November – The last of the Halloween candy has been eaten, Daylight Savings Time goes to bed until next year, moderate temperatures prevail with early morning coolness giving way to sunny afternoons, the eagles are back in their nesting grounds as is the great horned owl family next door. You can tell its late fall in SW Florida by the turning of the license plates – meaning that the traditional Sunshine State Florida plates are now intermingled with out of state plates. Yes the emigration of the snow birds from Northern latitudes has begun!
Welcome Back Snowbirds! We love your trek back to SW Florida and spending the upcoming winter with us on the Cape!
Spotlight on Englewood Beach
A bit north of Cape Coral, Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda you will find a great beach experience – Welcome to Englewood Beach, located on Manasota Key (a key is different than an island in that it has no water source) a beautiful beach area with numerous amenities. Parking is available for a nominal fee. Amenities include: basketball hoops, volleyball nets, a children’s play yard and horseshoe pit with plenty of eateries across the street. The boardwalk leads to a bath house with changing facilities and showers. There are plenty of grills and picnic tables available. The view is fantastic! Unobstructed views of the beach in all directions with the gentle blue green waters of the Gulf of Mexico lapping the shores.
F0r More information and directions: http://www.bestbeaches.org/best-beaches/manasota-key-beaches/englewood-beach/
Places to Visit – Koreshan State Park
The Koreshan State Historic Site is a state park in Lee County, Florida located on U.S. Highway 41 at Corkscrew Road. It was also added to the National Register of Historic Places in, 1976 under the designation of Koreshan Unity Settlement Historic District. What was the Koreshan Unity? The Koreshan Unity was a communal utopia formed by Cyrus Teed, who took the name “Koresh”, the original Persian of his name. The Koreshans followed Teed’s beliefs, called Koreshanity. The main beliefs of Koreshanity, or Koreshan Universalogy, are Cellular Cosmogony, which is Teed’s unique form of Hollow Earth theory which puts forth the idea that the Earth, and universe are contained within a concave sphere, or ‘cell’. The Koreshans even conducted several experiments, similar to those conducted by believers in a Flat Earth. Other beliefs included reincarnation, immortality, collectivism, celibacy and alchemy.
Teed’s “New Jerusalem” was built in present day Estero in 1894 and for many years this utopian communal society lived in a self sufficient community. The dream faded with the death of Teed in 1908. In 1961 the last four members of the community deeded the property to the State of Florida. Today you can hike, camp, canoe and take the self guided or ranger guided tour through the community. For more information: http://www.floridastateparks.org/koreshan/default.cfm
Cape Coral Coconut Festival:
Come and celebrate Cape Coral! The Cape Coral Coconut Festival is an annual celebration of Cape Coral’s uniqueness to the Southwest Florida area. The event includes bands, entertainment, carnival rides, games, food, contests, fireworks, and much more!
Fort Myers Beach Get Ready to Hit the Sand!
The 28th Annual American Sand Sculpting Championship is coming back to Fort Myers Beach November 21 through 30, 2014. Master sand sculptors will craft their works of art in sand in front of the Wyndham Garden Hotel. It is amazing what these artists do with just sand, water and their special tools! There is parking and shuttle information at the web site. – See more at: http://fmbsandsculpting.com/
Out and About – Wildlife Watching in SW Florida
This is a great time of the year to get together with nature! Hiking, canoeing, kayaking – the Cape Coral and surrounding area has it all for the nature enthusiast: From hiking the Corkscrew Swamp Preserve in Naples to Moonlight Kayaking at the Eco Preserve in Cape Coral. Or, for the less adventurous take a cruise on the Caloo or to Sanibel and see the dolphins! Whatever your taste you will be rewarded with a vast array of wildlife viewing!
Kayaking at Four Mile Eco Preserve: http://www.capecoral.net/department/parks_and_recreationhome/four_mile_cove_eco_preserve.php
Corkscrew Swamp Preserve: http://corkscrew.audubon.org/
Dolphin Cruise Fort Myers Princess: http://fortmyersprincess.com/
Paddle wheel River Cruise: http://jccruises.com/
Caloosahatchee River Cruise: http://www.purefortmyers.com/river-cruises/
Charlotte Harbor Preserve: http://www.wildlifeviewingareas.com/wv-app/parkdetail.aspx?parkid=224
Six Mile Cypress Preserve: http://www.leeparks.org/facility-info/facility-details.cfm?Project_Num=0105
Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving. Give thanks for all the blessings, give thanks for your family and friends and take the time to enjoy the world around you. Best wishes and have a great Thanksgiving Holiday!
