event and draws from around U.S.
- Village Merchants Assoc. Craft Fair – (Oct.) 350+/- crafters from around U.S.
- Light Up Mount Dora – begins the Sunday after Thanksgiving (2 million lights)
- Christmas Walk – shop while enjoying sounds of carolers and themed music
- Christmas Tour of Homes – private homes decorated for holiday season