We arrived in Fort Myers, Florida to temps in the mid-70’s, a happy encounter after cold, snowy weather in Michigan. The open windows and fresh breeze were so welcome!
Breakfast on Tuesday was at Crave, a welcoming, stylishly decorated restaurant on McGregor Blvd. Our waitress, a Michigan native, was wonderful and the food delicious. Crave offers a variety of creative omelets, thick pancakes, salmon hash and other delicious-sounding options. I decided on a ‘breakfast split’ which had bananas, strawberries, blackberries, yogurt and homemade granola. It filled my craving for healthy, fresh food. Justin enjoyed his meatloaf omelet (interesting idea!).
After taking care of what needed to be done on Tuesday, we took a long walk. The weather was amazing all day – high-70’s and sunny. A happy relief from the cold temps in Michigan (I even laughed at the humidity that ‘poofed’ my hair). Later that evening, we headed toward Fort Myers Beach where we ate at Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille. This restaurant is located on Fishermans Wharf road, just before the bridge near the marina. We walked along the docks while waiting for our table. Gorgeous yachts graced the marina. Doc Ford has open seating on the lower level but we opted for upstairs indoors seating, scoring a table near the huge windows overlooking the marina. It was already dark but we could see boats coming in. They have lots of seafood options on their menu. Justin ordered the fish tacos and I ate the shrimp scampi flat bread pizza.
The restaurant has a cool story behind the name and ambiance – it was inspired by a character in books written by Randy Wayne White.
After dinner, we crossed the bridge to Fort Myers Beach, walking the pier where we saw a fisherman cleaning a stingray and waiting on three other rods perched off the pier. We enjoyed the relaxing sound of the waves for a bit before walking down Old San Carlos Blvd. Music came from some restaurants but we were drawn to “House of Brews” which boasted 50 craft beers on tap and more than 100 bottled. There are currently no breweries in Fort Myers, which was surprising us since there are so many in Michigan (although Fort Myers Brewing Company is scheduled to open in early March). We are very fortunate for the options! We each tried a flight of three different beers and enjoyed good conversation with the bartender. We discovered that businesses close early in Fort Myers (10:30-11pm) so after finishing our drinks, we headed back to the condo.
On Wednesday we enjoyed breakfast at Bagel Bagel, which offered a variety of breakfast sandwiches on freshly made bagels. While we thoroughly loved the beautiful, warm weather, with our business completed in Fort Myers, we decided to head out that afternoon so we could get to Lexington by Thursday evening. Our next adventure – Kentucky Horse Park! Stay tuned for a recap of that amazing day.