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SAVE THIS FALL & WINTER ON CAPTIVA ISLAND

Trick or treating might be over, but I have a treat for you! As an Innsider, I’ve privy to all of the ways to save at ‘Tween Waters Inn, and I’ve rounded them up for you! The fall and winter are great times to visit Captiva Island, and if you’re looking to save on vacation before the big holiday season, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s what this top-rated resort hotel has in store for you if you book now:

BOGO: Stay one night, get another night free, midweek, Sunday through Thursday in any guestroom, studio or one-bedroom suite, now to November 24. You can find details for this deal here: http://tween-waters.com/bogooffer/

Stay 2, Get Another FREE + $50 Dining: So if you can only stay 2 nights, the offer above is perfect for you, but if you’re ready to stay THREE nights, you’ll get one of those nights FREE, plus $50 in dining credits! This is also a midweek, Sunday-Thursday offer, but is valid through December 17, so there’s more opportunities to stay and save! Also excludes two- and three-bedroom suites and all cottages. Check out the details here: http://tween-waters.com/stay2offer/

30% or 50% Winter Savings: Okay, so you want to stay in a two- or three-bedroom suite or cottage, but the above offers don’t apply? ‘Tween Waters Inn has you covered! Stay November 29 to December 17, midweek, Sunday-Thursday, and you’ll save 30%! Or stay in a guestroom, studio or one-bedroom suite, and they’ll give you 50% off! Call for details on this offer, some exclusions do apply: 800-223-5865.

ALL STAYS INCLUDE FREE CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST BUFFET.

And just because your vacation doesn’t fit into some of these parameters, doesn’t mean you can’t save. ‘Tween Waters Inn pro-rates or mixes three- and five-night package rates with these offers if you stay on the weekend, so be certain to call and speak with the friendly reservationists to find out all the ways to save big.

As an Innsider, I can tell you that these are not only the best deals of the fall, but these are some of the best deals I have seen all year! It’s a great time to visit Captiva Island, so begin your planning and book now!

*All offers are midweek, Sunday-Thursday and exclude holidays.

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Seashells on Captiva Island — Treasure at ‘Tween Waters Inn

Having now lived in Florida for seven years, one would think I knew a little more about the largest attraction to SWFL — the seashells — but in fact, I have kept myself fairly blissfully ignorant. I say, “blissfully ignorant” because I know that if I would ever learn the names of the shells, which shells were rare, which shells to look for and how to find the best ones, I could never simply walk down a Southwest Florida beach again without a bloodthirsty search for perfect hidden treasure.

IMG_2667-1But alas, it was time I take the plunge, stoop on Sanibel, crouch on Captiva, and educate myself on this treasure from the sea. I enlisted the help of a friend to help identify some of what is said to be 250 species of shells on these barrier islands, but if you’re not as lucky as me to have a local shell-educated friend, ‘Tween Waters Inn, Captiva Island and Sanibel Island boast a variety of local experts willing to take guests on shelling expeditions in search of knowledge and the perfect souvenir (for a small fee of course).

I learned five of the easier shell names to remember and identify, including angel wings, kitten’s paw, shark’s eye moon shell (my favorite, not only for the name but the stunning swirl of colors), calico scallop and lighting whelk — only 245 more species to remember!

Innsider Tip: If you’re the type the usually wins the a raffle or lottery, then be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the prized Junonia shell — it is not only fairly elusive, but also considered lucky if you should unearth one.

With an abundance of shells, it should be easy work to find a small souvenir to fit in your suitcase, but if you’re seeking the full shelling experience, I also picked up a few tips on digging up the best of the best in crustaceous treasure:

  • Make certain to have a container to keep your shells in as you search: As an inexperienced “sheller,” my pockets and hands did not have nearly the capacity necessary.
  • Don’t forget a hat and sunscreen: Typically, you have to get up early in the morning around low tide, to snatch up the perfect shell before your competitors, but it’s still hot and still sunny.
  • Pay attention to moon phases and tides: It’s amazing what a difference a full moon can make on the extremity of the tides!

But the best recommendation I can give to an inexperienced sheller is simply to stop and enjoy the experience. There is no better sound than the tinkling give and take of the shells being pulled into the ocean by the waves!

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Beach Weddings on Sanibel & Captiva Islands — Top 5 Trends You Need to Know

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I sat down with the Wedding Sales team to give me the Innside scoop on the latest beach wedding trends, in five short questions.

