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Heartfelt Romance

Photo by Amir Abramovich


Wishing you a romantic Valentine’s weekend!

Thought you’d enjoy a photo of heartfelt romance, Sanibel-style.

Did you know that when seahorses find a mate, they wrap their tails around each other so that the tide doesn’t drift them apart?

In addition, seahorse couples greet each other with a unique “dance” every morning where they promenade and pirouette together,  » Read more

Old-Fashioned Romance

Our Stars Aligned by Pamela Boynton


Popular from 1830-1890, geometric mosaics known as “Sailors’ Valentines” were brought back home to a special someone when a sailor returned from a voyage at sea.

Made by gluing hundreds of shells onto cotton batting, and framing the work with octagonal cases of wood and glass, the designs incorporated hearts, flowers, and nautical symbols such as anchors or compass roses.   » Read more

All to Yourself


Another new program to enjoy, courtesy of the pandemic!

Private guided tours are now available at the Edison and Ford Winter Estates, offering families an ideal way to ensure that they will not be on a tour with other tourists.

Two tour focus options are available, including the Historian-led Private Guided Tour and the Private Garden Tour with a Horticulturist. Masks are required on all guided tours.  » Read more

Cruise Into Love

Photos from Adventures in Paradise


Set sail for love Sanibel-style aboard the Valentine’s Day Sunset Dolphin Cruise!

The Adventures in Paradise “Valentine’s Day Sunset Dolphin Cruise” includes cupcakes, complimentary soft drinks and bottled water (you’re also welcome to bring your own “no glass” beverages).

On board, you’ll listen to tropical music as you cruise the tranquil waters of San Carlos Bay along the coastline of Sanibel.   » Read more

Cheers to Ding Darling!



The “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge (DDWS) had hoped to toast the 75th Anniversary of the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge last December with a privately labeled pilsner beer in partnership with Fort Myers Brewing Company.

However, aluminum shortages due to COVID-19 have pushed that brand unveiling to late 2021, when profits from sales of the new Wild Daze Pilsner will benefit wildlife research,  » Read more

All You Need is Love (and Chocolate!)


Renowned for handcrafted artisanal chocolates, Fort Myers-based Norman Love Confections has unveiled “Date Night 2021,” created exclusively for Valentine’s Day.

The limited-edition collection features 10 heart-shaped dark, white and milk chocolates, including bananas Foster, chocolate strawberry, devil’s-food cake, pink Champagne, pinot noir, carajillo, honey lavender, spicy dark, passion cheesecake and tropical hazelnut.

Available through Feb. 14, the collection may be purchased at the Norman Love Chocolate &  » Read more

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