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Sanibel Captiva Beach Resort Employees Create Video “Welcome Back”

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Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts, Southwest Florida’s leading hospitality management and marketing organization, today debuts a new video that features 50 employees extending a warm welcome back to Sanibel and Captiva Islands.

sanibel captiva beach resorts welcome back videoPhotography for the video was conducted across a full day at six SCBR brands: ‘Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa, Old Captiva House, West Wind Inn, Beachview Cottages, Castaways Cottages and Sanibel Captiva Island Vacation Rentals. Staff included virtually all departments: maintenance, housekeeping, guest services, food and beverage, weddings and events, sales, management and even the organization’s Chief Executive Officer. In every location and occasion, staff demonstrated best practices with approved face masks and gloves. The organization’s COVID-19 policies and procedures can be found here.

“Our goal with this video is to welcome our guests back the best way we can — with the genuine hospitality and passion for satisfaction each member of our team brings each day,” says Doug Babcock, Chief Executive Officer. “Many of our guests are long-time fans, and have come to know a lot our staff on a personal basis. This is our way to reach out, say hello and assure them we’re taking every precaution to safeguard their health, and the health of employees.”

The video will be featured on property websites, through social media and e-marketing efforts. You can view the video here.

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Old Captiva House & Crow’s Nest Offer New, Nightly and Family Specials for Take Home Service

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Two of Captiva’s top-rated TripAdvisor restaurants — Old Captiva House and Crow’s Nest Bar & Grille, located at the legendary ‘Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa — have announced a new menu of nightly Take Home dinner specials. Ordering is easy at 239.472.5161 (423), with pickup at a time convenient to you inside Crow’s Nest. You can view our Nightly Specials menu here. The specials are:

  • Mexican Monday: Beef or chicken soft taco with beans, rice and house-made guacamole ($13.95)
  • Prime Rib Tuesday: Served with mashed potatoes, veggie medley, horsey sauce and au jus ($26.00)
  • Wet Burrito Wednesday: “Sammy’s Chicken” with salsa verde, fresh pico de gallo, guacamole and Mexican rice ($15.95)
  • French Dip Thursday: Served with au jus and French fries ($13.95)
  • Fish Fry Friday: With French fries, cole slaw and house-made tartar ($16.95)
  • Shrimp Scampi Saturday: Served with garlic bread and a side chopped salad ($19.95)
  • Grilled Prime New York Sunday: Served with mashed potatoes, veggie medley and port wine demi ($24.00)

In addition, a new Family Style menu is being offered nightly of Fried Chicken, BBQ Ribs or Meatloaf — each with volume discounts for 4, 6 or 8 orders. Guests can also choose from their favorite selections of our limited Take Home menu you can view here.

Again, simply call 239.472.5161 (423) to place your order and designate your time of pickup inside Crow’s Nest. Our team is ready to delivery your order with recommended safety guidelines including cleansed new pens for each transaction, and on-site hand sanitizer.

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April Update: Old Captiva House Remains Open for Carry Out, and Coronavirus Policies

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This past weekend, Florida’s governor ordered all restaurants in the state be closed to foot traffic — while allowing carry out service to continue. At TripAdvisor’s number one Captiva Island restaurant — Old Captiva House — this policy and others are welcome opportunities to continue to bring you the finest dining experience in Southwest Florida.

Old Captiva House will be open for Take Home dinners only — from 3 PM to 8 PM — until further notice. Alcohol service is available only with food orders. View our Take Home menu here, as well as our Nightly and Family Specials menus here. Then call 239.472.5161 (423) to order, and pick up at a time convenient to you at Crow’s Nest.

In addition, guests should be aware of the following procedures that the restaurants of Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts have enacted measures in compliance with OSHA 3990 Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19. These include:

  • Continue to follow stringent health and safety regulations already in place at all restaurants.
  • Continue to follow stringent health and safety regulations requiring sinks, soap and paper towels placed every 15 feet in kitchen and bar service areas.
  • Service personnel have been advised to avoid physical contact (i.e., hand shaking), practice diligent hygiene and to remain home if they are feeling any cold or flu symptoms.

Chef Greg Nelson and his team are enthused to continuing wowing guests with Captiva Island’s top dining experience. Just visit our online menus, then call us at 239.472.5161 (423). Thank you.

New Menu at Old Captiva House

Seafood Paradise — The Best Seafood Restaurant on Captiva

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For those that love a meal from the sea, Old Captiva House has a dream seafood menu full of flavor just for you. Whether you choose scallops, shrimp, fish and lobster, or options from the full sushi menu, you’ll be swimming in a seafood glory with these options:

  • Ahi Tuna: asian seared ahi tuna with a wasabi potato spring roll, baby bok choy, and caramelized mushrooms drizzled with citrus soy vinaigrette
  • Lobster and Crab Crusted Scallops: Lobster and crab crusted scallops with coconut rice, vegetable medley, and citrus butter sauce
  • Chilean Seabass: Chilean seabass with creamy polenta, vegetable medley, and citrus butter sauce
  • Cioppino: Fisherman’s Stew with clams, mussels, shrimps, scallops, calamari, gulf grouper, roasted tomato seafood broth, and a saffron risotto cake
  • Branzino: Branzino with quinoa and Argentine red shrimp stir fry, crisp Asian vegetables, cremini mushrooms, edamame, and pink guava vinaigrette
  • Blackened Snapper: Blackened snapper with chef’s own watermelon cucumber salad, roasted corn polenta, and a citrus butter sauce
  • Jumbo Prawns: Pan seared jumbo prawns with Maine lobster risotto, asparagus, Key lime butter sauce
  • Grouper: Grouper with basmati rice, julienned vegetables, asparagus tips, and mushrooms topped with a tropical lump crab salsa and citrus butter sauce
  • Jumbo Prawn Pasta: Sautéed prawns with baby heirloom tomatoes, artichoke hearts, cremini mushrooms, and black fettucine tossed in a white wine garlic butter sauce
  • Twin Tails: Six ounce cold water lobster tails, served with drawn butter, vegetable medley, and parsley red potatoes
  • House Smoked Salmon Pasta: House smoked salmon in a creamy sauce with a dollop of whole grain mustard, a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese, green peas and prosciutto tossed with Farfalle Pasta

