Who Doesn’t Love Fishing? 

18838925 1407631169304515 4735146950436246310 nSMLIt’s the perfect activity whether you’re solo, or out with a few of your closest friends and family; and one of the most relaxing pass times there is.  But, as relaxing as it is, nothing matches the exhilarating feeling of hooking a fish and reeling it in.  Fishing is an activity that requires patience but, when your patience finally pays off, and you get a shot at a fish like these guys here; there’s nothing like it!  If you’re into fishing as much as we are, then you’re going to love your stay at Weston’s wannaBinn - located right in the area that many call the ‘fishing capital of the world.’

 

There are plenty of fishing opportunities around the wannaB, and the fish are varied and plentiful. Here’s some of the fishing that we enjoy most around here:

 

Fishing Opportunities

Tarpon Fishing

 Tarpon fishing season lasts from April until August. Right now, we’re in the heat of tarpon season, and the fish are everywhere. In fact, some days you can see the tarpon in their feeding frenzy right from the shore! Weston’s wannaB inn is just a few short minutes from the resort is Boca Grande Pass, which offers the best tarpon fishing in the world!

 

Shallow Water, Bay Fishing

 Looking for a more relaxing experience? Redfish and snook can be found all throughout the Lemon Bay. The water levels may not be as high, but that doesn’t mean you won't catch as many fish. These waters are practically brimming with fish, so your experience will be as gainful as it is calming.

 

Nearshore Fishing

 Florida is famous for its grouper and snapper, but we’ve got some other fish that make for some great eating too! Namely our flounder, triple-tail, sheepshead and triggerfish. Looking to have a great time and catch dinner for the whole family? Our nearshore fishing is just the thing for you.

 

Fishing Trips 

What better way to catch some fish than to head out on a boat with a bonafide captain?

 

Tail Chaser Charters – Capt. Chris O’Neill

Captain Chris O’Neill has guided over one thousand fishing charters in the Englewood and Sarasota waters.  Venture into the waters of Southwest Florida with Tail Chaser Charters and you will not be disappointed.  www.tailchasercharters.com.

  

Captain Greg Thayer will take you on “an unforgettable adventure on the finest fishing grounds that Southwest Florida has to offer.” Captain Thayer will provide knowledge and techniques to help you catch that massive fish you’ll be telling your friends about for the rest of your life. For more information, check out his website here. http://www.bocagrandetarpon.com

 

Or you can book a charter with Captain LeRoy Bennett to catch Snook, Redfish, Tarpon, Trout, Triple-tail. Shark, Permit and many more. To find out more about what Captain Bennett has to offer, check out his website here. http://www.captleroybennett.com/index.php

 

Enjoy Yourself

 Whatever your style of fishing, we’re confident you’ll have a terrific time doing it right here at Weston’s wannaBinn. Many of our guests have been featured on our Twitter and Facebook pages thanks to the incredible specimens they’ve managed to catch, and you could be next! So book your stay with us today, and come out to enjoy some great fishing fun. You deserve it.

 

More information about fishing seasons can be found here http://www.wannabinn.com/images/saltwater-seasons-chart-gulf.pdf and the tide chart can be found here http://tides.mobilegeographics.com/calendar/month/1806.html

 

Happy fishing! 

At Weston’s wannaB inn, we offer access to a great many activities to help make your stay as enjoyable as possible. If you’re a golfer, you have access to eight clubs ensuring that you’ll find something that suits your personality and skill level. We take the phrase ‘there’s plenty of fish in the sea’ quite literally here, as the fishing enthusiasts that stay with us often leave with a new big fish story to bring home to their friends and families. Those of you that are interested in birding however, will not be disappointed with our resort, as we’re located on the tip of the Manasota Key in Englewood, Florida, and ideally positioned adjacent to a birding hotspot. No matter your experience with birding, you’ll be in awe of the abundance of species that occupy the region. We take pride in knowing that our guests will enjoy their stay at the wannaB inn, and are confident that the birding opportunities near us will electrify any diehard.

Location

Weston’s wannaB inn’s close proximity to the highway means that guests from out of town can quickly and easily locate the resort. As mentioned above, we’re located near a popular birding destination at the south end of the Manasota Key. This isn’t the only nearby attraction though! We’re also located near points of interest like the backwaters of Lemon Bay. There’s always something to do near our resort, which features 900 feet of stunning beachfront, right on the gulf of Mexico.

