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
We were going to a party nearby and decided at the last minute to get a room. Beautiful resort with golf course, tennis courts, spa, bikes, pool and several restaurants. Our room overlooked the pool and golf course with a screened balcony to enjoy the view. It is off season so we nearly had the place to ourselves. The room was nicely appointed with a comfortable king bed and elegant bathroom with nice toiletries and 6 sets of towels. Breakfast was a la carte or a tasty buffet with made to order omelette. Other restaurants we have enjoyed on previous visits. Staff was friendly. Totally perfect mini vacation. Hidden treasure not to be missed.
I drove up there to officiate a wedding. Brought my triplets with me. It was very different from the normal Marriot or Hyatt hotels. Beautiful surroundings. Room was great. Nice touches. A big storm rolled in so we ate at the on site restaurant. The desserts were to die for. Great wedding location. Loved it.
Lynn and I and ten of our friends attended a retirement party for one of our friends at the elegant Mission Inn. It was a Sunday Brunch. More items than I could ever mention were served on several tables. There was an omelet station, a desert bar, Carved Roast Beef and Turkey, shrimp, oysters and many other seafood and chicken dishes. This all came with endless champagne and mimosas. No one goes home hungry from this brunch. There is something for everyone there. Service was outstanding. I loaded up on shrimp, roast beef, turkey and oysters Rockefeller. For desert I had the apple crumb cake with ice cream. It was truly a gastronomic experience.