HERON CAY Lakeview - a AAA  Four Diamond   Bed & Breakfast INN  

   "Authentic Recreation of a 9200 Sq. Ft., 1890's QUEEN ANNE Victorian Mansion"... with 8 'One of a Kind' Rooms overlooking Lake Dora

~~~  Located at 495 West Old US Highway 441, Mount Dora, Florida 32757  - CALL 352-383-4050  /  EMAIL innkeeper@heroncay.com   ~~~

  ***** HERON CAY SPECIAL!!!  GARY US BONDS with Rocky & the Rollers !!!   This THURSDAY Night...

 Early Check-In & FREE General Admission Ticket(s) to SHOW!  

  **** This Coming Weekend is HALLOWEEN; and Say 'Goodbye' to Daylight Savings Time !!  ****   

 Perfect FALL Weather - Days mid-80's  /  Nights mid-60's --- Come and Enjoy a PEACEFUL Mount Dora!  

 *** Call for Special 'Short Notice' Rates  *** 

  Below... A Special Picture of our Facade... taken by our friend, and renowned Architectural and Landscape photographer, Doug Thompson. 

Please visit and patronize Doug's Mount Dora business... Mount Dora Olive Oil Company (website - Mount Dora Olive Company) and for a Showcase of his Award Winning Photography, visit his website -  Doug Thompson Photography. 

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 Please call for Information about our WINTER SPECIALS!! 352-383-4050 !  


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 And When ALL Conditions are (Not) PERFECT??   We are WATERFRONT! 

 Our usually DRY 'Pond'... has Water and a Sunset to the Northwest (Rare)! 

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We have 'SHORT NOTICE' Specials 'year-around'  Please inquire! ***  CALL Margie 352-383-4050  /  888-437-6622 ***  eMail:  innkeeper@heroncay.com


  Our 'Pool FURNITURE is finished in BRIGHT Island Colors using Awl-Grip, a Marine / Aircraft Epoxy paint...    

We have brought the 'TOPICAL FLARE'  to Mount Dora: Our LUSH landscaping offer over 100 varieties of Flora! 

  'From' our Pool... You are surrounded by an 'Island Theme' !!  

  During the Day... You may relax around the Pool... Sipping 'Mint Juleps' / 'Bloody Marys' /  'Rum & COKE-a-COLA' / or... 'Water'!  

     FOUR    DIAMONDS... for 19 Continuous Years      


         Located in Beautiful Mount Dora, Florida... and just a 4 'MINI' Block walk to DOWNTOWN!!      

  Situated on 2 plus Landscaped Acres Overlooking Lake Dora...  


  We are the PERFECT place to CHILL OUT !  Ringo, our 17 month old Borzoi Puppy chilling in HIS room!  


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  All Rooms Include: FULL Private Bath - Flat Screen TV - WIFI - Refrigerator - Hair Dryer - Robes - MORE... and a 4+ Course Gourmet Breakfast!  


  A Weekend in MOUNT DORA  --  A GIRL'S GET AWAY... And/Or a GUYS' Awesome GOLF Plus GET AWAY !!  

*** Please CALL Margie 352-383-4050  /  888-437-6622 about 2/3 Night Specials ***  eMail:  innkeeper@heroncay.com


   FOUR    DIAMONDS... Now for 19 Continuous Years  

*** PLEASE Remember - the Old 'Idiom' : " You ' GET ' what you pay for..." ***

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When you want to 'Get Out of Florida' on a tank of Gas... Come To Beautiful, Mystical Mount Dora, located in Central Florida ... 

You will feel you are in... the 'Foot hills' of the Carolina's... Pennsylvania... 'Up State' New York... Vermont... New Hampshire... almost anywhere in the Northeast... and with a little Imagination... England, Austria, Germany... But the 'Palms' are a Dead Give Away!

A 'BRIGHT' Spot in your Mount Dora Visit!!

  One of the MOST photographed 'Landmarks' in Mount Dora!!  

Truly an Escape to a Place lost in Time... in the Lakes and 'Foot Hills' of Florida !!

During the Day... Relax around the Pool... The Plants have GROWN and the Furniture and Deck have been Painted !

Another Beautiful Sunset... A Truly , ROMANTIC Experience!!

