Barb's Retirement travel blog

Tarpon Inn, oldest hotel on the island

Front view of the Tarpon Inn

Sunset on the beach

Cocktail party

Today Nancy W. and I went downtown for lunch at the Inferno, a nice southern-style restaurant. I had seafood gumbo which was delicious. Nancy had the black bean soup, and then we both tried the beignets, a fried dough dessert right out of New Orleans. Yum! After lunch we visited the Tarpon Inn, the oldest hotel on the island. It was built in the mid-1800s, but burned down and was rebuilt in 1911. It was one of Franklin Roosevelt’s favorite places to stay for Tarpon fishing. They have pictures of him and scales from the Tarpon he caught. It’s really an interesting place.

At night we had a cocktail party on Marj/Nancy’s patio. We all brought what liquor we had and tried it all. JoBeth made me a “Love Potion” martini, a mixture of vodka, raspberry liqueur, and cranberry juice. So good for you with all that fruit! We had appetizers, chocolate wine, flavored vodka and then crashed. Glad I didn’t have to drive home.

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