The studio cottage #4 was absolutely perfect for 2 adults and 2 dogs (45 & 60 lbs) for a 3-day weekend. There is a door from outside into the bathroom and then the door into the main room. This may seem odd, but it allowed us to come and go from outside, such as carrying in luggage, without fear of the dogs slipping out. All of the doors have door KNOBS instead of lever handles like hotel rooms, which our dogs can open too easily. The cottage allowed us the freedom to leave the dogs in the room to enjoy the beach or have dinner at one of the fabulous restaurants on the island, which we cannot do if we were staying at a hotel. Mitchell's only charges $25.00 per night for the dogs, which is an enormous savings over pet fees at chain hotels!
Mitchell's has bikes, beach chairs, beach umbrellas, and kayaks available for check-out. There are 2 pools, tennis, and shuffleboard. For longer stays, there is even laundry facilities. A wonderful service is the complimentary wi-fi.
The resort is not luxurious, but is very comfortable. Cottages have tile floors (cool and easy to sweep up the sand and shells!) They have full kitchens with real dishes, glasses, silverware and knives and utensils for cooking, as well as a toaster, coffee maker, and dish washer. There were some very basic dry staples in the pantry, but NO COFFEE or tea like you would have in a hotel room. There are also outdoor patio tables and chairs and a small grill if you would like to cook out. Mitchell's is located toward the west end of the island in a residential area, so it is very quiet. There is very little traffic, but is only minutes from shops and restaurants. You could actually ride bikes to just about everything if you don't want to drive after arriving.
The beach was just a short walk across the grounds and through a sandy path right out to the beach which was not crowded at all. The water was fairly clear (it's the Gulf of Mexico, not a swimming pool) and felt cooler in the morning and really warm in the afternoon and evening. When the air temps were cooler early evening, the water was warmer than the air.
We were told to purchase food items before coming onto the island, but the prices at the local markets really weren't that bad. Some items were a little pricey, but we just decided whether or not it was important enough to purchase. We found some delicious local-flavor items such as peach-mango slasa that was well worth picking up. Produce items were about the same as we would have paid at home. There are 7-11 stores as well as 2 local markets. But with the wonderful selection of restaurants, we really didn't eat in our cottage, even though we had planned on doing so.
I would abolustely consider going back to Mitchell's Sandcastles again in the future.
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