Thursday, June 21, 2018 is World Music Day, a day to celebrate music in all its forms and its impact on the world and the human spirit! In honor of World Music Day, we’ve put together a list of our favorite music venues in the area, where you can go to listen and enjoy!
Englewood Event Center (EEC)
This fantastic venue features an 800 seat performing arts hall and is located on South McCall Road, just a short 10 minute drive from the wannaB inn. Over the years, the EEC has hosted a wide variety of performances from big name artists to local performers and cover bands. Regardless of what musical genre you prefer, the ECC will have something for you.
Check out their concert listings HERE
SandBar Tiki and Grille
Located just a mile from the wannaB inn, the SandBar Tiki & Grille offers live entertainment all day on their outdoor stage. If you’re just looking to enjoy a beautiful day on the patio while listening to some great jams, then the SandBar Tiki & Grille is the spot for you.
We’ve mentioned the music at Mango Bistro before, and without a doubt, it’s one of our favorite spots for music and food. From bluegrass, jazz, and classical guitar, there is something for everyone every Friday and Saturday nights.
Englewoods on Dearborn
This restaurant and bar is a recipient of the Best Live Music award by the Englewood Choice Awards. The bar features a variety of performances throughout the week showcasing local blues, rock, and pop artists playing both covers and original music. You can find Englewoods on Dearborn at 362 West Dearborn St., about 5 miles from the resort.
We encourage you to celebrate World Music Day in style this year! Check out any of these destinations to satisfy your musical cravings. Do you have a favorite spot that we missed? Let us know, we always want to hear about great local spots in our area.
On behalf of the wannaB inn, we would like to wish all of the Dad’s out there a very Happy Father’s Day!
At the wannaB, we know that there is no better way to celebrate Father’s Day than to get out and spend some quality time with the big guy. So, if you’re looking for some ideas for what to do this weekend, here are some of our favorites:
Going to the Beach
With 900 feet of pristine beach at the wannaB, we love to spend time basking in the sunshine, listening the waves. So why not grab Dad and hit the sand for the day? While you’re there you can search for shells or sharks’ teeth, toss around the football, build sand castles, or splash around in the water. There is no shortage of things to do at the beach.
It’s no secret that we are partial to fishing, and we couldn’t think of many better ways to celebrate Father’s Day. Whether you’re out in the boat or trying your luck from the docks or the shore, there are plenty of options for you. Our only suggestion is if Dad tells everyone he caught the biggest fish of the day … maybe let him have that one, just for the day.
Catching a Ball Game
Baseball is a time-honored past-time in Charlotte County, and we think it would be a great idea to treat Dad to a ball game. Admittedly, the local Charlotte Stone Crabs won’t be playing a home game until Monday, June 18 when they host the Lakeland Flying Tigers so, if you can put off your celebrations for a few days this would be a great alternative.
Stump Pass State Park
At the end of Manasota Key is the beautiful Stump Pass State Park. If your Dad loves to get outside and enjoy nature, then this is the perfect solution for you. In addition to the secluded beach, Stump Pass features a hiking trail that passes through five distinct natural communities that provide homes for many species of wildlife. While at the park, keep an eye out for manatees, tortoises, egrets, terns, and much more!
Regardless of what you choose to do to celebrate Father’s Day, we hope that you and the whole family have a great day. Happy Father’s Day!
If you’ve stayed with us through the late spring or summer months in the past, then it’s clear that we love sea turtles. These friendly little (or should we say big) reptilian ocean dwellers start to emerge from their aquatic abodes and make their way onto our beaches around May to start their annual nesting season. We’ve written in the past about how crucial to the perpetuation of their species it is that we absolutely do not disturb our shelled pals during this vital step in their life-cycle. Leaving them be isn’t all you can do though. At the wannaB, we value these turtles’ lives so much that we encourage our guests to do all they can to help ensure they enjoy a successful nesting period, so that we can continue to welcome them onto our beaches every year. Helping the sea turtles starts with you, so we’ve outlined a few things that we do, and a few things that you can do over the next few months.
