Markus's Guidebook

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Excellent food, especially the Sunday morning brunch. A charming 1883 Inn featured on Americas Inns.
Lakeside Inn
100 Alexander St
Excellent food, especially the Sunday morning brunch. A charming 1883 Inn featured on Americas Inns.
Our go to place for the best Mexican food in the area. Great ambiance and the best Margaritas around. Be careful though, one Margarita is more than enough. 👍🏻
Sol De Mexico
125 North Bay Street
Our go to place for the best Mexican food in the area. Great ambiance and the best Margaritas around. Be careful though, one Margarita is more than enough. 👍🏻
Great rib dinners for a very reasonable price. The food is always consistent you’ll never get a bad meal here. The decor inside is filled with taxidermy animals and fish creating a unique dining experience. This is our go to place for rib dinners
Oakwood Smokehouse & Grill
2911 David Walker Drive
Great rib dinners for a very reasonable price. The food is always consistent you’ll never get a bad meal here. The decor inside is filled with taxidermy animals and fish creating a unique dining experience. This is our go to place for rib dinners
This is an excellent restaurant with fresh food and a nice view of Lake Eustis from their outside dining area. And warmer weather you can see gators swimming up to the docks while you eat. Try the gator tacos on taco Tuesday.
Fish Camp Lake Eustis
901 Lake Shore Blvd
This is an excellent restaurant with fresh food and a nice view of Lake Eustis from their outside dining area. And warmer weather you can see gators swimming up to the docks while you eat. Try the gator tacos on taco Tuesday.
Sully’s Smokehouse Has fall off the bone smoked ribs. They are a bit pricey, but if you want authentic smoked ribs this is probably the place to go. It is about five minutes from the house.
Sully's Smokehouse
10820 County Rd 44
Sully’s Smokehouse Has fall off the bone smoked ribs. They are a bit pricey, but if you want authentic smoked ribs this is probably the place to go. It is about five minutes from the house.
If you like authentic German food and live German Alpine music this is the place to go. It is located in Sanford, about 45 minutes away. Downtown Sanford also has a wonderful historic downtown with shops and antiques as well as a German grocery store which is also owned by the restaurant owners. Sanford also has a very nice newly renovated waterfront on Lake Monroe where you can walk along or sit in benches or swing in benches and enjoy the view of the lake.
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Hollerbach's Willow Tree Café German Restaurant
205 East 1st Street
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If you like authentic German food and live German Alpine music this is the place to go. It is located in Sanford, about 45 minutes away. Downtown Sanford also has a wonderful historic downtown with shops and antiques as well as a German grocery store which is also owned by the restaurant owners. Sanford also has a very nice newly renovated waterfront on Lake Monroe where you can walk along or sit in benches or swing in benches and enjoy the view of the lake.
This is a wonderful Greek restaurant in all the Greek tradition. Waitresses dressed in the traditional Greek costume will serve you and dance as the Greek music is played. By the end of the night the floor will be covered with torn up paper which is thrown high into the air as everyone shouts opah. People will be dancing on top of the tables with the waitresses it’s a very unique dining experience and the food is very traditional and very well done it’s a long drive but it is a lot of fun.
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Taverna Opa Orlando
9101 International Drive
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This is a wonderful Greek restaurant in all the Greek tradition. Waitresses dressed in the traditional Greek costume will serve you and dance as the Greek music is played. By the end of the night the floor will be covered with torn up paper which is thrown high into the air as everyone shouts opah. People will be dancing on top of the tables with the waitresses it’s a very unique dining experience and the food is very traditional and very well done it’s a long drive but it is a lot of fun.
