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The Haunting of ‘Tween Waters Inn

Ghost Stories 'Tween HistoryAs stores begin to haul out their goblins and ghouls, and Halloween decorations, I begin to prepare for one of my favorite times of year! I love history for their stories, and what’s more, I love stories that feel alive. Perhaps that’s why Halloween is one of my most anticipated holiday seasons — for the ghost stories!

‘Tween Waters Inn is steeped in a rich history, with residents dating back more than 100 years. The island itself just oozes the perfect Halloween history, with pirates keeping their prisoners “captive” on the island, hence the name Captiva Island.

And while ‘Tween Waters Inn has never had an official ghost hunter give us the verdict on paranormal activity at the resort, it’s easy to see why the possibility is very real. What began as a collection of fishing cottages, expanded to an epicenter for remote tourists beginning in 1931. Prior to that, the Captiva House restaurant stood as a one-room schoolhouse for children of Captiva’s Pioneers. If you visit today, you’ll see some of the same architecture from that school house still standing.

As you walk through the shaded boardwalk paths of the resort or skim the walls of the Captiva House, it’s not difficult to image the former famous guests of Teddy Roosevelt, Charles and Grace Morrow Lindbergh or J.N. Ding Darling doing the very same, or haunting the halls peacefully today. After all, the resort is known to have inspired artists, authors and countless others — why wouldn’t they want a little “extended” stay in paradise?

Grab your sunhat and walk beach, and you might find Charles Lindbergh haunting the beach itself. There’s something calm ad serene about the ocean that seems to call the ghosts of ‘Tweenies past to the beach, and rumor has it that Mr. Lindbergh used to land his plane right on their shores. Grab a pole and head bayside where the resort has actual photos of Teddy Roosevelt fishing the very same. If you can’t feel his presence then you can surely imagine how it would have been, with so much untouched nature and quiet serenity.

Ghost Stories 'Tween History

And while there’s no gruesome ending for any guests, nor swamp thing peeking out of the mangroves, ‘Tween Waters Inn does have their very own resident white cat who ghosts the perimeters of the property. Like most ghosts, he won’t harm anyone and has been on property for years. If you’re seeking a more “lively” bunch, there’s always the annual Hallo’Tween party, held this year indoors and out.

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What to Do with an Extra Day at ‘Tween Waters Inn

‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa’s current offer to earn one free night when you book three nights got me thinking: What would I do with a whole extra day on Captiva Island.

Well, it did not take me long to fill that day, let me tell you. I have not yet tried the Captiva Water Sports’ new parasailing adventure from the resort, for starters. And I love to paddleboard, but somehow I always end up lolling at the beach or having cocktails by the pool, and I never manage to fit in a paddle into the quiet, wildlife-rich back waters. And why not book a jet ski ride, while I’m at it.

And whereas I have had my favorite standard Relaxation Massage at the spa, I would love some more time for a body scrub, facial, and pedicure. You know, really go for the super pamper works.

I always intend to hit the fitness center, but alas, I’ve actually never been inside. And I hear the yoga classes at the resort are zenful. I need some of that.

So, look at that: Day overfilled, and I haven’t even finished my bucket list. Now I just cannot decide between sushi at Captiva House for dinner or that life-changing shrimp and grits at Crow’s Nest Bar & Grille.

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Getting Wowed by the Crow’s Nest Bar & Grille’s New Menu at ‘Tween Waters

I consider myself something of a shrimp-and-grits snob. I’ve eaten the iconic Southern dish from here to Charleston and New Orleans. My favorite used to be the Ya-Ya Grits at a restaurant in Pensacola. It’s been dethroned, however, by the Shrimp and Unbelievable Grits on the new menu at the Crow’s Nest Bar & Grille at ‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa.

Believe the “unbelievable” part. Laced with roasted corn, poblano cheese, and chorizo, the grits languish in an insanely delicious smoked tomato sauce. They make the bed for meaty shrimp dusted with cornmeal and pan-fried. The crowning touch: slices of fried green tomatoes for a final Southern accent.

The shrimp-and-grits are but one indication that Chef Greg Nelson’s recently debuted menu says “wow.” We started with cocktails: I, a Murky Water (i.e. dirty martini with just the right touch of olive juice and two blue cheese-stuffed olives); my husband, one of four Florida craft beers listed.

We sampled quinoa salad and cracker-crusted crab cakes for starters. A white-peach vinaigrette adds subtle sweetness to the tri-color quinoa’s texture. Sandwiched between apple slaw and cayenne remoulade, the crab cakes burst with flavor and moistness.

Rob ordered coconut-crusted shrimp served po-boy style, the shrimp jumbo and juicy. Tasty and perfectly executed as it was, the side dish of red beans and dirty rice practically upstaged it. Over-sated, we passed on the dessert tray. We’ll return soon to try other selections on Chef Greg’s menu. Wow!

