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Sunset Picnic Baskets at ‘Tween Waters Inn

Just when you thought the sunsets on Captiva couldn’t possibly get any better—leave it ‘Tween Waters Inn Resort to make them even more spectacular. How? With the ability to pre-order a sunset picnic basket.

I thought a sunset picnic would be a great way to jazz up our usual ‘grab a beach towel and sit on the sand’ sunset routine. And jazz it up, it did!

Plus, the entire process was so easy. All I had to do was call at least 24 hours in advance to reserve our basket; answer a few questions as to whether we wanted shrimp cocktail or crab claws; red or white wine (Merlot, Zinfandel, Chardonnay, or Chandon Sparkling); and what time we wanted to pick up our basket at Captiva House restaurant.

In addition to the fresh seafood and wine, the baskets are overflowing with seasonal fruits like strawberries, grapes, bananas, pears and apples; an entire container of everyone’s favorite sliced and cubed cheeses, a sleeve of gourmet crackers, all the lemons and sauces you’ll need, even snack bars for dessert.

There was so much food in the basket, four of us ate and we still had leftovers. The price is only $75 plus tax and gratuity and you can keep the basket if you want. You can even have it billed directly to your room.

The sunset picnic baskets are BYOB—Bring Your Own Blanket—and if you’re bringing the kids along like we did, you’ll want to pack some drinks for them to enjoy.

I have to admit, I’m a little spoiled now. I’m not sure I can simply go back to my beach towel on the sand after I’ve had chilled shrimp with lemon wedges and huge, hulled strawberries. Honey, can we do that again?

 

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Fall Fun Around ‘Tween Waters

There is so much happening this month on Captiva and at ‘Tween Waters Inn. First of all, October is the start of the fall season and that brings great rates (like stay two or more nights Sunday through Thursday and get an additional free night)! October is also when the J.N. Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge has its annual “Ding Darling Days.” It’s an entire week of FREE eco-activities like tram tours, kids crafts, hot dogs, life-size puppets with Heather Henson (Muppets’ creator Jim Henson’s daughter), scavenger hunts, wildlife encounters, and much, much more.

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2014 marks the 25th anniversary of Ding Darling Days at the J.N. Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge and ‘Tween Waters is proud to be a sponsor.

The ‘Tween Waters Inn is proud to be a “Great Egret Level” Sponsor of this event – celebrating its 25th anniversary this year! You won’t want to miss it.

Since the 2014 theme for Ding Darling Days is “Let’s Go Outside,” I wanted to share some of my favorite family things to do outside right here at ‘Tween Waters Inn. Of course, you know that you can hang out at the beach, swim in the Gulf, hunt for seashells and frolic at the pool. But here are a few things you might not know about that will get your kids excited to get outdoors, especially in this gorgeous fall weather.

Rentals like canoes, single and double kayaks, and even motorboats are available at the onsite marina. You can paddle in the bay and see all kinds of wildlife, including manatees, especially this time of year. These gentle giants will sometimes swim right alongside your watercraft! Keep your eyes open for dolphins, too. What a thrill!

Onsite rentals for canoes, kayaks, bike and motorboats are right onsite at 'Tween Waters Inn.
Onsite rentals for canoes, kayaks, bike and motorboats are right onsite at ‘Tween Waters Inn.

If you’d rather just sit back and let someone else do all the work, then Native Guides is for you (and me). Give them a call to schedule a few hours of fishing, snorkeling, shelling or a picnic on one of the out-islands—you just tell them what you’re interested in and they’ll make it happen. Best of all, it’s the same price for one person or six. It is truly an unforgettable way to spend time with your family—and oh that fall weather!

From my family to yours, we wish you a happy autumn and we hope to see you around Captiva soon.

 

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