Expect... and Receive the BEST!! 19 Years... Awarded AAA Four  DIAMOND Rating for Lodging and Food


If you only desire a 'Motel Room' for the night... You will find a nice selection on NEW Highway 441 at the 'Best Western', 'Motel 6', 'Comfort Suites', Etc...

  Click On...Mount Dora FL Bed and Breakfast for Rooms/Rates  

Is it Time for that weekend GET-AWAY to Mount Dora??   We Qualify for that 'STAYCATION!!'

 ''Winter' Accommodations starting at $145.00 / $195.00 (weeknight / weekend) Inquire for Specials  


  SO Many things to DO in and AROUND MOUNT DORA:  

Boat Tours - Boat Rentals - Balloon Rides - Antique Shops - Golf - Horseback Riding - Kayaking - Music - Tea Rooms - FOOD & WINE!! - Art Galleys - Sea Planes Rides - AND Truly, a 'ONE of a KIND' experience ... the 'Orange Blossom Cannonball' Florida’s Historic 'Turn of the Century' Steam train!  America’s #1 Movie Train - '3:10 to Yuma' / 'True Grit' / 'Appaloosa'/ ' Rosewood'... SEE BELOW!!    


  When visiting... Always leave time to Experience the Charm of the MOUNT DORA Area... by AIR, LAND and WATER!!  

Service between Mount Dora and Tavares.  Enjoy various departure times between Mount Dora and Tavares!!


  CLICK on the STEAM ENGINE Above to receive MORE Information !  


Hot Air Balloon Flights in Mount Dora, Florida  -  Call Chuck Rohr at 954-658-3333 to schedule your hot air balloon flight.

 'CLICK' on the BALLOON to Visit Chuck's Site !! 

If the weather is 'RIGHT'... you can Walk out the Front Door... 'Hop' Aboard... and Depart from Heron Cay's Front Yard!!



 The Horse & Carriage Comes BACK to MOUNT DORA for WEDDINGS and SPECIAL Events !! 

 Please go Visit them at... EQUINE VILLA  


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Our "STANDARD" Rooms start at $125 (Summer Weeknight)... and range in size from 250 ft2 to 320 ft2 (A 15 X 15 room is only 225 ft2) they overlook the Pool & Gardens !!   All Rooms Include: FULL Private Bath - Flat Screen TV - WIFI - Refrigerator - Hair Dryer - Robes - MORE... and a 4+ Course Gourmet Breakfast!  



 ***  Contact US about Seaplane Flights / Tours departing from Mount Dora !!  *** 


Something NEW and DIFFERENT for Your Family to do when in Mount Dora for a couple of Days!

Fun for ALL Ages !!  CLICK on  ANY Picture  BELOW to VISIT Their SITE!!

Set out for a Great Outdoor Adventure at our family owned and operated agritainment farm where we encourage families come play for a day of fun together in a country setting during our Fall Celebration. Unique family fun activities that you won’t find anywhere else, they include; catch and release fishing, Skippy the mini airboat ride around Stanley Pond, our Sami’s Bee room, pumpkin bowling,  Larry the Loader’s giant sand pile,  Elli Mae and her Blue Cow ride through a “Cow Wash”  and  a 1932 Fire truck family ride; and MUCH More !


Then... GO KAYAKING through the REAL FLORIDA you saw from the SKY!!!!!

 ***  Central Florida Kayak Tours  *** 

 Please CLICK ON the Picture BELOW to view their WEB SITE!  It is a MUST See!   And tell them Randy & Margie sent you!!


  For KAYAKING... AND other related Eco-Tourism Trips / Tours...  locally, and also a little further away: Orlando ,Leesburg, Inverness, Hernando, Crystal River, Dunnellon, Ocala, Marion County... and the Atlantic OCEAN and GULF of MEXICO!! 


 CLICK on the above pictures to Check Out Jonathan Squires:  Kayaking Florida's Waters  

Crystal River  -  Rainbow River  -  Juniper Springs  -  Silver Glenn  -  Venetian Gardens  and more: He also offers Hiking, Biking, and Nature Photography Trips .


  If you want to know about EVERYTHING going on in MOUNT DORA...Click below to Visit:  

  ****  What to do in MOUNT DORA!!  ****  

 We are of course featured there!! 


***   INQUIRE  about  Winter  SPECIALS!!   ***    Please CALL 352-383-4050 or 888-437-6622...

for Four  Diamond 'WINTER' Lodging RATES  


 Mount Dora Area Chamber of Commerce!!  And here is    how the 'Chamber's Current Home' looked in 1922 ! 

