‘Staying cool’ around the resort when the sunshine is bright — is a vital skill or perhaps, even an art.
Many ‘Tween Waters Inn guests on Captiva Island visiting Southwest Florida have ‘sunshine’ at the top of their list for ‘why’ they travel here to spend their spare time. With so many things to do outdoors my husband, Eric and I know first-hand how easy it is to get too much sun, too fast and find ourselves looking for places and things to do while we cool down a little bit.
Consider some of these good ideas offered from my own personal experience, for staying cooler around the resort from morning until sunset:
- Walk through the lush vegetation areas to get around the resort and stay cool under shady trees and roof lines.
- Visit the pool early morning or late afternoon when temps are the coolest all day and it’s the perfect time to start a tan.
- Pack and wear your stylish hats, or pick up a new ones in the Pelican’s Roost Boutique near the dock entrance of the Marina.
- Umbrella spots beside the pool are more likely to be open when the pool deck is less busy and the sun is lower in the sky.
- Morning is the time to reserve a shady chaise on the beach and to simply take it easy hanging out beside the sand and surf.
- Wear shorts, skirts, light fabrics, t-shirts and sandals anytime, anywhere and dress up only if it suits your beachwear fancy.
- Remember that the Oasis Pool Bar offers a shady spot all day where you can chill, sip cold drinks, make friends and sit beside the pool.
- It’s also the place to enjoy lunch or order it ‘to go’ and take lunch back to your air-conditioned room, suite or cottage you call home.
- Early afternoon is a favorite time to relax on your private lanai where the temps are cooler when the sun is high in the sky.
- Schedule favorite Spa appointments dedicated to your complete comfort and relaxation after you’ve been outside in the morning.
- Afternoons are traditionally the tropical time for a brief siesta or nap when the temps are always the hottest outdoors all day.
- Later in the day take your time exploring the quiet back bay waters paddling a rented canoe or kayak through the mangroves.
- Make a reservation at the Captiva House restaurant first thing and look forward all day to a memorable dinner right around sunset.
- After dinner share a night cap or even an impromptu fiesta at the Crow’s Nest Beach Bar & Grille next door where having fun is popular.
- Make it a habit in the evening to take a stroll down to the beach before bed when it’s cool, breezy and the sand is lit by the moon.
At ‘Tween Waters Inn when you get over heated you have the Gulf of Mexico waters and the resort pool to cool down in anytime. Then you can take it easy while you make a decision about what to do next.
Most importantly, stay cool and enjoy!
I’ve been known to take a last-minute trip or two, with no planning in advance. By “no planning,” I mean, no planning. Nada. Not even packing more than a swimsuit and a phone charger (essential!). So on a last-minute trip to ‘Tween Waters Inn (where I booked three nights and received an additional night free, plus a $50 dining credit — awesome summer sale!), I really needed some gear to get me through my trip.
I headed to the Pelican’s Roost — the on-site store next to the Marina, where they sell everything “under the sun,” including sunglasses, hats, swimsuits, cover-ups, t-shirts and more. For a seemingly small store, they were packed with fun Captiva favors. I hadn’t thought about getting a souvenir — I just wanted to grab some essentials for covering up and enjoying dinner at the Crow’s Nest Beach Bar & Grille later.
My first purchase was a sundress; a beautiful blue dress that had straps to hide my shoulders from the sun. I found a variety of dresses, and this one perfectly matched that Captiva blue water. A floppy hat to completed my look, because let’s be honest, my hair wasn’t going to look the best after a swim in the salt water. And lastly, I grabbed a blue (that’s the color theme of this shopping trip) ‘Tween Waters Inn Captiva Island T-Shirt to sleep in, but I’m loving it so much I probably will wear more than my sundress!
Heading out the door with my purchases, shop manager Cindy asked if I’d looked at any of the Brighton sandals. For a limited time only, if you purchased one pair, the second pair was half price! Well, there went my drink budget for the night, but if I have to choose between shoes and drinks, I’ll choose shoes every day.
Thinking back over the years, my time spent staying in a cottage almost anywhere was a treat! The ‘Tween Waters cottages are all one-of-a-kind. Originally constructed in the 1930’s, they are fully refurbished and individually appointed to ensure a special, beachfront holiday for all of the guests who stay in them today.
The setting, poised between the Gulf of Mexico beach on Captiva Island on one side and the serene, back bay boating waters on the other, enhances their cottage charm even more. Imagine… Nice huh?!