Plus enjoy starters like blue crab bisque, baked lobster risotto, lobster crab cake, roasted shrimp, crusted scallops and lobster ravioli. Add scallops, shrimp, or lobster to ANY dish to take it to the next level of seafood-loving-paradise.

 

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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

250 more reasons to stay with Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts — our new $250 value Island Rewards.

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Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts Island Rewards

When you stay with Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts — be it family vacation, romantic getaway, family reunion, beachfront wedding or even business event — you know you’ve landed at the very best resorts and vacation rentals in Southwest Florida, with a history of island hospitality that spans almost 90 years.

Beyond the luxury, comfort, beauty and friendly service found at our four outstanding beach resorts — as well as our 125 spacious vacation rental homes and condos — Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts promises you value and value added when you book direct, with no resort fees, up to 20 free amenities and our traditional, $100 value Resort Rewards coupon book.

But that value’s just gotten significantly better with our all-new, $250-plus value Island Rewards coupon book — the first local “rewards” program to offer you exclusive, money-saving discounts and freebies to Sanibel and Captiva retail partners including jewelry, tasty treats, popular island attractions, island cruises, family portrait photography, wedding photography, two golf courses and more!

“Our goal is to always exceed our guest’s expectations,” notes Doug Babcock, Chief Executive Officer. “With our new Island Rewards, we’ve expanded our guest experiences beyond the delightful foods, beverages, spa services, water sports and apparel to be enjoyed on our properties. Island Rewards gives our guests the chance to enhance their stay further with a variety of ways to have fun and take home memories.”

The new $250-plus Island Rewards coupon book is offered to any guest staying 2 or more nights at ‘Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa of Captiva; West Wind Inn, Beachview Cottages and Castaways Cottages of Sanibel; and Sanibel Captiva Island Vacation Rentals.

Participating retail partners include Bailey’s Coffee Bar; Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum; Captiva Cruises; Congress Jewelers; J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge; the Dunes Golf & Tennis Club; Joey’s Custard; Milissa Sprecher Photography (Family and Weddings); and Sanibel Island Golf Club.

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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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Annual ‘Tween Waters Tree Lighting Celebration November 29 Promises Fun for All!

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It’s an island tradition that dates back almost two decades. More than 100,000 holiday lights in musical synchronicity. The colorful lighting of a majestic, 30-foot Christmas tree at the threshold to the Gulf of Mexico. Live holiday music. A spectacular fireworks show on the beach. Laser lights. Even real snow falling from the palm trees. All attending by a thousand or more holiday loving folks — grandparents, parents, children and grandkids.

And get this: it’s all yours to enjoy free.

Yes, it’s the annual ‘Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa Tree Lighting Celebration, when the Official Beach Resort of Captiva Island — and its parent corporation, Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts — extends a hearty and heart-felt thank you to all of our guests, past and present, local and from around the world. After the day’s festivities, be sure to reserve dinner via OpenTable at Old Captiva House here or Crow’s Nest Bar & Grille here.

Here’s another bonus: book your Thanksgiving weekend at any Sanibel Captiva Beach Resort — ‘Tween Waters, West Wind Inn, Beachview Cottages, Castaways Cottages or Sanibel Captiva Island Vacation Rentals — and you’ll gain special access to this one-of-a-kind event you won’t want to miss. Choose your resort, choose your beach and choose your style here — then book direct for guaranteed lowest rates, no resort fees, a $100 Resort Rewards coupon book, 20 free services and amenities and (oh yes), memories to last a lifetime.

Old Captiva House 2019 Thanksgiving Menu

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‘Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa is steeped in tradition, and what could be more quintessential than the traditional Thanksgiving buffet. Held at both Crow’s Nest and Old Captiva House, each on-site property offers a unique and delectable menu with a variety of offerings.

At Old Captiva House, start the experience with Cold Displays including pasta and green salads. You’ll want to leave room for a huge seafood display which includes shrimp two ways, clams, scallops, mussel salad, salmon platter, smoked fish dip, crab dip and even sushi!

If you’re a land-food-lover, you’ll appreciate the buffet and carving station which offers traditional offerings like pork tenderloin, butternut squash bisque, candied yams, roasted turkey, prime rib, roasted ham and salmon wellington. Top off the day assorted homemade desserts.

The thanksgiving buffet at Old Captiva House is by reservation only and fills up fast! Make reservations online at Open Table or call between the hours of 4PM and 9:30PM at 239-472-5161 extension 421. Enjoy the buffet 2PM to 8PM for just $59 per person. Children 10 and under enjoy the buffet for just $19.95.

Whether you are a local looking to avoid cooking a huge meal, or a guest looking to still enjoy a traditional (and exceptional) Thanksgiving meal, locals and guests alike look forward to this tasty traditional at Old Captiva House. Join us today.

See the full menu here.

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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.