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Great News! Our “Rest Assured” Promise Now Extends to December 31, 2020!

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Here’s some great news for those of you thinking about visiting us at Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts — but are still a bit hesitant to commit to travel plans more than a few weeks out.

Now you can book your getaways in October, November and December — and Rest Assured that if your plans change, you’ll have freedom and flexibility, with only a $35 processing fee on cancellations provided you do so no later than 72 hours prior to arrival.

Looking ahead, you can book ahead with peace of mind for:

  • Any mid-week or weekend getaway
  • The wonderful, joyous and beautiful ‘Tween Waters Delightful December, with our resort aglow in more than 100,000 holiday lights

So check your calendar, visit our website here or call our friendly on-site reservationists at 800.223.5865. And Rest Assured! Valid guestrooms and 1-bedroom suites only.

What’s Chef Greg Dishing Out?

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Think about all the cooking networks and shows we have at our disposal right now. Clearly food great to eat, but it’s also appetizing to watch too.   

Here at Old Captiva House, we recognize food as a form of art and want to highlight some of the great work our chefs do. That’s why we’ve created a new series entitled “Chef Greg Dishes” for our very own Executive Chef Greg Nelson to show off and share his culinary expertise.  

Viewers will get an inside look at the dishes he pours his heart into, while learning a thing or two about them — whether it’s how the dishes are imagined, what ingredients create their taste sensations or how guests can put their personal spin on them. Each video is bound have you jonesin’ for some of your favorite Old Captiva House dishes.  

So come watch, get hungry and enjoy Chef Greg’s masterpieces with us from anywhere! Be sure to follow us on Facebook here.

Staying SanCap Safe at Old Captiva House

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The safety of others is our most important goal right now, and here at Old Captiva House we want you to know we’re doing everything we can to ensure your safety.  

We want to stay connected with you and transparent with our approach to a healthy environment at this time. That’s why we’re staying SanCap Safe. Were committed to using industry-approved sanitation, hygiene and infection control practices to ensure the safety and well-being of visitors, residents and staff. 

What exactly goes into being SanCap Safe? Here’s the rundown:  

1.) Wash Hands Often
Washing your hands with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds is essential. We’re making sure our staff is washing their hands consistently. We’re asking staff and guests to use hand sanitizer when possible as well.  

2.) Avoid Close Contact with Others
Our employees are practicing safe social distancing when needed. Were staying six feet apart from others, both indoors and outdoors, and we’re asking guests to practice this measure as well. Keeping a safe distance is especially important for those who are at a higher risk of becoming very sick.  

3.) Mask Up
Were requiring our employees to wear a mask both inside and outside wherever and whenever possible. Masks should cover both mouth and nose always. We encourage our guests to wear masks as well, only removing them to enjoy food and drink.  

Practicing the SanCap Safe measures, we believe our staff can provide a safe environment for guests to enjoy some of their favorite drinks, dishes and treats. Click here for more information on all the ways we’re staying safe. 

Summer Staycation Celebration: Win 4 Days and 3 Nights at ‘Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa

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2020 has been one of the most turbulent years the world has faced. Luckily for Floridians, Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa on beautiful Captiva Island is offering you the chance to make the best out of our glorious beach summer — and all close by. 

Starting today, Florida residents only can enter to win 1 of 12 four day, three night stays at the legendary ‘Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa. Not only will lucky winners enjoy a luxurious guest room, each winner scores a bonus $100 dining credit for dining and beverages at any one of our three TripAdvisor top-rated restaurants.

“With the challenges of 2020 and the limitations currently of travel, we as a corporation wanted to say thank you to our many Florida guests past, present and future,” says Doug Babcock, Chief Executive Officer. “Providing 12 weekly winners over summer and early fall will create some big smiles.”

Winners will be drawn weekly and all 12 winners will be notified on September 30, 2020. Care to double or triple your odds of winning? Every time you book and stay at any Sanibel Captiva Beach Resort three nights or more before September 30, you’re entered again!

So stay now, stay often and maybe later! Just be sure you enter here now.