Crow’s Nest dessert tray at ‘Tween Waters Inn Resort & Spa
Shrimp and Unbelievable Grits at the Crow’s Nest Bar & Grille, ‘Tween Water Inn Resort & Spa

 

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Finding the Ultimate Serenity at ‘Tween Waters Inn on Captiva Island

Serenity Pool at 'Tween Waters Inn Island Resort on Captiva Island

The change was uncanny. One moment I was surrounded by the happy sounds of families unabashedly enjoying the chill welcome of a mid-summer day at the pool. Two steps later, I had entered a different world. A different mindset. Serenity.

Enter Serenity

The Serenity Pool had opened just moments before on that Thursday in July, taking relaxation to a new depth at ‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa – about 4 feet in depths to be exact. Infinity edged, the pool itself invites slow, leisurely immersion to soak away the day’s mental detritus. Although only separated by low walls from the main pool, tumbling water and some kind of Zen magic make it feel deliciously sequestered.

A Cabana All Your Own

Four private cabanas named for island shells – Coquina, Junonia, Lion’s Paw, and Lightning Whelk – allow you to further shut out the world with curtains or canvas flaps. Rentable for $50 a day, they come furnished with a couple of cushioned lounge chairs and umbrella plus matching upright chairs and tables for enjoying food and beverage delivered from the Oasis Pool Bar. May I suggest the Caribbean Jerk Chicken Salad with a coconut-y Pirate Punch?

Unique Serenity

Not only is this new pool a unique escape from the bustle of an active resort, it’s also unique in its construction as the only (besides ‘Tween Waters Inn’s main pool) geothermal heated and cooled pool on the islands keeping the temperature a constant 87 degrees.

Serenity Squared

An afternoon snooze and you’re ready for the final coup for your serenity afternoon. The ‘Tween Waters Spa lies only steps away, and a relaxation massage tenderizes away any lingering tension that stands in the way of you and ultimate serenity.

For a tour of the serenity pool watch out video here:

 

Cabana at the new Serenity Pool at ‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort on Captiva Island
A water wall separates Serenity from the main pool at ‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort on Captiva Island

 

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Getting High Over Captiva.

‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa is excited to announce that now, we can take your Captiva beach vacation experience to new heights!

That’s right, parasailing has come to ‘Tween Waters Inn — and getting high over Captiva is as easy as making your reservation at Captiva Water Sports at our Marina!

Rates are $90 per person (single) or $80 per person (two or three people), and up to three persons can take flight at the same time. Captiva Water Sports will make sure you’re safe and secure, and it’s as easy as sitting back and taking off — up, up, up above the Gulf of Mexico to a panoramic, breathtaking, beautiful and perfectly peaceful view of our islands that compares to, well, truly nothing else! Note: “bottoms up” dip in the Gulf waters upon return no extra charge.

Just click here to book your parasail adventure now or call 239.472.6336 for the time of your life!

 

 

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The comforts of home. And much more.

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Those of us lucky enough to live and work in Southwest Florida know just how special we have it. Sunshine, blue skies, warm waters, natural beauty and not a lick of snow to be spotted anywhere. Imagine then how much luckier are those of us who’ve chosen hospitality as our life’s work. We get to take our breathtaking slice of paradise — Sanibel and Captiva Islands — and serve them to you in a vacation experience you’ll hopefully remember forever.

Here at Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts, we’ve been doing just that since 1931, when ‘Tween Waters Inn of Captiva welcomed its first overnight guests. Some 86 years later, we today offer guests their choice of four uniquely different beach resorts numbering more than 300 guest accommodations, along with top dining, recreation, entertainment and most of all, relaxation.

Now, we’re excited to expand our services beyond the traditional resort guest room to vacation rental homes and condos, via our new ‘Tween Waters Island Vacation Rentals — where we truly offer you all the comforts of home, and much more.

Add it all up, and nobody brings guests the comforts of home — and much more — like we do. And if you’re a vacation rental home or condo owner, nobody can match our ability to create revenues and loyal customers via our powerful marketing, sales and customer satisfaction that’s 86 years in the making.

We know that many travelers prefer the privacy, space, flexibility and value of a vacation rental home or condo. You’ll find all of that with ‘Tween Waters Island Vacation Rentals, where we’ll apply the same standards for excellence that have made our resorts and restaurants tops on Sanibel and Captiva Islands for many years.

Plus as our guest, you’ll also enjoy value-added free benefits that no other rental company can offer through our “Renter’s Rewards” — a coupon book complete with more than $100 of discounts to dining, entertainment, water sports, spa services and more at our nearby properties.

Add it all up, and nobody brings guests the comforts of home — and much more — like we do. And if you’re a vacation rental home or condo owner, nobody can match our ability to create revenues and loyal customers via our powerful marketing, sales and customer satisfaction that’s 86 years in the making.

So whether you love the luxury amenities and pampering service of highest quality beach resorts and restaurants — or the comforts, value and flexibility of a rental property — now you have the best of both worlds. Interested? Learn more about our vacation rentals here, or our entire portfolio of beach resorts, restaurants and recreation here.

By Doug Babcock | Chief Operating Officer

Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts LLC

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Introducing ‘Tween Waters Island Vacation Rentals: Southwest Florida’s Newest Upscale Hospitality Brand From Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts LLC

Captiva, FL — Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts LLC, one of Southwest Florida’s top hospitality management and marketing companies, is proud to introduce the new ‘Tween Waters Island Vacation Rentals. Specializing in high-end vacation homes and condominiums on Captiva and Sanibel Islands, Florida, ‘Tween Waters Island Vacation Rentals officially launches May 1, 2017.

