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Mount Dora, Florida

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What's in a name? Quite a bit if you're Mount Dora. The Dora part comes from Lake Dora, the tranquil body of water where the town was founded. The Mount part comes from the fact that the town sits 184 feet above sea level, an uncommon trait in Florida. But that part of the state is known for its rolling hills and—of course—beautiful lakes. The terrific scenery is just one reason that Mount Dora is such a popular destination.

Enjoy window shopping under one of the many shaded awnings along Donnelly Street.
Enjoy window shopping under one of the many shaded awnings along Donnelly Street.

Unlike other parts of Metro Orlando, Mount Dora's busy season is in the winter when many snowbirds come down from the north to enjoy boating, golf, and the sunny weather. But they also enjoy the shopping and dining of downtown Mount Dora. The city's atmosphere is decidedly different from many others in Florida, which usually take advantage of a more urban or beach-front setting. Taking in the scenic drive to Mount Dora is half the fun. And when you arrive, enjoy a bottle of wine at one of Mount Dora's many wine rooms.

The heart of downtown Mount Dora is at the intersection of 5th Avenue and Donnelly Street. It's hard to pick just one road as Mount Dora's Main Street. Most of the retail action is on Donnelly Street but other shops can be found on 3rd, 4th, and 5th Avenues, and Alexander Street and Dora Drawdy Way.

Mount Dora is loaded with antique, gift, and clothing stores, as well as other unique shops. You won't find any major chains here. But there are plenty of excellent restaurants, some of which are high end. There is a lot of activity in this otherwise quiet part of Florida; the Sunday hours definitely help. And be sure to check the local calendars. There's almost always some sort of event or fair right around the corner.

Retail Hours

Palm trees and historic architecture combine to give Mount Dora its unique feel.
Palm trees and historic architecture combine to give Mount Dora its unique feel.

Most stores are open until about 5 p.m. seven days a week.

Parking

There is plenty of free parking throughout town including a parking garage located at Charles and Donnelly Streets.

Restrooms

Clean restrooms can be found at the community center at Donnelly Park at the intersection of 5th and Baker Streets. Other restrooms (that aren't as clean) can be found in Child's Park at the intersection of Alexander Street and 4th Avenue.

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Attractions

Take a trip through town on a horse and buggy with A Hitch 'N Time Carriages or take a guided tour through town on the Mount Dora Trolley.

The Mount Dora History Museum (450 Royellou Lane, 352-383-0006) is housed in the old city jail and contains many artifacts and photos of Mount Dora's past.

Events

Enjoy dessert and coffee at one of the many cafes on 5th Avenue.
Enjoy dessert and coffee at one of the many cafes on 5th Avenue.

Mount Dora at Night is a festival held every 3rd Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Enjoy musical entertainment and the shops that are open for extended hours.

Every fall, Mount Dora holds a Craft Fair where the streets are closed to traffic and craft vendors set up shop. Also enjoy food and live entertainment.

A Christmas Walk is held each December and features, music, Santa, and lots of Christmas lights. In fact, if you enjoy Christmas lights, Mount Dora goes all out, including lighting up all of Donnelly Park.

Other events include the Mount Dora Arts Festival and the Mount Dora Spring Show.

Location

Mount Dora, Florida is about 46 miles from downtown Orlando, Florida.

From Orlando, take U.S. 441 (Orange Blossom Trail) northbound. Turn left at Old Highway 441. Continue as the road turns into Highland Street. Turn left at 5th Avenue. The heart of downtown is at 5th Avenue and Donnelly Street.

From Sanford, Florida take State Road 46 westbound for about 18 miles. Turn right at Highland Street. Turn left at 5th Avenue. The heart of downtown is at 5th Avenue and Donnelly Street.

External Links

www.charmingmountdora.com
www.mountdora.com
mtdora.org
whattodoinmtdora.com

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Accessories

Ann's Casuals (120 West 5th Avenue, 352-735-3812)
Em'z On 5th (200 West 5th Avenue, 352-735-4451)
The Secret Garden (442 North Donnelly Street, 352-735-9000)
Walk in the Woods (116 West 5th Avenue, 352-735-3788)

Antiques

5th Avenue Antique Mall & Emporium (130 West 5th Avenue, 352-735-2394)
Oliver's Twist Antiques (404 North Donnelly Street, 352-735-3337)
Pak-Ratz 3rd Avenue (317 North Donnelly Street, 352-385-1990)

Apparel

Ann's Casuals (120 West 5th Avenue, 352-735-3812)
The Drawer, Ltd. (403 North Donnelly Street, 352-383-3999)
Vincent's Boutique (427 Donnelly Street, 352-735-1887)
The Secret Garden (442 North Donnelly Street, 352-735-9000)
Yesterday Today & Tomorrow (427 North Donnelly Street, #2, 352-735-1887)

Arts and Crafts

Stamping Station (425 North Alexander Street, 352-383-2762)

Books

Old Towne Bookshop (348 North Alexander Street, #2, 352-383-0878)

