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Five More Reasons to Retire in Mount Dora

February 21, 2023

Retirement is one of the biggest steps in your life. Choosing where you want to spend it is a major decision, but the charm and beauty of Mount Dora, FL, can help make it easy. Mount Dora has a lot to offer retirees, from exciting festivals to great local shopping. Explore just some of the many reasons why this relaxing, historic gateway just 40 minutes north of Orlando is the perfect spot for seniors.

1. It’s the Weather

Mount Dora is warm year-round with average temperatures ranging from the low 70s during winter months (December – February) and up to the high 80s during summer months (July – September). Practically all year long, the sun and outdoor fun beckon.

2. The Beautiful Lakes and Canals

Home to Lake Dora in the heart of downtown, as well as countless other lakes, the area is a water lover’s paradise. Fishing, swimming, kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding are all on the daily menu. If you’re more of a “relaxer” than a “paddler,” you can experience “Old Florida” through scenic boat tours across Lake Dora and along the Dora Canal known as the “most beautiful mile of waterway in the world.” Lined with majestic, century-old cypress trees as far as the eye can see, this entrancing canal is home to countless herons, egrets, cormorants, anhinga, osprey, fish, turtles and otters.

3. Hiking, Biking and Walking, Oh My!

Lighthouse Park in downtown Mount Dora is an idyllic spot for fishing, swimming, picnicking or watching the sunset while sipping a glass of wine in an Adirondack chair. But if you’re looking to get your feet moving and the blood pumping, there are several area parks offering miles of scenic multi-use trails for all levels. From Lake Apopka Hammock Trail to Palm Island Parkway, who needs a boat to enjoy the beautiful flowers and fauna of central Florida?

4. The Vibrant Yet Relaxing Downtown

Mount Dora is a welcoming place where people go out of their way to make you feel at home. It has a charming village vibe reminiscent of Key West or even small-town New England. From antiquing to unique boutiques, galleries and more, it’s a place where you can shop for everything under the sun.

And dining? Get ready to tantalize your palate with endless choices. Across practically every street and around every corner you will find 5-star gourmet, authentic ethnic cuisine, quaint bistros and cafes, tea rooms, wine bars, microbreweries and bakeries. There’s not a taste or craving that can’t be satisfied.

There’s also a weekly farmer’s market where you can buy locally grown fruits and vegetables and handcrafted goods.

If you love attending galleries and learning about new local artists, then the Mount Dora Center for the Arts is a must-visit destination. There you’ll find regular gallery exhibits and a myriad of classes for all ages.

5. Festivals Galore

Mount Dora has been coined by many as the Festival City. Why? Because there’s something fun and fascinating happening all year long, including the annual Mount Dora Arts Festival, a nationally ranked fine arts fest that attracts more than 300 exquisite and eclectic artists from all over the world.

Mount Dora festivals make it a destination for antique lovers and crafters, food and beer connoisseurs, music lovers and even those who want to experience the games, sights and sounds of the Scottish Highlands. In Mount Dora, there’s nary a weekend when something isn’t happening or celebrated.

All this just scratches the surface when it comes to things to love about Mount Dora. It’s no wonder it’s become so popular among retirees across the country, not only do the perks speak for themselves, but included in your monthly fees is access to some of the best health care in the state. With a highly recognized hospital nearby, you can rest assured knowing you won’t need to go to Orlando for the best medical care.

And with the new Lakeside at Waterman on Lake Margaret near the heart of it all, come for a visit. Contact us today and discover the resort-like retirement that rounds out Mount Dora as your perfect destination.

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