Sanibel Captiva Beach Resort Employees Create Video “Welcome Back”

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Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts, Southwest Florida’s leading hospitality management and marketing organization, today debuts a new video that features 50 employees extending a warm welcome back to Sanibel and Captiva Islands.

sanibel captiva beach resorts welcome back videoPhotography for the video was conducted across a full day at six SCBR brands: ‘Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa, Old Captiva House, West Wind Inn, Beachview Cottages, Castaways Cottages and Sanibel Captiva Island Vacation Rentals. Staff included virtually all departments: maintenance, housekeeping, guest services, food and beverage, weddings and events, sales, management and even the organization’s Chief Executive Officer. In every location and occasion, staff demonstrated best practices with approved face masks and gloves. The organization’s COVID-19 policies and procedures can be found here.

“Our goal with this video is to welcome our guests back the best way we can — with the genuine hospitality and passion for satisfaction each member of our team brings each day,” says Doug Babcock, Chief Executive Officer. “Many of our guests are long-time fans, and have come to know a lot our staff on a personal basis. This is our way to reach out, say hello and assure them we’re taking every precaution to safeguard their health, and the health of employees.”

The video will be featured on property websites, through social media and e-marketing efforts. You can view the video here.

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Old Captiva House & Crow’s Nest Offer New, Nightly and Family Specials for Take Home Service

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Two of Captiva’s top-rated TripAdvisor restaurants — Old Captiva House and Crow’s Nest Bar & Grille, located at the legendary ‘Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa — have announced a new menu of nightly Take Home dinner specials. Ordering is easy at 239.472.5161 (423), with pickup at a time convenient to you inside Crow’s Nest. You can view our Nightly Specials menu here. The specials are:

  • Mexican Monday: Beef or chicken soft taco with beans, rice and house-made guacamole ($13.95)
  • Prime Rib Tuesday: Served with mashed potatoes, veggie medley, horsey sauce and au jus ($26.00)
  • Wet Burrito Wednesday: “Sammy’s Chicken” with salsa verde, fresh pico de gallo, guacamole and Mexican rice ($15.95)
  • French Dip Thursday: Served with au jus and French fries ($13.95)
  • Fish Fry Friday: With French fries, cole slaw and house-made tartar ($16.95)
  • Shrimp Scampi Saturday: Served with garlic bread and a side chopped salad ($19.95)
  • Grilled Prime New York Sunday: Served with mashed potatoes, veggie medley and port wine demi ($24.00)

In addition, a new Family Style menu is being offered nightly of Fried Chicken, BBQ Ribs or Meatloaf — each with volume discounts for 4, 6 or 8 orders. Guests can also choose from their favorite selections of our limited Take Home menu you can view here.

Again, simply call 239.472.5161 (423) to place your order and designate your time of pickup inside Crow’s Nest. Our team is ready to delivery your order with recommended safety guidelines including cleansed new pens for each transaction, and on-site hand sanitizer.

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April Update: Old Captiva House Remains Open for Carry Out, and Coronavirus Policies

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This past weekend, Florida’s governor ordered all restaurants in the state be closed to foot traffic — while allowing carry out service to continue. At TripAdvisor’s number one Captiva Island restaurant — Old Captiva House — this policy and others are welcome opportunities to continue to bring you the finest dining experience in Southwest Florida.

Old Captiva House will be open for Take Home dinners only — from 3 PM to 8 PM — until further notice. Alcohol service is available only with food orders. View our Take Home menu here, as well as our Nightly and Family Specials menus here. Then call 239.472.5161 (423) to order, and pick up at a time convenient to you at Crow’s Nest.

In addition, guests should be aware of the following procedures that the restaurants of Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts have enacted measures in compliance with OSHA 3990 Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19. These include:

  • Continue to follow stringent health and safety regulations already in place at all restaurants.
  • Continue to follow stringent health and safety regulations requiring sinks, soap and paper towels placed every 15 feet in kitchen and bar service areas.
  • Service personnel have been advised to avoid physical contact (i.e., hand shaking), practice diligent hygiene and to remain home if they are feeling any cold or flu symptoms.

Chef Greg Nelson and his team are enthused to continuing wowing guests with Captiva Island’s top dining experience. Just visit our online menus, then call us at 239.472.5161 (423). Thank you.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day on Captiva Island

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Picture this: A candlelit table, set against the backdrop of dusk as the sun has set. Music drifting between romantic tables inside a historic 100+-year old building. A table set for two. Special delectable entrees designed by the executive chef himself. A bottle of wine between the two of you. And something sweet to share at the end. Yum.

