Hurricane Charley (2004)
Cabbage Key: An isolated travel getaway

The boat pushed away from the dock, eased past the pelican perched on a piling, and looped out into Pine Island Sound. What is it about being on water that makes you feel you're in Florida? Useppa Island swam up on our right, buff with houses reminiscent of Seaside, while we swerved left toward Cabbage Key. The Lady Chadwick from Captiva was dropping off passengers, so we sidled next to one of the outer docks. A great lawn rose up to an umbrellaed patio full of families eating lunch. There was something about the scene -- the manicured grounds, the running children, the low-slung building behind -- that made me think of a country club. I checked in at the marina and then walked up the...