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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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Race In for Fun: Captiva Crab Races

Honestly, my kids are not enthusiastic about many things, but there is ONE thing in particular that gets them excited every time—the Captiva Crab Races.

Every Monday and Thursday at 6 pm at the onsite Crow’s Nest restaurant, you can join the silliness and help raise money for the United Way. (There is also a show at 9pm but it is for adults only.)

No reservations are required but you will need cash to choose a rental crab and you’ll have to give it a name. (Since ‘SpongeBob’ was already taken, my son named his, um, “Stinky Britches.”)

Choosing the right crab from the bowl is tricky! You want one that will leave the other hermits in the dust, so don’t let the sleepers fool you. After all, there are awesome prizes at stake. You can win goodies like a Captiva Crab Races t-shirt, the ever-popular kazoo, and cash.

Once everyone is signed up, the qualifying races begin. Your host, Commissioner Tim, sounds the kazoo, lifts the custom crab starting gate (a wire basket), fires his trusty squirt gun, and they’re off!! You will be on the edge of your seat cheering!

During the crab races, the full menu is not available, but you will find items like pizza, pasta and chicken fingers. There will be something to please most everyone.

The Crab Races at ‘Tween Waters Inn have been a tradition for 25 years and have raised over $180,000 for charity. Commissioner Tim will tell you, “It’s the stupidest thing you’ve ever seen,” but I bet you laugh. And Stinky Britches came in 3rd place –we donated the winnings and kept the t-shirt!

Innsider Tip: Arrive early! During season, get there at 5pm to secure a table and start the crab registration process.

A quick thank you to my friend, Lauren Tjaden and her husband Paul, for the video.

My kids LOVE the Captiva Crab Races. Come early for a seat.
My kids LOVE the Captiva Crab Races. Come early for a seat.
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