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It’s our pleasure to welcome you to Naples Grande Beach Resort. The vacation you’ve been craving awaits you on our recently refreshed property set on 23 waterfront acres. Enjoy our world-class amenities ranging from a luxurious full-service spa, an 18-hole championship golf course, 15 tournamentgrade tennis courts and three refreshing swimming pools for adults and families. Naples Grande is a great escape for many travelers, but it is also the ideal location for socials, galas, weddings and other events. The resort offers more than 83,000 square feet of function space, most of which is centrally located on one floor, making it easy to plan breakout sessions and cocktail hours. Meeting and wedding planners are delighted with our flexible indoor/outdoor space that offers

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many unique options for any function. In this issue of Neapolitan, you’ll learn more about the many resort offerings available to you, including exquisite culinary experiences, family-friendly activities, ecotourism adventures and a wide array of local attractions. Read about some of the local favorites — from the best places to shop and the latest fashion trends to artist profiles and sightseeing tours. Our team is excited to share all the updates they helped make to the property after Hurricane Irma. We hope you enjoy your stay and all that Naples has to offer. We look forward to welcoming you back for many future visits. Sincerely, The staff at Naples Grande Beach Resort


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Publisher Garry Duell Jr. Editorial Director Vanessa Molina Santamaria Art Director Rodrigo Nuno Advertising Services Manager Rosana Alfonso Duell Sales Representative Susan Cox Photography Noel de Christian, J. Kevin Foltz, Dennis Goodman, Jorge Ramirez, Kari Stenholm Contributors Anquanette Gaspard, Jeffrey Dollar Laign, Gianna Nolte, Richard Santamaria, Chelle Koster Walton, Brad Whalen

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AG Based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Jeffrey Dollar Laign has reported from more than 75 countries for a variety of newspapers and magazines. The author of several books, Laign has also created custom publications for some of the world’s largest cruise lines, airlines, resorts and destinations, and helped to launch New York Times best-sellers such as Chicken Soup for the Soul.

JR Jorge Ramirez of Dream Pictures by JR is an award-winning photographer who has worked for well-known organizations, including the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, Rums of Puerto Rico and Kodak. Based in Orlando, Florida, he’s also developed campaigns for top advertising agencies. The natural beauty of Naples inspires Ramirez, and he favors the rich colors of dawn and dusk when natural light is at its most colorful.

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A passion for food, a desire to travel and a knack for putting words together that tell one compelling story sums up exactly who Anquanette Gaspard is. Born and raised in St. Croix, this freelance writer and blogger has extensive experience in craft beer, food, travel, social media marketing, customer service and research. Her website, cruzanfoodie.com, explores the world of food and travel with Foodie Friday features, how-to guides on budget travel and insider travel tips. Originally from a small town outside of New York City, Gianna Nolte now calls Miami home. She is a recent graduate of the University of Miami, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism. In addition to pursuing her passion for writing, she enjoys traveling, reading, food and photography. She also loves nothing more than reveling in the little moments made with those she cares for most — her family, friends and dog. A passionate photographer, Kari Stenholm loves what he does. For him, it’s all about being able to capture the essence of beauty from a moment in time. He has been blessed to work with some of the best names in the world of fashion and photography, including Gianni Versace, Armani, Givenchy, Ralph Lauren and Mario Testino. His work has appeared in international publications such as L’Uomo Vogue, L’Officiel Hommes, GQ and Men’s Health. To see more of his photography, go to karistenholmphotography.com. Chelle Koster Walton has authored thousands of travel and food articles and more than a dozen guidebooks, including Fodor’s guides, Sarasota, Sanibel Island & Naples, The Bahamas Explorer’s Guide, and DK Eyewitness Florida Family Guide. She is the Naples, Florida, expert for USA Today’s 10best.com.


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By Vanessa Molina Santamaria Known as southwest Florida’s premier destination for couples and families, this luxury haven offers many amenities to make your stay relaxing and enjoyable. There are so many options from which to choose. You can start your day swimming at one of the resort’s three pools, strolling through the scenic mangrove estuary to the beautiful beach or challenging a friend to a round of golf or a tennis match. Book a luxurious spa treatment in the afternoon to soothe your sore muscles, and then end your perfect day with a delicious meal and refreshing cocktails. Menu options include premium steaks, local seafood and more to tempt your palate. Seaside Retreat Inspired by our beachside setting, the recently refreshed and repainted guest rooms are stylish and comfortable. Each room has its own private balcony, providing the perfect spot to enjoy breakfast or cocktails or to simply curl up with a good book and enjoy the breathtaking views. Families looking for more space and privacy can reserve the Garden Villa Suites, which are undergoing a full redesign and renovation in early 2018. Palate Pleasers For locally caught seafood and steaks, The Catch of the Pelican restaurant serves up delectable delights in a relaxedyet-sophisticated setting. Crafted with locally grown produce — many of which are handpicked from their very own garden — the dishes capture the vibrant flavors of the Gulf Coast to produce a dining experience that is uniquely Floridian. Offering a delicious menu, Aura Restaurant features a cosmopolitan, modern atmosphere. Here you’ll find internationally inspired cuisine that uses local and sustainable ingredients, along with vegetarian and gluten-free options. With its enticing Mediterranean flavors, beachfront setting and stunning Gulf of Mexico views, Rhode’s End feels like an escape to a picturesque Greek island. This is the ideal spot for

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lunch or to enjoy a romantic sunset and signature cocktails. Other dining options include Gulf Coast Oasis for casual poolside dining; Spressi Coffee Bar, serving illy Italian coffee and Executive Chef Bader Ali’s donuts in various flavors, including maple bacon, coconut and chocolate ganache; Mantra for appetizers, cocktails and wine; and Sunset Veranda, an open-air lounge. A guest favorite is the $5 Veuve Clicquot Happy Hour every Friday. Relax & Unwind The Spa at Naples Grande is all natural and organic, combining modern décor, luxurious spa treatments and a relaxing vibe to rejuvenate your body and soul. With 12 spacious treatment


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rooms, including a Couples Villa with a soaking tub, whirlpool bath, sundeck and patio, the indoor-outdoor spa village boasts four pavilions in the Japanese tradition, set amid exquisite gardens for the ultimate in personal pampering. To experience genuine tranquility, visit the meditation labyrinth, whirlpool baths, rain showers and sundecks with Zen-inspired chaises. Stop by to view the full spa menu — which features exciting new treatments and products — and admire the beautiful outdoor setting, with cascading waterfalls and peaceful fountains. Make a Splash If Naples is the jewel of the southwest Florida region, then Naples Grande Beach Resort is its sparkly, shimmery diamond. Situated on 23 waterfront acres complete with three miles of powdery, white-sand beach amid 200 acres of a nature preserve and mangrove estuary that recalls oldworld Florida, Naples Grande is the ultimate getaway. An ideal location to enjoy the great outdoors, be sure to stroll the boardwalk or ride the resort’s tram to Clam Pass Beach,

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“Each room has its own PRIVATE BALCONY, providing the perfect spot to enjoy breakfast or cocktails.”

a 3,200-foot stretch of sandy shoreline. Reserve a luxury chaise lounge or cabana, rent watersports equipment or collect seashells. The Mangrove Pool is the perfect place for some fun in the sun. There are surf-inspired family cabanas equipped with high-definition flat-screen TVs and video game stations. The thrilling waterslide twists 100 feet around a rock tower through landscaped waterfalls. It’s a treat for the whole family, as the kids will want to get on it again and again. For those looking for a little more peace and quiet, the adult-exclusive Palm Terrace Pool provides private cabanas with a more relaxed and sophisticated setting. Surrounded by lush landscaping, Hibiscus Hideaway is

tucked away between the Garden Villa Suite courtyards. This secluded pool is perfect for water aerobics and lap swimming. The Sporting Life Voted one of the “10 Best New Golf Courses in Florida” by Travel + Leisure Golf and one of North America’s Top 100 Resort Courses by Golfweek magazine, the private Naples Grande Golf Club boasts unique water features that blend seamlessly with Florida’s lush foliage, stunning fairways and extraordinary elevations. Designed by Rees Jones, each hole promises an unforgettable golfing experience for players of all skill levels. Enjoy 18 beautiful holes on the award-winning championship


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par-72 golf course. The Naples Grande Pro Shop features world-class merchandise — including the top brands in equipment and apparel — so you will always have what you need for a premier golf experience. Ranked number 8 among the top 50 Best U.S. Tennis Resorts by Tennis magazine and consistently ranked one of the top 25 tennis resorts in the world by Tennis Resorts Online, Naples Grande offers an unrivaled Naples-area tennis program for players of all ages and skill levels. Under the direction of Peter Burwash International (PBI) — known worldwide for its first-class tennis professionals and expert instruction — guests can enjoy an array of activities, from basic court time to scheduled round robins, clinics, private lessons and more. With 15 Har-Tru courts (five lighted for evening play), a pro shop and three experienced, PBI-certified tennis pros from all over the world, you are sure to have an amazing tennis experience. Meetings & Special Events Naples Grande offers more than 83,000 square feet of recently refreshed, state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor meeting space with sophisticated décor throughout. There are 32 meeting rooms, including 13 breakout rooms, many with floor-toceiling windows. The Vista Ballroom boasts more than 5,800 square feet of space overlooking the beautiful Mangrove Pool from the Vista Terrace. The in-house DMC (destination management company) will make sure that every detail is taken care of for you, with a full menu of options to customize your corporate retreat or personal event, based on your style preferences and budget. If there’s a wedding in your future, rest assured; the staff will work with you to design the custom package of your dreams. Whether your stay is for work or play, you’re sure to have an incredible experience. And, if you can’t fit it all in during just one trip, there’s no need to worry — you can come back and visit anytime.

