stonecrabs logoIt’s April, and the Charlotte Stone Crabs are back for another exciting season of baseball at Charlotte Sports Park!  If you’re in the area and you’re looking to soak up some sun, enjoy a hot dog and a cold drink while catching a ball game then there is no better show in town. 

The Stone Crabs are the Class A Advanced affiliate of the Tampa Rays of Major League Baseball.  This season, the team features five of the Tampa Rays top-30 prospects in third baseman Kevin Padlo, catcher David Rodriguez, outfielders Ryan Boldt and Jake Fraley, and left-handed pitcher Genesis Cabrera.

The great thing about a Stone Crabs’ game is that it’s not only is the on-field product one of the best in the Florida State League but, they are tough to beat when it comes to affordable, family-friendly entertainment. 

To check out their schedule, visit their website here: Schedule.  And tickets are available online by clicking here: Tickets , calling 941 206 4487 or at the Charlotte Sports Park Box Office (2300 El Jobean Road).

Spa SignSoaking up the sun on the beautiful beaches along the Gulf of Mexico, spending the day out on the water, or enjoying some great food and a cold drink with friends sounds pretty relaxing, right?  Absolutely!  But if you’re looking to take your vacation on Manasota Key to the next level of relaxation, check out one of the many spas in the area.

Whether you are looking to treat yourself to a massage, facial, or mani/pedi; you can find everything you’re looking for within a short drive.

Josephine’s Salon & Spa is located in a beautiful newly renovated facility in Englewood.  This spacious salon and spa offers a great place to relax, enjoy, and rejuvenate with an incredible selection of services.  Not only does Josephine’s offer a salon and spa services, they also operate a lovely boutique full of unique items and clothing.

www.josephinessalon.com

Kyle Kurtis Salon and Spa has locations in North Port and Port Charlotte and offers a nurturing experience that will recharge your spirit and enrich your well-being.  Kyle Kurtis Salon and Spa also believes strongly in protecting the environment by using eco-friendly products in all of their services, which include: massage, facial treatment, hand and foot care, and much more

www.kyle-kurtis.com

Spa CandlesEmmett’s Spa & Beauty Centre has been serving Englewood for over fifteen years.  This full-service salon and spa offers a variety of services that pampers and takes you through a relaxing journey.  Located near Englewood Beach, pick from an incredible selection of hair, nail, massage, and body treatments that will soothe your mind, body, and soul.

www.emmettsspa.com

20 West Organic Spa is located in Englewood and provides a holistic and organic environment perfect for re-energizing you from the stresses of life.  Each spa treatment is customized for your personal needs.   Select from one of their many services including facials, manicure/pedicure, or massages, and receive an experience that your body will thank you for.

www.20westorganicspa.com

FISHING

Englewood Beach and Manasota Key are not only home to Weston’s wannaB inn, but also offers a plethora of exciting opportunities for visitors.

While in the area, don’t miss your opportunity to find out why this area is referred to by some as the Fishing Capital of the World.  There is no denying that the opportunities for great fishing are varied and plentiful.  The area offers a variety of deep sea, inland, and nearshore fishing options to satisfy even the most experienced angler.  This area is also home to a variety of species including Snook, Grouper, Redfish, and Tarpon, just to name a few. 

Weston’s wannaB inn features four boat docks featuring 58 boat slips and a loading ramp as well as trailer parking.  Boat slips can accommodate boats up to 24 feet.

If you are new the area, be sure to connect with one of the many different fishing charter captains in the area.

STUMP PASS STATE PARK

Right next store to the wannaB inn is beautiful Stump Pass State Park on the southern tip of Manasota Key.  Nature lovers will be thrilled by the park’s 1.3 miles of trail that winds through a unique area that is home to many species of wildlife.  While at the park, visitors might see manatees, tortoises, egrets, and much more.  Stump Pass also includes a secluded beach that is ideal for swimming, soaking up the sun, or searching the sand for incredible sharks’ teeth and shells.   

www.floridastateparks.or/park/Stump-Pass

DINING

Englewood and Manasota Key offer an eclectic mix of dining options; some of the top area restaurants are just a short walk north of Weston’s wannaB inn.  Regardless of what you’re craving, there is a restaurant that will hit the spot! 

