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Mount Dora is Florida's Festival City, Creating Purposeful and Continual Diversions Within this Historic Community and here at Lakeside Inn  

Mount Dora has rightfully earned the reputation as Florida's Festival City, having created and hosted events that are now more than four decades old. Festivals such as the Fine Arts Festival in February and the Craft Fair in October have become the largest and most successful of their kind in the entire Southeastern United States. The Annual Mount Dora Bicycle Festival is the oldest such event in the State of Florida. Each December Mount Dora is transformed into a holiday wonderland as over two million lights create a movie-like setting in this quaint downtown area.

Located in the heart of the downtown historic district, Lakeside Inn is the ideal spot from which to enjoy not only these events, but the many others that are celebrated both in Mount Dora and here at Lakeside Inn throughout the year, such as with the Lakeside Inn series of free Summer Lawn Concerts and Street Paloozas. Lakeside Inn is the perfect spot to step back and relax, with endless diversions just steps away.

Check our posts for upcoming events so you can coordinate your visits.

Halloween at the Lakeside Inn was filled with the smiles and laughter of children when the Inn’s family of employees enjoyed a ghoulishly gleeful party on the Great Lawn. Little and big people alike displayed their pumpkin carving skills and competed in a costume contest. Prizes included movie tickets, a restaurant gift card, and a candy basket. The Inn’s Chef also conjured up some devilishly good treats for all to savor.

President Calvin Coolidge Visits the Lakeside Inn

One of the highlights in Mount Dora’s social history was the visit by former President Calvin Coolidge and his wife Grace. The couple arrived by train on January 10, 1930 for a month-long stay and became the stars of the social season.

While in Mount Dora, the Coolidges resided in the town’s most elegant hotel – the Lakeside Inn. According to a member of the Edgerton family who owned the Inn at the time, the President was a quiet man with not much sense of humor. Mrs. Coolidge, on the other hand, was a warm and friendly person who spoke to many guests. According to historic archives, she wrote in the guest registry: “Picked oranges from yard.”

Downtown Mount Dora

Just beyond the grounds of the Inn can be found the many shops, boutiques, restaurants and galleries of downtown Mount Dora. The core of the downtown area measures approximately 12 square blocks, so it is an easy adventure that can be enjoyed at your own pace and leisure. Please check out Visit Mount Dora for complete information, including information concerning the many festivals and events held throughout the year.  

Segway of Central Florida

Enjoy a guided, narrated tour of the downtown and lakefront areas of Mount Dora while riding a Segway. Tours run throughout the day and depart from the Segway Station, located about two blocks from the Inn. Please visit Segway of Central Florida for more information.

Premier Boat Tours Mount Dora

An ideal way to experience Lake Dora, the famed Dora Canal and Lake Eustis. Tours depart daily from the Lakeside Inn dock, offering an informative, narrated, approximately two hour trip. Sunset tours and special holiday tours are also available. Please visit Premier Boat Tours  for complete information.   

Jones Brothers Air & Seaplane Adventures

Enjoy an adventure that you continue to talk about for years to come. Flights depart daily from the Lakeside Inn dock, lasting about 15 minutes in duration. Just enough time to enjoy the thrill of taking off and from and landing on the water, plus the experience of viewing the beautiful Central Florida Lakes Region from above. Please visit Jones Brothers Air & Seaplane Adventures  for more information.

Well, we haven't yet discovered the treasure buried behind one of these walls (ha, ha), but we'll keep looking. We did however discover the piece of wood pictured below. It was a baseboard in room 126 of the Gables Building. In tearing it out, one of our carpenters noticed there was some writing on the back. Written on the back is...

Put on by
Louis A. Pichette     Oct 1928
Northampton  Mass  &  Mt Dora  Fla        

Pretty interesting and evidently a fairly common practice by carpenters, when building a house or commercial building. I did a quick Google search of the name and Northampton to see if anything popped up. Nothing obvious, immediate, or notorious, so it is probably safe to say that he was an average guy down here because there was work available and by October it was already getting a bit too cold up in Massachusetts.