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Pickleball is Here!

Pickleball court

Be the first to try out our new pickleball court!  Freshly painted lines now outline a smaller pickleball court within our larger tennis court.  Two sports. One court!

Pickleball, invented in 1965, was named after “Pickles,” a dog belonging to one of the game’s co-founders who used to steal the ball while they were playing and run away with it.

Pickleball combines elements from badminton,  » Read more

World-Class Hibachi Dining Now on Sanibel!

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Get ready to try some world-class hibachi and world class sushi, perfectly orchestrated to delight your senses, as Sanibel Island welcomes Shima Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar, at the Sundial Beach Resort and Spa.

The upscale restaurant with a casual flair allows diners the opportunity to sit down at one of four hibachi grill top tables and experience true hibachi cooking from engaging and skillful hibachi chefs.  » Read more

Changing Things Up a Bit



For the past 30 years, island residents and guests have found The Sanibel Island Bookshop the perfect place to be stranded. For 16 of those years, the shop has been owned and operated by Hollie Smith.

Hollie incorporated an assortment of special touches over the years, as she not only has a love for books, but for fashion and jewelry, as well. She was so successful with the little boutique she featured in the back corner of her bookstore that she ended up expanding that side of the business to a Fort Myers location,  » Read more

Sanibel Loves Spaghetti

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It was another awesome night for spaghetti lovers on Sanibel. Over 1,200 residents and vacationers nixed eating-in and stood patiently in line for their turn at the annual all-you-can-eat Kiwanis spaghetti dinner.

Diners were treated to an awesome homemade Italian feast of pasta and meatballs served with the Kiwanis’s famous zesty marinara sauce; salad, toasted garlic bread, and soda or wine,  » Read more

Another Shell-tacular Success!

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The love of shelling typically attracts up to 6,000 attendees over the course of three days every year who attend the Sanibel Shell Festival, and this year’s event held last weekend — for the 79th consecutive year — was no exception.

As our friends at “The Islander” explain:

“It actually started at the Island Inn as the first show. That was back in the day when people would come for extended stays and of course shelling was a big part of their adventure.  » Read more

The Good Life

Weimaraner dogs

A dog’s life is a good life. A pair of Weimaraner dogs are “living the life” as they tool around Sanibel in the backseat of a chauffeured vintage Porsche.

Caught on camera while parked at Bailey’s Center, these two “royal” canines will soon be on their way in style, enjoying the pleasures of another Sanibel winter day.  » Read more

Gorgeous Flora

Amaryllis plant

Once again, we need to thank our gracious owner Nancy G. for this gorgeous Amaryllis plant. Not only did it brighten our days, but it wowed many a guest as they arrived to Ocean’s Reach this winter.

Nancy has been treating us to this gorgeous flora for years. This year’s bloom featured both an Amaryllis Aphrodite and an Amaryllis White Nymph.

The Double Blooming Amaryllis Aphrodite is named for the Greek goddess of love and beauty,  » Read more

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