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Celebrate Valentine’s Day on Captiva Island

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Picture this: A candlelit table, set against the backdrop of dusk as the sun has set. Music drifting between romantic tables inside a historic 100+-year old building. A table set for two. Special delectable entrees designed by the executive chef himself. A bottle of wine between the two of you. And something sweet to share at the end. Yum.

Old Captiva House loves love, and the experts will tell you, there’s no better place to celebrate it than on Captiva Island.

Start your night out by paying respect to the sunset, sitting on the brick porch entrance to Old Captiva House. Then join us inside for the real treats!

This year, choose from two executive chef-selected menu items. A Valentine’s Day favorite, the lobster and crab stuffed, cold water lobster tail is served with a beet risotto cake, white asparagus and citrus butter sauce. Another great choice, the filet of beef is panned seared and top with king crab meat, served on a port demi and bearnaise sauce with Hawaiian purple sweet potatoes and sautéed julienne vegetables with mushrooms. Not in the mood for surf or turf? The outstanding traditional menu is also still available.

Valentine’s Day fills up fast, so if you and your sweetheart want to soak in the romance this year, you’ll want to make your reservations soon. For convenience, Old Captiva accepts reservations online through OpenTable or via phone by called 239.472.5161 x 421 between the hours of 5:30 and 9:30PM.

Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday this year, so make a weekend of it, and join us at ‘Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa. Reservations are still available for a romantic weekend getaway, including on-site dining at Old Captiva House. Tween-waters.com

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The Perfect Gift: Gift Cards for Everyone

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‘Tis the season of giving, and what better way to celebrate than with a gift to your favorite restaurants in Southwest Florida — Old Captiva House and Crow’s Nest Bar & Grille. Get on Santa’s good side, and give the gift of delicious food and fun entertainment, with a gift card to these great restaurants located at ‘Tween Waters Island Resort on Captiva Island.

Gift cards can be purchased online or in person to both Crow’s Nest and Old Captiva House. Online, visit https://tween-waters.com/product/tween-waters-island-resort-spa-dining-gift-card/ or in person, visit the front desk of ‘Tween Waters, or the hostess stands at either restaurant.

Gift cards can be used on any food and beverage purchase at either restaurant, and never expire. Online, you’ll find the cards sold in increments of $50 or in person at any amount.

If you’re on Santa’s nice list, the holidays are a great time to treat yourself or a loved one, and indulge in a special treat. Celebrate a special occasion including anniversaries, birthdays and retirements, or simply make your special occasion a trip to the Crow’s Nest or Old Captiva House.

While you’re here, diners enjoy the newly renovated Old Captiva House, and live entertainment at the Crow’s Nest including live music and the infamous Captiva Crab Races. Feast on favorites like the shrimp tacos, island grouper or ahi tuna.

And if you’re on Santa’s naughty list? Indulge anyway. There’s always next year to get on the nice list.

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Gluten-Free Dining at Old Captiva House

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Dietary restrictions are becoming increasingly frequent and restaurants have adapted to those restrictions in efforts to make dining at a restaurant a more inclusive experience, and Old Captiva House has been leading the way on Sanibel and Captiva Islands.

Gluten-free dining is a challenge for those who suffer from Celiac disease or similar issues, and often restaurants can’t or don’t cater to all food sensitivities. At Old Captiva House, diners choose from a variety of gluten-free options.

Start the night off with Roasted Shrimp and Jumbo Lump Blue Crab Cocktail with classic cocktail sauce, or enjoy Pan Seared Sea Scallops with watermelon cucumber salad and white balsamic reduction. Both are seafood options, so if you’re looking for something fresh without the sea, start with a Grilled Caprese salad, including grilled beef steak tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, arugula, basil pesto and lemon infused white balsamic; or the classic wedge, which includes sugar cured bacon, baby heirloom tomatoes, red onions and a Catalina blue cheese dressing. Both are priced at only $10 and will start off any gluten-free menu perfectly.

Moving to entrees, diners choose from a variety of options from the land and sea. Island seafood favorites include the Grouper, Chilean Seabass or Blackened Snapper. For land-lovers, there’s a Slow Roasted Half Duck, Pomegranate Glazed Lamb Chops, Filet, or Vegan Delight (including pan seared vegetables and coconut jasmine rice). Ad lobster, scallops or shrimp to any of these options as well.

Whatever your dietary restrictions, be it a special diet, vegetarian or vegan, gluten-free or dairy-free, Old Captiva House is catering to guests to help them get the most out of their dining experience.

Old Captiva House Breakfast Menu — A Fresh New Look on the Morning

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Change can be hard to swallow. But when we’re talking about something as delicious as this, it’s not so bad.

Starting last year, The Old Captiva House decided to let guests have more options removing the free breakfast buffet and changing to an a la carte new breakfast menu. This gives guests the liberty to get whatever they want from The Old Captiva House’s breakfast menu. No more worrying about your favorite dish being out. No more hurrying in the morning to get the freshest plate you can get. No more excuses from picky eaters that might be on vacation with you (KIDS). And the best part, no more paying for a breakfast in your room price that you might not have redeemed.

With this change of direction comes an entire new menu with a little bit of something for everyone. If you’re looking for drinks, our freshly roasted coffee, espresso or even the double espresso will definitely jumpstart your morning. If you’re looking for a beverage that come with a small snack, our Bloody Mary’s are Captiva famous just for that. Or if you’re looking to keep the tropical vibe, why not go with some freshly squeezed Florida orange juice or a mimosa.

As for the food, there’s plenty of options for just about anyone. Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean your diet has to as well. The Old Captiva House has an ample number of dishes that will satisfy any guest who is health conscientious. The fruit and granola bowl or a bowl of yogurt are the staples of keeping it nutritious. Or, if you’re looking to keep it light in the morning, a fresh bagel with cream cheese or a bowl of oatmeal should do just the trick. But if you’re looking to keep it relatively healthy while getting your money’s worth, try out our veggie omelet – three eggs with zucchini, yellow squash, carrots, red onions, fresh mushrooms and feta cheese.

On the other hand, you are on vacation so you might as well go all in. What better way to do that than order up a sweet dish like our daily pastry or muffin? Or, straight from the griddle and perfect for the kiddo, The Old Captiva House offers up some mouthwatering grand mariner French toast or buttermilk pancakes. If you like meat with your breakfast, the steak and eggs with cheesy grits is a must order. Either that or, if you prefer it in sandwich form, cheddar bagel steak and eggs sandwich will do just the trick.

If you’re looking for a slice of local flavor in a dish, The Old Captiva House has many signature dishes to offer up as well. Try the OCH Omelet, three eggs with Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese, ham, peppers, tomatoes, fresh mushrooms and onions. The Captiva House Hash definitely screams Southwest Florida with two eggs cooked anyway you like, on top of shrimp sausage and three colored potato hash and hollandaise. If neither of those sound like your thing, the Lobster Benedict is a great choice with a toasted English muffin, cold water Maine lobster meat, poached eggs, hollandaise sauce and potatoes.

With these many options, order what you want and when you want it. After all, you are in paradise.