Coffee and Dessert

Cupcake Delights (112 East 5th Avenue, 352-383-2200)
Mount Dora Coffee House (342 Dora Drawdy Way, 352-383-4788)
One Flight Up (440 North Donnelly Street, 407-758-9818)
Sunshine Mountain Bakery (115 West 3rd Avenue, 352-735-7533)
Sweet Shoppe (411 North Donnelly Street, Suite 102, 352-735-6555)
Village Coffee Pot Of Mount Dora (425 North Donnelly Street, 352-383-3334)

Dining

Cafe Attuare (301 North Baker Street, Suite 106, 352-385-1953)
Cecile's French Corner (237 West 4th Avenue, #1, 352-383-7100)
The Chew Chew Express (112 West 3rd Avenue, 352-735-7760)
Copacabana Cuban Cafe (320 Dora Drawdy Way, 352-385-9000)
The Frosty Mug (100 East 4th Street, 352-383-1696)
The Gables Restaurant (322 Alexander Street, 352-383-8993)
The Goblin Market (330 Dora Drawdy Way, 352-735-0059)
Mount Dora Sushi (124 East 3rd Avenue, 352-508-4387)
Palm Tree Grill (351 North Donnelly Street, 352-735-1936)
Pisces Rising (239 West 4th Avenue, 352-385-2669)
Pizzamore (622 North Donnelly Street, 352-383-0092)

Footwear

Donnelly Euro Footwear (402 North Donnelly Street, 352-385-0909)

Galleries

Bowersock Gallery (137 East 4th Avenue, 352-729-2415)
Patrick's Fine Art (352 Alexander Street, 352-385-1040)

Gift Shops

Country Cottage Crafts (334 North Donnelly Street, 800-735-2735)
Dianne's Tasteful Indulgences (237 West 4th Avenue, 352-383-9197)
Em'z On 5th (200 West 5th Avenue, 352-735-4451)
The Gourmet Spot (411 North Donnelly Street, Suite 108, 352-735-4777)
Karen's Shoppe (120 East 4th Avenue, 352-735-0660)
Linda's Country Charm (450 North Donnelly Street, 352-735-4455)
Memories & Marvels (525 North Donnelly Street, 866-403-7918)
Papilio (120 West 5th Avenue, 352-735-0028)
Rose Madison Quilts & Gifts (431 North Donnelly Street, 352-735-9591)
The Secret Garden (442 North Donnelly Street, 352-735-9000)
Thee Clockmaker's Shoppe (110 West 5th Avenue, 352-735-5200)
Timeless Keepsakes (128 West 4th Avenue, 352-383-1221)
Under the Cherry Blossoms (443 North Donnelly Street, 352-735-3090)

Gourmet

Dianne's Tasteful Indulgences (237 West 4th Avenue, 352-383-9197)
The Gourmet Spot (411 North Donnelly Street, Suite 108, 352-735-4777)

Health and Beauty

Dianne's Tasteful Indulgences (237 West 4th Avenue, 352-383-9197)
Noni (438 North Donnelly Street, 352-383-1242)
Pure Salon & Spa (206 West 5th Avenue, 352-383-9091)

Home Furnishings

Country Cottage Crafts (334 North Donnelly Street, 800-735-2735)
Em'z On 5th (200 West 5th Avenue, 352-735-4451)
Home & Garden Treasures (426 North Donnelly Street, 352-735-4302)
Lee Fusion Art Glass & E-Collectibles (115 West 3rd Avenue, 352-383-3002)
Linda's Country Charm (450 North Donnelly Street, 352-735-0067)
Matamo Designs (117 East 4th Avenue, 352-735-4800)
Memories & Mavels (525 North Donnelly Street, 866-403-7918)
Noni (438 North Donnelly Street, 352-383-1242)
The Olive Branch (418 North Donnelly Street, 352-383-3333)
Rose Madison Quilts & Gifts (431 North Donnelly Street, 352-735-9591)

Jewelry

Gold In Art Jewelers (420 North Donnelly Street, 352-383-0047)
Mount Dora Estate Jewelry (432 North Donnelly Street, 352-383-3910)

New Age

Breath Of Green Oxygen Bar (115 4th Avenue, Suite 201, 417-429-3559)

Pets

Piglet's Pantry Gourmet Dog Bakery (400 North Donnelly Street, 352-735-9779)

Stationary

Under the Cherry Blossoms (443 North Donnelly Street, 352-735-3090)

Tea Rooms

Garden Gate Tea Room (142 East 4th Avenue, 352-735-2158)

Toys and Games

My Doll Shop (443 North Donnelly Street, 352-735-3090)

Wine

Maggie's Attic and Cellar of Florida (237 West 4th Avenue, 352-383-5451)
One Flight Up (440 North Donnelly Street, 407-758-9818)
Ridgeback Winery (301 North Baker Street, Suite 104, 352-383-4133)
The Wine Den (109 East 4th Avenue, 352-735-5594)

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