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Ford’s Garage, which opened in downtown Fort Myers in 2012, has revved up their engines, opening 16 additional restaurants in three states, with many more planned throughout the country.

A couple of years after they opened, a few retired Ford executives stopped by and noticed the detail and care put into the restaurant, from the black Model T suspended above the bar to the branded Ford’s Garage logo on burger buns.  » Read more

Arts on Tap


The Alliance for the Arts has been a creative hub for the Southwest Florida community since the 1970s.  Now in its 4th year, Arts on Tap is one of its most popular fundraisers.

This year’s event will span two days — November 12 and 13 — and feature an exciting mash up of Southwest Florida’s burgeoning craft beer and vibrant arts scenes.  Mingle, play, and sip in the colorful gallery as local craft brewers pour award-winning,  » Read more

Time for Class!


You may not necessarily think about going to class when you think of vacation, but then again, not many vacation destinations offer such fascinating educational classes as those found at The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum on Sanibel Island!

The museum’s fall class lineup includes:

SHELL PHOTOGRAPHY:  November 11, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

This course includes one hour of lecture, and one hour of hands-on learning.  » Read more

Now That’s An Engagement Present


Interesting story about how Fort Myers got its name …

In 1850, General David Twiggs was put in charge of a small fort on the Caloosahatchee River.  His daughter, Marion, fell in love with one of Twiggs’ staff officers, Abraham C. Myers.  Twiggs liked the man and, as an engagement present, decided to call the growing town “Fort Myers” to honor his future son-in-law.  » Read more

174 and Counting

Tom Kelly completing this year’s 10K Race 4 F.I.S.H.


For the third time in the 10K Race 4 F.I.S.H.’s history, a change was made to the event’s format.

In 2008, severe thunderstorms forced the cancellation of the first-ever race. Now, for the second continuous year, the COVID-19 pandemic changed the format from an in-person event to a virtual race. The virtual format,  » Read more

Crunch Away!


Two of our favorite guests, Pat and Ann H. from Avonlake, OH, surprised us with Andy’s favorite treat from the Bubble Room during their recent trip to Ocean’s Reach.

As our guests know very well, the desserts at the Bubble Room will completely annihilate any willpower you may have.  Their insanely-sized Orange Crunch cake is no exception!

An award-winning Bubble Room original,  » Read more

“Taste of the Islands” Turns 40!


Now in its 40th year, the popular Taste of the Islands gives visitors access to special dining opportunities at Sanibel and Captiva Island restaurants throughout the month of November.  A portion of Taste of the Islands proceeds will benefit the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) on Sanibel Island.

“Modifying Taste of the Islands from a one-day event to a month-long event allows people to enjoy our restaurant partners at their convenience and for more of our wonderful island restaurants to participate,” CROW Executive Director Alison Charney Hussey said.  » Read more

So Many Choices at SX3!


From our friends at the Sanibel Sea School:

Sanibel Sea School has a lengthy course catalogue with over 30 different marine science topics. With so much to choose from, it can be hard to decide what courses to take!

To break it down, our Marine Science Educators offered up their favorites:

Dana Donkle’s choice is “Plankton – Adrift at Sea.” Plankton get their name from the Greek word “planktos,” meaning drifters.  » Read more

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