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Aug. 16, 2019

Bonita Springs Thrift Shop Spree | 227/365 Things to Do

Bonita Springs Thrift Shop Surfing | 227/365 Things to Do

THrift Store Bonita SpringsBonita Springs has so many thrift stores.  Why does Bonita Springs have so many thrift stores? Because we are the land of second homes.   Many people who move here from outside of the area purchase their new home in Bonita Springs turnkey furnished!

That means that the homes that they purchase are not only furnished but outfitted with everything down to the silverware. It’s a great start for someone who needs the furniture but many home buyers donate the furniture to local charities and it is sold in their thrift stores. I’ve outfitted rentals for myself by using these great stores, myself. 

If you’re about to jump into a new hobby or sport it is worth your while to check the local thrift stores in Bonita Springs for discounted gear.  It is definitely worth the look. We’ve been assembling puzzles as a family and getting them for pennies on the dollar.  Our last puzzle was $3.99 in the thrift store but is $134 on Amazon. I know!  Who would pay that much for a puzzle?

A great resource for both consignment and thrift stores in Bonita Springs is the Happy Thrifter.  You can visit their Facebook page for more information, here:

https://www.facebook.com/thehappythriftershopper/

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Aug. 16, 2019

Village Walk Bar & Grill | 226/365 Things to Do

Village Walk Bar & Grill Bonita Springs

Village Walk Bar & Grill | 226/365 Things to Do

So Angela and I went to pick up staging materials from our pending listing in Village Walk and I recommended that we have lunch at the restaurant on site.  It’s one of my favorite places and beats the socks off of most restaurants in town. You, as a consumer, have probably never heard about it!

Village Walk Fried ArtichokeIt’s an American restaurant with a flair for Greek.  There are great dishes that are the standards, including pizza but great Greek options and some wonderful salads. My favorite is the fried artichoke appetizer and the spring salad that has so many goodies in it! I even get avocado on it just to put it over the top.  Angela ordered the Cobb Salad with chicken and loved it. 

We agreed that this is a great spot because there are health conscious options for the women and meaty, manly meals for the boys.  This restaurant nails it with menu options and the freshness is unparalleled.  Trust me, I’m a food snob and picky about fresh field greens!

Village Walk Bar & Grill is located in the community of Village Walk of Bonita Springs. You can get through the guard gate by letting them know you’re going to the restaurant but just make sure the restaurant is open. If you’d like to learn more or check for updated hours of operations visit their Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/VillageWalkBarGrill/

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Aug. 16, 2019

Wicked Dolphin Rum Tour | 225/365 Things to Do

Wicked Dolphin Rum Tour | 225/365 Things to Do

Wicked Dolphin RumDid you know that there is an alcohol distiller here in Southwest Florida?  ot too far from Bonita Springs is Wicked Dolphin Rum located in Cape Coral, Florida. Not only can you purchase Wicked Dolphin Rum but you can tour the rum distillery. 

The crew at Wicked Dolphin will take you through the steps of how they source our ingredients, cook, ferment, distill, in our distillery plant then off to the ‘barrel room’ where they will show you how the rum gets its unique color and taste. On this tour, you will also see how they come up with different flavors and bottle the award-winning Wicked Dolphin Rum!

After the tour, they take you to our tasting room where you can sample different rums that Wicked Dolphin offers and some new ones we are working on.

Tours are available Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays – You can call or reserve a spot on the Wicked Dolphin Tour  or log in online.  Their official site is www.WickedDolphinRum.com.  If you’re looking for fun things to do near Bonita Springs drive to Cape Coral and take the rum tour!

Please note: During the hot Florida summers, you can expect the temperatures in the Distillery and Barrel Room to match the outside temperatures. The Distillery is air conditioned but with the heat coming from the equipment  it can still be pretty warm. The Tasting Room, however, is fully air conditioned and cool. Please dress comfortably.

