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    Lakeside Inn

    by Michael_D Updated Nov 27, 2006

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    In 1882-83 a two-story wooden hotel known as the Alexander House was built on this site as a small getaway for fishing, birding and snake hunting

    In 1895 it changed the name to the Lake House until 1903 and was was totally rebuilt in 1930. Two US presidents wintered here regularly.

    Its a great place to sit in a rocker on its HUGE fron porch and watch the sunset. The Sunday brunch is a local favorite!

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    Goblin Market

    by Michael_D Updated Nov 27, 2006

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    good food

    Great location on a back alley in the historic Mount Dora. Its a favorite haunt of the Icehouse Theater crowd.

    It used to be a renovated warehouse and now has book-lined dining rooms, a private, tree shaded courtyard that is open year round.

    There have even been famous actor sightings>

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    Gilbert Point at Gilbert Park

    by Michael_D Updated Nov 27, 2006

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    Gilbert Park

    The son of Dr. C.R. Gilbert, left this property to the city in his will.

    Adjacent to Gilbert Park is my favorite Mt Dora venue>Palm Island> replete with a large picnic pavilion, achildren's playground, its famous lighthouse, fishing dock, boat ramp, a small waterfall and one of the most beautiful nature walks in Florida.

    This lighthouse guides many boats to Mt Doras shores. I, myself used it offen for reference at dusk when I was out sailing a bit too long and ran out of daylight.

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    doodlebug

    by Michael_D Updated Nov 27, 2006

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    all aboard

    Allegedly fueled by an inexplicable passion for the show 'Petticoat Junction', local entrepreneur/eccentric Steve Torrico opened the Dora Doodlebug about 5 years ago. A 1920's railway motor car that travels from Mount Dora to Tavares and back again along the shores of Lake Dora.

    On day trips from the Mount Dora Railway, you can experience the comfort and heyday of an authentic railroad passenger car on The Mount Dora Limited.

    Not long ago the train went all the way to Orlando and back. May again soon.

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    fountain in Donnelly Park

    by Michael_D Updated Nov 27, 2006

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    FOUNTAIN at DONNELLY PARK

    Donnelly Park originally cost $45,000 and was given to the city by J.P. Donnelly in 1924 in honor of his wife.

    In later years shuffleboard courts were installed by the Mt Dora Shuffleboard Club and the early 1060s grew to 22 courts that dominated the main the four corners. Thats how laid back Mt Dora used to be.

    Today there are about half as many courts and a beautifull community building has been built complete with a rear deck used as a stage are where the Icehouse Theater often does open air productions where family and friends spread blankets on the slope on perfect fall nights.

    Ive done over 30 plays at the Icehouse and 3 Shakespeare Donnelly Park plays as well as selected South Pacific vignettes in my early days as an actor.

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    Donnelly House

    by Michael_D Updated Nov 27, 2006

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    Donnelly House
    ThE house was built in 1893 by John Phillip Donnelly for his wife. It a Queen Anne style, with an octagonal turret and wraparound porch.

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

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    boating on the lake

    by Katmosphere Written Aug 22, 2005

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    marina

    This is a full service marina right on Lake Dora.
    Lake Dora connects to the Dora Canal and to Lake Eustis and you can actually go through a series of lakes and canals and the St. Johns River from here to get to the Atlantic Ocean....

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    Palm Island Park

    by Katmosphere Written Aug 22, 2005

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    cypress

    This place has a boardwalk that goes along the lake and views of some really outstanding cypress, birds and the occasional gator of course....We saw a bird eating a snake. I never knew birds ate snakes before.

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    Mount Dora Center for the Arts Gallery

    by mwenn2100 Updated May 13, 2005

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    This is a tiny (literally) gallery which boasts different exhibits at all times. This is not like an art museum. It is basically one tiny room, with revolving exhibits. There are no pieces of art that remain at all times. It's staffed completely by volunteers, who are the friendliest people I have ever met.

    When I went, the exhibit was by a local Florida artist that captured visual imagery through short motion pictures. There were 4 stations set up in the gallery, and each let you experience the exhibit fully. It took abotu 30 minutes to get through it and was very unique.

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    Mount Dora Arts Festival

    by mwenn2100 Written May 13, 2005

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    This festival is held annually in February. It is a nationally ranked arts festival that attracts over 300 artists from around the world. The downtown area is packed with exhibits, fun and games, live music, and food stalls.

    I attended this event in 2005, and was completely amazed. This is the place to be when the festival is being held. It was extremely crowded, but everyone was friendly and having a good time. It was very interesting to just walk around and hop in and out of the art stalls. The artists were always on hand to discuss their art or anything you felt like chatting about! Meeting the artist was sometimes the best part. The art ranged from photos, watercolors, etchings, wood carvings, blown glass, and hand made jewelry. Everything was for sale, but fairly expensive. I did end up buying a couple of large photos for around $30 a piece.

    Parking is extremely limited downtown, but they do offer park and ride opportunities. It was very simple to park and hop a bus to the festival. It cost around $2 roundtrip, and saved a lot of headaches.

