Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Travel | Estero, Naples and Fort Myers, Florida

Happy Tuesday, Friends!!

I recently got back after another Florida staycation where we stayed at my friends' family rental so the lodging was free which is always the best, right?! This is a list of all the fun things we found to do in the area. Background - I am slightly familiar with Fort Myers as mom and I have done a scrapbook crop weekend down there a couple times in the Estero area and visited the outlet but that was awhile ago.

I did Vlog while we were there and you can watch that below!

Things We Did

Sanibel Outlet Mall
This outlet mall has a very Florida/Key West vibe and I did drop some money at the Coach outlet. It wasn't on my list, but sometimes you just can't pass up a good deal.

Coconut Point
This shopping center wasn't new to me, but I certainly visited more than the craft store this time, lol. They have a little bit of everything from high end stores and department stores to a theater. We stopped by Five Below just to browse and all came away with some fun stuff including this peanut butter chocolate kettle corn that has become a fan favorite. We also got to try out some new dining places, but those are mentioned under Things We Ate.

All about the Beaches
Our Beach day was spent at Sanibel island and we ended up finding parking with no problem and stayed for about four hours. The wind was such a welcome addition to the heat and even though I didn't get in the water it was a great time.

We did not have a beach day at Fort Myers, but we did walk the strip. It started off a little questionable, but eventually turned out to be a fun time. The evening ended at Loni Kai where they have giant table swings. If you're in the area, definitely head up to the roof and check it out!

Played Games at the house!
Phase 10 and Rummy were the card games of choice.

Face masks!!
I love to take face masks for girls weekend, especially if they don't usually mask up because good times tend to follow.

Pool time!
I didn't take ANY pics of this, was just enjoying the large pool on a lake with hardly any people in it.

Trader Joe's
This was funny because we were staying right near Tamiami Trail and I remember going to Trader Joe's before we had one in Tampa in Naples or Bradenton, both which are off Tamiami. I got excited when I was planning the trip and then realized it was 30'ish minutes away so it wasn't like the nearest grocery store. We did end up stopping and Kim had never been to one. I will say the Naples location was NOT the one I had been in before and it's HUGE! All of the other locations I've been to have always been so small. I loved it and we got to enjoy the ice cream sandwiches!

Places We Ate

The Shrimp Shack - Fort Myers
Service was GREAT here and the food was good. Would go back for sure.

Loni Kai - Fort Myers
The cheesecake was good, but their downfall is that I asked for a bottom shelf margarita because I'll drink them all and was served/charged for $11.25 margarita in a small glass. I'll make sure to clarify from now on that they're bring me the cheap stuff. I drink better at home.

Nervous Nellies - Fort Myers was recommended by one of the shop guys and while the food was good, the service was seriously lacking. The view was pretty amazing right on the intercoastal I believe.

Buca di Beppo - Naples
Chain restaurant that was the Birthday girl's choice. We went after lunch and this was the other place there were hardly any people there, we were one of two tables. We got a nice in depth tour, the main dish was great (I had the chicken parm) but the house salad was drenched in dressing. It was just meh to me.

Stone Mountain Creamery - Estero
We went here to try somewhere new for National Ice Cream Day. They ran out of regular waffle cones so I had to pay $1.50 more for the dipped cone and it was terrible, I should have gone with the bowl but I love cones!! Ice cream was good, but how can you really mess that up?!

Burgerim - Estero
This was a late night run for us. We headed to Coconut Point for Five Guys but since we have that chain I though I had seen a different burger place. When I pulled it up on the map it took us not to where I thought it was and we almost missed it with the janky directions but found it and the food was good!

Mr. Tequila Mexican Restaurant - Naples
Margarita was mixed so well that I couldn't finish it.

Cancuns Bar and Grill - Estero
This place gets good reviews and was EMPTY when we went after lunch rush. This wasn't the only place that happened, so I'm guessing it was because it's not season and all the elderly folk are up North/lunch and dinner early.

Duck Donuts - Estero
We actually went here for breakfast twice and you didn't find any of us complaining. The hot fresh donuts that you get to pick your toppings on are worth the wait.

We're already talking about going back, and this is the same group of girls I have the cruise booked with so lots of fun coming up!!

Have you ever been to the Fort Myers / Estero area?

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