Historical Vacation Destinations: Burroughs Home and Gardens

Historical Vacation Destinations: Burroughs Home and Gardens

Historical Vacation Destinations: Burroughs Home and Gardens

By Hannah M.

Historical Vacation Destinations: Burroughs Home and Gardens

Make your vacation to Ft. Myers, Florida one for the books by taking a trip back in time to the Historic Burroughs Home and Gardens. This exquisite home, built on the banks of the Caloosahatchee River, is the last one standing from the initial “Millionaire’s Row”. A historical gem of Downtown Ft. Myers, this blast from the past is an essential stop for your Florida vacation.

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About The Burroughs Home and Gardens

This grand, 6,000-square foot mansion still retains much of the original interior features and custom landscaping, exclusively designed to hold parties and events. The Georgian Colonial Revival style home is a unique and remarkable architect’s dream. First built by George Barber for John Murphy, this historical gem was then purchased by the Burroughs Family in 1918. With guided tours, a pristine and tranquil waterfront view, and plenty of event space and assistance, look no further for your most fascinating family vacation yet!

Activities at The Historical Home and Gardens

This historical mansion has many secrets waiting to be discovered and adventures to be had. One of the attractions of this Florida gem is the unique setting offered for a variety of events.

Weddings

A popular wedding destination, the historical Burroughs Home and Gardens features mesmerizing sunsets and unforgettable moonlit dances overlooking the water. If you’ve been searching for a memorable place for your special day, Burroughs Home and Gardens has what you need! 

Meetings

A new open-air pavilion is the perfect place for your birthday bash, business meeting, cocktail parties and more. Seating up to 300 people, with a breathtaking historical backdrop and enticing water views, this historical home is sure to bring an unforgettable time. An on-site event professional is available to walk you through all of your planning needs. 

Catering

Every detail of your event will be taken care of through the event planning team at The Burroughs Home and Gardens, including all catering concerns. With several renowned chefs making up their catering team, no problem will be left unsolved, leaving you to relax and enjoy your visit.

Touring The Historical Burroughs Home and Gardens

Pricing and reservation information can be found on The Burroughs Home and Gardens website.

You can also find information on the history of the mansion; however, nothing will compare to an intimate tour of the grounds with your personal guide – you’re in for an interesting and informational adventure to remember. With many highlights to explore in this two-story elegant mansion, the guided tours offered are a key component to your visit.

A Historical Vacation Gold Mine!

This charming and timeless Georgian fashion mansion is a breathtaking historical gold mine that you will want to add to your vacation destinations! Stay up to date to plan your vacation accordingly by visiting their news and events site here.

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Discover Sarasota’s Safari Wilderness!

Discover Sarasota’s Safari Wilderness!

Discover Sarasota’s Safari Wilderness!

By Hannah M.

Safari Wilderness

Have you been looking for the ideal vacation spot with endless adventures? Sarasota, Florida has many fascinating attractions, but perhaps one of the most exciting is the Safari Wilderness less than two hours away! Located in Lakeland, Florida, this ranch is home to over 500 unique animals with breathtaking Florida landscapes. An array of species that reside here, originating from South America, Africa, and Asia in beautiful natural habitats will take your from the perfect Florida day trip to an unforgettable global adventure!

The Adventure Begins!

Entering this wonderful wilderness paradise, a short boardwalk will take you over Florida’s second largest wetlands area, the Green Swamp. While waiting for your safari to begin (be sure to make reservations!) you will see a number of furry friends roaming – the sister Calico cats are the sweetest friends! You’ll even be able to see magnificent peacocks, with other birds in the aviary.

Animal Lover’s Paradise

Be sure to bring some treats along for the friendly ostriches, antelope, swamp deer and the others! There are a number of animals in this pet paradise which you will be allowed to feed – one of the most captivating are the gentle water buffalo. The llamas are especially friendly, so be prepared to have some sweet furry friends come right up to you for more treats. Nothing beats the ostriches need for treats, however; they have been known the chase after the safari bus in hopes of more treats – they don’t give up easily! As long as you have some food to offer, these gentle animals will want to be friends “fur”ever! With the wide array of different species residing here, it will be hard to pick a favorite, but once you meet the charming zebra you will be instantly infatuated. You may even see a baby zebra or two hiding behind their mother! These absolutely endearing and sweet-tempered creatures will steal your heart right away.

