Robert Wells III says visitors are looking for historic inns that offer a glimpse into Florida’s past. - See more at:

One of the keys to the success of Tarpon Lodge is its name. Evoking Florida’s past as an untamed destination for big-game fishermen, Tarpon Lodge on secluded Pine Island has filled its rooms every weekend from President’s Day to Easter. The average waterfront room rate is $185, equivalent to what some hotels on the better-known island of Sanibel charge.