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Activity: Sweet Liberty Sailing Catamaran Cruise the pristine local waters on one of their daily Naples cruises, including shelling, sunset or sightseeing tours. 239-793-3525 | sweetliberty.com

Activity: Naples Botanical Garden This 170-acre world-class paradise features the plants and cultures of the tropics and subtropics, including Brazil, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia and Florida. 239-643-7275 | naplesgarden.org

Dinner: D’Amico’s The Continental Located on Third Street, this restaurant promises to be the most desired dining destination in southwest Florida. 239-659-0007 | damicoscontinental.com

FA M I LY F U N Activity: Sun-N-Fun Lagoon This kid-friendly park features waterslides, a lazy river, kidsʼ water play area and diving pools. 239-252-4021 | napleswaterpark.com Dinner: Mino Italian Pizzeria Located at Dockside Boardwalk near Tin City and downtown Naples, Mino is where youʼll finally have a true Italian dining experience. 239-302-5990 | minofl.com

ART ENTHUSIAST Activity: Artis — Naples Home of the Baker Museum and the Naples Philharmonic, it’s the premier center for the arts in southwest Florida. 239-597-1111 | artisnaples.org Activity: Art galleries on Fifth Avenue South Spend an afternoon strolling down Fifth Avenue South and enjoy a selection of art galleries along the way. 239-692-8436 | fifthavenuesouth.com

Activity: Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary A 2.25-mile boardwalk meanders through pine flatwoods, wet prairie, around a marsh and finally into the largest old growth Bald Cypress Forest in North America. 239-348-9151 | corkscrew.audubon.org

TA S T Y TRE AT S Barbatella Gelato Bar on Third Street South has a roster of delicious favorite flavors, creative sundaes and other treats. Add a cappuccino and biscotti! 239-263-1955 | barbatellanaples.com Grace & Shelly’s Cupcakes bakes fresh cupcakes every morning. Daily flavors vary, but if you have a favorite flavor, let your local store know. 239-263-9990 | graceandshellyscupcakes.com

O FF TH E B E ATEN PATH Activity: Pure Naples Fishing Charter Experience deep-sea fishing, coastal and calm bay fishing. Private charters available. 239-263-4949 | purenaples.com Dinner: 21 Spices by Chef Asif Take a culinary journey through India; contemporary Indian cuisine is all they do. 239-919-8830 | 21spicesdining.com

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It’s all here — everything you need to have the time of your life. But don’t write off Naples as just another one-size-fits-all tourist trap. Many of its most popular attractions are unique to the region. You’ll make the most of your visit here if you make like a native and set out on a real Naples adventure. Discover the Wetlands Don’t even think of going home without slogging through the mud on a swamp buggy. Invented in the 1930s by Naples resident Ed Frank, these ungainly vehicles easily traverse the area’s boggy terrain. But buggies aren’t the only way to get around a swamp. A trip to Naples isn’t complete without an Everglades

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airboat ride. Powered by propeller, the flatbottomed vessels are able to skim across the surface of an inhospitable marsh. Explore the Everglades It’s not a crime to visit Naples without setting foot in the Everglades, but it certainly would be a shame if you missed your opportunity. The vast “sea of grass,” as the Seminoles called it, is one of the world’s great ecosystems, home to the American crocodile, the Florida panther, the West Indian manatee and four varieties of sea turtles, not to mention 1,300 native plant species, including the rare American ghost orchid, believed to grow only here and in parts of Cuba. Also


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“Historic Naples Pier is a well-favored place to watch the star of our solar system as it APPEARS TO SINK below the horizon.”

Celebrate Sunsets You can watch the sun go down anywhere in the world, but sunsets in southern Florida are especially spectacular. That’s because light is scattered by miniscule particles in the atmosphere, including, believe it or not, windborne dust from the Sahara Desert. Water reflects the light, enhancing the sky’s palette of warm spectral hues. Historic Naples Pier is a well-favored place to watch the star of our solar system as it appears to sink below the horizon. Make the moment truly romantic

by treating yourself to an unforgettable sunset cruise aboard a luxury yacht. The Naples Princess serves a dinner matched only by magnificent views of a singular event made magical on the waters of the Gulf. Search for Seashells Seashells are emblematic souvenirs sold in shops throughout Florida. They’ll mean far more if you collect them yourself from a picturesque Naples beach. The currents that surround Florida’s southwestern tip swath shores with starfish, sand dollars and shells of every size and color. Comb the beaches on your own or take a guided shelling tour. You’ll also discover

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maritime memorabilia and other one-of-a-kind offerings at downtown Tin City, a 1920s-era seafood processing plant that now houses more than 40 shops and eateries. Tin City is just a walk away from Fifth Avenue South, Naples’ Rodeo Drive, where you’ll find upscale boutiques filled with the latest fashions. Cultivate Culture Clustered along Shirley Street are many of the 45 working artists’ studios and galleries that comprise the Naples Art District. Stop in to browse or chat. If time allows, head out to the Big Cypress studio of Clyde Butcher, widely praised for his evocative fine-art photographs of the Everglades. Naples also is home to the well-respected Baker Museum at the Artis — Naples complex. Among the treasures housed in 15 galleries are masterpieces by Thomas Hart Benton and Dale Chihuly.

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Time Travel A century ago, Robert Roberts worked a 13-acre cattle ranch east of Naples at the edge of Big Cypress Swamp. Now known as the Immokalee Pioneer Museum, the old homestead offers visitors a rare glimpse of the daily working life of the hunters, trappers and traders who tamed the wilderness that was southwest Florida. Isolated settlers of the same era bought and sold hides, furs and produce at the Smallwood Store, a modern-day museum in the heart of the Ten Thousand Islands. Closer to your


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hotel is the Old Naples historic district, anchored by the well-preserved Palm Cottage, which dates from 1895. Eat an Alligator A Naples vacation is all about adventure. Stoke your adventurous spirit at dinner, too. Scores of restaurants in and around the city serve up the tails of the prehistoric-looking reptile that dominates the Everglades. Some folks say it tastes like — you guessed it — chicken. Order an appetizer or entree and decide for yourself. Frybread is another regional delicacy you might want to sample if you have the chance. The deepfried dough savored by native Seminoles may be served with butter or honey, or filled like a taco. Fine dining is abundant in sophisticated Naples, especially in world-class restaurants downtown. And fresh, succulent seafood, of course, is the star on menus throughout the city.

Cheeca Lodge & Spa, a Florida Keys icon since 1946, reopens its doors to guests in early 2018 after a complete post–Hurricane Irma property renewal. Cheeca is located in Islamorada — the Sports Fishing Capital of the World — and sits on a private 27-acre oceanfront estate with lush gardens and 1,200 feet of palm-fringed beachfront. A 2017 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award winner, the resort is reminiscent of a classic Keys fishing lodge, boasting 214 guest rooms, suites and bungalows styled in chic island décor. An authentic and spirited tradition of barefoot elegance, genuine service and warm hospitality personifies this island home, where you can relax, be yourself and create treasured memories with family, friends or colleagues.  Cheeca Lodge & Spa offers three distinct restaurants, as well as three on-site bars and lounges, so there are plenty of options to please every palate. Atlantic’s Edge features a seasonal fine-dining menu of seafood from its own saltwater pantry, prime steaks and fresh local produce. Nikai Sushi Bar & Restaurant offers the Florida Keys’ freshest sushi and a selection of more than 30 hot and cold Japanese sakes. Limoncello offers hearty Italian classics in a relaxed, familyfriendly atmosphere. For the ultimate in tropical ambience and sweeping views of the Atlantic, head down to the beachfront Tiki Bar and enjoy a refreshing cocktail and famous Cheeca Burger, alfresco. The perfect place to indulge and get pampered is at The Spa at Cheeca Lodge. Nestled among cascading waterfalls and a Tahitian-inspired freshwater lagoon, the 5,700-square-foot facility features an adult-only heated lap pool with butler service, seven treatment rooms, poolside cabanas with internet service, fully equipped fitness center, wet room with Vichy shower, in-room and oceanfront massage therapy and more. Additional amenities include an extensive line of watersports and ocean excursions, 525-foot wooden fishing pier, oceanfront family pool, Camp Cheeca for kids ages 5 through 12, family recreation center and a Jack Nicklaus–designed nine-hole par-3 golf course.

