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Florida’s Gulf Coast: Hotels, restaurants and things to do

Posted on December 15, 2023
By Alicia Watts, Cosmopolitan
Cabbage Key, Reviews, Tarpon Lodge

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Look no further for a relaxing, wholesome and feel-good trip

If you’re a fan of low-key, chain-free restaurants and hotels, protected wildlife, island hopping around secluded beaches and making real memories in a slice of paradise, Florida’s Gulf Coast could be calling your name. Here’s our travel guide of the best places to stay, where to eat and drink and what to do while you’re there. Basically, here’s what your adventure could look like.

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Tarpon Lodge and Cabbage Key: The Best of the Gulfshore 2023 Award Finalists🏅

Posted on May 5, 2023
By Tarpon Lodge
Awards, Cabbage Key, Tarpon Lodge

We are excited to share that Tarpon Lodge & Restaurant and Cabbage Key were finalists in 17 categories in Gulfshore Life Magazine’s Best Of rankings. And we’re even more thrilled to announce that we WON the following:

Tarpon Lodge:

  • Best Hotel/Resort
  • Best Kept Secret
  • Sunset View

Cabbage Key:

  • Best Boating Destination
  • Best Boating Access
  • Key Lime Pie

These honors are a result of community and guest votes which means we could not have done it without you! We take pride in our history and we strive to provide the best “Old Florida” dining and getaway experience for our guests. After the year ⛈ we’ve all had, your votes mean the world to us and our wonderful employees. Thank you for contributing to this achievement. 🥰

Tarpon Lodge Restaurant among the 15 best waterfront restaurants in Florida, as chosen by USA TODAY Network writers

Posted on March 29, 2023
By USA Today
Dining, Reviews, Tarpon Lodge Restaurant

Everybody loves a great waterfront restaurant with spectacular views and Florida has many of them.

These are the special occasion kind of places where you can dine while enjoying a spectacular sunset or sip on a margarita while watching dolphins frolic in the ocean.

Just in time for spring travelers, a team of USA TODAY Network contributors throughout the Sunshine State chose 15 waterfront restaurants that are perfect to visit any day of the year, especially during the cooler springtime.

The included restaurants reflect contributors’ favorite oceanfront restaurants and charming eateries which hug the Sunshine State’s beautiful bays and rivers.

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Overnighting in old Florida, at Pine Island’s Tarpon Lodge

Posted on January 4, 2023
By Susan Glaser,
Cabbage Key, Pine Island, Reviews, Tarpon Lodge

A sapphire blue pool reflects a serene sunset scene at Tarpon Loge.

The pool at sunset at Tarpon Lodge, an old-Florida retreat on Pine Island in Southwest Florida.

PINE ISLAND, Florida – There are no sandy beaches on this Florida island, no high-rise condo complexes, no fancy stores.

What you’ll find instead on Pine Island, just west of Fort Myers: a mostly rural atmosphere with exotic fruit farms and some of the best fishing in the state.

There’s also a unique old Florida place to spend the night, the Tarpon Lodge, with 22 overnight rooms and cottages, many with views of the Pine Island Sound.

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10 Incredible Things to do in Pine Island Florida! That You’ll Love!

Posted on August 19, 2022
Local Attractions, Nature & Wildlife, Recreation, Reviews

If you’re looking for the best things to do in Pine Island, Florida – you’ve come to the right place!

In this blog post we’ll look at all the best things to do in Pine Island, Florida – to keep you busy during your trip or vacation!

Whilst Pine Island might be a small place, there are so many options for the best things to do in Pine Island, Florida – and we know you’ll love the suggestions below!

So, let’s get into it!

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Tarpon Lodge: The Best of the Gulfshore 2022 Award Finalist🏅

Posted on May 23, 2022
By Tarpon Lodge
Awards, Cabbage Key, Tarpon Lodge

Best of The Gulfshore 2022

We’re Proud…

to have been selected as a FINALIST in Gulfshore Life’s “Best of the Gulfshore” 2022 awards for Best Hotel/Resort, Best Seafood, Best Business Lunch, Best Date Night Restaurant and honored to have WON

  • Best Sunset View
  • Best Kept Secret

In case you missed it, our sister property, Cabbage Key was voted Best Boating Destination.

Thank you for your support. You bring out the best in us!

Team Salt Life Takes Over Tarpon Lodge

Posted on February 6, 2022
By Team Salt Life
Dining, Nature & Wildlife, Recreation, Tarpon Lodge

“This trip was nothing short of amazing. The staff was accommodating, the food was delicious, and the weather was absolutely perfect. To cap it off, the captains put us on some great fish.”

This was Salt Life team member Ryder DeVoe’s thoughts after visiting Tarpon Lodge alongside fellow team members Astrid DeGruchyAlex VandegriftColton Hester, and Shawn Jackson. Each guest had a glowing review of the property, location, and arguably most importantly, the fishing.

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Destination restaurants: Pine Island’s Tarpon Lodge is an adventure

Posted on September 22, 2020
By Gina Birch, Special to The News-Press
Staycation, Tarpon Lodge Restaurant, Tarpon Lodge Reviews

Get away without going far. These Southwest Florida restaurants feel like a vacation. This week, Gina Birch takes us to Tarpon Lodge on Pine Island.

Part of the fun of destination dining is the journey, and whether you drive or boat to Tarpon Lodge & Restaurant, it’s an adventure.

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Tarpon Lodge Restaurant voted Best of Pine Island

Posted on September 21, 2020
By Tarpon Lodge & Restaurant
Awards, Tarpon Lodge Restaurant

Thank you to everyone who voted for us! Pine Island Eagle winners voted Tarpon Lodge the Best Dinner AND Best Waterfront Dining.

We appreciate your support! Pine Island Eagle, Bokeelia, FL!

A Taste of Old Florida at Tarpon Lodge Restaurant

Posted on January 23, 2020
By Gina Birch,
Restaurant Reviews, Tarpon Lodge, Tarpon Lodge Restaurant

To experience the definition of old Florida, all you have to do is take a drive to dine at the Tarpon Lodge at the northwest tip of Pine Island. You’ll meander through a pocket of restaurants and galleries in Matlacha as the landscape transitions to more rural tropical foliage and native scrubs; an occasional glimpse of water in Pine Island Sound.

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