The bakery is an authentic German bakery with many choices of delicious baked goods. You can also get breakfast or lunch there. They have indoor and outdoor seating with an outdoor bar area and live music at sometimes it’s a nice drive to get there through some of the rolling farmland. Next Door is a Yallaha moonshine company which is also interesting to go see
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Yalaha Bakery
8210 Florida 48
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The bakery is an authentic German bakery with many choices of delicious baked goods. You can also get breakfast or lunch there. They have indoor and outdoor seating with an outdoor bar area and live music at sometimes it’s a nice drive to get there through some of the rolling farmland. Next Door is a Yallaha moonshine company which is also interesting to go see
Boondocks is a very nice restaurant located on an Lake Harris in Howey in The Hills. They have great waterfront dining views and the food is very good.
JB Boondock's Bar & Grill
704 South Lakeshore Boulevard
Boondocks is a very nice restaurant located on an Lake Harris in Howey in The Hills. They have great waterfront dining views and the food is very good.
Hurricanes is a good pub style restaurant with live music many times and happy hour specials. It is located on the dead river which is the river that connects Lake Eustis to Lake Harris. They have recently added an incredibly large tiki hut for outdoor dining out of the sun or rain with a view of the dead river
Hurricane Dockside Grill
3351 W Burleigh Blvd
Hurricanes is a good pub style restaurant with live music many times and happy hour specials. It is located on the dead river which is the river that connects Lake Eustis to Lake Harris. They have recently added an incredibly large tiki hut for outdoor dining out of the sun or rain with a view of the dead river
The Mason Jar Is a family owned restaurant which is quite popular at all the locals. It’s typically quite busy and has homestyle comfort food, Such as meatloaf with homemade mashed potatoes, not the instant style. They also have good fried fish and other meals.
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Mason Jar
37534 FL-19
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The Mason Jar Is a family owned restaurant which is quite popular at all the locals. It’s typically quite busy and has homestyle comfort food, Such as meatloaf with homemade mashed potatoes, not the instant style. They also have good fried fish and other meals.
Great little seafood restaurant in downtown Mt Dora. Located in Donnelly Park, right across from Donnelly House.
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Tonys Clam Chowder Seafood Restaurant
622 N Donnelly St
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Great little seafood restaurant in downtown Mt Dora. Located in Donnelly Park, right across from Donnelly House.
A “GoTo” restaurant for the locals. Always busy, so be prepared to wait.
Oyster Troff
936 N Bay St
A “GoTo” restaurant for the locals. Always busy, so be prepared to wait.
Great little ice cream shop on Magnolia Ave in downtown Eustis. They also have a shop in Leesburg. Alcohol infused ice cream treats in a very funky shop. They also have trivia nights and other events to enjoy.
Mystic Ice Cream
Great little ice cream shop on Magnolia Ave in downtown Eustis. They also have a shop in Leesburg. Alcohol infused ice cream treats in a very funky shop. They also have trivia nights and other events to enjoy.
On my “To Do” list of places to eat. 👍🏻 This place has an excellent reputation for great steak and home cooked meals. About a 40 minute drive from home. Downtown Deland is also an interesting place.
Emmy's Time Out Tavern
2069 Old New York Ave
On my “To Do” list of places to eat. 👍🏻 This place has an excellent reputation for great steak and home cooked meals. About a 40 minute drive from home. Downtown Deland is also an interesting place.
Very interesting decor. Good food. We avoid franchise restaurants, so this is one of our go to to places. They also have a small, fresh water beach. About a 30 minute drive from home.
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Eaton's Beach Sandbar & Grill
15790 Southeast 134th Avenue
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Very interesting decor. Good food. We avoid franchise restaurants, so this is one of our go to to places. They also have a small, fresh water beach. About a 30 minute drive from home.