Here are just a handful of restaurants within walking distance of Weston’s wannaB inn:

 For a full listing of area restaurants please visit: https://www.charlotteharbortravel.com/restaurants/

Stone CrabsMajor League Baseball (MLB) has called Florida home for Spring Training for over 125 years.  Each Spring, numerous teams venture south to get prepared for the long MLB season ahead.

Weston’s wannaB inn finds itself right in the heart of Grapefruit League action, with an incredible nine teams whose spring training home is within driving distance from our property.  If you are a baseball fan, there is no better place to be in March when the boys of summer start preparing for the upcoming season!

If you’re looking to catch a game while staying at Weston’s wannaB inn, here is a list of teams who are playing close by:

  • Tampa Rays – Charlotte Sports Park – 2300 El Jobean Rd – Port Charlotte, FL
  • Baltimore Orioles – Ed Smith Stadium – 2700 12th Street – Sarasota, FL
  • Boston Red Sox – Jet Blue Park – 11500 Fenway South Drive – Fort Myers, FL
  • Detroit Tigers – Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium – 2125 North Lake Avenue – Lakeland, FL
  • Minnesota Twins – Hammond Stadium – 4100 Six Mile Cypress Parkway – Fort Myers, FL
  • New York Yankees – George M. Steinbrenner Field – 1 Steinbrenner Drive – Tampa, FL
  • Philadelphia Phillies – 601 North Old Coachman Road – Clearwater, FL
  • Pittsburgh Pirates – LECOM Park – 1611 Ninth Street W – Bradenton, FL
  • Toronto Blue Jays – Florida Auto Exchange Stadium – 373 Douglas Avenue – Dunedin, FL

Englewood, Florida has everything you need for some fun in the sun: pristine beaches, fantastic fishing and amazing food.  We’ve combed the community to find the must-have foods you need to try when you visit our little piece of Florida.  Here is just a handful of our favorites.

 

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An all-time favorite!  When you’re in Florida, Key lime pie is an absolute must-have.  Here’s a pro tip:  a true Key lime pie should be yellow, not green.  It should be a tangy, creamy treat with no hint of sweetness if it’s made right.  The traditional Conch version uses egg white to make a meringue topping but it’s more commonly consumed sans meringue.  On 1 July 2006, the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate both passed legislation selecting "Key lime pie" as the official pie of the state of Florida.

 

STONE CRAB

 

When you’re this close to the Gulf of Mexico, you can't resist good seafood.  The bodies of stone crabs are relatively small and are rarely eaten, but the claws (chelae), which are large and strong enough to break an oyster's shell, are considered a delicacy.  Florida stone crabs are legal for harvest from October 15th until May 15th and are best served chilled with mustard sauce.

 

GROUPER

 

Grouper is a premium fish and Southwest Florida has some of the best Grouper you can get.  It has a milder flavor and moist white meat that can be enjoyed by seafood lovers and non-seafood lovers alike.  Grouper can be prepared just about any way and is great as an entree, on a salad or as a sandwich with tartar sauce.

 

GULF SHRIMP

 

We look at shrimp the same way we look at potato chips—you can’t eat just one!  That is definitely the case with these pink, sweet and plump morsels that come straight out of the Gulf of Mexico.  Enjoy them chilled, grilled, battered and fried with a side of cocktail sauce, if you so desire.

 

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Despite what you may have heard, gator does not taste like chicken but it is delicious.  It’s a bit chewier than most meats but when it’s battered and fried, it’s downright delicious!  If you’re trying to watch the calories, you can have grilled gator and still keep all the flavor—it’s even been said that it’s low in cholesterol.  No matter which way you like it, it’s one of those foods you just have to try when in Florida.