Restaurnt Week 2013

Come stay with us at Gulf Breeze Cottages and be sure to pack your appetite!

Friday is the start of Lee County’s Restaurant Week. It’s a celebration of culinary outreach as restaurants in the county, including those on Sanibel and Captiva, with special

lunch and dinner menus, wine tastings, live music and other special events to entice you.

Here’s a list of Sanibel & Captiva restaurants, in no particular order, to put on your dining calendar this weekend and next week:

Key Lime Bistro
Sanibel Steakhouse
Sweet Melissa’s
The Timbers
Thistle Lodge
Old Captiva House & Crow’s Nest
Traditions on the Beach
Il Cielo

Get ready for some delicious dining!

Ding Darling Film Series

Looking for something to do with the kids (or the kid in you) while your family stays at Gulf Breeze Cottages during your Sanibel Island vacation this year? Put this on your calendar!

National Geographic’s March of the Penguins is one highlight of the new season

The Second Annual Wednesday Film Series kicks off its bi-monthly showings this winter at Ding Darling NWR with a schedule of eight films. Films begin at 2 p.m.

Jan 8:     Animal Houses
Jan 22:   Mysteries of the Deep
Feb 5:     Sanctuary Islands: The Sanibel Legacy
Feb 19:   March of the Penguins
Mar 5:    Wolves in Paradise
Mar 19:  Monster Python: Inside Nature’s Giants
April 2:   The Lost Bird Project
April 16: A Life Among Whales

Trash Talking Saturday

Saturday, September 28, is National Public Lands Day. It will be celebrated with a beach clean-up from 9:00 am until 11:00 am. After that, rangers and volunteers at J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel will examine and discuss the trash collected in the morning. The “trash talking” starts at 1:00 pm in the Visitors Education Center at the Refuge. It’s free and promises to be an enlightening look at how we use (and abuse) our beaches. Good for grown-ups and children.

Book a stay at Gulf Breeze Cottages, then call then visit the Refuge’s website or call 472-1100 for details.

Outrageously Island

Will you be staying at Gulf Breeze Cottages on Sanibel in October?

If you will be on or near Sanibel in October, plan to Outrageously Island on October 1st and attend the Outrageously Island Celebrity* Dinner to benefit Sanibel’s Bailey-Mathews Shell Museum. Mark the date on your calendar – October 1, 2013

The “Outrageously Island” Dinner is a three-course gourmet dinner served at Traders Cafe’ and Store, 1551 Periwinkle Way and will include island celebrity servers, with all tips from the evening to benefit the Museum. The cost to attend is $60 per person and should be well worth the fun, food and support of a good cause.

All the outrageous behavior begins at a happy hour at 5:00 pm, followed by dinner and entertainment after.

Contact The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum at 239-395-2233 or visit

*Caveat: These are “island celebrities”, whose renown tends to stop at the Causeway. Don’t expect Madonna.

2013 White Glove Award

Gulf Breeze Cottages is excited to have received the 2013 Donal A Dermody White Glove Award from the Lee County Superior Small Lodging (SSL) program

To receive the White Glove award, we had to achieve a score of 100% in surprise housekeeping inspections covering standards for a clean, safe and well managed small lodging establishment, that offers friendly ambiance and personal service.

To participate in the SSL program, properties must be licensed hotels, motels, inns or bed and breakfasts with 50 or fewer rooms. It isn’t necessary to have a great beach, but at Gulf Breeze Cottages, we do!

Come and stay with us on Sanibel Island. We’d love to have you!

J.N. “Ding” Darling Re-opening Soon!

If you have not been on Sanibel Island this summer, you probably are not aware that Wildlife Drive in the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Reservation has been closed for maintenance.

Now, with October just five weeks away, we are all a-tingle anticipating the reopening of the Drive – scheduled for October 1st. Just three weeks later, it will be time to celebrate “Ding” Darling Days 2013.

Make sure your strolling shoes and binoculars are at hand to pack when you visit Sanibel this fall. But first, contact Gulf Breeze Cottages to get your family reservation on the books.

We’ll be looking for you!

