Spend quiet moments of memories and romance at the historic Lakeside Inn
|The Lakeside Inn of Mount Dora, Fla., is located at 100 N. Alexander St. For more information about Lakeside Inn or for reservations, call (800) 556-5016, e-mail email@example.com or log on to www.lakeside-inn.com.
The majestic yellow-splashed buildings of Lakeside Inn, now referred to as the "Belle of Florida", offer some of the best accommodations for weary travelers to Mount Dora, Fla.
Steeped with 120 years of history, the 89 guest rooms have the romantic feel of a simpler era, yet offer the conveniences of modern times. From an Olympic-sized swimming pool to live jazz entertainment, the grand inn is more like a mini-resort.
This gem of Mount Dora is within walking distance from the historic downtown, where many guests shop at boutiques and enjoy the setting of the European-flavored villa. Perched atop the 800 feet or so that puts the Mount in Dora, the inn of a mansion is fit for a king.
Graciously appointed rooms are accompanied by room service, the Tremain’s Lounge, the Beauclaire Dining Room and a poolside bar. Whether it’s soaking up the Southern hospitality at dinner or sipping lemonade on the sweeping veranda, Lakeside Inn appeals to all sorts.
On a Thursday afternoon, guests lounge along the expansive front porch enjoying cold drinks. On the water’s edge a family drops a fishing line while a wily teenager zigs and zags around Lake Dora on a rented jet ski. With a small beach, gazebo and boat dock, Lakeside Inn’s picturesque view of the lake is the perfect spot for breathtaking sunsets.
Rent a canoe, jet ski or pontoon boat for a romantic cruise, or let Capt. Doolittle pilot the fun as the on-site tour company offers daily narrated cruises at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. or moonlight and sunset cruises on Friday and Saturday. For lovebirds looking for a picture-postcard place to recite their vows, Lakeside Inn offers several locations inside and out.
The professionalism of the 65-member fulltime staff and historic significance of the inn also attract corporate functions. Strategies from large retreats and smaller planning sessions are often calculated at the inn. However, great thinkers are not an unusual trait of the inn. Throughout its 120-year history, the inn has entertained such illuminati as Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and presidents Dwight Eisenhower and Calvin Coolidge.