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Peaceful and relaxing, Naples conjures up memories of family weekends spent on the beautiful beaches, including shelling, sunbathing, building sandcastles and flying a kite. There’s so much to do in Naples — snorkeling, fishing, Jet Skiing and adventuring in the Everglades, just to name a few. Young and old alike will enjoy the amazing beaches, parks, the Naples Zoo and, when the end of the day rolls around, you can’t miss the spectacular sunsets from the Naples Pier. Whether you have small children, teenagers or a multigenerational group, be sure to go out and explore all the activities and attractions this family-friendly destination offers. Just for Kids Parents are always on the lookout for activities that their children can enjoy. Here are a few favorites for you to consider. Miniature golf is an American vacation pastime that creates fun memories. Whether you are making fun of each other or seriously competing, if you get a hole in one, you will shout in glee! Coral Cay Adventure Golf has botanical gardens, and you play among bridges, caves, reefs and water features. Finish up with some ice cream or slushies to cool you down. Naples has many wild animals, but sometimes they are shy. If you don’t want to miss seeing an alligator or a Florida panther, then you must plan

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a visit to Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens. In addition to Florida native wildlife, there are many animals from around the world for all to enjoy. Southwest Florida’s first museum for children and families to learn through play, Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples features hands-on exhibit galleries. Children of all ages can journey through the swamps of the Everglades, weave through a maze, climb a two-story banyan tree or experiment with the water play station. “Play, Learn & Dream” is at the core of the museum’s philosophy. Expect to play along with your children, as they learn and experience the museum. A classic water park, Sun-N-Fun Lagoon has water features for young and old alike. Waterslides for the adventurous, Sunny’s River for the lazy, Family Falls for everyone, Turtle Cove for 5 to 12 years old, the Tadpole Pool for the tykes and the Dolphin Dive and Lap Pool for those that like diving and swimming laps. For Young & Old Young or old, fast or slow, Naples is for everyone; and that means that your family can all share a beautiful experience. Here are some activities that you can all do hand in hand.

The City of Naples Pier is a must-see for all ages. Extending 1,000 feet into the Gulf, it’s located at the west end of the city, off of 12th Avenue South. Public parking is easy to find and in close proximity to the pier. Walking out on the pier is something everyone can enjoy — whether you’re wearing a bathing suit or more formal wear — so don’t let the grandparents make any excuses. You’ll see locals and visitors alike fishing, strolling and animal- and people-watching. If you’re lucky, you may even catch a pod of dolphins swimming near the pier. End your beautiful day with a free public performance by the local Naples star, the sun. The City of Naples has many spectacular parks and beaches, many of which have full facilities and amenities for park- and beachgoers. The City of Naples Beach is where you’ll find the fishing pier. Lowdermilk Park and beach near downtown Naples is quite popular with families. The beach at Naples Grande Beach Resort is within picturesque Clam Pass Park. There are other nearby beaches that are worth the drive, including Vanderbilt Beach, Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park and Lely Barefoot Beach. The Everglades is one of the most unique and beautiful environments to explore, and Big Cypress Natural Preserve

is a wonderful place to start your journey into the Everglades and its inhabitants. Everyone loves dolphins, so book a dolphin sightseeing tour for the children and adults to enjoy aboard a Pure Naples boat docked at Tin City. Pure Naples has other tours, including shelling, bird-watching and sunset tours. Another local favorite is the Sweet Liberty sailing catamaran, which also offers beautiful day trips but does so using sail power. Nothing compares to a sail cat! For Adventure Seekers Naples also caters to the more adventurous with a bevy of activities on land and at sea. There are plenty of watersports for all ages. From snorkeling and scuba diving to parasailing and Jet Skiing, you’ll find an array of thrilling options. Landlubbers will enjoy cycling, off-roading in the Everglades, camping and more. Although almost anyone can buy or rent equipment or vehicles and set out on their own, it’s best to book a tour with one of the knowledgeable guides in the area. Experienced guides can help make potentially hazardous and highly regulated activities a much safer and more fun experience. N A P L E S G R A N D E . CO M

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Trudy Stemen and her husband, Jay, met in Naples in 1988. After their wedding, they honeymooned in Antigua and fell in love with the water excursions on the Caribbean island. When they returned home, they bought into an existing company, Nautilus Boat Tours, and later bought out the partners. Since then, the company has continued to evolve; and in 2016, the Stemens further expanded to their own location at All Water Excursions Marina, located directly on the Cocohatchee River with direct access to the Gulf of Mexico. AWE now offers a wide array of activities for water enthusiasts, including kayaking, paddleboarding, WaveRunners, backwater fishing, offshore fishing, private charters, sunset cruises, ecotours and more. What makes Naples such a great destination for watersports? Naples is the jewel of Florida. Most of the year we have calm seas on the Gulf of Mexico side, where watersports provide exhilarating experiences and memories to last forever. The abundant wildlife, such as tropical birds, manatees and dolphins, will interact with you on your watersports experiences. Fishing is also easily accessible — within minutes, you could be catching a snook in the backwater or a grouper offshore. What’s your favorite watersport activity? I cannot single one out, as they are all favorites at different times of the day. In the morning, departing into the mangrove forest on a kayak, you are immediately in a different world where you can unplug from everything and be one with nature. During the day, you can go on an exhilarating WaveRunner tour and see dolphins, which is so much fun. When the fish are biting, there is nothing better than catching a redfish — what a challenge! And don’t miss the breathtaking sunsets during a sunset cruise. It’s the only way to end your day! AWE’s WaveRunner tours are very unique. What can a rider expect on the tour? Our WaveRunner tours are the best in southwest Florida and are 28 miles long. Our guides depart from the AWE Marina and travel down the Cocohatchee River through the mangrove forest. We ride into the Gulf of Mexico and travel north past north Naples and Bonita Springs and enter into Estero Bay, where we have approximately 75 resident dolphins and manatees. Our guides point out the wildlife and tell you all about them throughout the tour. The dolphins love to play in the wake of the WaveRunners and interact with the riders. On the return, we travel through the Intracoastal Waterway, where we see multimillion-dollar homes. What if you’ve never experienced watersports before? Our team will get you comfortable and on the water in no time. We can get you on board for an experience of a lifetime! What should visitors put on their “must-do” list? Naples on the water is not to be missed! Don’t leave without experiencing nature and the outdoors. You can immerse yourself in both during our kayaking, fishing or WaveRunner tours — or sip a cocktail, relax and see the sights on a sunset cruise.

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A cruise, of course, is an ever-popular way to enjoy the Naples side of the Gulf. Take in the sights, embark on a wildlifespotting safari or deck-dance the evening away on a romantic voyage to nowhere. Take in all the splendor of a Gulf sunset aboard Sweet Liberty, a 53-foot-long catamaran that accommodates more than 40 guests. The sailing charter company also offers nature, shelling and sightseeing cruises. Naples Princess Cruises also puts you on the water in memorable ways. The Naples Princess, a 105-foot-long luxury yacht with a glossy

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cherry wood interior, gold-plated reflective ceilings and a captain’s lounge outfitted with rich leather chairs and large viewing windows, offers popular sightseeing and sunset cruises. Pure Florida’s Pure Naples concession at Tin City also serves up the city’s natural and man-made attractions from the comfort of M/V Naples Explorer or M/V Double Sunshine. Pure Naples, moreover, is a good place to rent watercraft, including a range of fishing boats, speedy jet boats and zippy Jet Skis. If you dream of spotting playful dolphins or combing a solitary beach for shells, board the Calusa Spirit at Marco Island Watersports. The company also provides the means for you to take to the sky with an adrenaline-pumping parasailing adventure, straddle a banana boat, zoom around on a WaveRunner, balance on a stand-up paddleboard or rent a kayak for close encounters of the aquatic kind. It goes without saying that nobody should go home without venturing into the iconic Everglades. What better way to explore the sea of grass than by skimming over it aboard an iconic Florida airboat? Airboats showed up in Florida not long after they were invented early in the 20th century and

quickly became the transport of choice for traversing marshy regions. The flat-bottomed vessels can go where many deep-water vessels can’t. That’s because they aren’t encumbered by a motor that dips below the waterline. Instead, a giant propeller at the back of the boat jets you over saw grass beds. Diving & Snorkeling Naples offers good diving year-round, and Gulf waters tend to be warm and inviting. Divers are invited to explore vibrant coral reefs, fathom the mysteries of a sunken ship and hang out with titan turtles and colonies of multihued fish. Dive companies will set you up with transportation and gear: a wet suit, oxygen tank and fins. Many also offer classes if you aren’t certified to dive. Snorkeling is easier than diving, and you don’t have to worry about certification. Just rent a snorkel mask and fins right on the beach and you’re good to go. You won’t be able to peruse the ins and outs of a shipwreck, but you’ll be surprised at how much you can see from the surface. A tour boat can take you out in the Gulf to spots well-known by snorkeling aficionados, and


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several good snorkeling sites are accessible from the shore of a Naples beach. Fishing Naples is the real deal when it comes to fishing, whether you choose to cast your line across an inland stream or plumb the briny depths of the Gulf. Tarpon-rich tidal rivers and backcountry creeks were made for fly-fishing. Snook, flounder and jack roam the waters that surround barrier islands. Or venture out in open waters and you’ll have a good chance of landing a monster grouper or mackerel. Fishing is popular at Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park and from the historic pier at Naples Municipal Beach. Slipping & Sliding You’ll have a hard time corralling the kids after a day at Sun-N-Fun Lagoon. In fact, you

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may not want to leave, either. Collier County’s waterpark boasts five exhilarating slides and rides, four swimming pools, and a 10-foot-wide meandering river made for leisurely tubing. Plentiful amenities include locker rooms with showers and snack stands and cafés.