And Florida Highwaymen Artist, R. L. Lewis' painting the the Train Station for the 'RAFFLE' Painting for the August, 2014 Mount Dora Highwaymen Show


  For MORE things to Do In and Around MOUNT DORA...  

 Visit... LAKE County to See ALL that is HAPPENING... NEARBY!!  

For a 'Quick' Historical Look at Mount Dora... go 'visit'... Dora Ann Drawdy


  Call Margie at HERON CAY: 352-383-4050 or Toll Free at 888-HERONCAY (888-437-6622) to Book one of MOUNT DORA's Legendary Festivals, Events or Just a FUN FILLED Weekend / Weekday!!

Send eMail to:  innkeeper@heroncay.com. However, there are so MANY Things to be DONE here... eMail is NOT INSTANTLY Checked!! 

    We have Eight Rooms available to our Guests: All with FULL (Tub & Shower) Private Baths, Small Refrigerator/Freezers, Televisions and WI-FI.  Including 'ZOI' Garden, our first floor room which is fully ADA Compliant and also 'PET(s)' Friendly!

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************** PLEASE NOTE!!  **************

 WARNING!!!! Many 'Internet and GPS MAPS' will give the WRONG Location if our address is entered incorrectly!! Especially 'GPS Nav. Systems' !!  When in doubt, please contact Margie at 352-383-4050 (Toll Free 888-Heroncay) or eMail her at... innkeeper@heroncay.com


The 15th MOUNT DORA FLORIDA HIGHWAYMEN  SHOW & SALE was another success !!

For 7 Years, Randy & Margie of HERON CAY B&B INN, have been Bringing the REAL HIGHWAYMEN ARTISTS to MOUNT DORA !!.

The WINTER Highwaymen Show is coming January 23rd and 24th.

Bel;ow: The 'RAFFLE' Painting from the August, 2014 Show: MOUNT DORA's Historic Train Station with Vintage Steam Engine by Highwaymen Artist, R. L. Lewis.

 A Limited Edition Series "1907 Baldwin Steam Engine at Mount Dora Depot 2014"- Numbered 2 thru 25


 Is now Available in Prints, Giclees and Other Options.

 The Second Collaboration 'RAFFLE' Painting of MOUNT DORA's Waterfront at GILBERT PARK'.  

  GICLEEs (Print on Canvas) of the 2nd COLLABORATION RAFFLE Painting of Mount Dora's LIGHTHOUSE and Waterfront'

 signed by All Artists (on back), is available: Stretched & Framed - $400 / Un-Stretched  & Unframed - $300  

 Please Call - 352-383-4050  or... eMail highwaymen@heroncay.com


Signed Posters and Flyers from ALL 15  Mount Dora Florida Highwaymen Events...  ARE still available FOR PURCHASE - Please INQUIRE.


 1st - Aug., 2008        2nd - Jan., 2009    3rd - Aug., 2009    4th - Jan., 2010      5th - Aug., 2010       6th - Jan., 2011  

MORE Pictures Coming... INQUIRE!


 ~~And Now... A Tour AROUND the Inn !! ~~

Hopefully you have seen the 'BEDS'... here is the 'BREAKFAST' !!

All Lodging, comes with OUR Four+ Course Gourmet' Breakfast Buffet !!

WELCOME to DORA's  ROOM... Coffee is 'OUT' at 8:00 AM in...

Our Spacious, 650 square foot, Breakfast Area and Guest Lounge, boasting the Largest of Our SIX  Natural WOOD Burning Fireplaces!!

On 'This Wall'... you will see the Paintings of Three 'CLASSIC' Highwaymen... Harold, Alfred and James...

The 'WARM and FUZZY' Dinning Room !! Where Our Breakfast Buffet is served 365 Days a YEAR!! 

Living Up to Our 4 DIAMONDS... Breakfast begins with one of Randy's 'Generous' Fruit Platters and Margie's Fresh Nut Breads!!


Our Guests enjoy their meal on RS Prussia and RS Germany Porcelain from the early 1900s... 

Using Randy's Mother's LADY HAMILTON Silverware from the 1940's.

 Margie is the BAKER!!  Breakfast begins with her Freshly Baked Nut Bread and Ends with one of her AWESOME Desserts !!

