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LIFESTYLE LETTER

MAY 2019 PUBLISHER

Les Baker | les.baker@lifestylepubs.com EDITORIAL COORDINATOR

Aubrey Sewell | aubrey.sewell@lifestylepubs.com CONTRIBUTING WRITER

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To All the Women in Our Lives EVERY YEAR WHEN MAY MAKES ITS WELCOMED RETURN TO OUR CALENDARS, WE CAN’T HELP BUT SING THE LINE FROM THE TEMPTATIONS’ “MY GIRL” THAT GOES, “WHEN IT’S COLD OUTSIDE, I’VE GOT THE MONTH OF MAY.” This month brings with it an abundance of joy—bright blue skies, a rainbow of flowers and, of course, the celebration of mothers on May 12. In this issue, we not only celebrate mothers but we also highlight all the wonderful women in our community— business owners, travel agents and presidents of community organizations, to name a few. The following pages are filled with stories to inspire us all to appreciate the women in our lives and to strengthen the connection we have with our mothers, sisters, friends and daughters. From a boutique startup and a travel agent's exciting new recommendation to a group of women selflessly making a difference in lives all over Naples, the Women’s issue serves to recognize the powerful role women have in our community and beyond. (And don’t worry, gentlemen; you’ll have your moment—stay tuned.)

CORPORATE TEAM CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Steven Schowengerdt

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “A woman is like a tea bag. You can’t tell how strong she

CHIEF SALES OFFICER Matthew Perry

is until you put her in hot water.” While you wait for the hot water to brew, we’ve asked

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER DeLand Shore

local experts to share how their cups of tea have shown their strengths within their

ART DIRECTOR Sara Minor

community. And for those busy mornings when you’re running late but still need to look

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR Janeane Thompson

polished, we’ve formulated the perfect beauty routine to get you out the door—stat! So, to the women of Naples —may you find a quiet moment (or two) to enjoy this issue we’ve lovingly dedicated to you.

EDITORIAL MANAGER Nicolette Martin AD MANAGER Chad Jensen REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR Eric Williams WEB APPLICATIONS Michael O’Connell

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INSIDE THE ISSUE MAY 2019

FEATURES 20 Discover Mainstream Boutique By Brooke Jensen Styling Naples, Styling Friends

24 A Sisterhood of Service Naples Woman’s Club Taking Care of the Community

28 Timeless Beauty With Just a Few Products and a Few Minutes, These Quick Makeup Routines Add a Little Something Extra When You Don't Have Time to Spare

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Good Times

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Around Town

20 Inspired By 24 Giving Back 28 Trend Setter 32 Travel Destination


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Seventh Annual Kitchen Tour with Naples Woman's Club Jan. 15 More than 500 ladies enjoyed visiting homes in the Port Royal area. Chefs from prestigious restaurants provided delicious appetizers as musicians provided soft background music. The Tour of Kitchens' proceeds—more than $111,700 this year—go toward scholarship programs and grants for organizations in the Naples area such as Youth Haven, Judy Sullivan Family Resource Center and Guadalupe Early Education Center in Immokalee.  

                                                                                 

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Cars and Coffee On the last Saturday of every month, GulfCoast Motorworks hosts Cars and Coffee at its exotic car showroom. All sorts of pastries and freshly brewed coffee can be had while looking over the dozens of luxury cars available. Every month is a different theme. It's free, and everyone is welcome. GulfCoastMotorworks.com

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AROUND TOWN and a deluxe Awards Luncheon following golf. SpanishWellsCountryClub.com

SHORT FILM FEST FEATURING AWARD-WINNING SHORT FILMS WITH DISCUSSION Judy Copeland, Naples' own actor and film producer, brings the best new independent films and filmmakers for the 2019 Stay in May Festival April 28, May 1 and May 5. Discover emerging talent and celebrate the  cutting edge of cinematic storytellers. All the films screened have won prestigious awards and can only be seen at festivals. Throughout the three nights of the short film

