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Mother’s Day Gifts and Celebrations Florida Style!

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

 

Mother's Day tulips

Mother’s Day Gifts and Celebrations Florida Style!

Are you at a loss…don’t know what to get Mom? Show her how much you care with a Gift Certificate to a Florida Bed and Breakfast Inn! A perfect gift for a woman with discriminating taste.

Here are some gift ideas and celebrations based on her interests or personality.  We have a Bed and Breakfast Inn location to accommodate any activity you choose.

  • A Sports Fan ~ Catch a game or a gift of team spirit
  • Sweet on Key Lime Pie ~ Head to Key West they’ve got the best!
  • Loves a Little Drama ~ Catch a show at one of the many venues throughout Florida
  • Fancy a Flight ~ Hot Air Balloon ride, Hang Gliding, Float Plane…what does she fancy?
  • Love Wine ~ Tour a Florida Winery, taste and find a new favorite to take home
  • Love Gardening ~ Tour some of Florida’s most beautiful gardens throughout the state.
  • A Fishing Fanatic ~ Catch a charter for a full or half day and give her some reel Florida fun
  • Need Pampering ~ Reserve a treatment or day at the Spa.
  • A Fan of Mysteries ~ Grab a seat on a Murder Mystery Train where you can dine and solve a mystery
  • A History Buff ~ Explore and Tour one of the hundreds of historic sites around the state
  • Enjoy Fine Dining ~ Make reservations for brunch or Dinner at one of the many fine dining establishments throughout the state
  • Love to Drive Fast ~ Forget the Mini Van! Ferrari’s and Lanborghini’s more her speed? Take her to the Exotic Driving Experience
  • Dream of Swimming with Dolphins ~ There are lots of ways to see Dolphins from Orlando down to the Keys

Woody & Pattie

58th Annual Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

for-myers-shrimpThe 58th annual Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival, March 12-13, 2016 – a major beach front celebration of “Shrimp” in this whimsical Old Florida style beach town. Since 1959, the main attraction at the Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival, are the “huge boiling pots of Gulf pink shrimp!” The festival gets the show on the road with a parade featuring Clydesdale horses, floats and bands in a two-mile ceremony. Afterwards the crowning of the “shrimp queen” will take place at the main beach, near the pier. There will be more than 100 vendors lined up and prepared to share their goods. The festivities commence at School Street and proceed north on Estero Boulevard to the Matanzas Pass Bridge and the site of other festival events.fort-myers-shrimp_dinners

 

 

 

 

 

Filled with history and lots of charm The Hibiscus House Bed and Breakfast nestled between the Edison-Ford Winter Estate and the Old Fort Myers Downtown area is a great place to stay. It is within walking distance to the Caloosahatchee River, Centennial Park and many fine restaurants. Day trips may include Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel and Captiva Islands, or the Everglades. Don’t forget to take part in the festivities of the Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival

Tours & Monthly Events in Downtown Fort Myers: The River District

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Since the 1880s, Fort Myers has been an important commercial hub in Southwest Florida. The city has long seen a great deal of growth and development. The greater metropolitan area is large enough to have several neighborhoods, each with its own distinctive feel. But the core of Fort Myers is its Downtown: The River District.

Ft Myers panorama

There are fun downtown events throughout the year, but Fort Myers’ River District also offers some noteworthy regular events to enjoy all year long:

TrueTours Historical Walking Tours
The River District/Downtown is one of the four designated historic districts of Fort Myers which also include Edison, Dean and Seminole Parks. The entire Fort Myers Downtown Commercial District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places with 69 historic buildings including the iconic Fort Myers Edison Theatre. TrueTours explore not only Downtown Fort Myers architecture, but its public art and haunted history.

First Friday Fort Myers Art Walk
Take this self-guided tour of all the Fort Myers downtown art galleries and studios. There are always new exhibits, plus refreshments at the galleries, museums and shops. The Art Walk After Party starts at 10 pm. Drink and be merry with the artists and art enthusiasts who will be out and about downtown until late.

2nd Saturday Antique Market in Fort Myers
During the winter season (January-April) from 9 am to 3 pm, check out the eclectic items and fun collectibles on display along Hendry and Main. About 20-30 vendors offer antiques, memorabilia and vintage wares as well as handmade crafts, indie art and goods.

3rd Saturday Music Walk in Downtown Fort Myers
Over 30 venues in the Fort Myers’ River District feature live music by local and regional musicians. This is a great way to hear live jazz, blues, drumming, cabaret tunes, rock and more while wining and dining the night away.

3rd Saturday Art Fair in Fort Myers River District
This event along the sidewalks of First Street will be starting up again, October-April. From 11 am to 4:30 pm, check out this juried art fair showcasing local artists working in a wide range of media and styles.

Downtown Fort Myers Quarterly Bike Night
Stroll the motorcycle-lined streets of Fort Myers’ Downtown during the Quarterly Bike Night. Live bands on three stages, vendors and a variety of characters strolling the streets make this a favorite Fort Myers River District event.

4th Saturday Car Cruise-Ins
If you love all things cars, especially vintage, modern, arty, or classic ones, then visit the center of Downtown Fort Myers on the 4th Saturday of each month. Talk shop with the owners or simply look longingly at all the beautiful cars.

No matter when you’re visiting Fort Myers, there’s always something fun to enjoy. Book your accommodations in a Southwest Florida B&B when you visit Fort Myers and you’ll be sure to experience the best hospitality around.

Alligators and Affluence

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Florida can be a study in contrast, as the drive along Alligator Alley reveals. This unique stretch of road leads to alligators and affluence, simplicity and luxury.

Alligator Mississippiensis

The wild Florida Everglades surround much of Alligator Alley.

Alligator Alley is, in fact, I-75. It runs from Fort Lauderdale, in Southeast Florida, to Naples, in Southwest Florida. In between, there isn’t much in the way of “civilization.” The bulk of the road traverses an enormous expanse of Florida Everglades, home to birds and alligators, not shops and eateries.

Alligator Alley isn’t a dirt road, but it feels like one. Your cell phone won’t work on most of Alligator Alley. There aren’t numerous gleaming pit stops. Fill your tank at the Miccosukee Indian Reservation when you get the chance. Take a moment to stop your car, wait for a lull in the traffic, and listen. Imagine what lurks on the other side of the fence.

Flying solo

Sunset in Naples.

A whole different world awaits at the end of the road in Naples–a world of tranquility and luxury. Naples is the kind of place to visit with the person you love. It has restaurants for intimate dinners and beaches for strolling hand in hand. There is affluence here, but little attitude; the atmosphere of Naples is relaxed and welcoming.

Take some time to drive a stretch of Alligator Alley and explore Naples when you next stay in a Southwest Florida Bed and Breakfast. It’s a wonderful study in contrast.

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