There are nineteen different cottages, painted in cheerful, tropical colors dotted around the resort. The size and room layouts range from one room to three bedroom and they have beautiful baths and convenient kitchen amenities. Some have screened in porches, others have sunny decks and they have all the comforts of a cottage home you will love.
- Consider the Osprey two bedroom, the Heron one bedroom or the Pelican one bedroom overlooking the beachside of the resort with a view of the Gulf and just steps away from the sand. There are three, gulf front cottage groups that are perfect for multiple parties, too.
- The Jasmine one bedroom or the Tarpon three bedroom are located on the east side of the resort where they look over the back bay waters and the picturesque, ‘Tween Waters Marina.
- Sitting be’tween the water on either side, you’ll find the shadiest cottages that are also closest to the pool. They share a lush courtyard, outdoor love seat swing, and they are named for the tropical plants and trees that make this spot around the resort so special: the Frangipani, Bougainvillea, Orchid, and Jasmine.
After you check them all out, you’ll see for yourself how delightful and different staying in one of the cottages will be on your next trip. Make your reservations early for the historically popular and world-famous cottage you prefer!
I can tell you without a doubt, I will. Summertime in Florida is the perfect time for a shady cottage near the pool or one that is only steps from the beach and salty water. Most importantly, get ready to enjoy…
At the end of almost any day, but everyday at ‘Tween Waters Inn it’s time to relax and enjoy the evening.
My husband and I are usually ready for a cold drink, cold beer, a fine wine or favorite cocktail after being on the beach and around the resort during the day. When we’re visiting we look forward to having dinner together, along with a few evenings out sharing a little fun. Best of all, the entertainment we’re looking for is conveniently located right at the resort.
At night the ‘Tween Waters Inn is all about The Crow’s Nest… where we sample great food, drinks and entertainment. We count on spending lots of time at the popular …Beach Bar & Grille. Around the Islands it’s simply called the Crow’s Nest. As a local, I know firsthand that many memorable evenings have been made enjoying live music and drinks “at the Crow’s Nest on Captiva Island” for special occasions of every kind!
Drop in before or after dinner and plan to stay as long as you like. Stop by later in the evening after walking the beach or enjoying dinner at the Captiva House restaurant next door. Families with kids and crab race enthusiasts from everywhere, love watching the famous Crab Races scheduled during the week. It’s a good idea to check with the resort Staff to find out what’s planned for any particular evening during your visit.
Many nights, guests are treated to a variety of outstanding live music that is perfectly suited to the upscale but casual, Island setting of the Crow’s Nest. The entertainment changes from night to night and features popular music, the songs everyone remembers and original music from solo artists. When there’s a band we love to “do a little dance” together. When a crowd gathers later in the evening it seems like everyone is dancing and those who prefer, just sit back and take it easy.
The Crow’s News is open until after midnight when it closes and reopens for lunch every day.
Click Here to view the Gulf of Mexico in real time, from the Crow’s Nest Beach Cam located across the street.
Most importantly, enjoy!
A day or two dedicated to just enjoying the Spa at ‘Tween Waters Inn is always an important part of our stay at the resort. Just like you do, we live busy everyday lives that allow little time for simply relaxing. The opportunities to dedicate our time to indulging in a leisurely pace come, few and far between.
So aside from activities at the beach, near the pool, and simply for recreation, entertainment or sitting down to enjoy delectable cuisine, we look forward to spending some quiet time at the Spa. Men don’t have to be shy about having their nails buffed and their feet pampered, and couples can savor relaxing treatments together.
Bridal parties are welcome to book as a group. Both the men and the women in the party can rely on Spa services to spruce up their look. While they may not admit it, the groom and his friends want to look and feel great, too. The ladies usually want their hair and makeup handled by a stylist with the knowledge and experience to provide the most becoming looks possible. Rest assured the ‘Tween Waters Spa staff are experts at organizing the vital care and creativity a bride expects before the ceremony.
Back to everyday reality… I know from experience how terrific my feet feel after a pedicure. When my nails are looking their best I am at my best. Following a professional facial, my face looks and feels wonderful. Time spent at the ‘Tween Waters Spa while relaxing between the beach and bay on beautiful Captiva Island is the finest around. Following a massage, my husband is sure to take a nap. While he rests I have the time to pick up a few items at the resort’s sportswear shop.