LOST IN YONKERS AT SUGDEN COMMUNITY THEATRE This heartfelt and nostalgic play written by Neil

fest, filmmakers, actors and producers will interact with the audience. Join us in the comfort and intimacy of the Sheffield Theatre at Moorings Park for these remarkable films. StayInMay.com

Simon takes place during the 1940s. Two young brothers find their lives turned upside down when their father moves south for work, leaving them with their no-nonsense grandmother, their loving but absent-minded spinster Aunt Bella and her small-time hoodlum brother in a strange new world called Yonkers. May 1 at 7 p.m. NaplesPlayers.org

GRAMMY-NOMINATED CHORAL ENSEMBLE SERAPHIC FIRE PRESENTS MUSIC FOR PEACE Entering its 16th season performing throughout South Florida and on national tours, Seraphic Fire is regarded as one of the preeminent profes-

EPILEPSY FLORIDA INC. INAUGURAL GOLF OUTING

by founder and Artistic Director Patrick Dupré Quigley, top ensemble singers and instrumentalists

The inaugural Epilepsy Florida Golf Outing will

from around the country perform diverse reper-

take place on Saturday, May 4 from 8 a.m. to 2

toire. Choral music at its very best, this Grammy-

p.m. at Spanish Wells Golf & Country Club. All

nominated group presents music that we all need:

proceeds will benefit individuals living with epi-

music that was created to instill peace. Find your

lepsy. This event is essential to furthering the

inner peace through music at this extraordinary

mission of Epilepsy Florida in the Naples area.

concert. May 7 at 7 p.m. at Vanderbilt Presbyterian

The day will feature golf, breakfast, pre-event

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Learn about the birds' life habits and the importance to these birds of the native upland and freshwater wetland plants and habitats that occur at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. Plus, learn what you can do in your own yard to improve habitat for birds. May 21, 8–11 a.m. Corkscrew.Audubon.org

43RD ANNUAL GREAT DOCK CANOE RACE AT CRAYTON COVE This colorful, thrilling  and beloved event draws both fun-loving and serious contestants and spectators from throughout the country to race and watch. Thousands of people, from young children to grandparents, celebrate the race on land, dock and bay. This year’s theme is “Heroes and Villains.”

It is Corkscrew's 64th anniversary year under

has limited parking, so there will be a free shuttle

the protection of the National Audubon Society.

running from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Pickup locations

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world's largest remaining old growth bald cypress

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forest and was protected from logging in 1954.

STONEBRIDGE COUNTRY CLUB PRESENTS WOMEN AND DEMENTIA

Join us for a 2.25-mile tour on our boardwalk of the ancient forest highlighting Corkscrew history, ecology, storytelling and landmark cypress

Women of the (239) cordially invites you to

trees. There are occasional opportunities for rest

this important luncheon presentation May 16

along the way as this is a 2.25-mile walking tour

from 11:30 a.m.  to  2 p.m. Learn what the experts

that takes about three hours.  May 23, 9 a.m. to

know about dementia, how to reduce the risk

noon. Corkscrew.audubon.org

and where the science is going. Dr. Snyder, senior director of Medical and Scientific Operations at the Alzheimer’s Association, is the keynote speaker. Seating is limited, so registration is imperative.  WomenOfThe239.com

EARLY BIRD WALKING AT CORKSCREW SWAMP SANCTUARY

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Winners will be awarded for all races. Crayton Cove

SEMI-ANNUAL SUMMER SIZZLE SWFL RESTAURANT WEEK Cape Coral to Marco Island and everywhere tasty in-between, Sizzle SWFL Restaurant Week celebrates dining out at more than 70 affordably priced restaurants  in both Collier and Lee counties. Restaurant Week's goal is to encourage people to

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is an Important

visit LOCAL restaurants during a normally slow time

Bird Area, part of the Atlantic Flyway for bird migra-

of year and help expose people of Collier, Lee and

tion, one of the gateway sites for the Great Florida

surrounding counties to our amazing SWFL restau-

Birding Trail and a Ramsar designated Wetland of

rants! Plus, $1 from every Restaurant Week meal

International Importance. Experience the sights

(lunch or dinner) sold will be donated to the Sizzle

and sounds of the awakening swamp with one

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of our naturalists guiding you to look for birds.

