We stayed in cabin #6, which was the smallest one, for a weekend getaway. The town was like any typical coastal Florida town. The folks running the place are real nice. There was a minor mix-up in check-in times when we arrived and Larry (the owner) was not quite finished preparing the room, but we were only gonna be there for 5 minutes anyway to check in and dump our stuff off and try to make a Jonathan Coulton concert in St. Pete... he got us checked in in record time, we made it, and all was well. The room was just as described and would have been fine for a more extended stay, and talking to a couple other folks staying there made it clear it's a popular place for snowbirds staying for a couple weeks, maybe more. The room is fully equipped w/ a full fridge, dishes, stove, nuker, TV, etc. and it was quite clean and well-maintained. Though we were not far from the main road, it was a lot quieter than many places I've stayed at over the years. There was a little clubhouse with some games and exercise stuff as well as a nice screened porch facing the waterway. When we left, we found they had left us a nice little "goody bag" of candy and cookies to thank us for staying. A class act, and we didn't regret supporting a small, nice, family business!
The only complaints about the stay were minor... the twin bed seemed tiny (mostly because we're used to a king-size bed at home!) and the hot water heater was too small for us both to have consecutive warm showers (but this might not be an issue in one of the other cottages). They don't provide daily room service like the "chain" hotels but in our 2 days it was a non-issue. Despite the shortage of hot water, we'd certainly be happy to go back and strongly suspect we will do so at some point, and have already recommended it to close friends for a weekend anniversary getaway. They have a nice dock out back that's right on the Intra-Coastal Waterway (Lemon Bay), and it's easy to get to the beach and parks. I think their high season just started so don't wait too long if you wanna make reservations!
About the area... we live on the other coast of Florida, the town's a fairly typical Gulf-coast town. Probably about a mile to the south/east down the main drag thru town (SR 76) was an Italian place called Mama's. My wife and I split a most excellent Stromboli (and were still full!!) and it was VERY reasonable in price. Mmmm mmmm good! On the other
hand, the Dunkin' Donuts a little bit down the road (near Wally World) didn't have glazed donuts... at noontime!!! Nor did they have any apparent plans to make any more in the next 9 hours they were to be open. The Walmart had one of the highest stupid-and-senile-old-farts-to-square-foot ratio I've ever seen. If you need a map of the region, you can't find a good one locally in any store, so call the Chamber of Commerce beforehand or better yet, print your own from Google maps or the like!
If you're looking for stuff to do locally, we went to Solomon's Castle in Ona (AWESOME!!!!) on the way over, then drove around on Gasparilla Island and toured the lighthouse museum (nice, but you don't get to see the actual light up-close), Stump Pass State Park (nice nature walk and awesome shelling near the pass... be prepared to walk on a beautiful trail, it's about 2.5 miles total, thru sand), and Myakka River State Park (VERY worth a half-day at least!) Plus you can just drive around the area, we didn't even touch Sarasota or the Naples area on our trip.
All in all, we definitely recommend ELR and hope to visit again soon!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a quaint, six-unit resort on Lemon Bay in Englewood, Florida. All of our one-bedroom cottages have full kitchens, and are fully stocked with linens, and kitchenware. Our guests are welcome to relax or fish from our dock out in the bay. One of our new additions is our underwater fishlight to see all the night-time activity in Lemon Bay. We also have a seasonally-heated pool right on the bay. A bayside patio with grilling facilities is a great spot to experience our sunsets. A second patio with a grill is available in the circular common area. Free WIFI and coin operated laundry are available onsite. For our guests between August 6 through December 15, as well as January 10 through May 20, we have a regulation-sized shuffleboard court, free rentals of bikes, tennis rackets, and fishing rods, as well as a guest clubhouse with a great view of the bay. ... more less
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