Local musician, Danny Morgan, made the trip to Captiva seem magical. He was playing his original material written about the islands of Captiva and Sanibel. He is an artist with his brushstrokes as well.
His works are featured in art galleries and on his album covers.
As we were leaving South Seas Island Resort, or the northern tip of Captiva, I was reminded of how much it had changed over the years.
The once, slow moving, isolated island was now a burgeoning vacation spots for families and folks of all ages.
Most of Captiva has a Disney-like feel now, with the crowds, the wristbands and the trolleys, and with the Magic Kingdom right down the road, it’s hard not to make the comparison between the real and the make-believe.
There were no fireworks at night but listening to the waves lap up on the shore lulls one to sleep, it was all so soothing.
Captiva and Sanibel Islands are two of the most beautiful Florida islands.
“The Sea Shell Islands” a wonderful little book, written by Elinore Mayer Dormer, in which she shares her love of Sanibel and Captiva with stories of pioneer families and… “is the story of Sanibel and Captiva Islands, once famous for the wealth of their seafood, the excellence of their produce and the beauty of their shells.”
We enjoy driving the backroads of Florida, so our trip through Arcadia from Captiva to Bradenton took us by some old memories and new discoveries.
Driving along County Road 675 took us right by the Hunsader Farm, it brought back many wonderful memories of family time spent there as Jackson was growing up. Just down the road was the Rosa Fiorelli Winery, a great place to pick up a bottle of Muscadine Wine.
Turning of CR 675 onto State Road 64 we found O’Brien Family Farms.
The O’Brien Family Farms, with it’s hydroponically grown fruits and vegetables, bee hive observatory, u-pick produce or they pick farm stand and educational displays…was a new and delightful discovery.
A fruit smoothie and a freshly made milk shake were a welcome afternoon snack. The home-made BLT’s they were serving looked delicious!
A welcome ending to the weekend get-away was lodging at the historic Hampton Inn in downtown Bradenton, the former Manatee River Hotel.
Over 100 years ago, travel by steamboat along the Manatee River was common, today we follow the river route by automobile, but it allows for some interesting stops and detours along the way.
Along the drive north of Bradenton is a great riverfront restaurant in Ellenton, Woody’s River Roo. Not only good food but good music too.