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Ocoee

With one end nestled on the shores of Lake Apopka and another brushing up against the posh haven of Windermere, Ocoee has wide appeal.

 Its Cherokee name differs from other towns in the area with roots in the Seminole tribe; Ocoee was named after a river in Tennessee by a Confederate captain who settled there after the Civil War.

 Ocoee combines suburban and pastoral appeal with a convenient location closed to the Orlando city center, roughly 13 miles west.

 Although State Road 408 can slow down a bit come peak commute times, it’s still a much better ride than Interstate 4. And lynx bus service is always an option. With all main highways intercepting, 408, 429 and the Turnpike, it makes Ocoee accessible to any other area of Metro Orlando.

 The hipsters in Orlando do’s trendier neighborhoods may not think Ocoee has much going on but produce and dairy from this town often supplies the farm-to-table restaurant at which they’re dining.

 Lake Meadow Naturals is a name are foodies know well, and Ocoee residents can enjoy just a short ride to its farm store to pick up all kinds of high-quality comestibles.

 If the farm stand is still too high-service, many are farm –like Tom West’s, where citrus and blueberries are the specialties– are u-pick.

 A massive new development, City Center West Orange, broke ground in January and is planned to bring retail, dining, 1,700 condos a hotel and entertainment to Ocoee. The complex will overlook Lake Bennett and face West Colonial Drive.