Perfect way to transition into retirement
Upon arrival, we were greeted by our host and found a lovely welcome basket inside filled with wine, cheese, crackers, chocolate and nuts. The guest house was perfect for our needs: clean, well-maintained and charming, just as described and pictured in the listing. We were able to relax, sleep in, cook meals in the well-equipped kitchen, and plan each day's adventure in this island paradise.
We spent time on all of the island's public beaches -- Bowman's Beach, Blind Pass, Tarpon Bay, Algiers and the Lighthouse Beach at the east end of the island, which is very picturesque and offers access to both the gulf and the bay -- and enjoyed basking in the sun, collecting shells and being awed by the glorious sunsets.
Our tram tour of the Ding Darling Wildlife Preserve, as well as our visit to its educational center, was so interesting and eye-opening as to the importance of preserving our natural resources and protecting our wildlife. The Shell Museum was equally interesting and informative. The Shell Festival and the Lion's Club Craft Festival were both fun events, as was checking out some of the island's many shops. We enjoyed eating at the Sunset Grill, The Island Cow, and the Sanibel Café, with one indulgent visit to the Dairy Queen.
We found a warm welcome and inspiring worship experiences at the Sanibel Community Church, especially the Sunday messages given by Dr. Darryl Donovan as well as his Thursday noon Bible study.
To our host: We can't thank you enough for the privilege of spending the month of March in your wonderful guest house which felt like a cozy tree-house to us. You were so attentive to all of our needs, while giving us space to just enjoy. It was lovely visiting with you on the deck, and learning about your interesting life experiences. The key lime pie was a delicious bonus! There are no words to express how important and precious this time in Sanibel was to us, and we thank you for making it possible.
Owner's Response: Wow, thanks so much. From Floridians that so often have seen it all, you give the island high marks. It was a pleasure to be your host on this adventure.
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