HERON CAY Lakeview - a AAA  Four Diamond   Bed & Breakfast INN  

   "Authentic Recreation of a 9200 Sq. Ft., 1890's QUEEN ANNE Victorian Mansion"... with 8 'One of a Kind' Rooms overlooking Lake Dora

~~~  Located at 495 West Old US Highway 441, Mount Dora, Florida 32757  - CALL 352-383-4050  /  EMAIL innkeeper@heroncay.com   ~~~

  PRE-THANKSGIVING WEEKEND SPECIAL - November 21 - 23 !!  

 **   SECOND Night HALF PRICE !!   ** 

  ** We still have Two King Suites Available... with Fireplaces **  

  The HOLIDAYS are just 'Around' the CORNER!!  Call and Book Prime Times Now 

 *******  CALL for OTHER SPECIALS  *******  

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 The GARDEN of the Month for October, 2013! 

 And One of Five Gardens selected to have been on the 11th Annual - 2014, Prestigious, Lake and Hills Garden Club Tour  

*** SEE Us On  You Tube  NOW! ***  AND Now Please 'Support / Like' Us on  FACE BOOK   ***

  Palms have Grown...   And so has this Past Summer's  New landscaping...  

    

  AWESOME SUNSETS over Lake DORA !!  

 And When ALL Conditions are PERFECT??   We are WATERFRONT! 

 Our usually DRY 'Pond'... has Water (Rare), and a Sunset to the Northwest ! 

**** Click Here... To View Our Rooms and General Rates !! ****  Then CALL MARGIE at 352-383-4050 or 888-437-6622  

Inquire about our 2/3 Night Specials *** Please CALL Margie 352-383-4050  /  888-437-6622 ***  eMail:  innkeeper@heroncay.com

  Our 'Pool FURNITURE has been refinished in BRIGHT 'Island Colors' with cushions re-covered in custom, tropical 'Sea Life' patterns: 

We bought 'the BEST - SUNBRELLA' - In one Month we were, and have been, fighting 'Black Spotting!!  DEPRESSING ! 

AAA-1906     FOUR    DIAMONDS... Now for 19 Continuous Years      AAA-2014... 1 of 2 in FLORIDA

 Please do not confuse 'Bought' "4 and 5-Star Ratings"... with being 'Awarded' FOUR DIAMONDS by AAA - These Are Not FOR SALE !!

To See the STANDARDS to achieve AAA ' FOUR DIAMONDS ' ... Please CLICK ... ' A DIAMOND AFFAIR ' 

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         Located in Beautiful Mount Dora, Florida... and just a 4 'MINI' Block walk to DOWNTOWN!!      

  Situated on 2 plus Landscaped Acres Overlooking Lake Dora...  

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  The Many things to DO in and AROUND MOUNT DORA:  

Boat Tours - Boat Rentals - Carriage Rides - Balloon Rides - Antique Shops - Golf - Horseback Riding - Kayaking - Music - Tea Rooms - FOOD & WINE!! - Art Galleys - Sea Planes Rides - AND Truly, a 'ONE of a KIND' experience ... the 'Orange Blossom Cannonball' Florida’s Historic 'Turn of the Century' Steam train!  America’s #1 Movie Train - '3:10 to Yuma' / 'True Grit' / 'Appaloosa'/ ' Rosewood'... SEE BELOW!!    

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Service between Mount Dora and Tavares was restored - May, 2014.   Enjoy three departure times between Mount Dora and Tavares!!

                                  

  CLICK on the STEAM ENGINE Above to receive MORE Information !  

  All Aboard the 'Orange Blossom Cannonball', Central Florida’s historic steam train! America’s #1 Movie Train gives you the  opportunity to ride on the actual train that starred in many award winning motion pictures including: “True Grit”, “Appaloosa”, “3:10 to  Yuma”, “There Will be Blood”, “Rosewood”, and “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?”.

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Relaxing on our Front Porch... you will forget ALL the Stresses the World !!

The ONLY Bed & Breakfast in MOUNT DORA to offer 'AIR SERVICE' at the Front Door !!  (A function of the weather, however!)

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Our "STANDARD" Rooms start at $125 (Summer Weeknight)... and range in size from 250 ft2 to 320 ft2 (A 15 X 15 room is only 225 ft2) they overlook the Pool & Gardens !!   All Rooms Include: FULL Private Bath - TV - WIFI - Refrigerator - Hair Dryer - Robes - MORE... and a 4+ Course Gourmet Breakfast!  

