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Well, we had a spectacular show with the Tween Waters Resort’s Tree Lighting Celebration (with an incredible fireworks display) last Friday night.  We’re also getting ready this weekend for the Luminary Holiday Stroll, which we previously blogged about.

Though we usually talk about island events, we wanted to mention a Fort Myers attraction and tradition.  The Edison and Ford Winter Estates are celebrating their Holiday Nights display from now until December 30 (closed Christmas Eve and Night) from 5:30 to 9:00 pm.  There will be a multitude of displays and decorations, live music, tours and special presentations on select nights.

Thomas Edison made his first winter home in what became known as Seminole Lodge in 1885, which grew to include the Main and Guest House, Caretaker’s House, swimming pool complex, and a study and laboratory.  After visiting Edison in 1914, Henry Ford bought the property next door into an estate called The Mangoes.  Years after Edison’s death, his widow Mina deeded his Estate to The City of Fort Myers in 1947 as a “shrine” his memory as it was opened to the public.  The Mangoes was sold to a private family after Ford’s death in 1947, then to The City of Fort Myers in 1988, opening to the public after two years of restoration.  The Winter Estates are now a National Register Historic Site.

You can either purchase guided or self tours or upgrade a daytime admission with Holiday Nights for the same day (not sold in advance).  For more information on the history of the Homes, admission rates and calendar of events, please visit or call 239-334-7419. 

We hope you have a Happy Holiday season wherever you are, or you can join us by booking direct here.