And In Between, one of her many Delicious Egg Casseroles, accompanied by...

 One of Randy's Creations (seen above), a variation on 'Margie's Mom's Fried / Poached Eggs -- These over Bacon, Ham, and Mushrooms... then topped with Assorted Cheeses... with his Specially Seasoned Sausage Patties!!  HEY... your on Vacation!!

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You are Invited to Relax in the PARLOR... 

 The 'Reading Room' or 'Mini-Museum': Available to our Guests - 24 Hours a Day - 365 Days a Year !!


Parking in Downtown Mount Dora may be VERY difficult to find on Weekends and during Special Events...Not to Worry!!

Just leave your car, and... Downtown is only 4 Short Blocks away...

Leave from our parking area via the 'Pathway to Town'; then connect to the City's 'Walkway to Town'...


From the 'Tradition' of our Palm Beach Gardens' HERON CAY Intracoastal Bed & Breakfast...

 When Life was an 'Endless' Party!!   The ORIGINAL HERON CAY... 1991 - 2002 !!

The FOLLOWING is Just more of Randy's 'Babbling and Rambling'... (i.e. 'Blogging??')

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~     ** About US and Our 'Kids' **      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

****PLEASE NOTE... ALL of Our KIDS live in OUR Area...****

They are always nearby... But  DO NOT 'roam' the B&B... and are NEVER in the Bedrooms (other than the PET FRIENDLY Rooms) !!

You will hardly know they are here... unless you would like to meet them!

Two of our 'Zoi' girls have Never 'Barked' and One of those, Pixie Dust, would have been Eleven in July... she died suddenly, March22, 2014!!


Below... 1996 - Our First Borzoi; Lady Jade at 9 months, chasing Super Star at 3 months,.. on 'The Sandbar'; their Favorite Place to Be!  Sadly... Jade, Jasmine, Star and Kalif are Gone... CLICK 'HERE' to Visit our Current Wonderful BORZOI - 'ZOI' - (aka... Russian Wolfhounds)!!


     BORZOI 'Cruise' at 30+ mph !!     At 'FLANK SPEED'... They can 'Run Down' a RABBIT... and/or 'out run' most Greyhounds !!


Our first Zoi... Jade, Jasmine, Star and on August 28, 2013,  KALIF... are Now 'Gone'... I shall never stop Crying for my 'LIF'...

 3:45 pm - Monday, September 8, 2014.  ANASTASIA just died... after a two year battle with a lung tumor. Oh GOD... How she will be Missed. 

He has left his three ladies... ANASTASIA... *Now GONE*, 'Baby' DARLA... and PIXIE DUST *GONE*!!

However... by shear 'accident'... three days after we lost our BOY... we were asked if we could 'foster' a 6 month old Girl Borzoi puppy. We said we would... She arrived on Labor Day, 2012: When she entered our home, and lives, we knew the 'Fostering' was over.  Vonya... is in her 'Forever' home, with her 3 older 'Sisters'.   Between the tears... I can again smile.  It has taken some time for me to be able to edit this part of our Web Page.

Meet 'Vonya', our newest girl... following in her older 'sister', Darla's Paw Prints...


But Now... Sadly... without the watchful eyes of our Boy, Kalif... but now with her 'new' Sisters guiding her...

THEN... And NOW...


  It is over a year... and I still can not address the loss of my Boy... Kalif...  So I have changed little of the following... 


And little has Changed... still THEIR Favorite Place to be...'On the SANDBAR!!'... And OURS... to be with Our Beloved BORZOI !

This past Summer... Check the Choreographic !!

Darla and Pixie Dust... AT SPEED !!                                                PRICELESS !!           


Now a look back into the Past...

October 1st, 2008

April 14th, 2011... not Much has Changed!

Below - Summer of 2005:  One of Her first trips to the 'SANDBAR'... Darla becomes know as 'Fearless' Flying Darla !

Below - June 7th, 2006... Her second summer 'On the BAR' !

And below... 5 YEARS Later - June 1st, 2011

'Check' the PAWS!  She is Still FLYING HIGH!!

This is Darla when we told her this was the LAST Trip to the SANDBAR until next Summer... 

But on April 14th, 2011...

We're BACK !!


DARLA!!  YES! I am BACK!! And ...  doing what I love BEST... 'BREAK DANCING' !!

