The Lighthouse Cafe is a favorite spot for breakfast and lunch and then if you are like me, a stop at Pinocchio’s always hits the spot! Both are located on the east end of the island by the lighthouse and on the bike path. Remember, there are many Sanibel restaurants with delightful treats waiting for your arrival, and they are all excellent!
My husband, sister, brother-in-law, and I enjoyed a wonderful vacation at Ocean’s Reach from July 10th-17th. We watched the pelicans being released into the Gulf after being rescued from Louisiana and rehabilitated. This took place on Algiers Beach next door to Ocean’s Reach. What a thrill! We had morning coffee and afternoon drinks on the balcony, visited delightful restaurants, went shelling, strolled the beach, and went in the pool every day. It was a completely relaxing vacation. Thank you for making it all possible!
“Magnificent Frigatebird” flying over Ocean’s Reach. It is also known as Man-of-War birds or Pirate birds. This bird is very unique as it spends months at a time flying without landing. It catches most of it’s food by robbing other birds or by stealing sea bird chicks. The Magnificent Frigatebirds do not swim or walk well either, although their webbed feet allow them to perch. They are a very large bird with a body the size of a hen, but with a wingspan of almost 6 feet. Truly an amazing bird to watch!
Meet the friendly welcoming team at the new Art of the Olympians! Art of the Olympians opened late January in the Fort Myers downtown River district. According to the Boston Globe, “this museum only displays art created by Olympic athletes. It is also the only such institution in the United States approved by the US Olympic Committee and they are the only ones approved to fly the US Olympic flag. The museum hope to show the common ground between sports and art”.
Be sure and stop by to discover the “Art of the Olympians” for only a $2 donation!
Bicycling is the “green” way to travel, especially for residents or guests of Sanibel. Sanibel has over 26 miles of paved biking paths that will get you anyplace on the island. There is one specifically that follows Periwinkle which allows easy access to most of the shopping areas. Ocean’s Reach can arrange for bike rentals when you need one and can even arrange for one to be waiting for your arrival. Just let us know how we can be of service!
Here are three photos from our Sanibel vacation last November. The sunset is at Turner Beach. We love staying at Oceans Reach and visiting Captiva. My wife, Fonda, got the Bubble Room Red Velvet cake recipe online. It always brings back good memories of Sanibel.
Fonda and Jim
The Herb Strauss Schoolhouse Theater is Sanibel’s professional playhouse offering Broadway caliber talent in an intimate setting. Located on Periwinkle Way, it is just minutes from Ocean’s Reach. Today, our Chamber luncheon was entertained by 5 great performers from “The 70’s Show”. Do you remember “It’s Raining Men” and “YMCA”??? This troupe will have you dancing in the aisles. Please go see it on Wednesdays or Saturdays until August 14. Take a groovy trip through the 70’s. It’s my kind of music!
An excursion with Andy as he bicycled to the ribbon cutting for the opening of Billy’s Creek Preserve. The preserve offers nearly two miles recreational pathway through the preserve with stops for reading the educational signboards and sitting to observe.
It is an oasis located in the outskirts of east downtown Fort Myers. Another great day trip from Ocean’s Reach on Sanibel!
Fort Myers River District Art Walk takes place the first Friday evening of every month. A parade of talent awaits the art walkers, and galleries and restaurants are open. Each art walk attracts up to a thousand people from all over southwest Florida. Thirteen year old Mike Imbasciani is one of the most popular entertainers around town performing blues and classic 60’s rock with his vocals and acoustic and electric guitar.