Don’t Forget!

On your Safari Adventure, you’ll want to have a few things on your list for your best adventure yet! Closed-toed shoes are highly recommended, even if you’re planning on taking the safari bus – you will find many grassy areas with dirt, so to avoid any unwanted accidents that may shorten your adventure, close-toed shoes should be number one on your list!

Have your camera or phone on hand and ready, you won’t want to miss any of the amazing animals you encounter.

This is going to be an unforgettable day adventure, so make sure you bring some snacks along for the journey!

Endless Adventure in Florida’s Wilderness Safari

When your two-hour safari adventures ends, be sure to stop by the gift shop area to memorialize your adventure. But before you head there, meet the casual camels, who are very photogenic and love to take photos when you say cheese. Don’t forget to get a shot of the mesmerizing peacocks and other birds in the aviary. Still craving more adventures in nature? The tour guides recommend returning, because of migration and weather, each tour is highly specialized and you will always be in for a new adventure.

If you’re looking for a different adventure deeper in nature, Safari Wilderness not only offers two safari tours a day, but camel voyages, a kayak safari, a sunset safari and unique personal encounters with the lemurs and guinea pigs. Are you a nature lover looking for the perfect place to party? Safari Wilderness has endless adventure options, including offering The Safari Lodge to be rented for special events. Buckle in and get your cameras ready for the nature lover’s retreat of a lifetime!

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Hooked On Fishing?

Hooked On Fishing?

Hooked On Fishing?

By Hannah M.

 

Reel in The Big One!

Are you getting ready for your fishing trip on the sparkling waters of St. John’s River or Lake George? Whether you’re a new angler or “reel” expert, good fishermen are always looking for new tricks to help lure the best catch. Reeling in the big one can be fishy business, but fear no fish! Here are some great tips that will have you ready to tackle anything!

Got Bait?

When choosing what kind of bait to bring for the ultimate catch, live bait is always preferred! Worms and smaller fish are most commonly used and proven to be most successful. Freshwater fishing? Here’s a basic beginner tackle box guide to start with!

Location is Key

Today there are many tools available to aid your fishing needs! Electronic fish finders are widely used and a certain way of leading you directly to the best fishing spots. If you’re new to the game, make sure you bring a topographical map to keep track of water depths and an electronic fish finder.

Keep An Eye on The Skies

Seasoned fishermen know that the weather affects fish habits. Cloudy days are preferred for fishing, as your catch is more likely to be lured by your bait. Sunny Florida doesn’t see too many of those days, however; just cruise to some darker waters for the optimal catch. Planning a night fishing excursion? Paying attention to the moon and its phases is key for night fishing – full moons are prime time for the best catch, while moonless nights are the least favorable for fishing. The brighter the moon, the better!

Stay Safe

Practice, practice, practice! Ensure you can confidently tie knots and handle the sharp hooks prior to departing on your fishing adventures. There’s so little time and so many fish – you don’t want to lose any time due to injuries! Keep your fishing trip fun and make sure you’re comfortable with your equipment.

What’s Your Catch?

You’re almost ready for the complete fishing trip! Make sure you’re familiar with the fish in the spot you choose! Here’s a list of fish found in the St. John’s River. Looking for the best bass in the state? Head to Lake George for some fantastic fishing.

Fishing is a Reel Tough Job – You’re Ready to Tackle It!

Reeling in the big one is no easy feat, but with these excellent fishing tips, it’s sure to be an enjoyable and rewarding adventure. For a catchy fishing trip of a lifetime, rent a cabin or boat at Castaways on the River and get ready for your best adventure yet!

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Staying Safe While Having Fun on Vacation!

