5 Reasons to Give the Gift of Adventure

Looking for a gift that keeps on giving?

Why don’t you give someone the gift of adventure instead?

Here are a few reasons why you should consider giving an experience gift instead of a physical one.

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Why Englewood is One of Florida’s Best Kept Secrets

Why Englewood is One of Florida's Best Kept Secrets

My first visit to Englewood, Florida was a bit of a surprise. I would describe Englewood as one of Florida’s best kept secrets. It’s not your typical tourist destination because you don’t see a lot of attractions and tourists shops saturated in the area.

Englewood Florida

The atmosphere in this community is very laid back. The crowds are lighter which allows you to just enjoy nature and the local restaurants with great seafood nearby without really long lines. Englewood is located less than an hour’s drive from the Punta Gorda Airport, with inexpensive flights from Allegiant Airlines making it an affordable option for someone who would rather fly and rent a car than drive.

Explore Stump Pass Beach State Park 

Stump Pass Beach State Park Englewood Florida

Stump Pass Beach State Park is so peaceful and offers a unique landscape with trails and lots of tree stumps along the shoreline. You might notice several areas marked off on the beach that are designed to protect the sea turtle nests. If you get the opportunity to watch one hatch or return to the ocean, depending on the time of year that you visit, you will have the memory of a lifetime.

Stump Pass Beach State Park trail

There is a 1.3 mile hiking trail that will give you the opportunity to see lots of wildlife.

Stump Pass Beach State Park Englewood Florida

There are many types of birds in the state park and you also might see a few starfish, a manatee, dolphin, or a really big fish. I would suggest taking a SUP tour so that you know where and what to look for in and around the water.

Take a SUP Paddleboard and Snorkel Tour

I’m all about stepping outside of my comfort zone which is why this adventure was both exciting for me and also made me a little nervous. I’ve tried SUP before, but not in water located near the ocean.

Hooked on SUP Englewood Florida

The beauty of taking a SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarding) tour with Hooked on SUP is that you can do whatever you are comfortable with. The gear was brought to us at Stump Pass Beach State Park.

Hooked on SUP Englewood Florida

My husband found certain positions on the board to be more comfortable than others due to an old football injury, but the impressive part was that he tried it for the 1st time and discovered what worked for him. He didn’t hesitate at all when it was time to snorkel, but this Midwest girl took a little longer to ease into the water. It was definitely out of my comfort zone, which is why it was important for me to do it.

Hooked on SUP Englewood Florida

My fears did not come to pass and I can now proudly say that I snorkeled in an area called “Rag Alley” which definitely made it sound more a little more edgy. It was the perfect way to experience the water and wildlife.

Hooked on SUP Englewood Florida

Where to Stay

Weston's wannaB Inn Englewood Florida

Weston’s wannaB Inn is a vintage gem located next door to Stump Pass Beach State Park. Now when I say next door, I mean next door. I could literally see the state park sign next to the parking lot of our motel. The beauty of that means that guests at Weston’s WannaB Inn get the spoiled feeling of having a beach pretty much to themselves.

Weston's wannaB Inn Englewood Florida

The rooms have a retro vibe with a mini kitchen and the views from your balcony that are fantastic. There are 2 heated pools, bikes available for rent, a private beach, and free wifi.

Weston's wannaB Inn Englewood Florida

Weston's wannaB Inn Englewood Florida

Weston's wannaB Inn Englewood Florida

Find the perfect beach souvenir

Sunset Englewood Florida

There are so many beautiful shells along the beach in Englewood. We were also told that you can find shark’s teeth. You could easily make an adventure out of finding the most unique seashell to take home with you to remember your wonderful visit.

Shells on the beach in Englewood Florida

Local Restaurants

If I were planning ahead, I would have gone to the local grocery store to gets lots of food during our visit….but I actually enjoy going out to eat when I visit a destination, which means that I’m not much of a cook when I’m away…so I’ll give you a few suggestions.

