10 Best Things to do in Lakeside Inn – The Oldest Operating Hotel in Florida

Nothing says old Southern luxury quite like a beautiful historic hotel with lavish gardens and lakeside views. Even President Calvin Coolidge found quiet refuge here with the First Lady in the 1930s. 

Guests to this tranquil waterfront escape can expect Victorian-era charm, delicious food, horseless carriage rides, incredible sunsets, and more. Here are ten reasons you’ll love staying here. 

Reasons To Stay at the Lakeside Inn – The Oldest Operating Hotel in Florida

Immediately upon entering the grounds of the Lakeside Inn, visitors are greeted by the cobblestone street, lush gardens, and soft yellow color of the buildings. 

1. Old Florida Southern Charm

There are 90 guest rooms and suites to stay in at Lakeside Inn. Each room offers a Victorian-era ambiance with views of the gardens and lake. 

2. Authentic Florida Stay

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It’s the perfect place to relax and enjoy an “authentic” Florida experience away from the hustle and bustle of Orlando or coastal beach crowds. 

3. Fascinating History

If you like history, treasures of information are located all over the grounds. Visitors can book a stay in the “The Coolidge Room,” where President Calvin Coolidge and the First Lady stayed in 1930. 

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The room boasts incredible views of Lake Dora from a study nook the President himself used. And just think, in 1930, the President would have accessed the Lakeside Inn in Mount Dora from the area’s famous chain of lakes and canals connecting from the Atlantic Ocean. 

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