Bonita Springs on the Rise

Children running on beach

Lately, it seems like more and more people are catching wind of this city’s charm. For good reason, too.

Known as an affordable, but equally serene alternative to other coastal getaways, Bonita Springs isn’t just a haven for snowbirds. Here, you’ll enjoy a relaxed pace of life, gorgeous natural spaces and authentic Old Florida charm.

It’s where mom-and-pop restaurants reign and winding waterways serve as the perfect backdrop for a day of indulgence, especially if you decide to check out these local gems.

Dolly’s Produce Patch & Eatery

Combine eclectic aesthetic and old-fashioned ambience with mismatched furniture and lace curtains. Then, mix in family-owned operations. Last, let those things mingle for about 20 years. What do you get? The recipe for a popular little place called Dolly’s Produce Patch & Eatery, of course.

To the great delight of locals and out-of-towners alike, this restaurant is famous for its homemade pies. Coconut cream, strawberry rhubarb and apple are just a few flavors that steal the spotlight, but that’s not to say the rest of the menu isn’t noteworthy. Here, you may find yourself among folks reading a newspaper over omelets, or families grabbing lunch on the porch.

Whether you stop by for breakfast, lunch or a quick coffee break, your taste buds are in for a treat.

Shangri-La Springs

If you need a break from everyday life, you’ve come to the right place. Allow yourself to truly unwind and awaken all of your senses at this luxurious property.

Originally built as the Heitman Hotel in 1921, it has since been elegantly restored as an oasis for natural rejuvenation. The grounds are certified organic, including a small farm from which an on-site restaurant uses the absolute freshest ingredients.

In addition to healthy, wholesome dishes, Shangri-La Springs offers massages, facials and other spa services, perfect for a quick afternoon escape. You can also enjoy a thoughtful variety of workshops, retreats and inexpensive classes, including yoga, hand drumming and dance. It’s nothing if not a breath of fresh air.

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