Situated alongside Lake Dora, Lake Harris and Lake Eustis, the rapidly growing Lake County town of Tavares has a seaplane base, a redeveloped downtown and a waterfront entertainment district, with several Tavares event venues from which to choose.
Tavares is located 27 miles northwest of Orlando, 51 miles from Orlando International Airport, 45 miles from the Orange County Convention Center and 46 miles to Walt Disney World.
Hotel venues in Tavares include the 190-room Mission Inn Resort & Club, with 30,000 square feet of meeting space, two championship golf courses, spa, fitness center and three restaurants, is located eight miles from downtown Tavares. Small, national chain properties with meeting space in Tavares include the 73-room Holiday Inn Express Tavares, 77-room Inn on the Green and 82-room Hampton Inn Leesburg/Tavares.
One of the best ways for groups to immerse in the Tavares' lakeside lifestyle is by staging an event at the Duncan House, a private lakeside southern mansion surrounded by a lush lawn with spectacular old live oaks dripping with Spanish moss. Built in 1926, the beautifully refurbished home can accommodate 20 guests for a sit-down dinner and 150 for an outdoor reception.
An engaging selection of activities is available in Tavares, including seaplane rides, eco-boat tours, kayak trips, rides on the Orange Blossom Cannonball (a historic steam locomotive train that travels to the town of Mount Dora) and playing golf at nearby courses like Black Bear Golf Club, Mission Inn Resort & Club and The Country Club of Mount Dora.
Capitalizing on its lakeside location, Tavares has a waterfront entertainment district where groups can dine al fresco and watch seaplanes take off and land. There are a variety of taverns, pubs and wine bars in this area. Among the more popular are Al's Landing, O'Keefes Irish Pub, Ruby Street Grille and Casa Mia Italian Cafe.