From the Notebook of Meri Stevens
A recent visit to quaint Useppa Island has me once again appreciating the simpler things in life. Family, friends and fabulous sunsets! Useppa’s fabled pristine beauty is rich in tradition. A private barrier island located in the southwest Florida Gulf Coast, it is that rare place where things change very slowly, if at all.
We arrived by boat as all visitors do. No bridges. No cars. No crowds. The sun-bleached wooden dock led us to the Useppa Island Club and the historic Collier Inn. Charming island cottages line the magical paths through massive banyan trees. I imagine faded floral chintz and white cotton slipcovers softened by wear and numerous launderings behind the doors of cottages with names like “Changes in Latitude,” “Butterfly Cottage” and “Arabella-By-The-Sea.”
These special island retreats allow us to turn back time to an era without iPhones, iPads and Facebook. There wasn’t a computer in sight in the public rooms of the lovely Collier Inn. The most important decision I had to make today was what to order for lunch on the patio terrace shaded by a century-old Cuban Laurel tree overlooking sun-dappled Pine Island Sound.
Our boat returned to Captiva and the 21st Century at day’s end. As I downloaded photographs into my computer I thought to myself, “I like being able to put one foot in the past and the other firmly planted in the future…all in the same day!!”
Photos courtesy of Meri Stevens and the Useppa website.