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I’m In Love with Cabbage Key

Photos:   Old wooden structure of Water Tower, on Cabbage Key, FL  and  “Dollhouse” now used as Rental Cottage on Cabbage Key

Bonita and Fort Myers Beach are great but Cabbage Key, ahhhhhh; now there’s an island. First of all, you can’t drive there; accessible only by boat. And, it’s a nice boat ride too, not out into the open sea of the Gulf of Mexico but within the confines of Pine Island Sound with lovely islands always visible for those who may fear venturing into deeper waters.

While pulling into the dock you pass several wonderful, older, white houses. One is simply a dollhouse, if I might use a real estate embellishment term. But, no, literally. The original owners (after the Calusa Indians, of course) of the island built several cottages, besides their main house and this smaller one was for their child to use as a dollhouse or playhouse. The main house (built in the 1920’s) is now an inn and restaurant. I do love historic properties and I must say that they are few and far between in this stretch of Florida, so I was totally thrilled to discover these homes of character. The painted but worn-clean-to-the-wood, screen door alone made the trip worth it to me. I was happy that I had brought my film camera, just in case. Another highlight was the white, wooden water tower still in use. Writers, artists, dreamers and characters in general have called Cabbage Key home.

Currently, the biggest draw to the island is the “Cheeseburger in Paradise” theme, since it is said that Jimmy Buffet was singing about the inn on Cabbage Key. And, the fact that the walls are papered with signed dollar bills. The story goes that before the island was “discovered” the bar was mostly frequented by fisherman who may or may not have a dollar in their pockets the next time they stopped by for a beer. So, they would tape their dollars up on the walls of the bar with their names written on them to use as a credit for their next trip in, just in case. It was all interesting, needless to say.
Because all of Cabbage Key is privately owned, you and I won’t be moving there anytime soon. but I am happy that at least they remain open to the public and that I do live within boating distance. If you are going to make a day trip of it, I highly recommend the Captiva Cruises as a way to depart from Captiva Island and comfortably cruise to Cabbage Key.

I highly recommend a trip to Cabbage Key to clear your head and re-start your inspiration. You too may fall in love.

There are many affordable places to live that are within a short boat ride to Cabbage Key on Pine Island and Cape Coral.  Check out my CONTACT information if you want to find your place.


Great Local Places to Eat in Fort Myers, Florida

Ft. Myers does have it’s share of great places to eat.  I’ve enjoyed discovering these:

OPA!, Mediterranean Gourmet, specializing in Greek and Mediterranean Cuisine. On the corner of Winkler and Metro Parkway in a small shopping center. The GYROS are out of this world and they also have other homemade specialties, many delicious vegetarian dishes. This is a MUST STOP if you are anywhere in this area. I discovered OPA! because it is right down the road from the Fort Myers and Fort Myers Beach REALTOR Association building, of which I am a member.   I’m not finding a website for Opa!                                        OPA!    2950 Winkler Ave. #201   Fort Myers, FL   33916                        239-936-2901

AUSTRIAN-GERMAN PAVILION RESTAURANT       I discovered this restaurant secreted in the middle of the courtyard of the Royal Palm Square, while attending additional real estate classes at a real estate school there. As they say: “Helmut and Helga welcome you to a pleasurable dining experience.” Eat indoors or out, under the umbrellas, in the European style. Hungarian goulash or schnitzel anyone? You must park and walk inside the inner courtyard where there are flowing fountains and streams; you cannot see the restaurant from Colonial Blvd.                 Austrian-German     1400 Colonial Blvd. #33   Fort Myers, FL  33907               239-936-8118

Mimi’s Cafe                        I am not a chain restaurant sort of person, however, Mimi’s is not your typical chain. 1) It’s French Countryside style 2) It’s a very small chain and 3) it retains it’s charming decor and delicious food and baked goods. Was treated to a wonderful breakfast of Crab Cake Florentine and Benedict. Loved to look at all of their memoribilia on the walls including old photographs from France. If you only drive down 41 from Naples to Fort Myers you will not see Mimi’s Cafe. You must turn into the Bell Towers Shopping Center at the corner of Daniel’s Parkway and 41. Go to the Daniels side of the Bell Towers shops.

Mimi’s Cafe   5070 Bell Towers Shops Ave.     Fort Myers, FL 33907       239 561-0073                      http://www.mimiscafe.com/

Welcome to WEST of 41


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Hwy. 41 is THE highway between Miami, Florida and Copper Harbor, Michigan; from Tampa to Miami it is also known as the Tamiami Trail.   I live somewhere along the Tamiami Trail, so SW Florida is home to me.  “WEST of 41” is a designation that is used to describe property that is located, ahhhhh, West of Hwy. 41 with the other landmark being the Gulf of Mexico.  So, when I invented the saying “WEST of 41 is BEST” please take that to mean that this includes beach front and other properties that are closest to the beach.  “WEST of 41” is an entire lifestyle that includes vacations, the beach, boating, kayaks, fishing, eating fish, wearing flip flops to dinner……

“WEST of 41” BLOG is to share an insider’s view of this area.; where to visit, what to do, vacation rentals, restaurants, shopping, real estate and lifestyle.

Did I say real estate?  My bad.  I am a REALTOR and I specialize in properties WEST of  Highway 41 from Sanibel Island to Naples including Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Springs.