Visit the DOZENS of Antique Shops in and around Mount Dora:  Depart from Downtown via WATER... Take a Pontoon Boat Tour of the Unspoiled DORA CANAL... or Enjoy a Beautiful Sunset CRUISE (Go to DORA CANAL):  View the Rolling Hills and Lakes by AIR... aboard a HOT AIR BALLOON (Go to ROHR BALLOONS)... and NOW BY AIR!!!   'READ' ON !!! 

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 ***  NOW Available!!  Seaplane Flights / Tours departing from Tavares !!  *** 

 'CLICK' on the Plane below to visit their WEB SITE 

             

 Jones Brothers Air And Sea  -  150 East Ruby Street  -  Tavares, Florida 32778 
352-508-1800

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  A Weekend in MOUNT DORA  --  A GIRL'S GET AWAY... And/Or a GUYS' Awesome GOLF Plus GET AWAY !!  

*** Please CALL Margie 352-383-4050  /  888-437-6622 about 2/3 Night Specials ***  eMail:  innkeeper@heroncay.com

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AAA - 1906     FOUR    DIAMONDS... Now for 19 Continuous Years      AAA  -  2014

 Heron Cay B&B INN is One of only TWO B & Bs in FLORIDA Awarded the coveted Four Diamonds by AAA  

*** PLEASE Remember - the Old 'Idiom' : " You ' GET ' what you pay for..." ***

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When you want to 'Get Out of Florida' on a tank of Gas... Come To Beautiful, Mystical Mount Dora, located in Central Florida ... 

You will feel you are in... the 'Foot hills' of the Carolina's... Pennsylvania... 'Up State' New York... Vermont... New Hampshire... almost anywhere in the Northeast... and with a little Imagination... England, Austria, Germany... But the 'Palms' are a Dead Give Away!

A 'BRIGHT' Spot in your Mount Dora Visit!!

  One of the MOST photographed 'Landmarks' in Mount Dora!!  

Truly an Escape to a Place lost in Time... in the Lakes and 'Foot Hills' of Florida !!

Margie and I invite you to Come stay at Central Florida's ONLY AAA Four DIAMOND Bed & Breakfast Inn... 19th Year !!

During the Day... Relax around the Pool... The Plants have GROWN and the Furniture and Deck have been Painted !

and in the Evening, 'Sip' your favorite beverage as you Enjoy the end of another Perfect, Mount Dora DAY!!

Another Beautiful Sunset... A Truly , ROMANTIC Experience!!

Expect... and Receive the BEST!! 19 Consecutive Years... Awarded AAA Four  DIAMOND Rating for Lodging and Food

     

If you only desire a 'Motel Room' for the night... You will find a nice selection on NEW Highway 441 at the 'Best Western', 'Motel 6', 'Comfort Suites', Etc...

  Click On...Mount Dora FL Bed and Breakfast for Rooms/Rates  

Is it Time for that weekend GET-AWAY to Mount Dora??   We Qualify for that 'STAYCATION!!'

 'FALL/WINTER' Accommodations starting at $145.00 / $195.00 (weeknight / weekend) Inquire for Specials  

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When visiting... Always leave time to Experience the Charm of MOUNT DORA... by LAND or AIR!!

Be picked up at our Inn by HITCH-N-TIME's Horse and Carriage

Click on the Picture Above to go to the HITCH N TIME Site... It tells it ALL!! and tell them Randy & Margie sent you!!

Or 'FLY / DRIFT' AWAY In a Hot Air Balloon...

Click on the Picture Above to go to Chuck Rohr's Site... It tells it ALL!! and tell Him Randy & Margie sent you!!

       

If the weather is 'RIGHT'... you can Walk out the Front Door... 'Hop' Aboard... and Depart from Heron Cay's Front Yard!!

Then... GO KAYAKING through the REAL FLORIDA you saw from the SKY!!!!!

 ***  Central Florida Kayak Tours  *** 

 Please CLICK ON the Picture ABOVE to view their WEB SITE!  It is a MUST See!   And tell them Randy & Margie sent you!!

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***   INQUIRE  for  SPRING  SPECIALS!!   ***  

  Please CALL 352-383-4050 or 888-437-6622...

