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It’s time for one of the most exciting events of the year, The Englewood Beach Paddlefest! From November 10th through the 12th, paddleboard enthusiasts from all over meet right here in Englewood Florida for some fun in the Sun, races, and prizes. The event has been running since 2015, and this year is shaping up to be the most exciting Paddlefest yet.

Friday

The festivities start on Friday (11/10/17) with a huge party for all the registered racers, and their friends and families. There’ll be a pool party and shrimp boil at Hooked On SUP at Cape Haze Marina. The fun doesn’t stop with dinner either, as there’ll be a pool/hot tub party later that evening! The party is free with race registration, and extra tickets are available for $15 at the door (kids under 10 get in free). There will also be a raffle where a brand new Yolo Board and Quickblade Paddleboard will be given away. The real fun kicks off on Saturday though.

Saturday

November 11th is race day! Four races will take place over the course of the day, plus a great beach lunch and awards ceremony means there’ll be something for everyone to enjoy. If you’re attending Paddlefest on the Saturday, make sure to keep an eye out for the:

  • Long Race: 6 Miles
This beach start race takes place in Gulf waters, and will go through a very challenging ocean pass. Boat traffic and natural currents make this race unpredictable and super fun to watch. This race is certainly not for the inexperienced paddler!
  • Open Course: 3 Miles

This race starts at the beach and takes place in Gulf waters as well. This race is a little easier on the competitor though, as it’s not as long or unpredictable as the Long Race.

  • Recreational Fun Race: 1.5 Miles

Like the name implies, this race is just for fun. Those that want to enjoy the magnificence of the beach and enjoy the water will be right at home during this race.

  • Paddle Hound Kids Race: ¼ Mile

This race is also in the Gulf, but a little closer to shore. The Paddle Hound is for kids 11 and younger. Don’t worry though, the young ones receive a pre-race “paddle clinic” and extra precautions are implemented to ensure safety.

Sunday

Sunday (11/12/17) will be full of food and laughs as it kicks off the Paddlefit Beach Challenge and the Thanksgiving Day lunch. Paddlefit will see competitive teams (complete in costume) facing off in hamster ball races, hippity hop races, and a salt water slip and slide. Plenty of fun is to be had during the last day of Paddlefest, culminating in a Thanksgiving lunch. Even though Thanksgiving is a few weeks out, the organizers of Paddlefest take advantage of having everyone together to give thanks and enjoy a full Thanksgiving feast. Who could say ‘no’ to another Thanksgiving meal?

The wannaB inn is a proud sponsor of the Englewood Paddlefest, and we can’t wait to welcome the event’s contestants into our resort. Every year we look forward to the paddleboard races, and they never seem to disappoint. Good luck to all the contestants! Here’s to some friendly competition this weekend! For more info on the event, click here.

What’s the one thing that comes to your mind when you think ‘vacation?’ Probably ‘relaxation,’ right? We don’t blame you. The lastBiking Article Image 2 thing anyone wants to think about when they’re planning a week off of work and responsibilities is exercise. If you want to take your time at the wannaBinn to just sit on the beach, maybe get some fishing in, or try your hand at Stand Up Paddle-boarding, then we say go for it! However, we also know that it’s possible to get some exercise in while you’re having fun on your time off. Biking is a fantastic way to see the areas surrounding the wannaBinn, while you squeeze in a little work out.

Staying Healthy

In addition to restricting harmful carbon emissions, the health benefits of riding a bike are pretty plainly understood. Through choosing to ride over drive you’ll:

  • Increase your cardiovascular fitness.
  • Improve joint mobility.
  • Improve posture and coordination.
  • Strengthen your bones.

Riding a bike has even shown to reduce stress levels, so not only is the activity good for your physical health, but it’ll go that extra mile towards bringing you into that vacation state of mind.

See the Sights!

With so many amenities just minutes away from the resort, biking makes a lot of sense as far as getting out to explore the Biking Article Image 1Manasota Key. Just five minutes away from the wannaBinn is a cluster of restaurants and eateries featuring: The Gulf View Grill, The Sandbar Tiki & Grille, and The Lock N’ Key, meaning you can make an afternoon of pedaling down for a guilt free meal.

There are plenty of other sites to check out in addition to the restaurants surrounding the wannaBinn. In an afternoon of riding, you’re liable to see Manasota Beach, Blind Pass Beach, and a plethora of beautifully designed houses for miles. If you’re the sight-seeing type, then a day of biking around our resort won’t disappoint.

No Bike? No Problem!

If you didn’t bring your own bike, we’ve got you covered. We offer rentals on comfortable, single-speed bikes for our guests’ use. These “Earth Cruisers” are available for $20.00 a day or $80.00 for the full week, so if you’re planning on getting a lot of two-wheeled exploring done, this option might be for you. Please note that our bikes cannot be ridden off-road. If you’re looking for specialty bikes on the more adventurous days, we recommend Real Bikes.

There are nearly endless opportunities for adventure and fun around the wannaBinn, and what better way to experience the amenities of the area, than first hand on a bicycle. Not only will choosing to ride a bike benefit the environment, but you’ll be benefiting your own health while maintaining a relaxed, vacation mindset. If you’re thinking of exploring the Manasota Key, then consider doing so on a bicycle. We don’t think you’ll regret it.

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

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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!

Stand up paddleboarding (SUP) has exploded in popularity over the past few years.  In particular, you'll see a plethora of people enjoying SUPs throughout the waters that surround Weston’s wannaB inn.  

SUP combines the paddling of kayaking or canoeing with the stand up positioning of surfing.  This provides you with a brand new way to approach and navigate the waterways.  Not only is this a fun activity but, it’s a great full body workout.Standup 2

3 Types of SUPs

1. Flat Water

These boards are a great way to begin paddling and are ideal for calm lakes and inlets.  The boards are usually longer and wider, which makes them very stable.

Best for: Beginners, calm lakes, and protected inlets.

2. Surf

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Many people find surfing on a SUP easier than a regular surfboard because are already in the 

standing position when the wave arrives.  Surf SUP boards are a bit shorter than flat water boards, as well as being tapered and curved to help you ride the waves

Best for: Advanced SUP riders and surfers.

3. Inflatable

Inflatable boards are perfect for the paddleboarder that is always on the go.  The boards fit inside a carrying case and can be inflated quickly with a hand or electric air pump.  Because these boards inflate to a high pressure level, they feel much like a flat water board.

Best for: Beginner to advanced riders, travellers, or people with limited storage space.

Great Routes to Try:

The waters around Weston’s wannaB inn offer a great opportunity to explore many areas by SUP.  Here are just a few suggestions:

  • Stump Pass State Park

Located right beside our property, you can explore beautiful Stump Pass and Whidden Key by SUP or kayak.  This route is ideal for beginners, and offers you an opportunity to spot dolphins, manatees, and many other fish species in the area.

  • Don Pedro Island Mangrove Tunnels & Beach

The mangrove tunnels are an incredible sight to be seen while at the wannaB inn.  Not only will you have an opportunity to see some incredible wild life but, the amazing tunnel leads to a hidden lagoon.

  • Palm Island/Coconut Canal

This awesome adventure is a nature lovers dream come true!  A variety of marine life, birds, and local plant life is in abundance on this trip.

SUP Rentals

Don’t own a SUP?  Don’t worry, there are plenty of service providers in the area.

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!