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ARTICLE AUBREY SEWELL PHOTOGRAPHY BROOKE JENSEN

BROOKE JENSEN’S FAVORITE THING ABOUT OWNING MAINSTREAM BOUTIQUE IS MEETING THE MOST AMAZING WOMEN IN THE NAPLES COMMUNITY. She values personal interactions with customers and loves hearing about their jobs, everyday lives, amazing families and events they are attending. “We are in the business of selling merchandise, but we want our customers to trust us, love us and want to be here with us," Brooke says.  Opening Mainstream Boutique in April 2017 was not the beginning of her entrepreneurial spirit or her love of fashion; those things seemed ingrained in her from a very young age.  She comes from a family of entrepreneurs, so being in business for herself seemed both natural and comfortable. While in college, she had her own eBay store where she would resell locally purchased items, and even though she really enjoyed it, she desired face-to-face, personal connections with buyers.  Regarding fashion, styling friends and family and shopping to find the perfect outfits for them had always been a passion of Brooke’s. She had grown up watching her neighbor, Marie DeNicola, start Mainstream Boutique in her hometown of Apple Valley, Minnesota, and she got a front-row seat to the growing business as the original MB store was right across the street from her house. So, when the opportunity arose to partner with her mother, Cindy, in opening their own franchise, she took it. “I realized this could be a career that did not feel like work to me— just something that I loved to do and was already doing,” she says. Within seven months, their store found its home at 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Suite 168 in Naples, underwent a remodel and opened its doors to the women of this community.  Brooke and  Cindy recently celebrated the store's two-year anniversary.

Discover Mainstream Boutique By Brooke Jensen

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What are the first things customers will see or notice a s t h ey e n t e r yo u r s t o r e ? We hope that when customers enter the store, they will see a beautifully merchandised boutique full of items for women of all ages, along with a warm greeting from either one of the owners or a member of our team.

What clientele is MB designed to attract? All Mainstream Boutique locations are multigenerational, meaning that we strive to have something for women of all ages. One of the most exciting moments I have had was having three generations all shopping together and everyone leaving with items Brooke and her husband, Nick

they loved! We also strive to bring in the best quality items at a great price point and to carry items for women of all sizes.  We carry some more expensive pieces, but we also have many adorable tops starting at $38 and jeans starting at $68. Most of our lines run small through large, but occasionally we bring in extra small  and styles up to a 3XL, and currently, we have denim up to a size 24.

W h a t m a ke s yo u r boutique unique? Our moderate price point (especially for Naples) and our customer service. Our employees love their jobs and really strive to make you feel like the best version of yourself.

W h a t s ty l e o f c l o t h i n g c a n customers expect to find in yo u r s t o r e ? This is a tough question for me. I feel like we are a casual store, but our items are always changing since we usually only receive six  pieces of any particular style. We offer many styles of dresses, tops and bottoms. 

W h a t d e s i g n e r s d o yo u s t o c k ? Top vendors who we usually have in stock are Clara Sun Woo, Charlie B, Liverpool, Jag, Ariella, Mystree, Kut from the Cloth, and THML. We carry many other lines as well, including our own private label, Mac and Me, that is only found in Mainstream Boutique stores. CONTINUED >

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What merchandise besides c l o t h i n g d o yo u o f f e r ? We offer shoes, jewelry, a few home goods pieces and several bags.

Can clients order online? Yes! We do not have a retail website, but customers can order from our Facebook and Instagram pages.

H o w d o yo u ke e p yo u r i n ve n t o r y f r e s h a n d u p t o d a t e ? We place many of our orders six months in advance, and we try to stagger those shipments throughout the season, but we are always placing immediate orders and re-orders to keep our store full. We try to limit the amount of times we re-order products so that we always have fresh inventory for our loyal customers.  We can’t always guarantee to have particular items, but we always try our hardest to find an item a customer is looking for that we are out of. Shipments come to the store every day, so it’s always good to check weekly to see all the new items.

