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.
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.
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.
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.
Don’t own a SUP? Don’t worry, there are plenty of service providers in the area.
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.
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.
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
- the Northern Gannett
- Bald Eagle
Of course, there are plenty more to be discovered, so come on down and fill out your life list!
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*
So what are you waiting for? Book your stay today at: wannabinn.com!
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.
6651 Oriole Blvd
Englewood, FL 34224-3901
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.
1601 Englewood Rd
Englewood, FL 34223-1856
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.
2550 S River Rd
Englewood, FL 34223-3962
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.
266 Rotonda Cir
Rotonda West, FL 33947-2149
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.
12455 S Access Rd
Port Charlotte, FL 33981-6206
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!
4100 Riverwood Dr.
Port Charlotte, FL 33953-5655
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.
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.
107 Venice East Blvd
Venice, FL 34293-4123
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.
Who Doesn’t Love Fishing?
It’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:
Shallow Water, Bay Fishing
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
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
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.
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.
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