Congratuations to Matt C., from Genoa IL, who scored this beautiful Horse Conch on his family’s most recent visit to Ocean’s Reach!
The horse conch — a snail that is known as the second largest gastropod in the world as it can grow up to two feet in size — has been Florida’s official state shell since 1969.
Did you know that 14 of the 23 coastal states of the United States have an officially designated state shell?
We’re delighted to announce that Good Morning Sanibel by author Kristi Kercher Paterson is now available at Ocean’s Reach as yet another treat for our guests.
This brightly illustrated, rhyming picture book is about everyone’s favorite places to see and things to do on Sanibel Island. It is sure to become one of your family’s favorites!
A former elementary school teacher, Kristi has written plays, poems and songs since she was a child. She has always been enthralled by the sea and its many wonders.
She and her husband have owned “a spot of paradise” on Sanibel for a number of years now, and consider it their “happy place” filled with numerous special family memories. They hope to make Sanibel their permanent residence one day soon!
Guess who made the list of 5 Fabulous Places for Empty Nesters to Explore, recently published by Parade Magazine?
Sanibel Island is indeed on the list — near the top, in fact — with the author saying that “The Shell Museum, Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge and all of the other notable stops on unspoiled Sanibel Island are waiting for you.”
So, what are you waiting for? If the kids are gone, plan your beachfront escape today!
We’d love to hear from you at 800-336-6722 or feel free to make your reservation conveniently online at oceansreach.com.
We wanted to share a great article from “Sounds Like Nashville” talking about our most recent Island Hopper Songwriter Fest, where the Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel did indeed sound like Nashville!
The article begins:
Island Hopper Fest, a 10-day songwriter festival in Southwest Florida, returned for its fourth year in September. Living up to its name, Island Hopper is located in three different settings — Captiva Island, Downtown Fort Myers and Fort Myers Beach — and includes performances by 85 songwriters beside a picturesque backdrop.
“Sounds Like Nashville” traveled to Fort Myers Beach on Friday (Sept. 29) to attend the final three days of the festival where we caught numerous writers rounds, interviewed several songwriters and learned the stories behind many of their hits. Held less than a month after Hurricane Irma devastated Florida, the festival also served as a fundraiser to help those affected by the storm in the five surrounding counties.
Music lovers will get a kick out the rest of the article. Read it here!
Just loved this note of “thanks” and the gorgeous photo that came with it:
We would just like to thank all of you at Oceans Reach for all the hard work, time and effort you put into the resort after Irma. The location and resort are beautiful and we had a lovely trip. We have been at many other Sanibel resorts and you’re the best.Along with shelling, we found another hobby, creating “vignettes”!Thanks again,Tom and Kelly K.Hoffman Estates, IL
The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife has announced that the LCEC Killa-Watts will be providing live entertainment for the 36th Taste of the Islands on Nov. 12 from noon to 5 p.m.
There’s a reason that fans get a charge out of the LCEC Killa-Watts. Each of the band’s members works for Lee County Electric Cooperative, one of the main utility companies for Southwest Florida. Started as a bit of fun for a small fundraiser a few years ago, the group now plays numerous benefit concerts to aid causes throughout the community.
“I have worked in the utility industry for many years and I love this work. At the same time, I love the joy that music brings to people’s lives. When an opportunity to bring the two together came about, I knew it was something that would make a difference,” said band leader Rusty Snider.
The core Killa-Watts members have been true to the mission of making music, having some fun, and helping those in need by sharing their talent at little, or no cost to help raise funds for worthy causes. In the past, they opened for Lee Greenwood for a Veterans fundraiser, played dozens of United Way and Chamber of Commerce events, and supported efforts to fight Cancer, Heart Disease, Diabetes, and many other worthy causes.
Admission to Taste of the Islands is $7 and children younger than 12 years of age are free. For more information about the 36th Taste of the Islands, please click here.
Are you looking for something unusual to do on your next visit to Sanibel Island? How about checking out an aerial yoga class?
At Sanibel Dance, Pilates and Yoga, they’re taking yoga to a whole new level. Aerial Yoga is one of the newest blends of yoga and aerial circus arts, utlizing a silk hammock to aid the student in traditional postures that may be difficult to achieve due to minimal flexibiliity, strength or physical injuries. Their Restorative Aerial Yoga classes include slower poses to help relieve stress and relax.
For more information, call 484-459-3971 to talk with owner Debbie Sheme. Her studio is located at 975 Rabbit Road on Sanibel Island.