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Ayesha Khan, Misty Milioto and Janet Thomas | Edited by Alison Abbey and Allison Mitchell | Photo: Courtesy of the resorts and restaurants | June 5, 2014
After a long work week in the city, a weekend escape is a must. Whether you arrive by land, by sea or by air, these nearby destinations boast new or freshly renovated hotels, bars and restos along with super summer packages and cultural happenings. From the hip Hamptons and lively New York City to the happenin’ streets of NOLA and the sandy beaches of Florida, these dreamy locales deliver on sun, fun and good times. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your besties and a couture carry-on, and get ready to soak up the easy-breezy season of summer!
Explore the Florida shores of Captiva and Sanibel Islands, where leaving it all behind is easier than ever.
South Seas Island Resort
From simple guest rooms to six-bedroom homes (think partytime couples trip!), guests have their pick of digs here. The South Seas Island Resort’s aim is to please, especially with stellar new management in place. Tour mangrove forests on one of the resort’s paddleboards or float in one of nearly 20 swimming pools. A full-service marina makes it a snap to rent your own boat, or let a professional captain take the wheel on a sunset cruise or fishing adventure. Overnight rates from $219, @ssislandresort
’Tween Waters Inn
Take your pick of activities at this modernized resort, spread out across 13 gorgeous, tropical Gulf front acres. Fly above the islands in a seaplane for an unforgettable tour; hit the hot tubs or the Olympic-size pool; dine at Oasis Pool Bar; catch nightly live music at the Crow’s Nest; or relax in your dreamy seaside suite. Overnight rates from $165
EAT & SIP
Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille
This new resto and bar serves up a tasty lunch or dinner, but it’s the sunset mojitos that will have you ordering up another round!
The Mucky Duck
This British-style pub is the “it” spot on the sugar-white beach of Captiva. With great sunsets— and new ownership—this eatery features a massive bar, dart boards and beachside picnic tables. Grab a frosty beer (there are 16 on tap!) And some delish crabcakes.
EAT & SIP
Traditions on the Beach
While this beachfront must-try isn’t new to the scene, the exceptional Italian and Mediterranean cuisine, plus live music and dancing nightly make it a noteworthy spot when heading to Sanibel. Try the new Early Sunset Menu which includes three courses for a flat $27, plus drink specials. Score!
Hit the great outdoors and book an adrenalinepumping ride on the Sanibel Thriller—a highspeed 55-foot yacht which cruises the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and Pine Island Sound. Bonus: There’s even a dolphinwatching portion of the tour!
Blue Coyote Supper Club
New to the Sanibel scene, this sophisticated eatery will spoil you rotten. Don’t miss the ultimate Sunday brunch, which includes inventive fare like a lemon-glazed puff pancake and a bacon-and-egg Bloody Mary.
Sundial Beach Resort & Spa
After a recent major reno, the Sundial shines. Chill by the sparkling pool; kick it up a notch at the lively beach bar; then snag a primo table at the resort’s Waterview Restaurant where American bites and a breathaking view of the Gulf awaits. Overnight rates from $140, @sundialresort
The revamped Island Inn may be new and improved with an aesthetic facelift but still rocks the beachfront charm that’s made it famous. Feeling sporty? Be sure to take advantage of the kayaks and paddleboards to explore beyond the shore. Overnight rates from $115, @islandinn –Janet Thomas