It’s Christmas all year round in Captiva, Florida! This little coastal island located off the Gulf of Mexico is my favorite place in all of Florida to visit. There are only a few places in the United States that I can say I feel at home and relaxed in. Both Sanibel and Captiva, Florida have captured my heart.
They are classy and low-key islands along the southwestern coast of Florida. These are not party towns but are quiet beach communities for those who enjoy nature and the outdoors. For these reasons plus many more, Captiva and Sanibel islands are my favorite places to relax in the United States.
Sanibel and Captiva Islands
On my first visit to the islands, I was with my daughter and she suggested that we eat at the Bubble Room. I typically do the choosing of restaurants except when I travel with my adult daughter. She does a good percentage of the choosing on road trips and did an incredible job with deciding on the Bubble Room. I liked it so much that I returned the following year after I dropped my daughter off in Orlando for her Disney internship. I recently told my daughter that I went back to the Bubble Room after I drove her to Orlando. I honestly do not think she was surprised about that!
The Bubble Room opened in 1979 at its current place on Captiva Island. This world famous restaurant started as a few tables in front of the Farqhuarson family’s home and soon started to take shape. The Bubble Room was one of the first on the island to use the bright and colorful pastel palette, which is now widely used in the area. When you walk up to this multi-themed restaurant, you cannot help but smile and feel happy.
The interior of the Bubble Room Restaurant is just as fun and is quite overwhelming. The rooms are filled with everything imanagabe of vintage America. The collecting began with old toys from the 1930s and 40s in one room of the house, then over the decades it has continued onto every wall and ceiling of this house turned restaurant. It is very stimulating to the senses with all the colors, memorabilia, movie posters, toys of yester-year and a massive collection of holiday decorations. It is complete fun!
The restaurant still presents several of the distinctive original menu items offered by the Farqhuarsons, including such favorites as Socra cheese, Bubble Bread, Carolina Moons, Tarzan, Eddie Fisherman, and many of the delicious and oversized desserts– Bubble Room Restaurant Website
— On the Table —
On both my visits, I had tried a couple of the original menu items as well as other flavorful dishes. The menu item names are as quirky and fun as the restaurant itself; with names such as “Duck Ellington”, “We’re in the Money” and “May West is the Best”. I cannot wait until my return to both Captiva Island and the Bubble Room Restaurant. 🌈
— Christmas Place Setting —
Place settings are above a fun shadow box table filled with vintage curious and retro Christmas items.
— Bar Drinks —
My favorite was the Bubble Coffee- Tia Maria, Amaretto, Kahlua, coffee topped with fresh whipped cream and Grand Marnier.
— “S’marvelous” She-Crab Soup —
Luscious, thick and rich blend of whole cream and crab meat simmered with savory seasonings and a hint of sherry.
— Orange Crunch Cake —
A moist yellow cake layered with an almond brown sugar crunch and covered with orange cream cheese icing. Truly an award-winning cake!
— Duck Ellington —
Half duck, roasted until golden brown. Served with wild rice, selected vegetables and baked glazed bananas with a tropical orange sauce.
— Flaming Scora Cheese —
Flamed tableside, this is the Bubble Room’s version of the Greek Saganaki. Kasseri cheese flamed with brandy and served with homemade French Bread.
— Bubble Bread Basket with Sticky Buns —
Not only do you get a full basket of delicious bread, you get sweet tasty sticky buns too!
For more information, please visit the Bubble Room Restaurant
Eat well. Travel Often.
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