Yearly Archives: 2014


25th annual “Ding” Darling Days

July 31st, 2014|Blog, Blog Post|

With August just one day a way, it's time to remind potential visitors that Ding Darling Days will soon be with us. This week-long, Oct. 19-25, is a truly extraordinary opportunity to experience all the nature that “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge has to offer. Our recommendation is to make your booking now to be [...]

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“Ding” Darling Days Amateur Nature Photography Contest for 2014

July 21st, 2014|News|

- Last year's first place winner by Michael Dougherty of Clarkston, Michigan If you will be relaxing at West Wind Inn on Sanibel Island anytime through Sept 15, 2014, be sure to visit “Ding” Darling NWR and be sure to take your camera. A photograph of nature you shoot in the Refuge may [...]

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Sanibel Stars

June 23rd, 2014|Blog|

Sanibel Stars are worth a visit. In 2000, the City of Sanibel passed a regulation that required restrictions on all man-made light. The original intent was to prevent such illumination from confusing baby turtles as they emerge from their nests on the Sanibel Island Gulf beaches. When the baby turtles emerges from their shells and [...]

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Prepare to be “stunned”

June 17th, 2014|Blog|

Online rating service, "Buzzfeed," has named Sanibel at the top of its list of America's most "stunning small towns. We agre. Buzzfeed lists Sanibel's "seclusion and untouched beauty as its strong-points and mentions the absence of tall buildings (we call them "high-rises"). And yes, we said "top" as in #1. We present our spectacular beach [...]

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Beach Chairs

June 10th, 2014|Blog, Blog Post|

Occasionally, we read questions online about “beach chairs”. Are they available? Are they for rent? Should I buy some inexpensive beach chairs at Kmart and donate them to a thrift shop when I leave Sanibel to go home Different hotels, inns and condo associations have different arrangements. At West Wind Inn Sanibel beach resort, we [...]

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They love us in Miami

June 6th, 2014|Blog|

They love us in Miami. And not just for our Sanibel beach, which is reason enough, of course. Author Robin Soslow writes in the Miami Herald about a trip to Sanibel and to our favorite National Wildlife Refuge, “Ding” Darling. Soslow is practically ecstatic about watching roseate spoonbills flocking into the “Ding”. The point is [...]

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