North Lake County Florida Cities
Eustis | Leesburg
| Howey-in-the-Hills |
Mount Dora | Tavares |
The Golden Triangle is the name for the area between the cities of
Eustis, Mount Dora and Tavares, Florida. This unique part of
Central Florida is rich in history. Early residents were attracted
to the area because of it's varied elevations, beautiful lakes and
majestic oak groves. Today's visitors and residents are attracted
for many of the same reasons, but quickly fall in love with the
"Small Town County Feel" this area offers. A short 30 minute drive
from the outskirts of Orlando, the Golden Triangle is close to big
city shopping, cultural activities and sports events, but far from
the congestion and "hurry up and wait" lifestyle. It is a slice out
of "Old Florida" where everyone knows your name and big city
problems seem far away.
Founded in 1883, the area
known as Mount Dora was first named Royellou after one of the City's
pioneers. The town later renamed after the lake that is a short walk
from downtown. The "mount" refers to the fact that the city sits 266 feet
above sea level, which is a high elevation in Florida. Incorporated as a
town in 1910 with 370 residents, the town now has a population of around
Today, the town retains its
small town feel with rolling hills, huge oaks, beautiful lakes and
historic buildings. The town is especially know for its spectacular
Christmas decorations centered around the downtown park where every tree
is covered with thousands of sparkling lights.
Mount Dora is known as having
the best antique shopping in the state. The historic downtown area has a
wide variety of antique specialty shops and restaurants most of which are
open everyday. Lake Dora, with it's beautiful waterfront Gilbert Park
and famous lighthouse , is
just a short walk from downtown.
The City hosts many annual
events such as the popular "Mount Dora Arts Festival". This event
attracts over 200,000 people each year and has been ranked among the top
art shows in the country. Other events include craft shows, antique
car shows, golf tournaments, bicycle festivals and plant and garden fairs.
Throughout the year, Mount
Dora also hosts many arts and cultural activities. You can enjoy plays at the
IceHouse Theatre or concerts and recitals
at the Mount Dora Center for the Arts.
For fun and relaxation,
fish off the dock next to the famous
Mount Dora lighthouse, take a scenic cruise of the Dora Canal, enjoy a
nature walk on Palm Island or just enjoy the sunsets on beautiful Lake
Eustis is a charming small
town that is currently in the process of completely reinventing itself. In 2003,
the Waterman Hospital, which dominated the downtown Eustis skyline for
many years, relocated south to Highway 441.
This move created a large new
downtown area ripe for development. Eustis is a unique
waterfront City with a downtown area virtually on the shore of Lake
Eustis. The City docks are open to the public and it is possible to dock
your boat and walk a short distance to dine at restaurants and browse the
many small shops that line the downtown streets.
Downtown Eustis is vintage
Norman Rockwell, where one can walk brick-laid streets, feel the breezes
from majestic Lake Eustis, smell homemade sourdough bread or see a play at
the Bay Street Theatre. In 1993 Eustis was named a Main Street
City, one of only a handful in the State.
buffs will enjoy a visit to the Clifford House, a Neo-classical Revival
house serving as the Eustis Historical Museum. The 18-room mansion was
built in 1911 and features pinewood floors, brass fixtures, six fireplaces
and Italian tile throughout. The house was placed on the Registry of
Historic Places on 1975. Weekly afternoon tours are available to the
Ferran Park on the shores of
Lake Eustis is a popular retreat among locals, the site of sailing
regattas, 4th of July festivals, the Lake Eustis Fine Arts Festival, held
in November and the Light Up Eustis Christmas celebration.
The Eustis downtown merchants
sponsor frequent street festivals with live entertainment and a popular
monthly classic car cruise. The Eustis Lake Walk is a new addition to the
town. It is a modern concrete boardwalk with beautiful iron gates
and railings where you can walk the lakefront and may even see someone
catch a fish or two.
Lake Eustis Foundation was established to
develop the new downtown area opened by the hospital's departure.
New retail/office space is being planned on the first floor and 2 story
townhouses above street level.
The City of Eustis' motto is
"The City of Bright Tomorrows". Nowhere is a motto more fitting than
on this beautiful Florida City on the Lake.
City of Tavares, located on the north shore of Lake Dora, is the County
Seat of Lake County. The Courthouse, police department, jail,
departmental offices and courts are all located in the center of downtown.
