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  • 5 Reasons You Wanna Be Here

    We think the wannaB inn is great, but don't take our word for it.  Check out the five reasons you wanna be here from travel blogger Nanci Theoret.

    1.  Stay Your Way:  Create your own island vacation experience by selecting among our one, two, and three bedroom cottage-style units, studios, villas, and nostalgic Florida "motel" accommodations along the Gulf of Mexico or Lemon Bay.  Plan to experience our three Bs: Beach, Bay, and Boating.

    2.  Time Travel to Old Florida:  Stay with us and you'll step back in time to an era before high-rise towers dominated much of Florida's coastline.  Our buildings cling to their origins as fishing camps when life moved even slower than a lazy neap tide.  The docks and boat ramps are still here and fishing remains a popular activity as former child guests return with their children and grand children.

    3.  The Beach Is Always In Reach:  The wannaB inn offers beachfront cabanas and sitting areas poised to our 900 feet of sand, sea, and surf.

    4.  Treasures from the Sea:  Take a bite out of the sea by searching the shore for ancient sharks' teeth and shells deposited daily by the surf rolling along a prehistoric sea bed just off the coast.

    5.  Animal Magnetism: A dawn or dusk beach visit increases your chances of spotting dolphins feeding and frolicking in the Gulf.  Manatees, Florida's beloved sea cows prefer the warmer water of the bay near our docks.

  • Play Ball! Spring Training Baseball Is In Full Flight

    Stone CrabsMajor League Baseball (MLB) has called Florida home for Spring Training for over 125 years.  Each Spring, numerous teams venture south to get prepared for the long MLB season ahead.

    Weston’s wannaB inn finds itself right in the heart of Grapefruit League action, with an incredible nine teams whose spring training home is within driving distance from our property.  If you are a baseball fan, there is no better place to be in March when the boys of summer start preparing for the upcoming season!

    If you’re looking to catch a game while staying at Weston’s wannaB inn, here is a list of teams who are playing close by:

    • Tampa Rays – Charlotte Sports Park – 2300 El Jobean Rd – Port Charlotte, FL
    • Baltimore Orioles – Ed Smith Stadium – 2700 12th Street – Sarasota, FL
    • Boston Red Sox– Jet Blue Park – 11500 Fenway South Drive – Fort Myers, FL
    • Detroit Tigers – Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium – 2125 North Lake Avenue – Lakeland, FL
    • Minnesota Twins – Hammond Stadium – 4100 Six Mile Cypress Parkway – Fort Myers, FL
    • New York Yankees– George M. Steinbrenner Field – 1 Steinbrenner Drive – Tampa, FL
    • Philadelphia Phillies – 601 North Old Coachman Road – Clearwater, FL
    • Pittsburgh Pirates – LECOM Park – 1611 Ninth Street W – Bradenton, FL
    • Toronto Blue Jays – Florida Auto Exchange Stadium – 373 Douglas Avenue – Dunedin, FL
  • Top Foods To Eat While In Englewood

    Englewood, Florida has everything you need for some fun in the sun: pristine beaches, fantastic fishing and amazing food.  We’ve combed the community to find the must-have foods you need to try when you visit our little piece of Florida.  Here is just a handful of our favorites.

     

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    An all-time favorite!  When you’re in Florida, Key lime pie is an absolute must-have.  Here’s a pro tip:  a true Key lime pie should be yellow, not green.  It should be a tangy, creamy treat with no hint of sweetness if it’s made right.  The traditional Conch version uses egg white to make a meringue topping but it’s more commonly consumed sans meringue.  On 1 July 2006, the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate both passed legislation selecting "Key lime pie" as the official pie of the state of Florida.

     

    STONE CRAB

     

    When you’re this close to the Gulf of Mexico, you can't resist good seafood.  The bodies of stone crabs are relatively small and are rarely eaten, but the claws (chelae), which are large and strong enough to break an oyster's shell, are considered a delicacy.  Florida stone crabs are legal for harvest from October 15th until May 15th and are best served chilled with mustard sauce.

     

    GROUPER

     

    Grouper is a premium fish and Southwest Florida has some of the best Grouper you can get.  It has a milder flavor and moist white meat that can be enjoyed by seafood lovers and non-seafood lovers alike.  Grouper can be prepared just about any way and is great as an entree, on a salad or as a sandwich with tartar sauce.

     

    GULF SHRIMP

     

    We look at shrimp the same way we look at potato chips—you can’t eat just one!  That is definitely the case with these pink, sweet and plump morsels that come straight out of the Gulf of Mexico.  Enjoy them chilled, grilled, battered and fried with a side of cocktail sauce, if you so desire.

     

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    Despite what you may have heard, gator does not taste like chicken but it is delicious.  It’s a bit chewier than most meats but when it’s battered and fried, it’s downright delicious!  If you’re trying to watch the calories, you can have grilled gator and still keep all the flavor—it’s even been said that it’s low in cholesterol.  No matter which way you like it, it’s one of those foods you just have to try when in Florida.

  • Winter Vacation Rentals

    escape winter to westons wannab inn

    If you’re looking to escape the cold this winter then look no further than Weston’s wannaB inn, located on Manasota Key in Englewood, Florida for your winter rental accommodations.

    Weston’s wannaB inn boasts 80 rooms in a variety of styles including efficiency, 1, 2, and 3 bedroom units.  All of our rooms are outfitted with a full kitchen, which includes stove, microwave, refrigerator, toaster, skillet, saucepans, silverware, and coffee pots.  Some units have dishwashers.  All of our units are decorated with retro-styled furnishings so you'll to feel right at home, surrounded by old Florida charm.

