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'Innsiders' Provide History, Unique Perspective to Popular Southwest Florida Gem

Jan 18, 2018 05:31PM ● Published by Kevin

Buzz and Dorothy Price, and Capt. Stran, with a huge fish being hung. Photo courtesy of 'Tween Waters Inn.

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With so much to enjoy at 'Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa, there became a need for some local experts to share secrets, tips and trends with the community and outside travelers alike in order to make for the best beach trips in Southwest Florida.

The group, known as "Innsiders," is comprised of four Southwest Florida enthusiasts, who write informative stories about the resort's history, happenings and things to come. As a matter of fact, one just wrote a blurb on the resort's beginnings, just before the new year.

"Step back 80-plus years to the days of rumble seats and airplanes landing on the beach — without having to leave the grounds of ‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa on Captiva Island," Chelle Koster Walton wrote. "Begin your day steeped in history with breakfast at the Old Captiva House restaurant, which dates back to the resort’s origins in the 1930s. Read the historic plaque outside for your first history lesson."

The plaque to which she refers is an iconic image for those familiar with the area, and explains the rich history of the spot.

In short, it explains that ‘Tween Waters Inn was established by F. Bowman and Grace B. Price in 1931 — starting the Inn with a single building and expanded it over the next 30 years with more cottages and other buildings. They built the remote tourist facility with its small cottages and restaurant into a social center and favorite winter resort of wealthy northerners. The resort has been welcoming guests ever since — celebrating more than 85 years of guests at ‘Tween Waters Inn. Other historic landmarks within the resort include the “Old Captiva House” — the fine dining restaurant first built as a one-room school for children of Captiva’s pioneer settlers. The Old Captiva House you visit today reflects much of its original charm — from picturesque walls of white French doors, to hardwood floors, to the Gulf of Mexico sunset that streams through our western windows. ‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa was recognized by the National Register of Historic Places in 2011.

"Step inside, then, and admire the cartoons of Jay Norwood 'Ding' Darling, namesake of today’s J.N. 'Ding' Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel," Koster Walton's narrative continues. "You can see a collection of his Pulitzer Prize Award-winning political cartoons from the Des Moines Register. The resort also displays some of his original work, including a triptych piece called “The Big Parade,” depicting Captiva beachgoers back in the day."

Darling spent many winters at 'Tween Waters, where he had both a cottage with his wife and a studio for himself. The narrative explains that both cottages have been restored for guest accommodations, along with 17 others, at present day.

"Most of them, along with the Old Captiva House building, are on the National Register of Historic Places. Four are named for other historic figures who have visited Captiva through the years: pioneering aviator Charles Lindbergh, who is said to have landed his plane on the beach; his wife, author Anne Morrow Lindbergh; President Teddy Roosevelt; and ornithologist Roger Tory Peterson."

According to 'Tween Waters' website, Koster Walton is an experienced travel writer, having written for hundreds of travel markets including over a dozen guidebooks on Florida and the Caribbean. "An active 'empty nester,' Chelle shares with you her 'carefree couples' adventures and indulgences at the resort."

Additional Innsiders include: Jill Martin, former family correspondent with VISIT FLORIDA, and current travel writer for Fodor's; Lyle Fitzsimmons, CBS Interactive and The Sports Network writer; and Emily Pryzbylo, Florida transplant and 'Tween Waters Inn enthusiast.

The resort is known to have inspired artists, authors and countless others with its beach-to-bay exposure and award- winning sunsets. It features modern facilities, plus the aforementioned, historically preserved, but luxurious and contemporary cottages, named after some of its famous guests. In addition to Darling, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, wife of famed aviator Charles Lindbergh, also drew inspiration for her best-selling book Gift from the Sea (1955) during her time on Captiva.

‘Tween Waters is involved in philanthropic endeavors, as well. The resort is most active in its support and donations with United Way and Habitat for Humanity. This Christmas, Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts sponsored its fourth home and made someone’s Christmas very happy, according to Emily Kettner, senior vice president of NOISE, Inc. Kettner spoke to the resort's community service.

For United Way, Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts has donated more than $150,000 through it’s Captiva Crab Race donations, as well as additional support with Tony Lapi, CEO, serving on the board.

There are plenty of events happening at 'Tween Waters, many of which appear in our events calendar! Coming up on Feb. 3, the next Songwriter Saturdays is set to occur. This time, artist Hugh Mitchell performs.

