Okay, truth be told, this guest wasn’t the only one on the beach outside of Ocean’s Reach the other day. But it sure looks like he picked the perfect spot, didn’t he?
To reserve your perfect spot at Ocean’s Reach, give us a call at 800-336-6722 or head right to OceansReach.com and book your next beach getaway conveniently online!
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!
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
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.
Can you believe this is actually a cake? And quite a delicious one, too, from what we’ve heard!
One of our wonderful owners, Alison W., has an amazing hidden talent that we just found out about. Her husband sent us the photo, along with the following:
“Here are the secrets:
(1) Alison baked three deep 6 inch carrot cakes. Then she cut each one in half. She stacked the cake layers with cream cheese frosting so then she had a six layer cake.
(2) Then she put the cake into the freezer until it was hard.
(3) I then carved the cake into a pumpkin shape, then back in the freezer.
(4) Alison covered the carved cake with more cream cheese frosting, and then covered the entire thing with orange fondant. I assisted at this point and went back over the creases, and top to make the fondant look more like a real pumpkin.
(5) My job is always the painting. I use special food dust (made especially for cake decorating) in several shades of yellow, red, and orange which gives the finished cake more depth in terms of colors.
(6) We made the stem and leaves with gum paste and fondant (both sold at Walmart). Then I painted them with the food dust.
(7) The stem was attached with a tooth-pick inserted into its base, and the leaves were glued on with heated liquid fondant.
(8) Then Alison steamed the entire cake with a steamer (just like you use to get wrinkles our of clothing) and this gives the food dust a shimmer.
(9) She kept the cake in the freezer until about 4 hours before she served it. By that time it was room temperature and delicious to eat!!
This was one of the easier ones she has made. Some of them are quite elaborate!“