Relax Completely In One Of 19 Vintage Cottages

rotation-4-300x300Do something just a little different this trip and delight yourself in a new way at ‘Tween Waters Inn.

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.

Visit this link to view an Interactive Map of ‘Tween Waters Inn that offer the names, size, location and photos for each cottage.


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…


Relax, Chill, And Perhaps Do A Little Dance!


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!



We Look Forward To Quiet Time At The Spa

spaA 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!



Captiva House Restaurant’s Secret Recipe

Captiva House Restaurant Recipe

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.

Innsider Tip: You can now buy a $120 dining gift card for $100 (a $20 savings!) online! The card is sent to your house and then you can use it throughout the year! Buy yours now:

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:

For wrap:
1/6 One roasted red pepper, chopped
1 oz Red snapper
½ Stalk of asparagus
2 oz Sliced crimini mushrooms
Filo dough
A spoonful of pesto cream

For polenta:
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.

Final plating:
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.
4. Devour!


Host Your Special Events Confidently In Our Island Setting



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!




7 Signs You’ve Partied Too Hard at Hallo’Tween

Halloween Costume Party Tween Waters Inn

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.

Innsider Tip: Make your reservation ASAP to spend the night. After a night of spooktacular fun, you won’t want to drive home.

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.

Halloween Hallo’Tween Party
Scariest Costume Wins a Prize
Cash Costume Prize for Halloween Party
Party All Night With Live Music at ‘Tween Waters Inn
A Great Way to Celebrate Halloween

America’s Most Romantic Sunset – ‘Tween Waters Inn

Sunset on Captiva Island

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. 

INNSIDER TIP: If you’re looking to plan your dinner accommodations around the sunset, be sure to check out the sunset times on weather website like or

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.

Sunset on Captiva
Captiva Island Sunset




Unpack and Unwind: Take a Walk Around the Resort

Carefree Couples Innsider Walk on the Beach

You and your ‘other half’ have arrived and it’s finally time to relax. With hours of enjoyment ahead of you take off your watches because now is the time to chill and get familiar or reacquainted with the unique, ‘Tween Waters Inn you are delighted to call home while you spend time on Captiva Island.

Begin by taking a carefree stroll together around the property that stretches famously from the Gulf of Mexico to the Bay. Get some sun on your faces and a little wind in your hair while discovering the places you both want to locate and return to during your visit.

  • Head to the Oasis Pool Bar on the south side of the resort, meet the bartender, order a fruit drink, take a peak at the Bar’s restaurant menu, and spend a few moments taking in the sights.
  • Across the pool deck you’ll see the children’s area, hot tubs and the poolside Tween’s Beans shop where specialty coffee and frozen treats are served all day. Visit here also to pickup the most popular and necessary pool items ranging from cotton t-shirts to a new pair of water wings.
  • Look up to the 2nd floor to find the Spa At ’Tween Waters. Take the stairs to enter the Spa or the Resort’s Fitness Center. Make appointments if you like, and also look for the quiet lanai located beside the Spa. It’s an out of the way place where you can relax for a few minutes protected from the sun almost anytime during the day.
  • As you leave the Spa go west and you’ll be walking by the Shuffleboard and Bocce Courts, as well as directly toward the resort’s Private Beach on the Gulf of Mexico. Go all the way to the beach now or save this promising adventure for another carefree walk.
  • From the entrance of the resort off Captiva Drive, look for Captiva House restaurant. This is where guests dine graciously for breakfast, and again during the evenings in gourmet-style. Step inside to make dinner reservations and browse the gift shop. Make a note of the outside seating area here that offers a place to share a meal or simply take it easy in the shade under cover. 
    INNSIDER TIP: Guests who stay two or more nights receive a $100-value resort coupon book, where they enjoy $5 off a $30 purchase or more at both T.H. Osprey Gift Shop and the Pelican’s Roost — ‘Tween Waters Inn’s on-property gift shops.
  • You have also arrived at the famous Crow’s Nest Beach Bar & Grille located right next door. This is ‘the place’ for enjoying happy hour in the late afternoon or to take in early evening and late night entertainment along with lots of fun.
  • From the Crow’s Nest walk to the east side of the property to savor a view of the ‘Tween Waters Marina and the resort’s beautiful Bay view. Find the Canoe & Kayak Club near the Boat Ramp, then the bayside Snack Center and the Pelican’s Roost Boutique near the water offering the finest, tropical fashions you’ll want to wear.
  • The last thing to sight on this unwind tour is the picnic table with a thatched roof. This special spot overlooks the ’Tween Waters Inn view of the Bay, and is located near a charcoal grill guests may use during their visit.

You’ve now strolled past all the various buildings and secluded cottages on the property. It was a relaxing walk you will likely call on for quick reference during your ‘Tween Waters Inn visit. Best of all you are a short distance from the pool, again. This will work out great if one of you thinks it’s time for a snack or to take a carefree swim. Have fun!


Dinner, Dancing and Date Night on Captiva Island

Crow's Nest Captiva Island Dinner Dancing Live Music

Friday night is date night. This means Mathew and I pick a great place to eat — casual or formal, it makes no difference — and something to keep us entertained for a few hours.

We’ve had some stressful weeks at work and with summer in full bloom, it seems there’s not a whole lot of time to prep and plan, make reservations or reseach. So when I found out that the Crow’s Nest Beach Bar & Grille had us covered for this week’s “date night,” dining and entertainment included, I was thrilled to let go of the decision making and just let it happen!

Fun Fact: In 1982, the Crow’s Nest started the island’s first “happy hour,” called the 5.05 club.

‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa has two on-property restaurants open in the evening, Captiva House and Crow’s Nest Beach Bar & Grille. The Crow’s Nest is a great casual dining option and also home to nightly specials and entertainment, which made our decisions easy for this date night.

The new menu boasts funny and quirky food descriptions that made me giggle and Mathew’s stomach growl, and settled on a Lobster Quesadilla to start, followed by two “Captiva Favorites” — the beach burger and drunken shrimp tacos (because really, who could resist a description like, “We never let drunken shrimp drive, so you’ll have to eat ‘em up!”?).

While we ate, the band started warming up for a fun night of live music. With a name like Bad Banditos and a quiet island like Captiva, I wasn’t certain what to expect — but was blown away by the talent brought to this location! The band covered everything from The Police to Sublime and had us out of our chairs and dancing all night.

After all that dancing, we needed refreshments to keep us going — so I sidled up to the bar and asked for bartender to “surprise me.” To say the least, I was pleasantly surprised by the drink, but not the least bit surprised the quality. Rumor has it that the Crow’s Nest has some of the best mixologists in the area.

Overall, date night at the Crow’s Nest was such a success, we’ll probably be back next week for another live band.