After more than twenty years, I finally took a vacation of more than two days! I stayed at The Westin Cape Coral Resort At Marina Village in Florida. Below are some photos I snapped during my stay in the area. I am working on a post with a video to show you all the pieces I took in my carry-on bag and a tote bag for the five-day visit to Florida.
The hotel was very nice with a couple of restaurants and shops as well as docks for walking and bikes to borrow for the day. I enjoyed walking on the docks by the yachts and window shopping. I walked about ten miles each day in the process of sightseeing and to get some much needed fresh air and sunlight after being trapped inside during all of the frigid weather back in East Tennessee.
I asked a lady to snap this photo while I was in Fort Myers Beach for a couple of hours. Guests of the hotel were invited to take a ride across the bay in a shuttle boat. The best part of the visit was the lobster salad I enjoyed at Nervous Nellies located at the dock. I walked briskly through several blocks of town, but it was mostly touristy beach souvenirs, so I returned to the dock area to watch the pelicans soaring by and to sit in the sun while watching people until it was time to catch the shuttle boat back to the hotel. I saw many seabirds and dolphins playing in the water along the way.
On another day, I visited the fabulous Edison and Ford Winter Estates Museum. The plants and trees were amazing, and the weather was perfect for strolling through the gardens.
The photo above was snapped by another guest of the hotel on the final evening of my stay. I read, walked, rested, ate well, toured museums, islands and walked on the beach. It was a much needed solo vacation, and I have already started planning my next one while the lessons from this trip are fresh in my mind. I spent a lot of time driving and sitting in traffic during this trip, so I plan to stay on one of the islands and not try to do everything within a one hundred mile radius next time.