Parasailing is another way to get high, so to speak. You’re strapped to a parachute-like canopy and towed by a boat. The chute catches the wind, and it’s up, up and away. How high can you fly? The towline will enable you to look down on the water from as high as 500 feet.

Soaring In Naples, watersports can take you to undreamed-of heights, and unlike unlucky Icarus, you won’t have to fashion your wings from feathers and wax. You can boot up on a flyboard or strap on a jetpack. Here’s how it works. Pressurized water from a WaveRunner or other craft blasts up through a hose connected to nozzles under specially designed boots, launching you skyward like a bottle rocket. Jetpacks also are powered by pressurized water, but the hose is attached to a pack on your back.

Wave Riding Satisfy your need for speed by straddling a rented Jet Ski or WaveRunner. Both are aquatic motorbikes that provide the same experience. Zip around by yourself or cut across Naples Bay on a guided tour. Marco Island Watersports offers a WaveRunner excursion through the lush waterways of the Ten Thousand islands. Unforgettable! Wet & Wild Humans aren’t the only animals that relish a day at the beach. From frolicking


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Clam Pass Park: Keep your camera ready as you explore trails that snake through red, white and black mangroves. The 35acre habitat for shorebirds and other creatures is just a boardwalk stroll or tram ride from Naples Grande Beach Resort. Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park: Amenities are plentiful at this family favorite. So are eagles, ospreys and all sorts of shorebirds. Summer sea turtles nest along the shore, and stingrays like to bury their barbed tails in the sand at the edge of the water. Delnor-Wiggins also is a prime fishing spot. Anglers who reel in sea trout and pompano may want to post selfies with their new fishy friends. Two-legged friends back home will be green with envy. Naples Municipal Beach & Fishing Pier: This is one of the city’s most popular oceanfront

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you out on a variety of organized group rides. Or, if you’d rather go it on your own, you’ll find a wealth of bike paths that vary in length and difficulty. A popular ride is from Pelican Bay to Naples Pier, past gorgeous homes, lush landscaping and knock-your-socks-off water views. Stop along the way at one of several beach access points to take in the Gulf of Mexico’s calming ambience, or catch a breather by one of the bridges near The Village on Venetian Bay, where dolphins and manatees have been known to congregate. For more area cycling routes, check out mapmyride.com. Golf Boasting 90 courses and more holes per capita than any other city in the country, Naples is a magnet for club swingers, as well as celebrated course architects and designers, including Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Arthur Hills, Tom Fazio, Robert Trent Jones Sr. and Joe Lee. Rees Jones carved out the par-72 course at

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Naples Grande Golf Club, noted for its deep bunkers and 18 challenging holes spread across 240 acres of pine hammocks, live oaks and grand cypress trees. Lessons and clinics at the Durland Golf School at Naples Grande help veterans to sharpen their skills and introduce newcomers to the swinging game thought to have originated in Scotland centuries ago. Since its inception in 2005, the school has been recognized as one of the best in Florida and throughout the golfing world. Hiking Stretching your legs has never been more invigorating than in Naples and the surrounding areas. Hikers of every caliber appreciate Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary’s boardwalk trail, which meanders for more than two miles past massive cypress trees, some more than 600 years old. Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk cuts through the heart of Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State

Park, affording close-up glimpses of verdant bromeliads and bright-blooming orchids. You also can follow the designated nature trail that winds through a hammock near the observation tower at Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park. Remember, too, that Mother Nature makes a grand appearance right outside your hotel door. Set on 23 waterfront acres next to a 200acre mangrove estuary, Naples Grande Beach Resort is a guest hiker’s most convenient gateway to the great outdoors. Set out along the boardwalk and you’ll be rewarded with views of three types of mangroves and a range of other plants and critters. Horseback Riding Saddle up at a stable and saunter along well-maintained riding paths throughout the region. Along Everglades trails, you’ll be treated to unparalleled scenery and an opportunity to spot some of the creatures


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who live in the preserve. Don’t worry if you’re a novice rider. Area stables offer top-notch guidance. Even equestrian champs will marvel at bald eagles wheeling through the sky or alligators peering up from saw grass swamps.

Naples while learning fun facts about the city. Segway of Naples in Collier County is the only AAA-approved tour and it provides a memorable experience and a great opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors. The state-of-the-art headsets provide an up close and personal tour and an incredibly user-friendly experience not to be missed. Shooting Aim for the bull’s-eye at regional shooting galleries and emporiums. Professionally staffed indoor and outdoor facilities feature a range of firearms, electronically controlled target systems, simulators and even gun-fighting and bottle-breaking games you can enjoy without bullets. There are several shooting sites in and around Naples, as well as archery ranges, where you can swap out bullets for bows. Skateboarding Collier County is home to a number of sites sure to please even seasoned “woodpushers,” as some devotees of the sport call themselves. You can hone your skate skills at the 40,000-square-foot Edge Johnny Nocera Skate Park. It’s in Fleischmann Park and features a pro course with pyramids and banks, as well as a concrete bowl, pool and snake run.

Spectator Sports Catch a match at several public sites throughout the Naples region. Community parks and schools grant access to baseball, basketball and soccer. And some venues open the door to soccer, volleyball, skateboarding and even bocce ball. What’s more, Collier County commissioners are forging plans to build a multimilliondollar sports complex that would feature eight playing fields and baseball diamonds, and a championship venue for traveling regional and national amateur tournaments. Tennis Racket rogues can ratchet up their lobbing prowess at the more than 40 top-of-theline tennis centers in and around Naples. There are many public courts that serve up all you need for a spirited match. But if you’re a player staying at Naples Grande Beach Resort, there’s no need to venture beyond the premises. The tennis center at the resort offers 15 championshipquality Har-Tru courts and has been acclaimed as one of the top tennis resorts in the world. And the renowned Peter Burwash International tennis program caters to first-timers as well as first-class pros.


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From shell-strewn beaches to haunting Cypress domes and thousands of pristine barrier islands, Naples is a paradise for nature lovers, not to mention myriad animals and plants that you’ll find only here. Nesting wood storks are among the nearly 200 feathered species thriving at Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, the 11,000acre jewel of the National Audubon Society’s protected habitat system. Photographers, birders and other wildlife spotters stroll along a 2.25-mile-long boardwalk that meanders through the nation’s largest old-growth cypress forest and a tropical

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“The Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge jungle of ferns, orchids and wildflowers. Perhaps you’ll be as lucky as the boardwalking tourist who stopped to admire the foliage a few years back and astounded botanists the world over when she managed to spot the exceedingly rare American ghost orchid. It’s so rare, in fact, that its few known Everglades locations are kept secret, to discourage poachers. At Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, follow hiking trails through pine flatwoods and under majestic cypress domes. It’s unlikely that you’ll spot one of the furtive, endangered cats, but it’s certain that you will come away with a good understanding of how the creatures live in the wild. Like the sanctuary and the refuge, Big Cypress National Preserve is a vast federally protected wilderness that is essential to maintaining the Everglades’ intricate ecosystem. It’s a haven for wildlife, including herons, bald eagles, white-tailed deer, bobcats and, of course, alligators. Hunting,

fishing, hiking and biking are among active options for outdoor aficionados. Take a long, leisurely wilderness drive or rev up your outing behind the wheel of an off-road vehicle. The Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge safeguards mangrove habitats and a rich diversity of animals and plants, including several endangered species. The 35,000-acre refuge is part of the continent’s largest mangrove forest, which dominates tidal fringes and islands, or keys. To the north are brackish marshlands peppered with ponds, small oak hammocks, patches of cabbage palms and stretches of tropical hardwoods, such as gumbo limbo. Amazing Is Easy If eco-outings are your passion, prepare to be indulged. In and around Naples are many amazing ways to walk on the wild side. At Naples Grande Beach Resort, all you have to do is step outside. The resort boasts 23 waterfront acres next to a 200acre mangrove estuary. Spot birds along a


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boardwalk fashioned from recycled milk jugs or meander through the estuary aboard a complimentary tram that delivers you to Clam Pass Park and its sparkling, shell-lined shore. In peak season, December through March, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida offers a number of free tours. And any time of the year, you’ll find tour operators and destination management companies (DMCs) staffed by experts who will feed your imagination, as they lead you through a world unlike the one you left at home. Dolphin Transportation and Naples Transportation & Tours can get you anywhere you want to go in just about any way you can imagine. Both companies maintain a fleet of vehicles, from sedans to stretch limousines. Naples Transportation & Tours also offers excursions on land and water. Take in scenery and historic sights, book a fully guided Everglades excursion, have fun in the water, hop on a trolley and learn more about the area’s culture.

