January in Florida brings with it comfortable 60-70 degree temperatures. It also frequently brings visits from out of state friends and family. Northerners are escaping the ice and snow and craving some Florida sunshine. What better way to showcase South Florida than by taking your friends to a boutique hotel in the Keys at the Islamorada Village of Islands?

Says Don Zinner, owner of Lookout Lodge Resort at the Islamorada Village of Islands, “One of the things that sets us apart is that we’re situated on the waterfront in a sunset lagoon setting. Our boat marina allows us to offer dockage spaces so guests staying in suite and waterfront units can bring a boat up to 35 feet long.”
 
Lookout Lodge Resort is a small, boutique-style hotel that really emphasizes making guests feel at home. Each of its 10 suites is fully outfitted with cable TV, complimentary Internet and either a kitchenette or complete kitchen. The rooms comfortably sleep four to six guests with one- and two-bedroom suites available for added comfort and privacy. Sunbathers, kayakers, scuba divers and snorkelers can take advantage of ocean reefs that are just minutes away. Nearby charter boats are available for diving, lobstering, deep-sea fishing, back country fishing and reef fishing. As the State of Florida’s first certified Green Lodging with a certified Clean Marina, guests can enjoy waterfront views with minimal impact to the environment.
 
Zinner adds, “January is not only a beautiful time of year to visit, there are numerous sailfishing tournaments, and lots of events scheduled.” He mentions the January 20-22 Cheeca Lodge Presidential Sailfish Tournament, an official event of the World Billfish Series, the January 26, Islamorada Fishing Club Sailfish Tournament, with a $30,000 winner take all cash prize and the February 4-6 Islamorada Woman’s Sailfish Tournament. January 29 kicks off the Florida Keys Community Concert Band’s 2011 season of concerts in Founder’s Park. “And thousands of people come from all over to attend the Feb 19-20 Upper Keys Gigantic Nautical Flea Market, with new and used boats, marine and watersports related vendors, fishing tackle, marine equipment, nautical arts and crafts and more.” A favorite event of Zinner’s is the March 19 Woofstock Music Fair, a day of “peace, paws and music,” sponsored by MarrVelous Pet Rescues, with families and their dogs invited. For a full schedule of winter events Zinner recommends visiting the website http://www.fla-keys.com/calendarofevents.
 
About area dining Zinner mentions that Islamorada offers an abundance of great restaurants just a short drive away from Lookout Lodge Resort, including fresh seafood dinners on the waterfront and authentic ethnic cuisines. Lookout Lodge Resort guests also have the option of room service from the highly rated Mile Marker 88 Restaurant, right next door to the resort. And if you ask nicely, Zinner will tell you about his favorite places to dine, remarking, “Some are real gems.”
 
“Consider giving your winter visitors a great experience of the Florida Keys at Lookout Lodge Resort. They’ll be close to all the major destinations in the Florida Keys and convenient to everything they want to do in Islamorada, Florida,” Zinner explains. He adds, “Plus, we’re located at just a two-hour drive from Key West and only a few hours from the Miami area. So our guests can enjoy gracious accommodations without sacrificing convenience to all that South Florida and the Florida Keys have to offer.”