Gobble Gobble Galore! The islands are brimming with excitement as local businesses and restaurateurs make ready for a full array of Thanksgiving Day celebrations. Cook in or enjoy a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings at one of our fine local restaurants or on an adventure cruise. We have it all for you and your family to enjoy a memorable and festive holiday. Select from the following options:
Captiva Cruises presents two holiday cruise packages. One hosts a full dinner buffet and the other offers Thanksgiving treats. Reservations and info available here.
Adventures in Paradise (departs from Ocean’s Reach) presents a holiday favorite, Sunset Dolphin Cruise, with Thanksgiving dessert. Reservations and info available here.
Jerry’s Foods offers a meal planner leading up to the big day that has easy, delicious recipes for dinner entrées and sides to prepare and enjoy from your gulf front condo kitchen.
Thistle Lodge at Casa Ybel presents its annual Thanksgiving Day Buffet. Take a right on the beach and you are steps away from delicious waterfront dining.
George & Wendy’s, Jacaranda, Sundial Resort, Starfish Grille, Greenhouse Grill and other restaurants are looking forward to serving you their finest Thanksgiving meals!
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
From crystal blue gulf waters to shimmering pastel ornamental grasses, fall is prime time! We will be showing you our vividly changing landscape with a series of photos.
Hues of pink and purple inflorescence can be viewed bordering our pond. How beautiful our muhly grass is this time of year!
Muhly grass is a cluster forming perennial that can grow 3 – 4 feet tall and wide. The graceful, slender stems and leaves are topped with a purple-pink radiance that extends about 18 inches long during late summer and early fall. Catch this shower of color quickly. Within 6 – 8 weeks, it returns to green with wispy tan seed heads.
Enjoy the fall colors of Ocean’s Reach!
The Bailey Family Homestead Preserve restoration is underway! When completed, visitors will have a new historical and educational attraction to enjoy on Sanibel. The Bailey home, built in 1896, will be open for touring to help guests learn more about one of Sanibel’s best-known pioneer families.
Additionally, the preserve will host SCCF’s native plant garden and nursery, as well as a butterfly garden. It will also protect an important wildlife corridor from future development and provide a pathway connecting the current Shipley and Pond Apple paths. The $4 million dollar acquisition consists of 28 acres and is located just east of Roadside City Park on the north side of Periwinkle Way.
Access to this new destination will be through the Roadside City Park entrance and we can hardly wait! Much work has been done as you can see from our photo updates. Take a look at the historic Aermotor windmill on the property. How cool is that?
Read more about this important preservation project.
The Swamp Hibiscus grows best in moist soil and full sunlight. Its flowers are commonly a dark or scarlet red and its leaves are a smooth dark green. In full bloom from mid-summer into the fall, this beautiful plant attracts birds, bees and butterflies. If you see our Swamp hibiscus, you are standing amidst our pond plantings. Enjoy our great nature!
We want YOU!! July marks the opening of two great opportunities for you to share your favorite Sanibel photos: Ocean’s Reach Annual Photo Contest and “Ding” Darling Days Amateur Nature Photography Contest.
We love the photos you send to us. Now share them with the world.
Frank Gumpert of Fort Myers took first place in the 2012 “Ding” Darling photo contest with his macro Wasp Comb shot.