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
Parking on site
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Family-owned golf resort near Orlando with a pool, spa and four dining outlets
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.
Mission Inn Resort & Club
10400 County Road 48
Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida 34737
How to Get There
The preferred airport for Mission Inn Resort and Club is Orlando, FL (MCO-Orlando Intl.) - 57.3 km / 35.6 mi. Distances are calculated in a straight line from the property's location to the point of interest or airport and may not reflect actual travel distance. Distances are displayed to the nearest 0.1 mile and kilometre.