After Thanksgiving highlights: shopping and dinner at Tarpon Bay


The day after our wonderful Thanksgiving feast promised to be wonderful. It was 81° with a slight breeze, blue skies and little puffy white clouds.

Sometimes I feel like I am living in a beautiful postcard. We slept in this morning luxuriating in the knowledge that we had no real plans for the day except to spend a little time shopping at Coconut Point and dining at our favorite restaurant, Tarpon Bay.

No pastries today, just bowls of warm oatmeal and steaming hot cups of coffee. The golfers today were obviously more practiced players as we watched them send their golf balls high and long down the fairway.

Today is Black Friday so we were off to the Coconut Point open air shopping mall to do a little window shopping and, just perhaps, find a few goodies for Christmas.

But, first, off to the Croc store to return a pair of shoes for Sandy.  Sandy purchased a pair of black flats last Thanksgiving but realized after we were home for a while that they just did not fit as well as she thought. She made arrangements with the store to return the shoes for store credit. The manager was gracious and took care of the transaction with ease and I exited the store with a gift card to be used the next time Sandy comes down to Bonita.

My task accomplished, we walked leisurely up and down the street looking in windows and talking about which stores we would like to stop in.

Randy 5b

We both decided that we would stop at Teavana, Barnes & Noble and World Market. Before we started our march to these stores, we stopped in front of the Christmas tree for pictures.

Christmas 1b

I love Teavana. All the girls in my family love tea and so this store is a must when shopping for Christmas gifts. The store had a wonderful sale and so I bought two gift boxes for the price of one. After Kara had a sample of the White Chocolate Peppermint tea she bought some for herself.

Next stop, Barnes & Noble. Everyone in the family loves to read. One problem I have shopping in a book store is that I can get lost for hours unless I have a time limit. I found what I was looking for and off we were to our next stop.

Now World Market was an adventure. Randy had a great time looking at all the foods, wines and beers from all over the world. Kara was off to find a few things while I purchased a package of Walker shortbread cookies, a jar of peanut sauce and a funny Pez dispenser. I remember buying Pez dispensers when my girls were growing up and putting them in their stockings.

Feeling very accomplished, we made our way back to our home-away-from-home and dressed for the pool. We spent the rest of the afternoon lying in the sun, reading and enjoying the hot tubs.


From the very first time we came to Coconut Plantation we have been having dinner at the Tarpon Bay restaurant on the last night of our stay. This weekend was not different.  Our favorite place to eat at the restaurant is the back porch.  The evening air was warm so we decided to eat out there again this year.

View from the Tarpon Bay restaurant porch

View from the Tarpon Bay restaurant porch

I loved Tarpon Bay. The atmosphere is wonderful, the service is outstanding and the food beyond delicious.


Randy was still full from our Thanksgiving feasting so decided to just have a Coconut Shrimp appetizer. Kara ordered an appetizer of scallops and the salmon dinner with mascarpone and sweet corn risotto. Me, I had the Coconut Shrimp appetizer and then the 7oz. Filet with sauteed mushrooms, asparagus, baked potato and a black garlic demi-glace.


I really enjoyed watching Kara eat her dinner. She displayed enjoyment with each and every bite of her meal. I thought that was wonderful.


Randy passed on dessert but Kara and I did not. Kara ordered the Cookies and Milk dessert that consisted of sweet cream ice cream with a collection of cereal based cookies. The cookies were honey nut snickerdoodle, cap’n crunch cookie, puffed rice and peanut butter square and corn flake marshmallow cookie.


I ordered the Chocolate Truffle Flourless Cake with raspberry champagne sorbet and vanilla bean anglaise. Both were delicious!


At the end of each meal guests are presented with a sweet confection made locally. Tonight they were pumpkin flavored morsels that melted in your mouth.


Once again we had a terrific Thanksgiving vacation at Bonita Springs. We return home tomorrow and bring back with us such beautiful memories; memories that will bring us back again next year.



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5 Responses to After Thanksgiving highlights: shopping and dinner at Tarpon Bay

  1. helffrich says:

    No Black Friday shopping for me this year. It was a tradition my daughter and I had for decades. Times change. Your dinner looked amazing. Loved all your pictures. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Connie says:

    Wonderful pictures. Glad you had such a wonderful time and good weather.

  3. randy says:

    Since I did not have any dessert, the pumpkin candy was great way to finish dinner.

  4. Bob and Sandy says:

    What great pictures of your latest adventure in Bonita Springs.

  5. Dee manin says:

    You do great food pictures….mosaic cafe could sure use you up here…..dee

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