Pure Florida, moreover, sets you up with an array of water transport options, including boats for fishing excursions and sightseeing tours. Admire the sprawling mansions overlooking Naples Bay and spot dolphins from the deck of the M/V Naples Explorer, or rent a Jet Ski and explore on your own. The 170-acre Naples Botanical Garden is a world-class garden paradise featuring the plants of the tropics and subtropics between the latitudes of 26 degrees north and 26 degrees south, including Brazil, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia and Florida. A hands-on interactive children’s garden, along with 90 acres of beautifully restored natural habitats, walking trails and a butterfly garden, offer educational entertainment and enjoyment for people of all ages. Hungry for More? Satisfy your appetite for outdoor adventure with a tour you’ll remember long after you’ve returned home. Here’s a sampling of

excursions available in and around Naples. Airboat tours: Take an unforgettable ride aboard a quintessential airboat and skim across the saw grass as you marvel at the majestic beauty of coastal mangroves. Be on the lookout for the region’s best-known resident, the awe-inspiring alligator. Birding tours: Native and migrating birds flock at Florida’s fabled Everglades National Park. Your tour guide will help you to identify the species you encounter, or you can set out on your own and count the many birds you’ll spot. In either case, don’t forget your binoculars and camera! Dolphin and shelling tours: Our flipperwaving friends are among the planet’s most intelligent and social mammals. Get to know them as you explore the northern Ten Thousand Islands from the comfort of a tour boat. Meander down the mangrovelined Gordon River, through Naples Bay to Keewaydin Island, a great place to pick up seashells of every shape and hue. Naturalists on board will point out ospreys and bald eagles, as well as mollusks, sand dollars, sea urchins and horseshoe crabs. Kayak tours: Paddle a kayak through the heart of a nature park for a close encounter with exotic plants and intriguing critters. Tangled trees form tunnels in mangrove estuaries. They’re picturesque in daytime, romantic at sunset and downright haunting by the light of the moon. Your guide will fill you in with interesting facts and figures about the complex ecosystem you’re exploring. Manatee safaris: Sea cows, as these gentle Gulf Coast giants sometimes are called, are as curious about you as you are about them. Your tour boat captain is on hand to answer all your questions about the lovable aquatic mammals. Seaplane tours: On a Salt Island Seaplane excursion, you’ll get a private bird’s-eye view of the Everglades and southwest Florida shoreline. Experience the thrill as you go in for a water landing, then take in the scenery from high above. These are just some of the adventures awaiting you in Naples. Book your tour and start building a repertoire of tales the folks back home will want you to tell again and again. N A P L E S G R A N D E . CO M

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By Gianna Nolte After you’ve enjoyed some fun in the sun, be sure to make time for a stroll through the luxury boutiques, eclectic gift shops and premium outlets found throughout the Naples area. The shopping opportunities here are some of the best in Florida and will keep you entertained for hours — or days. Whether you’re searching for new art to add to your collection, resort wear or a whole new wardrobe, the shops here are teeming with endless possibilities. Third Street South Explore the courtyards and plazas of historic Olde Naples (think flowers, courtyards and antique fountains) while browsing more than 100 shops in this charming destination. Shoppers will find a

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great mix of shops, including Maus & Hoffman — offering top-quality merchandise for men and women since 1940 — and Tickled Pink, a sophisticated women’s clothing boutique filled with designer fashions. Other storefront windows are filled with art, antiques and fashions for both men and women. Unique features of Third Street South’s shopping landscape include a concierge who will recommend the right stores to meet your needs and will even arrange to have your packages delivered back to the resort. Along the way, you’ll also spot gardenlike grounds, street sculptures and a popular, year-round farmers market every Saturday morning. The best part is that Third Street South lies steps from the beach, so it is easy to combine a day of sunning and spending.

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Waterside Shops The upscale, open-air Waterside Shops is anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom and houses a variety of who’s who of luxe fashion. Tiffany & Co., Tory Burch and Louis Vuitton take up residence next to more affordable offerings, like Anthropologie, Gap and Lululemon Athletica. With dramatic water features, it’s no wonder that this is one of Naples’ chicest places to shop. Tin City Looking for antiques and local handmade items? Tin City is your best bet. The unique waterfront shopping district features an eclectic and affordable mix of crafts, gifts and souvenirs, as well as nautical décor and antique displays from Naples’ history.

If you’re interested in experiencing Old Florida charm and enjoying a colorful mix of shops and eateries, as well as fun boating adventures, this is the place to be. Mercato Anchored by Whole Foods, Nordstrom Rack and Silverspot Cinema, Mercato is a striking shopping center that attracts a steady stream of visitors with its eclectic offerings, pet-friendly patios and monthly events. Stop by Ulta Beauty for beauty essentials, Shades by Spectacles for a new pair of sunglasses, or Pandora for one of their signature charms. This alfresco space is also known for its restaurants and nightlife. Learn about events and shopping deals on Twitter by following @MercatoNaples.


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Inspired by personal experience and a passion for creating organic skin-care products, Deanna Renda founded Naples Soap Company in 2009. The South Florida native and mother of two has remained true to her roots, opening 10 stores throughout Florida — from Naples all the way up to the Panhandle. All of Renda’s products reflect the simplicity of life near the ocean and the idea that, sometimes, less (ingredients) really is more. What makes NSC unique? Our team is passionate about our products. Our staff is amazing, and they can see the results that our customers are getting. It’s what fuels them to talk about our products with passion, to believe in the products and to want to help our customers find what’s best for them. What other products does NSC sell? Our eczema and psoriasis products are the top-selling lines. They’re all fragrance-free and start with our unique base formula, which is the same formula used in all our products. We also have lots of colorful and fragrant options, too, including shaving cream, The Muscle Stick, Muscle Balm and, of course, soaps. But we are a lifestyle health and wellness company, so we sell fun, Florida-based items, too. We have cedar soap dishes with our logo, sponges and beautiful seashells. We aim to bring in the coastal lifestyle that we embody. What’s your personal favorite product? The Muscle Stick. I created it as an antiinflammatory, topical pain relief alternative. It’s like Bengay or IcyHot, but it’s made with eucalyptus, menthol and black pepper. It’s also in a push-up tube and smells like the eucalyptus rather than the menthol. What’s your secret for great skin? Honestly, it’s using as few ingredients as possible and keeping my skin clean. Less is better. I’ll use shea butter, cocoa butter, lavender oil and geranium oil. You don’t need a lot of ingredients. We see the media telling us to use anti-aging products, but I think we should embrace aging. It reflects maturity and a life well-lived. You should let your own beauty radiate. When traveling, what are your skin-care essentials? I always take our Normal Formula Face Oil. It’s a small bottle, so it’s TSA-friendly; and you can use it all over your body and in your hair… Just a few drops go a long way. It’s a great multipurpose oil.  What is your favorite hidden gem in Naples that visitors should check out? One of my favorite restaurants is Grouper & Chips, right across from NCH Downtown Naples Hospital. It’s teeny tiny, but the staff is incredible, and the food is amazing.

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Coastland Center If a traditional mall visit is in the cards, Coastland delivers, with mall favorites such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Express, Macy’s, H&M and Old Navy. Toss in a plethora of dining options — and a Starbucks, of course — and you have an easy way to beat the heat. Download the GGP Malls app for easy navigation. Coconut Point Venture over to Estero to visit this 140-store outdoor mall located between Naples and Fort Myers that features a little bit of everything, including an Apple store, Bed Bath & Beyond, Hollister, J. Crew, Loft and Sephora. Expect plenty of dining options and parking. Miromar Outlets Another Estero destination, Miromar Outlets features 140 designer and brand-name outlets, plus savings of up to 70 percent off retail prices. Head over for great finds from Saks Fifth Avenue Off Fifth, Neiman Marcus Last Call and Bloomingdale’s The Outlet Store. Pet- and kidfriendly, the outlets boast a play area and host family events. Don’t miss Norman Love Confections for decadent chocolate and other sweet treats. The Promenade at Bonita Bay A coral-colored, outdoor shopping plaza best describes The Promenade at Bonita Bay in Bonita Springs, with its winding streams of water that provide a relaxing backdrop while browsing. The plaza features everything from bridal fashions and swimwear to children’s clothing. Don’t miss the Local Roots farmers market on Saturdays, October through April. Naples Grande Gift Shop If you don’t have time to venture out, you can find many treasures sprinkled right inside the resort at the Naples Grande Gift Shop. Among beachwear, designer fashion, one-of-a-kind jewelry and children’s gifts, the selections are plentiful.

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By Chelle Koster Walton An uptick of local organic farms and mindful seafood sourcing means that restaurants in the Naples area delight locavores with the freshest seasonal ingredients. The influences of globally inspired chefs guarantee that the outcome travels the planet with flavors both universal and exotic. Naples dining offers something for everyone, from fine-dining establishments to ultra-casual eateries. Gourmet dining begins at Naples Grande Beach Resort, where The Catch of the Pelican reigns as the flagship restaurant with a nautical theme, indoor and alfresco seating and inspired coastal cuisine. Its signature dishes range from the local catch of the day to an exquisite miso broiled sea bass and a Wagyu Gruyere cheeseburger.

