“Every one of a hundred thousand cities around the world had its own special sunset and it was worth going there, just once, if only to see the sun go down.” ~ Ryu Murakami ~
A lot of times my husband is like “a horse to a barn” on our return from a vacation, but on this August trip, he had booked a night at the Lakeside Inn in Mt Dora, Florida. What a treat. We had visited Mt Dora before, but had never stayed downtown. We happened to arrive on the night of their monthly Street Palooza. This was a night of music on the lawn of the Lakeside Inn and vendors on the street. There was a porch right off of our accomodations where we could listen to the music and watch the sun go down.
Founded in 1883, Lakeside Inn is the oldest continuously operated hotel in the state of Florida and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Inn opened originally with 10 rooms and early guests arrived by lake steamer from Jacksonville. Travel was long and arduous, so visitors would normally stay for many weeks or even months at a time. Lakeside Inn now features 87 comfortably appointed guest rooms and suites and a unique central Florida location that allows for easy access from anywhere in Florida or around the world. this is a view of the buildings from the long dock on the lake.
If you weren’t lucky enough to have a porch to sit on, as we did, the lawn was a perfect setting for your blankets or chairs as you listened and watched the sun set.