The Bubble Room

Those of you who recognized the location of the last picture in my previous post already know where Ryan and I spent the night last night on the second part of our honeymoon adventure.

Sanibel and Captiva Island!

The 5.5 hour drive from the Keys put us in Captiva around 5:45 p.m. yesterday… just in time for a gorgeous sunset.

honeymoon 047Beach sunsets never get old. Beach sunsets framed by sea oats are especially breathtaking.

After a beautiful welcome from the setting sun, Ryan and I checked into South Seas Island Resort, an expansive vacation property that includes restaurants, a marina, pools, beachfront properties, shops and more.

Though we only spent one night at South Seas, Ryan and I both agreed we could’ve easily spent a week there taking advantage of all of the offerings.

The room we stayed in had a gorgeous view of the marina.

honeymoon 050 honeymoon 051Ryan and I keep our yacht docked at this marina, so it was nice to pay it a little visit. Totally kidding. 😀 Maybe one day… 😉

I already have a yacht name picked out: The USS Julie… or perhaps the USS Chunky Peanut Butter?

Maybe not. I’ll keep brainstorming.honeymoon 049

We quickly dug into our suitcases for suitable dinner attire and headed out to get some grub.

My family used to come to Sanibel Island frequently when I was much younger and a couple of places stuck out in my memory. One place I remembered as the place to go for fantastic desserts was The Bubble Room.

honeymoon 053honeymoon 054Somehow in all my years away from Sanibel and Captiva, I forgot exactly what The Bubble Room looked like inside.

The place is straight out of a child’s fantasy…honeymoon 069  Or a clown-haters nightmare.honeymoon 058 The restaurant is comprised of three floors. Every single floor is decked out with Christmas lights, trinkets, collectibles and bobbles… or as my dad would say “knick knacks.”

It’s quite a place!

Ryan and I enjoyed dinner from a train car.honeymoon 060Our meal began with a basket of bubble bread and sticky buns.honeymoon 056I wish you guys could try a piece of the bubble bread from the above picture. It was unreal. Apparently six kinds of cheeses are used to create the creamy, cheesy, salty, delicious topping.

Unfortunately The Bubble Room will not reveal what cheeses are used or I would make it my personal mission to recreate it and provide a recipe for you guys.

For my entree, I opted for a soup and salad combo that included a Greek salad and French onion soup.honeymoon 055 honeymoon 062The French onion soup was topped with an inordinate amount of cheese which made it a winner in my book.

And now for the part of meal I was waiting for all along… Dessert!

honeymoon 065Our waiter brought us a platter filled with a variety of cakes which had us drooling in no time.

Though every cake on the platter looked fantastic, we opted for a slice of the ice cream pie that our waiter assured us was wonderful, but was not featured on the display for obvious reasons.

Aside from my dad, Ryan is the only other person in the world that I know who loves ice cream as much as I do, so we were both sold on the mystery ice cream pie, sight unseen.

Fortunately our gut feeling about the pie didn’t steer us wrong.

Check out this bad boy:honeymoon 066  That pie is what dreams are made of. honeymoon 067I think we may have set a record for how fast we demolished our dessert.

After dinner we headed back to our room where we were greeted with a nice surprise from South Seas.

honeymoon 071 Champagne!

What a perfect way to end the evening. 😀


I am actually blogging from the car as Ryan and I head to Sarasota to spend some time with his mom before heading to St. Pete to spend the night at my parents’ house. We’re leaving on a cruise in the morning for the third (and final) part of our honeymoon!

I’ll try to get a post up before we set sail to fill ya in on our day of fun in Captiva and Sanibel today.

I hope this honeymoon never ends…


  1. Liz @ Blog is the New Black says

    I think it’s so awesome how your honeymoon is one adventure after the next! Just rollin’ with the punches. So cute! ENJOY!


  2. Erin says

    I LOVE the bubble room!! that ice cream cake is seriously the best ever! Mermaid Kitchen in Sanibel has a similar dessert menu with cake slices the size of your head. Hope you got to enjoy the beaches-Bowman’s Beach has the best shells. Congrats and enjoy the rest of your honeymoon!


