At Weston’s wannaB inn, there’s absolutely nothing we love more than relaxing poolside, or on the beach looking out at the over 900’ of the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. That said, every once in a while, we need to get out and get social. Even when you’re on vacation…scratch that – especially when you’re on vacation, it’s important to get out with your friends and or family and enjoy a night out. What better way to spend a night out than catching some live music at a venue where you can also grab some delicious grub? We can’t think of one, so if you’re looking for something to do this weekend, consider heading out to the Mango Bistro, one of our favourite local spots, to catch one of the following acts.
Coming up this Friday, April 13th, is a local artist, Emily Ross. Emily’s a very talented performer who will be performing her easy-listening folk music solo. Her music has been described as ‘electric sounding with jazz and soul influences,’ and if you’re from around the Sarasota area, you may have heard her performing in one of her other bands, “Frost and Ross” and “Fever Tree.” If haven’t had the chance to listen to her in the past, you can sample some of her songs right here before you head to the Mango to check her out. If you like her sound, then you’ll be able to catch her performing with Fever Tree later in the month, as they’ll be playing at the Mango Bistro again on April 21st.
If you’re looking for something a little jazzier, then consider ‘swinging’ by the Mango Bistro on April 14th for Jazz Night! Swingtide Quintet will be performing a plethora of jazz favourites for your listening pleasure. Come for Mango’s food, but stay for the atmosphere as this group masterfully nails the groove and tune of the musical art form. If you’re an appreciator of jazz, you’re not going to want to miss out on this night of music and expression. If we’ve peaked your interest, samples of Swingtide Quintet’s performances can be found right here.
We absolutely love catching live performances around the resort – even more so when the performers are local talent. The music does a lot to add to the atmosphere of the already lovely Mango Bistro, which makes for some unforgettable Englewood nights. And isn’t that what everyone is looking for out of a great vacation. The Mango isn’t the only place offering musical performances around the wannaB however.
Don’t worry about missing out on these performances, there are plenty of musical events taking place around the resort that’ll recur weekly! The Englewood Drum Circle for example gathers every Sunday, year-round. This is a fun and energetic weekly get together where participation is encouraged! People are welcome to drum along, hoola-hoop, dance or just enjoy the beats. Belly-dance, African, and Brazilian rhythms are played, but anyone is welcome to join in, regardless of their musical knowledge. The drum circle takes place a quick 15-minute drive away from the resort on Englewood Beach, and more information can be found right here.
A Quick Pick-Me-Up
Another weekly event is the live music put on by the Bean Depot Café. The Bean Depot is one of our favorite coffee spots to grab a cup of joe and enjoy it outside. What’s more, they host live music nearly every night, with a bluegrass jam session every Wednesday. The café highlights local musicians, and is a great spot to relax and hang out if you’re a coffee lover. Click here for more info.
We love the summer, and so do our guests! We love it so much that it’s all we can think about even though spring just started. The sun, the time off, the…heat. Oh, that’s right, summers in Florida can get pretty hot. Luckily, the wannaB has plenty of ways for you to enjoy the beautiful summer and stay cool. It’s no wonder why so many of our guests love staying here during the hottest months of the year. So, if you can’t handle the heat, there’s no need to get out of the kitchen…just move to somewhere a little cooler. We’ll show you how.
Get in the Water
One of the best ways to avoid baking out in the sun is to take a dip in the water! Luckily, the wannaB faces roughly 900’ of beautiful, Gulf of Mexico facing beachfront. Of course, it’s important to make sure you’ve applied (and re-applied) the appropriate amount of sunscreen – the water may make you cooler, but it won’t stop the sun’s rays – but there’s nothing more refreshing than taking a dip in the water when it’s a hot 82° outside. Not a fan of swimming in the ocean? Then you’re the perfect candidate for plunging into one of our two on-site pools! Both pools are outfitted with gorgeous Sun-decks and are within close walking distance to all of our accommodations.
Why Not Add Some Fun in the Sun?