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Near the hotel’s elegant lobby, guests can enjoy breakfast at the designforward Aura Restaurant, or simply grab a coffee and sandwich at Spressi Coffee Bar. Mantra also serves light bites, plus signature handcrafted cocktails and fine cigars. For casual lunchtime noshes in Naples Grande’s great outdoors, hit Gulf Coast Oasis pool bar or Rhode’s End, a Mediterranean-themed concession on the resort’s dreamy stretch of sands. Waterfront views are the preferred dining atmosphere in the Naples area. The Boathouse on Naples Bay overlooks glistening waters in downtown Naples. At The Village Shops on Venetian Bay waterside shopping complex, T-Michaels Steak & Lobster House serves the best of both

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culinary worlds — prime steaks and whole Maine lobsters — and a romantic panorama of passing boats and bobbing dolphins. Also at The Village Shops, Bayside Seafood Grill & Bar and M Waterfront Grille have established reputations for upscale dining with a view. Check out Bayside’s upper deck for the best spot overlooking the bay and M Waterfront’s innovative dishes served in a unique waterfront setting, as well as the Champagne jazz brunch. In the downtown area, you will find some Old Florida–style restaurants with casual seafood and seaside dining. The Dock at Crayton Cove, one of Naples’ longest-standing and most well-loved restaurants, specializes in tropical cuisine and tasty rum punches. Try sister restaurant Riverwalk, at Tin City

Waterfront Shops, for all of your favorite seafood with a rustic dockside ambience. Downtown’s Fifth Avenue South and Third Street South stretch through the heart of Olde Naples’ acclaimed foodie scene. Sidewalk cafés, international cuisine and lively bars make downtown pop with an energetic vibe and tantalizing flavors. You can find everything from tropical-flavored ice cream to thoughtfully invented and carefully crafted culinary masterpieces. The French Brasserie Rustique is the new kid on the Fifth Avenue South block, serving simple-but-artful interpretations of French folk cuisine along with craft beers and cocktails. La Colmar bakery and bistro celebrates the French-German cuisine of Alsace as part of the new Timeless — An MHK


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Eatery, a culinary and architectural wonder just north of Fifth. New to the scene and adding to the area’s culinary landscape is Sails Restaurant, where your taste buds will set sail on a mouthwatering European journey the likes of France, Italy, Greece and beyond. Located just steps away from the allure of Gulf Coast sunsets, Sails offers authentic cuisine and five-star service. Executive Chef Jacob Jasinsky is an award-winning chef who appeared on Condé Nast Traveler’s 2017 Gold List. Kingpin of the Third Street South dining scene, Ridgway Bar & Grill has been serving fine globally influenced American cuisine since the 1970s. Ask for a table in its Europeanstyle courtyard for lunch, brunch or dinner. In a city named Naples, you’d expect a

robust Italian restaurant scene, and you won’t be disappointed. Highly hailed Osteria Tulia and its companion Italian gastropub next door, Bar Tulia, serve rustic old-world cuisine in a farmhouse setting on Fifth Avenue. In the same neighborhood, find Italian fare ranging from traditional at Café Luna and Ristorante Ciao, to modern and inventive at Alberto’s on Fifth and Pazzo! Cucina Italiana. Besides Italian, Fifth Avenue takes you on a virtual around-the-world gastro tour: Relish Persian cuisine at Bha! Bha! Persian Bistro, French at La Bazenne on Fifth, Spanish at Bella Maria Cafée, British at Brambles English Tearoom, Asian at Sushi-Thai of Naples, Mediterranean at Aqua and Scandinavian at The Café. For American cuisine with global flair and tons of imagination, try Ocean Prime, Bistro


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Not everyone is as lucky as Ty Ernst. While some teenagers are still figuring out what they want to be when they grow up, Ernst discovered his passion for the restaurant business while he was still in high school. “I became interested in the business, and I realized back then that I enjoyed the challenge of creating great meals and great dining experiences for people,” says Ernst. After opening restaurants in Fort Lauderdale, Ernst was looking to open another in the Naples area. He found an unbelievable location — and that’s when T-Michaels opened in July 2013. Today, T-Michaels has become one of the best steak houses in southwest Florida, serving prime steaks and fresh seafood every night with beautiful waterfront views of the Venetian Bay. The father of two — who is engaged to Tai Rambert, the former Ms. Florida US Continental — is a constant presence in the restaurant. “I’m usually standing at the door to meet and greet you. I want to ensure everything is superb during your experience,” says Ernst. “I visit every table. This is the T-Michaels experience!” What’s your favorite dish on the menu? My favorite dish on the menu is the bone-in rib eye. Most of our customers say it’s the best they’ve ever had. Can you share a couple of memorable moments in your career? We’ve had the privilege of having Governor Rick Scott in the restaurant and many celebrities. But nothing beats the happy faces, warm hugs, stories of our American history and the camaraderie I witness every Veterans Day when we feed every vet for free. That will always be at the top of my list.   Who has been your greatest source of inspiration? My father, who lived every day with endless energy, took great take care of his family and defended his country with honor.  What is your favorite local hangout? I enjoy going to Kilwins on Fifth Avenue. On my days off, I indulge in some of the best chocolate-covered strawberries around while sitting outside on the patio. Great place and great people. What would most people be surprised to learn about you? That I was born in Okinawa, Japan, while my father served in the Air Force, and I was named after a typhoon that came over the island when I was born.

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821, Café Lurcat, and HobNob Kitchen & Bar. Seafood reigns at Truluck’s Seafood Steak and Crab House and Captain & Krewe, both just off Fifth. Another off-Fifth restaurant, 7th Avenue Social, makes a splash as downtown’s foremost late-night restaurant. A nearby counterpart to 7th Avenue Social on Third Street South, D’Amico’s The Continental has reinvented the steak house with a more youthful, craft-bar, courtyard setting and live music. On the menu: fish and pie du jour plus ranch-branded steaks. Chef Fabrizio Aielli has a profound presence on Third Street South with two critically acclaimed restaurants. Sea Salt, his flagship, celebrates his Venetian birthright and worldly connections. Barbatella stays truer to Italian bonhomie with pizza, homemade gelato and regional specialties. Scoot down a side street to try breakfast or lunch Euro-style at Jane’s Garden Café and true French at Le Lafayette. Other stellar bastions of French cuisine lie nearby at Crayton Cove. Although they face each other across the street, Chez Boët and Bleu Provence could not be further apart as far as their brands of


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authentic regional and provincial specialties. You will find many culinary surprises tucked away in corners all over town. Healthy eaters will appreciate the “militantly organic” fare at the café at Food & Thought midtown and the creative freshness of the new True Food Kitchen in North Naples, not far from Naples Grande Beach Resort. They, along with The Local and Alexander’s, lead the burgeoning farm-to-table movement in the area. Tapas temple Lamoraga serves up Spanish chic and craft. Inca’s Kitchen and #Ceviche41 are the places for traditional and trendy Peruvian favorites. El Gaucho Inca opened in 2017 with its Peruvian and Argentine flair. Agave

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Bar & Grill exudes a subtle Southwestern flair and draws in the late crowd with fashionable margaritas and live music. And Norman Love is the first and last name in divine chocolate creations at his confections shop. In North Naples, Mercato shopping center is a thriving hub for dining out and nightlife. Check out AZN Azian Cuizine for Pacific Rim dining, Cavo Lounge for tapas and The Pub Naples for British specialties, in addition to a number of franchise eateries that cross all borders. To the north, Wyld’s Café, Angelina’s Ristorante, and A Table Apart are worth the short trip to Bonita Springs. For fresh seafood from the source, head to

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Chef-owned, award-winning cuisine and wine lists, serving casually elegant fare, only two blocks from the beach in historic Old Naples.

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A local favorite for more than 25 years for our stunning water views and memorable cusisine!

