Recently, I had a blast exploring sections of southwest Florida. I had no idea that Lee County, an area just about 125 miles (201 km) south of Tampa and 115 miles (185 km) west of Fort Lauderdale, had so many unique locations and islands! There are 15 of them, and I was on a self-directed mission to find my favorite.
Much to my amazement, I very quickly realized that was easier said than done because each place that I visited had its own little slice of something special. History, beautiful landscapes, culture, arts, nature…WOW. The unexpected surprises often took my breath away!
I’ll share more with you over time. For now, I’ll just take you on a visual journey.
Edison Ford Estates
Spent the morning at the sprawling winter estates of the highly acclaimed US inventor Thomas Edison and car manufacturer Henry Ford. Combined, their warm-weather retreats encompass 20 acres of serene waterfront property and spectacular gardens. Add it to your to-do list if you're on the southwestern coast of Florida.
Cayo Costa Island
Matlacha Island (Pronounced Mat-la-shay)
Historic Downtown River District
Bernie Davis Arts Center
Like a moth to a flame drawn to the fire… ________________ I found the two functional, yet ultra contemporary pillars outside the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in Fort Myers' historic River District fascinating! The unusual light and letter display seemed fittingly symbolic of a venue dedicated to the visual and cultural arts. LOVED IT.
…and this was just the tip of the iceberg.
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