                

for AAA Four  Diamond 'SPRING' Lodging RATES  

To View Rooms and Rates... Please Click Here!!

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The MOUNT DORA Area is About ANTIQUES, EVENTS, FESTIVALS and ESCAPE from the Everyday WORLD!!

If you want to know EVERYTHING going on HERE...Click to Visit:

  What to do in MOUNT DORA!! 

and

 Mount Dora Area Chamber of Commerce!!  And here is    how the 'Chamber's Current Home' looked in 1922 ! 

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And for MORE things to Do In and Around MOUNT DORA...

 Visit... LAKE County to See ALL that is HAPPENING... NEARBY!!  

For a 'Quick' Historical Look at Mount Dora... go 'visit'... Dora Ann Drawdy

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  Call Margie at HERON CAY: 352-383-4050 or Toll Free at 888-HERONCAY (888-437-6622) to Book one of MOUNT DORA's Legendary Festivals, Events or Just a FUN FILLED Weekend / Weekday!!

Send eMail to:  innkeeper@heroncay.com. However, there are so MANY Things to be DONE here... eMail is NOT INSTANTLY Checked!! 

    We have Eight Rooms available to our Guests: All with FULL (Tub & Shower) Private Baths, Small Refrigerator/Freezers, Televisions and WI-FI.  Including 'ZOI' Garden, our first floor room which is fully ADA Compliant and also 'PET(s)' Friendly!

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 WARNING!!!! Many 'Internet and GPS MAPS' will give the WRONG Location if our address is entered incorrectly!! Especially 'GPS Nav. Systems' !!  When in doubt, please contact Margie at 352-383-4050 (Toll Free 888-Heroncay) or eMail her at... innkeeper@heroncay.com

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The 13th MOUNT DORA FLORIDA HIGHWAYMEN  SHOW & SALE was August 9th & 10th.

The show marked 6 Years, Randy & Margie of HERON CAY B&B INN, has been Bringing the REAL HIGHWAYMEN ARTISTS to MOUNT DORA !!.

This Show's 'RAFFLE' Painting was of MOUNT DORA's Historic Train Station with Vintage Steam Engine by Highwaymen Artist, R. L. Lewis.

  A Limited Edition Series "1907 Baldwin Steam Engine at Mount Dora Depot 2014"- Numbered 2 thru 25  

 Is now Available in Prints, Giclees and Other Options.

Stretched & Framed - $400 / Un-Stretched  & Unframed - $300  CALL 352-383-4050   

This Show's Poster / Flyer was taken from the Second Collaboration 'RAFFLE' Painting of MOUNT DORA's Waterfront at GILBERT PARK'.  

  GICLEEs (Print on Canvas) of the 2nd COLLABORATION RAFFLE Painting of Mount Dora's LIGHTHOUSE and Waterfront'

 signed by All Artists (on back), is available: Stretched & Framed - $400 / Un-Stretched  & Unframed - $300  

  Call - 352-383-4050  or... eMail 

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Signed Posters and Flyers from ALL 13  Mount Dora Florida Highwaymen Events...  ARE still available FOR PURCHASE - Please INQUIRE.

              

 1st - Aug., 2008        2nd - Jan., 2009    3rd - Aug., 2009    4th - Jan., 2010      5th - Aug., 2010       6th - Jan., 2011  

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 ~~And Now... A Tour AROUND the Inn !! ~~

Hopefully you have seen the 'BEDS'... here is the 'BREAKFAST' !!

All Lodging, comes with OUR Four+ Course Gourmet' Breakfast Buffet !!

WELCOME to DORA's  ROOM... Coffee is 'OUT' at 8:00 AM in...

Our Spacious, 650 square foot, Breakfast Area and Guest Lounge, boasting the Largest of Our SIX  Natural WOOD Burning Fireplaces!!

On 'This Wall'... you will see the Paintings of Three 'CLASSIC' Highwaymen... Harold, Alfred and James...

The 'WARM and FUZZY' Dinning Room !! Where Our Breakfast Buffet is served 365 Days a YEAR!! 

Living Up to Our 4 DIAMONDS... Breakfast begins with one of Randy's 'Generous' Fruit Platters and Margie's Fresh Nut Breads!!

         

Our Guests enjoy their meal on RS Prussia and RS Germany Porcelain from the early 1900s... 

Using Randy's Mother's LADY HAMILTON Silverware from the 1940's.

