Mangrove Cuckoo – Sanibel Island

The illusive Mangrove cuckoo has been lured to Sanibel Island’s “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge by a cuckoo decoy carved by renowned Sanibel artist, Jim Sprankle. Now, you can bid on it as a work of the carver’s art.

A tent party that the Ding Darling Wildlife Society labels a Cuckoo for Ding “Trailgate” Party will include a tent party with live and silent auctions, music by Chris Coile and a “trailgate” theme. The party will raise funds to support the Mangrove Cuckoo research project, education, and other research at J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. The date isFebruary 15, 2013 at the Refuge.

The main item to be offered at auction is the cuckoo decoy, which has been retired from it’s decoy assignment and is being tweaked and redecorated by Sprankle as artwork. This is a one-of-kind carving, with an interesting back-story, too. You could be the lucky bid winner of this exceptional piece.

DDWS Executive Director Birgie Vertesch advised, “Jim’s work typically fetches bids well into the four-figure range. Given its original use as research tool in a study that is tagging Mangrove Cuckoos for the first time in history, his cuckoo piece is priceless.”

Several other items will be included in the auctions, from private guided excursions with the mangrove cuckoo biologist to a wildlife-themed wood Adirondack chair painted by Randon Eddy, courtesy of Ace Hardware, and more than 20 other art and gift certificate items

Interested? Book accommodations at Gulf Breeze Cottages, spend a few days on Sanibel exploring “Ding” Darling NWR and place your bid!

Merry Christmas From Gulf Breeze Cottages, Sanibel Island

Looking for something to do this Holiday Break? The Edison-Ford Estates are aglow with thousands of Christmas lights and seasonal decor. It’s fitting that the man who brought us electric lights in the first place is responsible for illuminating the season in such festive style.

Gulf Breeze Cottages, Gulf front on near-by Sanibel Island, strongly encourages our guests to set aside a day to go over to the mainland to visit The Edison-Ford Winter Estates. The Estates boast 20+ acres of botanical gardens, nine historic buildings including Edison’s Botanic Research Laboratory and the Estates Museum which contain an impressive collection of inventions, artifacts and special exhibits. Mrs. Edison’s vast gardens and vegetation collected from around the world, that was part of Edison’s experiments, is in abundant display and was planned so that there is always something blooming, no matter what time of year you visit.

The Christmas holiday is just one more reason to witness this world-class attraction. Shine on!

Sanibel Island Awards

Lots of recognition lately!

– Sanibel Island is the number one travel destination in the world, according to respected travel guru Arthur Frommer, the mastermind behind Frommer’s guidebooks. Frommer recently ranked his ten favorite places to visit and listed Sanibel first, above destinations like Bali and Paris, citing the island’s natural beauty and home for rare birds found at the Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge.

– Sanibel Island was recently named by USA Today as one of the worldwide “Top 10 Great Places for Families to Escape the Snow”.

– Trip Advisor has named Fort Myers and Sanibel and Captiva Islands a “Top 10 Favorite Travel Locale” and honored the area with the 2012 Travelers’ Choice National Destinations On The Rise award.

Gulf Breeze Cottages has some great special rates! Come – or return – to Sanibel Island and see our natural beauty for yourself!

Gulf Breeze Cottages receives prestigious “White Glove Award”

The Lee County, FL Tourist Development Council announced Friday that Gulf Beach Cottages on Sanibel Island has received the Superior Small Lodging Association Citation as a White Glove hotel/inn. The White Glove award is given after unannounced visits by inspection teams who grade member lodges on cleanliness. In order to receive the award, Gulf Beach Cottages was required to pass every item on a long check-list of housekeeping and cleanliness standards.
According to Gulf Breeze spokesperson, Katrina Salokar “This is not a casual matter for us. We work very hard to be a place where guests not only enjoy the best of Sanibel Island beaches and other island experiences, but also they encounter spotless conditions in their rooms and cottages. This is recognition we are very proud to receive.”
Gulf Breeze Cottages invites you to book your reservations for Fall on Sanibel and the upcoming Season – space is going fast!

Dodging the bullet

That’s the conventional way to comment when impending disaster threatens, but in the case of Isaac, it was more like dodging the shotgun pattern. As the storm turned into the Gulf and skittered past Sanibel, it was so wide that the island got a lot of rain but fairly modest winds – THANK GOODNESS!!

We hunkered down, in the way Gulf Coasters are all too familiar with, and watched through shuttered windows. It wasn’t until it was over that we realized how non-threatening Isaac actually was for us. Then our thoughts went to folks in New Orleans, Mississippi, Alabama and the Panhandle and we prayed nature would be merciful.

Today on Sanibel we have blue skies and fair weather again. This would be a good day to book your reservations Gulf Breeze Cottages for this fall. Come to Sanibel and we’ll all have a good time.

New Waterfront View 2 Bedroom

We finally decided to do something about only having three beachfront units… so we had friend of ours come over and paint a mural of the sea! Number 8 has a view of the ocean complete with many of our winged friends! Adam Stephens will be painting at least one more mural on property, this one will be a sea-scape; can’t wait to see how it turns out!