Staying Safe While Having Fun!

By Hannah M. 

Southern Florida is considered one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. Renowned for the alluring natural habitats, gleaming white sand beaches, calm rivers, and especially the intriguing wildlife. During your relaxing vacation in Southern Florida, you’re sure to run into the indigenous inhabitants- alligators. Below are some safety tips to keep in mind for an enjoyable vacation.

Sharing is Not Caring!

The most essential rule to keep in mind regarding alligators is to keep your food stored away. Do not feed them! Alligators have an instinctive fear of humans, which is favorable for us, as people are natural prey in the wild. Sharing your food can be dangerous, as it emboldens the alligator, and in turn, may look for other people in search of food. A good rule of thumb is to not feed any wildlife you may encounter.

Alligator Mating Season

Spring and Summer is alligator mating season in Florida, so be extra careful during these times. Alligator nests may also be found more frequently, so if you happen to run across one, do not disturb it. Mother gators are always nearby, so just keep in mind to give the alligators their space! Their temperament may change erratically, and you may see larger gators than normal – the best thing to do is not interact with them in anyway and give them plenty of space.

Keeping Your Furry Friends in Mind

It’s not the complete vacation without Man’s Best Friend! Everyone loves to bring their pet along for a cruise on the river or to splash in the waves. It’s easy to keep your best bud safe by keeping them leashed the entire time. Headed for a lazy day on the river? Make sure to keep your dog leashed when you dock, especially during alligator mating season.

Stay Away!

These magnificent creatures may appear passive and idle, but they move rapidly. A good rule is to always keep 60 feet between you and the alligator. If they hiss or lunge at you – back up! That’s a warning sign you’re too close.

Safety while Swimming

St. John’s River is a prime destination for boating, fishing and lovely water views. From the deck, under the warm Florida rays, you may be tempted to take a quick dip in the waters. A key safety rule to keep in mind on your vacation is this: If you can’t see your feet or arms while in the water, do not swim!

Swimming where you cannot see your arms or legs should be avoided, as gators frequent these areas.

There are many gorgeous, crystal clear springs that are accessible from St. John’s River, including Silver Glen Springs. The water is shallow and alligators are rare. Make sure to visit one of these breathtaking spots during your fishing trip!

Fishing Safety

Be careful where you pick your fishing spots – some gators will be attracted to the fish on a hooked line and may grab it. Fishing in areas that are heavy in vegetation or near the water’s edge is discouraged, as those are popular gator hang outs. If you’re fishing for a fresh catch for dinner and don’t want any surprise bites, just stay in open, clear water.

Have a Safe Vacation!

Geared with these quick and easy safety tips, you’re ready for your vacation on the river! Castaways on the River can help you plan for your essential vacation. With many different rental boats to choose from in the marina directly outside your hotel room or cottage door, relaxing on the river is a Florida Must-Do!

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An Evening on The Town: Sarasota Nightlife

An Evening on The Town: Sarasota Nightlife

The fun never ends in Sarasota!

Sarasota, the endless adventure and ideal vacation! If you’re looking to wind down after a day in Sunny Sarasota on the sparkling white sand beaches, there’s plenty of nighttime shenanigans to get in to. The combination of restaurants and bars offering happy hour and seafood specials with a breathtaking waterview makes Sarasota the place to be on The Gulf Coast! Mix in some live music from local artists and you’re sure to have a time to remember. The only dilemma you may face is deciding where go for the night. Below are Sarasota nightlife essentials, and regardless of where you choose, you’re sure to be in for a cool coastal time!

Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar  

Live music, over a dozen frozen daiquiri options, happy hour specials, and an amazing tree top view, Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar is a MUST DO! A deck overlooking The Gulf of Mexico and Lido Beach, with stunning sunset views from the second floor makes this an essential stop for your vacation.

Captain Curt’s Backroom Saloon

A more traditional way to wind down is Captain Curt’s Backroom Saloon. South Siesta Key Bar features nightly entertainment, plenty of TV’s to watch your favorite sporting event, pinball and foosball for entertainment and much more! Bingo Sunday’s are a sure way to have some fun with prizes offered all night long. Come relax with an ice-cold beer in Captain Curt’s warm and homey atmosphere!

