It’s almost time for Racefest, one of the most exciting events to come out of the annual Englewood Beach Waterfest! If you’ve got the need for speed and are staying at the wannaB over the November 17th weekend, then we can’t recommend enough that you head down to Englewood beach to get in on the fun! The weekend is sure to be filled with excitement, action, and a whole lot of fast and beautiful boats! What could be better? Need more convincing? Well you’re in luck, because we’ve got a full run-down of the festival right here.


Racefest Boat

The three-day festival kicks off on November 16th and runs through the 18th. On Friday, November 16th, be sure to stop by historic Dearborn Street for a chance to get an up-close-and-personal look at the boats and meet some of the teams at the Block Party. The party is going to be a free event to the public where you can get familiar with the over 40 boats that are entered in the races. The block party is going to run from 5:00pm to 9:00 pm which should provide ample time to check out each vessel (provided you don’t get held up salivating over a particularly shiny one). And what’s a party without food and drinks? Street vendors, food trucks, and beverage stations will all be setting up to make sure you’re well taken care of, so you can make a whole night of the party!

Saturday & Sunday

Saturday, November 17th is when the real fun begins. Races kick off at 11:00am, with the last race of the day being held at 3:00pm. Similarly, races run from 11:00am to 3:00pm on Sunday, with an awards ceremony being held at 7:00pm. Traditionally, these races are high-octane, so if you’re a fan of aquatic action, then you’ve got to head down to Waterfest Village on Englewood Beach during the event. If you want to make a whole day of it, make sure you stop by Waterfest Beach Oasis and Food Court too! Howard’s Restaurant will be offering seafood and American fare, and Paraiso will be grilling up some authentic Mexican favorites! Plus, there will be plenty of beverage stations serving: beer, wine, mixed drinks, margaritas and sangria, so you can really turn Racefest into a party!

There’s Something for Everyone!

Bringing the kids along to Racefest? Make sure to stop by the Family Conservation Center. Mote Marine Laboratory will have six exhibits set up during Racefest:

  • Fin-Tastic Friends – an exhibit devoted to truths about often misunderstood sharks and rays
  • Florida Watersheds – learn about what kind of creatures are native to Florida
  • Marine CSI – learn about Mote’s team of experts who investigate animal standings.
  • Spineless Sea – learn about the weird adaptations of the invertebrates.
  • Turtely Turtles – learn all about some of our favorite creatures: sea turtles
  • Radical Reefs – learn about the interesting world of the reef’s ecosystem.

In addition to Mote Marine Laboratory, the following exhibits are also scheduled to set up during Racefest:

  • Shark Brothers
  • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
  • Peace River Wildlife Club with Luna the Owl
  • Lemon Bay High Marine Conservation Club
  • Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Conservation Bureau
  • Tropical Seas Reef Safe Sunscreen
  • Barrier Island State Park Society
  • Friends of Stump Pass
  • Wildlife Center of Venice

There are plenty of other fun activities for your kids to enjoy throughout the day as well, like: a bean bag toss, ring toss, face painting, a photo booth and much more.

The 2018 Englewood Beach Racefest is going to be a weekend of fun you won’t soon forget, and with so many food and drink options, and activities for the whole family, it should be a no-brainer when it comes to checking out the event. If you’re interested, you can find more info as well as tickets to the event on the Englewood Beach Waterfest website.

For more on the goings on around the wannaB, stay tuned to wannaBinn.com, and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for ideas about things to do on your Florida getaway!

fall in florida

Fall is a special time in Florida. The leaves may not change color and fall as the name of the season would imply (we like our palm trees just the way they are anyways), but we do enjoy quite a bit more time outdoors than other countries once the cold months start to roll around. We’ll be the first to admit that summer gets hot in Florida, but now that it’s Fall, it’s time to enjoy some cooler, yet still beautiful weather. When writing about now being the perfect time to get out and play some golf, we found ourselves asking ‘what are some other things to get out and enjoy now that the weather’s turning?’ That led us to this: The Top 5 Things to do in Florida this Fall!

5. Take a Hike!

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With the temperature about to average at around 84° (not to mention the Summer humidity letting up), now is the ideal time to get out and enjoy some of Florida’s natural beauty! Having parks like Stump Pass, Myakka State Forest, Indian Mound Park, and Don Pedro Island State Park so close to the wannaB (all within 10 miles) means there’s nothing stopping you from getting out for the day and getting in touch with nature. Because, let’s face it, during the Summer, sometimes we’re perfectly fine with staying a little out of touch with nature.

