Not-So-Spooky Sanibel

Photo courtesy of the Sanibel Community House

Come Halloween night, we’ll have plenty of ghosts and goblins, but mostly of the family-friendly variety!

Traditionally, the most popular place on the island for this not-so-spooky evening is over at the Sanibel Community House, where once again they’ll host their annual Fall Family Candy and Costume Festival from 5 PM to 7 PM.  » Read more

Fall Back in Love

Sharing a glimpse of our Ocean’s Reach beach yesterday.

Looks like our guests are enjoying everything there is to savor about spending autumn days on Sanibel Island.  Wonderful temperatures, sunny skies, gorgeous beach, blue water … and frolicking shorebirds to greet them!

It’s time for you to “fall” back in love with Sanibel, too!  To plan your own fall getaway to Ocean’s Reach, just click here.

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2019 Season at BIG ARTS

We got our hands on the BIG ARTS 2019 Season Guide and wanted to share it with you pronto, as their upcoming “40th Anniversary” year looks to be a surefire hit with such acts as Judy Collins, m-pact and iLUMINATE.

Without further ado, check out all of the information below and order your tickets soon, as performances tend to sell out quickly!

Click on the following links for the:

2019 BIG ARTS Season Guide

2019 BIG ARTS Schein Hall Brochure

2019 BIG ARTS Season Calendar

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Wines in the Wild

When season is just around the corner, you know that an amazing array of fundraisers are about to take place!

A popular favorite is “Wines in the Wild,” where proceeds benefit the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation, or SCCF.

This year’s “wild” event will take place on Friday, November 9, from 6:30-9:00 pm at the beautifully lit Bailey Homestead Preserve.

Wines in the Wild guests will stroll among six stations on the Homestead grounds.  » Read more

And The Winners Are …

First place: Frank Binder’s “Shakin’”

Second place:  John Hoyt’s “Female Anhinga”

Third place:  Cheri Hollis’ “True Blue”

The winners of the annual “Ding” Darling Days Amateur Nature Photography Contest have been announced and, as usual, the winning photos are amazing.

Judges selected three winners and 11 honorable mentions out of 121 entries from 20 states,  » Read more

One of Our “Locals”

Looks like this little fellow is definitely on island time!

Guest Chris K. from Hamilton OH sent this our way, explaining: “Was on my way for my morning walk today and ran into an ‘Ocean’s Reach local’ on the path outside Building 3.”

It’s always fun to see the “locals” our guests encounter here on vacation.  Thanks so much for sharing, Chris — We look forward to having you visit us again soon!  » Read more

Bus + Hotel = This!

Photo from Uniq Hotels

Need to feed your sense of novelty and adventure?  How about a trip aboard a Rotel?  It’s literally a “rolling hotel,” as we learned when one made a rare stop in Fort Myers Beach last week.

The German tour company, Rotel, has been providing these “capsule hotel on wheels” experiences since 1945, mostly to remote areas in Africa,  » Read more

Wicked Walk

Photo provided by the Sidney & Berne Art Center


Wicked Walk, a celebration of the arts in Lee County, the achievements of student artists and the unique heritage belonging to Southwest Florida with a spooky twist, will be held at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center on Friday, October 26 from 6 to 10 p.m.

This one-of-a -kind interactive theatrical experience,  » Read more

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