Another busy week behind me, I’m excited to catch everyone up on whats been going on here at home, and around Fort Myers, pretty much at the same time.
My husbands parents were in town, and they drove 2110 miles from Pearce. Arizona to get to us. It had been three years since they were here last, and had not seen their grandson except for pictures since then. Major, my husband, printed a huge banner to hang on our fence outside the condo, with a map and destination to welcome them when they got here. They loved it!
We planned a huge week for them, and one of the first things on our agenda was to go to a Minnesota Twins Spring Training game. Major got us tickets for the outfield batting practice, and my son was given two balls from a very friendly Orioles player catching balls where we were sitting. As the game started, my husband moved us in to the executive suites where we ate catered food and drank fancy cold beverages. It was a fireworks game, so we were able to enjoy them from up high, with the best view in the park. Overall, just an awesome experience that I would recommend to anyone. Fort Myers is home to two spring training Major League Baseball teams, and one in Charlotte County.
The next night, Ford’s Garage, a Fort Myers car themed restaurant-mainstay downtown, was having their second anniversary and car show featuring Model A and Model T Fords on a closed street. This was my first time inside the famed establishment, and I was very surprised with how it was set up. A full size model T car is hanging over the bar from the ceiling, everything is covered in Ford regalia and hammered copper. Even the bathrooms had gas pumps for sinks! We had a great meal, tried the Kobe burgers from the creat your own burger menu, and sampled different beers paired with appetizers. The service was great, and the atmosphere was unmatched.
After Fords we decided to tour the downtown area where the movie “Day of the Dead” was filmed a take a few funny pictures for laughs. We found some great art installations, historic buildings and landmarks that really stood out, and found our way back home as the night started to get a little chilly. For the record, it did not rain all day, stayed in the 70’s, and 60’s at night. Best weather imaginable.
The next day we made it down to Sun Harvest Citrus, and took on the tourist role, soaking in all things Florida. Oranges, juices, jams, fruits of all kinds, home-made candy, and fresh made ice cream abound. We had to try some of everything, especially the Key Lime Ice cream and the fresh squeezed on site orange juice. Later that night, we took advantage of my husbands contacts downtown and made reservations for dinner at The Firestone. Much like Ford’s Garage, and the same owners to boot, everything is themed after tires, old cars, wrought iron and red brick. The building is just a treasure for downtown, and dinner was one of the best I’ve had in recent memory. Our son had the flatbread pizza while we feasted on exotic cheeses, and some of the best calamari I have ever tasted. For the entrée’, My husband and father in law had the Ahi Tuna, I had the Filet, and my mother in law had some kind of amazing looking scallops.
We rounded out the week with other activities, trips to the flea market, and local shops, and made our way pretty much around the whole of Fort Myers. I’m tired now, but wow, what an adventure.