4. Ride a Bike!

Specifically, in the ninth-annual Tour de North Port! Riding a bike can be strenuous work in the summer, but when the weather starts to cool down, there’s nothing like it! The Tour De North Port takes place every October and goes past some of the most beautiful pine flatwoods forests Florida has to offer. This is a great tour around North Port, and registration is open for people of all ages, so you can bring your entire family and make a day of it! Breakfast and lunch are both provided as part of the registration fees, so you won’t go hungry during your ride. It’s some of the most fun you can have on two wheels! If you don’t want to participate in the Tour de North Port, don’t worry! There are plenty of places to bike around the wannaB

3. Take in Some Culture at the Downtown Venice Art Festival

This free annual event is one of our favorites and indicates that Fall is truly underway. More than 100 artists participate in displaying their latest works, whether they be sculptures or paintings. The festival takes place November 3rd and 4th on West Venice Ave, just about a half-hour drive from the wannaB inn. With the Fall comes the perfect temperature to appreciate the art on display without having to rush into a building with air conditioning. Who knows, you may just end up with your next favorite photograph to hang on your wall when you return home – always a reminder of that beautiful Fall you spent in Florida.

2. Catch the Blues

Venice has one more trick up its sleeve this fall, and that’s the Venice Blues Festival! This year’s festival takes place on November 17th in Maxine Barrett Park. If you’re a blues lover, then do yourself a favor and head out to this festival featuring performances from Little Jake & the Soul Searchers, Travis Bowlin, Meg Williams and more! This is a night that blues fans won’t soon forget, and with the weather a little cooler, you’ll be able to stick out the whole show no problem.

 1. Who Could Forget Halloween?

One night of the year that absolutely screams fall is Halloween. If you’re bringing the kiddos with you for a stay at the wannaB inn this fall, it doesn’t mean they have to miss out on the fun of trick-or-treating! Quite the opposite, in fact! There are plenty of Halloween Haunts, and festivals to enjoy with the family, but our favorite is the Dearborn Street Halloween Safe Walk! For 23 years running, historic Dearborn St. in Englewood has been home to a trick-or-treating event with live Halloween music, photo props, costume contests and more! Kids absolutely love it (which makes mom and dad’s night a little easier), not to mention the plethora of restaurants on Dearborn St. so you can cap your night off with a bite to eat. Don’t miss out on Halloween this year, make sure your costumes are packed, and head down to Dearborn St. – or should we say Deadborn St. – this October 31st for a spooky night for the whole family!

Florida is automatically associated with summer, but the truth is, there’s plenty of fun to be had all year round at the wannaB inn. You just have to know where to look. With plenty of awesome activities happening during the Fall, and with the temperature taking a bit of a drop (thank goodness), there’s never been a better time to stay with us.

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There’s nothing like planning a vacation. Half the excitement of getting away is the anticipation of a great vacation with those closest to you. Planning a vacation can also be stressful – especially if you’re the one that all the planning falls to. With everyone in your group wanting to do something different, and there being so many activities to choose from, the perfect vacation can sometimes start to look like the perfect storm. That’s where we come in. At the wannaB inn, we hope for nothing but blue skies for you and yours, so we’ve done some of the work, and scoured the internet to put together a list of the Top 5 things to do while you stay with us. We tried our best to appeal to a wide audience, so you’re bound to find something that everyone in your group can enjoy, so you can relax this vacation. Let’s get started, shall we?

Enjoy a Play on Lemon Bay

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What better way to get some culture in during your stay than with a little theatre? The Lemon Bay Playhouse is less than a ten-minute drive from the resort and holds year-round performances. The Lemon Bay Playhouse is renowned in the area for its captivating shows put on by talented performers. Currently playing at the theatre is a comedy by the name of Last of the Red Hot Lovers, but coming up in October is Deathtrap, an inspired combination of comedy, mystery and thriller.

Veidhi Gite wrote about the Lemon Bay Playhouse in her article, 12 Best Things To Do In Englewood, Florida, and you can follow her on Twitter right here.

A Surrealist’s Dream

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Vacationing with an art lover? Do they know that Florida is home to the second largest collection of surrealist artist, Salvadore Dali’s, works? This may not be the traditional first thought when it comes to vacationing in Florida, but the Dali Museum, located just an hour drive away from the inn, in St. Petersburgh, is one of the coolest museums around. Explore on your own or take part in one of the several guided tours, then cap off your day with a visit to the museum restaurant which features Spanish inspired cuisine! A must-see for any art lover.

