Calvin Coolidge, our 30th President of the United States was known for his dry Yankee wit and his frugality with words. His wife, Grace, recounted that a young woman sitting next to Coolidge at a dinner party confided to him she had bet she could get at least three words of conversation from him. Without looking at her he quietly retorted, “You lose.”
Built in 1883, the Lakeside Inn in Mt Dora is the last of the Grand Victorian Era Hotels still remaining in Central Florida. There are five brightly-painted yellow and white buildings surrounded by stately oaks covered with Spanish moss. The last two additions were completed in 1930. During their month’s stay in the winter of 1940, President Calvin Coolidge and his wife Grace were on hand to dedicate the Gables and Terrace wings.
That explains why the white swan paddle boats on the banks of the inn boast the names of Grace and Calvin. The two-person paddleboats are about six feet long and three-and-a-half-feet wide. When I first saw them, they were positioned side by side. As the sun was setting, I noticed that someone had re-positioned them facing each other. I could see their necks formed a heart. I started taking pictures as the sun was setting in the background. When my husband and I are together in a beautiful setting, it’s not easy to get a photo of “the two of us”, so as couples were strolling to and from the dock I drew their attention to the swans and offered to use their cameras to take pictures of the two of them with the romantic prop.