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When most people visit Naples, they think adrenaline-charged watersports, awardwinning beaches or grabbing tee time in the “Golf Capital of the World.” Craft beer is perhaps the last thing that comes to mind. Surprisingly enough, the craft beer scene has been on an upswing in this beautiful city along Florida’s Gulf Coast. Picking up some steam in recent years as one of the fastestgrowing regions in the United States, the area has seen a net increase of more than 20 breweries since 2015. Several local breweries, area bars and restaurants and two annual craft beer festivals are doing their part to meet the evolving need for locally produced craft beer in the region. Fancy a pint or two? Head to these amazing spots to experience the best craft beer Naples has to offer. Riptide Brewing Company in Naples Design District is the product of three great friends with a love of beer and beer brewing! From 10- to 20-gallon batches in their garage to a 10-barrel, 310-gallon custom brewhouse in the downtown area, Riptide offers a well-rounded selection of their own brews, plus selections on guest taps from other local brewers like Momentum Brewing in Bonita Springs. Guests of Riptide are privy to drinks and a show as the brewhouse and fermentation tanks

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“The craft beer scene has been on an UPSWING in this beautiful city.” are in the middle of the taproom, allowing guests to see the action as it happens. Naples Beach Brewery, southwest Florida’s first microbrewery, opened its doors in 2012 to provide the Naples community with culture, connectivity and the delicious craft beer brews it needed. Located in an industrial park east of Naples Municipal Airport, more than 25 house beers are available for tastings, with an assortment of food trucks offering mouthwatering bites for purchase

seven days a week. Try their signature Beach House Belgian Blonde, Latitude Adjustment American IPA or one of their half-dozen specialty brews like Pineapple Express or the Liquid Moonshine apple pie wheat wine! If craft beer really tickles your fancy, the annual Naples Craft Beer Fest or the Marco Island Craft Beer & Fine Food Festival will make all of your craft beer dreams come true! Held in March, Naples Craft Beer Fest features small batch brews from Naples and its surrounding cities as well as countless craft beers from around the world. This soldout event allows festival goers to indulge in the specialty food pairings created by local restaurants, where chefs compete to win the People’s Choice Award for best pairing. Marco Island Craft Beer & Fine Food Festival, the

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newest craft beer event on the scene, hosted its first festival in November 2017. In a single afternoon, more than 25 craft beers from six Florida breweries were paired with more than 20 food samples from notable Marco Island restaurants like Mango’s Dockside Bistro, Sandbar and CJ’s on the Bay. Enjoy award-winning entrees, brick oven pizza, signature cocktails and live music, with over 50 craft beer selections on tap at South Street. A favorite hangout for both locals and visitors alike, it features a cool artsy vibe and happy hour weekdays from 3 to 7 p.m. When it comes to great craft beer, there’s no shortage of it in Naples and its surrounding cities. The question isn’t where to go and find it but if you’ll have enough time to enjoy them all before heading back home.

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Weekend brunch — we love it because it gives us permission to indulge in sleeping in, having breakfast and lunch in one sitting and enjoying a morning cocktail, usually a mimosa or Bloody Mary. At Naples Grande Beach Resort, Saturdays and Sundays at Aura Restaurant does Bloody Marys in the most lavish way possible: Its Bloody Mary bar features 45 garnishes (from shrimp to mini grilled cheese), plus spicy sauces and rimmers with which guests can individualize its house-made, tomato-based mix. Throughout town, restaurants offer crafty cocktails, special menus, sumptuous buffets and jazz accompaniment to further customize your weekend brunch. For the Bloody Mary bar at Burntwood Tavern’s Saturday and Sunday brunch, the house infuses a number of vodkas with flavors such as pickle, bacon and jalapeñogarlic. Mimosas come in three fruit flavors to accompany its a la carte selections — from chicken biscuits to prime rib Benedict. Ridgway Bar & Grill also serves brunch on both Saturdays and Sundays. Start with a Bloody Bull (spicy and splashed with beef au jus) or Sukie’s Sassy Sangria. Small plates include brioche doughnuts served with chocolate hazelnut and raspberry sauces and grilled melon and ginger soup. Entrees satisfy egg urges with offerings from a ratatouille and homemade ricotta omelet to pork belly and asparagus Benedict.

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Timeless — An MHK Eatery opens for brunch on both weekend days, too. Favorites include coal-fired frittatas, breakfast burritos, salmon Benedict, red flannel brisket hash and breakfast pizza with spinach pesto, cage-free eggs, bacon lardoons and smoked tomato hollandaise. If you like your brunch with a French accent, head to La Bazenne on Fifth on Sundays for croissant Benedicts, homemade sweet-and-savory crepes and two-fer Bazenne Royals. The sidewalk café’s bend on mimosas, the latter harmonize sparkling French wine, vermouth and strawberries. The French Brasserie Rustique offers its daily lunch menu for Sunday brunch starting at 10 a.m. Splurge with Oeufs Mimosa — deviled eggs with caviar and toasted brioche — and steak frites with béarnaise sauce. For a decadent spread of French buffet goodies, Le Lafayette Sunday brunch buffet includes opportunities to create your own omelet, sample caviar and oysters, taste the finest French cheeses and delicacies, order

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from the crepe and savory galette station and indulge in pastries fresh from the oven. Bleu Provence’s seasonal Sunday brunch presents a la carte goodies, such as country pork pâté terrine with foie gras and buckwheat crepes with salmon. The a la carte brunch at Lamoraga is seasonal, from Thanksgiving weekend to Mother’s Day. Spanish-inspired, its version of mimosa blends cava and lychee puree. Try the El Gaucho — eggs, chorizo and bacon with grilled jalapeño-infused cornbread. Want a side of music with your brunch? A couple of local restaurants jazz up their Sundays with live music. M Waterfront Grille at The Village Shops on Venetian Bay runs its brunch yearround, but come high season — midOctober through May — a jazz soloist accompanies. Signature dishes include eggs Florentine flatbread, New England lobster salad and chef’s omelet du jour. The Champagne Jazz Brunch at the Wine Loft pours endless sparkling wine, mimosas, bellinis

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Although known for its near-constant sunshine, Naples also boasts a bright afterdark scene of sophisticated lounges, music clubs and beachside barefoot bar-hopping. Mantra at Naples Grande Beach Resort is the place to see and be seen in this town. Nosh on appetizers, then buy a fine Davidoff cigar to take outside and savor around the fire feature along with an after-dinner cognac. If you are looking for some local action, you are in the right place. Naples Grande is located in the heart of the burgeoning North Naples nightlife scene. Mercato shopping and entertainment center drives that scene with a wide selection of establishments that serve food and drink, and often have live music into the wee hours. From an Irish pub (The Pub) and cigar bar (BURN by Rocky Patel) to a wine bar

(The Wine Loft of Naples), martini bar (Blue Martini), gastropub (Cavo Lounge) and luxury movie theater (Silverspot Cinema), Mercato appeals to everyone’s taste in party time. Blue Martini is arguably the hottest party spot at Mercato, with live music early in the evening and a late-night DJ. BURN by Rocky Patel is a luxe lounge purveying fine cigars and high-end spirits in a stylish space with an outdoor patio area. Hip Cavo Lounge invites you to kick up your heels on the dance floor or kick back on its comfy couches. Also in the North Naples area, Off the Hook Comedy Club brings the laughs, and South Street hosts live entertainment in an edgy, urban setting. Head to the Blue Monkey Bar & Grill for live music or Pelican Larry’s Raw Bar and Grill to catch the game. Or don your finest duds and party shoes to head downtown to Olde Naples, where the scene runs glam to casual at


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Naples is a mecca for artists, and it’s easy to see why. In this city flanked by the wild green Everglades and the sparkling Gulf of Mexico, Mother Nature is a constant muse. But there’s more to the Naples art scene than landscapes lauding sun, sand and sea. Visionaries like the ones you’re about to meet are showing us the world in bold new ways. Tracy Negoshian Sea horses splashing through beds of coral. Bold patterns like tangled mangroves. Bright colors culled from the Everglades. The influence of her native Florida shines in the creations of designer Tracy Negoshian.

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Her company, Tracy Negoshian Inc., began as a flagship store in Naples. Since then, the TN brand has expanded nationwide and throughout the Caribbean, offering styles for women ages 18 to 80. TN styles are designed with all women in mind, with prices that don’t break the bank. Over the years, the brand has gained a popularity and loyalty that still amazes Negoshian. “Even after all these years, I still get butterflies when I see ladies in TN. It’s an honor that of all the choices they have to fill their closets, they chose to purchase and wear something that our TN team spent hours designing and perfecting.” With a degree in marketing from the University of South Florida, Negoshian began her career at Saks Fifth Avenue with an elite clientele in the Palm Beach area. Her goal, she says, is to help women feel confident about themselves. She attributes much of her own confidence to support from her family. From her stepfather and business partner, Tom, to her “momager,” Linda, and her younger siblings Megan and Todd, Negoshian’s tribe is woven tightly in the fabric of her enterprise. Her newest endeavor — inviting women to market her fashions at “parties” they host from home — draws inspiration, she says, from her life with husband David and their children, Cooper and Ellery. “It’s the work-life-family balance that so many are seeking,” Negoshian says. “They set goals and work at a pace that is comfortable for their lifestyle. Our TN Stylist program offers one of the most rewarding compensation packages in the direct-sales marketplace.”