Make your appointments with the Spa for massages, haircuts, hair styling, facials and other specialties when you first arrive for your stay. Pick early morning times to start your day out on a cloud, or spend some time at the Spa in the afternoon to get prepped for a memorable night out in an Island setting you won’t forget.
For your convenience, follow this Link to view the Spa Menu. Most importantly, enjoy!
I can’t cook. I don’t state this mildly or even humbly, I seriously can’t cook. We eat out a lot. A lot.
The closest thing I’ve made to an actual meal might be grilled cheese — and I’m not exaggerating. And while my partner Mathew is a Food Network junkie, I hate to have him cook for me every day, so we end up eating out quite a bit. But just because I don’t cook, doesn’t mean I don’t love to eat.
I have particular and wide tastes. I can’t stand cheap, generic food. Instead, I live for a spicy, exotic meal, a fantastically prepared seafood dish, a gooey handmade pasta or…an flakey wrap. And the only place on the islands to find any or all of the above, is Captiva House restaurant at ‘Tween Waters Inn.
The island snapper wrap isn’t just any ‘ole wrap. The name sounds casual, but once you sink your teeth into delicately cooked asparagus, savory crimini mushrooms, perfectly roasted peppers and face-melting snapper, all wrapped in a flakey filo dough, you’ll basically be living in elegant ecstasy for the next hour. Oh! And I forgot to mention this dish comes with pesto cream and goat cheese polenta all drizzled with aged balsamic glaze. When I die, you can drizzle me with all of the above.
So what good would being an INNSIDER be, if I couldn’t get the super secret “innsider” recipe for the snapper wrap, and share it with you?! After a little begging and pleading, the amazing Jason Miller, Executive Chef and Food and Beverage Director at ‘Tween Waters Inn, was kind enough to share the recipe. So grab your apron and your best Emeril Lagasse (as he is a Florida native) mindset, and I’ll grab my wine so I can watch, and get cooking! Here are the deets:
1/6 One roasted red pepper, chopped
1 oz Red snapper
½ Stalk of asparagus
2 oz Sliced crimini mushrooms
A spoonful of pesto cream
2 Cups water
2 Cups milk
1 Cup medium polenta
1 Package of goat cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Begin with the Snapper:
1. Cut each snapper fillet in half crosswise. Season per taste.
2. Heat oil in a large pan over medium-high heat until hot. Place snapper skin sides down, in skillet. Make certain to press on snapper with a spatula for occasionally to prevent curling. Cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Flip, and cook until opaque throughout, 2 to 3 minutes more.
Prepare the vegatables:
1. Chop red pepper and roast sauce pan until beginning to soften. Use only 1/6 of full red pepper.
2. Sautee asparagus until “crunch” is gone. Chop into small pieces.
3. Chop crimini mushrooms and sauté until soft.
Combining the veggies and snapper:
1. Combine the snapper with roasted vegetables, and roll in one filo dough slice.
2. Place on nonstick baking sheet in oven. Cook for 25 minutes, or until filo dough is flakey.
While baking the wrap, prepare polenta:
1. In medium pot with high sides combine the water, milk and bring to a boil over high heat.
2. Reduce the heat to low and slowly pour in the polenta while whisking constantly.
3. Cook the mixture for at least 5 minutes, stirring with a wooden spoon until thickened and cooked.
4. Stir in goat cheese until thoroughly mixed.
1. Places pesto cream on plate, followed by a few spoonfuls of goat cheese polenta.
2. Bias cut snapper wrap and place on polenta.
3. Drizzle balsamic glaze over the top and garnish with micro pea shoots.
As the new year begins in 2015, this is the perfect time to consider the upcoming holidays, birthdays, weddings or the monumental anniversaries on your calendar this year.
Whether you have either personal or a professional dates to plan, ‘Tween Waters Inn Resort & Spa has a variety of options to complement your most important occasions. On a property the size of ours located on a rare expanse between beach and bay, we assure you that your creative possibilities are many.
Overnight accommodations include cozy cottages, suites and rooms in upscale settings beside the Gulf of Mexico, on the bay near the Marina, and in close proximity to the Pool. Special event options for meals or mingling, held anywhere around the resort can be formal or casual, in both indoor and outdoor places suited for larger or more intimate gatherings. When your party calls for a luxurious Spa environment, remember we have that covered, too.
- Our private beach on the Gulf of Mexico has a reputation for offering one of the most romantic sunsets in the world.
