Pine Island lies simply west of Cape Coral. Along with the superb fishing, gifted artists, and historic archaeological websites…there are additionally a number of completely distinctive “Outdated Florida” experiences to not be missed. Chief amongst these is the Tarpon Lodge Sportsman Inn, Restaurant, and Bar positioned on the northwest coast of Pine Island in Pineland Kauai restaurants.
From Cape Coral, the experience to Pineland is scenic and stress-free. A straight shot down Pine Island Street takes me previous thick native vegetation. Fishermen and artists bump shoulders with photographers and eco-tourists amidst the hallucinogenic colours of Matlacha. Then it is a fast and quiet jaunt by means of the stark alien panorama of the Little Pine Island wetland restoration space.
From the four-way cease signal on the middle of Pine Island, I flip proper onto Stringfellow highway. Grand entrances to half-built subdivisions encroach on the scenic area, threatening the way forward for lengthy enduring roadside vegetable distributors and the luxurious, desolate labyrinths of palm tree nurseries. The onward push for larger, higher, quicker, extra is seen, even right here.
A fish-emblazoned signal on the nook of a aspect road factors the way in which to the Tarpon Lodge. Magnificent shell mounds increase the bottom on the precise aspect of the highway. Glowing Pine Island Sound quickly comes into view on the left. A brief distance forward stands the stately Tarpon Lodge Sportsman Inn and Restaurant. It is proper throughout the highway from the Calusa Heritage Path and virtually next-door to the house of New York Instances best-selling writer, Randy Wayne White.
The primary constructing was initially in-built 1926 by the Wilson household. In a while it was owned and operated by I.B. and Mary Hunt Jones because the Pine-Aire Lodge. In 1986, an extra dormitory constructing was added to the previous Pine-Aire Lodge property. For the following ten years the property was generally known as The Cloisters, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation middle. It wasn’t till 2000 when Robert and Phyllis Wells (who additionally personal the restaurant at Cabbage Key) bought the complicated. They renovated the principle constructing and dormitory right into a restaurant and resort…the current day Tarpon Lodge. It opened for enterprise in June of 2001. When Hurricane Charley made landfall on Pine Island on August 13, 2004, it severely broken the roof of the principle construction, flooding the principle eating room. Many of the home windows had been shattered and the entire docks had been destroyed. After the storm, work ensued, and the property was restored once more. The restaurant reopened on December 15, 2004. The Inn reopened in the course of the New Yr’s vacation and instantly hosted a household gathering for former President Jimmy Carter and his household.