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Changing Landscapes — New Renovations to ‘Tween Waters

Landscapes are changing at ‘Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa, and for the better! The resort is always looking for ways to make the guest experience better, and some of us don’t love change, how could you not love an improved vacation experience?!

It started a few years ago with all new interiors on the main buildings. That includes gutting the kitchens, bathrooms and carpets, replacing them with granite counter tops, beautiful tile and glass showers and more. These room renovations have now included new mattresses for the whole resort, new furniture, updates to the cottages and a paved drive to cut down on the dirt and dust of this traditional “old Florida” property.

But changing landscapes don’t stop in the rooms. This year, the resort added a second “serenity” pool to the mix. For those opposed to the more active, loud, family-friendly, Olympic-sized pool, now adults can relax at the quiet, calm serenity pool. Renovations around the pool also include new pool chairs, umbrellas and cabanas and a tent over the kiddie pool.

I’m most excited to reveal this year’s plans now include renovations to the kitchen and dining experience! A complete overhaul to the Old Captiva House and Crow’s Nest kitchen will begin June 11, and will be closed for a brief four days, with plans to return power back to Crow’s Nest on June 15. Lunch will be served at Oasis Pool Bar in the meantime. With renovations and décor redesign made to the Crow’s Nest last year, this restaurant will serve as the main dining experience until fall, when Old Captiva House will complete the full restaurant updates. You can expect a new, state-of-the-art kitchen, full reno to the dining room, chairs and tables, bar top area, and new décor all meant to provide a better, more efficient and relaxing dining experience.

What I love most about these renovations is that not a single one of them takes away from the charm, history or integrity of the resort you know and love. As National Historic Register property, there are a restrictions to décor, style and even paint color that you can use, so while the resort is adding comfort and style, they’re truly sticking to tradition.

 

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The Perfect Fit — Getting Your Workout In While On Vacation at ‘Tween Waters

Olympics Beach Volleyball

I’ve really been working on myself this year, which includes working out each work day. So when it comes to vacation, I’ve made it my goal to not skip workouts. While ‘Tween Waters does have a beautiful fitness center located near the spa and free to use with any stay, it feels like a shame to walk on the treadmill when there’s so many fun ways to stay active while on vacation. So how do I get my work out in, and still have fun enjoying paradise?

Tennis: Tennis is a great aerobic workout and an even better way to enjoy the outdoors while still getting a pretty consistent aerobic exercise. Rent rackets and balls at the front desk or bring your own!

Beach Volleyball: Grab some friends and head to the beach for this seriously intense workout. If you dig into it, this can be a huge workout on your quads and even a little aerobic when you play a little three on three. Beach volleyballs are available at the front desk.

Walk or bike down the beach: ‘Tween Waters rents bikes by the marina that you can take on a nice ride along the miles and miles of road and pathways on Captiva Island (note: Captiva Island does NOT have sidewalks, so biking on the beach sometimes is safer and harder work! It’s also the reason they do not rent children’s bikes). If you’re not much of a biker, you can make the four mile trek there and back by foot to Blind Pass for the best shelling on either island.

Kayak or SUP: If you’re seeking to tighten that core, you’ll find kayaking or SUP (stand up paddle boarding) is the perfect fit. These balanced activities have your ab muscles tightening and contracting to keep you in place — and if you’re like me, crashing into the water with your lack of balance and trained muscles!

Lap swimming: Let’s not forget that ‘Tween Waters is home to an Olympic-size pool, perfect for early morning laps. The pool can get busy during the day, but as soon as it opens, it’s a great time to jump into position and get your laps in before the party begins. This is my kind of workout — both aerobic and low-impact — plus I can enjoy a cocktail from the Oasis Pool Bar after my workout.

Now that I’ve worked off some calories, it’s time to rest and relax, and then maybe earn some of those calories back at Crow’s Nest Bar & Grille or Old Captiva House! Yum!

 

 

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Fall in Love with February at ‘Tween Waters

February is my favorite month in Florida. The weather is near-perfect, there’s so much to do and I get to celebrate two “National Holidays” if I’m lucky. February at ‘Tween Waters is no different — from Songwriter Saturdays to “Big Game” Sundays, plus a little Valentine’s Day love in between, there’s a million and one ways to fall in love with February. Here’s a few to get you started:

Songwriter Saturdays: Start off February with a relaxing day at the pool and a little nationally-recognized music. With temps rising, the Oasis Pool Bar is the best place to “chill” and relax, and now with Songwriter Saturdays, it’s an even cooler hangout. This month, enjoy music stylings from Hugh Mitchell on February 3, starting at 4PM. This “golden-throated troubadour” gives you grit and melody all and one, and now it’s all poolside to enjoy. Book a reservation ASAP because they fill up fast for these music-filled weekends or plan to bring a carful of people for just $50 for the day.

Valentine’s Day: They love love at ‘Tweenies, and there’s no better place to enjoy Valentine’s Day than the home to “America’s Most Romantic Sunset.” If you can’t make a week-long vacation out of it (this year, Valentine’s Day falls on a Wednesday), the perfect Valentine’s Day gift is a romantic dinner at Captiva House. I’ve enjoyed more than one Valentine’s Day pre-fixed menu at Captiva House, and couldn’t ask for a better way to celebrate love than with my mouth full of delicious food. Make your reservations asap!

The Big Game: Okay, so I can’t say those magic words that start with Su and end with owl, but you know the Big Game I’m talking about. Cheer on your favorite team, or just come for the commercials, but either way, you’re going to want to do it at Crow’s Nest Bar & Grille. Grab a stool and join in the fun as they give away huge prizes (TVs, spa and dining gift cards and more!). The fun starts at 4PM on February 4.