So, what is Sea Turtle Nesting Season exactly? Quite briefly, it’s one of the most important times in the life of a sea turtle. This is the time when a turtle will move onto the beach to prepare a nest where she can lay her eggs. From here, the eggs will hatch, and the newborn turtles will find their own way back into the ocean. This may seem harsh but trust the mother turtle! This is how they’ve done it for centuries, and an animal with an average lifespan of eighty years can’t be wrong! That said, out of the seven known species of sea turtles, six of them are endangered. If, like us, you think that’s too high, here’s what you can do to help move the needle in the other direction.
Steps to Take
We’ve already taken some steps at the resort to make our beach a more turtle-friendly environment. For instance, we’ve changed all our lightbulbs near the beach to be a little less harsh – many lights have been made yellow. Brighter, white lights can often disorient and misdirect newborn turtles, leading them away from the water. To help even further, we would ask that you:
Move all Furniture and Equipment from the beach & Fill in all Holes by Sunset
There’s nothing more relaxing than sitting out on the beach during a nice summer day, but our chairs, coolers, and even umbrellas can stifle the progress of a baby turtle attempting to reach the water. Similarly, if your young ones dig holes on the beach, we’d ask that you kindly fill these in, as turtles may wander in and not be able to get out again.
Avoid Flashlights and Flash Photography on the Beach
Like the bright lightbulbs we’ve changed out, flashlights and flash photography can be a little too harsh for the turtles, potentially disturbing them. We understand the urge to snap some pictures of these cute little fellas, but we would ask that if you must take photos, please do so without a flash and from as wide a distance as you can give them.
No Animals or Fires on the Beach
This one should be pretty self-explanatory. Larger animals like dogs would love to run up and play with a fresh batch of turtles, but their definition of play is a bit different than the turtles’ and would put not only the hatchlings, but the mother turtle in danger as well. As far as fires on the beach, the turtles may become drawn to the warmth and light of the blaze, and unknowingly wander too close, causing themselves harm. After all, they’re just babies and don’t know any better! Better to just skip the fire and watch out for our little friends’ safety.
Close Your Blinds at Night
Our final request is that you close your blinds if you have your lights on at night. Baby turtles rely on the moonlight reflecting off the ocean’s surface to direct them home, and if they see a light through your window instead, they may end up outside your room instead of in the water. As nice as it would be to get a visit from a baby turtle, it’s crucial to its survival that it finds its way to the ocean. The mother turtle may become disoriented as well and end up getting lost closer to the resort rather than building a next on the beach in the comfy sand. In fact, we’ve had to help a mother sea turtle find her way back to the beach after wandering up to the property in the past. While we’re lucky that our guests have such big hearts as to help a lost sea turtle, we think the best case scenario is to avoid any turtles getting lost at all.
These are the most important steps that you can take to ensure a safe and prosperous nesting season for our majestic friends, the sea turtle. While last year’s Hurricane Irma did the turtles no favors, we’re hoping that by doing everything in our power to help them, they’ll be returning to our beaches for many years to come. We appreciate you following these steps to help the sea turtles, and if you’re interested in learning more, check out this article prepared by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
“You're gonna fly away, glad your goin' my way; I love it when we're cruising together; the music is played for love, cruising is made for love; I love it when we're cruising together.” (Smokey Robinson – Cruisin’) That’s right, the first Saturday of June is almost here, and that means the return of one of the coolest local events around the wannaB, Cruisin’ On Dearborn! If you’re into classic cars, then bring the family down to historic Dearborn street and admire some of the best looking antique autos around!
Where and When
Cruisin’ On Dearborn takes place on the first Saturday of every month and has quickly become one of our guests’ favorite events around the resort. Happening just a ten-minute drive from the wannaB, Cruisin’ On Dearborn is the perfect Saturday activity to bring the whole family to. Share your love of these jalopies with your kids, over a day-long event where hundreds of cars and thousands of car lovers will converge – all to appreciate the fine craftsmanship of a bygone era.
Lots To Do
The cars aren’t the only thing to appreciate while you find yourself on Dearborn St. though. Dearborn happens to house some of our favorite restaurants and eateries, so if you need to stop for a bite, you won’t come up short for choices. Stop into the Mango Bistro for a cup of coffee, head by Comadre’s for some delicious Mexican cuisine, or finish off your night at Englewoods on Dearborn for a quick drink and some pub fare. There’s truly no shortage of delicious food options for the family to enjoy when they’re spending a day on Dearborn. But how about some entertainment?
