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Published on : Saturday, September 9, 2017
Historic Mission Inn Resort & Club—nestled amid rolling citrus groves and untouched Florida landscape 35 minutes’ northwest of Orlando—makes the ideal home base for exploring a treasure trove of inviting fall activities.
The Old Howey Mansion, the 20-room, 7,200-square-foot Mediterranean Revival former home of the town’s founder, Williams John Howey, is currently under renovation and will reopen in late 2017 as a nine-room bed and breakfast, and wedding and special event venue offering tours.
The charming village of Mount Dora boasts a crowded calendar of lakeside festivals and events including art and craft shows, a seafood festival, flower and landscape shows, antique and flea markets, athletic events and bike week, theater presentations, plus a holiday tour of homes.
The annual Harvest Grape Stomp, a fun-filled day of family-centric activities, at Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards is a fall favorite. Located just a mile from Mission Inn, the winery is open year-round and hosts musical events and seasonal grape-centric activities and tastings.
Close by, Yahala Bakery is a must stop for authentic German pastries, deli delights, and outdoor entertainment.
Throughout the year, Lake County draws fishermen to its sparkling, bass-filled lakes and the Harris Chain of Lakes and Dora Canal. Jones Brother’s Seaplane Adventures in Tavares gives visitors aerial views with “splash and dash” flights of the region.
And there’s plenty to see and do at the wonderful Mission Inn, designed in classic Spanish Colonial architecture and offering 176 graciously appointed guestrooms, suites, and villas, as we all three restaurants, two lounges, and a poolside bar. Among the rich menu of activities are two championship golf courses, Spa Marbella, eight tennis courts, trap and skeet shooting, jogging and bicycling trails, volleyball courts, outdoor pool and hydro-spa, a fitness center, nautical center with 52-slip marina, fishing, and boating.
Through the end of 2017, Mission Inn Resort is offering a $100 resort credit on any currently available two-night package. The credit is per person, per stay and may be used for on-site dining, spa, merchandise or other activities; it cannot be combined with any other discount offer.