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Scenic Hikes In Cape Coral

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012
Koreshan State Park Florida

Historic cottage at the Koreshan Settlement.

Hiking is one of the best ways to get a feel for a place, and scenic hikes in Cape Coral reveal spreading mangroves, winding rivers, and lots of natural beauty.

Perhaps the best way to find good local hikes is to ask the innkeepers of your Cape Coral, Florida Bed and Breakfast. That said, read on for a few trail suggestions.

The trail at Four Mile Ecological Park is easy and well maintained. The loop meanders some 1.3 miles along the Caloosahatchee River, and much of the trail is a boardwalk. Wonderful, large, spreading mangroves along the river offer cooling shade. Wildlife abounds, especially egrets, herons, and migratory birds. Keep an eye out for alligators, which sometimes make an appearance.

Pine Island has a short, pleasant hike through mangroves. St. Jude Trail is perfect for hot afternoons when you feel like stretching your legs but don’t want to get too hot. The path is largely shaded and quite short–just one mile round trip. You should bring bug spray if you plan to make use of the benches.

Koreshan State Park, in Estero, has trails along the river and around the park boundary. Walkers traverse pine woods and have ample opportunities to sit and rest. An interesting stop is ‘New Jerusalem”, a historic site of buildings and gardens created by the community of Koreshans who settled here in the early 20th century.

There may be excellent walking trails close to your SW Florida Bed and Breakfast. Ask around, and bring your walking shoes.

The Historic Edison and Ford Estate Gardens

Friday, May 20th, 2011

The great inventor Thomas Alva Edison was also an impassioned amateur botanist and enthusiastic gardener. Edison and his wife Mina began gardening soon after arriving in Fort Myers, Florida. Today, gardens at the Edison and Ford Winter Estates encompass 20 acres and contain more than 1,700 plants. The collection includes more than 400 species from six continents. These gardens are on every “must see” list for SW Florida, and a visit is easily incorporated into a stay at a Cape Coral or Bokeelia Bed and Breakfast vacation.

Largest Banyan Tree In The US / Thomas Edisons Estate / Fort Myers / Florida

Banyan Tree at Edison's Winter Estate in Fort Meyers

Edison approached his gardens as he approached his work, methodically and with purpose. Ever the inventor, Edison constantly researched the uses of plants. He used bamboo in his lightbulbs, and by the late 1920′s was known throughout the world for his work with rubber trees. Yet he and his wife also loved nature; many of the flowers were planted to attract birds and butterflies, and many fruit trees were planted for their fruit. (more…)

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