iLS 3 year

Happy 3rd Birthday iLoveShelling! Can you believe it? I wrote my very first iLoveShelling blog post October 10 three years ago on this very day. I feel like I’ve known many of you so much longer since our passion for shelling has brought us so closely together. For me, the most amazing thing that has come from the birth of this blog is together we’ve learned so much about seashells by sharing our shelling adventures then being so fortunate to run into each other while collecting shells on the beach. It means so much to me to be able to put a face to the name that you have given to your wonderful comments. Shellers are amazing folks and I’m so happy to be a part of this exshellent community. I feel like y’all are part of my family now!

I’ve had so many people suggest that we have some sort of sheller’s event to gather together to meet, shell, share tips and tricks and share our shelling stories. So now for the shelltastic news!

Our event has come true!!!

Island Inn Sanibel Street Sign

It’s a shellabaloo at Island Inn Beachfront Resort January 7-10! Island Inn has put together a spectacsheller shelling package  so we can shell together and get to know each other in real live person. It will be soooo exciting to meet y’all!

Old style Sanibel Island Inn

If you are familiar with the Island Inn, you know that it is a beachfront hotel that has kept the unique feel of “old Florida charm” with a rich history of seashells. This was where the Sanibel Shell Fair and Show was first started.

Island Inn Sanibel Office

You will feel right at home. Throughout the lobby, there are shell displays…

Island inn Sanibel shell display

They love shells as much as we do so it’s the perfect setting for us.

yellow seashell case island inn sanibel

So let me tell you more about our shellers’ retreat. On January 7th after your private tour of the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum, I will join you back at Island Inn with a meet and greet (in other words… paarrrtaaay!) at one of Sanibel’s best restaurants called Traditions On The Beach. When I have a special occasion dinner, this is where I always want to come so it’s perfect that this will be a VERY special occasion.

Sanibel Restaurant on the beach Traditions

Then the next morning, you wake up to the sound of those seashells calling your name… so we’ll hit the beaches for an amazing shellathon! This will be the best treasure hunt ever. There’s no telling what we will find by sharing all of our shelling secrets. What a blast!!!

shelling sanibel turner beach

On Wednesday the 9th, Island Inn has provided another exshellent shell adventure for us as well. A Captiva Cruises boat trip to Cayo Costa! Wahoo! There’s a good chance we’ll get to see dolphins and manatees on the way there too. Another reason why we love shelling.

Captiva Cruises Playtime

Yall know how much Clark and I love to shell around the tree roots at Cayo Costa so now I’ll be able to shell this area with YOU.

Loads of shells in the tree roots on Cayo Costa

Okay, so this all starts at our home base at Island Inn with awesome accommodations right on their private beach.

Kimball Lodge Island Inn Sanibel

There are limited (!) rooms available but there are a couple of choices on rooms which are similar to this charming room…

Island Inn Sanibel Room

Or this awesome room…

Island Inn sanibel 2 bed room

Believe it or not, every room has a balcony with a gulf front view.

sanibel room with a view

If you or your travel buddy don’t want to spend every waking moment shelling (really? ;)), there are plenty of options just steps away from your room. Like relaxing by the pool with a view of the gulf.

Island Inn Sanibel beach pool

Or playing shuffleboard with a view of the gulf…

island Inn Sanibel shuffle board

Play horseshoes … and yes, also with a view of the gulf.

Island Inn Horse shoes beach

They also have stand up paddle boards and kayaks you can rent out.

Island Inn sup kayak sanibel

Or you could rent a bike to check out the rest of the island…

sanibel island inn bikes

But the most important thing is… I do hope that we get to shell together to make our shelling connections even stronger. So Join us! (SOLD OUT -please see below) Here are some details that Island Inn has graciously put together for us (heehee, I know, they put “renowned expert” Who would have thought? It tickles me :))


Thank you Island Inn for organizing this event. This is going to be a shell of a good time for all of us! So join in on the fun by calling Island Inn for pricing (sorry it’s SOLD OUT) and any details and they can answer any of your questions at 800-851-5088. Don’t miss out on the shelladventure of a lifetime! UPDATE: 10-12-12-  OOPS! This package is SOLD OUT! I’m so sorry if you didn’t get a chance to join us but since this sold out within 36 hours of this post, I’m sure there will be another one in the future. You will be the first to know when there is another date set!

sanibel shellers row

Sanibel dusk seashell conchs

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