Species

Willet

Tons of bird species have been spotted near Weston’s wannaB inn resort, meaning that regardless of your experiencelevel, or how long you’ve been an avid birder, there’s a good chance you’ll catch a glimpse of something new, or maybe even an old favorite. Some species that have sighted around our location are:

  • Night Herons
  • Willets 
  • Sanderlings
  • Egrets 
  • Plovers 
  • the Northern Gannett 
  • Bald Eagle

Of course, there are plenty more to be discovered, so come on down and fill out your life list!

Accommodations

Should your birding group choose to stay with us, you’ll receive a special group rate in our beautiful, newly-renovated guest rooms. Each guest room includes the following amenities:

  • Luxurious, top-of-the-line Serta beds
  • A full kitchen
  • Flat screen television
  • Free high-speed internet
  • Access to two pools. 

Are you the group organizer? If so, you’ll receive a complimentary overnight stay in one of our terrific units!  *some restrictions do apply*

Weston’s wannaB inn is the ideal destination for anyone with an interest in birding. Our proximity to Stump Pass StatePark, our local birding hotspot, makes it a breeze to get out and enjoy the view of our feathered friends. Plus, with a host of other activities available at the resort, you’re sure to always have something to do. We hope that you’ll make Weston’s wannaB inn the destination for your next birding excursion, and encourage you to give us a call at 941-474-3431, or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. Our friendly and accommodating staff will be more than happy to assist you.

So what are you waiting for? Book your stay today at: wannabinn.com!

 

It’s officially that time of year again at Weston’s wannaB inn Resort. Each year from May 1st through October, our friendly, shelled reptilian neighbors from the sea move their way up to the water from the ocean to build their nests and lay their eggs. That’s right, it’s Sea Turtle Season, and just because these sea turtles are meant to move a little slower, doesn’t mean they wouldn’t appreciate some patience and understanding from you during this incredibly important time for them. 

sea turtleSee Turtles!

It’s estimated that Florida will see over 50,000 sea turtles come to shore, so it’s a very exciting time to be staying at Weston’s wannaB inn! Since many of our accommodations overlook the Gulf of Mexico, you’ll have front row seats to one of the most miraculous natural occurrences Florida has to offer. 

What is Sea Turtle Season?

Sea Turtle Season marks the time a mother turtle makes her way onto shore to build a nest and lay her eggs. Upon doing so, she’ll leave the eggs and retreat back to the water. This means the baby turtles are left to find their way to the sea on their own once they hatch. This may seem harsh, but there are  some things thatyou can do to help the hatchlings find their way back to the ocean.

 sea turtles nest

What Can You do to help?

Once hatched, the sea turtles will instinctively head towards the brightest light they can see. At night, the sea is naturally much brighter than the beach, so the turtles head in that direction. To ensure the turtles don’t get confused and wander further up shore, we ask that you leave your blinds closed at night, and refrain from using flashlights or flash photography on the beach. It’s also important that the beach remain obstruction free. This means that chairs should be brought in at night, and even something as small as a sandcastle be taken down before you head in. This way the turtles have a clear path back to the ocean. It’s also important that if you come across a turtles nest, you absolutely do not disturb it. These nests are federally protected, and we sincerely hope that our guests will do what they can to protect them as well. This season is monumental for the continued well-being of the sea turtle population.

Enjoy Sea Turtle Season at Weston’s wannaB inn!

Despite nearly all species of sea turtle being classified as endangered, last year saw a record setting amount of hatchlings back to sea. In fact, some areas of Florida saw nearly twice the amount of nests as they had the year before. We encourage you to take part in one of the most important natural events that occurs right here, at Weston’s wannaB inn! For more information about what you can do to help, you can visit: The Coastal Wildlife Club

Sea Turtle Beach

From biking to kayaking, baseball to yoga, it’s safe to say that there’s no shortage of fun activities to indulge in during your stay at Weston’s wannaB inn! No matter your pleasure, there’s bound to be something for everyone at our beautiful, sunny resort. Any golfers out there will be happy to hear that there are nearly ten golf clubs to visit during your stay, with 15 courses to play in total, all within ten miles of the resort! Even for the most dedicated fan, that’s a lot of golf to fit into one vacation, so here’s a rundown of what you can expect from each club.

