Historic Burnap Cottage circa 1898
A favorite for many of our guests, the charming Sanibel Historical Museum & Village has re-opened for the season.
“We’re planning exciting programs this season,” said Executive Director Emilie Alfino. “We look forward to seeing old friends as well as welcoming return guests.”
Some of the events scheduled for this year include three Twilight Talks (All About Francis Bailey, Sanibel Restaurants of Yesteryear, and 55 Years After the Causeway). There is also a boat trip to historic Useppa on November 1. There will be a Luminary celebration in December and a Free Admission Day in June.
New volunteers are always needed at the village. Training begins on November 6 and 13. Interested people are encouraged to call 239-472-4648. “There are many different things for volunteers to do, so anyone can find a comfortable spot among our village family,” Alfino said.
The Sanibel Historical Village is located at 950 Dunlop Road (next to BIG ARTS) and there is handicap access to the buildings. Admission is $10 for adults over 18. Members and children are free. Hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm. Full guided tours take place at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm at no additional charge, depending on docent availability.
For more information, call 239-472-4648 during museum hours or visit sanibelmuseum.org.
Islandology — Easy to learn and fun to live by!
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!
It’s the best of the hometown fall festivals you remember: a pumpkin patch, pumpkin decorating, face painting and local musicians on stage. Punkin’ Palooza features family-friendly activities, flea market shopping and free entertainment at Fleamasters Fleamarket today.
If you’re in the area, stop by and adopt a pumpkin at the Pumpkin Patch to paint, personalize and take home!
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.