TASTE OF OUR TOWN

Mount Dora's Guided Food & Wine Tour

A Guided Tasting Tour of Local Food and Wine…

Seasoned with a Dash of History and Scenic Highlights. Join us as we explore our historic town of Mount Dora. We will drop in on some charming restaurants, quaint food shops, and local wine and specialty bistros. As we stroll through tree-lined streets, we will also savor a “Taste” of Mount Dora’s rich culture and lakeside beauty.

Come join with us for a Taste of Our Town Tour to find out much more about Mount Dora’s captivating history and culture.

Our Guides

“3.5 hours of amazing food, wine, and company!”

We love traveling and being able to explore culture and cuisine, so this was a perfect adventure. We walked all around this beautiful little town at a leisurely pace and made eight stops over the course of 3.5 hours. The hosts were great and every stop had something incredible to offer- wonderful local art, amazing food and wine, and plenty of laughs!

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For a “Taste”… Mount Dora was settled in 1874 by David M. Simpson, his wife and 2 children. In 1880 it was named “Royellou” by the postmaster, Ross Tremain after his children Roy, Ella and Louis. In 1883 the town was re-named “Mount Dora” for Dora Ann Drawdy. In 1887 the railroad arrived and brought tourists who enjoyed a winter retreat for hunting, fishing and boating. Today our town is noted for its crafts, antique shops, historical buildings and beautiful scenery. The John P. Donnelly House, The Lakeside Inn and the Old Mount Dora Railroad are on the National Register of Historic Places.

Mount Dora’s Culture is a relaxing mix of antique shops, one of a kind artisans, diversified dining, historic bed & breakfasts, and beautiful lakeside living. The town is know as the “Festival City.” We host some of the largest and finest art festivals, craft fairs, music and wine festivals in the county.

WHEN

3 Days a Week…

Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday

TOUR START

at 2:00 pm Approximately 3 hours

MEET

Mount Dora Chamber of Commerce, 341 Alexander St Mount Dora FL 32757

WEATHER

Tours take place rain or shine!

WHAT TO WEAR

Wear comfortable shoes and clothing

CAPACITY

12 people per tour

FOOD

6-7 tastings

COST

$49 per person

INCLUDED

All the food and various libation tastings, bottle of water, exclusive discounts to local restaurants and our Mount Dora Food Tour neighborhood guide

TASTES

Our selection varies daily. Call to find out what’s on tour .

Juliannes Coastal Cottage

Julianne’s Coastal Cottage Works of Many Florida Artisans Along with Florida Gifts, Decors, and Gourmet Regional Wines.

Magical Meat Boutique

British Style Carvery Restaurant Specializing in Freshly Carved Meats, Authentic Fish and Chips and a Large Variety of British Beers.

Wave Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar

Experience the “WAVE” of Asian Dining in Historic Mount Dora.

The Loft Cafe

Rustic-Chic Traditional and Plant Based Comfort Food.

Las Palmas Cuban Restaurant

Family Owned and Operated…Bringing the Flavor and Culture of Cuba into Mount Dora.

Bev Neal’s Gallery & One Flight Up Cafe & Wine Bar

Painting Outside the Lines with Bev Neal and many Local Artists While Enjoying a Glass of Wine and Delicious Treat from One Flight Up.

Mount Dora Olive Oil

Tasting bar with 70 varieties of Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil, White and Dark Balsamic, and Specialty Oils and Vinegars!

Copacabana Cuban Cafe

Specializing in Delicious and Reasonably Priced Authentic Cuban Cuisine.

The Gatehouse Gift Gallery, Located at Lakeside Inn, Features the Handmade Works of Regional Artisans and a Selection of Lakeside Inn Keepsakes and Souvenirs.

Olive Branch Mediterranean

Olive Branch is an Upscale Mediterranean-Italian Restaurant and Bar. Specialties Include chicken Broccoli Franchaise, Shrimp and Scallop Pesto, Osso Bucco and Steaks Cooked to perfection. Enjoy a Delicious Meal Along with the Best House Wine in Town.

Fiesta Grande

Tucked Along a Side Street in Picturesque Mount Dora, You Will Find an Authentic Taste of Mexico.

Cody’s On 4th

A Friendly Atmosphere That Celebrates the Special Charm of Mount Dora.

Rockin’ Cafe on Donnelly

This Unique Cafe Features Great Food, Fun Music and Memorabilia.

Ceciles French Corner

A Fragrant Oasis Tucker Away in Beautiful Downtown…Bon Appetit!

Mount Dora Taste of Our Town Step-On Bus Tours

Have you ever asked yourself how a small town in flat Florida came to be named“Mount Dora”? That’s one of many fun stories John and Paula share when you join them for a “Taste of Our Town Tours”. They will hop on your tour bus and take your group through the tree lined streets and help you discover the New England feel town’s surprisingly colorful history and rich art culture. When you join John and Paula, you will visit some of Mount Dora’s hidden treasures…tucked away places otherwise not discovered by most visitors.

If you’d like, the guides can then jump off the bus and take your group on a stroll for a close up visit of Mount Dora’s charming downtown streets. You will walk from art gallery to specialty shop, taking advantage of discounts offered to only Taste of Our Town Tour Goers. As you make your way through the quaint streets, your guide will pause at various landmarks so a nugget of history or fun facts can be shared. How about ending your tour at a local restaurant for a generous taste of a signature dish? Each tour can be tailored to best fit your group’s desires.

Taste of Our Town Tours has speedily acquired reputation on TripAdvisor and with pride John and Paula brag about repeatedly obtaining the Certificate of Excellence. When you join them, the scheduled yet flexible paced tour promises a fun filled day packed with maximum enjoyment.

For questions or to book your step-on/step-off bus tour,

please call 352-729-6291 or email MountDoraTasteofOurTown@gmail.com

JOHN & PAULA

John and Paula moved to Mount Dora in 2000. Their passion for food, wine, history and culture, inspired them to bring a tour to the town they love so much. Doing so allows them to share a “taste” of their city with locals and visitors alike. John is a retired Federal Law Enforcement Officer with a passion for history. Paula is a retired postmaster born and raised in the Central Florida area. When not guiding tours, John and Paula take pleasure in all the beauty that comes with living in beautiful Mount Dora. This includes frequenting local restaurants and wine bistros while enjoying the company of friends, family, or their sweet pup, Panda.

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OUR WISH

The wish of “Taste of Our Town Tours” is to give our guests a sample of how local Mount Dorian’s live daily. People who live in our town are attracted to a certain life style. This includes gathering with friends and family while enjoying wonderful food, a glass of wine and the outdoor beauty which often includes a perfect sunset over Lake Dora.

Mount Dora is a quaint and inviting town with enchanting history and culture. We desire to share a “taste” with each one of you.

GET IN TOUCH

EMAIL.
mountdoratasteofourtown@gmail.com

TEL.
(352) 729-6291.

MEET.
Mount Dora Chamber Of Commerce, 341 Alexander St Mount Dora, Fl 32757

FAQ

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