W h a t a r e yo u r c u r r e n t b e s t selling products and musth a ve s f o r t h i s u p c o m i n g s e a s o n ? Our best-selling products are light and flowy dresses, Clara Sun Woo liquid leather jackets, Clara Sun Woo palazzo pants, cotton or linen tops, fashion denim from Liverpool and any skorts we bring into the store always move quickly! For the upcoming summer season, we recommend a comfortable skort, a variety of cotton or linen tops, a lightweight sweater (for that A/C that is always on full blast!), a comfortable pair of shorts and many fun and colorful dresses. 22

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W h a t d o yo u t h i n k yo u r customers should know about yo u r s t o r e t h a t t h ey m a y n o t be aware of ? We are a family store owned by a mother-daughter team. One of us is at the store almost daily to make sure the store looks amazing and that our items are ready for the sales floor.  My husband, Nick, is also involved and helps out anywhere he can. It is amazing to build this business with my mom and to have my husband’s support.  We have grown this business to the place where I can step away and focus on our family.  This year has been the most exciting yet in our personal life, as we adopted our baby boy, Mason, at birth, in February. He is a dream baby and spends a lot of time at the store, and it’s amazing to have the flexibility to do that. An additional thing is that we strive to be involved in any community events we can. We offer in-store, afterhours fundraisers where 10 percent of sales are donated to charity,  and we have been in multiple fashion show fundraisers and silent auctions.  

And just for fun, what c e l e b r i ty w o u l d yo u l ove t o see walk through the doors so yo u c o u l d s ty l e ? Any celebrity would be so fun to style! We had celebrity stylist George Brescia visit the store last summer with Mainstream Boutique founder Maire  and hope to do a celebrity styling event in the future.

Brooke says their greatest accomplishment has been seeing so many repeat customers and having customers, who are now friends, come into the store to spend time with them. “I want every customer to find something she will love and that boosts her self-esteem and makes her the most confident version of herself.”

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ARTICLE AUBREY SEWELL PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY NWC

A Sisterhood of Service

Jalna MacLaren, President Stacy Vermylen and Lee Kraus

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“THE WORLD NEEDS STRONG WOMEN. Women who will lift and build others…women who live bravely…women of indomitable will.” –Amy Tenney Since 1932, Naples Woman’s Club has been incredibly instrumental in the development of this thriving city. This group of strong women has more than exemplified its motto “Living the Volunteer Spirit” from the very beginning. From starting the first library in Collier County, providing milk to undernourished school children, and beginning the visiting nurses program, to packing food for Meals of Hope, delivering diapers to new mothers, and helping non-native English speakers learn a new language, NWC has left its mark on the streets of Naples and is continuing to do what it  can to serve its neighbors. Being a


Members pack food boxes for Meals for Hope.

Funds raised are often rewarded as scholarships to first-time college students and mature women pursuing higher education.

member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs has also allowed

more than $200,000 in grants, including 34 college scholar-

the group to contribute to causes beyond city limits, for example,

ships. These monetary resources come from plentiful member

donating to and lobbying for the preservation of the Everglades as

and sponsor donations, as well as fundraising initiatives. The

a national park. Monthly, the NWC encounters educational speakers

NWC's fundraisers and events are nothing short of sophisti-

and service opportunities that challenge its members to continue their

cated, classy and enjoyable. The Annual Dining for Philanthropy

endeavors as exemplary and influential women.  