Antiques and Flea Market.

This is a huge antique and flea market which will take you hours to go through. Great for a rainy day
This is a huge fleamarket an antique market as well. Bargain hunters will love this place. There are a large number of indoor shops as well as many outdoor shops on the weekends.
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Renninger's Flea Market & Antique Center
20651 U.S. 441
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This is a huge fleamarket an antique market as well. Bargain hunters will love this place. There are a large number of indoor shops as well as many outdoor shops on the weekends.
The fairgrounds have a large indoor and outdoor flea market on Thursdays. You can buy a lot of new and used goods including very cheap Florida baseball hats and T-shirts antiques as well as a fresh vegetable market and some vendor sewing seafood and other items
Lake County Fairgrounds
2101 County Road 452
The fairgrounds have a large indoor and outdoor flea market on Thursdays. You can buy a lot of new and used goods including very cheap Florida baseball hats and T-shirts antiques as well as a fresh vegetable market and some vendor sewing seafood and other items

Sightseeing

Mount Dora is an historic town located directly on Lake Dora. It’s a great place to spend the day sightseeing and visiting the various shops which contain something for everyone. There are many great restaurants to choose from yes. There are nice ice cream shops as well as a unique candy store and a pet shop known as piglets pantry where you can buy pretty much anything you could think of for the favorite dog or cat in your family.
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Mount Dora
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Mount Dora is an historic town located directly on Lake Dora. It’s a great place to spend the day sightseeing and visiting the various shops which contain something for everyone. There are many great restaurants to choose from yes. There are nice ice cream shops as well as a unique candy store and a pet shop known as piglets pantry where you can buy pretty much anything you could think of for the favorite dog or cat in your family.
Trout lake conservation area is a free hiking area. You can walk along trails in the woods, or the boardwalk leading out to trout lake. You can see a nesting site along the boardwalk of a 12 foot alligator. You will see many different types of birds resting in the trees along the shoreline. They also have a museum of natural history and many other displays in the two main buildings where you can learn about the local natural history.
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Trout Lake Nature Center Inc
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Trout lake conservation area is a free hiking area. You can walk along trails in the woods, or the boardwalk leading out to trout lake. You can see a nesting site along the boardwalk of a 12 foot alligator. You will see many different types of birds resting in the trees along the shoreline. They also have a museum of natural history and many other displays in the two main buildings where you can learn about the local natural history.
Eustis is a great town to spend an afternoon or evening in. It’s very safe there’s a variety of shops and some great restaurants. If it’s the first Friday of the month, the streets are blocked off and there’s a lot of free entertainment and booths selling various items. Downtown looks great in the evening as they have many lights in the trees and the boardwalk going out onto Lake Eustis is a nice walk with some wonderful photo opportunities.
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Eustis
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Eustis is a great town to spend an afternoon or evening in. It’s very safe there’s a variety of shops and some great restaurants. If it’s the first Friday of the month, the streets are blocked off and there’s a lot of free entertainment and booths selling various items. Downtown looks great in the evening as they have many lights in the trees and the boardwalk going out onto Lake Eustis is a nice walk with some wonderful photo opportunities.
This is a bit of a drive to the golf coast but if you want to see manatees and bottlenose dolphins this is a great place to see them. Especially drink cooler weather, they enjoy the warm water outlet from the power plant so they congregate in large numbers there
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Apollo Beach
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This is a bit of a drive to the golf coast but if you want to see manatees and bottlenose dolphins this is a great place to see them. Especially drink cooler weather, they enjoy the warm water outlet from the power plant so they congregate in large numbers there
Winter Park Florida is the Beverly Hills of Florida. They have some of the best restaurants and a lot of very nice upscale shops. They have plenty of outside dining along Park Avenue where you can sit and watch the well-to-do walk by or drive by in their Lamborghinis and Ferraris. Winter Park also has a canal tour which cost approximately $10 per person which will take you on several of the lakes and along the homes of the rich and famous it’s well worth the 90 minute to 2 hour tour. You can also walk around the grounds of Rollins College which is a very old and historic college with beautiful buildings and landscaping it’s very reminiscent of a college in England or one of the Ivy League schools here. Paul McCartney son went to Rollins College and Paul McCartney would stop in to talk to the students assembled in the auditorium. Mr. Rogers of the children’s television show was also a student a Rollins college. The museum located on Park Avenue just passed the shopping portion is home to one of the largest Tiffany glass collections in the world. On the weekends Winter Park has a small but interesting fresh food market where you can also buy other items such as flowers and plants.
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Winter Park
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Winter Park Florida is the Beverly Hills of Florida. They have some of the best restaurants and a lot of very nice upscale shops. They have plenty of outside dining along Park Avenue where you can sit and watch the well-to-do walk by or drive by in their Lamborghinis and Ferraris. Winter Park also has a canal tour which cost approximately $10 per person which will take you on several of the lakes and along the homes of the rich and famous it’s well worth the 90 minute to 2 hour tour. You can also walk around the grounds of Rollins College which is a very old and historic college with beautiful buildings and landscaping it’s very reminiscent of a college in England or one of the Ivy League schools here. Paul McCartney son went to Rollins College and Paul McCartney would stop in to talk to the students assembled in the auditorium. Mr. Rogers of the children’s television show was also a student a Rollins college. The museum located on Park Avenue just passed the shopping portion is home to one of the largest Tiffany glass collections in the world. On the weekends Winter Park has a small but interesting fresh food market where you can also buy other items such as flowers and plants.