    This is a great day of fun and sun! Contact information is for Mount Dora Center for the Arts, who put on the festival.

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    Shopping

    by mwenn2100 Written May 13, 2005

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    Mount Dora is known for it's antiques, galleries, and quaint shops. Downtown Mount Dora boasts numerous shopping opportunities for everyone. There are unique gift shops, art galleries, antique stores, and specialty stores.

    You can spend a great day here just wandering around the downtown. The shops are all packed into the historic area. Park your car and start walking. This area is beautifully decorated at Christmas as well.

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    Icehouse Theater

    by Michael_D Written Jan 14, 2005

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    Icehouse Theater

    This is where I started, at the ICEHOUSE THEATER in Mt Dora Florida. Twelve theaters and 51 plays later it is still dear to my heart.

    BEING A PERFORMER at the Icehouse has afforded me the opportunity to perfect my art. and in turn to see many different countries.

    The quality level here is excellent and ticket prices affordable. Click on the website below to see what is playing now.

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    Lake Square Mall

    by Michael_D Written Jan 13, 2005

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    Lake Square Mall

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    Lake Square Directory

    Cards / Books
    Books-A-Million/Joe Muggs
    Victoria's Hallmark

    Department Stores
    Belk
    JCPenney
    Sears
    Target

    Entertainment
    AMC 12-Plex Theatres

    Health and Beauty
    Bath & Body Works
    Crown Specialties
    GNC
    Hair Plus
    JCPenney Salon
    MasterCuts
    Regis Hairstylists
    Star Nails
    Ultimate Massage Therapy
    Vitamin World

    Jewelry
    Friedman's Jewelers
    Gold Center
    Kay Jewelers
    Piercing Pagoda
    Topaz
    Tre Jole
    Zales Jewelers

    Music/electronics
    Fletcher Music
    fye - For Your Entertainment
    RadioShack
    Rhino Video Games

    Restaurants (order at the counter)
    Cajun Cafe
    Chick-fil-A
    China Max
    Gino's Fine Greek and Italian Food
    Kentucky Fried Chicken
    Nature's Table
    Quesadilla Kitchen
    Quizno's Subs
    Sbarro
    Wendy's

    Restaurants (order via wait staff)
    Barnhill's Buffet
    Garfield's Restaurant & Pub

    Services
    Art's Work Watch Repair
    DePaulis Relax In Comfort
    Dr. Kenneth Grier, Pearle Vision
    Executive & Leasing Offices
    Hair Plus
    Jackson Hewitt Tax Service
    JCPenney Optical
    JCPenney Salon
    Lake County Sheriff's Community Office
    MasterCuts
    Miracle Ear
    PC's - n- Parts
    Pearle Vision Express
    PNC Bank - ATM
    Quick Test
    Regis Hairstylists
    Sears Auto Center
    Sears Optical
    Sears Portrait Studio
    Simon Marketplace
    Star Nails
    Suntrust Bank

    Shoes
    Cozette
    Famous Footwear
    Foot Locker
    PacSun
    Payless ShoeSource
    Rack Room Shoes
    Shoe Biz

    Specialty Shops
    Ancestral Heritage
    AT & T
    Bath & Body Works
    Cell-All-Inc
    Claire's Boutique
    Crown Specialties
    Dollar Tree
    Galleria Too
    Got Game
    Images Body Art
    International Intimates
    Jensen Telecom
    Ol' Times Smoke Shop
    PacSun
    PC's - n- Parts
    Rainbow
    Rec Warehouse
    Scrapbook USA
    Tags 4 Every 1
    Things Remembered
    Verizon Wireless

    Women's Fashions
    Body Shop
    PacSun
    Rainbow
    Rave

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    Food festival

    by Michael_D Written Jan 11, 2005

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    Eating extravaganza

    Tickets are available through the Chamber of Commerce for $25 in advance and $30 at the door. We had an overwhelming response to last year's event and tickets were SOLD OUT!!! Make sure you get your tickets to this year's event early. Please note that the event is the weekend PRIOR TO Labor Day this year allowing more locals to attend.

    Here are a few highlights for this year's Taste of Mount Dora.

    Participation by 16-18 local eateries and wine merchantsLive Entertainment

    Featured Restaurants
    5th Avenue Cafe & Market
    The Beauclaire
    The Best Spoon
    Cafe Stella
    Cecile's French Corner
    Dickens Reed Bistro
    The Gables Restaurant
    Kermit's Keywest Keylime
    Lake Receptions
    Wine Depository
    Molly Malone's
    Mount Dora Coffee House
    Pisces Rising
    Sugarboo's Bar-B-Que
    Sunshine Mountain Bakery
    Waterman Village
    Maggie's Attic
    Ridgeback Winery
    Wine Cellars
    Dixie CrossRoads

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    Dora Canal

    by Michael_D Written Jan 11, 2005

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    bald cypress

    The Dora Canal connects Lake Dora and Lake Eustis and has some of the most interesting wildlife, flora and fauna. These are bald Cypress knees.

    On any given trip you can see alligators, ibis, turtles, deer, snakes...almost all forms of Florida wildlife.

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