There’s plenty of fun to be had with sports around the wannaB, but when it starts to get really warm out there, nothing beats the cool breeze in your hair while you’re riding the waves in a stand-up paddleboard or kayak. Our guests love getting out and exploring Lemon Bay. Once you’re there, why not stay for a while and check out Lemon Bay Park? This beautiful park includes a boardwalk where you can observe the mangroves along the bay, and if you happen to walk down one of the many nature trails, you might just catch a glimpse of a bald eagle nesting site! A quick stand-up paddleboard or kayak trip with the family is all you’ll need for an afternoon of fun in the park’s natural shade.
Anyone for a Drink?
Of course, the water is going to keep you cool while you’re in it, but eventually you’ll have to get out to keep yourself fed. Luckily, just a two-minute drive (ten-minute walk) from the wannaB is the Sand Bar Tiki & Grille. This tiki themed restaurant is a favorite of our guests and offers a wide selection of specialty drinks to help you cool down on a hot summer’s day! The extensive drink menu can be previewed right here, but our favorites are the frozen ‘Don Julio Margarita’ and ‘Captain Morgan Pina Colada.’ These chilled drinks are sure to cool you down inside and out and can be a great way to finish off a day in the water. If you want to get out a little earlier though, the Sand Bar offers Happy Hour from 11am-6pm, with live entertainment every day! Plus, it’s not just drinks. The Sand Bar has a huge lunch and dinner menu that’s sure to satisfy any craving!
A day of excitement and trying to stay cool is sure to tire anyone out. Luckily each one of our delightful accommodations are incredibly comfortable and rich in charm. You’ll love to call your room home each night, due not only in part to the fact that every room comes equipped with an air conditioner unit. This may not seem like a big deal when planning a vacation, but trust us, you’ll be thankful you thought about it when you feel that refreshing chilly air as you’re drifting off each night. It’s a small, but important luxury that we’re happy to offer during your stay.
The weather in Florida is beautiful all year round, but it’s true that some months can get hotter than others. As long as proper precautions, such as: wearing light clothing, staying hydrated, and making use of sunscreen are followed, then the heat is more than manageable. In fact, plenty of our guests prefer to stay with us during summer because its so warm, and if it gets too hot, there are plenty of ways for you to stay cool. So, if you’re looking ahead to your summer vacation, don’t let the sun scare you off. We love the summer at the wannaB inn, and we know that you will too. We can’t wait for you to experience it for yourself.
To check for available summer dates and rates, and to book your vacation now, click here!
There are plenty of things to keep you occupied during your stay at the wannaB. Whether you’re a fishing person, explorer, sports-fan, or just a relaxer (which there’s nothing wrong with, of course) there’s one thing that unites us…we all gotta eat. Here at the wannaB, we love food, and it just so happens that we’re privy to some of the best – and freshest – food around. Like the Englewood Farmers’ Market, which operates just a mere twelve minutes away from our accommodations. Fine food is one of the best things about a vacation, and it doesn’t get much finer than what’s offered at the Englewood Farmers’ Market.
What they Offer
One of the best things about the Englewood Farmers’ Market is that you’ll have more than one opportunity to catch it during your stay. It’s open every Thursday from October through May, from 9:00am until 2:00pm. The Market is a culinary hot-spot too, as local and organic produce, baked goods, seafood, dairy, plants, herbs, prepared foods and more are for sale each week. Whether you enjoy preparing a meal, or just eating one, you’ll be able to find something to your liking at the Farmers’ Market.
It’s not just about the food either, The Farmers’ Market is fun too! It’s been described as THE event of the week, and it’s located in the heart of the historic Dearborn St. in Englewood. So, whether you feel like picking something up or not, you can have an enjoyable time walking through Dearborn, taking in the gorgeous Florida weather.
Cooking on Vacation?
If you do end up grabbing some groceries, we can assure you that they’ll be some of the freshest you’ve ever had! The produce is
And what do you do with ingredients? The Englewood Farmers’ Market website suggests over a dozen recipes for you to try out using the fresh products purchased from the market. They all look delicious, but we’re partial to the grape & avocado salsa – a very summery snack that doesn’t take much time to prepare, so once you’re finished, you can get back to relaxing. But hey, while you’re here, why not try out all the recipes that catch your eye? Our rooms are outfitted with full kitchens, so you can cook to your heart’s content!
The Englewood Farmers’ Market really is a wonderful way to spend a Thursday afternoon. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if you make it a destination on more than one occasion during your stay with us. A dinner cooked with these fresh ingredients is the perfect compliment to a relaxing day at the wannaB. We look forward to seeing you, and to hearing all about what you’re going to cook for dinner!