 Margie is the BAKER!!  Breakfast begins with her Freshly Baked Nut Bread and Ends with one of her AWESOME Desserts !!

And In Between, one of her many Delicious Egg Casseroles, accompanied by...

 One of Randy's Creations (seen above), a variation on 'Margie's Mom's Fried / Poached Eggs -- These over Bacon, Ham, and Mushrooms... then topped with Assorted Cheeses... with his Specially Seasoned Sausage Patties!!  HEY... your on Vacation!!

OUR HONEY BELL Tree is now 'Empty'! But we are still trying to do 'FRESH SQUEEZED' when possible! 

   

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You are Invited to Relax in the PARLOR... 

 The 'Reading Room' or 'Mini-Museum': Available to our Guests - 24 Hours a Day - 365 Days a Year !!

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Parking in Downtown Mount Dora may be VERY difficult to find on Weekends and during Special Events...Not to Worry!!

Just leave your car, and... Downtown is only 4 Short Blocks away...

Leave from our parking area via the 'Pathway to Town'; then connect to the City's 'Walkway to Town'...

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From the 'Tradition' of our Palm Beach Gardens' HERON CAY Intracoastal Bed & Breakfast...

 When Life was an 'Endless' Party!!   The ORIGINAL HERON CAY... 1991 - 2002 !!

The FOLLOWING is Just more of Randy's 'Babbling and Rambling'... (i.e. 'Blogging??')

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~     ** About US and Our 'Kids' **      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

****PLEASE NOTE... ALL of Our KIDS live in OUR Area...****

They are always nearby... But  DO NOT 'roam' the B&B... and are NEVER in the Bedrooms (other than the PET FRIENDLY Rooms) !!

You will hardly know they are here... unless you would like to meet them!

Two of our 'Zoi' girls have Never 'Barked' and One of those, Pixie Dust, will be Eleven in July!!

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Below... 1996 - Our First Borzoi; Lady Jade at 9 months, chasing Super Star at 3 months,.. on 'The Sandbar'; their Favorite Place to Be!  Sadly... Jade, Jasmine, Star and Kalif are Gone... CLICK 'HERE' to Visit our Current Wonderful BORZOI - 'ZOI' - (aka... Russian Wolfhounds)!!

           

     BORZOI 'Cruise' at 30+ mph !!     At 'FLANK SPEED'... They can 'Run Down' a RABBIT... and/or 'out run' most Greyhounds !!

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Our first Zoi... Jade, Jasmine, Star and on August 28, 2013,  KALIF... are Now 'Gone'... I shall never stop Crying for my 'LIF'...

 3:45 pm - Monday, September 8, 2014.  ANASTASIA just died... after a two year battle with a lung tumor. Oh GOD... How she will be Missed. 

He has left his three ladies... ANASTASIA... *Now GONE*, 'Baby' DARLA... and PIXIE DUST *GONE*!!

However... by shear 'accident'... three days after we lost our BOY... we were asked if we could 'foster' a 6 month old Girl Borzoi puppy. We said we would... She arrived on Labor Day, 2012: When she entered our home, and lives, we knew the 'Fostering' was over.  Vonya... is in her 'Forever' home, with her 3 older 'Sisters'.   Between the tears... I can again smile.  It has taken some time for me to be able to edit this part of our Web Page.

Meet 'Vonya', our newest girl... following in her older 'sister', Darla's Paw Prints...

          

But Now... Sadly... without the watchful eyes of our Boy, Kalif... but now with her 'new' Sisters guiding her...

THEN... And NOW...

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  It is over a year... and I still can not address the loss of my Boy... Kalif...  So I have changed little of the following... 

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And little has Changed... still THEIR Favorite Place to be...'On the SANDBAR!!'... And OURS... to be with Our Beloved BORZOI !

This past Summer... Check the Choreographic !!

Darla and Pixie Dust... AT SPEED !!                                                PRICELESS !!           

           

Now a look back into the Past...

October 1st, 2008

April 14th, 2011... not Much has Changed!

Below - Summer of 2005:  One of Her first trips to the 'SANDBAR'... Darla becomes know as 'Fearless' Flying Darla !

Below - June 7th, 2006... Her second summer 'On the BAR' !

And below... 5 YEARS Later - June 1st, 2011

'Check' the PAWS!  She is Still FLYING HIGH!!

