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Discover exciting area attractions, explore the island on an eco-adventure, or plan ahead for upcoming annual events. Our Staff Picks blog will help you make the most of your stay on Estero Island.

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    A Call to Nature at the Matanzas Pass Preserve

    Just a brief fifteen-minute walk from our property grounds is the sanctuary of Matanzas Pass Preserve. One of the few natural habitats remaining on the island, the preserve is a 60-acre property of diverse wildlife, tidal swamps, and shady mangrove forests.

    Just a brief fifteen-minute walk from our property grounds is the sanctuary of Matanzas Pass Preserve. One of the few natural habitats remaining on the island, the preserve is a 60-acre property of diverse wildlife, tidal swamps, and shady mangrove forests. In 1974, nature photographer and local resident John Dunning purchased the land and donated 22 acres to Nature Conservancy, and in 1994 the rest of the land was also donated. Avoid the usual tourist hubs and quietly escape onto one of the many trails that wind through forests and lead to a pavilion alongside Estero Bay. On one of these trails, see if you can spot the maritime oak hammock—one of the last still standing in the area. Looking to make this trip a real adventure? There’s a paddlecraft landing beside the pavilion, offering visitors the option to see the preserve from a whole new perspective.

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    A Fun Night In At Chloës Lounge

    Swing by Chloës Lounge, our evening cocktail bar, for nightly happy hour specials, tasty treats, and a fun, spirited atmosphere. Stop in for Margarita Monday, Martini Tuesday, or our personal favorite: Karaoke Wednesday’s!

    After a long day of exploring, we know that planning for another night out can be just too tiring. Why don’t you take the evening off from planning by sharing a night in with us. Swing by Chloës Lounge, our evening cocktail bar, for nightly happy hour specials, tasty treats, and a fun, spirited atmosphere. Serving up a menu of light appetizers, fresh garden salads, and artisan pizza, there’s a little something for everyone at Chloës. Stop in for Margarita Monday, Martini Tuesday, or our personal favorite: Karaoke Wednesday’s! Show off your singing chops with your go-to tune, or watch us embarrass ourselves singing ours (for better or worse, we commit). Come on by for a drink, a laugh, or both, because Chloës Lounge is guaranteed to reenergize you for another day of adventure. We can’t wait to see you!

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    Uncover Sanibel's Famous Seashells

    Sanibel Island, just a short drive away, is the kind of stunning tropical oasis that will give you that extra slice of paradise on an already relaxing vacation. With 15 miles of gorgeous sandy beaches, 230 kinds of birds to spot, and thousands of seashells to sift through, Sanibel is a fun, laid-back day trip worth taking.

    Sanibel Island, just a short drive away, is the kind of stunning tropical oasis that will give you that extra slice of paradise on an already relaxing vacation. With 15 miles of gorgeous sandy beaches, 230 kinds of birds to spot, and thousands of seashells to sift through, Sanibel is a fun, laid-back day trip worth taking. What makes Sanibel so special is the incredibly unique barrier islands orientated east and west (most islands are situated north and south). This makes for long, winding beaches ideal for uncovering the island’s famous—and award-winning—seashells. And while there aren’t any coral reefs, multiple artificial reefs and ship wrecks provide fun fishing and diving opportunities. Stop in for lunch at a local restaurant or look into a handful of coastal boutiques carrying unique and beach-inspired gifts to bring back home. Long after your trip has passed, you can cherish the delicate seashells and remember a dreamy afternoon enjoyed in paradise.

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