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Celebrate Christmas on Fort Myers Beach

December 20, 2017
By ANITA FORCE MARSHALL (news@breezenewspapers.com) , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Christmas festivities tend to culminate either late Christmas Eve or early on Christmas Day. The presents have all been opened and it's time to enjoy each other's company or play with all the new gadgets and toys we just received. Who has time to cook and prepare that scrumptious Christmas meal? The savvy restaurants on Fort Myers Beach do.

"Just like Thanksgiving, hosting big dinners and gatherings at home can just be so tedious through the holiday season, with all of the prep work beforehand, all of the shopping and picked-over shelves, the prepping and cooking at home, then all of that cleanup after," said Melissa Schneider, marketing director of the Lani Kai Island Resort. "Why go through all of that? Just place your RSVP with us and we'll take care of the rest for you. All you have to do is show up, sit down and enjoy the meal (and your family)."

When you really think about it you could have a fabulous, hassle-free celebration and be at one of our areas most beautiful beaches.

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The beautiful Island View offers the perfect ambiance for friends and family during the holiday season.

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"Our buffet is wonderful and Santa Claus even stops by to visit," said Kathy Kiesinger, assistant general manager at DiamondHead Beach Resort and Spa. "Our guests are large families here on vacation or small families who do not want to cook a large meal for two people. Everyone is here to rest and play, not cook and do dishes."

The DiamondHead Beach Resort and Spa, at 2000 Estero Blvd., is offering a festive Christmas meal from their famous chef.

"Our Chef Noopie has been in this area for over 30 years doing beautiful holiday buffets," Kiesinger said. "Our restaurant is special for Christmas because you can dine inside or out. We have views of the beach and you can walk on the beach before or after your meal."

Chlos Restaurant is a Fort Myers Beach favorite, featuring an intimate dining room and an elevated outdoor terrace overlooking the Gulf of Mexico; the perfect backdrop for a holiday celebration with family and friends. So make your reservations for Christmas at Chloe's on Monday, Dec. 25, which features Chef Noopie's Signature Holiday Buffet from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.

For your entree enjoy carved off the bone prime rib au jus, Roast Turkey with gravy, plus seared gouper and Southwest chicken breast. Tempting side dishes to choose from will be seafood chowder, fresh salads, peel and eat shrimp, green bean casserole, garlic mashed potatoes, baked yams, cornbread and chestnut stuffing, vegetable medley, Florida fruits, cranberry sauce, fresh breads. Top it all off with the chef selection of all your favorite desserts. The cost for adult is $35.95, with a special Knee High buffet at $12.95 for children ages 4-10 and children 3 and under can dine for free.

"Our clientele are mostly here on vacation and do not have what they need to prepare a big holiday dinner and it takes away from their time on the beach," Kiesinger said. "We also have couples who just want a nice dinner and some very large families of 20 to 30 people. We welcome you, no matter how many, to dine with us."

You can RSVP for your table at 239-765-0595 or sunstream.com/fort-myers-beach/diamondhead.

The Lani Kai Island Resort is a well-known gathering place on Fort Myers Beach at 1400 Estero Blvd. It offers a delicious selection of restaurants, cafes and eateries on site, including their award-winning Island View restaurant. Aside from their amazing Island View menu for Christmas, there will be live music going on throughout the day on the many stages throughout the resort: Wendell Ray from 1 to 5 p.m. on the beach stage, Sideshow Bob's Sunset Celebration up on the Sun Deck from 5 to 8 p.m., and the Steve Farst Experience from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. in the ground-level Club Ohana.

"Dining with us is special for the holidays because we are all family here, and whenever you stay or dine with us, you become a part of that family," Schneider said. "We know the importance of being with good friends and family during the holiday season, and we're happy to welcome all - whether you have family down here or not - to come stay with us this holiday season."

The beautiful Island View offers the perfect ambiance for friends and family during the holiday season, and with an award-winning, all-inclusive Christmas menu and the extremely affordable price of $21.50 for adults and $11.95 for children under 12.

RSVP as early as you can, as space fills up rather quickly. Walk-ins are based on what's available at the time of request.

Executive Chef Angel and his award-winning staff will be serving your Christmas Day meal on Monday, Dec. 25, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. You can't help but enjoy their fabulous Christmas Day buffet-style dinner with all the trimmings, featuring Cambridge Bronze roasted turkey, Kurobuta baked ham, red-wine-braised roast beef and oven-baked cod with cherry tomatoes and toasted pine nuts, all accompanied by traditional green bean casserole, baked ziti, candied carrots, cornbread stuffing, garlic mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, homemade fresh-made bread, and a selection of salads, soup and fruit.

For dessert, enjoy a fab chef's selection of sweet treats perfect for concluding this bountiful meal.

"We are happy to be open all day and all night - just as any other day here at the Lani Kai," Schneider said. "We'll have all kinds of fun, live entertainment and happy-hour specials going on that day. It's fun for the whole family. Even Santa and his elves need a break sometimes - and when they do, they come to the Lani Kai."

You can RSVP for your table at 239-463-3111 or lanikaislandresort.com.

Open for the holidays

Fort Myers Beach restaurants open for Christmas Eve:

* Chloe's at Diamondhead Resort

* Flippers on the Bay

* Fresh Catch Bistro

* Junkanoo on the Beach

* Love Boat Ice Cream

* Island View Restaurant at Lani Kai

* Knotty Beach Coffee Bar

* Nervous Nellie's

* Original Shrimp Dock Bar & Grill

* Parrot Key Caribbean Grill

* Pete's Time Out

* Royal Scoop

* Smokin Oyster Brewery

* Sunset Beach Tropical Grill

* Tuckaway Bagel and Waffle Cafe

* Yucatan Beach Stand

Fort Myers Beach restaurants open for Christmas:

* Chloe's at Diamondhead Resort

* Flippers on the Bay

* Island View Restaurant at Lani Kai

* Nervous Nellie's

* Pete's Time Out

* Royal Scoop

* Yucatan Beach Stand

Fort Myers Beach restaurants open for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day:

* Chloe's at Diamondhead Resort

* Fresh Catch Bistro

* Flippers on the Bay

* Island View Restaurant at Lani Kai

* Junkanoo on the Beach

* Knotty Beach Coffee Bar

* Love Boat Ice Cream

* Nervous Nellie's

* Original Shrimp Dock Bar & Grill

* Parrot Key Caribbean Grill

* Pete's Time Out

* Royal Scoop

* Smokin Oyster Brewery

* Sunset Beach Tropical Grill

* Tuckaway Bagel and Waffle Cafe

* Yucatan Beach Stand

 
 

 

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