Sharky’s on the Pier

Sharky’s, voted Florida’s #1 Beach Bar, is also a necessary experience. Directly on the Gulf of Mexico in Venice, Florida, Sharky’s offers dancing and live music on a large wrap-around deck. Finish the night with a cold one from the Tropical Tiki Bar and a walk down the pier.  

The Gator Club

If you want a place that features music and dancing, The Gator Club is the place to be. Nightly entertainment, Sarasota’s best known DJ, Ladies Night every Tuesday, The Gator Club promises to be an enjoyable evening.

Marina Jack

For a more sophisticated evening on the town, head over to Marina Jack, featuring a lounge and piano bar, with plenty of drink and food specials. This exclusive restaurant is a sure to be good time for the whole family- including your furry friends! Marina’s Jack patio is dog-friendly. Marina Jack also offers lunch and dinner time cruises for an unforgettable experience over the open water on their cruise ship, Marina Jack II.

So with these Sarasota nightlife essentials, you’re geared up for your most memorable vacation yet! There’s no end to the unique ways to spend your time in Sunny Sarasota, where the fun never ends.

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Escape the hustle and bustle!  Castaway for the day on Cayo Costa Island.

Escape the hustle and bustle! Castaway for the day on Cayo Costa Island.

If you’re looking for a hideaway from the excitement of Southwest Florida for the day, Cayo Costa Island State Park is the perfect oasis. This barrier island, accessible by boat or ferry, is tucked away near Punta Gorda and North Fort Myers, making it the ideal private retreat. This remarkable Gulf Coast location, renowned for the white sand beaches and shelling, is a seclusive and relaxing getaway.

Getting to Cayo Costa Island

Cayo Costa Island lies at the entrance of Charlotte Harbor, nestled between North Captiva Island and Boca Grande, and is reached by boat or ferry. If you don’t have a boat to visit this breathtaking island, Captiva Cruises, the official state park concessionaire, has you covered! The ferry accommodates all kinds of family fun, offering private cruises for special events and conveniently running from several locations including: Captiva Island, Punta Gorda, Boca Grande, and Pine Island.

Cayo Costa State Park Features

The ferry docks at the State Park and from there it is a short walk (a free tram service is also offered) to the captivating white sand beaches and shelling. Booking your trip in advance is encouraged and can be done by phone (239) 472-5100 or on the Cayo Costa Ferry website.

When you get to the island, you will certainly see some aquatic life, as the beaches are a sea turtle nesting area from May-September. These nests are marked with wooden sticks, so be sure to get some pictures, but not to disturb the nests, as they are protected by law.

What To Do On Cayo Costa Island

Once you dock on the island, you will see 9 miles of sparkling and immaculate white sand beach, untouched and ready to be explored. This island features sand dunes and peaceful pine forests with tranquil oak-palm hammocks tucked in with the mangroves. If you’re looking for the perfect picnic spot, the island is full of grassy spots hidden under the shade of palms or pine trees.

Cayo Costa Island has gems tucked all over and is considered to be one of the best beaches for shells in the world, so if you want a unique and memorable souvenir, look no further. The island  ends in over six miles of trails, which are perfect to enjoy fishing, biking, birdwatching or snorkeling.

If you want more time on this tranquil island, you can rent a cabin with bunk beds or bring your own camping gear for the full island experience and enjoy your fresh catch on the grills at the campsites.

Castaway For The Day!
Castaway For The Day!

McCarthy’s Marina in Captiva is your last stop on your way to Cayo Costa Island, so be sure to have picked up all of your essentials before you become a castaway for the day!

