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Staying SanCap Safe at Old Captiva House

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The safety of others is our most important goal right now, and here at Old Captiva House we want you to know we’re doing everything we can to ensure your safety.  

We want to stay connected with you and transparent with our approach to a healthy environment at this time. That’s why we’re staying SanCap Safe. Were committed to using industry-approved sanitation, hygiene and infection control practices to ensure the safety and well-being of visitors, residents and staff. 

What exactly goes into being SanCap Safe? Here’s the rundown:  

1.) Wash Hands Often
Washing your hands with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds is essential. We’re making sure our staff is washing their hands consistently. We’re asking staff and guests to use hand sanitizer when possible as well.  

2.) Avoid Close Contact with Others
Our employees are practicing safe social distancing when needed. Were staying six feet apart from others, both indoors and outdoors, and we’re asking guests to practice this measure as well. Keeping a safe distance is especially important for those who are at a higher risk of becoming very sick.  

3.) Mask Up
Were requiring our employees to wear a mask both inside and outside wherever and whenever possible. Masks should cover both mouth and nose always. We encourage our guests to wear masks as well, only removing them to enjoy food and drink.  

Practicing the SanCap Safe measures, we believe our staff can provide a safe environment for guests to enjoy some of their favorite drinks, dishes and treats. Click here for more information on all the ways we’re staying safe. 

Summer Staycation Celebration: Win 4 Days and 3 Nights at ‘Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa

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2020 has been one of the most turbulent years the world has faced. Luckily for Floridians, Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa on beautiful Captiva Island is offering you the chance to make the best out of our glorious beach summer — and all close by. 

Starting today, Florida residents only can enter to win 1 of 12 four day, three night stays at the legendary ‘Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa. Not only will lucky winners enjoy a luxurious guest room, each winner scores a bonus $100 dining credit for dining and beverages at any one of our three TripAdvisor top-rated restaurants.

“With the challenges of 2020 and the limitations currently of travel, we as a corporation wanted to say thank you to our many Florida guests past, present and future,” says Doug Babcock, Chief Executive Officer. “Providing 12 weekly winners over summer and early fall will create some big smiles.”

Winners will be drawn weekly and all 12 winners will be notified on September 30, 2020. Care to double or triple your odds of winning? Every time you book and stay at any Sanibel Captiva Beach Resort three nights or more before September 30, you’re entered again!

So stay now, stay often and maybe later! Just be sure you enter here now.

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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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.

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How Old Captiva House Became Old Captiva House and the New Old Captiva House

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In the early 1900s, Captiva was truly a “tropical paradise,” populated by select families of inhabitants who were adventurous, courageous, hard-working and hot weather loving — the first and second generations of American founders of the island.

As the first pioneers of Captiva began to have families, educating the children became an important “civic” issue and in 1908, a one-room schoolhouse was built for reading, writing, arithmetic and more. The site of that school is where today’s Old Captiva House resides.

Both ‘Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa, along with Old Captiva House, have been designated Historic Landmarks by the United States and Lee County. As a result, as Old Captiva House is nearing completion of its historic re-creation in kitchen facilities, amenities and restaurant décor, certain aspects of the structure have been preserved.

However, as a grand opening nears this May, the new Old Captiva House will inspire diners both with its stunning visual appeal, as well as the outstanding, mouthwatering culinary delights that Executive Chef Greg Nelson and his team will be creating nightly.

We encourage you to follow us here, as well on social media including our Facebook page, for exciting announcements, sneak peeks and other treats awaiting Sanibel, Captiva and Southwest Florida at the all-new Old Captiva House. We can’t wait, and we know our many fans and followers feel that same way. Stay tuned!

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The new Old Captiva House: Coming soon to a legendary beach resort near you.

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More than 110 years ago, Captiva Island’s first schoolhouse welcomed its first class of children to a small, one room white building perfectly situated between the Gulf of Mexico to the west, and Pine Island Sound to the east.

Some 20 years later, in 1926, that building served as the site of the first “recreation destination” on Captiva — a fishing camp where sportsmen followed the lead of President Teddy Roosevelt and enjoyed waters rich with tarpon, redfish, grouper, snapper and other delights (not to mention remarkable nature, from dolphins to manatee to gators, as well as breathtaking natural beauty). Five years later, ‘Tween Waters Inn welcomed its first overnight guests, and a restaurant called Old Captiva House served to satisfy the appetites of those guests.

Sometime in the next few weeks, ‘Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa will celebrate the grand re-creation and opening of the new Old Captiva House — a stunning realization of architectural style and grace, coupled with one of TripAdvisor’s top Captiva menus, in a remarkable beachfront location that is, in fact, recognized on the National Registry of Historic Places.

With such a designation, the architects and visionaries of the Old Captiva House were required to retain and respect certain aspects of the original, historic structure. Upon its much anticipated opening, guests will find a breathtaking transformation of one of Captiva Island’s classic restaurants (with an all-new in-house bar) — true in some respects to its origins, yet contemporary in every other way.

Parent corporation Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts has funded this extensive project to more than $1 million — representing once again the corporation’s dedication to bring local, regional, national and international guests the very best vacation experience.

In addition, an entirely new kitchen has been constructed in concert with the Old Captiva House re-creation — bringing a state-of-the-art culinary, creative setting for Executive Chef Greg Nelson and his team to dream big and delivery the biggest, best dining experience anywhere on Sanibel and Captiva Islands. Note: Old Captiva House also serves as a romantic, perfect reception option for brides and grooms who dream of once-in-a-lifetime beach weddings.

Parent corporation Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts has funded this extensive project to more than $1 million — representing, once again, the corporation’s dedication to reinvest in its product, with the goal of bringing local, regional, national and international guests the very best vacation experience — which of course includes an out-of-this-world experience in food, flavors, wines, desserts, decor, natural beauty, friendly camaraderie and fun. An experience you’ll want to repeat, again and again.

Stay tuned, as the new Old Captiva House is coming soon to the Official Beach Resort of Captiva Island. You’ll want to make your reservations early, and often. Visit our website here for updates or follow us on Facebook here.

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