Sanford has a wonderfully preserved historic downtown with antique shops and Many restaurants to choose from. The Florida citrus museum is also located in Sanford. Many of the buildings have been restored with care. Many buildings still have the original awnings that would’ve hung out over the Sidewalk as you would’ve seen in 1940s Small town USA. If you like taking pictures, between the picturesque Downtown end the newly renovated waterfront walkways, this is definitely a must see after a nice dinner at the willow tree café in downtown Sanford.
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Sanford
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Sanford has a wonderfully preserved historic downtown with antique shops and Many restaurants to choose from. The Florida citrus museum is also located in Sanford. Many of the buildings have been restored with care. Many buildings still have the original awnings that would’ve hung out over the Sidewalk as you would’ve seen in 1940s Small town USA. If you like taking pictures, between the picturesque Downtown end the newly renovated waterfront walkways, this is definitely a must see after a nice dinner at the willow tree café in downtown Sanford.
Clermont winery Is a nice winery with many very good wines you can purchase at a reasonable price. They offer a free wine tour with sampling. At times, they also have live music and some food in their reception area.
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Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards
19239 U.S. 27
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Clermont winery Is a nice winery with many very good wines you can purchase at a reasonable price. They offer a free wine tour with sampling. At times, they also have live music and some food in their reception area.
The bootlegging company an interesting little shop next to the bakery. They offer small samples of the various types of moonshine they produce.They also have typically live country music from time to time and a little shop adjacent to the Bootlegging company selling homemade pies pickled preserves among other things.
Yalaha Bootlegging Company
8222B County Road 48
The bootlegging company an interesting little shop next to the bakery. They offer small samples of the various types of moonshine they produce.They also have typically live country music from time to time and a little shop adjacent to the Bootlegging company selling homemade pies pickled preserves among other things.
Wolf Ranch brewing is A local brewing company located in downtown Eustis.
Wolf Branch Brewing
119 N Bay St
Wolf Ranch brewing is A local brewing company located in downtown Eustis.
Feran Park it’s located in downtown Eustis on the shores of Lake Eustis. They frequently have live music or shows in the band shell and many events where they will have many vendors setting up tents to sell things in the park the park also has a playground for kids and a public swimming pool right on the water’s edge.
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Ferran Park
250 Ferran Park Dr
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Feran Park it’s located in downtown Eustis on the shores of Lake Eustis. They frequently have live music or shows in the band shell and many events where they will have many vendors setting up tents to sell things in the park the park also has a playground for kids and a public swimming pool right on the water’s edge.
An interesting local museum with many displays and photographs donated by longtime local families.
Eustis Historical Museum
536 North Bay Street
An interesting local museum with many displays and photographs donated by longtime local families.
A beautiful park in Tavares. At Christmas time, the park has many wonderful Christmas decoration. You can ride on the Polar Bear express train with your kids as actors tell Christmas stories. Tavares is a waterfront city with docking for seaplanes and boats. If you like to watch seaplanes come and go, this may interest you.
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Wooton Park
100 E Ruby St
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A beautiful park in Tavares. At Christmas time, the park has many wonderful Christmas decoration. You can ride on the Polar Bear express train with your kids as actors tell Christmas stories. Tavares is a waterfront city with docking for seaplanes and boats. If you like to watch seaplanes come and go, this may interest you.
Venetian Gardens is a nicely landscaped waterfront Park in Leesburg. They are currently building a waterfront restaurant adjacent to it. Many events are held in Venetian Gardens, such as the annual bass masters fishing tournament in February, many sport fisherman from all over the country come to compete for the hundred thousand dollar grand prize. They have many booths and displays featuring hire and fishing equipment as well as some of the most expensive bass boats you will ever see.
Venetian Gardens Park
109 East Dixie Avenue
Venetian Gardens is a nicely landscaped waterfront Park in Leesburg. They are currently building a waterfront restaurant adjacent to it. Many events are held in Venetian Gardens, such as the annual bass masters fishing tournament in February, many sport fisherman from all over the country come to compete for the hundred thousand dollar grand prize. They have many booths and displays featuring hire and fishing equipment as well as some of the most expensive bass boats you will ever see.
Leesburg has an interesting downtown with shops and antique stores and various restaurants. Leesburg is well-known for the annual Leesburg bike fest which attracts thousands of bikers from all over the country.
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Leesburg
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Leesburg has an interesting downtown with shops and antique stores and various restaurants. Leesburg is well-known for the annual Leesburg bike fest which attracts thousands of bikers from all over the country.
Tavares Seaport and Wooten Park are well known for both their Christmas displays and sea planes which come and go, as well as the annual antique wooden boat show. Each year boating enthusiasts from all over North America converge on Wooten Park and the dock areas to enjoy the displays of historic wooden boats which have been lovingly restored by their owners, it’s definitely an interesting day out to see spectacular vintage wooden boats of the 1920s, 40s and 50s and even earlier.
Tavares Seaport
Tavares Seaport and Wooten Park are well known for both their Christmas displays and sea planes which come and go, as well as the annual antique wooden boat show. Each year boating enthusiasts from all over North America converge on Wooten Park and the dock areas to enjoy the displays of historic wooden boats which have been lovingly restored by their owners, it’s definitely an interesting day out to see spectacular vintage wooden boats of the 1920s, 40s and 50s and even earlier.