    Our property features:

    • WiFi internet service
    • Laundry facilities on site
    • Weekly Linen Exchange
    • Access to charcoal BBQs
    • 900 feet of sandy Gulf front beach
    • Two Pools
    • Kayak Rentals
    • Boat Docks
    • Bike Rentals
     
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    Pricing

    wannab inn site planWeston’s wannaB inn offers a variety of rooms, room types, and locations.  Because of this our pricing differs depending on the unit.  For pricing by building please click below:

    • The Sea Star Motel & Villas is just a short walk from Stump Pass State Park and features 10 Gulf Side and 6 pool side efficiency units.  Across the pool are three additional units, one 1-bedroom, and two-2 bedroom units, respectively.
     
    • The Nautilus offers stunning views of Lemon Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.  Its bright exterior will bring a smile to your face and the units internal décor will wrap you in Old Florida Charm.  There are both six efficiency and six 1-bedroom units on the Bay side and nine 2-bedroom units on the Gulf side.
     
    • Sand Dollar Circle offers the best of both worlds.  The east side of the building overlooks a beautiful heated pool while the west offers spectacular views of the Gulf of Mexico.  Along the east side are two 1-bedroom units and three 2-bedroom units.  On the west side are eleven 1-bedroom units and one 2-bedroom unit.
     
    • Conch Courtyard sits on the Gulf side of the property and has a cozy cabin feel.  These buildings feature one efficiency unit, four 1-bedroom units, three 2-bedroom units, and one of the property’s rare 3-bedroom units.
     
    • Dolphin Retreat is aptly named as you can often view many dolphins at play from the cabana on this very private beach.  This building features three efficiency units, two 2-bedroom units and four 1-bedroom units.
     
    • Manatee Manor sits along a beautiful serene area of Lemon Bay, known as Ski Alley.  There are four units and dockage for boats.  The units include two 2-bedroom units, one 1-bedroom unit, and a very rare 3-bedroom unit.
    • Manatee Manor Pricing
     
    • Catfish Cove is located just adjacent to the resort office, along the intracoastal waterway on Lemon Bay.  This 2-bedroom unit provides comfortable, roomy accommodation just steps away from our private boat ramp and docks.

     

    Location

    Englewood Area MapLocated half way between Sarasota and Fort Myers, Weston’s wannaB inn is easily accessible by car and plane.  The three nearby airports offer air service from many U.S. and international cities.

    • Southwest Florida International (Fort Myers)
    • Sarasota-Bradenton International
    • Punta Gorda Airport

    All three airports are within an hour and a half drive from the property.

    Manasota Key is located in Englewood, Florida, a geographic area rich in resources and talent.  The beautiful beaches, award winning state parks, endless culinary experiences, and a blossoming arts scene provide a wide array of attractions.  Shared by both Sarasota and Charlotte counties, the area is home to beautiful beaches, several hidden islands, nature parks, cultural events, and much more.

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    Activities & Attractions

    image of fishingThere are many that call this region the fishing capital of the world.  There is no denying that the opportunities for great fishing are varied and plentiful.  The mixture of deep sea, inland, or nearshore fishing provide opportunities to land the legendary tarpon, redfish, snook, grouper, snapper, and many more.  Click here for more info.

    Stump Pass State Park sits adjacent to Weston’s wannaB inn, a beautiful one mile stretch of beach where visitors enjoy hiking trails, fishing, swimming, and paddling.  Visitors have also been known to spot a great selection of wildlife including manatees, dolphins, tortoises, egrets, and much more.  Ranger led nature hikes are available all winter.

    If boating is your passion, look no further.  With our own private boat launch and docks, you can easily travel from Sarasota to Cabbage Key.  Our docks are available for rent, and can accommodate boats up to 24 feet in length.  Click here for more info

    Discover the natural beauty of golf in the Englewood, Charlotte, and Sarasota areas.  This area was ranked the third best place in American to live and play golf by Golf Digest.  Golfing is a year round activity here and the area boasts eight public or semi-public courses for a wide range of golfing abilities within 10 miles of the resort.  Click here for more info

    image of riverwood golf clubBaseball has a strong tradition in Sarasota and Charlotte Counties.  Nearby Port Charlotte is home to the Charlotte Sports Park, the spring training home of the Tampa Bay Rays, their Class A Advanced Affiliate, the Charlotte Stone Crabs, and the Annual NCAA Snowbird Baseball Classic.  Our property finds itself in the heart of Grapefruit league action, with an incredible nine teams whose spring training home is within driving distance from our property.

    The property is ideally situated for guests to take in breathtaking views of local bird species.  Hundreds of species have been spotted here including herons, willets, egrets, and plovers.  Nature lovers will enjoy the undisturbed wildlife, allowing you to witness nesting sea turtles, manatees, and dolphins.

    Looking for a quiet night at the movies?  Frank Theatres Galleria Stadium 12 (11 miles) and Regal Cinemas Town Center 16 (18 miles) offer the latest box office hits for your enjoyment.

    Dining

    Just a mile from the resort and directly across from Englewood Beach, are a variety of great spots for food and libations.  Each of these has its own personality, so while you visit with us, sample the delicious “Taste of the Keys” at these fine restaurants.

    These are just a few of the great area restaurants:https://www.charlotteharbortravel.com/restaurants/

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