Where & What
The Mango Bistro is a short ten-minute car ride from our accommodations, at 301 W. Dearborn St. (right near the Englewood Farmers’ Market). Foodies will love the Mango Bistro, as they offer a variety of options from breakfast through dinner. We love their specialty crepes, but if you’re looking for something a little spicier, they also have a wide selection of burritos available. The bistro also offers an exciting and extensive list of domestic and imported wines if you’re looking to cut a little loose! The restaurant’s full menu can be seen right here if you’re looking to plan your evening ahead of time.
Who & When
Not only is the Mango Bistro a delicious little spot to have your next meal, they also host regular live music and other events which are always a hoot. Coming up this Friday, March 16th, The Bird Tribe will be performing their brand of modern rock, groove and soul music. The Mango Bistro is the perfect location to have a meal, and then stick around to enjoy a live show with a glass of wine (or two). The Bird Tribe come from a lineage of prolific musicians, as keyboardist Matthew Frost was taught since the age of three by his father – the original keyboardist for Grand Funk Railroad and performer in the Bob Seger Band. You can check out some samplings of their music on their website right here.
Plus, The Bird Tribe aren’t the only ones performing this weekend. Fever Tree, a group of three soulful songwriters will be coming together to perform at the Mango Bistro this Saturday, March 17th, during the bistro’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. The restaurant will be serving corned beef and cabbage as part of a dinner special to celebrate the Irish holiday “Mango Bistro style.” Can’t make it to either show? All of the Mango Bistro’s upcoming events can be seen right here.
If you’re looking for something fun to do after the Sun goes down, then think about taking a trip down to the Mango Bistro to check out one of their exciting upcoming shows. From the delicious offerings on their menu, to all the entertainment they’ve got lined up, and being just a few short minutes away, we know you won’t be disappointed in their part of the Florida night life!
The wannaB inn is a great vacation destination whatever the purpose of your trip. If you’re looking to get away with the family,
we’ve got tons of fun activities for you and the young ones to enjoy. If you’re coming down here with a group of friends to make a sunny escape, we might recommend an afternoon of fishing, and then unwinding at the nearby Sandbar Tiki & Grille. But did you know that the wannaB inn can also be the perfect romantic getaway for you and your sweetheart? Since it’s Valentine’s Day and all, we thought we’d take you through a “tour of love,” as it were, and let you in on what couples love to do when they stay with us.
Fun in the Sun
Whether you’re a Florida local, or you’re staying with us from out of town, it’s impossible not to notice the majesty of our resort. The wannaB inn has over 900’ of Gulf of Mexico facing beachfront for you and your better half to enjoy sunbathing, or a romantic hand-in-hand beach stroll. You can even end the day by catching one of our world-famous sunsets. We can’t think of a more beautiful way to end a romantic day with your partner than by gazing at a nightly natural wonder.
Wine and Dine
There are no shortage of decadent delicacies surrounding our resort for your dining pleasure, and there’s no better way to spend your evening with your significant other than enjoying delicious meal and, if you’re into that sort of thing, a bottle of wine. There are plenty of great restaurants in the area we can recommend, but if you’re staying with us on Valentine’s Day, then we suggest checking out Vino Loco Wine & Gourmet. Located less than fifteen minutes from the resort, Vino Loco is hosting a Valentine’s Day dinner, where they’ll be cooking up a special Valentine’s Day menu for the occasion, paired with a great selection of wine, sure to make this Valentine’s Day unforgettable.
Take a Spa Day
No one’s happier than when they’re relaxed, and one of the best ways to relax is to treat yourself to an afternoon of pampering at one of the several spas located around the wannaB. However you choose to relax, rejuvenate or re-energize, one of these spas – each in close proximity to the resort – will be able to help, and there’s no better way to enjoy this relaxing experience than with a partner of your choosing.
These are only a few ways to spend time with the one you love at our resort, but the important thing is that no matter what you choose to do while at the wannaB, you do it together. Have fun, explore the area, laugh, relax, but most importantly…love. It’s that time of year after all. Happy Valentine’s to all the couples out there. We hope to see you soon! To book your vacation today, click HERE, or call 941-474-3431 for details.