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Father’s Day: 5 Gifts for Punta Gorda Dads

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014
Punta Gorda Father's day

These girls think their dad rocks!

Father’s day: It’s said to be the hardest holiday to shop for.

You ask him what he wants, and he tells you he wants quiet.

Or a nap. Or a few hours of uninterrupted sports on TV.

But your dad deserves better whether he wants it or not. Finding the perfect Father’s day gift is difficult, especially when he doesn’t seem to have any clue what he should get.

As always, we’re here to help. We’ve put together a list of Father’s day ideas for the Florida dad.

      1. Go tarpon fishing: It’s no coincidence that Father’s day falls at a good time to go tarpon fishing. Well, maybe it’s a coincidence, but it’s one you can use. All over southwest Florida, charters and guides take newbies and experienced anglers for the sport fishing adventure of their lives.
      2. Make a trip to an amusement park: We stole this idea from our Mother’s day post, because it’s a good one. Easy access to amusement parks is a big advantage to Florida life. Yet so many of us think of going, but never do. This Father’s day gather up the kids, grandkids, and take the whole family to Disney.
      3. Buy him a few rounds of golf or golf gear or anything golf related: Florida dads golf. If your dad lives in Florida and doesn’t golf, he will. It’s inevitable. And when he starts, you’ll be able to consistently bring up what a good child you are for getting him started.
      4. Go for the traditional Father’s day gift: Does your dad appreciate a t-shirt announcing his beer drinking habits? Or his beach bum status? You laugh, but remember what he really wanted for Father’s day was a nap. Nothing goes better with a nap than a comfy t-shirt. Check out the shops in Fishermen’s Village to find the perfect dad lounge wear.
      5. Take him out to eat: Dad’s love to eat. Everyone knows it. River City Grill is open from 1:00-8:00 p.m. They’re serving surf ‘n’ turf specials and the regular menu. If you haven’t been to Hurricane Charley’s yet this Sunday is the day to go, they’re serving up bbq.

Know someone who hasn’t gotten their dad a gift yet? Help them out. Email them this post or share it on social media.



5 Unique Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Punta Gorda Moms

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014
Nancy meeting Disney royalty with one of her granddaughters.

Nancy meeting Disney royalty with one of her granddaughters.

Haven’t bought your Mother’s Day gift yet? Don’t fret. The Andreae Group is here to help.  We’ve put together a list of ideas that will make it seem like you put a lot of thought into exactly what she wants.

Yoga classes at the Yoga Sanctuary

Nothing is more important than mom’s health. The Yoga Sanctuary offers classes for all levels of yoga practitioners. Even if she has never taken a yoga class, she can start in one of their level one, chair yoga or gentle yoga classes. Teachers encourage students to work at their own comfort level. Each class ends with a few moments of relaxation. Mom will never feel better!

Gift certificates are available.

Boat cruise with King Fisher Fleets

All moms love it when the whole family gets together. You can make those get-togethers even better by having them on a boat. With King Fisher Fleets, you can head over to Cabbage Key, Cayo Costa, Boca Grande, or stay local and take a sunset cruise. Combining family time and boat time makes everyone happy.

Naples Soap Company

Fisherman’s Village is full of gift shops. But you need to be careful. Your mom probably doesn’t want a T-Shirt that reads, Wasted Away in Margaritaville. Head to the Naples Soap Company for easy, surefire mom gifts. Not only are their soaps luxurious, but most contain only natural ingredients.

Spago Day Spa        

Your mom deserves a day at the spa. Give her a gift certificate and let her pick her pampering. From hair to nails to massages, the Spago Day Spa knows how to take care of mom. She’ll go in as your dear sweet mother and come out a new woman!

Trip to an Amusement Park with the Grandkids

If small people often refer to her as Grandma or Nana, your mom still loves you. Yet there is a good chance she loves the grandkids more. It’s a hard truth you can use to your advantage in Florida. Our state teems with amusement parks. In fact, last Christmas, Nancy Andreae’s youngest child gave her a trip to Disney with the grandkids. (I stole this idea.) She loved it.

What are you getting mom? Have any good ideas for the rest of us this year?

Take a Video Tour of Punta Gorda!

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

All you know is you are done. You’re done with the scraping, the shoveling, and the trudging through snow. You can’t spend another springtime hoping the cold will end.

Next year, you will spend your winters on your boat.  You will laugh with glee as you watch the weather. The only ice you’ll see will chill your margarita.

Now that you’ve decided to finally start your search, you find the internet can give you all the facts you need about Punta Gorda. You can read about our minuscule crime rate, our near perfect weather, and the endless things to do here.

However, it might be difficult to get a feel for what Punta Gorda is really like. When every subdivision that grabs your interest has boating, golf, and tennis right outside your door, how do you know where to start?

Well, we feel for you. Punta Gorda has some amazing places to live. Although nothing compares to actually visiting and letting our buyer’s agents give you the tour, we made this video to get you started. The video takes you through the major subdivisions, explains the waterways, and shows off some of the many activities around town. We hope it answers your questions about our favorite city.

One more thing to consider: As you drool over the water views and gorgeous landscapes, remind yourself that we shot this video in February 2014.

Want your winter 2015 to look like the video? Now is the time to put away those long  johns, heavy coats, and mittens forever. Come down and let us show you around.

Love a Great Bargain? Go Deal Hunting in Southwest Florida

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Do you love a great deal?

One aisle of goods at Fleamasters Fleamarket

One aisle of goods at Fleamasters Fleamarket

Are you the kind of shopper who loves the hunt?

Yes! Then, the flea markets around Southwest Florida will keep you busy weekend after weekend.

This Saturday, February 15, the Punta Gorda Historic Train Depot Antique and Collectibles mall hosts an outdoor Flea market. The market is a monthly event occurring on the third Saturday of every month. The market opens at 9:00 a.m. and closes at 1:00 p.m. It is located at 1009 Taylor Road.

After you visit the outdoor flea market, you may want to check out one of the many permanent markets around southwest Florida.

The Sun Flea Market: Established in 1995, Sun Flea market has something for everyone. Kidstar park, which includes a bounce house, go-karts, and laser tag, is adjacent to the market. The market houses over 55 vendors, and is a closed market, which means there are no more than two vendors selling the same product.

Red Barn Flea Market: Located in Bradenton (about an hour from Punta Gorda), Red Barn is worth the day trip. With over 145,000 sq. feet of shops (80,000 sq feet are air-conditioned), you can find everything on your list and many things you never thought of listing. The market includes a full food court, fresh produce, live entertainment, and supplies for every room of the house. The market is open Tuesday-Sunday from 8:00-4:00. Tuesday and Thursday are plaza only days, meaning only the main shops are open.

Fleamasters Fleamarket: This Fort Myers market is known for its live music on Friday and Saturdays. This Friday, February 14, you can enjoy Scott McKean at 10:00 a.m. and Just Country at 12:00 p.m. Saturday at 1 p.m. Dixie Landers plays. If you are strictly a shopper, Fleamasters has over 900 retail stores. Find your Florida souvenirs, home décor, electric bikes, and more. The market is open from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

Dome Flea Market: For almost 40 years, people have come from all over Florida to shop at the Dome. The Dome is located in Venice, Florida. It houses over 300 booths, and has welcomed over 18 million visitors. Vendors sell food, jewelry, and locally made arts and crafts. The Dome is open from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Friday-Sunday.

So, get out and buy something unique this weekend! Then, head on over to our Facebook page and tell us what you bought. We are always looking for new shopping ideas!