Southwest Florida

Southwest Florida Section

2020 Return to Shangri-La

2020 Return to Shangri-La

Southwest Florida
Saturday, January 11, 2020 - 11:00am to Sunday, January 19, 2020 - 1:30pm
Bonita Springs

Shangri-La Springs is a Bonita Springs landmark dating back to 1921. On January 11th, 26 MBCA SWFL members and guests came together to tour this naturally beautiful setting and enjoy an organic luncheon in their on-site restaurant, Harvest + Wisdom. 

Our tour guide, Janet, walked us through the grounds explaining the history of the ownership, mineral spring, buildings and the huge trees that fill the site. They are close to opening a few of the newly renovated hotel rooms in the main building. Due to the age and historic value of the property they have faced many challenges along the way.  The owners insist on only the best, so even the mattresses, as well as all the linens in the rooms will be made of organic cotton.

Shangri-La Springs hosts several events each year and several people were busy setting up for a wedding that was to take place later that afternoon. We were able to get a glimpse of how beautifully the natural setting could be enhanced by lovely flower arrangements and fine linens. You can only imagine how beautiful this would be after dark, with small white lights shining all around.

The on-site organic garden is the source of the produce used in the restaurant. After the tour we enjoyed an organic lunch that was pre-ordered so each person could pick the entrée of their choice. Everyone seemed to enjoy their lunch immensely. I don’t think anyone was disappointed.

Thank you to Anne Harruff and her granddaughter, Marguerite, for providing little surprise gifts for our guests! Everyone in attendance got to take home a little goodie bag.

I’d like to thank Robert & Linda Smith, members of the Tampa Section, who made the trip down from Sarasota to join us. It was a pleasure to meet them! They saw the event posted in our online Newsletter (yay! People do read it!) and contacted me to ask if they could be included. We always welcome members of other sections to join our events! So glad they could take part.