 

What is the average size of a beach wedding?

Out with the big affairs and in with the intimate. The cozy setting of a sunset ceremony is coupled with a fun but intimate party with close friends and family. We’re seeing average weddings of under 100 people these days, when in the past, weddings were 300 to 500 of your closest friends!

 

So give me the long and short of it. Are brides wearing traditional gowns or tea-length dresses on the beach?

It’s a brides’ prerogative to wear what she wants on her wedding. We’re still seeing a lot of long dresses out on the beach. They’re not typically the heavy, “cupcake” dresses, but more flowing, soft gowns.

Aren’t the brides hot?

A lot of brides are only on the beach for a short ceremony and photos. Then they come indoors to air conditioned rooms and evening temperatures. The trend now is to have two gowns — one for the ceremony and one for the reception. We see a lot of shorter dresses for the reception, once pictures have been taken.

 

What’s the hottest beach wedding trend you’ve seen?

We’ve seen a lot of “trash the dresses,” where the bride and groom stand in the ocean or bay and get a little wet and dirty. The photos are phenomenal, but you have to be in the moment to have this done, and you need to select a great photographer for the job. Any one of our preferred photographers would do a fantastic job.

 

You’ve spoken a lot about intimate settings — is it possible to have a big bash at ‘Tween Waters Inn?

Yes! We’re willing and able to modify any wedding package to fit a brides needs. We have the opportunity to host weddings in the on-property restaurant, Captiva House — a building rich with history and charm, which can hold up to 160. We’ve hosted larger weddings on the tennis courts under beautiful tents as well.

 

Why choose to have your wedding at ‘Tween Waters Inn?

Everybody’s wedding is unique, and at ‘Tween Waters Inn, we truly strive to cater to your vision. Our venue alone, set against the backdrop of a setting sun or gorgeous Gulf of Mexico, changes hourly, making for a unique wedding every time. If a bride dreams of a stunning beach wedding, they’ll find it here.

 

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‘TWEEN WATERS INN LAUNCHES NEW INTERACTIVE WEBSITE

newwebsite‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort launched a new website at www.tween-waters.com today, dedicated to enhancing the visitor’s trip experience to Captiva Island. The new site maintains current content as well as new and expanded content, however boasts a more interactive web 2.0, new messaging, new packages and promotions, and QwickClick VideoTours featuring activities, dining, and fun at the resort.

Introducing new pages such as an image gallery and video tours, the design was focused on creating an experience that would not only be aesthetic, but also more user-friendly and interactive. With easy navigation tabs, the website gives users the ability to book reservations, review the resort, share experiences, view rooms, contact the resort or check rates, while maintaining many of the “fan favorites” such as the beach cam and Tidings blog. Interactive novelties such as the two-minute QwickClick videos allow visitors to receive a more up close and personal introduction to some of the ‘Tween Waters Inn amenities without ever leaving the computer chair.

“Visiting the new website is an experience,” says Jeff Shuff, General Manager of ‘Tween Waters Inn. “It’s not just a place to book reservations or find rates. It’s a place to discover your next big adventure. We are really excited to deliver added value to our customers so that visitors can make informed decisions about their vacations.”

The ‘Tween Waters Inn website was first remodeled in 2004, increasing online reservations and revenue substantially. The resort plans for the new design to continue to increase reservations, but also awareness of the resort with search engine optimization through the site’s novel use of viral video, interactive media and social media. While the enhancements to the website are significant, the location has not changed: www.tween-waters.com.

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‘Tween Waters Inn Hosts a Roast and First Annual Funtastic Fourth Fishing Derby

Fishing at 'Tween Waters InnSpend Independence Day honoring tradition and starting a few new traditions of your own at ‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort.  Fourth of July at ‘Tween Waters Inn is a fun-filled day, starting with the First Annual Funtastic Fourth Fishing Derby — a half-day tournament free to all guests with Fourth of July reservations for three or more nights. After a fish-filled day with your family, enjoy a mouth-watering Island Tradition: a Captiva Island Luau Roast, replete with slow roasted pig.