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Aug. 16, 2019

Historic Smallwood Store of Chokoloskee | 224/365 Things to Do

Smallwood Store Chokoloskee

Historic Smallwood Store of Chokoloskee | 224/365 Things to Do

Smallwood Store The Historic Smallwood Store is located on Chokoloskee Island near Everglades City in Southwest Florida. It is a historic store established in 1906 by Ted Smallwood. Ninety percent of the original goods remain in the store that now operates as a museum. They also have a great selection of local books and a souvenir -  gift shop.

The Smallwood Store also operates boat tours out of the museum for tours of the 10,000 Islands. The tours offer chances of seeing lots of wildlife, beautiful sunsets, or even fishing trips. The store is open daily year round and has a small admission fee. The Smallwood Store is located at 360 Mamie St., Chokoloskee, FL.

If you’re looking for fun things to do near Naples, Florida consider a trip to Chokoloskee Island.

Other articles from Melinda include:

Day Trip to Immokalee Farmer’s Market | 222/365 Things to Do

Visit Dinner Island Ranch Wildlife Management Area 55/365

Shore Fishing at Delnor-Wiggins Pass Naples | 188/365 Things to Do

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About the author: Melinda Cochran is photographer and Southwest Florida resident. You can find more of her images at: https://www.facebook.com/journeythroughmyeyes/.  If you know of a great place for Melinda to capture wildlife in action send a message in the comments section of this post.

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Aug. 15, 2019

Lion’s Pride Park | 223/365 Things to Do

Lion’s Pride Park | 223/365 Things to Do

Lions Pride ParkLions Pride Park is the fenced in playground area behind Riverside Park in Bonita Springs, Florida. My boys refer to this park as the nature playground because it has huge oak trees that shade the entire area. It is very pretty and keeps the area cooler.

There are logs for balance beams, hills with slides and large rocks for climbing these are great features that you do not find at most parks.

It allows the kids to use their imagination while outdoors. In addition to those items there is your typical playground with a climbing wall, slides and different fun things to play. There is seating and tables too if you want to take a break or have a snack or lunch at Lion’s Pride Park.

We love this playground because it always turns into an adventure and a nature hunt! If you are looking for fun things to do with kids in Bonita Springs this is a great stop and it’s free. Parking is accessible from Pennsylvania Ave across the street from the Lion’s Club.

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Aug. 15, 2019

Day Trip to Immokalee Farmer’s Market | 222/365 Things to Do

Immokalee Farmer's Market

Day Trip to Immokalee Farmer’s Market | 222/365 Things to Do

If you are looking for fresh produce, fresh eggs, plus fun odds and ends the Immokalee Farmer’s Market is the place to go. You can buy just a few items or cases of items whatever you need. The Immokalee Farmer’s Market has lots of colorful stalls with smells of the freshest of fruit and vegetables you can find. They are open 7 days a week and have a great variety of items year round.

If you are trying to eat healthy this is the place to come as the prices are the best around and there is a large variety. You may even want to haggle a bit if that is your thing.

The Immokalee Farmer’s Market is located at 424 New Market Rd E, Immokalee, FL 34142 Approximately 45 minutes from Bonita Springs, Florida and makes a great day trip if you are looking for things to do. You can also visit Ave Maria or The Sanctuary while you are in the area.

Here are a few other things to do near Immokalee Florida:

Visit Ave Maria & Tour the Oratory 9/365 

Visit the Ghost Orchid at Corkscrew Sanctuary Naples | 187/365 Things to Do

Visit Dinner Island Ranch Wildlife Management Area 55/365

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About the author: Melinda Cochran is photographer and Southwest Florida resident. You can find more of her images at: https://www.facebook.com/journeythroughmyeyes/.  If you know of a great place for Melinda to capture wildlife in action send a message in the comments section of this post.

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Aug. 10, 2019

Rocket Fizz is in Naples Florida! | 221/365 Things to Do

Rocket Fizz Naples Florida

Rocket Fizz is in Naples Florida! | 221/365 Things to Do

If you have kids they probably know this already but there is a Rocket Fizz in Naples, Florida!  I’ve passed it a few times and the other day when we were going to Costco I had Jerry pull in so I could take a photo and get a surprise for him.  Everyone familiar with Rocket Fizz knows that they have on eof the largest collections of classic candies but they also have a huge collection of exotic sodas. That’s Pop for you Ohio people. 

