Roadtripping With The Divas: Sanibel Island & The Island Inn, Pt. 1
It’s been a CRAZY week (More on that later). But, the "divas" managed to squeeze in a quick road trip to Sanibel Island . 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 is about three and a half hours from Orlando. So, we were super excited to be “hosted” by Island Inn during our stay . 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.
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.
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.
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 . 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.
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 !
Until we meet again!