Live music is just the thing to inject some excitement into any event, and Cruisin’ On Dearborn has this covered. Not only are there nearly endless cars for you to salivate over, the event also hosts live performances inspired by classic tunes of the ‘50s and ‘60s – perfect to cruise to! Additionally, the event often has contests and activities going on throughout the day where you can win prizes! Not bad for an event that’s totally free. That’s right, there’s no admission costs, so there’s nothing stopping you from getting out for an afternoon of fun, food, and fast cars!
We absolutely love Cruisin’ On Dearborn, it’s just too bad it only comes around once a month. The event will be live again next Saturday, June 2nd, so if you’ll be staying with us, make sure you don’t miss out! If not, don’t worry, the Cruisin’ On Dearborn Car Show recurs the first Saturday of every month, so you’ll more than likely get an opportunity to catch one. For more information on Cruisin’ On Dearborn, click here, or check out this video put together by an attendee of the event.
It should be no secret that we’re big fans of fishing here at the wannaB inn! Just take a look at our Facebook and Instagram pages, and you’re bound to see some shots of our guests who’ve caught a big fella right off one of our docks. We can’t think of anything more relaxing than sitting with your line cast out into the almost endless water of the Gulf of Mexico, just waiting to reel in that next catch. It’s the perfect blend of calm and excitement that you just don’t get from any other activity…and we’re not the only ones who think so. If you’re into fishing in a big way, then you’re not going to want to miss out on the Third Annual Tarpon Festival taking place at West Wall Outfitters in Port Charlotte this upcoming Sunday, April 29th. The Tarpon Festival is a great way to kick off tarpon season, with seminars from local fishing captains, fly casting and tying demos, kids fishing, and even free giveaways! There’s something for fishermen of every age, and with the event happening just a short 40-minute drive from the resort, there’s no reason to miss out!
A Little Tarpon History
Tarpon are large air-breathing fish that grow to be about 4’-8’ long and can weigh up to 280lbs. How’s that for a big fish story? You can recognize the fish from their bluish or greenish backs and shiny, silvery scales that cover most of their bodies. Fishing for this underwater behemoth is not only fun, but it’ll give you a run for your money, as tarpon are known for their fighting spirit. Captain Josh Greer, owner of West Wall Outfitters said, “Tarpon fishing is important to Charlotte County’s heritage and economy, and the Tarpon Festival is a way to celebrate our unique attraction of tarpon fishing.” Recreational tarpon fishing in Charlotte Harbor, once called the ‘sportsman’s paradise’ started in the late 1800s, their official seal depicting a Tarpon. In fact, Sport Fishing magazine listed Charlotte Harbor as the number one spot in the world to fish for tarpon.
Bring the Family!
If all this tarpon science and history doesn’t already have you packing your gear up in the car, maybe the free seminars, and demos will. If you’re always wanted to give fly fishing a go, now’s your chance. The Tarpon Festival will feature demonstrations on how to properly cast and tie a fly fishing rod. Plus, the event will feature kids fishing, which is a great way to introduce your young ones to one of your favourite activities. If that weren’t enough, there will also be food and beverages served up by some local food trucks during the event. Bring the family and make a whole day out of the festival!
If you’re a fan of fishing and will be staying with us over tarpon season (late-march through mid-july), you owe it to yourself to head down to Port Charlotte to catch one of these big beautiful fish and cross it off your bucket list…then of course safely toss it back. This weekend’s festival is going to be a great start to what will hopefully be a fruitful season for many anglers, and with so many offerings in the way of food and activities, will more than likely be a good bit of fun too. And hey, if you happen to catch one of those big ‘uns, snap a photo and share it with us…you might just end up featured in one of our weekly Fishin’ Friday posts.
For all the happenings fishing and otherwise around the wannaB inn, head over to wannabinn.com. Haven’t booked your stay with us yet? Check out available dates and rates today right here. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter too, so you don’t miss out on a thing!