- Your special events like a wedding on the beach or a special dinner are always possible, along with intimate picnics for two or more.
- In the Crow’s Nest Beach Bar & Grille entertainment and fun is a part of the menu, and there are many local artists who will perform music of all kinds, just for you and your party.
- Gourmet food selections are expertly prepared and served by the chef and staff overseeing the elegant Captiva House restaurant everyday.
- Private parties looking overlooking the peaceful, back bay waters and Marina are hosted in the more secluded, Ding Darling Boardroom.
Invite your immediate or extended family, a close group of friends, business colleagues, an entire destination wedding party, or just yourself and a significant other. Your special requests will be fulfilled in an exceptional fashion that you will remember in the fondest way. Allow us the opportunity to care for your most important guests and to see to the details and planning of your most important occasions when you call.
Throughout the new year ‘Tween Waters Inn will be here when the time is right and we are ready to make your event happen. Until then we hope you will simply consider the possibilities and smile, knowing you can relax when making plans must be the finest. Enjoy!
In the upcoming months, there are oodles of events to choose from to get your “party” on. Kicking off the season is the legendary (hey, they don’t call it the “Legendary ‘Tween Waters Inn” for nothing!) Hallo’Tween party. And as this year’s motto goes, you haven’t “Halloweened” until you’ve “Hallo’Tweened.” Take it from an Innsider: these are 7 signs you’ve partied too hard at this year’s bash:
1) You’re still donned in glitter, makeup, fabric and plaster, and that’s just your head. Hallo’Tween is known for the cleverly clad, raunchily robed and gruesomely garbed costumes.
2) You woke up singing songs from Deb & the Dynamics’ set list. Recent years’ tradition has Deb & the Dynamics returning to the Hallo’Tween bash to get partygoers up and dancing all night long.
3) Your feet, legs and arms are killing you. Remember that Hocus Pocus scene where the parents can’t stop dancing? That was totally you last night.
4) You’ve got $1000 burning a hole in your pocket. Yep, you read that right. The zaniest and best costume clad contestant receives a grand prize of $1000.
5) You saw both the sun set and rise at ‘Tween Waters Inn. Events start at 8PM at ‘Tween Waters Inn, but you caught the sunset while prepping the perfect costume and the sunrise at your personal little after party.
6) You’re still facedown in your hotel pillow. You booked your hotel room in advance and got a great deal on a Bayside studio, and with check out at 11AM, you’re still hitting the Zzz’s hard.
7) Your camera roll looks like it was on the set of The Hangover. You might have gone a little crazy with the camera this year, snapping photos of strangers dressed in everything from Pharrell’s hat to a bath pouf. Hey, what’s that tiger doing in your photos?!
Whether you partied too hard, or maybe just right, the memories, or lack thereof, of this year’s party were legen…wait for it…dary. Legendary.
Local rumor is, ‘Tween Waters Inn and Captiva Island have the “most romantic sunsets in America” and Travelocity backed up that claim in an article years ago. Now recently, USA Today named the resort one of the 10 most romantic coastal destinations in the United States, citing the romantic sunsets, white sandy beaches, shops and dining. So, naturally, my husband and I needed to vet this buzz, and soak in the romantic evening rays for ourselves.
We found that Captiva is one of the few local places where visitors can experience a truly unobstructed view of the sunset. Times vary based on season — be prepared for a sunset as early as 5:00PM in the winter, and as late as 8:30PM in the summer.
Really, there’s no gear needed to enjoy the painted sky each evening on Captiva, but if you’re looking to pay homage to the sunset and desire to make it an “event,” a blanket to sit on, some bug spray and champagne on ice with some plastic flutes will do nicely. Mathew and I even opened our iTunes on our phones and found a few classics like “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” and “When the Sun Goes Down.”
Legend has it that right before the sun dips below the water line, there’s a green flash that appears, but when the sun made its descent, there were beautiful oranges, pinks and purples in the sky, but no green in sight for us. It’s no hardship having missed this — it gives us another chance to come back, watch another sunset and look for that legendary green flash again.
I’ve traveled many places, seen plenty of sunsets over water, fields and mountains, but rarely have I seen such an event as a Captiva sunset. Whether you’re struck by the beauty of the calm water and orange ball sinking into the earth, or the various people facing west in tribute to another day complete, there is no doubting Captiva’s claim to romance.