Live Theater

This is an amazing preserved theater. They have many live shows throughout the year such as Mamma Mia, the Rocky horror picture show, Christmas shows and many others. If you like live theater, visit in the theater and watching a show should be on your must do list.
Bay Street Players
109 North Bay Street
This is an amazing preserved theater. They have many live shows throughout the year such as Mamma Mia, the Rocky horror picture show, Christmas shows and many others. If you like live theater, visit in the theater and watching a show should be on your must do list.

Bars and live music.

Gator bay is a unique hole in the wall type of establishment, serving decent pub food including very good gator bites and typically live music or karaoke if you’d like people watching.
Gator Bay Marina/ Bar & Grill
10320 County Rd 44
Gator bay is a unique hole in the wall type of establishment, serving decent pub food including very good gator bites and typically live music or karaoke if you’d like people watching.
This is definitely a local hang out with a lot of friendly Cowboys and bikers. They have a lot of live music and people dancing, or you can sit outside along the docks and the cypress trees and watch the boats come and on Lake Harris. The food is average so don’t expect too much and the service matches the food. It’s an interesting restaurant to visit for the live music and people watching and the scenery of the lake and the cypress trees. It’s great for an afternoon visit a drink or two and some finger foods.
Lake Harris Hide A Way
11912 Lane Park Road
This is definitely a local hang out with a lot of friendly Cowboys and bikers. They have a lot of live music and people dancing, or you can sit outside along the docks and the cypress trees and watch the boats come and on Lake Harris. The food is average so don’t expect too much and the service matches the food. It’s an interesting restaurant to visit for the live music and people watching and the scenery of the lake and the cypress trees. It’s great for an afternoon visit a drink or two and some finger foods.