Lake County, FL

Home to over 1,000 pristine lakes and rivers, it’s obvious how Lake County got its name. But beyond the bountiful lakes swimming with fish and wading birds, is a landscape found nowhere else in Florida. Rolling hills and stunning vistas comprise Lake County’s unique terrain, leading up to the highest point in peninsular Florida, Sugarloaf Mountain.

Dotted with art galleries, antique shops, boutique stores and intimate lakeside dining, Lake County’s downtown districts are a refreshing reminder of the way life should be. Live music streams nightly from downtown Mount Dora’s many eclectic restaurants, pubs and wine bars. For a romantic meal, visitors can meander down the brick alley of Dora Drawdy Way, where hidden-away restaurants offer some of the best meals in town. Mount Dora is also a shopper’s heaven, between the massive Renninger’s antique mall and dozens of locally-owned antique shops lining the downtown streets.

Whether exploring the area on foot, via seaplane, Segway, or train, it’s easy to see why Mount Dora is “Someplace Special.” For details about planning your trip to Mount Dora, visit www.visitmountdora.com.

When traveling to Lake County for a weekend getaway, a fall festival or a special event, visitors will find an array of accommodations, from rustic lakefront cabins to quaint bed and breakfast inns, but centrally located in the county is the only full-service destination resort in the area.

The Mission Inn Resort & Club is located amid 1,000 acres of mature trees in the quaint town of Howey-in-the-Hills, and features 187 deluxe guest rooms, four on-site restaurants, a lakeside pavilion and two golf courses, including the centerpiece, El Campeon. The resort caters to the whole family, offering amenities such as tennis, the Spa Marbella, a marina for fishing and boating, and nature trails for bicycling.

Year-round corporate, association, social groups and weddings are held in the meeting spaces and ceremony locations. From its Spanish architecture to its barrel tiled roofs and numerous fountain courtyards, the resort is a distinctive destination for the most scrupulous traveler.

Mission Inn is located 45 minutes from Orlando International Airport near the intersections of Interstate 75 and The Florida Turnpike, easily accessible from the Central Florida attractions and close to Mount Dora’s shopping and dining district. For more information about Mission Inn Resort & Club, visit www.missioninnresort.com.

For visitors wishing to unwind from the grind, Lake County has a little something for everyone: Be it kayaking beautiful Blueways, a round of golf at Mission Inn, or dining at a lakeside Mount Dora restaurant, Experience ‘Real Florida. Real Close.’ just 35 minutes outside of Orlando.

Check out www.visitlakefl.com for details on planning your next getaway.