This is Darla when we told her this was the LAST Trip to the SANDBAR until next Summer... 

But on April 14th, 2011...

We're BACK !!

                   

DARLA!!  YES! I am BACK!! And ...  doing what I love BEST... 'BREAK DANCING' !!

June, 2011

Okay... Let's GO... What's the Matter with you ALL You WIMPS ?!?  

"Okay... I'm Out Voted!" All On their way back home... to CRASH in the Parlor!

         

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Darla's Early Days... at 20 weeks... with Kalif... 

'Robbing the Cradle... She's Mine' !!!

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There are few things on this EARTH, that mean as Much to US, as OUR BORZOI... and KITTIES!!

There is Nothing Like Borzoi!!!... When you ' HAVE HAD ' BORZOI...  you will know... There is Nothing Like Borzoi!!!

BORZOI only GIVE... and Ask BACK... LOVE!!

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Our Beloved Zoi... Darla, Anastasia, Pixie Dust and Kalif... 'Dusty' and 'Lif' have left us...

Our Kitties:

                                                

             Guana (24+)... Floors;                                 Abby (18+)... Bookings                               Scotty (15+)... Computer

Guana is our Miracle Kitty... Now 24+, and 'getting' younger everyday !

and our youngest Boy... TOMMY TIKI !!

   

He LOVES NAPPING... AND FOOD!!  He and Darla 'Swapping' Dinner Bowls... Darla 'got' the 'Shorter' End of the Deal!!

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In 2008, Two of Our 'Kids' left us:  On May 25th, over 6 years ago, we had to said 'Goodbye' to 'Mr. Jack'; and now, nearly over 6 years ago, on October 28th, to 'Foxy Guy'... it is still like Yesterday: and NO, I Never 'Let Go of', or Forget, my 'Kids'... DAD. 

Please Click on their Pictures... to visit 'Their SITES'

                                                                   

           'Mr. Jack, the CAT'... 13 years Young... too Young to leave us                                         'Foxy Guy'... 15 years Young        

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They ALL Were, still ARE and always will BE... a Major Part of OUR Lives!!

It is impossible to find  'Words'... to convey how much ALL of Our 'Kids' have meant, and still mean to us!!

We Love you All so MUCH... Mom & Dad!!

    

And now... something that NEVER crossed our minds...

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I have been slowly updating our Web Site over the past year... Our other KIDS have been a huge comfort: Darla, Anastasia, Pixie Dust... Our Kitties and our newest Girl Zoi, Vonya: But so hard without my 'BOY'... my 'SON'... Kalif, who Died Suddenly from 'Natural Causes'... August 28, 2012...

It has been Two Years... but it is like Yesterday, since I lost my boy KALIF... I shall NEVER forget him... 

 MY GOD, how I loved HIM... 

He was 'gone' in only minutes... I NEVER was able to kiss him, and say Goodbye... Until he was dead...

And now... another sudden loss...

 Our oldest Borzoi... PIXIE DUST - 10 1/2 years young... Died suddenly from 'Natural Causes'... March 22, 2014... 

We are ALL crying... Her passing comes exactly 9 years, from when we lost our first boy 'Zoi'... Super Star... March 22, 2005 

Here is DARLA (on the left)... and PIXIE DUST; doing what she (they) loved they most... Running on 'The Sandbar' !

AND Now... On September 8th, 2014... ANASTASIA joined the list...

 3:45 pm - Monday, September 8, 2014... Anastasia died: Our 'baby' girl, at nearly eleven years, lost her two year battle with a lung tumor. 

 Our new boy, Ringo, was able to meet Anastasia the day after he arrived on August 27... and spend 12 days with her before her death. 

 'HAPPY 'Stasia' July 12, 2014... She did not know, nor did we... in just a little over a month... she will leave us... 

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A 5 1/2 month old Borzoi PUPPY has now joined our FAMILY!!

 

MEET RINGO !!

I picked 'Ring' up in Cookeville, TN, 2:00 pm Monday afternoon.. and we arrived back HOME 1:15 pm Tuesday afternoon; after a 'quick' 1300+ mile Trip!

 

 

MANY, MANY More PICS COMING!!

AND... the Borzoi Miracle story... VONYA... reunited with her Brother MAX!! Against ALL ODDS !! 

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     GOD BLESS AMERICA !!     

   Latest Revision - November 20th - 2014  

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