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Fine food, history found at island restaurant

Posted on September 14, 2016
By Carol Orr Hartman (Special to The Eagle) , Pine Island Eagle
History, Restaurant Reviews, Tarpon Lodge Reviews

Looking down on beautifully plated seared white fish with diced red tomatoes and golden flower

The Florida of today doesn’t reflect the tenacity of those who first settled the area, and it is difficult to find vestiges of early Southwest Florida. Before the Matlacha Bridge was built, the only access to Pine Island was by boat, and to build without power or easy access showed the commitment to this area by early residents. As time evolved, less and less properties have maintained a true history as that of Tarpon Lodge, 13771 Waterfront Drive, offering a view into the past.

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10 Reasons to Visit Fort Myers and Sanibel, Florida

Posted on August 10, 2016
By Gillian Kendall, National Geographic
Fishing, Nearby, Pine Island, Recreation, Tarpon Lodge Overview

A man walks at sunset down Bowman's Beach on Sanibel Island, Florida.

For a beach lover, the beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel are a dream destination.

Trouble in paradise: I’m at the tollbooth on the causeway that crosses to Sanibel Island from Fort Myers, Florida. There’s a six-dollar charge, and they don’t take credit cards. After fumbling through pockets, purse, and beach bag, I come up with only four crumpled one-dollar bills. But the tan booth attendant offers an authentic smile. “If you don’t have it, it’s OK,” she says, waving me through. “Someone ahead of you just paid it forward.”

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Historic stays on Pine Island Sound Part 1: Tarpon Lodge

Posted on May 20, 2016
By Jimmy Jacobs, Atlanta Outdoor Travel Examiner
Fishing, Pine Island, Recreation, Tarpon Lodge, Tarpon Lodge Reviews


Pine Island Sound is located just northwest of Fort Myers, Florida. The body of water is fronted on the inland side by Pine Island and to the west by Sanibel, Captiva, North Captiva and Cayo Costa islands that separate its waters from the Gulf of Mexico. The passes connecting the sound to the Gulf are veritable highways for tarpon and other game fish at all times of the year. Also the mangrove-lined islands, creek shores and inland lakes are magnets for snook and redfish.

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Tarpon Lodge featured in Destination Spotlight by Living Local Florida

Posted on April 14, 2016
By Living Local (The Buzz by Gina)
Restaurant Reviews, Tarpon Lodge Reviews


There are places in Southwest Florida that no matter how long you’ve lived here; you may have never experienced. Tarpon Lodge on Pine Island is one of those gems.

Off the beaten path, it has a rich history and a great reputation as a launching point for all kinds of water adventures. Dating back to the 1920’s, the property has been a private residence, a rehab facility and now a casually elegant fishing lodge.

For decades the location has been popular for sports fishing, Tarpon in particular. That was the inspiration for the name when the Well’s family, residents of SW Florida since the 1970’s, bought the property in 1999.

The bright white lodge is a beacon in the middle of lush green grass, swaying palms, blue skies and lapping water of the Pine Island Sound. With the feel of a bed and breakfast the lodge has wooden floors and a fireplace in the cozy bar for those rare evenings when there’s a chill in the air. Eight rooms spiral off the lounge.

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Fishing for Tourists

Posted on May 2, 2014
By Jean Gruss - Business Observer
Tarpon Lodge Reviews

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.

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2nd Annual Restaurant Week Provides Fresh Perspective

Posted on October 9, 2013
By News-Press
Restaurant Reviews

…. expect wine tastings paired with live music, more exclusive cooking demonstrations, more tours and classes. Last year’s list of 24 participating restaurants rose to 31 this year, many offering a limited-time, prix-fixe menu.

To participate, chefs are required to look to area farms and waters to fill their plates.

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10 Best List Reviews Tarpon Lodge

Posted on July 9, 2013
By 10 Best List: A Division of USA TODAY Travel
Restaurant Reviews

10 Best Insider Tips Says…

Yes, the Tarpon Lodge is “a nice piece” away from Fort Myers, but passing up a chance to enjoy a meal at this acclaimed dining room should be nothing short of illegal. Bronzed Gulf shrimp, bruschetta and blackened “fish bites” help start the meal in the right direction, preparing the palate for the fine things yet to come. How fine? Try these on for size: pork chop with mango chutney, veal picatta, filet mignon with béarnaise or even Pine Island Sound crab cakes. In addition to the outstanding fare, the Tarpon also delivers spectacular views of the water, especially at sunset.

by local expert Rachael Taft ©

The Quaint and Quirky Lodge

Posted on June 24, 2013
By Parent & Child Magazine: Local Getaways Off the Beaten Path
Tarpon Lodge Reviews

Originally built in 1926, the Tarpon Lodge on Pine Island retains much of its “Old Florida” charm and yet offers all the right amenities to appeal to today’s modern families. Nestled off the beaten path and right on Pine Island Sound, the waterfront views and laid back atmosphere will almost make you remember a time before cell phones and computer games.

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