Hotels of Port Charlotte
Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf Islands where visitors can find three Hotels owned by transplanted New Yorkers, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express, and the Days Inn. This family is both friendly and part of the community where they have owned a restaurant and hotels for years. Each hotel offers breakfast, pool, fitness center, free parking, free high speed Internet, clean rooms with dehumidifiers for that Florida humidity.
The picture to the left is courtesy of Port Charlotte Hampton Inn and exact to the room during my stay. There is microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, Free wi-fi, and wired Internet with a desk for working. Nice chair for sitting and reading or to sit back and watch the large screen TV.
The Hampton Inn offers a Breakfast on the Go for Business travelers which consist of a muffin, water, and apple. Cookies are available on check in in the evening with endless coffee for those who want to use the sitting area with TV in the lobby. Holiday Inn Express is in the same area.
After getting my check-in cookie, I went up to my room and looked out the window with a very full moon shining down and reflecting off private lake in the back of the hotels. The view was great and added light to the room for the night while sleeping. The front desk clerks were friendly. Breakfast was good with the special of make your own waffles that many hotels now offer. Fruits, danish, and other breakfast items enjoyed in the small sitting area with other travelers. On my last day I grabbed a Breakfast to go for my wandering throughout Port Charlotte to have a snack mid-morning.
Many of the minor league players stay at the Days Inn next to JD Bistro & Grille on Tamiami Trail during Spring Training. Once the Winter is over the locals come out more to both visit their restaurant next to Days Inn and to go see the absolutely great baseball stadium a short drive away.
JD Bistro & Grille
JD Bistro & Grille is right next door to their Days Inn on Tamiami Trail in Port Charlotte, Florida. JD Bistro & Grille is a reinvention of their former restaurant with a new theme with Saturday night music and dancing. Their Chef Robert Moltzan creates scrumptious meals to satisfy your palate. The menus and restaurant are fine dining and classy but jeans are allowed in this coastal town restaurant. JD Bistro and Grille Menu has Pasta, Seafood, Steak, Chicken, lobster tails or smaller plates of variety for the lesser appetite or appetizer. On special events and Sunday Brunch there is a special menu for the day.
My arrival at JD Bistro & Grille was delayed and very late due to traffic on I4 on my way to the Southwest Coast. Although I was late, I was welcomed to come to see the restaurant. There was a band playing some nice Jimmy Buffet music with a large number of people enjoying the music and drinks after having finished eating. The Chef offered me the late night menu but then mentioned he had made a seven cheese lasagna which I gladly accepted. This was very good with a salad before the meal and the company of the several family members, the meal was enjoyable. The follow-up was cheese cake which was scrumptious.
This was a wonderful way to spend a Saturday night in Port Charlotte, Florida. A great place for retreats and feeling like a small town with plenty of shopping, boating, and weekend festivals. Have done two stories on my visit to the area with the Spring Training game, and Coastal Beach wandering as the topics included in the Resource links below with more stories to come on this Southwest Florida location.
- Baseball stadium
- Charlotte Sports Park Tampa Bay Rays Spring Training Charlotte Stone Crabs Class A League
- Charlotte Harbor Gulf Islands Englewood Beach Stump Pass State Park Gulf View Grill
- Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau
- Orlando Sentinel Story
Hotels of Port Charlotte Managed by Tracy Grother Lehn Director of Sales and Marketing
JD Bistro & Grille
- JD Bistro & Grille
- Facebook page for JD Bistro & Grille for the most up to date activities
- Mobile access for JD Bistro & Grille
- Member of Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce
- Punta Gorda has murals on many building with some being redone after the hurricane years ago
- Fishermen’s Village is a nice place for waterfront dining, shopping, resort and marina in Punta Gorda
- King Fisher Fleet
- Sailboat charters are expensive but if you get a group the price reduces by dividing the total cost
- Naturally Punta Gorda by Hilda Mitrani writer for Visit Florida
Eileen Ludwig, travel writer of Freelance Tourist brings to the world insights about places to travel, discounts, Staycations, Restaurant Reviews, movie reviews, and fascinating tibits. She is owner of three other sites: Photography, Web Design School, and Social Media School Each are in different stages of development and evolution.