"We fly these songwriters in from Nashville, for a casual live music experience right at our pool, every first Saturday of the month," Kettner explained.

Born in California and raised in Alabama, Mitchell has developed a style that bridges a lot of gaps, according to his website. American Songwriter Magazine refers to him as “...the golden-throated troubadour...”

He attributes growing up in Birmingham with his wide array of influences and interests, the website says. He released his self-produced EP, Heartbreak Radio, in 2010, and just recorded his next record with former Wilco drummer, Ken Coomer.

For more information about the resort, visit the website, Like them on Facebook, or call 1-800-223-5865.

All photos provided by 'Tween Waters Inn.
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  • 81st annual Shell Festival

    03/02/2018
    09:00AM — 05:00PM

    The House flings wide its doors (and grounds) for the 81st annual Shell Festival on Thursday, Mar...


  • Open Painting at The Paint Escape

    03/02/2018
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Ceramic painting for children and adults, create a decorative item. Friday night offers ladie...


  • Seminole Shootout Battle Reenactments and a 5-Star Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) ...


  • Seminole Shootout Battle Reenactments and a 5-Star Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) ...


  • Friday Nine & Dine

    03/02/2018
    03:30PM

    Looking for a fun golf league at a TEE-rific value and the chance to make some new friends this w...


  • Ladies' Night at The Paint Escape

    03/02/2018
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Ceramic painting for children and adults, create a decorative item. Friday night offers ladie...


  • Staged Scenes from great works of Opera and Broadway with Steffanie Pearce, professional soloists...


  • Carmen

    03/02/2018
    07:30PM

    All-consuming, ill-fated passion rules the tumultuous love of a gypsy and a corporal. Carmen ...


  • Dreams of Nature

    03/02/2018
    07:30PM

    Opening the 2018 Spring Season, is Dreams of Nature, featuring Sir Frederick Ashton’s triumphant ...


  • Jonathan Edwards

    03/02/2018
    08:00PM

    In 1971, Jonathan Edwards released a song of protest and independence that began with the lyrics,...


  • Northside Hollow

    03/02/2018
    08:00PM

    Trapped underground after a deadly collapse, a coal miner finds his salvation in the arrival of a...


  • The environmental center is open to the public Monday-Saturday, from 8am-4pm, unless there is a p...


  • Downtown Farmers Market

    03/03/2018
    08:00AM — 01:00PM

    The Cape Coral Farmers’ Market is located in downtown Cape Coral at the intersection of S.E. 47th...


  • Bonita Springs Farmers Market

    03/03/2018
    08:00AM — 12:00PM

    Join us every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon through April 28th on the west side of the parking lot...


  • 81st annual Shell Festival

    03/03/2018
    09:00AM — 05:00PM

    The House flings wide its doors (and grounds) for the 81st annual Shell Festival on Thursday, Mar...


  • The workshop is designed to give students a way to better understand how to draw the figure. W...


  • Open Painting at The Paint Escape

    03/03/2018
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Ceramic painting for children and adults, create a decorative item. Friday night offers ladie...


  • Our Top Rated Fine Art and Fine Craft Festivals are rated #2 in the Nation by sources ranking the...


  • Nature Hike

    03/03/2018
    10:00AM — 11:00AM

    Join a park naturalist for a walk on the Nature Trails of Koreshan State Historic Site. Learn som...


  • Join the community on Saturday, March 3 from 10am-3pm for a day of art in Rubicond Park at the Ca...


  • In this inventive and highly theatrical adaptation, join Peter and Lucy on their travels to Narni...


  • Seminole Shootout Battle Reenactments and a 5-Star Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) ...


  • Seminole Shootout Battle Reenactments and a 5-Star Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) ...


  • Songwriter Saturdays

    03/03/2018
    01:00PM — 05:00PM

    The hit sounds and hip artists of Nashville are coming to Captiva Island — as 'Tween Waters Islan...


  • Dreams of Nature

    03/03/2018
    02:00PM

    Opening the 2018 Spring Season, is Dreams of Nature, featuring Sir Frederick Ashton’s triumphant ...


  • Wicked Dolphin Distillery Tour

    03/03/2018
    03:00PM — 04:00PM

    We will take you through the steps of how we source our ingredients, cook, ferment, distill, in o...


