Incredible day

Two completely different schedules often times makes it difficult to see one another for more than a few hours every day. Hours that are usually had through sleepy conversations at the end of the day.

Oh, the life of a journalist and a cook. . .

I find myself missing him through the week even though we live in the same house. I find myself wishing he was right next to me on my days off, especially on those days when the family gathers and everyone is joined by their significant others.  Although those feelings surface I push them aside knowing that we are both working towards the same goal. Knowing that he wishes he was next to me instead of working countless hours.

As we near our anniversary of six years, I find myself thinking about us as a couple more than usual. Jason has made me believe there are soul mates. He has opened up my heart and showed me what true love is all about. When viewing and living the world through Jason’s eyes . . . magical, simplistic adventures are always a short distance away.

Every opportunity Jason has he finds ways to make our time together special. Not a moment goes by where he isn’t trying to make me smile, laugh, or just enjoying every moment for what it’s worth.

Last week we shared a candle lit dinner together before taking a walk with our puppy. The thoughtful and romantic gesture filled my heart with so much love.

Yesterday, oh yesterday, was one of the best days we have had in a really long time. After some convincing on Jason’s part, I took the day off from work and well . . .

Our day began early, but not as early as we both hoped. His incredibly generous parents let us borrow their kayaks for a much needed day of relaxation.

Jason got us a double kayak, which we are still in the process of purchasing parts for . . . which led us to borrowing his parents.

At the last minute we decided to take Lucy, our year and half old puppy, out on the water with us. She’s been on every outdoor adventure with us since we adopted her a year ago April, so why not bring her along for our Florida adventures?

I have to admit Lucy made me extremely nervous on more than one occasion as she became more curious and courageous in the kayak. We began our trip with Lucy in my lap or directly in front of me between my legs. The further we made it down the river, Lucy decided to walk around the kayak making her way to the kayak’s edge.

After a moment of dreading Lucy falling over board, led us to putting Lucy’s leash on, which resulted in her sitting on my lap for the rest of the trip. She’s not a fan of water, so I’m not sure how she would do swimming.

All in all, Lucy did fantastic and I can’t wait to take her out on more of our adventures.

On more than one occasion I looked at Jason throughout our kayaking trip. The amount of relaxation that radiated off of him was incredible. He needed a day out in wilderness so badly. At that moment I knew taking a day off of work was beyond worth it.

I forgot how relaxing it is floating on the water under the blue Florida skies. I forgot how exciting it is to see wildlife . . . turtles – fish – birds . . . right before your very own eyes.

Yesterday was the first time we paddled in separate boats. Yes, I was super spoiled back when . . . Jason did all the paddling as I enjoyed the scenery.

I had a new appreciation for the river yesterday as I took in my surroundings, especially since I was the one directing the boat. It was incredibly challenging to paddle with a dog on my lap, but somehow we made it work. Well, after going into a few branches . . .  But, let me tell you how incredibly sore I am today from that workout yesterday. Wow, I ache in places I didn’t know I used.

Our adventure yesterday ignited a new excitement inside. I cannot wait to take our kayak out on the water. The adventures we can have are endless. I’m already planning sunrise, sunset and everything in between kayak trips!

The day only improved once we got home and continued to enjoy each other’s company. It felt incredible to have this man by my side all day long . . . just him and I together.

I will never be able to put into words how lucky and fortunate I am to have him in my life. It’s crazy how much more I fall in love with Jason each and every day. Our bond, our relationship is like nothing I have ever experienced. He is my world, my everything.

“We are a romance destination”

Lovers Key Resort: A serene retreat on the south end of the island 

Published in South Fort Myers Community Lifestyles October/November issue

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A hidden gem frequented by couples for a romantic getaway is tucked away on the south tip of Fort Myers Beach, providing breathtaking views, an award-winning restaurant and lagoon-style pool to really escape.

“We are a romance destination for anniversaries, honeymoons and special occasions, like Valentine’s Day,” Lovers Key Resort general manager Jeff Bullock said of the property that is catered toward couples. “We have some custom packages for a couple’s getaway destination.”

