When I was relocated for work to Florida, I was looking for a place to live outside of the Orlando area. I was driving up the Florida Turnpike one day as stopped off in Groveland to get gas and fell in love. This area of Florida is far enough away from The craziness of the Magic Kingdom, but close enough to all the fun and action.
If you love the outdoors, you will not get enough of Groveland. We have so many lakes in Groveland that I never get bored with my outdoor fun. Lake Apopka is a few miles from my house, and I can even get to the Gulf of Mexico in half an hour. The best areas in Groveland are the shopping for me, from the indoor malls, outdoor malls, to the premium outlets.
We have plenty of independent restaurants in the area, and many of them have fresh seafood that is brought in daily from the local charter fishing vessels.