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    Default Southwestern Florida meadery recommendations?

    The family is visiting Florida soon and I am looking for any "you've just GOTTA try this!" meadery recommendations. We're going to be in the Tampa and Ft. Myers area. Our evenings will end on the early side due to the little 'uns, and that seems like a prime opportunity for an in-hotel mead sampling.

    (And if anyone has recommendations on where to stay -- or avoid -- near Sanibel, I'd appreciate it. I'm discouraged by the hotel reviews I see in Ft. Myers.)

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    I know mannye and Medsen are near there....shaunG in bTampa....i remember the grouper was great down there in FT Myers a long time ago

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    Might as well ask me what's good in Kennebunkport because that's another place I've never been. Well, I've been to Tampa once like 15 years ago but only for work. I wouldn't know anything about anything there. Maybe Medaen has gone there? Or Bob? Here on south Florida I could help but alas in Tampa my map only says "there be dragons"


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    I'm from Tampa and my Dad is in Sarasota, I'll ask his wife for their recommendation and get back to you, they spend a few weekends a year either in Sanibel or in the immediate vicinity
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    Quote Originally Posted by Riverat View Post
    I'm from Tampa and my Dad is in Sarasota, I'll ask his wife for their recommendation and get back to you, they spend a few weekends a year either in Sanibel or in the immediate vicinity

    Hey! So are there really dragons there?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Riverat View Post
    I'm from Tampa and my Dad is in Sarasota, I'll ask his wife for their recommendation and get back to you, they spend a few weekends a year either in Sanibel or in the immediate vicinity
    Awesome, thanks!
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    Hey! So are there really dragons there?


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    LOL. oh yea, they're a real nuisance, hard to avoid running over them.....but my Costa Rica friends say they taste just like chicken!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mannye View Post
    Hey! So are there really dragons there?
    In our case, "here there be dolphins". My kids are head-over-heels in love with Winter, Hope and Nicholas at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. We hope we can get them to at least look at manatees while we're there. :-)
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    Hmm, there is a tiny aquarium in Sarasota; the Mote Aquarium; it has some hands on exhibits and a facility specializing in rehabilitating injured dolphins, they would probably enjoy it.
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    I've heard that Tampa is very nice. The water isn't as nice on the west coast of Florida, but that sand is probably among the best in the world.


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    Thr water always bugged me! People would say it so beautiful, but the reason it's that color is because of all the crap in it!
    Can't help much, but I recomend cigar city for beer, and if you get to tarpon springs there is a great Greek resturaunt near the beach.
    You might want to check out walker farms honey, they've got some hard to find florida specialty honeys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Riverat View Post
    Hmm, there is a tiny aquarium in Sarasota; the Mote Aquarium; it has some hands on exhibits and a facility specializing in rehabilitating injured dolphins, they would probably enjoy it.
    You're right - it looks right up our alley! Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob1016 View Post
    Thr water always bugged me! People would say it so beautiful, but the reason it's that color is because of all the crap in it!
    Can't help much, but I recomend cigar city for beer, and if you get to tarpon springs there is a great Greek resturaunt near the beach.
    You might want to check out walker farms honey, they've got some hard to find florida specialty honeys.
    I'm North Atlantic raised, myself, so partial to the sea-green colors myself.

    Thanks for the tip on the honey store - since I'm doing the navigation… :-D
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    I googled for meaderies down there.... and didn't get any hits !!! Either there aren't any in that area, or they don't have a decent web site....
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    I left Ft. Myers bout 20 years ago. It was a dump then and has only gotten worse. Ft.Myers Beach on Estero Island is nice if your staying at a resort like The Lani Kai Island Resort and you can drive across the causeway to Sanibel/Captiva.

    Naples is/was nice.

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    Meaderies: Not a ton down here...though there are a few on the way. Stop by Southern Brewing & Winemaking as there are usually a few meads as well as ciders (if you are interested) to compliment their large selection of beers on tap (can check their facebook for info). They also happen to be the best homebrew/winemaking shop in the Southeast, so it's a cool spot to drink and look around.

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    That looks perfect for us. Cider, mead, wine and craft beer for the mister. Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bkwing View Post
    Meaderies: Not a ton down here...though there are a few on the way. Stop by Southern Brewing & Winemaking as there are usually a few meads as well as ciders (if you are interested) to compliment their large selection of beers on tap (can check their facebook for info). They also happen to be the best homebrew/winemaking shop in the Southeast, so it's a cool spot to drink and look around.
    This was an amazing homebrew store. What a selection of grains! They didn't have much mead available, and not local (B Nektar). We did dutifully sample the vanilla cinnamon and orange blossom bottles that they did have, though. :-) (The OB was best.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by mannye View Post
    I've heard that Tampa is very nice. The water isn't as nice on the west coast of Florida, but that sand is probably among the best in the world.


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    Having lived in Tampa for the last 7 years or so (left there in 2012) the city itself has a few nice spots, but the rest of the city is pretty ugly, not terrible, just ugly. Clearwater beach and De Soto beach have ranked in the top 5 (even number 1 and 2 a few years ago) as the best beaches in the entire US. Part of the reason for this is that they state will not allow offshore drilling rigs, they want to keep their beaches nice and the water clear.

    As for mead, nope, never had any in Tampa or the state of FL, but then again I never drank mead then. I could recommend some nice breweries though or places to hang out.

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