Situated 3 miles north of Clermont, the newly developed suburban area of Minneola, once surrounded by orange groves, capitalizes on its convenient location on Highway 27, a major Lake County north/south route. As a result, Minneola is just growing into its touristic phase, although there are already some unique Minneola event venues.
Minneola is located 29 miles west of downtown Orlando, 37 miles from the Orlando International Airport, 33 miles from the Orange County Convention Center and 227 miles from Walt Disney World.
There are few hotel venues in Minneola, but less than a five-minute drive away, Clermont has several small, national chain hotels, including the 120-room Days Inn & Suites with 8,000 square feet of meeting space and the 69-room Holiday Inn Express Clermont, with 1,000 square feet of meeting space. The largest property in the area is the 250-unit Summer Bay Resort, which has standard and premium rooms, one- and two-bedroom condos, two-bedroom villas, four meeting rooms, business center, health club, an on-site restaurant and golf access.
For special events, groups staying in or near Minneola have easy access to the Valencia Room at the Florida Citrus Tower (a 226-foot-tall structure with panoramic views of Lake County), which can accommodate 160 people for a reception; the 60,000-square-foot Club at Bella Collina's Tuscan-style clubhouse, overlooking a Nick Faldo-designed golf course that can handle 700 people for a reception with indoor and outdoor venues; and Effinheimer Beer, a craft beer brewery with a tasting room that hosts special events for up to 50 people.
Recreation activities abound in the area with options like boating on Lake Minneola, tours of the Florida Citrus Tower, glider plane rides at the Seminole-Lake Gliderport and playing golf at Palisades Golf & Country Club, Legends Golf & Country Club and Bella Collina Golf Club.
Local dining venues in Minneola, like Jack Benny's Barbeque, Minneola Grill and Napoli's Pizzeria, highlight a dining menu that also includes nearby Clermont national chain restaurants such as Carrabba's Italian Grill and Longhorn Steakhouse.
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