He said the boutique property opened in 2000 with picturesque views of the Gulf of Mexico and Estero Bay from the suites, many of the rooms receiving upgrades and remodels in 2013.

The suites are spacious with a king-sized bedroom and queen-sized sleeper sofa, as well as a full-service kitchen and private balconies overlooking either the Gulf of Mexico or Estero Bay. The units also include a dining room with a table and chairs for four people.

Lovers Key Resort suites offer full-sized kitchen galleys with updated stove, microwave, refrigerator, large sink and spacious granite counter tops.

Lovers Key Resort suites offer full-sized kitchen galleys with updated stove,
microwave, refrigerator, large sink and spacious granite counter tops.

“Many of the units have full floor-to-ceiling windows,” he said. “You
can see all of Lovers Key, as well as the gulf and Fort Myers Beach.”

Several units also include a Jacuzzi tub and separate showers in the full-sized spacious bathrooms.

Bullock said what makes the resort unique is guests see a lot of natural Florida habitat, such as native birds, manatees and dolphins, when staying on the property.

 

The resort has a lagoon-style pool with a waterfall that sits right on the bay and a 24-hour fitness center that is assessable for all guests. It also public, as well.

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Flippers on the Bay, a restaurant sitting on top of Estero Bay, changed to the current management company in 2011 with new Executive Chef Juan Cruz, originally from El Salvador.

“He came from California to us about three years ago,” Bullock said.

The restaurant was also renovated and remodeled in 2011. The casual, yet elegant atmosphere of Flippers on the Bay is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, primarily serving seafood cuisine.

Breakfast is served from 7:30 to 11 a.m. offering such favorites as the
Ultimate Lobster Egg Benedict and Lovers Key Breakfast Burrito.

Lobster Benedict

Lobster Benedict

The Benedict is comprised of two English muffins, two poached eggs,
fresh succulent lobster meat finished with house-made key lime hollandaise and house-made breakfast potatoes. The burrito is made of scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, tomatoes, peppers and cheddar cheese, topped with house-made enchilada sauce, sour cream and house-made breakfast potatoes.

From May through January, the resort offers a room package that
automatically comes with a warm continental breakfast.

The lunch menu is served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Some of the popular
appetizers include Tuna Ceviche and Campechana.

Bohemian Grouper

Bohemian Grouper

The ceviche is fresh yellow fin tuna with pickled ginger, diced cucumbers and avocado relish tossed with sesame seeds, lemon juice, house-made cusabi and Asian garlic sauce. The Campechana is a Spanish-style shrimp cocktail with seasoned shrimp, lump crab meat, avocado, red onion, cucumber, cilantro, jalapeno and clamato juice on warm tortilla chips.

Dinner service begins at 5 p.m. and concludes at 9 p.m. during the week and 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Some of the favorite menu items include Chilean Sea Bass, Coconut Shrimp and Bohemian Grouper.

The sea bass is pan-seared and served with a citrus miso sauce and
steamed rice. The grouper is seared and served over ripe mashed plantain with roasted seasonal vegetables and topped with a citrus mango relo fish and citron buerre blanc.

Taste of the Bay

Taste of the Bay

Taste of the Bay, fettuccine pasta with succulent lobster meat, shrimp and sea scallops, is another popular dinner item.

The location of the resort also offers many opportunities for guests to take full advantage of the water within walking distance.

Bullock said Lovers Key State Park and many local vendors offer private tours for kayaking, paddle boarding and water sports.

“When they stay here they can access the state park or the local vendors within a mile,” he said of the resort. “Some of them will meet the guests here and access the bay from the resort property.”

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Guests can also take a short walk across the street to Fort Myers Beach or travel a mile down the road to Lovers Key State Park.

Lovers Key Resort has a very high rating on Trip Advisor and was voted the Best of the Beach Waterfront Restaurant and Best Place for Lunch on the Water by the Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach’s local entertainment newspaper.

 

Lovers Key Resort is located at 8771 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach.

For more information, call 239-765-1040 or visit LoversKey.com. For
more information about Flippers on the Bay, visit FlippersOTB.com or call 239-765-1025.

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