In mid December, we traveled to Mt. Dora, a treasure of a small town in Central Florida. During that one-day visit, we had lunch in the elegant dining room of the Lakeside Inn. Upon talking with the staff at the desk, we learned that they had a "New Year's Eve" package, consisting of a one-night stay, cocktail hour, hats, etc., elegant dinner in the formal dining room, dancing to a really great band, and a midnight celebration.
This inn, built in 1883, is listed on the Historic Register. It is being renovated, and the owners hope to restore it totally to its original glory. The chef is outstanding, the staff, professional and friendly. We had a room with a four-poster king bed, a connecting bathroom, and a second bedroom, also fully equipped. Our room overlooked the pool and mall area. There were balconies where you could sit and enjoy the sun, and this was all in one of the auxiliary buildings (two of them, built when the inn needed more rooms).
This inn is in a self-contained area, provides free parking, a Gate House Gift Shop featuring products by local artists, a full front porch on the Inn building with half of that devoted to a long row of white rockers, for those who just want a little respite, and the other half set up with tables for lunch.
The tour trolley stops at the front entrance, and for a fee of $16 will take you all over the town to learn of the development and history of this community. We regretted that we could not take the nighttime tour, so that we could see the lights.
Walking around the town during our first visit provided that delight, and the shops are all so unique and were decorated to the max for Christmas. Float plane rides were available at the dock near the Inn, as were tour boats to take you to see Lake Dora. In a shop about two blocks away, segway scooter rides are available (after instruction!) Tip: If you decide to take the segway tour, pick up a brochure locally, and call ahead to make your reservation. You'll get $5 off the charge for the tour..
Warning: Most of the shops are closed on New Year's Eve by 3 p.m., and all day on New Year's Day. We had a very good lunch on New Year's Eve at a restaurant named Ceclle's French Corner Cafe. There was also, of course, a gift shop there.
This was the perfect way and the perfect place, to ring in the New Year. We may just go again next year!
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