Nestled to the west of Orlando, and situated within the limits of Orange County, Winter Garden is a beautiful southern town with all of the charms, cuisine, and culture that comes with Florida cities. One of the highlights for scenic travelers to Florida, the town features numerous sites for whatever a traveler seeks— from gorgeous, overgrown landscapes, to a downtown district of small shops, restaurants, and sidewalk cafes.
The Winter Garden Farmers Market is one of the most popular things to do in Winter Garden. More like a celebration, the market rents out an entire square on South Lakeview Avenue, then fills the area with one creative stall after another. Weave your way around the market at your leisure. Snag some local fruits and vegetables, sample delicious foods from local food trucks and cafes, and purchase a souvenir or two from local artisans. The market is open every Saturday until 2 PM, so get your walking shoes on early. Before doing any shopping and perusing, be sure to grab a cup of fresh-brewed espresso from Axum Coffee, only a few steps away from the market.
Lake Apopka sits right next to Winter Garden, which is the optimum place to fish from the provided piers, docks, or right off the shorelines.
As the third biggest lake in Florida, you are guaranteed a peaceful experience with scenic views of the sunsets, distant shores, and perhaps an alligator or two in the summertime.
Located on Winter Garden Vineland Road, the Tibet-Butler Nature Preserve is a must-see for nature lovers, as there are dozens of natural hiking paths and pet-friendly walk-alongs. There are boardwalks and piers around Lake Butler, situated at the heart of the preserve. Facilities include picnic areas, rentable pavilions for birthdays and celebrations, and clean, on-site bathrooms.
TripAdvisor is a good source for finding top-rated Winter Garden hotels and those across the state. So, take their word for it when they say that SpringHill Suites, Edgewater Hotel, TownePlace Suites, and Red Roof Inn are the best hotel options for the area. Each hotel is within a short drive of the inner city, and they boast modern comforts and cozy amenities for various kinds of travelers.
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Which Winter Garden hotel is perfect for you?
SpringHill Suites on the Western Entrance of Flamingo Crossings Boulevard is a traditional hotel chain with a family-friendly combo of simple accommodations and a few luxurious amenities. The swimming pool is a star-rated attraction for summertime travelers, while business professionals love the high-speed internet, on-site business center, and available meeting rooms. There are over 248 rooms, each non-smoking and suite-like for a condo feel that exudes a homey atmosphere.
Room-wise, guests receive the following amenities—custom air conditioning system, a kitchenette with a fridge, counter space, microwave, and a few cooking and dining utensils, and a spacious sleeping area. You will also receive an abundance of fluffed, clean towels, fresh linens, and bathroom toiletries upon your arrival. Other SpringHill features include a shuttle bus service, free breakfast with your must-have morning favorites, an on-site fitness center, a concierge service to completely plan your Florida vacation, and an on-site restaurant with a bar and lounge.
Experience something untamed and amazing at the Wild Africa Trek on Osceola Parkway. Located within the Animal Kingdom of Orlando, you will safari to see hippos, Nile crocodiles, lions, and other wow-worthy animals in areas that mimic their natural habitats in the wild.
The Edgewater Hotel
Located on West Plant Street, the Edgewater Hotel is a bed and breakfast with a romantic atmosphere that couples love. Newlyweds are especially fond of this hotel, as the experience is more intimate and personal than it would be at a chain hotel.
Breakfasts are delicious, free, and made-to-order, the staff is small but courteous and knowledgeable, and the prices are affordable, even when summertime turns Florida into tourist central. There is an on-site restaurant that serves up almost any of your southern cuisine favorites, and you can either order it for dine-in or order up with room service. Other hotel amenities include free parking spots, free high-speed internet, and laundry services. There are only 14 rooms, so be sure to book ahead to ensure a few vacancies.
For a scrumptious after-dinner treat, indulge in a cone or cup of homemade ice cream at Scoops, an old-fashioned ice cream shop right next door to the Edgewater Hotel.
TownePlace Suites, situated on Flamingo Crossings Boulevard, is a pleasant, family-friendly destination with Disney-facing balconies that allow guests to see the nightly firework shows over the Magic Kingdom. It’s magical and wonderful without being crowded, as you can view all of the wonder and beauty from the comforts of a private, well-equipped room.
The hotel also offers a free hot breakfast, high-speed internet, a workout room with modern fitness equipment, and a swimming pool and hot tub.
You also have the benefit of an on-site restaurant with a bar and lounge—plus, room service whenever you need it. If you have a craving for good steak and good times, head to Miller’s Ale House on West Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway. Munch on a fresh salad, dine on sauce-slathered ribs or a perfectly-cooked sirloin, and indulge in a pitcher of sangria margaritas.
Red Roof Inn
On an easily accessible section of West Colonial Drive sits the Red Roof Inn, a comfortable, safe hotel experience that keeps you on the outskirts of the biggest Winter Garden and Orlando attractions. The hotel is small but pleasant, with a swimming pool, free high-speed internet, and a multi-lingual, super-courteous staff. Rooms provide the basic amenities with abundance in toiletries and clean towels whenever you need them.
Should you tire from large theme park activities, take an afternoon to get back to nature with Tom West Blueberries. Located on East Orlando Avenue, this farm is a line-up of blueberry bushes, all ripe and ready for pickin’. Snack on a slew of berries while you pick bucketfuls to take home. Stop by the souvenir shop to get fresh blueberry butter, blueberry jam, and honey for your morning toast.
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