Weston’s wannaB inn
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BY MARIALICE QUINN
Weston’s wannaB inn, nestled between the Gulf of Mexico and Lemon Bay, is your vacation home away from home. Located at the southern end of Manasota Key, adjacent to Stump Pass State Park, the wannaB inn offers the best of bay, beach and boating.
The newly constructed docks on the bay side can accommodate up to 38 boats. The boaters here have their choice of exploring the backwater and mangrove rich islands of Lemon Bay or taking Stump Pass into the Gulf of Mexico. On the Gulf side, the resort enjoys 900 feet of pristine beach and miles of sand to walk, which has become a popular nesting ground for the returning loggerhead and green sea turtles.
The wannaB offers the best of the open gulf, the Intracoastal Waterwwy, and the flats where the quiet sports thrive – a true outdoor paradise. Whether you have a large fishing boat, flats boat, kayak or sail boat; the boating offers variety and beauty.
The resort also features trailer parking and boat launch, allowing you easy access into Lemon Bay. If you’ve left your boat at home, the wannaB can help to arrange boat rentals, cruises, charters and tours.
The fishing is great. Depending on the season; in the bay, you’ll catch snook, redfish, sea trout, flounder, sheepshead, mangrove snapper and jacks. In the Gulf, you’ll be fishing for grouper, snapper, cobia, amberjack, sharks, mackerel, kingfish, bonita, barracuda, triple-tail and tarpon. These rich fisheries of the Gulf and Lemon Bay are supported in large part due to the estuaries and by the environment created by mangroves. The mangrove forest promotes the health of these waters by increasing the oxygenation and acting as a filter.
Over the decades, more than a third of Florida’s mangroves have been lost due to sea walls and coastal development. The wannaB inn is the site of an exciting research project that gives hope to the regeneration of mangroves and oyster beds by implementing a prototype for an engineered living shoreline.
Beautifully landscaped with native trees, grasses and shrubs; this resort consists of 17 brightly painted buildings containing 80 units. The accommodations vary from efficiencies to one bedroom, two bedroom and three bedroom units. All units are equipped with full kitchens and most offer incredible views of the Gulf of Mexico or Lemon Bay.
The wannaB has two recently resurfaced and renovated pools on the property. Besides being a great spot to sit back and relax during your stay, these heated pools may be the perfect spot for you to relax after a game of golf at one of the 20 public or semi-private courses within 10 miles of the resort.
At the end of the day, resort guests can partake in the one of several great spots for food and beverages located only a mile from the wannaB and right across from Englewood Beach.
The wannaB offers you an opportunity to stretch your weekend! During the weekend of June 6, check-in at noon on Friday and stay until 5 p.m. on Sunday. On Friday at 6 p.m., gather around the boat launch and listen to Captain Chris O’Neill from Tail Chaser Charters as he shares his experience and insight about fishing the waters of the wannaB inn. Treat yourself to a taste of old Florida charm at Weston’s wannaB inn.