A Honey Sommelier

Marina Marchese with bee hives


Almost two decades ago, Marina Marchese fell in love with bees during a tour of a neighbor’s honeybee hives. She built her own beehive, ordered bees, and was soon harvesting honey.

She eventually quit her job in the arts, and even spent time in Italy training to become a ‘honey sensory expert’ – which is basically like being a honey sommelier. Today, her small business Red Bee Honey sells artisanal honey and honey-related products to shops and restaurants all over the country.  » Read more

Island Jazz is back!

Man playing a saxophone


Spend a lazy Sunday afternoon enjoying the tunes of the ever-popular Island Jazz musicians as they return to the BIG ARTS Garden this Sunday, February 2 from 3 – 5pm.

While this will be the group’s only performance in February, they’ll be back every Sunday throughout March and April.

As past guests will tell you, this is a special weekend treat!  Bring a chair and come early to enjoy this free concert in the open air.  » Read more


Guests Linda and David holding Horse Conch Shells


Kudos to guests Linda and David P. from Frederick, WI for spotting these five beautiful horse conch shells during their recent visit to Ocean’s Reach.  As annual guests for the past five years, they’ve learned to save extra space in their luggage for the trip home!

The horse conch (Triplofusus giganteus), also known as the giant band shell, has been Florida’s official state shell since 1969.   » Read more

The Spirit Tree


Next time you’re on Sanibel-Captiva Road, stop by In the Garden at R.S. Walsh Landscaping to support their “Spirit Tree” that benefits an assortment of non-profits on the island.

The Olive tree was chosen as it represents love and charity.  Displayed last fall, Spirit Tree donations have already benefited the Sanibel Community House, the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum and C.R.O.W., the Clinic for the Rehabilitation for Wildlife.    » Read more

A Little Taste of Bourbon Street

Mudbugs Cajun Kitchen


We just saw this great review of Mudbugs Cajun Kitchen in Florida Weekly:

The food and flair of the French Quarter isn’t what you’d expect to find on a sedate Florida island best known for its shell-laden beaches, preserved nature and snowbird population. Nevertheless, Mudbugs bills itself as “Bourbon Street at the Beach,” and its interpretation of New Orleans cuisine is a welcome addition to Sanibel’s dining scene — and to greater Southwest Florida,  » Read more

Opera Returns to the Island

Gulfshore Opera Singers on stage


Gulfshore Opera will return to Sanibel with two concerts for its sixth season.

The GO Cabaret returns to the Sanibel Community House on Jan. 25 with “A Salute to Louis Armstrong.”  GO Artists in Residence, accompanied by a jazz trio, salute Louis Armstrong.  Enjoy selections by Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra.  Tickets are $45 and include wine and hors d’oeuvres.  » Read more

Mermaid Money


Just saw this article from Narcity entitled “This Florida Beach is the Best Place to find Intact Sand Dollars!”

It starts:

“Whether you’re a serious sheller or casual beach-goer, hunting around in the shallows for your very own nautical treasures is a great way to pass to time, and save money. If you’re looking for the best beach in Florida to find sand dollars,  » Read more

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