New things are coming to Fort Myers and Sanibel in Florida. There are plenty of attractions, special events and new accommodations to check out on the Gulf coast of Florida.
Take advantage of all the region has to offer with the Fort Myers Sun Saver Passport. Sign up online and receive the pass via text message on your phone for savings at local businesses. Go on a waterfront tour with Ostego Bay Foundation. The 90-minute tour includes a visit to the Marine Science Center Museum. Take a ride on a refurbished 1927 carousel at the Shell Factory and Nature Park. The ride costs $1 per person.
The J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge lecture series is perfect for anyone interested in learning more about the local wildlife. Hear from authors, photographers and other local experts. The 17th annual free series runs through March 19. The Sanibel Shell Show is going virtual this year, taking place on the Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club’s YouTube channel March 5–6 from 12–3 p.m. The event includes videos, door prizes and photo contests. Plan ahead for the seventh annual Island Hopper Songwriter Fest. Running Sept. 17–26, the event will feature 100 shows from more than 80 country music singer songwriters, with many shows free of charge.
Travelers have new properties to choose from during their stay. Luminary Hotel & Co. opened its doors in September 2020. The 243-room boutique property offers numerous dining options, an indoor/outdoor fitness center, pool and 10,000 square feet of adaptable meeting and event space. A $15 million renovation at Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village is set to debut this month.
With indoor dining finally (mostly) reopened in Philadelphia, my mom, sister and I were able to enjoy a day roaming around the city, eager for a warm place to enjoy a late lunch after a cold day out and about. For anyone who recently enjoyed the creativity and ingenuity of the city’s outdoor winter dining, an indoor space with heat, cozy furniture and rich wood walls is a much-appreciated semblance of normalcy.
The Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Card recently launched BoldFamilyTravel.Chase.com, an interactive, online resource allowing families to plan future travel together. The launch followed the Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Card Survey of parents and grandparents that revealed most parents believe children are important resources for planning family vacations and that one-third of parents don’t currently involve their children in planning but would like to.
Theme parks are a great way to escape reality as most offer different worlds in each section. Guests can explore different worlds, from their favorite TV show and movie franchises to much-loved video games. Mario and friends have been beloved video-game favorites for decades, and they finally get their own section of Universal Studios Japan.
Although FaceTime, Zoom and other forms of virtual communication have helped during these difficult times, sometimes it just doesn’t feel like enough. Let your friends and family know you are thinking of them by sending something personal, so they will have a piece of you with them.