'Tween Waters Island Vacation Rentals‘Tween Waters Island Vacation Rentals is an extension of the legendary ‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa of Captiva, rated Captiva’s top resort on TripAdvisor.com. The new ‘Tween Waters Island Vacation Rentals will enhance visitor experiences to Southwest Florida via the parent corporation’s history of hospitality excellence that was first founded in 1931.

“There’s always a demand for highest quality Captiva and Sanibel vacation rental homes and condos among a certain market group,” notes Doug Babcock, Chief Operating Officer of Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts. “Larger families with children, family reunions, wedding parties and others who enjoy the more private and independent advantages of vacation rentals can now access a variety of rental options that include the legendary ‘Tween Waters reputation for quality and excellence.”

Among those advantages are discounts to various Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts restaurants and recreational options that no other vacation rental company can offer — well over $100 in savings for consumers.

At the same time, Babcock notes that vacation rental homeowners will benefit greatly, too, by both the powerful and award-winning branding and marketing of Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts among web, digital, social and public relations strategies that will reach more than 1 million potential renters annually — meaning greater return for their vacation rental home or condo investment. Plus, each vacation rental homeowner will be serviced by a concierge assigned to his or her property with personal service and attention to detail.

‘Tween Waters Island Vacation Rentals is found online at www.TWIVacay.com. Telephone contact is 844.TWI-VACAY (894.8222).

About Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts LLC
Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts LLC is among Southwest Florida’s top and most experienced hospitality management and marketing organizations. SCBR operates four of Sanibel and Captiva Islands’ top beach resorts that comprise more than 300 quality accommodations, from beachfront suites to classic seaside cottages, including: ‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa of Captiva Island, Florida; West Wind Inn of Sanibel, Florida; Beachview Cottages of Sanibel, Florida; and Castaways Cottages of Sanibel, Florida (at Blind Pass). The organization also excels in food and beverage service with five dining outlets, plus outstanding banquet services and facilities for weddings, corporate meetings and family reunions. In addition, Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts manages and markets two marinas, numerous recreational amenities (discounted golf, tennis, water sport and more), retail outlets and a day spa.

Learn more at www.SanibelCaptivaBeachResorts.com.

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Digging the New Vibe at The Crow’s Nest at ‘Tween Waters Inn Resort, Captiva Island

Nautically nice, the new decor at The Crow’s Nest speaks to Captiva Island’s salty character.

My husband and I have been partying at The Crow’s Nest Beach Bar & Grill at ‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort far longer than I would like to admit. Before we had children. Before we were married, truth be told. It has always been a hot spot for late-night dancing to live bands around the fireplace. The nice thing? That hasn’t changed, even as we and our lives have.

It has, however, undergone a recent metamorphosis that continues to unfold with the brightness and drama of a butterfly. Gone is the 1980s look of dark wood and retro furnishings. Behold the lightness, the ropes, brass fixtures, and other nautical nuances. Now this looks like it belongs to Captiva Island! And to a new era.

Watch for more changes to come as the new executive chef, well-loved island kitchen wizard Greg Nelson, works his magic on the menu. “He’s a great person with great qualities,” says ‘Tween Waters Food & Beverage Manager Laurent Bosc. “Greg has top experience developing menus for beach themed restaurants. He is a leader because he’s a hands-on chef.”

Chef Greg will be overseeing menus and kitchen operations for all of ‘Tween Waters’ restaurants, including the Captiva House, Oasis pool bar, and the bar and grill that will open in May at the new adults Serenity Pool.

But for now, hubby and I are heading our fancy-free, empty-nester party-time back to where we once danced to Eagles and Van Halen covers. And still can at The Crow’s Nest.

Welcome to The Crow’s Nest new island personality.
Ropes, portholes, brass, and wood give The Crow’s Nest its salty air.
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Introducing Our One-of-a-Kind Million Dollar Breakfast Giveback!

Breakfast Policy GivebackEarly in 2017, ‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa surveyed more than 30,000 of our past and future guests and asked them one question: How do you like your breakfast served?

For years, ‘Tween Waters Inn has provided continental breakfast buffet as an amenity with your room rate. But we heard that more and more of today’s guests wanted a choice regarding breakfast. So we asked — and the majority of those 30,000 we asked told us they preferred the option of choosing the kind of breakfast they want, rather than paying for something they may not want.

As a result, starting January 3, 2018, breakfast will be 100% your option. Instead of continental breakfast buffet included in your room charge, you can choose a delicious hot breakfast from our Captiva House menu. A light breakfast, like coffee and a bagel. You can choose to eat in your room. Or skip breakfast altogether.

Here’s the best part: In return, we’re reducing our rates 8% across the board — that’s every room, every night — which amounts to what could be $1 million you, our guests, could save next year!

Great savings. And your choice on breakfast. We think that’s a win-win for you. Thank you as always, from all of us at TripAdvisor’s top-rated Captiva Island resort!

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