Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Van Gogh House in Mount Dora, Florida

Mount Dora has been on our radar (of small towns to visit) for a while. We finally made a visit last fall. Maybe it was the Van Gogh house, or the charming shops that dot the downtown, or pizzAmore that captivated us. We love Mount Dora so much we visited again this spring. If you're in the Orlando area, it's a nice little getaway (less than an hour away).
Here's the scoop on the Van Gogh house. In 2017, the owners painted a mural of Van Gogh's Starry Night, a painting their autistic son likes. Soon they got into a legal battle with the town, but last year won the case. Read the fascinating story here. When we stopped by this spring, we were lucky to run into the family. They were so gracious to show us around and even offered to take pictures for us. Thank you guys!

The historic downtown is lined with antique shops, restaurants and cute inns.
And should you need a break from your retail therapy, the Mount Dora Dock is a short walk from downtown. There are benches you can sit to watch the wildlife and/or the sunset. Or you can opt to take a boat ride on scenic Lake Dora.
PizzArmore is a short drive from downtown
serving fabulous pizza and pasta!
Do you have a favorite small town to share?

This post is shared on Our World Tuesday and Through My Lens.

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13 comments:

  1. Well this is pretty cool! I'd love to see it in person. Thanks for the tour!

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    1. Hi Sara,
      Thanks for visiting. Glad you liked it! If you find yourself in Orlando, do a side trip to Mount Dora and/or Winter Park.
      Eileen

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  2. I love the Van Gogh house. I am glad they won the lawsuit, it looks like the house adds to the neighborhood.

    Mount Dora looks like a great place to visit.

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    1. Thanks for visiting. We love this cute little town. If you're in Orlando, definitely do a side trip there.

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  3. Mt. Dora is a charming little town. My visit was pre-2017 so I didn't see the Van Gogh house. Too bad.
    My post features photos from Mount Rainier Natl Park.

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    1. Hi Sandra,
      Thanks for visiting my blog. The Van Gogh house added another thing to do in this adorable town.

      Eileen

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  4. A place to visit for sure! Adding it to my list of places to visit in FL!! Thanks for sharing all this great information & photos!!

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    1. Great to hear from you, Marie! Thanks for commenting. Definitely worth a visit...maybe not in the summer :-) Stay cool...

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  5. Oh how I love this house ( and even more so having read the background to the story and the court case!) Mt Dora looks an interesting place, I would love to stay in one of the cute inns on the lake!
    Looking forward to hearing all about your BK plans!
    Wren x

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    1. I love charming small towns with character, and Mount Dora fits the bill. And continue to discover more from reading magazines and blogs like yours. Sending an email to you re BKK.

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  6. An interesting place to visit. I like the mural painted on the wall.

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    1. Thanks for visiting Nancy! Did I mention that I'm from Pahang?

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  7. Thanks for the tour! Wonderful house.

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