Old Captiva House loves love, and the experts will tell you, there’s no better place to celebrate it than on Captiva Island.

Start your night out by paying respect to the sunset, sitting on the brick porch entrance to Old Captiva House. Then join us inside for the real treats!

This year, choose from two executive chef-selected menu items. A Valentine’s Day favorite, the lobster and crab stuffed, cold water lobster tail is served with a beet risotto cake, white asparagus and citrus butter sauce. Another great choice, the filet of beef is panned seared and top with king crab meat, served on a port demi and bearnaise sauce with Hawaiian purple sweet potatoes and sautéed julienne vegetables with mushrooms. Not in the mood for surf or turf? The outstanding traditional menu is also still available.

Valentine’s Day fills up fast, so if you and your sweetheart want to soak in the romance this year, you’ll want to make your reservations soon. For convenience, Old Captiva accepts reservations online through OpenTable or via phone by called 239.472.5161 x 421 between the hours of 5:30 and 9:30PM.

Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday this year, so make a weekend of it, and join us at ‘Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa. Reservations are still available for a romantic weekend getaway, including on-site dining at Old Captiva House. Tween-waters.com

250 more reasons to stay with Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts — our new $250 value Island Rewards.

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Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts Island Rewards

When you stay with Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts — be it family vacation, romantic getaway, family reunion, beachfront wedding or even business event — you know you’ve landed at the very best resorts and vacation rentals in Southwest Florida, with a history of island hospitality that spans almost 90 years.

Beyond the luxury, comfort, beauty and friendly service found at our four outstanding beach resorts — as well as our 125 spacious vacation rental homes and condos — Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts promises you value and value added when you book direct, with no resort fees, up to 20 free amenities and our traditional, $100 value Resort Rewards coupon book.

But that value’s just gotten significantly better with our all-new, $250-plus value Island Rewards coupon book — the first local “rewards” program to offer you exclusive, money-saving discounts and freebies to Sanibel and Captiva retail partners including jewelry, tasty treats, popular island attractions, island cruises, family portrait photography, wedding photography, two golf courses and more!

“Our goal is to always exceed our guest’s expectations,” notes Doug Babcock, Chief Executive Officer. “With our new Island Rewards, we’ve expanded our guest experiences beyond the delightful foods, beverages, spa services, water sports and apparel to be enjoyed on our properties. Island Rewards gives our guests the chance to enhance their stay further with a variety of ways to have fun and take home memories.”

The new $250-plus Island Rewards coupon book is offered to any guest staying 2 or more nights at ‘Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa of Captiva; West Wind Inn, Beachview Cottages and Castaways Cottages of Sanibel; and Sanibel Captiva Island Vacation Rentals.

Participating retail partners include Bailey’s Coffee Bar; Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum; Captiva Cruises; Congress Jewelers; J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge; the Dunes Golf & Tennis Club; Joey’s Custard; Milissa Sprecher Photography (Family and Weddings); and Sanibel Island Golf Club.

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The Perfect Gift: Gift Cards for Everyone

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‘Tis the season of giving, and what better way to celebrate than with a gift to your favorite restaurants in Southwest Florida — Old Captiva House and Crow’s Nest Bar & Grille. Get on Santa’s good side, and give the gift of delicious food and fun entertainment, with a gift card to these great restaurants located at ‘Tween Waters Island Resort on Captiva Island.

Gift cards can be purchased online or in person to both Crow’s Nest and Old Captiva House. Online, visit https://tween-waters.com/product/tween-waters-island-resort-spa-dining-gift-card/ or in person, visit the front desk of ‘Tween Waters, or the hostess stands at either restaurant.

Gift cards can be used on any food and beverage purchase at either restaurant, and never expire. Online, you’ll find the cards sold in increments of $50 or in person at any amount.

If you’re on Santa’s nice list, the holidays are a great time to treat yourself or a loved one, and indulge in a special treat. Celebrate a special occasion including anniversaries, birthdays and retirements, or simply make your special occasion a trip to the Crow’s Nest or Old Captiva House.

While you’re here, diners enjoy the newly renovated Old Captiva House, and live entertainment at the Crow’s Nest including live music and the infamous Captiva Crab Races. Feast on favorites like the shrimp tacos, island grouper or ahi tuna.

And if you’re on Santa’s naughty list? Indulge anyway. There’s always next year to get on the nice list.