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The Port of Mount Dora March 21, 2022

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Life Balance, Travel & Leisure.

The first stop on our recent road trip?  The quaint lakeside town of Mount Dora, located just northeast of Orlando and all things Disney.

Founded in 1880, Mount Dora is known for its small-town southern charm. It has many antique shops in the downtown area. The downtown area overlooks Lake Dora.

The town’s name was officially changed to Mount Dora to reflect the fact that the settlement rests upon a plateau 184 feet above sea level – an unusual feature in Florida.

Since it was past time for a repast, we picnicked on the shores of Lake Dora with the port’s lighthouse standing guard in the distance.

After lunch, we strolled around town to see the sights and see what all the crowing is about.

Ranked as Florida’s #1 small town to retire to by USA Today, Mount Dora is a popular place to live. Due to its central location, retirees from Jacksonville, Tampa, Orlando and other areas throughout Florida and the U.S. come to Mount Dora for its great attractions and relaxed atmosphere.

After a stop at Allyson A’s Bake Shop for dessert (mmm . . . good cookies!), we returned to Lake Dora to check out the lighthouse, one of three freshwater lighthouses in Florida..

Next time, we are going to enjoy a picnic on this picnic table sized chair!

Aah . . . Mount Dora!


1. Rivergirl - March 21, 2022

Is that really the size of the lighthouse? Not that you need them in Florida, but it’s so small!

nrhatch - March 21, 2022

We climbed a much taller coastal lighthouse on this trip ~ 175 steps to the top.

This lighthouse is a freshwater lighthouse on a lake so height is probably not necessary . . .

Open since March 25, 1988, the Mount Dora Lighthouse was built using a brick base and a stucco outer surface. Powered by a 750-watt photocell, the lighthouse utilizes a blue pulsator to help guide boaters around Lake Dora after dusk and stands as the only inland freshwater lighthouse in Florida today.

2. Kate Crimmins - March 21, 2022

Great pictures!

nrhatch - March 21, 2022

Thanks, Kate. Mount Dora is a cute town, but for most of our visit I was too busy eating (picnic lunch, then cookies) to snap photos. Next time, I’ll try to do better! 😀

Kate Crimmins - March 21, 2022

No you won’t! Vacations are to enjoy!

nrhatch - March 21, 2022

Agreed! And what’s more enjoyable than EATING?!

3. L. Marie - March 21, 2022

Great photos! That is one tiny lighthouse. The chair you’re sitting on seems almost that size!

nrhatch - March 21, 2022

Thanks, LM. I did think that Mount Dora featured SMALL lighthouses and MONSTER sized chairs!

4. granny1947 - March 21, 2022

Delightful looking place.

nrhatch - March 21, 2022

And quite popular. We were there last Monday and there were THRONGS of folks meandering about, poking their noses in and out of shops and restaurants. It’s like a Disney Annex . . . but much more “real.”

5. Ally Bean - March 21, 2022

You look like Edith Ann from Laugh In sitting in that chair. I’m glad you got to go explore somewhere. It looks like fun.

nrhatch - March 21, 2022

And that’s the truth!
{{blows raspberry}}

6. Luanne - March 21, 2022

What a charming place!

nrhatch - March 21, 2022

We will definitely make a repeat visit in the not too distant future since we barely scratched the surface.

Great place for a picnic and a stroll around town.

Luanne - March 21, 2022

Oh, that sounds so pre-covid! Lovely!

nrhatch - March 21, 2022

Spring + Picnics = Perfect Together!
Enjoy . . .

7. Val Boyko - March 21, 2022

Looking good… feeling fine 😎

nrhatch - March 21, 2022

Excellent! Have a wonderful trip!

8. Behind the Story - March 21, 2022

That’s cute photo of you on the big chair.

9. Debra - March 21, 2022

What a charming town! It is clear you had a very nice time. I love the butterfly bench. Both you and BFF look so peaceful and relaxed! Even we homebodies need time to just explore once in a while. 🙂

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