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Songwriter Saturdays — A Relaxing Afternoon by the Pool

Songwriter Saturdays

If you thought Oasis Pool Bar was a cool (pun intended) place to hang, you’ll be surprised to find out it got even more chill with Songwriter Saturdays. The hit sounds and hip artists of Nashville hit the ‘Tween Waters stage this September for the Island Hopper Songwriter Festival, and now have returned to the resort for more live tunes — this time Poolside at Oasis Pool Bar.

The first Saturday of the month, we grabbed a carload of friends and for $50 headed to ‘Tween Waters. Admission got us parking, use of all of the free amenities at the resort, plus a live performance from Nashville songwriter Brian Sutherland. We hung out poolside, grabbed some drinks and snacks and enjoyed a “chill” day hanging by ‘Tween Waters’ Olympic-sized pool.

INNSIDER TIP: Book a room stay for Songwriter Saturdays early! Reservations fill up fast during high season and parking is limited! 800-223-5865 ** 
There’s nothing like the island breeze and a little acoustic music mixed together to put you in vacation mode. I really felt like I was transported to my own little “Margarita-ville” (sans Jimmy Buffet music, because hey, Brian Sutherland is more than just kitsch Jimmy Buffet artist — his writing style includes Americana, Florida-Folk and Alt Country). With a signature ‘Tweenies Tervis Tumbler in hand and my friends nearby, the day couldn’t have been more perfect.

Songwriter Saturdays are held the first Saturday of every month, and next up is songwriter and artist Hugh Mitchell, who will perform at Oasis Pool Bar on February 3. Currently Nashville resident and performing artist, Mithcell’s down-home flavor of music has people calling Hugh Mitchell the “golden-throated troubadour.” If you love a mix of gritty rock and intimate melodies, you’re going to want to save the date for February 3!

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Nighttime Fun at ‘Tween Waters

My boys tend to be more night owls than early birds, so we’re always looking for things to do in the evening. Luckily, there are several activities (even on a barrier island) to keep your crew happy after the sun goes down.

Karaoke at Crow’s Nest

Got a Lady Gaga in the making, or a Bruno Mars wanna-be? Every Wednesday, from 8:30pm till 11:30pm, you and your kids can take the stage and belt out your favorite tunes. A prompter displays the words and the crowd will cheer you on. This is fun for all ages.

Meteor Showers

Being on a barrier island has its advantages, especially during meteor showers. Bring a blanket, plop yourself on the sand, and look up. Several are scheduled from August 25 to December 24, 2016.

Moon Set

Just as the sun sets, so does the moon – and it is quite a sight. Click the attached link for a schedule, then head to the beach to watch the magic.

Big Arts Theater

‘Tween Waters Inn is a proud sponsor of this 414-seat performing arts center on Sanibel, and their lineup this fall and winter includes Monday Movie Nights. Plus, A Christmas Carol begins in December. www.bigarts.org

Astronomy Cruise

What will you see? The Big Dipper? The Seven Sisters? Jupiter and Mars? Budding astronomers will love this nighttime astronomy cruise from Captiva Cruises. Prices are currently $45 for adults and $35 for kids 2-12.

Adult Fun

Crow’s Nest Beach Bar and Grille is THEE place for late night dancing. Stop by and enjoy the live music every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Have a great evening – and may you see lots of shooting stars!

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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.

 

 

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