Our Sanibel Independence Day Parade is a blast! Filled with patriotism, family fun and loads of tradition, we thought we’d share a few photos from this year’s holiday event. If you haven’t seen or participated in our 4th of July parade, this is your official invitation to come visit in 2017! Our hometown parade has its own island flair that captures wide smiles and laughter from every family member and memories that last a lifetime! » Read more
Month: July 2016
Henry Ford’s Birthday
A Shell’s True Beauty
For many shellers, the joy of shell collecting is a journey of discovery up and down our beach for a unique shape, color or hard-to-find shell.
For others, the joy of collecting is the labor of discovering a shell’s true beauty through the process of hand cleaning, polishing and drying each individual and uniquely shaped shell. Such was our discovery when we happened upon our guest collector in the shaded shell station at Ocean’s Reach. » Read more
Follow the Yellow Brick Road
Follow the yellow brick road as America’s most beloved movie, The Wiizard of Oz, comes to life on stage at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, and Toto too!
Beaming with bright, bold colors, spectacular costumes and choreography, you and your family will be treated to all the wonderful music you remember from the world-famous 1939 film. » Read more
An Old-Fashioned Petting Zoo
Edison & Ford Winter Estates is offering children the opportunity to enjoy a petting zoo environment — early 1900s style — beginning on Sunday, July 31 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Thomas Edison had several animals at his winter estate. Like most working farms, he had dogs and cats, plus a cow, horse and many chickens. Reportedly, he drank a lot of milk so he purchased a cow in 1908. » Read more
Our Ocean’s Reach ladies sure are jammin’!
Lisa and Joyce M. (who started our treasured Brunswick clan tradition) are pictured here as twins in their colorful beach dresses from Jams World.
The clothing line is a favorite among many of our guests for its bright, lively colors and bold, funky personality. In fact, Collette A. — another of our dazzling “Georgia peaches” — has over a dozen of these vibrant dresses … » Read more
Looking for adventure while sleuthing the secrets of Sanibel?
We’ve been tracking the scavenger hunt activities of the Fredericks family for eight years. It’s a highly anticipated Ocean’s Reach tradition for these teens and pre-teens! Look at the smiles on their faces as they embark on solving their first clue.
Grandma Meyer and Mother Allison host the outdoor game and create a treasure list that is not only fun and entertaining but sharpens the teams’ » Read more
The Paddling Life
Enjoy the panoramic view from your gulf side lanai and you’ll likely see a paddle board or two on the beach or in the gulf. The popularity of a paddling life grows and grows. Aside from multiple island vendors delivering the equipment to your door, Ocean’s Reach now has stackable racks that park the boards overnight and when not in use. » Read more
Make Your Grilling Great!
The guests from Brunswick, Georgia roar for more good food from the four gas grills at Ocean’s Reach. All 13 diners satiated their 4th of July appetites with a backyard barbeque in our Grove and at the talented hands of their appointed master griller Windy M.
Looks and smells like brats, burgers and dogs—a baker’s dozen! Eat ‘em up!! » Read more
Everybody Loves a Parade
And our all-time favorite is the annual 4th of July bicycle parade from Ocean’s Reach to the Sanibel Independence Day Parade. The bicycles travel hundreds of miles on the backs of trucks and SUVs from Brunswick, Georgia to Sanibel—many pre-decorated in patriotic red, white and blue.
The procession of Georgian riders begins on Camino del Mar and starts with a requisite lineup for Andy’s official photograph. Then the participants are off and pedaling to Periwinkle Way! » Read more