You can find an good old fashioned Pepsi made with sugar instead of corn syrup. It’s glorious, if you haven’t tried it.  You youngsters just don't understand how yucky corn syrup is.  The sugar Pepsi tastes just like it tasted when we were kids.  I also scored a cane sugar orange soda.  We don’t drink a lot of soda in our house so it was a treat. Jerry was totally surprised with a real sugar soda and I’m sure we’ll go back for more, soon. 

You can follow the local Naples, Florida  Rocket Fizz store on their Facebook page, here: 

https://www.facebook.com/RocketFizzNaplesFL

The address of Rocket Fizz is 6270 Naples Blvd Unit 6, Naples, FL 34109.

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Aug. 10, 2019

Visit the Holocaust Museum Naples | 220/365 Things to Do

Visit the Holocaust Museum Naples | 220/365 Things to Do

In just a few short weeks (Aug 2019) the Holocaust Museum and Cohen Education Center is moving a few miles north in Naples, Florida. We’ve seen a few news stories on the new facility and want to make sure that the locals visit as soon as it opens. 

If you’ve not been to the old location we can share that there is an enormous collection of photos, historical documents, artifacts and more.  We can never forget!  The mission of the Holocaust Museum:

  • Holocaust Museum Naples
    Displaying artifacts and photographs which tell the individual stories within the larger history of the Holocaust;
  • Providing Educational programs and activities to students at all grade levels;
  • Presenting general public programs and exhibits that highlight elements of our collection and stories related to the Holocaust and other genocides;

Years ago one of my trips to the museum I was met by a helpful docent who walked through the museum with us. Towards the end of the tour there was a tattered, black and white photo of children on the wall.  The docent stopped us in front the photo and pointed at a tiny face and said, see her?  That was me. I will never forget that day, that lady, that moment. I will never forget the Holocaust and the Cohen Center’s goal is to continue awareness and educate.  Student groups visit the Museum, or attend programs at their schools conducted by our Education Department, often accompanied by Holocaust Survivors and Liberators telling their personal stories.

As of August 21 2019 the museum is being relocated to 975 Imperial Golf Course Blvd., Naples, FL 34110.  The official website of the museum is www.holocaustmuseumswfl.org

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Aug. 9, 2019

Movie Night in Cambier Park Naples | 219/365 Things to Do

Movie Night in Cambier Park Naples | 219/365 Things to Do

Cambier Park Movie Night Naples

There are fun things to do in the summer!  Tonight is family movie night 8/9/2019 in Cambier Park in Downtown Naples, Florida. 

A lot like the Bonita Springs movie night, Cambier Park movie night is bring your own chair or blanket and grab some of your favorite foods to-go from some of the 5th avenue restaurants. Enjoy a picnic in the park while you watch the movie.  Have fun!

If you'd like to keep tabs on future movie nights or downtown Naples, Florida events follow the Official 5th Ave Facebook Page here: 

https://www.facebook.com/5thAveSo/

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Aug. 7, 2019

Visit Sanibel Island Lighthouse & Beach | 218/365 Things to Do

Visit Sanibel Island Lighthouse & Beach | 218/365 Things to Do

Sanibel Island Lighthouse

Southwest Florida has a little bit of a boating (non-shipping) community so we don’t have the lighthouses that the east coast has.  Besides the community of Lighthouse Bay one of the real lighthouses is the Sanibel Lighthouse, of course positioned on Sanibel Island.   

Today is National Lighthouse Day so we’d thought we’d point out Southwest Florida’s favorite lighthouse and remind you to visit the island in the summer when you’re not challenged by tourist traffic.

There are several things to do on Sanibel that we can suggest while you’re out there:

 

Don’t forget to take toll cash for the bridge. There is a charge to cross the bridge over the river that separates Sanibel Island from Fort Myers.   Enjoy!

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