  • Complete original art while enjoying friends, music and favorite beverages. Materials provided, o...


  • Norma

    03/03/2018
    07:30PM

    In Roman-occupied Gaul, a Druid priestess and a Roman official—Norma and Pollione—have fallen in ...


  • Dreams of Nature

    03/03/2018
    07:30PM

    Opening the 2018 Spring Season, is Dreams of Nature, featuring Sir Frederick Ashton’s triumphant ...


  • Improv Tonight!

    03/03/2018
    08:00PM

    Join us the first Saturday of every month for some of Southwest Florida’s best improvisational co...


  • Northside Hollow

    03/03/2018
    08:00PM

    Trapped underground after a deadly collapse, a coal miner finds his salvation in the arrival of a...


  • Sanibel Island Farmer's Market

    03/04/2018
    08:00AM — 01:00PM

    The Sanibel Island Farmers Market was established in 2008. It is a favorite outdoor activity for...


  • Our Top Rated Fine Art and Fine Craft Festivals are rated #2 in the Nation by sources ranking the...


  • Manon Lescaut

    03/04/2018
    01:30PM

    Love at first sight strikes the Chevalier Des Grieux and the enchanting Manon Lescaut. They flee ...


  • Northside Hollow

    03/04/2018
    02:00PM

    Trapped underground after a deadly collapse, a coal miner finds his salvation in the arrival of a...


  • The environmental center is open to the public Monday-Saturday, from 8am-4pm, unless there is a p...


  • Mondays with Marie

    03/05/2018
    09:00AM — 02:00PM

    Local artist, Marie Dyer, teaches a variety of workshops including landscape and silk painting fo...


  • Mondays with Marie

    03/05/2018
    09:00AM — 02:00PM

    Local artist, Marie Dyer, teaches a variety of workshops including landscape and silk painting fo...


  • Kid's Cooking Classes

    03/05/2018
    02:30PM — 05:30PM

    Must be at least 8 years old Explore Farm to table cooking Regional specialties & global flavo...


  • Complete original art while enjoying friends, music and favorite beverages. Materials provided, o...


  • Open Painting at The Paint Escape

    03/06/2018
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Ceramic painting for children and adults, create a decorative item. Friday night offers ladie...


  • Surfside Sunset Market

    03/06/2018
    01:00PM — 06:00PM

    The Surfside Sunset Market is located at The Shops at Surfside. From November through April, the ...


  • Wicked Dolphin Distillery Tour

    03/06/2018
    03:00PM — 04:00PM

    We will take you through the steps of how we source our ingredients, cook, ferment, distill, in o...


  • Complete original art while enjoying friends, music and favorite beverages. Materials provided, o...


  • Norma

    03/06/2018
    07:30PM

    In Roman-occupied Gaul, a Druid priestess and a Roman official—Norma and Pollione—have fallen in ...


  • Northside Hollow

    03/06/2018
    08:00PM

    Trapped underground after a deadly collapse, a coal miner finds his salvation in the arrival of a...


  • Rotary Club of Bonita Springs: Weekly Meeting

    03/07/2018
    07:00AM — 08:30AM

    Meetings are every Wednesday morning at the Bonita Bay Country Club. Breakfast begins at 7 a.m. a...


  • Open Painting at The Paint Escape

    03/07/2018
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Ceramic painting for children and adults, create a decorative item. Friday night offers ladie...


  • Complete original art while enjoying friends, music and favorite beverages. Materials provided, o...


  • Open Mic Night at The French Press

    03/07/2018
    06:30PM — 09:30PM

    Grab your instrument, warm up your voice, Wednesdays from 6:30- 9:30pm.


  • Audubon Society Speaker

    03/07/2018
    06:30PM

    CROW is honored to have the Executive Director of the Florida Audubon society as a special guest ...


  • Carmen

    03/07/2018
    07:30PM

    All-consuming, ill-fated passion rules the tumultuous love of a gypsy and a corporal. Carmen ...


  • Northside Hollow

    03/07/2018
    08:00PM

    Trapped underground after a deadly collapse, a coal miner finds his salvation in the arrival of a...


  • Birdwatching

    03/08/2018
    09:00AM — 10:30AM

    Each Thursday morning, we offer a walking tour to discover the birds of Sanibel Island's East End...