Thank you for visiting our little piece of paradise! See you in November! If you are interested in visiting the SW Florida area or have decided its time to have your own piece of paradise whether seasonal or full time give us a call or email us we will be glad to help!
See You In December!
– the last wisp of the summer wind is gone and Fall is here. Five good things about Fall in Southwest Florida:
Your pool is still up and running and the warm days and nights continue.
You haven’t had to put away your “summer clothes” in fact you never have to put them away!
Your hibiscus plants and bougainvillea bushes continue to bloom
No Falling Leaves – at least not many of them!
No scrambling to rake leaves and do the Fall cleanup!
Yes its Fall in the Cape and Fort Myers area. Great time to spend a day at the beach. The weather is a bit cooler and the “snow bird” crowds have not arrived yet so its perfect to spend some time at your favorite beach. From Naples to Venice there are something like 20 plus beaches you can choose from. Aside from lounging and swimming in the surf of the Gulf of Mexico you will also find terrific beach front eateries catering to your palate along with live entertainment.
Spotlight on Downtown Fort Myers
Across the Caloo (Caloosahatchee River) from Cape Coral sits the city of Fort Myers. You may say that Fort Myers is a “Tale of Two Cities”! There is the quaint downtown Fort Myers still with brick paved streets, quaint shops, restaurants and nightlife and then the commercial Fort Myers dotted with shopping areas and other commercial ventures. Downtown Fort Myers is going back to the city’s roots.
It started out as a fort ( hence Fort Myers) built along the river in 1841 and abandoned after 1865. By 1885 the population was close to 400 and Thomas Edison visited the area, fell in love with the place and built his home and laboratory along the Caloosahatchee River. Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone also joined Edison in building their winter retreats in Fort Myers. The coming of the railroad in the 1920’s ushered in the “Boom Time” for Fort Myers. Most of the Mediterranean Revival buildings seen throughout the City were built during this period. In fact, the Mediterranean Revival style, which combines several other prominent architectural styles, typifies Florida during the 1920’s. Excellent examples of Mediterranean Revival construction are to be found in commercial buildings in the downtown area as well as in private homes in all parts of the city. Growth radiating out in all directions from the old fort grounds was to be seen during the 1920’s. Still-prominent developments such as Seminole Park, Riverside Park, Edison Park, Valencia Terrace, Allen Park, Alabama Groves and others had their beginnings in the Boom Time.
The Boom Time ended with the coming of the Great Depression in the 1930’s. And it was the 1940’s and World War II that revitalized the area. Every county in Florida had air bases to take advantage of Florida’s fine flying weather. Lee County’s bases brought servicemen, and sometimes their families to Ft. Myers. Many of these people, and their visitors, came back in later years to become permanent residents.
Post World War II saw an influx of people coming to Florida. Fort Myers along with Lee County has grown into a city of approximately 70,000 residents. Development has been concentrated east and west along the river, and south along Cleveland Avenue. New commercial buildings and shopping centers have cropped up in all parts of the city. Fortunately, the older downtown area, and much of the city’s historic districts, have retained much of their old charm. Today Downtown Ft. Myers is filled with businesses ranging from boutiques, restaurants, cafes, antiques stores, jewelers, financial houses, apartments, and professional offices to a convention center.
Things to Do in Fort Myers
It is held the first Friday of every month from 6 to 10 p.m. The Art Walk features local and national artwork in the downtown art galleries and several art stops in the Fort Myers River District. The evening culminates with an after party at 10 p.m.
The Fort Myers River District comes alive every month with live music on 3rd Friday in the downtown area. There are over a dozen venues with local as well as regional performers. From jazz to blues to rock and much more!
Shopping, dining, entertainment, music, relaxation – downtown Fort Myers offers all this and more. For photography enthusiasts there is a host of subject matter for your lens. For boaters and anglers, the marina area offers everything you need. For those that just want to stroll and relax along the river, no problem there are a host of parks with walking area along the Caloosahatchee for your use. Perhaps you may want to take boat ride down the river and see the sites or take in the dolphins and manatees. You can do that too. In fact thee is not much you can’t do in downtown Fort Myers. For a complete guide click on the following link: http://www.downtownfortmyers.com/
Fort Myers Sights & Sounds!