Soak in Fabulous February Weather: The last, and best way to fall in love with February is to soak in fabulous February weather by making a vacation out of it all. Save big during high season with un-heard of three- and five-night packages, starting from $263/night for a Poolside Guestroom February 2 through April 8, 2018. Plus, when you book direct, you get all of those great VIP benefits like bike rentals, kayak and canoe rentals, hassle-free cancellation and so much more. Book by calling: 800-223-5865 or getting your deal online: www.tween-waters.com.

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Holiday & Christmas Event at ‘Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa

There’s no lack of fun and holiday cheer to spread here at ‘Tween Waters, starting with our annual Thanksgiving buffet followed by a full day of Tree Lighting celebrations, sunsets arias and a special pre-holiday accommodations offer. Check out the details:

Turkey Turkey Turkey. Gobble Gobble Gobble up a fantastic Thanksgiving feast at Crow’s Nest and Captiva House November 23, 2017, with favorites like a roasted turkey and classic homemade gravy carving station and roasted redskin smashed potatoes and new variations like vegan spinach ravioli and califlower au gratin. Captiva House Buffet Hours 12-8PM. Crows Nest Buffet Hours 2-8PM. Call for reservations: 239-472-5161 x 421 OR book online via captiva-house.com Open Table reservations. Check out the full menu here.

Launch the holidays right with the brilliant sight of the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, November 24, 2017,  at ‘Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa. NEW this year, we’ll be celebrating for hours, starting CJ the DJ spinning by the family pool noon-3PM, holiday tuns beachfront 4-6PM, live music from Gatlin at 6PM while 100,000 lights come to life around the property with the lighting of the gigantic 30-foot tree overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, followed by a colorful fireworks display starting around 7PM choreographed to holiday music. Continue the party outside with music by CJ the DJ after fireworks, or head inside to the Crow’s Nest for dinner and another performance by Gatlin.

Seeking more holiday fun and magic? Prepare to be inspired by sunset operatic arias live on the beach at ‘Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa on Saturday, November 25, 2017. Beginning at 5PM opera singers Alicia Branch and William Strattford will fill the beach with beautiful music, only matched by our gorgeous nightly sunsets. Cash bar available. Make the evening an event with dinner reservations at Crow’s Nest or Captiva House: https://captiva-house.com/

Like Santa, ‘Tween Waters also loves to give, which is why when you book a reservation midweek Sunday-Thursday November 26-December 21, 2017, you’ll save 50% off guestrooms, studios and one-bedroom suites and 30% off cottages and two- and three-bedroom suites — plus extend your stay and we’ll pro-rate the weekend! PLUS, your multi-night stay includes FREE continental breakfast buffet, FREE wi-fi and no hidden resort fees, and a FREE $100-value resort coupon book on any reservation through 2017! Call only, BOOK DIRECT, 800-223-5865! Saving this much means spending more on presents for the ones you love during the holidays.

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Introducing Our One-of-a-Kind Million Dollar Breakfast Giveback!

Breakfast Policy GivebackEarly in 2017, ‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa surveyed more than 30,000 of our past and future guests and asked them one question: How do you like your breakfast served?

For years, ‘Tween Waters Inn has provided continental breakfast buffet as an amenity with your room rate. But we heard that more and more of today’s guests wanted a choice regarding breakfast. So we asked — and the majority of those 30,000 we asked told us they preferred the option of choosing the kind of breakfast they want, rather than paying for something they may not want.

As a result, starting January 3, 2018, breakfast will be 100% your option. Instead of continental breakfast buffet included in your room charge, you can choose a delicious hot breakfast from our Captiva House menu. A light breakfast, like coffee and a bagel. You can choose to eat in your room. Or skip breakfast altogether.

Here’s the best part: In return, we’re reducing our rates 8% across the board — that’s every room, every night — which amounts to what could be $1 million you, our guests, could save next year!

Great savings. And your choice on breakfast. We think that’s a win-win for you. Thank you as always, from all of us at TripAdvisor’s top-rated Captiva Island resort!

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Making the ‘Tween Water Inn-“Ding” Darling Connection While on Captiva Island

A free Bunche Beach Birding Tram is part of the week's activities.
A free Bunche Beach Birding Tram is part of the week’s activities.

Last October, ‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa recommended we check out “Ding” Darling Days at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, a superb attraction on Sanibel Island, just 7 miles from the resort. ‘Tween Waters Inn is one of the sponsors of the annual event, and there’s another “Ding”-‘Tweenies connection, too.

Jay Norwood “Ding” Darling, a Pulitzer Prize-winning ARCHERY_1political cartoonist and outspoken conservationist of the early 1900s, pushed for the establishment of the refuge and also invented the Federal Duck Stamp program. He wintered at ‘Tween Waters Inn for many years, and today one of its historic cottages bears his name.

This year’s “Ding” Days runs Oct. 16-22, kicking off with an all-free Sunday Family Fun Day. You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy free admission to Wildlife Drive, free tram tours, archery clinics, and great programs with live animals. Specifically for adults, this year’s “Saving the Birds in the Everglades” historical reenactment pays homage to the Migratory Bird Treaty Centennial celebration in 2016.

Throughout the week, expert speakers, discounted recreational tours, and free birding and other refuge tours take place. On Friday, celebrate Darling’s 140th birthday with free cake!

Saturday Conservation Art Day is another highlight, honoring Darling for his duck stamp initiative with duck stamp winner presentations and nature art activities. I loved the free photography workshop tram tour. Wildlife Drive admission is also free that day for everyone.

Four-time Duck Stamp winning artist Joe Hautman will make an appearance.
Four-time Duck Stamp winning artist Joe Hautman will make an appearance.
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