The fishing tournament will begin at 8 a.m., and is free and fun for all ages, with a three-day reservation or more. Complete the Fourth of July evening with the all-you-can-eat Captiva Island Luau Roast, from 5 to 9 p.m. Both the fishing tournament and luau are free to guests staying three or more nights (limit of 2, children under 12 eat free). Visitors are encouraged to dig in, despite staying the night or three, for only $17.95 per person.

The recently renovated Crow’s Nest at ‘Tween Waters Inn will “host the roast” so join in the fun and sample the delicious menu items including: slow roasted suckling pig, coleslaw, corn on the cob, baked beans, a basket of swamp cabbage fritters, and Key lime tarts. These tasty items partner perfect with “two for one” draft beer.  The regular menu will also be available.

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‘TWEEN WATERS INN FINDS SUCCESS ON FACEBOOK

twi-facebook‘Tween Waters Inn is gaining Facebook fans like a snowball on a hill (except we’re on a beach and there’s no snow): fast and growing. We’ve recently joined Facebook and, in eight weeks, have swelled to almost 1,500 passionate fans of our legendary island resort. The Facebook fan page covers exclusive offers, new offers, events, videos, photos, opinions, and much more! If you’ve never been to Captiva Island but want to know what you’re missing out on, check out the video tour. If you have been to ‘Tween Waters Inn, and loved it so much you want to share it with others, post your photos to the fan page.

What’s better than a head’s up on all the comings and goings at ‘Tween? Invite your friends, because when ‘Tween Waters Inn has 2,500 Facebook fans, we’re going to offer up something special to FANS ONLY. Plus, once you’re a fan, you are entered automatically to win a two-night Waterview Room stay at the resort Florida Travel + Life Magazine calls “Captiva’s Must Stay.” So take the Facebook plunge and “fan” us here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Captiva-FL/Tween-Waters-Inn-Island-Resort/61256748840?ref=mf.

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VACATIONS: “Out of the Park” Specials for Spring Training

It’s a beautiful day for baseball. Spring training is here – in Florida – and ‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort has a deal for those looking to catch a fly ball and some rays. With every Three-Night Delight Value or Five-Night Celebrate Package booked, you’ll receive a free $106 resort gift card in honor of your favorite team’s 106th season.

‘Tween Waters Inn is only 30 miles from spring training and this special offer is good through March 31. The gift card is available to use on any resort amenity, such as the spa, gift shop, or dining experience. The deal is even sweeter because both 3 and 5 night packages are at a hot discounted daily rate. With these prices, you’ll be able to stay for all of the extra innings. Just make sure to mention the code “spring training” when making your reservations. For more information about your free resort gift card or to book now, visit www.tween-waters.com. These deals are going, going and soon they’ll be gone, so don’t miss out on your chance to enjoy the Florida sunshine and spring training.

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Our Secret. Your Hideaway.

floridatravelandlife2Your “must stay” on Sanibel and Captiva Islands? According to the renowned Florida Travel & Life magazine, it’s the legendary ’Tween Waters Inn Island Resort — and we couldn’t agree more. This first-hand account of Captiva Island’s best and brightest, captures the nostalgic, laid back essence that is ‘Tween Waters Inn. Our secret. Your hideaway. To view the entire article, simply click here.
Or, here’s a better idea. Experience first-hand for yourself all the natural beauty, peace, sunshine and funshine that’s yours to enjoy at “Captiva’s Must Stay” by making your reservation now for a January, February or March getaway — with new, money-saving Three Night Delight Values and Five Night Celebrate Rates as low as $150 per night in January! Book now!
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VACATIONS: Kick Off the New Year Right with a 2 Nights at ‘Tween Waters Inn for $399

Looking forward to a happier new year? Get it right from day one by ringing in 2009 at the legendary ‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort. The resort will be hosting the Island’s biggest and best New Year’s Eve party from 9 p.m. to close (you know the date)  With tickets at the door available for $25, be ready for great music by the Modulators, party favors and a champagne toast at the Captiva Island’s biggest and best.

Stay for the night of fun, as ‘Tween Waters Inn is offers two-night guestroom packages starting December 31 for only $399, and studios and suites for only $499, including admission to the New Year’s Eve bash. Stay a third night (Friday night) for only $599 and $699 respectively. For more information click here. If you plan to redeem this spectacular deal, reservations are recommended. Keep in mind, there is limited availability, this deal is not valid with any other specials, and not valid with existing reservations. To book, visit Tween-Waters.com or call 1-800-223-5865.

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