Beer Aficionados Mark your calendars!
The Marina at Edison Ford will host the inaugural Fort Myers Craft Beer Fest on Saturday, October 4th on site at the River District.
Thisfestival will feature more than 75 craft beers from around the world and live musical performances. Kick off will begin at 12:00 p.m.
For more information:
Arrrgghhh…..Let’s Find Us Some Treasure at the Pirate’s Fest!
Drive out of the Fort Myers Downtown are on McGregor Boulevard and follow this palm lined road along the river south and you will end up at Fort Myers Beach via San Carlos Boulevard. And if you happen to be there the weekend of October 10-12 you will be in Pirate Heaven. Yes it’s the 9th Annual Fort Myers Beach Pirate Fest! Aye tis a gathering of pirates, wenches and the like at this historic festival. General Admission is free. There be all kinds of grub, entertainment, sea battles and of course pirates and wenches galore! The festival will run the entire weekend. Get there early and have your picture taken with a pirate or wench and don’t miss the Pirate’s Ball on Saturday evening!
For more information and schedule of events go to: http://www.fortmyersbeach.org/piratefest/
Fort Myers Beach…….It’s Waiting For You………
Thank you for visiting our little piece of paradise! See you in November! If you are interested in visiting the SW Florida area or have decided its time to have your own piece of paradise weather seasonal or full time give us a call or email us we will be glad to help!
It’s a “stange brew” experiencing October in the Cape, Palm trees sway in the breeze, jack-o-lanterns adorn front doors, hardy mums become the Fall flowers while my hibiscus bush is still blooming beautiful red flowers. I noticed more fall like vegetables at the Farmer’s Market, – squash, root veggies etc, yet I can still get terrific home growm watermelon! Unlike “up North” I don’t see the falling leaves or changing hues of color, I can still swim in my pool (water temp on October 1st was 84 degfrees with no heater!)… It is a time of transition from long summer days to longer nights, and yes the sun is a bit loweer in the sky and evenings do get a bit cooler (mid to low 70’s) so in a way I am still in Paradise. And two things stand out that it’s October I am beginning to see more and more out of state plates on cars – seems like the yearly “snow bird migration” is starting earlier this year and Oktoberfest is here!
And in Cape Coral October is Oktoberfest! ….Yes the 28th annual Oktoberfest will take place on two BIG weekends..October 18th, 19th, 20th | October 25th, 26th, 27th. Sponsored by the German American Club of Cape Coral. Come and sample a host of German food dishes, music, festivities and of course German wines, spirits and beer! Click on Oktoberfest for more infoirmation
Florida Residency Has Its Benefits When it Comes to Travel and Vacation Fun!
I have found great discount opportunties thnaks to being a Florida resident. Who’s not into saving money? Especailly when it comes to entertainment and travel around the sunshine state. Some of the biggest attractions like Walt Disney World, Busch Gardens, Sea World and Universal Studios offer discounted prices on multi day admission. Each park has specific discounted prices based on the number of days purchased. In addition many of these parks also offer an annual season pass option. This requires a larger outlay; however, if you and your family will be the using the park multiple times over the course of the year it could result in substantial savings. Click Theme Park Savings for more information, also. Walt Disney World Florida Resident Discount and MoreVisit Florida Resident Discounts
New to Cape Coral?
Welcome to your new home! And of course there are a million things you need to do – set up utilties, cable or satellite hookup, internet hookup, and a million questions too…..When is garbage service? What is the recycling policy? Where’s the Post Office? How Do I get my Florida Driver’s License? Where do I register to Vote? and so on. Been there done that when we came to the area over a year ago. Whatever your needs or questions the folloing links will help you get the answers! http://www.capecoral.com/content/new-cape-coral also important phone numbers and contact information at the City Directory and I Want to Find Map Guide. Loooking for a Bike Trail Click Here Freshwater and Saltwater Canals Click Here City Parks Map Click Here Trash and Recycling Days Map Click Here Cape Coral Goiogle Map Link Driving Directions Click Here
Cape Coral Parks and Recreation Guide
Golf, Kayaking, Arts, Theater, Youth Programs, Adult Fitness Programs, Spanish Classes, Ballroom Dancing, Youth and Adult Sport Leagues …Capew Coral Has it All…….Check Out the Cape Coral Parks and Recreation Guide Fall 2013 Click Here for Your Interactive Guide
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