Oyster Creek Golf Club

oyster creek

6651 Oriole Blvd
Englewood, FL 34224-3901
(941) 475-0334 

The Oyster Creek Club was designed in 1990 by Ted McAnlis. It’s a mid-size course with a length of 3976 yards. Oyster Creek offers six par fours and twelve parthree’s, so you’re up for a bit of a challenge. Amenities include a pro shop, snack bar and putting green.

Boca Royale Golf & Country Club

1601 Englewood Rd
Englewood, FL 34223-1856
(941) 474-7475

Boca Royale not only offers golf, but tennis, fitness & wellness, bocce ball, croquet and dining as well. Boca Royale is located just ten minutes from the beaches of Manasota Key, with a course designed by some of the finest golf architects, such as: T.A. Anderson, Steven R. Smyers, and Carter Morrish. Boca Royale is a very welcoming  club that will offer a challenge for players of all experience levels. The facility is recently renovated with 18 new holes, five tee box locations, and excellent putting surfaces. Boca Royale has a Tripadvisor rating of 4.5, so you’ve got to see for yourself what makes this club so special.

Myakka Pines Golf Club

2550 S River Rd
Englewood, FL 34223-3962
(941) 474-3296 

Myakka Pines offers a unique 27 hole golf course featuring TifEagle Bermuda greens, lush contoured fairways, and strategically placed bunkers. The clubhouse features a well stocked pro shop, breakfast and lunch in The River Road Grille, and a 19th hole to relax with a drink after you’ve finished your game.

Rotonda Golf & Country Club

266 Rotonda Cir
Rotonda West, FL 33947-2149
(941) 697-2414 

Rotanda Golf & Country Club is located just two miles from the center of Englewood. This club houses five beautiful courses for a total of 99 holes that challenge all skill levels. Rotanda has been awarded a “Beginner Friendly Certification” from National Golf Course Owners Association, so there’s something here for everyone.

The Cove

night golf

12455 S Access Rd
Port Charlotte, FL 33981-6206
(941) 697-3900 

The Cove Golf Center is located on the Cape Haze Peninsula, just 3 miles from the center of Englewood. The cove uniquely features stadium lighting, making night games a possibility. In fact, The Cove is the only illuminated golf course in Port Charlotte and Englewood, so you can spend your days relaxing with the family, and get out for a quick few holes at night!

Riverwood Golf Club

4100 Riverwood Dr.
Port Charlotte, FL 33953-5655
(941) 764-6661

This beautiful club is located just six miles from the center of Englewood, and was rated #1 in Florida for Customer Reviews in April 2015. The front nine of the par 72 course showcases densely wooded terrain, with natural pine in abundance. The back nine features salt marsh and wetlands. The lush environments and vegetation make each hole a challenge, and a spectacle. 

Sarasota National Golf Club

sarasota25510 National Blvd
Venice, FL 34293-8858
(941) 496-8676 

The Sarasota National Golf Club offers an 18-hole course rich in native wetlands and preserves, meaning you’ll be playing on a course that’s as picturesque as it is skill-testing. Golf is not all that the Sarasota National Golf Club has to offer though, as you’ll also find a fitness center, resort pool, spa, tiki bar, tennis courts, dog park, and the Palm Club which is equipped with a full service dining room with adjacent bar and lounge, library, coffee room, meeting room and a multipurpose room. 

Venice East Golf Club

107 Venice East Blvd
Venice, FL 34293-4123
(941) 493-0005 

The Venice East Golf Club is located just 10 miles from the center of Englewood, and caters to golfers of any age or experience. The course is 2791 yards with a par 58, sure to provide you with a decent challenge. In addition to the course, Venice East Golf Club offers a full service pro-shop and teaching professionals to provide the public with a variety of different teaching packages to accommodate beginners and up.

With all of these options available, there’s bound to be something to appeal to almost any fan of golf. All you have to do now is choose which club sounds most appealing, and tee up for some of the best golf courses Florida has to offer.

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).