Gulf Getaway: Oasis in Condo-Land

The beach on Marco Island on the Gulf Coast of Florida was surprisingly empty on our visit. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

The beach on Marco Island on the Gulf Coast of Florida was surprisingly empty on our visit.
Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Never super-keen on the Gulf coast of Florida for no particularly discernible reasons except Miami, Palm Beach, and Amelia Island, I headed there for a quick stay on Marco Island with the Brawny Sherpa before pointing north to a family get-together in nearby Naples.

The Lakeside Inn on Marco Island, Fla. offers a bit of tranquility within a land of condos. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

The Lakeside Inn on Marco Island, Fla. offers a bit of tranquility within a land of condos.
Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Someone recently asked me what city I’d live in if work and family ties were of no concern. The answers are easy: Key West before the big cruise ships; New Orleans prior to Katrina, Punta Gorda, Belize right now. It’s easy to see that I’m fleeing crowds when I want to get away. Would I be able to find some solitude so close to Naples?

Small scale, privacy, a pool, a lake, a lounge: the Lakeside Inn, Marco Island, Fla. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Small scale, privacy, a pool, a lake, a lounge: the Lakeside Inn, Marco Island, Fla.
Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

I was fortunate to find a tiny inn on an island of beige condos for my Marco Island adventure. We managed to ditch the car and the traffic for a bit for an all-too-brief sojourn at the Lakeside Inn, where we had the pool and the lounge and the lake mostly to ourselves, although we gladly shared some space with the cats who live there. We were surprised, too, that despite all of that concrete so close to the beach, we had the space largely to ourselves late in the day. Restaurants were within walking distance, and we found ourselves reluctant to leave.

The lounge at the Lakeside Inn, Marco Island, Fla. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

The lounge at the Lakeside Inn, Marco Island, Fla.
Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

The unexpected privacy at the beach and the yellow confection of this little inn were just the salve we craved as we anticipated the brighter glare of traffic we’d encounter on our way to Naples.

—Lori Tripoli

Sunset on Marco Island, Fla. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Sunset on Marco Island, Fla.
Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

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