13June

Roadtripping With The Divas: Sanibel Island & The Island Inn, Pt. 1

Hello everyone!

It’s been a CRAZY week (More on that later). But, the "divas" managed to squeeze in a quick road trip to Sanibel Island laughing. Yes, we’ve kicked off our summer road trip through Florida series with Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island is a part of the Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Florida Metropolitan area; and a popular stop for many due to its beautiful shell beaches and wildlife refuges. There is so much to see and do in Sanibel; it’s a beautiful way to really get that “Old Florida Experience”. The speed limit is 35 mph, bikers and pedestrians rule the road, and you can even get your groceries delivered to you. Sanibel Island has something for everyone.

Sanibel Island Beach
Sanibel Island Beach: Photo from Hillgate Marketing

 

Sanibel Island is about three and a half hours from Orlando. So, we were super excited to be “hosted” by Island Inn during our stay laughing. Before, I give you any details about our stay. I just want to let you know that even though Island Inn sponsored our trip, all opinions are my own. Now, that I’ve cleared that up. Let me say my time at Island Inn was awesome. From the moment we arrived, we could really see that Island Inn cares about their guests. 

Check in was so easy, and we were given a full rundown of things about the hotel and the island. How many resorts provide a folder full of coupons for local shops? Or give you a list of the times for high tide on the beach? Or offered free-guided beach walks in the morning daily for guests to learn about shelling and sea life? All of these things are standard fare at Island Inn. They make it a point to ensure you have plenty of things to do and enjoy while at their resort. On top of all of that, they provide bike and kayak rentals too. So, many options and we haven’t even gotten to the rooms.

Island Inn Resort
Island Inn Resort: Photo by Hillgate Marketing

My mom, sister and I stayed in the Starkey Lodge Studio; it was a great airy first floor studio room with two double beds, a nice kitchen area with a full size refrigerator, stove, and microwave. There also was a full size sofa and screened in patio. It was the perfect home away from home. The room was also very easy to navigate with modern features (e.g. light dimmers, ceiling fans, walk in showers, and flat screen mounted television). This made my mom feel extremely comfortable navigating the room, and that’s critical due to her blindness.

 

The Island Inn is very easy for people with limited mobility to navigate safely. The sand around the resort courtyard is thickly packed. Plus, everything is located close together. So, it’s easy for loved ones with limited mobility to move around with a sense of independence. That’s so important for everyone. Remember, when they’re happy; you’re going to be happy.

Mom relaxing in the Starkey Lodge Studio at Island Inn Sanibel
Mom relaxing in the Starkey Lodge Studio at Island Inn Sanibel

 

Also, if they don’t want to go down to the beach, they can always go to the library. The library at Island Inn really tells the story of the resort, and showcases the beautiful shells that make Sanibel Island one of the top locations in the world for shelling.

 

Island Inn was established in 1895, making it the oldest inn on Sanibel Island. The inn was founded by Will and Harriett Matthews, who came to Sanibel from Kentucky two build a better life for their family. Harriett Matthews was an avid shell collector, and she chose the location for the inn. The inn sits on the southernmost point of West Gulf beach drive, and is a “natural shovel” that scoops shells from the deep currents of the Gulf of Mexico. This natural occurrence makes Island Inn the perfect spot to relax, enjoy the beach and explore.

The library at Island Inn Sanibel
The library at Island Inn Snail

 

Island Inn also has a restaurant on property, Traditions On The Beach. It’s a casual beachfront dining restaurant that features Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. We didn’t have a chance to eat on property. Mom was not up to eating out, she get self-conscious at times. So, we did a lot of takeout laughing. But, everyone we met told us that Traditions is amazing, and it’s definitely on our list when return.

 

Island Inn has so much to offer for families, and anyone looking to have a relaxing vacation. There is so much to explore and do at Island Inn, that you’ll never be bored. We definitely recommend it, and mom left saying that she can’t wait to return. So, definitely check them out for affordable pricing and top shelf accommodations.

Kayaks and beach life at Sanibel Island Inn
Kayaks and beach life at Sanibel Island Inn

 

We had so many adventures in Sanibel Island that we have to make this a two-part post. So stay tuned for part 2 where we talk about our Sanibel Island tour with Captain Bubby’s Island Tour and our Sea Life Excursion with Adventures in Paradise. We love you Sanibel laughing!

 

Until we meet again!

 

XO

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Comments (18)

  • Eva

    Eva

    15 June 2016 at 12:53 |
    My kids would LOVE to collect shells there! Looks like it is a lot of fun.

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    • Pam

      Pam

      19 June 2016 at 11:30 |
      Sanibel is definitely a great spot for families, Eva. The beaches have so much for kids, and the great thing is that the water is not deep there. So, it's very kid friendly :-).

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  • STACIE BRANSON

    STACIE BRANSON

    15 June 2016 at 20:53 |
    Look at all those seashells. My that would have been a pretty place to see.

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    • Pam

      Pam

      19 June 2016 at 11:29 |
      Thanks Stacie! They're everywhere, and there are so many beautiful varieties.

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  • Laila @FrontRowMama

    Laila @FrontRowMama

    15 June 2016 at 21:09 |
    I've always heard great things about Sanibel Island, thanks so much for sharing this resort. One of my goals is to travel more and you've given me a great idea for a place to check out!

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    • Pam

      Pam

      19 June 2016 at 11:28 |
      That's great Laila! Sanibel definitiely doesn't disappoint.

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  • Greg Tatum

    Greg Tatum

    15 June 2016 at 21:14 |
    Is there any part of Florida that doesn't look beautiful? :-) I've always wanted to visit one of the Florida islands. Driving across the Sanibel Causeway and kayaking would be fun.

    Looking forward to part two!

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    • Pam

      Pam

      19 June 2016 at 11:27 |
      Thanks Greg! I agree, Florida has some amazing spots, and Sanibel doesn't disappoint.

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  • Christine @Moms 'N Charge®

    Christine @Moms 'N Charge®

    16 June 2016 at 00:23 |
    I've never heard of Sanibel Island. I absolutely love beachfront dining, so I will have to check this out if I have the chance to visit this island.

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    • Pam

      Pam

      19 June 2016 at 11:27 |
      Thanks Christine! It's definitely a hidden gem.

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  • Marsha

    Marsha

    16 June 2016 at 06:55 |
    I can't believe I've lived in Florida and never visited Sanibel Island! Looks like a nice little family getaway!

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    • Pam

      Pam

      19 June 2016 at 11:26 |
      Right Marsha! We have so many great spots in Florida. I hope I've inspired you to go to Sanibel. You'll love it!

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  • Joanna

    Joanna

    16 June 2016 at 09:32 |
    This looks like a peaceful place. I'm overdue for another vacation.

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    • Pam

      Pam

      19 June 2016 at 11:25 |
      It was Joanna! It definitely was great to slow down.

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  • DudeMom

    DudeMom

    16 June 2016 at 11:48 |
    It looks spectacular. I so wish we could go to the beach this summer.

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    • Pam

      Pam

      19 June 2016 at 11:24 |
      It was great! If you can squeeze a beach trip in, do it. You won't regret it!

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  • Kim

    Kim

    21 June 2016 at 19:31 |
    This sounds like a beautiful place to stay. I've never heard of Sanibel Island. I can't wait to hear more about your trip.

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    • Pam

      Pam

      23 June 2016 at 22:50 |
      Thank you Kim! It was amazing. Sanibel is a great option for a relaxing and affordable getaway :-)

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