Recently we had an opportunity to visit the quaint Central Florida town of Mount Dora. Our previous trips to Mount Dora had all been day trips. We decided this time we would spend a few days exploring this charming historic village. The Historic Inn & Cottages seemed like the perfect place to call home for two nights and all are within close proximity of the historic area.
Mount Dora Historic Inn & Cottages has a total of 14 rooms or cottages spread over five locations, all within a short walk to downtown.
Mount Dora Historic Inn – 4 Rooms, Dick’s Room, Miss Elsie’s Room, Mister Charlie’s Room & Mary Grey’s Room
Tremain Street Cottages – 4 Cottages, Nantucket Cottage, Rendezvous Cottage, Garden Cottage & Hideaway Cottage
Mount Dora Cottages – 3 Cottages, 235 Cottage, English Rose Cottages & Ivy Cottage
Conch House Cottages - 3 Cottages, Oasis Cottage, Tin Roof Cottage & Veranda Cottage
We stayed in the Mount Dora 235 Cottage which is located next to The Historic Inn. The two bedroom/one bath cottage came with a full kitchen, washer/dryer, living room, and a lovely front porch that was perfect for people watching. The master bedroom had a queen-sized bed while the second bedroom had a twin-sized day bed, which includes a trundle bed. It was extremely spacious for the two of us. The cottage could sleep six with the sleeper sofa in the living room, but four would be more comfortable especially since there is only one bathroom. They have several other cottages that are smaller, but equally as comfortable and cozy.
Since the Historic Inn was just next door, we decided to stop in and look around. Walking into the Inn was like stepping back in time, entering the common area was very welcoming and charming. With only four rooms at the Inn, it is small and intimate, while each of the rooms felt spacious.
Whether you are staying in one of the cottages or at the Historic Inn, you can enjoy the following amenities.
- Queen or King bed with 300 thread-count bed linens
- Private bath with soaking tub or shower
- hair dryer
- Sitting Area for reading or relaxing
- Signature Soap and Shampoo
- Wireless high-speed internet access (WiFi)
- Individual controls for heat and AC
- Iron and Ironing board available upon request
- DVD/CD player with Movie Library
- Cable TV
Breakfast is not typically served to guests staying at the cottages because each is equipped with a small kitchen. However, on our second morning, we were invited by the innkeepers, Ana and Jim, to dine with the Inn guests where a gourmet breakfast was served. What a treat! Chef Jim prepared his grandmother’s Vanilla Bean Citrus soup, Sweet Potato Pancakes, and Three Cheese Savory Soufflé. Delicious does not do this amazing meal justice. Surprisingly, Chef Jim, told us that he put warm maple syrup on the table, but the pancakes could stand on their own and syrup would not be needed. He was right, there was no need for any type of topping. They were delectable all by themselves as was the rest of the fare.
The next time you need to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and simply relax, plan to stay at the Mount Dora Historic Inn and Cottages where you can create memories that will last a lifetime. It is perfect for a girls weekend, celebrating milestones such as anniversaries and birthdays or perhaps you just need to unwind.
Plan to park your car at the Inn or one of the cottages and stroll to one of Mount Dora’s fine dining restaurants or a street-side café. There is so much to see and do: pamper yourself at Pure Aveda SalonSpa, enjoy a wine tasting at Maggie’s Attic, learn the history of this charming town while taking a tour offered by Segway of Central Florida, or take a scenic boat tour of the Dora Canal onboard the Rusty Anchor. Whether you choose to spend a night or a week at the Historic Inn or one of the cottages, you are guaranteed to have a fun, relaxing and memorable experience.