Sanibel Island’s Bowman’s Beach – Top 10 in the World

We learn from News-Press reporter, Laura Ruane, that USNews Travel has named Sanibel Island’s Bowman’s Beach as one of the top 10 beaches in the world, with almost double the ‘yes’ votes (521) of the other beaches on the list.

Beautiful Sanibel Island Beach“You’ll look out over a shore littered with colorful seashells as you claim your spot on Bowman’s Beach.”

All who are familiar with Sanibel Island realize that Bowman’s Beach is but one segment of a long and continuous beach that runs from Lighthouse Point to Blind Pass. It’s all caressed by the same warm Gulf of Mexico waters and the abundant shell deposits that end up all along Sanibel’s shore.

Since we at Gulf Breeze Cottages share that beach, we are really happy also to share the news. You can book a family vacation at Gulf Breeze Cottages at very attractive summer rates, and enjoy our world-beating beach and remarkable shelling. What are you waiting for?

If you go looking for US News Travel’s other top beaches, you will have to travel to the Seychelles Islands, Kauai, Cayman Islands, Maldives, Bali, Anguilla, Corfu, Turks & Caicos and Rio de Janeiro.

US News Travel is based in Washington, D.C., and is produced and published by U.S. News & World Report.

Everglades Day Safari

If you are planning to book into Gulf Breeze Cottages, you may have heard that Sanibel Island’s J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Drive is closed for maintenance for the summer.

Airboat Tour - sawgrassDon’t despair! There’s a very attractive alternative, with tours departing daily – Everglades Day Safari.

Every Everglades Day Safari adventure includes:

  • Round trip transportation – local pick-up and return for Sanibel is at the Residence Inn on Summerlin Blvd., just off the Causeway
  • A highly-trained naturalist guide
  • Nature walk under the canopy of cypress trees
  • Boat cruise into the Ten Thousand Islands mangrove forest in Everglades National Park
  • Lunch
  • Wildlife drive through the pine savannahs and cypress forests of Big Cypress National Preserve
  • Airboat ride through sawgrass prairies and pond apple forests of the Everglades
  • Take-home Bonus: a 64-minute Wildlife of the Everglades DVD (one per booking)

The Everglades Day Safari has been awarded the Florida Society for Ethical Ecotourism’s prestigious Gold Level Certification for Ecotour Operators.

Find out more about Everglades Day Safari at

By the way, full-day tours booked prior to September 30, 2013 may receive a 10% discount. Ask about it when booking.

BIG Arts Technology Workshops

Feeling flummoxed by technology? i-this? And app-that?

We tend to think of BIG Arts (our Barrier Island Group Arts Organization) as exclusively about “art” but, in November, while you are staying on the beach at Sanibel’s Gulf Breeze Cottages, you could be getting caught up with things technological. Technology guru, Gerard Damiano, is offering workshops at very reasonable fees.

Here’s the proposed class schedule:

  • iPhone Lesson1: basics –  Mon. 11/11/13 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Cloud Computing – Mon. 11/11/13 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • iPad Lesson 1: basics – Tues. 11/12/13 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Photo for Macintosh – Tues. 11/12/13 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Master Your Music with iTunes – Wed. 11/13/13 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Essential Apps – Wed. 11/13/13 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • iPhone 2: Intermediate – Thur. 11/14/13 9:00 am- 12:00 pm
  • Productivity for iPad & iPhone – Thur. 11/14/13 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • iPad Lesson 2 : Intermediate – Fri. 11/15/13 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Photography with your iPhone – Fri. 11/15/13 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm
  • iPhone Lesson 3:Email & The Web – Mon. 11/18/13 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Entertaining Apps – Mon. 11/18/13 2:00 pm – 5:00
  • iPad Lesson 3: Email & The Web – Tues. 11/19/13 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Facebook and Social Networking – Tues. 11/19/13  1:30 pm – 5:00 pm
  • iOS7 for iPhone & iPad – Thurs. 11/21/13 9:00 am-12:00 pm
  • Searching with Google – Thurs. 11/21/13 2:00 pm- 5:00 pm
  • Create Art on your iPad – Fri. 11/22/13 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
  • Advanced Apps – Fri. 11/22/13 2:00 pm -5:00 pm

For more information about workshop requirements, fees, available spaces, workshop venues and general questions, please call (239) 395-0900.