“We need more joy in the world.”
Arthur Warner, a 75-year-old Sanibel Island resident, walks a two-hour route nearly every day waving a big red ‘JOY’ sign for all to see.
His personal “ode to joy” was featured in the Fort Myers News-Press, where he talked about the impact his sign waving has had over the years.
The article was recently updated on a bittersweet note to also include the joyful blessings he’s been contemplating during his recuperation from COVID. » Read more
It was more delicious cake and ice cream this week as we celebrated Conchy’s birthday!
Conchy’s been at Ocean’s Reach for more than a dozen years, yet certainly doesn’t look a day older than when she joined us. We wish we knew her secret!
Very best wishes for a wonderful year, Conchy! » Read more
Photo taken by Ocean’s Reach guest Brenda B. of Dublin, OH
On Sanibel Island, the sight of the sun sinking below the horizon on the Gulf of Mexico followed by a magnificent array of colors makes for unforgettable vacation photos.
But have you ever wondered where those colors come from?
This article from Travel & Leisure explains the phenomenon of “scattering” » Read more
Photo by Phil Carter
We wanted to share a great little article about Sanibel Island entitled “The Laid-Back ‘Anti-Florida’ is the Ideal Winter Island Escape.” Written by Jay Gentile and published in The Thrillist, it elaborates on why the writer thinks Sanibel Island is where Florida achieves its full potential.
I love my family. But every now and then, » Read more
It was just another ordinary day. You know the type, when a bobcat happens to get its head trapped inside a birdhouse in your front yard.
A Fort Myers homeowner found a male juvenile bobcat in their front yard with one of their wood nesting bird boxes on its head. The homeowner contacted CROW and soon after, a team of veterinarians and wildlife rehabilitators arrived to help. » Read more
Clyde and Niki Butcher
The 17th annual “Ding” Darling Friday Lecture Series is evolving with the times. To incorporate social distancing protocols, the lecture series will move to a larger venue this year — the Sanibel Community House — and host a total of five lectures by acclaimed nature lovers.
Running January 29 to March 19, the series will feature photographers Clyde and Niki Butcher, » Read more
The long-esteemed Sanibel Shell Festival is going virtual this year!
Mark your calendar for March 5th and 6th from 12:00pm – 3:00pm EST, when the free 2021 Virtual Sanibel Shell Show will be held on the Sanibel Shell Club’s very own YouTube Channel.
The virtual festival will feature more than 35 original video vignettes for shell enthusiasts to enjoy. » Read more
Come enjoy the classic hits of ‘Ol Blue Eyes himself with “Strictly Sinatra,” the latest edition of the “Rhythm on the River” outdoor concert series scheduled for Friday, January 29 from 6 – 8 p.m.
Michael Dutra & The Strictly Sinatra 9 Piece Band will revisit classic hits from the crooning legend on the beautiful riverfront grounds of the Edison and Ford Winter Estates.
The tribute band has been performing all across the country since 2002. » Read more
Sometimes our guests are way ahead of us!
In response to our recent blog talking about all of the strawberry goodness that awaits you a few hours down the road in Plant City, longtime guests Bill and Marcia C. from Elgin, IL sent in this photo of Bill enjoying their berrylicious treats last year at Parkesdale Farm Market, the largest strawberry and citrus market in the state. » Read more
Pelicans at JN “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge; photo by Jeff Greenburg.
ADVICE FROM A PELICAN:
Wade into life
Look beneath the surface
Soar over rough waters
Go fish! » Read more