Bus Tour to the 22nd Annual Mt. Dora Christmas Walk
Some friends (Lynne and Margaret) and I took our first trip with a local bus tour company, Goodtime Getaways, to attend the 22nd Annual Mt. Dora Christmas Walk, located outside Orlando, Florida. The price of the trip was $33, which included the transportation to the event from Vero Beach. Goodtime’s buses are in excellent condition and the tour was nicely organized. We had assigned seats and the hostess, Dottie, offered trivia games during the ride to the Mt. Dora Christmas Walk.
Our group was dropped off in the center of Mt. Dora and were given 4 hours to enjoy the New England-style town. For one night only, the streets of downtown Mt. Dora were blocked off for pedestrians, local entertainers, and vendors to enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas celebration. Most stores were open late and there were plenty of restaurants to choose from. Manyu shops hosted open-house style events and offered a sampling of their products for us to try.
Mt. Dora’s Donally Park was all decked out in lights and pretty holiday scenery. Several stores had fake snow machines, which added to the holiday cheer. Downtown stores were fully decorated in holiday theme. Musical entertainment was provided, steel drum bands to guitarists signing along to Bob Seger, and school drum corps. A beautiful Christmas tree stood in the middle of town to serve as the anchor of the festivities.
The Mt. Dora Christmas Walk Offerings
My favorite stores were Julianne’s Coastal Cottage, where I picked up some unusual gourmet food products, and Piglet’s Pantry Dog Bakery, where my dog Priscilla scored fresh baked muffins. Mount Dora’s downtown shops are sprawled out between four or five streets so everything is walkable.
My friend Lynne and I enjoyed a delicious authentic German meal at the Bavarian Haus, complete with waiters clad in Bavarian clothing and a talented accordion player for entertainment. I ordered the pork schnitzel, sauerkraut, and potato dumplings. It was absolutely awesome! The prices were affordable and the service prompt and friendly. For dessert, Lynne and I bought almond iced cookie cutouts at the Sweet Shop. The prettiest sight of the night was the Mt. Dora Masonic Lodge #238. The house was framed and illuminated with white twinkling lights. A $3 house tour was offered and for $5, included a picture with Santa.
We dropped in the gorgeous Lakeside Inn for a craft sale. I would love to come stay at the Inn for a weekend to enjoy its quaint cottages. Narrated eco-tours by boat and air tours are available on Lake Dora at reasonable prices. The Lakeside Inn is on the National Register of Historic Places. Mount Dora also features a lighthouse, which we did not have time to see.
The Mount Dora Photo Gallery:
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