June, 2011

Okay... Let's GO... What's the Matter with you ALL You WIMPS ?!?  

"Okay... I'm Out Voted!" All On their way back home... to CRASH in the Parlor!



Darla's Early Days... at 20 weeks... with Kalif... 

'Robbing the Cradle... She's Mine' !!!


There are few things on this EARTH, that mean as Much to US, as OUR BORZOI... and KITTIES!!

There is Nothing Like Borzoi!!!... When you 'HAVE Lived With' BORZOI...  you will know... There is Nothing Like Borzoi!!!

BORZOI only GIVE... and Ask BACK... LOVE!!


Our Beloved BORZOI... Darla, Anastasia, Pixie Dust and Kalif... 

Now only one of our 'FAB FOUR', 'Darling Darla', remained with us: 'Dusty', 'Lif' and now 'Stasia' have left us...

      And now... Our Two Kitties:


                      Our youngest is TOMMY... now 6                     Scotty... turned 18, November, 2014

    On Tuesday Morning, December 9, 2014, at the age of just over 20... 


Abby died at home... in my arms: This was hard... Very Hard.


Then, less than 5 months later, on Wednesday, May 6, 2015: What I thought would be easier...But Was Not...

After over 24 years of life ... 23+ with us... our beloved Guana left us... It was even Harder...


2008 we lost two of Our 'Kids':  On May 25 we had to said 'Goodbye' to 'Mr. Jack'; then on October 28th, to 'Foxy Guy'... it is still like Yesterday.

Click on their Pictures... to visit 'Their SITES'


           'Mr. Jack, the CAT'... 13 years Young... died too Young                              'Foxy Guy'... 15 years, also too Young                   

NO, I Shall Never 'Let Go of', or 'Forget', my Kids... DAD.      


They ALL Were, still ARE and always will BE... a Major Part of OUR Lives!!

It is impossible to find  'Words'... to convey how much ALL of Our 'Kids' have meant, and still mean to us!!

We Love you All so MUCH... Mom & Dad!!


And now... something that NEVER crossed our minds...


I have been slowly updating our Web Site over the past year... Our other KIDS have been a huge comfort: Darla, Anastasia, Pixie Dust... Our Kitties and our newest Girl Zoi, Vonya: But so hard without my 'BOY'... my 'SON'... Kalif, who Died Suddenly from 'Natural Causes'... August 28, 2012...

It has been Two Years... but it is like Yesterday, since I lost my boy KALIF... I shall NEVER forget him... 

 MY GOD, how I loved my Boy... 

He was 'gone' in only minutes... I NEVER was able to kiss him, and say Goodbye... Until he was dead...

And now... another sudden loss...

 Our oldest Borzoi... PIXIE DUST - 10 1/2 years young... Died suddenly from 'Natural Causes'... March 22, 2014... 

We are ALL crying... Her passing comes exactly 9 years, from when we lost our first boy 'Zoi'... Super Star... March 22, 2005 

Here is DARLA (on the left)... and PIXIE DUST; doing what she (they) loved they most... Running on 'The Sandbar' !

AND Now... On September 8th, 2014... ANASTASIA joined the list...

 3:45 pm - Monday, September 8, 2014... Anastasia died: Our 'baby' girl, at nearly eleven years, lost her two year battle with a lung tumor. 

 Our new boy, Ringo, was able to meet Anastasia the day after he arrived on August 27... and spend 12 days with her before her death. 

 'HAPPY 'Stasia' July 12, 2014... She did not know, nor did we... in just a little over a month... she would leave us... 


A 5 1/2 month old Borzoi PUPPY has now joined our FAMILY!!



I left Mount Dora on Sunday, August 24th, 2014; picked 'Ringoski' up in Cookeville, TN, 2:00 pm Monday, August 25th.. and we arrived back HOME 1:15 pm Tuesday, August 26th; after a 'quick' 1300+ mile Trip!



He has been here for a Year now, 17 months old and is a 100% Couch Potato !

And LOVING every Minute !!


 SOON... the Borzoi Miracle story... VONYA... reunited with her Brother MAX after 2 Years!! Against ALL ODDS !! 

  Margie and Max... 130 pound of Fluff & LOVE !  




   Latest Revision - October 26th, 2015  

     GOD SAVE and BLESS AMERICA !!     


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