We found this spot while looking through Vacationidea’s 25 Best Things to Do in Florida. Be sure to check them out on Facebook and Twitter for more…vacation ideas.

A Full Day of Fun

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Are the kids coming with you on your vacation? Then you’ve got to check out Busch Gardens in Tampa! Just over an hour’s drive from the inn, Busch Gardens is the best of both a zoo and an amusement park. Enjoy some high-flying fun on a selection of roller-coasters or enjoy an up-close-and-personal look at the park’s array of exotic (and awesome) animal species. Plus, Busch Gardens always has exciting events going on, like the Bier Fest where Mom & Dad can sample over one hundred beers from around the world. All told, it’s a fantastic place to spend a day with the family!

This suggestion caught our eye in The Crazy Tourist’s article 25 Best Things to Do in Florida. Be sure to check them out on Instagram and Facebook for more awesome Florida vacation ideas. They’re not all crazy, we promise.

Everybody Stand Up!

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If you’ve been to the wannaB inn before, or have seen our social media, you know that we’re big fans of Stand-Up Paddleboarding, or SUP for short. Well, how about a new twist on an old classic? Hooked on SUP now offers Yoga Stand-Up Paddleboarding classes. These classes are open to people of all ages and skill levels. Plus, they take place right in Englewood and the surrounding areas, so you won’t have to stray far from the inn at all. Relax with a little mediation while getting your core workout in, all from the serene waters of Florida.

We love Stand-Up Paddleboarding, but we owe Kara Franker for turning us onto these Yoga SUP Classes in her article, 8 Eco-Friendly Things To Do In Charlotte Harbor And The Gulf Islands. Check her out on Twitter and Instagram for more interesting things to do in Florida.

Go Fish

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Would it be a real ‘Top 5’ list about Florida if we didn’t mention fishing? This one might be a no-brainer, but one of the most popular activities around our inn is fishing. Our guests love to get out on the docks to try and catch a big one. It’s a relaxing activity that can be truly rewarding. Did you know that you can take a boat tour specifically for fishing though? It’s true! There are several tour operators, like: Captain Van Hubbard, Grande Adventures, and more that organize amazing fishing tours around the Gulf. These tours are a great way to introduce your kids to one of coastal Florida’s oldest (and best) activities and is one of the greatest ways to spend a day while visiting Florida.

This is another idea that we happened upon in Veidhi Gite’s article, 12 Best Things To Do In Englewood, Florida.

We think these are some of the best ways to vacation in Florida, but of course, there are hundreds of activities, restaurants, historical sites, and more to check out while you’re here. We wanted to take some of the load off when planning what you’ll do with your group, but one thing we didn’t mention (and one of our favorite ways to spend the day) is to just relax on a spot of your choosing on our over 900’ of Gulf of Mexico facing beachfront. However you choose to spend your vacation, if you’re staying at the wannaB inn, we know you’ll have a great time.

For more goings on around the resort, make sure you stay tuned to wannabinn.com, and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter so you don’t miss a thing!
golf season is back

This summer has been hot. Now Florida is generally on the warmer side, but this year has seen some of the hottest days on record, so we don’t blame anyone for wanting to stay indoors. Even the most dedicated golfers are going to have a hard time playing a full 18 holes when the sun is beating down on you all day, which is why we’re happy to be moving into the fall. Yes, the fall can mean gloomy weather in other parts of the world, but in the Sunshine State you get exactly that…sunshine. And with the temperature dropping to around the 70° mark, it’s the perfect time to get out there and enjoy the links again. ‘But where to golf?’ you may be asking yourself. Lucky for you, there are 20 golf courses operating within 10 miles of the wannaB inn! Even luckier, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorites for you to check out while you’re staying with us! These are our top ‘FORE!’ golf courses around the wannaB inn, in no particular order.

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Lemon Bay Golf Club

The Lemon Bay Golf Club is a short 15-minute drive away from the wannaB. This beautiful course stretches south on the mainland from Englewood to Placida on the southwest coast. Sitting at a terrific 4.8/5 on Google Reviews, we know you’re going to have a great time playing the course. Not the best golfer? Not to worry, the Lemon Bay Golf Club offers golf clinics to really help bring out the pro in you!

Myakka Pines Golf Club

Located under eight miles away from our property, the unique 27 holes that make up the three distinct Myakka Pines Golf Courses are some of our favorites. Just look at how beautiful this course is:

If that doesn’t make you want to pack up your clubs and stay with us, we don’t know what will! Once the game is done, head over to the River Road Grille on site restaurant for a bite to eat – the perfect way to cap off a day at the course.

