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With spring here and summer just around the corner, I’m starting to feel that little itch to travel and explore. One of our favorite places to visit is Sanibel Island (and Captiva, of course). Such a peaceful, serene place we have not found anywhere else. It’s as if, once you cross over the bridge to Sanibel, you enter a whole different world and definitely a different lifestyle. It’s so laid back, which brings me to my main focus…. relaxing at Anchor Inn & Cottages on Sanibel Island.
Last year when we visited Sanibel, we made reservations at this little inn, largely based on reviews via TripAdvisor. The reviews were not wrong; it was a wonderful place to stay. We rather enjoy the smaller, hole-in-the-wall type of places when we’re visiting different areas or on vacation. It’s always easier to meet interesting people and get to know the lay of the land when staying somewhere authentic.
Rooms at Anchor Inn & Cottages
Anchor Inn & Cottages boast several units, including standard size rooms, one room efficiencies, two room efficiencies, and their historic A-frame cottages. We chose to stay in a two room efficiency, which was plenty big enough for our family of four. Outside our front door was a small porch area with table and chairs, as well as ceiling fans to keep a breeze blowing.
Our room consisted of a living area with sleeper sofa….….one bedroom…. ….a small dining area, a fully equipped kitchen, and two bathrooms. The entire unit was quite comfortable and gave us all the room we needed for a quiet stay; the bedroom gave more privacy, as well, from the rest of the unit.
We also had a back door, and outside our back door was a small piece of paradise. We could go out and sit in chairs, watching the turtles swim and play in the water. Other wildlife was in abundance; all we had to do was look out our back door. I couldn’t help but imagine an alligator making his way up on the bank…. my imagination likes to get the best of me sometimes. It was such a beautiful place to rest and relax.
Amenities at Anchor Inn & Cottages
Anchor Inn provides several amenities, including a heated pool with patio area. Other amenities include cable tv, wireless internet, in-room coffee service, free boat and trailer parking, and complimentary beach gear. Towel service is provided, as well; we had only to place our towel bin outside our door every morning, and by the time we returned, dirty towels would have been replaced with fresh. They also provide several activities, including tetherball, picnic tables and barbecue areas, horseshoes and shuffle board, and bike rentals for the famous 30 miles of bike trails all over Sanibel Island.
The location is really convenient, as well. We were able to walk to a nearby convenience store, and an island grocery store was not far of a drive at all. The bike trail winds right past the front of the inn’s entrance, so basically, you step out your front door…. and there’s the bike trail, amazing.
Would we stay at Anchor Inn again? Most definitely. It’s affordable and clean, and we very much enjoyed our stay. Hotel staff were friendly and helpful. Yes, we would definitely stay here again, and I’d recommend the inn to readers, friends, and family.
I find myself wanting to meander over the bridge again to visit this peaceful island away from it all….
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