Well we are spending time in Fort Myers Beach, FL for January and some of February and I’m loving the views! We were originally set to stay at the same house as last year on Summerland Key, but it had been slightly damaged during Hurricane Irma and it was still under repair. Luckily, everyone was alright and the only things damaged were some missing shingles and screens on their lanai being replaced. So, at the last minute, Beth, Bobby’s Mom found an alternate house to rent in Fort Myers Beach. It was built around 1951, and is very well appointed. We are also around SO many more stores, so working on projects is definitely a lot easier. Although the fishing here is nothing at all like the Keys, Bobby is still having fun and we are finding places to explore. Everything around here, on Estero Blvd is exceptionally well landscapes and there are SO many palm trees. It’s really fun to get out and walk the dogs early in the mornings or at sunset. We are really close to several beach entrances so that’s also been great!
It’s been pretty chilly since we arrived, but it’s finally warming up now to where you can wear short sleeve and capris at least. By chilly I mean highs of mid 60s and lows of 40s/50s :) I keep seeing friends back home in Illinois and the Midwest posting snow pics, so I’m NOT at all complaining, haha!
Being in this part of Florida really does bring back childhood memories. We are only a short drive from Sanibel and Captiva, which is where my grandparents had a time share ever summer when I was younger. It was right on the beach and was always a lot of fun. I plan on driving by to visit next time we are over in Sanibel. Below, you’ll see the dessert offerings at The Bubble Room, which was my grandma’s favorite place ever. Man, the Rum Soaked Pound Cake with Homemade Whipped Cream was life changing! And their orange cake was also divine but I’d always go back for rum cake!
Below, me at The Bubble Room. Their outdoor seating area was pained all in rainbow colors and had lots of pretty palms.
more fun things to do in the Sanibel area are collecting shells near Blind Pass. Imagine a huge section of the beach co weed in tons of shells instead of sand! The sound is amazing :) I grabbed a few to bring home, but people fill hives boxes full and send them home in flat rate boxes.
Shopping on Sanibel is fun too. The shopping plaza on the 200O block of Periwinkle Way, including Lily Pulitzer, Fresh Produce, and Simply Boutique was so fun! While the prices are definitely on the higher end, and it’s hard for me to spend $150-200 on one shirt or dress, I still love seeing the new trends and will never be get tired of shopping in small boutiques!
Bunche Beach, shown below, is also fun! It was not at all crowded, and since the sand was so compacted, it was easy to walk across the beach. I enjoyed laying in a towel while Bobby fished in the channel that leads out to the ocean. It’s fun bird watching there, and throwing a casting net to catch bait.
Below, you will see the view from our upper back deck at sunset! It’s really beautiful with that palm tree, docks, and channel in view! It’s definitely been a goal of mine to keep updating my blog with my travels as well as my current projects, so I’ll try to share more soon! Happy Sunday, friends!