Mission Inn Resort & Club
What We Love
- Best of both worlds: The rural Old Florida setting lures Floridians looking to escape Orlando’s theme park scene, but it's just 35 minutes away from Mickey Mouse
- Private 52-slip marina on Lake Harris is ideal for boating and fishing
- Golf lovers will enjoy the two courses on site; the star, El Campion, turns 100 in 2017
- Check-in coupons offer discounts on spa services and merchandise at the pro shop
What To Know
- It's a popular spot for corporate retreats and wedding groups
- The family-owned resort celebrated 50 years of operation in 2014
- The resort fee covers WiFi, access to the itness center and spa, resort shuttle service and free bike rentals
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Inspired by the founder’s travels through Mexico in the 1950s, the Spanish Colonial–style Mission Inn Resort and Club features white stucco walls, red tile roofs and folksy hand-painted signs directing visitors around the 1,110 acre property. This is rural Old Florida, complete with orange groves and Spanish moss–draped oak trees — a big departure from the commercial theme park side of Central Florida to the south. The lodging area, which has a pool and restaurants; the golf section, which includes the fitness center and Spa Marbella; and the nearby marina are all serviced by free resort shuttle.
Bed and Bath
Built in 1971, the bilevel resort has 187 guestrooms, and come with WiFi, flat-screen TVs, Keurig coffeemakers and screened patios or balconies (in most rooms). Club Suites have an extra sitting area with couches and an armchair. The decor hints at Spanish style, with carved wooden bedframes and wardrobes, while framed prints of local flora add a sense of place. The tan tile bathrooms are simple, with low shower-tub combinations, marble vanities and Lord & Mayfair bath amenities.
With two courses, the focus here is golf. The star, El Campion, turns 100 in 2017. The public course hosts NCAA and NCII tournaments, with an active pro shop that’s also home to the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy. A centrally located swimming pool, hot tub and playground keep the kids entertained, while the spa features a sauna and steam room and offers a full roster of treatments, from sports massages to a waxing. Four dining outlets include burgers and salads at pub-style Nicker’s, which has a screened porch overlooking the first hole of Las Colinas, and formal steaks, chops and lobster tails at El Conquistador, where business-casual attire is requested.
In the Area
This is the Old Florida you didn’t know still existed, complete with orange groves and moss-bedecked oak trees. Rent a pontoon boat from the marina and explore the chain of six lakes, pulling up to the Lake Harris Hideaway for drinks or lunch. Hickory Point Recreational Facility has lighted soccer fields and a boat launch popular for bass fishing tournaments. Unique shopping awaits 20 minutes away at Renninger’s Antiques Market and in the cute Victorian town of Mount Dora. Stop by local secret Yalaha German Bakery, five minutes up the road; patrons make the 45-minute drive from Orlando to stock up on apple streusel, marzipan stollen and freshly baked breads.
How to Get There
Mission Inn just north of Orlando, the setting is rolling hills ( not really hills, landscape) and Spanish moss laden trees. The Mission has 176 comfortable rooms, nearby is shopping, dining, and a winery. The resort has golf, tennis, trap/skeet, bicycling, fishing, a marina, four restaurants.
If you are in the are, somewhere near to Lake Harris, and it is Sunday you need to book in for Sunday brunch at the Mission Inn. It is superb. From friut, breakfast food, eggs benedict, omelettes, through fresh poached Salmon, Smoked Salmon, Roast Beef, Roast Turkey, more veg and salad etc than you can count and all absolutely gorgeous, to excellent sweets, including Bananas Foster anf home made vanilla ice cream. And you can go back for more as often as you like. AND to wash it all down, Champgne, Mimosa, Orange Juice, Coffee - again, your glass keeps getting refilled. Do not miss it.
This is a beautiful resort in Howey-in-the-Hills that more people should know about. Beautiful setting, wonderful staff, and great ameneties. Stayed there for Leesburg Bikefest, but the place is so beautiful, and the golf courses look so awesome that I have to go back for a golf weekend.
This review is only about the golf. In no way is this resort quality golf compared to other resorts in the Orlando area. Little grass on the fairways and many bare areas. No towels in the cart, bad on course marking, no food at the turn, no cart boys. Takes 15 min to get a hotdog to-go in the restaurant. Not a bad layout and greens are ok, but not what any of our 24 person group would call a quality golf experience.
Our second stay at The Mission Inn and although again only a one night stay we felt welcome and comfortable .The reception staff were professional , cheerful and accommodating - thank you Rebecca Dinner at La Margarita Restaurant did not disappoint , the food quality was excellent . Our room was exceptionally clean and comfortable however the bathroom was somewhat dated and could do with a bit of a makeover i.e. replacing the low toilets with comfort height styles .
The only disappointment is that we wish we could stay for longer and take advantage of the services offered .
We plan to keep returning and will continue to highly recommend The Mission Inn Resort and Club .