MOUNT DORA — On behalf of Superior Small Lodging Association, the Lake County Department of Tourism & Business Relations presented Farnsworth House Bed & Breakfast of Mount Dora with a 2008 White Glove Award, the only small accommodation in the County to receive the award this year.
Debi Dyer from the Lake County Department of Tourism & Business Relations presents the 2008 White Glove Award to the Farnsworth House Bed & Breakfast owners Vivian and Bob Rodriguez.
The White Glove Award is a prestigious honor that is awarded to only a couple dozen Florida accommodations each year. Facilities are nominated and selected through a detailed annual inspection. Experienced, independent inspectors select the winning small lodgings based on strict industry criteria including, quality of bath and bed linens as well as cleanliness of every room. The 2008 White Glove Awards were officially announced at the Small Superior Lodge Association conference held Dec. 1 in Clearwater.
“We’re honored that you received this award,” said Debi Dyer, Lake County Tourism Specialist to bed & breakfast owners Bob and Vivian Rodriguez. “You are doing a wonderful job and Lake County appreciates it.”
The couple purchased the bed & breakfast inn at the end of 2007. The facility remained closed for three weeks as they updated the interior and upgraded the facility’s wiring and bathrooms. Originally, from Miami the couple had never heard of Mount Dora before stopping for a lunch with relatives. After visiting the for sale inn, they were hooked on the quaint city.
“We wanted to own [a bed & breakfast] for years, but never thought we had the opportunity or chance to do it,” Vivian said. “The moment we stepped on this property we knew we were home.”
The Farnsworth House Bed & Breakfast features three suites on the second floor of the Victorian house that was originally built in 1886. Two additional efficiencies are located on the ground floor of the carriage house.
For more information about Farnsworth House Bed & Breakfast, located at 1029 E. Fifth Ave. in Mount Dora, call (352) 735-1894 or log on to www.farnsworthhousebnb.com. For more information about Lake County tourism, call (800) 430-LAKE or log on to www.lakecountyfl.com.