Enjoy a lively nightlight, a large outdoor seating area with outdoor music, ping pong, bean bag toss, and excellent fish tacos at Flounder’s Restaurant and Tiki Bar, try at Grouper Rocket (Fried grouper with melted swiss, thousand island dressing & cole slaw on grilled rye bread) and take advantage of happy hour at Lock ‘N Key Restaurant with a pull tab that could result in a full, half price or $.50 drink, and a special dinner with a great ambiance starting with the West Indian Conch Fritters appetizers that are a nod to the owner’s upbringing in St. Croix at Farlow’s on the Water.

Flounder’s Restaurant and Tiki Bar Englewood Florida

Flounder’s Restaurant and Tiki Bar Englewood Florida

Lock ‘N Key Restaurant Englewood Florida

Lock ‘N Key Restaurant Englewood Florida

Farlow’s on the Water Englewood Florida

Witness the Magic of Golden hour

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I recommend waking up early to watch the sunrise at least once during your visit and make sure that you also make a point to watch each sunset. They are very unique and magical every. single. time. The clear, warm water on the Gulf side and beautiful beaches are hard to beat. I’m sharing this gem with you but don’t tell too many people, ok?

sunset-englewood-florida

Thanks again to Charlotte Harbor for hosting our visit. All opinions are my own. 

Why Englewood is One of Florida's Best Kept Secrets

Discover Why You Will Fall in Love With Annapolis

Discover Why You Will Fall in Love With Annapolis

I absolutely LOVED my visit to Annapolis, Maryland. There are sooooo many reasons why it’s a city that I want to bring my family back to. It’s a city that appeals to all of your senses. Beautiful historic buildings that provide architectural eye candy in every direction, a walkable downtown that makes it almost feel like a small town, a city rich in history and tradition, and a wonderful culinary scene located in close proximity to the water.

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A Wakeboarding Adventure to the Extreme at Wake Nation

 

Wakeboarding Adventure to the Extreme at Wake Nation

I was invited to put Sharpie Extreme markers to the test during an extreme adventure. Cable wakeboarding at Wake Nation seemed like the perfect extreme adventure for the challenge.

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Maximize Your Time at Hocking Hills in Under 48 Hours

Maximize Your time at Hocking Hills in Under 48 Hours

If you don’t have a lot of time, you can still see a lot of Hocking Hills in under 48 hours. I’m sharing how we packed in a lot of adventure into a small amount of time. I wouldn’t change a thing and I hope our itinerary is a useful guide to help you with yours.

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3 Amazing Adventures You’ll Want to Try at Rafting in the Smokies

3 Amazing Adventures You'll Want to Try at Rafting in the Smokies

White Water Rafting is an adventure that was on my bucket list for a while. It’s also an adventure that scared me a little. I like controlled risk and white water rafting can be unpredictable.  Even though I was nervous about our adventure, my job was not to show it. [Read more…]

How to make the most of your visit to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Did you know that Indiana has a beach?

Lake Michigan offers a closer alternative for travelers desiring similar views to the ocean within a reasonable drive of the Midwest .

Sunset Indiana Dunes National Park 5

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is located about an hour from Chicago, 2.5 hours from Indianapolis, and 4.5 hours from Cincinnati, and provides a great escape to enjoy the outdoors.

I spent two days in the area and want to help you make the most out of your visit to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. [Read more…]

3 Affordable Adventures in South Bend Indiana

3 Affordable Adventures in South Bend Indiana

We discovered the affordable adventures that South Bend, Indiana has to offer almost on accident when we needed a meeting place for a kid exchange with relatives from Michigan. South Bend seemed like a good meeting point because it was a few hours from both of us. I decided that my husband and I should make the most of it and explore for a bit while we were kidless for a few hours.

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7 Adventures to Try in West Michigan

7 Adventures to Try in West Michigan

West Michigan has a lot to offer when it comes to adventure. I’m sharing 7 adventures that you will want to add to your list to try during your next visit.

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