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Lake County, often not thought of as a short term rental area but it now has some of the newest of the holiday rental homes in the Disney area. Most are within a twenty minute drive of Disney while remaining a largely undeveloped area.
Lake County is diverse county ranging from short term rental communities to the historic areas like Mount Dora with its museum, art centres, theatre and privately owned shops. Each town is individualities which makes them all interesting to visit.
Mount Dora situated off the 441 and on the shores of Lake Dora is one of the oldest towns in the area. It is full of small shops, all privately owned. There are antique shops, craft shops, jewelry shops, boutiques and even a pet shop called ‘Piglets Pantry’. I know many people who visit Mount Dora specifically to go there as for their unique pet accessories. Also in Mount Dora you will find The Ice Theatre, not as you may think made of Ice. The theatre group was founded in 1947 and it was decided to use the disused ice plant, hence the name. Also found in Mount Dora is a railway which provides train rides through the Florida countryside up to Eustis. You can even have an evening dinner ride.
Leaving Mount Dora and heading for highway 27 you pass through the county town of Tavares. Visit here in at Christmas time and you will find the lakes over which you pass a mass of lights, truly magical. You then have a choice of which way to get to the 27, I would always choose to go to Howey-in-the-Hills where you will find Mission Park and Inn where the third oldest golf course in Florida is to be found. You then come to Yahala where there is the German bakery where you must stop and have a cup of coffee with one of their delicious pastries and don’t forget to buy one to bring home, you will regret it if you don’t.
You then reach highway 27 where you can go north or south, north takes you to The Villages, a very large retirement community, almost a town in itself or south to Clermont, just off the 27. Before you get to Clermont stop off at the Lake County Welcome Centre and collect some leaflets for other places to visit and have another cup of coffee. You then pass The Lakeridge Winery, but that’s another story.You leave highway 27 at the junction with the 50 and go west to Clermont and visit the downtown area or go to the Waterfront Park for a walk.
You see there is just so much to do without ever going to the Parks so you can keep returning to Florida and seeing different things every time.
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