Boca Royale Golf & Country Club

Easily one of the most stunning golf clubs around, the Boca Royale Golf Club was “designed by some of the finest golf course architects Hole 13.thumb.700including T.A. Anderson, Steven R. Smyers and Carter Morrish…” The course welcomes players of all skill levels and promises a fun and challenging time for all. Plus, private lessons are available for members and public golfers alike. Boca Royale is also on the cutting edge when it comes to traversing their course with their very popular (and very cool) GolfBoards! For the same rental rate as a traditional golf cart, GolfBoards (a wide, motorized, skateboard like platform on 4 wheels) add a whole new element of fun to your game!

Rotonda Golf and Country Club

We saved the biggest golf club for last. The Rotonda Golf and Country Club features 99 golf holes spread out over 5 different courses. The closest of which being The Hills course which is just under 10 miles away from the wannaB. This 18-hole par 72 championship course will test your accuracy with its strategically placed water hazards and features some of the best greens in the area. The Hills is semi-private, beautiful and an absolute must play if you’re a golf fan staying with us!

Of course, these are just some of the wonderful golf courses around the Englewood area. With more surrounding the wannaB, and even more than that in the neighboring cities, there is no shortage of options when it comes to getting out and playing a round. In fact, you can check out a full list of golf options from Charlotte Harbor’s Travel Website right HERE. With the temperature starting to co-operate, it’s finally safe to get on to the green without fear of your ball melting (O.K. maybe a bit of an exaggeration, but you get what we’re saying). So if you’re a golf fan, there’s absolutely no better place to plan your vacation that the wannaB inn, and with these current promotions, and availability in December and January, some comfortable golf may just be in the cards!

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There’s nothing like getting on your motorcycle. The power of the engine, the freedom of two wheels, and the feeling of the wind whipping by you while you’re out on the open road. We know that a motorcycle isn’t for everyone, but those who love their bikes, really love their bikes. That’s why we thought we should let our motorcycle enthusiast guests know about the upcoming Englewood Bike Night. The Englewood Bike Night is an event that brings together motorcycle fans from all over Florida, so if you’re a bike fanatic who happens to be staying with us while the Bike Night is taking place, you’ve got to check it out.

Where and When

The Englewood Bike Night is put on by the Moose Riders, and will be taking place Saturday August 18th on historic Dearborn St., just a ten-minute ride from the resort! If you’re won’t be here over that particular weekend, don’t worry, The Englewood Bike Night is a recurring event that happens the third Saturday of every month. The festivities start at 5:00pm and run until 10:00pm. If you’re into bikes, you’ll love heading down to Dearborn St. and hearing the collective roar of dozens of powerful, custom motorcycles.

Grab Some Grub

Of course, checking out other riders’ bikes won’t be the only thing to do at the Englewood Bike Night. Plenty of restaurants are open to the bike enthusiasts that drive down Dearborn during the event. Some of our favorite spots, like the Mango Bistro, Bobarino’s Pizza, Englewood’s On Dearborn and more are going to be open and expecting some bike lovers’ business.

Listen to Some Tunes

Not to mention, the Englewood Bike Night also hosts live entertainment! The upcoming event will have South Western Florida’s own Storm Warning headlining, playing their brand of funk-inspired blues rock. They’re not the only ones that’ll grace the stage on Bike Night though. Performers change month to month, so you always get to experience something new. Past performers have included: The Copperhead Band, and Maiden Cane.

All For a Good Cause

Plus, there’s raffles, giveaways, 50/50 draws, and plenty of vendors tailored to the enjoyment of a bike enthusiast. If that weren’t enough, proceeds from the event go towards supporting Moose Riders charities, like: Friends for the Advancement of Musical Education (FAME), Englewood Area Cancer Foundation, Helping Hands, and many more. So, swing by Dearborn, gawk at some gorgeous bikes, enter some raffles, and support local charities while you’re doing it.

If you love motorcycles (or even if you’re just looking for a fun night out), there’s no reason not to check out the Englewood Bike Night. Make an evening out of it by bringing the whole family to enjoy some delicious food, take in some good music, and talk motorcycles with other riders on one of the liveliest streets in Florida. For more information about the Englewood Bike Night, check out their website right HERE.

For more events happening in the Englewood area, keep checking wannaB.com, and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram so you don’t miss a minute of what’s going on at the resort!