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REVIEW: Adora Inn, Mount Dora

If you are a fan of the sleek Arts and Crafts bungalow, I may have discovered your favorite bed-and-breakfast – The Adora Inn.

Adora InnSince purchasing the B&B in 2005, John Cataldo and Arthur Natale have added modern upgrades, colorful artwork and comfortable furnishings to their 1916 home, creating a clean, understated look.

I guarantee that a visit to the Adora Inn will put to rest any misconceptions about froufrou B&Bs covered in lace doilies. Clutter is nowhere to be found.

And, with a location two blocks from Mount Dora’s main downtown thoroughfare, Donnelly Street, guests easily walk to all the popular shops and restaurants, and Lake Dora. I had no use for my car while I was there.

For my one-night stay, I booked the Treehouse, a large room on the third floor with a king-sized bed. A set of stairs leads only to the Treehouse, making the room ideal for couples seeking privacy. Alas, I was alone. In the bathroom is a tub-big-enough-for-two surrounded by gray tile. I made do with the handheld shower.

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Decorative fireplace in the Olive Room.

My personal preference was the Olive Room, on the second floor, where my mother and sister spent the night. Green walls and dark wood furniture give the space a cozy, warm feeling. The room has a fireplace and a walk-in shower with a ledge for sitting, a nice feature for older guests.

The inn is not handicapped accessible, as the website notes, with all rooms on the second and third floors. In fact, the stairs to the second floor are fairly steep and the stairs to the third floor are extremely steep. As my 79-year-old mother pointed out, the railings on both staircases were wobbly.

If you have any trouble climbing stairs, don’t book a room on the third floor. Besides the Olive Room, there are three other choices on the second floor. The Periwinkle Room appealed the most to me. Although it’s the smallest, the room is light and bright, with white bedclothes and furnishings and an antique claw-foot tub and shower.

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Mom with an antique car in downtown Mount Dora.

Room rates run from $175 for the Periwinkle to $250 for a two-room suite. Note that there are no TVs in the rooms, or anywhere else in the inn. But the inn does provide WiFi.

After our long day of shopping and eating in Mount Dora, we were too tired to watch TV, or do anything but sleep by the time we returned to our rooms. We came to town to check out the famed Renninger’s Antiques & Collectors Extravaganza – a first for all three of us. (Read my article about that experience.)

After walking all over Renninger’s, we shopped downtown, then had a great seafood dinner on the outdoor deck at Pisces Rising. (See my Good Eats list for Mount Dora restaurant recommendations.)

After all that activity, we came home to our bungalow and fell exhausted into our beds, anticipating the breakfast in store the next day.

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One of the pet Salukis.

John and Arthur did not disappoint. The innkeepers, both professional chefs, served up a feast: homemade pear tarts plus fresh mixed fruit and bread to start, followed by a frittata and roasted potatoes.

The pair ate with us and led a stimulating conversation about the presidential campaign. Possibly a risky move with some guests, but right up my alley!

All three of us enjoyed the attention of their pets, two gentle Salukis.

Breakfast was not served until 9 – a late hour for some guests – but a Keurig machine was available for coffee or tea downstairs. I think it’s a good idea to ask guests what time they want to eat breakfast, particularly in a case like ours – we were the only guests.

Adora InnMany B&Bs where I have stayed offer the morning meal during a one- or two-hour time period, for flexibility. At the Historic Edgewater Hotel, in Winter Garden, you choose the time and order your breakfast from a menu.

One other suggestion for the Adora innkeepers: Work on the front yard to improve your curb appeal. A little landscaping would go a long way to create a better first impression.

On the whole, my mother, sister and I had a positive experience at the Adora Inn, and I believe you will, too. What I love about bed-and-breakfasts is that each one is different – the home, the personality of the innkeepers, the location. You never know just what you’ll find until you cross the threshold.

Keep on B&Bing!

Julie

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(Note: I accepted no compensation in exchange for writing this review, and did not reveal my intentions to the innkeepers.

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