"Welcome to Mt Dora" Top 5 Page for this destination Mount Dora by Michael_D

Mount Dora Travel Guide: 84 reviews and 179 photos

Colonial Florida with New England flair



This is home. I lived off Donnelly St for years and now live exactly 3.2mi away in Eustis. In many respects Mt D is a perfectly preserved 1850s Florida village built to resemble the northern towns where the early settlers came from. It has topped the list of perfect places to retire numerous times. Mount Dora...combined with nearby Tavares & Eustis are known as "The Golden Triangle".

Mt Dora has many parks, a number of upscale restaurants, you can take a carriage ride, shop at antique boutiques along cobblestoned streets or sit in a rocking chair on the porch of the Lakeside Inn as the sun sets over Lake Dora.

I started my acting career at The State St Theater in Eustis but did the bulk of my early work at Mt Doras Icehouse Theater. The arts are alive & well in The Golden Triangle.

My favorite is Gilbert Points-Palm Island Nature preserve for bird-watching...or better yet... gator watching!.

Donnelly House

Donnelly House
Donnelly House was built in Queen Anne style, with an octagonal turret and wraparound porch that became the Masonic Temple Lodge in 1930.


It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.

Festival events galore & close to many places

Decembers big event is the annual Christmas Walk, without the snow, of course.
I have fond memories of Xmas caroling..door to door with a local Caroling Company for several years.

Nearby is Renninger's Twin Markets, antique center and farmers & flea market has been ranked in the Top 10 Flea Markets by Family Money magazine.

Mount Dora's Bicycle Festival October attracts over 1000 cyclists and is reputed to be Florida's oldest and largest bicycle event.

Mount Dora Arts Festival First is the first weekend in February and is sponsored by The Mount Dora Center for the Arts and considered to be one of the best in the South

Jewels and Junque 4th weekend in March is a long standing popular Mount Dora event sponsored by the Mount Dora Theatre Company.

19mi to the Ocala Forest
55mi to Walt Disney World
57mi to Daytona "The World Most Famous Beach"
75mi to St Augustine
Mt Dora is sitting pretty!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:alot to do packed in a small area;-)
  • Cons: can get crowded during festivals
  • In a nutshell:Its home and its charming;-)
  • Intro Updated May 15, 2012
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  • Maria250's Profile Photo
    Jan 26, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Great Off The Beaten Path tips on Sunset Island etc. !!!

  • keeweechic's Profile Photo
    Dec 15, 2007 at 6:10 AM

    Thanks for the update... good to hear things are going great and you're happy. Wishing you a very happy Christmas.. and all good things for the New Year.

  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Apr 29, 2007 at 5:44 PM

    Hey Michael! Just got back from Mt. Dora, Sanford, Deland, Lake Helen...Cassadaga. Thought of you a lot, but no computer access. I probably photographed many of your haunts. Be well. talk soon.

  • nixca316's Profile Photo
    Mar 21, 2007 at 8:53 PM

    Advance happy birthday, Michael! It's great to learn about Mt. Dora. I'll be back.

  • goingsolo's Profile Photo
    May 1, 2006 at 6:09 PM

    Very cool page! I've never visited here and I'm amazed at how much there truly is to see and do. Enjoyed reading the history of the old buildings as well. Very nicely done. Thanks for sharing.

  • Feb 5, 2006 at 9:18 AM

    I would love to take the train ride; pictoral reminds me of the Carolina's which I dearly love, very nice Michael, a must see!

  • Birsen's Profile Photo
    Jul 15, 2005 at 1:50 PM

    I loved the Palms at the tip of Gilbert Point. You are living in beatiful place . Greetings from Gran Canaria:))

  • Stephen-KarenConn's Profile Photo
    Jun 28, 2005 at 1:02 PM

    Love the old Victorial buildings. I've been through Mt. Dora, but would love to return and explore it more thoroughly some day.

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Apr 15, 2005 at 12:43 PM

    Great tips on charming place and a good surprise for me - I didn't know about this place. I visited only Tallahassee and St. Augustine in northern Florida.

  • easyoar's Profile Photo
    Apr 3, 2005 at 3:09 PM

    Interesting place you live! In England a Doodlebug was a wartime bomb that flew over (rocket) making a whirring sound from the propellor. When it stopped whirring, you knew it was coming down and you took shelter fast! 22 restaurants! You've been busy!!!

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