In a Flip-Flop State of Mind.

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Mermaid Smiles

Mermaid by Don Payne

Our friend Don is at it again! But who can blame him with such beautiful inspiration?
Don’s 12-year-old granddaughter, Claire, was his muse for this whimsical little poem:

 

Mermaid Smiles

Beautiful smiles are a wonderful thing

     But what would a mermaid’s smile bring

Up from the pool, tail splashing around

     Wonderful sight, but questions abound

Green and blue tail,  » Read more

The Sound of Birds

Don Tremblay

Sanibel is a popular winter sanctuary for our “snowbird” guests and over 200 varieties of beautiful birds migrating from the north. Avian splendor emanates from the island skies.

Don Tremblay, our loyal winter guest of 25 years, says there are
many things about Ocean’s Reach and Sanibel that he loves. But one thing in particular that he enjoys
is listening to the sound of birds–the chirping and singing heard
throughout the day and throughout the island–even while playing his
favorite sport at his favorite course with his favorite Ocean’s Reach
General Manager.  » Read more

Double Treasure

Two perfect shells

And double the pleasure for our guest who discovered not one, but two giant treasures of the sea — the horse conch. This shell is also Florida’s official state shell!

Mollusks have the ability to secrete a carbonate of lime solution that forms a hard, protective shell around them. Native to the waters around Florida, the horse conch can grow to a length of 24 inches. The word “conch”  » Read more

Labor of Love

love swans

love swans out of towels

One of our talented housekeeping staff recently designed a lovely welcome for our incoming guests. A love sculpture! Formed from two hospitality towels, a pair of swans facing each other creates a beautiful heart shape.

We thought you’d like to take a peek at her unique design. It’s a look and a labor of love!  » Read more

So Long #34!

A Boston-style hero’s celebration was held to honor retiring Red Sox player, David Ortiz, at Fort Myers’ JetBlue Park in March. Ortiz made his mark in the sports world by helping in a huge way the Red Sox win 3 world series—2004, 2007 and 2013.

It was a sad day for baseball fans but for Ortiz, it was lots of grins and smiles as he became the proud recipient of several prestigious honors and prizes,  » Read more

Are You a Mango Lover?

Mango blossoms

The mango blossoms are busting out all over keeping honey bees busy and
mango lovers happy! The vibrant blooms signal a summer feeding frenzy for
mango salsas, preserves and smoothies–or just “off the branch” fresh!

These beautiful trees provide great shade and some of the tastiest and most
popular fruit from the tropics. Andy, should know. It’s his tree!

At the Edison &  » Read more

What Handsome Attire!

Don P T-shirts

Once again, longtime guest Don P. came to town with goodies for the gentlemen in our office.

Don loves Ocean’s Reach, and several years ago started to create custom shirts for his family’s annual stay here, with a different color featured each year.

He very graciously brings a few extras for the staff, which are always met with smiles and much appreciation!

Don (left) and John (right) show off this year’s handsome attire.  » Read more

Hiking Florida

Sandra Friend and John Keatley. The authors

The Florida Trail Guide

Learn “How To Hike the Florida Trail” from the authors of The Florida Trail Guide, Sandra Friend and John Keatley. The authors, both life members of the Florida Trail Association, will present two programs beginning at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday, April 15, 2016, in the free “Ding” Darling Visitor & Education Center on Sanibel Island.

The year 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the statewide Florida Trail.  » Read more

Perfect Spot for a Paint-Out

paint-show

The Sanibel-Captiva Art League held its March plein-air Paint-Out at RS Walsh’s In The Garden, the island’s retail garden center and outdoor showroom.

The group meets monthly at different locations around the islands.

“In The Garden is a favorite spot for our painters,” said Marcy Calkins, president of the Sanibel-Captiva Art League. “It is truly a tropical oasis with wandering paths and an amazing variety of display gardens.  » Read more

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