Local highlights: Georgefest, The Mount Dora Arts Festival, Mission Inn Resort & Club, Lakeside Inn, Jones Brother’s & Co. Air and Seaplane Adventures, Goblin Market and Yalaha Bakery

The Goblin Market in Mount Dora

The cities of Eustis, Mount Dora and Tavares make up the Golden Triangle, but the entire area is known for its bountiful lakes and old oak trees draped in Spanish Moss – a place where seaplane rides, antique shopping and Sunday brunch are customary.

Quaint bed and breakfasts are a draw for travelers to Mount Dora, not to mention the historic Lakeside Inn, built in 1883 and offering spectacular views of Lake Dora.

Live music stream out nightly from the area’s many eclectic downtown restaurants, pubs and wine bars. For a romantic meal, the Goblin Market, located down the brick alley of Dora Drawdy Way, offers fine dining at its best.

Renninger’s Twin Markets and the Mount Dora Center for the Arts and its sponsored festivals add to the allure of the Golden Triangle area.

Visitors can watch seaplanes take off and land while dining at Puddle Jumpers in Tavares, or take a ride for themselves with the Jones Brothers & Co. Air and Seaplane Adventures. Whether the view is by air, land or sea, Tavares' Pavilion on the Lake is a sight to behold with its winding staircase and a scenic pier at Wooton Park.

Downtown Eustis, with its Lake Walk at Ferran Park, the historic Alice McClelland Bandshell, and vintage-era shops, boasts old fashioned charm.

The Golden Triangle’s surrounding towns are also home to notable attractions such as the Mission Inn Resort & Club, featuring premier golf courses, dining establishments and a spa, and the nearby Yalaha Bakery, an authentic German bakery attracting visitors from far and wide to indulge in delectable breads and pastries. For more European treats and take a scenic drive off the beaten path visit A Wish or Two Ago French Bakery in Grand Island, a distintive rural community west of Eustis.

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