This article was sponsored by the city of Mount Dora.
While neighboring Orlando and its famous mouse often snag all the vacation hype in central Florida, it’s the quaint, lakeside town of Mount Dora that should really top your summer bucket list. It’s a special place where shimmering Lake Dora is the star attraction, Instagram-worthy sunsets are a main event and the natural wonders of Florida come alive. Free from the eye clutter of high-rises, streets are dotted with charming historical homes and rows of eclectic, locally-owned shops and restaurants. With everything in walking distance of downtown, days are spent exploring on foot, while evenings are meant for sunset celebrations on a patio overlooking the tranquil lake, where even during the summer, a breeze keeps things cool.