Saturday, November 1, 2014

Red Sox Road Trip

The best baseball in Florida is just a couple hours west

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The Heat have spoiled us.

Even though the Marlins look slightly less cringe-worthy this year, it's still hard to jump from championship basketball to spring training for our cellar-dwelling boys of summer.

So you'll need to head a couple hours west to catch the nearest baseball team with a shot at the title. 

That's the Red Sox, who make their spring training home in otherwise sleepy Fort Myers. Before cranking up the SiriusXM in your car, here are a few things you need to know about your baseball road trip.

FENWAY, JR.
The Sox have themselves a mini Fenway on Florida's west coast, and
Jetblue Park boasts a mini version of the Green Monster and even a copy of the legendary manual scoreboard.  
11581 Daniels Pkwy, Fort Myers (239-334-4700). $5-48 here.

POST-GAME HAPPY HOUR
The
Skybar Fort Myers occupies a scenic spot on top of the Hotel Indigo. and combine those downtown views with high-end drink prices in the single digits and you've got a rocking spot after the game. 
1520 Broadway St., Fort Myers (239) 337-3446

THE RESTAURANT/BAR/LOUNGE/DANCE CLUB
The
Firestone Grille, Bar, and Sky Bar offer everything you need at night; a fine steakhouse, dance club, chill lounge, and an open-air bar on the roof. 
2224 Bay Street, Fort Myers, Florida 33901 (239) 334-3473

THE ISLAND AFTERWARD
Skip the murky waters off Fort Myers and head over to
Sanibel Harbour Resort and Spa, the area's only four-star resort. Catch the sunrise from the gulf-view pool deck or the comfy family room-like lobby.
17260 Harbour Pointe Dr., Fort Myers (239-466-4000). $350 a night here.

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