"Award Winning" Magnolia Inn

347 W 3rd Ave, Mount Dora, Florida 32757
Innkeeper(s): Alla Shrager
  • Introduction

    Looking for a peaceful, relaxing day? Look no further! You will enjoy our peaceful, charming inn with 5 rooms to choose from in Mount Dora, Florida.   

    Award Winning Magnolia Inn B&B features the "true" Bed & Breakfast experience, Southern Hospitality and Charm at its finest. Lounge outdoors, swing under the majestic magnolia, or unwind in the gazebo with tables, chairs and a bar area.
    Explore the small town pleasures of quaint antique shops, boutiques, and exceptional dining, found along flower-box lined streets.
    Perhaps you'd enjoy a historic tour by trolley, train, horse and carriage, golf, tennis, fishing, water sports or a boat cruise -all available nearby.
    You'll love waking up in your elegant room with private bath to the aroma of a full, homemade breakfast accompanied by specialty coffees and teas.
    Although Magnolia Inn is located only 45 minutes from Orlando, and less than one hour from Disney and the beaches, you may feel so pampered that you might not want to leave.
    Magnolia Inn is perfect for a romantic getaway or any special occasion, honeymoons, birthdays, anniversaries or the need for a stress-free weekend.
    Children age 14+ are allowed. There are no pets in the house. 
  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Alla Shrager for sharing his own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Relaxing, romantic setting with "old world" furnishings and hospitality.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    Magnolia inn is a 1926 Historic Mansion on beautiful grounds. It's quiet and private, but only 2 blocks away from shopping and dining and all events. Innkeeper will surround you with European foods and hospitality.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    Mount Dora is known as a "festival capital" of Florida. Every weekend there is something happening. Best known for antiques galore, art galleries and jewelry stores.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    “Best breakfast in the South!”

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    Antiques galore and a number of art galleries; small town that did not change with time.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Take a balloon ride, take a boat ride with "premier boat rides," visit one of our numerous organic farms, stroll along Donnelly St and visit art galleries, jewelry stores and antique shops, have dinner with a good glass of wine and live music at "Cody's on 4th."

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Everything! Shopping, dining, boat rides, train rides, lakefront park.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?


    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?


    How many rooms does your inn have?

    5 ( 4 in the main house and a guest house).

    Do you accept pets?

    No, but we would be more than happy to find a spot at one of local pet motels.


  • History

    The Magnolia Inn was built in 1926 at the height of the Florida boom as the residence of Mr. L.R. Heim. Mr. Heim was very wealthy as a manufacturer of ball bearings in Connecticut and held patents of the Centerless grinder used in their manufacturing. After visiting Mount Dora, he returned in 1924 and purchased what had been Chautaugua Park on the South side of Lake Gertrude and the land to the west that extends to the Golden Triangle Shopping Center today.
    Mr. Heim started the sub-division called Sylvan Shores; he also helped found the First National Bank being one of its largest stockholders, and in 1929 he personally wrote a check for $50,000 to help the bank survive. Mr. Heim at one time not only owned the town newspaper but donated the street lighting still seen along Old 441 on the shore of Lake Dora and the land and stadium known as "Heim Field Ball Park".
    Magnolia Inn has been a Bed and Breakfast since 1994 with Inn-Keeper Lucy Stewart to assist you in every detail of your stay. The Inn features 4 guest rooms in the main house and 1 carriage house suite separate from the main house. Each room has a private bath / shower, King or Queen beds, antiques, oriental carpets, lace, stereo TV's, CD players, Wireless Internet in the main house and a full breakfast is served. 
    There is a Gazebo with comfortable chairs and tables to spend your time. Sit on the patio, read a book, swing in our "couples" swing or lounge under the huge oaks. You're invited to experience the splendor of our Mediterranean estate.
    Magnolia Inn received the award for "Best Breakfast in the Southeast" for the years of 2005 and 2006 by it's guests and Arrington Publishing.
    We still maintain the same standard of breakfasts each and every day. Come and spend a wonderful relaxing time with us and experience the Charm of "Something Special" Mount Dora.
  • Reviews

    “Very enjoyable - This stately home has 4 guest rooms & unattached cottage. We stayed in the garden room. Has a king size bed & ample sized room. It only has a shower-which is very small-so, if you are a large person-it wouldn't work for you..There are smaller rooms & larger room with tubs The home is charming with all its furniture & whimsy decor. The inn keeper, Debra, was just delightful. She couldn't do enough to insure a pleasant stay. There was always coffee & tea, cookies & snacks available. The breakfasts were not overwhelming, but just enough & tasty to get one thru to a late lunch. The home was amazingly clean given the amount of objects that would need to be dusted. We were there on New years weekend & enjoyed all the Christmas decorations. It is only a couple blocks to the downtown historic area. So we were able to leave the car & walk everywhere.” 
    LD, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
    “We are seasoned B&B travelers - We had the most delightful stay at the Magnolia Inn B&B. The Innkeeper Deborah Gail was not only charming but a great cook and an accomplished hostess. We definitly recommend and look forward to returning.”
    Gail B., Pittsford, NY
    “Wonderful Experience! My Mother and I stayed here for a holiday getaway, and stayed in the Garden room! The house was beautifully decorated for the holidays, and we enjoyed the Victorian decor and warm ambiance of homemade cookies and assortment of teas and coffees. There were ample areas to sit and relax, with books to read, or holiday music softly playing. Just a short walk to the main village area with many little stores and cafes. We had a lovely lunch at the Garden Gate Tea House,decorated in gorgeous "shabby chic" Victorian! If you love that decor, you will soak up your senses.Mt.Dora had a beautiful sunset by the lake, and at night, the park had a wonderful display of lights. Deborah, the Innkeeper went out of her way to make you feel at home, offering water bottles, cookies, and made a delicious breakfast!Boat ride on Dora Canal was amazing!
    Wendmo, Melbourne, Florida
    “Lovely Inn and Innkeeper - Deborah is the new innkeeper, and it is obvious that she is passionate about what she does. She acted as concierge, cook, and innkeeper for us during our short stay, and we felt like we'd made a good friend when we left. The inn is beautiful and the rooms well appointed. We took advantage of a groupon, so the value was fantastic!”
    Bodyworld, St. Petersburg, Florida