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Get Your Pickleball Game On

Do you play pickleball? No need to let your skills fade while you’re on a beach vacation at ‘Tween Waters, you’ll find pickleball courts right on site. And if you haven’t tried this addictively fun sport, it’s time to get on the pickleball train and see where it can lead you.

Pickleball is older than Doritos. In fact, the game was created the same year that Spaghetti-O’s were introduced and the iconic movie, The Sound of Music, was released. The year was 1965. Crazy, right? If you’re late to the pickleball party, you needn’t worry. The game is easy to learn and easy to play. Maybe that’s why it’s the fastest growing sport in the United States.

So, what is pickleball? Country music singer and avid pickleball player, Jake Owen, describes it this way, “it’s a short version of tennis, but with a paddle and a wiffle ball.” It’s played on a badminton-sized court, using a net that’s two inches shorter than tennis, and an oversized ping pong paddle. Did I mention that he plays pickleball with Kid Rock, who installed a pickleball court at his house?

You have got to try it. No matter how young or young-at-heart you are, you can play pickleball. And it’s a very social game, especially playing doubles, since you stand so close to each other.

Prefer other sports? You can always play tennis on the lighted courts at ‘Tween Waters or beach volleyball across the street, right next to the sparkling Gulf of Mexico. But I hope to see you on the pickleball court – soon.

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Baseball and the Beach

One of the highlights of a springtime visit to ‘Tween Waters is the opportunity to not only enjoy the beautiful beaches and warm sunshine, but also the chance to catch some exciting baseball games. Baseball fans know that many professional MLB teams descend on Florida for their spring training; it’s known as The Grapefruit League. There are two major league teams that happen to call neighboring Fort Myers home each spring, and it’s an easy drive from ‘Tween Waters.

 

There are games scheduled almost daily, and fans are encouraged to come catch fly balls, get autographs, cheer on the rookies and the seasoned stars, and take advantage of the unique opportunity to get unparalleled access to favorite players. It is a baseball fan’s dream-come-true! Plus, the weather is fantastic (think high temperatures of about 77˚ Fahrenheit and lows in the upper 50s.)  If you want to check out some games, you can get your tickets at the gate or order them in advance at floridagrapefruitleague.com.

 

And what’s better after a baseball game? How about returning to ‘Tween Waters for a refreshing plunge in the pool and a tasty grouper sandwich (or a kosher beef hotdog!) at the Oasis Pool Bar & Grille? If you’re not into baseball, but are in the sporting mood, there are lots of activities you can enjoy onsite, like biking, paddle boarding, beach volleyball, tennis, and more.

 

Then, as the sun begins to set on yet another perfect spring day, stroll over to the beach to catch a world-famous Captiva sunset. No baseball glove required.

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A Groom’s Guide to Beach Wedding Days

It’s the big beach wedding day! While your partner gets plucked, painted and fussed over for hours, while sipping mimosas, getting nails and hair done and dressing for the sunset ceremony. They’ve got their day planned out to the minute. But what’s a guy, whose wedding ritual is to shower and shake his hair dry, to do with his time — waiting eight hours or more until that perfectly timed sunset ceremony? I sat down with former General Manager, Jeff Shuff, to get the “innside scoop” on how a groom can enjoy his last unmarried moments:

FORE! ‘Tween Waters Inn has a partnership with Sanibel Island Golf Club — just a short drive away — which includes a 10% discount to our guests when you show your keycard. AND, as the lucky man of the hour, I’m certain your companions will give you a mulligan or too if you find yourself in a sand trap. Make your tee time at 239.472.2626.

GET MOVING! If you’re looking to burn off some excess energy, there’s a multitude of activities to keep your groomsmen and you active. Try beach volleyball (grab a volleyball from the front desk), bike the beach (check out fellow Innsider, Lyle Fitzsimmons tale of beach biking), or hit the courts and show off your best backhand (just try to keep from diving — your partner won’t be happy with a groom limping down the aisle).

WET AND WILD! The bachelor party’s over, so not “that kind” of wild. Think wild animals. Manatee bumping your SUP paddleboard. A kayak trip through the mangroves. A snorkel trip with the dolphins.  A wild morning fishing trip to catch the “big one.” Just keep those cigars dry!

Thinking of seeing your partner on the wedding day? Plan a couple’s massage at the Spa at ‘Tween Waters Inn, for the perfect chance to relax before a night full of dancing.

RELAX! Duh! You’re sandwiched between two bodies of beautiful water, hanging with your best buds, getting ready to commit yourself to a lifetime with your partner — of course you need a moment of peace. Sit back on the beach in a rented cabana, smoke a cigar, let the drinks flow lightly, and drift off to the sound of the waves. After all, you need your rest for a big night ahead.

If you’ve got time to spare, write a little message to your partner, check in with your parents, or meet up with the florist or photographer, all to take the pressure off your future spouse. And then take a deep breath. Everything is going to be perfect.

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