Monday, January 16, 2017

Exploring Mount Dora

Most of my Sunday was spent marveling at the small town charm + character that the city of Mount Dora has to offer. My good friend, Lauren, and her children joined me as well. Coming in at just under two hours away from home, this quaint little lakeside region presented the perfect atmosphere for an afternoon of leisure. Nestled in the Central heart of Florida, the downtown district overlooks Lake Dora which provides some picturesque scenery. Antique shops, sidewalk caf├ęs, coffee shops and bakeries adorn each street. Honestly, I could have stayed there for hours if we had the extra time.
We started our little adventure at Renninger's Antique Center and Flea Market. It seemed like a pretty cool place to check out (according to reviews). Since the crowds were thick and the Florida heat was unapologetic, we didn't stay long. I didn't mind though. There wasn't really anything that sparked my interest aside from a few crazy paintings. By the time we made it to the downtown area our stomachs were touching our backbones. Deciding on which restaurant to eat at proved to be difficult since there were so many options to pick from. We chose a place called Las Palmas. It was a Cuban restaurant and it didn't disappoint. As I stated on my Instagram post, I felt like I ate my weight in Cuban food ― a blackberry blood orange marg, ropa vieja, arroz amarillo, frijoles negros + yuca fritas. It was totally worth it though because everything was delicious!

I was hoping to pop into Le Petit Sweet for a cold brew or cappuccino, but they were just about to close (it seemed like the majority of shops started to close up between 4-5pm) so their selection was somewhat limited. Instead, I opted to indulge in a strawberry ice cream cone from Scoops on 5th with Lauren and the kids. I can't even remember the last time I had an ice cream cone, but it was very tasty. We finished up and walked down to the lake for a bit before starting the drive back home.

This historic village was a special place, one that I intend on visiting again in the future. If you've ever been, then you'll know just what I'm talking about. And, well, if you haven't, you should probably start planning a trip!

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