Hotel at a Glance: Holiday Inn Fort Myers Downtown
At Holiday Inn Fort Myers Downtown, it’s easy to indulge your inner magnate—for starters, the winter estates of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison (which are open for tours all year long) are only a 10-minute walk away. The hotel is also close to the trendy shops, restaurants, and bars of the River District (1 mile away) as well as the beaches of the Gulf Coast (16 miles away). Contemporary guest rooms and a newly renovated lobby with a full-service bar provide spots to relax and recharge.
- In-room amenities: free WiFi, egyptian-cotton towels, and flat-screen TVs with HBO; microwaves and refrigerators are available in some rooms
- Daily breakfast for two included with this Getaway
- Go swimming in the large outdoor pool.
- Soak up some sun on the palm-studded patio.
- 24-hour fitness center stocked with cardio and weight equipment
Fort Myers, Florida: Sun-Soaked Beaches and Historic Homes
When Henry Ford and Thomas Edison needed a break, they both vacationed in Fort Myers. It doesn’t take a genius to get the appeal of the city: it has consistently pleasant weather and an attractive location along the Caloosahatchee River and the Atlantic Ocean. A hundred years later, tourists still take to the town for swimming, parasailing, or sunbathing on its dozens of beaches.
Though the coast is Fort Myers’s main draw, there’s plenty to do further inland, too. For one, the city pays tribute to its famous winter visitors at the Edison and Ford Winter Estates. You can tour the inventors’ winter homes and see early automobiles, exotic flowers, and one of the country’s biggest banyan trees. The Southwest Florida Museum of History sheds light on the native tribes, Spanish explorers, and early American settlers who shaped the region; meanwhile, kids can touch sea creatures or do a mock dinosaur dig with the hands-on science exhibits at the Imaginarium.
Rows of palm trees flank the pier near the downtown River District and art galleries are scattered throughout the area, housed in century-old buildings and empty seashells. Try some fresh-caught seafood at one of the restaurants here, or check out one of the boutiques stocked with apparel and knickknacks.