  • Open Painting at The Paint Escape

    03/08/2018
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Ceramic painting for children and adults, create a decorative item. Friday night offers ladie...


  • In partnership with the Frances Pew Hayes Center for Lifelong Learning, Hodges University is pres...


  • In partnership with the Frances Pew Hayes Center for Lifelong Learning, Hodges University is pres...


  • Wicked Dolphin Distillery Tour

    03/08/2018
    03:00PM — 04:00PM

    We will take you through the steps of how we source our ingredients, cook, ferment, distill, in o...


  • 14th Annual Magic Under the Mangroves

    03/08/2018
    05:30PM — 09:30PM

    The Conservancy of Southwest Florida will host the 14th annual Magic Under the Mangroves gala din...


  • Complete original art while enjoying friends, music and favorite beverages. Materials provided, o...


  • Shell Point Retirement Community’s 2017-2018 Concert Series welcomes Southwest Florida Symphony t...


  • Norma

    03/08/2018
    07:30PM

    In Roman-occupied Gaul, a Druid priestess and a Roman official—Norma and Pollione—have fallen in ...


  • Northside Hollow

    03/08/2018
    08:00PM

    Trapped underground after a deadly collapse, a coal miner finds his salvation in the arrival of a...


  • The environmental center is open to the public Monday-Saturday, from 8am-4pm, unless there is a p...


  • Open Painting at The Paint Escape

    03/09/2018
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Ceramic painting for children and adults, create a decorative item. Friday night offers ladie...


  • Friday Nine & Dine

    03/09/2018
    03:30PM

    Looking for a fun golf league at a TEE-rific value and the chance to make some new friends this w...


  • Ladies' Night at The Paint Escape

    03/09/2018
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Ceramic painting for children and adults, create a decorative item. Friday night offers ladie...


  • Cape Coral Star Gazing Party

    03/09/2018
    07:00PM — 10:00PM

    Friday, March 9th, 2018 7pm-10pm Free! No flashlights, please. Join the Southwest Florida ...


  • Carmen

    03/09/2018
    07:30PM

    All-consuming, ill-fated passion rules the tumultuous love of a gypsy and a corporal. Carmen ...


  • Northside Hollow

    03/09/2018
    08:00PM

    Trapped underground after a deadly collapse, a coal miner finds his salvation in the arrival of a...


  • The environmental center is open to the public Monday-Saturday, from 8am-4pm, unless there is a p...


  • Downtown Farmers Market

    03/10/2018
    08:00AM — 01:00PM

    The Cape Coral Farmers’ Market is located in downtown Cape Coral at the intersection of S.E. 47th...


  • Bonita Springs Farmers Market

    03/10/2018
    08:00AM — 12:00PM

    Join us every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon through April 28th on the west side of the parking lot...


  • Community Beach Walk

    03/10/2018
    09:00AM

    Join us for a casual guided beach walk to explore what's washed ashore. Let's talk about some of ...


  • Open Painting at The Paint Escape

    03/10/2018
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Ceramic painting for children and adults, create a decorative item. Friday night offers ladie...


  • Nature Hike

    03/10/2018
    10:00AM — 11:00AM

    Join a park naturalist for a walk on the Nature Trails of Koreshan State Historic Site. Learn som...


  • Sun Splash Opening Day!

    03/10/2018
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    Slide into the 2018 season with some fun in the sun March 10th from 10am - 5pm!☺️☀️ Enjoy 14-a...


  • In this inventive and highly theatrical adaptation, join Peter and Lucy on their travels to Narni...


  • Wicked Dolphin Distillery Tour

    03/10/2018
    03:00PM — 04:00PM

    We will take you through the steps of how we source our ingredients, cook, ferment, distill, in o...


  • The Black Party

    03/10/2018
    05:00PM

    Sarasota's most exciting all-black-attire event returns for it's third installment. On March 10, ...


  • Complete original art while enjoying friends, music and favorite beverages. Materials provided, o...


  • Tiefland

    03/10/2018
    07:30PM

    Marta is the unwilling mistress of a wealthy landowner, Sebastiano. To keep the poor girl near hi...


  • Northside Hollow

    03/10/2018
    08:00PM

    Trapped underground after a deadly collapse, a coal miner finds his salvation in the arrival of a...