“Island Resort with a Warm B&B Touch”
We stayed for 2 nights at Tarpon Lodge and loved every minute. The hospitality throughout the entire weekend was top notch, professional, and welcoming. We stayed in the Island House overlooking Pine Island Sound. The view from the balcony was amazing. We loved watching the sunrise each morning while getting ready to go to breakfast. Our room had everything we needed and the bed was very comfortable. The room has all of the full amenities you would expect at an island resort, including free WiFi, but has the laid back come-as-you-are comfort of a warm bed & breakfast. We enjoyed swimming at night and had the pool to ourselves. Dinner at the lodge was 5-star and the continental breakfast is just right for starting your day. Don’t miss the bruschetta appetizer or the crab tortellini at dinner! Be sure to walk the docks in the evening after dinner. Standing on the dock admiring the bay makes you really appreciate Southwest Florida. The beautifully maintained grounds are even more beautiful at night. It is no wonder why they host so many weddings. If you are trying to decide if Tarpon Lodge is where you want to stay, or even visit for a meal – do it! You will be very happy with your decision.
“Old Florida frozen it time”
The advertising for Tarpon Lodge and Restaurant calls it “old Florida frozen it time.” From the 100 year old main house to the lush, green waterfront lawn, it does seem like it is an upscale hotel from the past. But that’s not the whole story. The property also contains some very modern lodgings and amenities. We stayed in the Island House which sits on stilts and offers excellent views of the water.
“Beautiful location, friendly service, nice accommodations”
Having never been to Pine Island or Tarpon Lodge, my husband and I decided to spend three nights here for the long July 4th weekend. What a fantastic location! The accommodations are waterfront, but provide beautifully landscaped grounds with gorgeous green grass and palm trees, along with a gazebo, a hammock, and benches and chairs scattered here and there for watching the sunset.
We stayed in the Island House, Room 2. Rooms 1 – 6 in the Island House are all face the water and have small balconies, while rooms 7 – 12 face the parking lot and have large windows. Room 2 does face the water, but it has the most privacy because of strategically-placed palm trees surrounding the balcony. This made it really nice while getting ready for bed or just waking up on the mornings – we never had to close our curtains. If you want an unobstructed view of the water, you’d want to book rooms 3 – 6. All balconies have awnings and provide some shade, but rooms 1 and 2 offered the most shade because of the palm trees…
Can’t say enough nice things about this “best kept secret” island gem. The entire staff was amazing and so friendly in helping us plan and execute our girls paddle board weekend. We all truly enjoyed the weekend and didn’t want to leave. The rooms are very accommodating, Old Florida-style, and the beds are some of the most comfortable I have ever slept in. This trip we stayed in the Island House (Rm. 1 is the bomb with two balconies) but the rooms in the main inn have wood floors and are darling. Whether you are with a group or looking for a truly intimate couple getaway, this is the place. We saw manatees off the dock, and on previous trips dolphin playing. The food in the restaurant is truly delicious whether it’s lunch or dinner. Try the crab cake sliders, bronzed shrimp avocado wraps, scallops, grouper or yellowtail specials. Yum! This is the ultimate getaway retreat and they make you feel like special family.
“A Destination Sure to Make Memories…”
Tarpon Lodge can be thought of as a superbly-appointed historic resort. The balcony views of our room (on the Island House building) were breathtaking vistas of Pine Island Sound. The room itself had “double A/C” and an extremely comfortable queen size bed. The Lodge offers charter boats- skiffs and center consoles- with some of the best capatins around, all this on private docks mere steps from our room. The docks accomodate private boaters who dine at their wonderful Restaurant and Bar.
Each of the days I fished, i enjoyed an excellent complmentary breakfast in the morning and a refreshing dip in the pool when my day was over. Of additional note is the stupendous amouts of birdlife and eco-tour options at Tarpon Lodge. This is a must-see, must-stay resort that works wonders from family fun-types to hardcore travelrs.
“A relaxing stay with a great view”
The lodge itself was built in the 1920s, but we stayed in the newer Island house which is on stilts. We had a waterview room with a balcony overlooking the well tended grounds and the docks. Georgeous! The room was small but adequate. The kingsized bed was quite comfortable and everything was very clean. It is a great place to stay if you just want to relax, which we did, because there is not very much to do on the island itself; although we did visit the quaint towns of Bokeelia and Matlatcha . One highlight was the lodge restaurant which is reviewed under restaurants.