  3. Nicole (Picky Nicky) says

    Looks like you guys are having a blast! I love ice cream cake, too. My mom used to buy me one every year on my birthday – The joys of being a summer baby.. 🙂 🙂


  4. *Andrea* says

    love the pictures! you have that honeymoon glow 🙂

    i went to sanibel once as a kid and LOVED it!!! i remember eating at the bubble room too!


  5. Lesley says

    So, I grew up in Fort Myers..and spent my summers in college working at the Bubble Room!!

    Yes, I had to wear that horrible outfit, and I still have my shirt with all the patches on it. And I can probably still recite all the different types of cake! haha. Glad you two are having fun!


  6. Allison says

    Ahh I am sooo happy that you got to explore sanibel/captiva!!!! Did y’all go to the Ding Darling and go canoing/kayaking off of Sanibel? Love that you went to the Bubble Room… we have a place on Sanibel but have sometimes driven after dinner to Captiva just to buy a slice of cake and bring it back to Sanibel to eat… it is that good! The Green Flash is another phonemonal restuarant on Captiva — very romantic on the water with HUGE bay windows overlooking… one of my favorite places to eat ever! Hope you all have a wonderful time on your cruise, can’t wait to hear about it!


      • Allison says

        Ah, well the next time you visit Sanibel/Captiva you should definitely go! They waitstaff are so nice there, my mom and I have gone just for dessert and tea and have spent hours talking while watching the manatees out in the bay from the bayside windows…. it is one of my utmost favorite restaurants!!!


  7. says

    That dessert looks fantastic! Sure looks like you two found a great way to have a honeymoon no matter what kind of plans you had before the hurricane hit. Love, greet weather, good food- you’ve hit em’ all sister!


  8. Cecilia says

    This is what I found whilst I was searching for the bubble bread recipe:

    “I used to work at the Bubble Room and was the Head Bubble Bread guy (sticky buns too) I can without a doubt tell you it is ONLY a creamy bleu cheese dressing and a blend of grated parm and swiss cheese….thats it that all”

    Hope you will remake it and let me know if it really does taste the same 🙂


  9. Laurel says

    We just stayed at South Seas last year and I know you had to have a great time there, it was beautiful!! I am so happy you are both having a great honeymoon!!


  10. MelissaNibbles says

    Sorry Julie, but I think the honeymoon you’re on now sounds much better than your original plan. HOLY DESSERTS!! Plus, you’re seeing so many different places. I’m glad it all worked out so well for you guys!!


  11. Lindsey says

    It’s so funny, I’ve stayed at South Seas on Captiva many times with my entire extended family. Such a fun and relaxing place. We have been to the Bubble Room and it is weird in there–in a good way!!


  12. Morgan @ Some Kind of Sunshine says

    I went to the bubble room a long time ago when I was little and to say the least I felt like I was in Alice and Wonderland. It was so amazing. It has always been one of our favorite spots when my family visits Sanibel!


  13. says

    I love that you guys had multiple legs of your honeymoon. Its like a new adventure everytime! You guys are also very lucky to live in a tropical state, a lot of it is within driving distance! YAY!


  14. Traci says

    Congratulations! I did a search for Lavash bread (looking for pizza ideas) and your site came up. Never found the Lavash posting but how wonderful to spend time browsing such a joyful site! I guess it was meant for me to find it. I am originally from FL and a bit homesick so the pictures were just what I needed. I used to LOVE the Bubble Room in Maitland, love Captiva Island and am trying to get healthy and shed a few. You are the age of my daughter who lives in FL and I must admit it made me smile to see your happiness. I NEVER reply on sites where I don’t know anyone (let alone write a novel! :-D) but I just wanted you to know that you made someone smile today! BTW – I will be back to peruse further – great information!


  15. Jane says

    Hi Julie,
    My name is Jane and I’m with Dwellable.
    I was looking for blog posts about South Seas Island Resort to share on our site and I came across your post…If you’re open to it, shoot me an email at jane(at)dwellable(dot)com.
    Hope to hear from you 🙂



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