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4 Boating Adventures in Sarasota, FL

4 Boating Adventures in Sarasota, FL

4 Boating Adventures in Sarasota, FL Riviera Dunes Marina Blog

4 Boating Adventures in Sarasota, FL

If you’re not on a boat as a resident or visitor in Sarasota, you’re missing out on plenty of fun adventures on the water! From snorkeling to exploring the wildlife and luxury waterfront homes here, there are far more boating adventures than just coasting along Sarasota Bay. If you don’t own a boat, there are plenty of facilities where you can rent a boat, too. And if you’d rather not travel by boat, take out your kayak or canoe to enjoy these boating adventures in Sarasota.

Tour Sarasota’s fabulous luxury homes.

Sarasota has some beautiful mansions that you can see when boating along the Intracoastal Waterway! From luxury tiki huts to grandiose artwork in the backyard, if you go at a slower speed, you’ll get to take in all of your surroundings. Look to Bird Key and Northern Siesta Key to begin this unique boating adventure!

Cast a line at the Middle Grounds.

The Middle Grounds are one of fishermens’ favorite fishing spots in Sarasota, and it’s also a sort of hidden gem. Just head to the New Pass area in Sarasota Bay, and you will find an area brimming with spotted seatrout, pompano and cobia, just to name a few! Use shrimp as bait or try fly fishing to capture these fabulous game fish. If you need more bait, there are several bait shops nearby carrying the best in bait and any other fishing supplies you might need.

Explore the underwater communities

Anchor your boat, canoe or kayak in a sandy spot adjacent to one of Sarasota’s seagrass beds to do some exploring! You’ll likely find these these seagrass beds when you snorkel in water that’s within 7 feet deep. From underwater landscapes, spotted seatrout or even manatees, snorkeling is one of the most thrilling boating adventures you’ll want to carve out time for while in Sarasota. Just be mindful when you’re snorkeling as to not disturb these beautiful underwater communities.

Capture the natural surroundings and wildlife.

When you’re boating in Sarasota, you’ll come across a plethora of unforgettable nature views and wildlife. Capture these moments by taking your professional camera on your boating adventure and waiting for the perfect shot! Watch as dolphins come to the surface, and don’t forget to look up to see great blue herons in flight!

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Travel Tips: Hurricane Preparedness for the 2018 Season

Travel Tips: Hurricane Preparedness for the 2018 Season

Travel Tips: Hurricane Preparedness for the 2018 Season Riviera Dunes Marina Blog

Travel Tips: Hurricane Preparedness for the 2018 Season

Will you be traveling to Bradenton, FL during hurricane season? Hurricane season runs through the end of November, so if you are planning to vacation here during the next few months, here are some hurricane preparedness tips to keep in mind.

Make sure you have travel insurance.

If you don’t typically have travel insurance, it’s a vital part of hurricane preparedness when you’re vacationing to Bradenton this summer. Travel insurance is great because most plans will cover the cancellation or delay of your trip, lost baggage, flight insurance, medical coverage and most other trip interruptions. Consult your travel insurance company to see if they have hurricane travel insurance as well.

Be mindful of the local weather reports.

When you’re days out from your vacation to Bradenton, FL, make sure that you’re being mindful of the local weather reports so that you can be aware of any approaching storms. Weather apps and local news sites can be very helpful when trying to prepare for your vacation and for hurricane preparedness.

Consult your rental office for their hurricane policies before your trip.

Before you even confirm your hotel room or other rental, reach out to the rental office or host to find out their policies for hurricane cancellations. In the event that you either have to delay or cancel your trip altogether, you’ll have much more peace of mind knowing this information ahead of time.

Don’t forget to pack hurricane season essentials.

Should you find yourself in a hurricane or in a bad storm, in general, and end up losing power, making sure you have the essentials will get you one step closer to hurricane preparedness. Essentials should include flashlights, external batteries (to charge cell phones), bottled water, copies of your travel documents (flight information, IDs, etc.), nonperishable food, can-opener for these items, first aid kit, extra batteries, as well as moist towelettes and plastic bags for personal sanitation use. Even if you forget to pack these items, you can always visit a local convenience store when you arrive here in Bradenton.

Next: A Quick Boating Guide for Stormy Weather