Quaint, picturesque, and although not mountainous, at least hilly, Mount Dora is only 45 minutes north of Orlando, but a century away in time. It could easily be Florida’s version of Bedford Falls (in the movie It’s a Wonderful Life). Victorian homes, a postcard-perfect turn-of-the-century main street, antique shops, superb restaurants, and inviting bed & breakfasts make Mount Dora one of Florida’s most-visited small towns.
— Visiting Small Town Florida, Third Edition 9781561644889