Tino’s Southwest Kitchen


When is it worth a drive off island to go to dinner?  When you’re headed to Tino’s Southwest Kitchen, created by two very special friends from Cip’s Place!

It’s already Lisa’s favorite new restaurant, and many seem to agree.  Tino’s recently made the “Top 10 Dining Experiences of the Year” list from Florida Weekly, where they stated:

Alison Dry and Blaine Dry,  » Read more

Vitamin Sunshine

Black skimmers at San Carlos/Bunche Beach Preserve.  Photo by Chelle Koster Walton.


From our friends at Florida Weekly:

2020 has dawned with a clean slate upon which to draw a new healthier you. One direction toward better living waits right outside the door, where fresh air, vitamin sunshine and exercise make communing with nature a step in the right direction.  » Read more

Relax, You’re on Island Time


Talk about vivid imagery!

Take a quick read through this Orlando Sentinel article entitled “Relax, You’re on (Sanibel) Island Time“:

“It’s no small wonder an untold number of artists have used the color-drenched sunsets of Southwest Florida’s coast for inspiration. Orange, yellow and red pop in the sky over this slice of paradise almost every night, while palm trees sway in the salty breeze amid the soothing sounds of the waves crashing on warm,  » Read more

Dreaming of Sandcastles

Sandcastle - Pugh Family


As they say, “The world is your sandbox, so make the best darn sandcastle anyone has ever seen!”

Thanks to longtime guests Kay and Dave P. from Wheaton, IL, who bring their entire clan to Sanibel each fall, for this adorable photo.

They write: “We sure enjoy Ocean’s Reach and are looking forward to coming back next year to build another castle!”  » Read more

Paddling with the Grandkids





Inspired by the indigenous Calusa, the Great Calusa Blueway paddling trail encompasses three distinct regions of the Gulf of Mexico coast. The first portion of the trail meanders through Estero Bay, while the second segment centers on Pine Island and Matlacha Pass. A third leg of the trail takes paddlers inland to the Caloosahatchee and its tributaries.  » Read more

“Ding” the Man


J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge has announced its calendar of daily free tours and programs for this winter. The seasonal calendar begins today and runs through Sunday, April 19.

Daily programs begin at 8:30 a.m. and include such diverse activities and topics as “Ding” the Man, Beach Walk, Endangered Species, and Indigo Trail Walk.

Special this year,  » Read more

1927 Gala


All are invited to a special evening of dining and fun in the heart of the island at the Sanibel Community House for their annual fundraising gala on Friday, January 31 at 5:30 p.m.

The event carries on the legacy of island camaraderie, pride and nostalgia in the very place that island families, friends and neighbors built together nearly a decade ago.

Chefs from the island’s top restaurants will present their finest culinary offerings,  » Read more

Our Mighty Mussels

An excerpt from Florida Weekly:

Southwest Florida, get ready to flex your mussels. The Fort Myers Miracle baseball team has changed its name to the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels.

Mussel Man, a hulk of an animated clam, will share mascot duties with Sway, the lovable, oversized palm tree that’s been pumping up fans at Hammond Stadium since 2015. The Mighty Mussels will remain a Class-A Advanced Affiliate of the Minnesota Twins and play home games at CenturyLink Sports Complex.  » Read more

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