event offers both small, intimate dinners or larger group set-

Their philanthropic goals meet the needs of even more indi-

tings for meals with diverse menus and live entertainment.  The

viduals and organizations yearly. Their funds are generously dis-

Annual Kitchen Tour, one of the most popular events in Naples,

tributed through grants to nonprofit organizations and charities,

transports guests to remarkable homes where they can sample

both locally and internationally, and are rewarded as scholarships

exquisite dishes from well-known chefs, listen to distinguished

to first-time college students, as well as mature women pursuing

speakers, and win prize baskets. Events such as the Holiday

higher education. This past year, Naples Woman’s Club awarded

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local artisans and authors. The Flea Market each spring collects “one man’s trash” and turns it into “another man’s treasure” by recycling and selling unwanted furniture, clothing, electronics, housewares and other miscellaneous objects to those in need or by donating items to organizations like the Shelter for Abused Women and Children.        With these women investing their hearts and hands into the community, their clubhouse could not be located in a more perfect place—nestled in the heart of town on Park Street.  It’s half a block from the Fifth Avenue South District and one mile from Naples Pier. The clubhouse contains plenty of meeting space, a private banquet hall and the ever-coveted, convenient and secure parking. Both the clubhouse and the parking area can be reserved and rented for events such as weddings, business meetings, vendor shows, small

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festivals and farmers markets.     Currently, 300 women from ages 40 to 92 are part of this organization. While there may be a waiting list, “any adult woman who shares the vision of enhancing the lives of others through philanthropic activities and volunteer service” is more than welcome to seek membership. For women up to age 40, the Naples Junior Woman’s Club is an aligned sister organization, and the Juniorettes are a group of teen volunteers who are learning about serving their community. From high school students to working moms, retired grandmothers to busy doctors, there is a place for everyone to land with at least 15 committees to serve on that connect to a variety of passions: women’s healthcare, art, conservation and legislation, for starters. Becoming a part of this sisterhood in Naples is the perfect opportunity for women to build invaluable relationships and to help cultivate the type of community that cares for one another and acts on their desire to support, encourage and uplift those they encounter on a daily basis. 

“We’re not big on boasting; we just do our work. It’s not about status; it’s about service.” –Stacy Vermylen, Naples Woman’s Club President    01 | Mahogany Hammock Trail of the Everglades National Park 02 | Club members visit nursing homes. 03 | Members provide milk to undernourished school children.

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timeless beauty WITH JUST A FEW PRODUCTS AND A FEW MINUTES, THESE QUICK MAKEUP ROUTINES ADD A LITTLE SOMETHING EXTRA WHEN YOU DON’T HAVE TIME TO SPARE

WHEN YOUR DAY IS FULL OF PLACES TO GO AND PEOPLE TO SEE, IT CAN FEEL NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND TIME TO INCORPORATE A BEAUTY ROUTINE INTO YOUR BUSY MORNING. So when you’re fighting time but still want to throw on a little something on top of your standard morning moisturizer, follow these easy steps for a quick go-to morning routine that will keep you glowing all day. 28

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+ Step 1: A tinted moisturizer or BB cream is great for quick, sheer coverage that evens out your skintone. If you need a little more coverage, use a foundation stick for spot coverage. + Step 2: Add a little color by pressing cream blush on the apples of your cheeks. We love Glossier’s Cloud Paint, which is seamless, sheer and beautiful, giving you a healthy, flushed glow. + Step 3: Lightly apply a powder highlighter to the high points of your cheek-

1. Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick, $46, Nordstrom.com

bones, and directly above and below the arch of your eyebrows for an instant lift.

2. Glossier Cloud Paint, $18, Glossier.com

+ Step 4: Finish it off by defining your lashes with 1-2 coats of mascara.

3. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector, $38, BeccaCosmetics.com

+ Bonus: Once you’ve gotten it down with time to spare, apply a shimmer

4. Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara, $9.99, LorealParisUSA.com

cream shadow to the inner corners of your eyes and add a lightly tinted lip oil for a high shine.

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10 -minute glow-up + Step 1: The first step to glowing skin starts with an essential: skincare. For

+ Step 4: Apply a blush + highlighter duo

smooth skin, start with an exfoliator to buff away dead skin and follow up with a

to your cheekbones.

moisturizer to create a smooth surface to work with. + Step 5: Apply a light shimmer eye+ Step 2: To create a subtle glow before even reaching for your highlighter,

shadow to the inner corners of your eyes and

prime your face with an oil or illuminating balm after moisturizing for a natu-

directly below the arch of your brow.

ral-looking radiance. + Step 6: Complete the look with a high-

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+ Step 3: Apply tinted moisturizer, BB cream or foundation as desired.

shine lip gloss. If you’re looking for extra

Tip: For a dewier look, blend your foundation out with a damp Beautyblender.

glow, apply highlighter to your cupid’s bow.