Historic Courthouse, built in 1924, contains the
Lake County Historical Museum, brimming with artifacts
tracing the areas past. A pamphlet that
outlines a walking tour
provided at City Hall.
visitors to several
found in Tavares.
waterfront City has gone through a major renaissance in recent years. As
"Americas Seaplane City", downtown Tavares has been transformed from the
seat of government business to an attraction of major interest. For
more information about the Tavares waterfront,
number of popular restaurants are worth a visit. From Al's Landing
on the waterfront, you can watch Seaplanes arriving and departing while
you enjoy your meal. O'Keefe's
Irish Pub is a short walk across the street along with a number of smaller
waterfront themed eateries. Nearer to the government center, you will find
the outstanding Casa Mia Italian Restaurant.
City of Tavares 4th of July fireworks display on Lake Dora is especially
noteworthy. The fireworks are launched across the lake and the
reflections off the water and the echoes from the surrounding hills make
the show a unique experience.
Another popular Tavares activity is a boat tour on the Dora Canal.
The canal, which connects Lake Dora and Lake Eustis, runs through a
protected wildlife area with towering cypress trees and abundant wildlife.
Alligators are a common site, along with beautiful wood ducks, cranes,
egrets and blue herons. In mid winter, you can occasionally observe
a family of otters swimming and fishing in the canal.
6 miles west of Mount Dora, Leesburg is the main center of business activity. Perched atop Lake Wales Ridge, Leesburg attracts
both the traditional retiree and the urban refugee escaping the hectic
pace of the big city. The economy, once solely based upon
agriculture, has become more diverse, anchored by a first-class airport,
and industrial parks, as well as new business incentive programs and fast
track permitting to encourage new business investment. The main
shopping venue is the Lake Square Mall, featuring 80 specialty stores and
a popular movie theatre.
Leesburg's location, between
two of Lake County's largest bodies of water, Lake Griffin and Lake
Harris, make it no small wonder that boating and fishing are the two most
popular pastimes for Leesburg residents.
often delighted to find that Lake County's largest city has a downtown
area that is a treat to the eye with its recently completed multi-million
dollar streetscape project. The picturesque downtown is lined with old
historical buildings, park benches, quaint little restaurants, gift shops,
antique stores and businesses to meet the needs of both residents and
The City was named as a
Florida Main Street City in 1994 when the Downtown Business Association,
the City of Leesburg and the Chamber of Commerce formed the Leesburg
Partnership in a united effort to preserve the town's heritage. The
Leesburg Partnership has assisted in the City's revitalization projects by
hosting many public events and festivals which include
Mardi Gras Street
Party, the Mardi Gras Ball, the Christmas Parade, the Main Street
Christmas Stoll, and the famous Leesburg
Bikefest, to name
just a few.
Umatilla is a small country town just north of the City of Eustis.
Bordering the vast Ocala National Forest, Umatilla is surrounded by pine
forests and dotted with small spring-fed lakes. The downtown area
has one stop light, a bank, a feed store, an Ace Hardware and a Pizza Hut.
Driving through Umatilla on Highway 19, it's hard to realize this small
City is the location of many large lakefront estate homes. Multi
million dollar homes surround Lake Dalhousie and the Rocking Horse Stables
north of town regularly holds jumping horse and show competitions.
The numerous small lakes in
the area provide residents with an affordable lakefront lifestyle. Most
are spring-fed and crystal clear. Lake Umatilla, Lake Blanchester,
East and West Twin lakes, the Holley Lake Chain, and Island lakes are
among the most scenic. Fishing in these lakes is outstanding and
very popular with residents.
Howey is a
quaint small town on Highway 19 just south of the City of Tavares. The
town has a pretty waterfront area on the west side of Little Lake Harris
with lakefront homes overlooking the waterfront. The town's founder,
William J. Howey, started buying Lake County Land in 1914. By 1920 he had
amassed about 60,000 raw acres for his "City Inevitable". The Florida Land
Boom tripled Howey's enterprises and the City was incorporated in on May
8th 1925. The Florida legislature officially changed the name to Howey-in-the-Hills
on May 13, 1927 to reflect the beauty of the lakes and hills which Bill
Howey touted as the "Alps of Florida".
Howey is the home of the
Inn Resort & Club. Two championship golf courses, a full service
hotel, upscale restaurants, a marina and an extensive full time staff make
this resort a popular with visitors and conventions. Numerous
upscale Spanish style homes are located on the resort grounds and the Club
has an active social calendar.
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