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TRAVEL DESTINATION

Charmed by the Me k o n g ARTICLE AUBREY SEWELL

TRADING CRUISE SHIPS FOR RIVERBOATS

THE LUXURY AND CONVENIENCE OF CRUISES CAN-

will be immersed in their destination, visiting quaint vil-

NOT BE DENIED. Almost everything a vacation could

lages, dining on local cuisine, interacting with locals and

consist of is included on a cruise ship: live music, endless

discovering off-the-beaten-path treasures. The slower

food, spa treatments, comedians, organized activities for

pace and calmer waters are also appealing to those

children, workout facilities and classes, informative semi-

who are seeking a more relaxed adventure and who

nars, room service, visiting new cultures, dancing, sun and

enjoy ever-changing scenic views. River cruising tends

more. While cruises are a common go-to with more than

to attract a more mature demographic, ranging in age

20 million people gravitating toward these all-inclusive

from 40 to 80, which indicates there are more couples

getaways each year, there is another fast-growing alter-

traveling these lines than families; however, more and

native that is catching the attention of travelers looking

more families are being encouraged to discover this

for a new, unique experience with the familiarities they

exceptional vacation option.  

are used to. River cruises offer all the benefits of inclusive

River cruises are available both here in the United

ocean liners, albeit on a smaller scale, and are just as con-

States and internationally in Europe, Asia, Russia and

venient and relaxing as big ocean liners, but they offer a

Africa. A variety of trip lengths are available, from as

more personalized and intimate experience.   

few as seven days to as many as 14 days, to accom-

“Oceans take you to countries; rivers take you through them,” says Lisa Neves, owner of Gulfshore Travel.

modate those out for a short trip or those looking for a lengthier getaway. One such international option Lisa

While this seems like a rather simple description,

highly recommends is  traveling the Mekong River via

it adequately identifies the pathways these means of

AmaWaterways. The Mekong River is the longest river in

water travel take. River cruising is more authentic and

Southeast Asia, the seventh longest in Asia and the 12th

immersive, traveling at night and arriving at a new city

longest river in the world. Rising in the southeast prov-

or town daily to provide passengers with excursions

ince of Qinghai, China, it flows through parts of Tibet,

that highlight the culture of the locale. This is perfect for

Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. These

travelers who like to explore the world up close, learn

countries are rich in agriculture, diverse in ethnicity and

new things and have authentic experiences since they

well-versed in multiple languages.

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TRAVEL DESTINATION

(CON TI N U ED)

This seven-night cruise spoils guests both onand off-boat with accommodations, services and excursions.  Starting off in Ho Chi Minh  with a two-night stay and a city tour, travelers will immediately be mesmerized by the Asian culture. On board the quiet, calm boat, outside staterooms with twin balconies, multiple fine dining choices, complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, unlimited hand-selected wine and bottled water replenished daily in every room leave guests feeling nothing short of royalty. A professionally trained cruise manager is available throughout the cruise for any concerns, questions or needs that arise. While floating along the Mekong and enjoying the breathtaking scenery, passengers can partake in highlighted activities such as folklore dances, music performances, cultural discussion forums and themed dinners. While off the vessel, tourists will enjoy meandering along cobblestone streets, browsing through local markets, visiting a Silversmith village and a Buddhist monastery, taking rickshaw rides, hopping a boat to a floating village, watching a Water Puppet Show, participating in guided hiking and biking tours and discovering the hidden gems that lie in wait.  From Cai Be to Phnom Penh, Siem Reap to Hanoi and Ha Long Bay, those who choose to cruise the Mekong River will disembark charmed, having fallen in love with the treasures and beauty of this Asian waterway.  lisa@gulfshoretravels.com

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