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Ed & Marti Koehler At first it might seem that these married artists couldn’t be more different. He’s a selftaught sculptor. She’s a classically trained painter. But here’s what makes this duo dynamic. Both native Floridians are more than comfortable coloring outside the lines that confine our concept of traditional art. Michelangelo transformed marble into masterpieces. Ed Koehler coaxes metals and epoxies into sconces, floor lamps and more. What gives Koehler’s organic sculptures standout appeal is the craftsman’s penchant for mixing media — from fiberglass and mosaics to steel and aluminum. “No one does what I do in my particular style,” says Koehler, and that’s putting it lightly. Picture a towering horseshoe crab fashioned from fiberglass, or a steel wall sconce posing as a driftwood branch. Nature, as you might rightly suspect, provides all of Koehler’s inspiration. Florida’s vivid colors, above and below the water, impressed the boy from Big Pine Key in the Florida Keys, who worked at a variety of jobs before

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the environment. He has teamed up with local groups and conservancies like the National Audubon Society to promote environmental conservation. He hopes, he says, that through his work people will see nature in a new way. Goodman loves what he does and has established a name for himself. His work has been featured just about anywhere you can imagine — from South Florida magazine covers and art exhibits to hotels and golf clubs. He tells aspiring photographers, “It takes persistence and, most importantly, patience. I never thought I’d make this kind of living or have a space or do these things. Anybody can put their mind to whatever they choose to do.”

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By Brad Whalen Southwest Florida is one of the world’s premier destinations, renowned for its swaying palms, sugar-white sands and the azure waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The area’s subtropical climes, sun-drenched landscape and luxurious residences attract an international clientele of those seeking a bounty of luxurious lifestyle choices. Southwest Florida’s manicured neighborhoods and gated communities fulfill their every expectation. Naples’ crown jewel is Gordon Drive, where magnificent estates line the beach and waterways provide yachting access to Naples Bay and the Gulf. Nearby, Aqualane Shores’ single-family homes front canals that offer an equally rich boating experience. Olde Naples’ distinctive mix of upscale urban residences and retail provide a world-class ambience. Florida-style cottages are intermingled with modern single-family homes, townhomes and condominiums, many of which elevate the rich architectural history of the past with chic new designs. The beach is mere moments from the shops and cafés of Fifth Avenue South, while the legendary Naples Pier is a short stroll from the boutiques and restaurants of Third Street South. Just to the north, the intimate neighborhoods of The Moorings, Crayton Road and Park Shore provide their own take on Naples’ luxury lifestyle. Waterfront condominiums and single-family homes take advantage of southwest Florida’s world-renowned sunsets. Many

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Virtually anywhere you go in search of your piece of paradise in southwest Florida, you’ll find celebrated communities bearing the distinctive brand of Stock Development. With more than seven decades of building experience, the Stock family name has long been synonymous with quality real estate. The company is celebrating its 16th year in southwest Florida and remains committed to the tradition of excellence that has shaped it from its very beginning. Stock Signature Homes and Stock Custom Homes, Stock Development’s luxury homebuilding divisions, excel at facilitating the collaboration of talented experts, all working together to design and build your masterpiece. Each custom grand estate residence is crafted to fulfill the homeowner’s unique personal preferences and needs. They continue to expand their reach in southwest Florida, most recently with furnished models in communities and neighborhoods from Marco Island north to Bradenton and in Palm Beach. The expansion includes homes in The Concession in Bradenton, three villages within Lakewood Ranch in Sarasota, TwinEagles, Babcock Ranch, Esplanade Golf & Country Club of Naples, The Isles of Collier Preserve, Fiddler’s Creek, Quail West, Naples Reserve, downtown Naples, the Park Shore and Pine Ridge neighborhoods in Naples, Marco Island, Hidden Harbor, The Renaissance and Babcock Ranch in Lee County, and Palm Beach. Stock Development and Stock Signature Homes have been acknowledged locally and nationally with more than 500 awards for outstanding communities, product design, amenities and overall quality. Stock Development has been on BUILDER magazine’s “BUILDER 100” list of the top 100 homebuilders in the United States for four consecutive years. The company has also received “Community of the Year,” “Builder of the Year” and “Developer of the Year” honors in consecutive years. Residences by Stock Signature Homes in the 2017 Collier Building Industry Association and Lee Building Industry Association Parades of Homes received awards, including a Superior Home Award and merit awards for architectural design, interior design, pool design and landscape design. Stock Signature Homes and Stock Development also received 13 CBIA Sand Dollar Awards, including an unprecedented 8th Community of the Year award for Lely Resort. Visit Stock Development online at stockdevelopment.com or call 239-592-7344.

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residences in Park Shore are set on the shores of picturesque Venetian Bay. To the west, the high-rises on Park Shore combine with green spaces and a 1.25-mile beachfront promenade to offer one of the most sought-after settings in the world. The lushly landscaped Pelican Bay community includes a mix of single-family homes, mid-rise condominiums and luxury highrises that line a mangrove forest and overlook the Gulf. Residents enjoy a private golf course and two private beaches, each of which features a waterfront restaurant and beverage service. Nestled within a pristine natural setting just minutes from downtown Naples, The Isles of Collier Preserve features a colorful update of classic coastal living. Inspired by the timeless architecture and traditions of Olde Naples, homes overlook miles of scenic kayak and hiking trails. With more than half of the 2,400 acres dedicated to lakes, nature preserves and natural habitat, combined with outdoor-inspired amenities, The Isles of Collier Preserve is an extraordinary new community where the magic of Olde Naples and unspoiled nature still coexist. The Isles is a master-planned community boasting 1,600 unique coastal-themed newconstruction residences, with stunning water and nature views, including luxury villas, single-family and coach homes.  Continuing south, just off of Collier Boulevard on your way to Marco Island, Fiddler’s Creek is a private, master-planned, residential community offering unsurpassed elegance amongst a tropical setting. With a very low-density level of 1.6 Florida golf course homes for sale per gross acre, the plan anticipates nearly 100 distinct neighborhoods upon completion. Committed to preserving the environment, Fiddler’s Creek is being planned to accommodate and enhance the natural beauty of Florida. Less than one-third of Fiddler’s Creek will be developed for residential use, while the remainder of the land is dedicated primarily to nature reserves, lakes, parks, golf courses and recreational areas.  Amenities offered at Fiddler’s Creek include a 54,000-squarefoot club and spa, fitness center, resort-style multi-pool swimming complex, tennis courts, restaurants and the opportunity to join The Golf Club and The Tarpon Club.  There are more than 70 championship golf courses in Collier County, the majority of which are in private, gated country-club communities. At the top of the list is Quail West in North Naples. Acknowledged for their stunning beauty, Quail West’s Preserve and Lakes courses weave through grand estate, single-family and villa neighborhoods. The stunning 70,000-square-foot clubhouse complex includes formal dining, enlarged and redesigned pre-function spaces, an amazing 12,000-square-foot dedicated fitness and wellness building, a full-service salon and spa, a glassenclosed indoor heated pool and lighted Har-Tru tennis courts. Current renovations are transforming the lower floor of the clubhouse. The lower floor will soon provide more casual spaces that tie in the traditional elements of the club with a more relaxed casual atmosphere, including golf, fitness, tennis, the salon and spa, and casual dining. Whatever your tastes, whatever your lifestyle, your piece of paradise awaits in Naples.


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By Vanessa Molina Santamaria Buyers looking for modern style, sophisticated living and a prime location need look no further than 505 on Fifth, an eight-residence complex currently in construction in the heart of Fifth Avenue South. Surrounded by art galleries, designer boutiques, lavish spas and more, the units range in size from 2,100 to 2,500 square feet and feature 10foot ceilings, secure parking, spacious balconies, linear fireplaces, European-style cabinetry and gourmet appliances. Artfully designed by Stofft Cooney and expertly detailed by Renée Gaddis Interiors, discerning buyers can finish their own unit or purchase one that’s been fully designed. The color palette is purposefully neutral, with shades of white on the walls and wood flooring throughout. There are tone-on-tone features on the rugs, fabrics and textures. A standout detail is the glass wall and modern glass door separating the study. For sale by Michael Lawler, a luxury real estate professional with Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, these stunning one-of-a-kind residences start at $2.495 million and feature coastal living and breathtaking city views. Gaddis, who has worked with Lawler on various projects during the past 10 years, says that the design inspiration “came from the UK’s current design trends and new builds that are taking place in and around London.” For more information, contact Michael Lawler at 239-261-3939 or visit michaellawler.com. N A P L E S G R A N D E . CO M

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Emergencies For medical, fire and other emergencies, call 911. Collier County Sheriff’s Office: 239-774-4434 Naples Police Department: 239-213-4844 City of Naples Fire Rescue: 239-213-4900 Marco Island Fire Department: 239-389-5040 Hospitals Naples Community Hospital: 239-436-5000 North Collier Hospital: 239-552-7000 Physician’s Regional Medical Center-Collier: 239-354-6000 Pine Ridge: 239-348-4000 Marco Island Healthcare Center: 239-394-8234 Post Offices Naples Main: 239-435-2146 Marco Island Main: 239-393-6300 Shops & Banks Stores and banks have widely divergent hours of operation, from mornings to late night, or all night in some cases. There are scores of banks in Naples and throughout Collier County. If you can’t make it to a bank, you’ll find ATMs throughout the city that are open 24 hours a day. Tourism Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce: 239-262-6376

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and trolleys to city buses and seaplanes, you have a wide variety of transportation options. The Concierge Desk will be happy to help you get to any of the city’s favorite sites. Boats. Naples City Dock permits short-term stays for vessels as long as 120 feet. Fees are reasonable at marker 34 in Naples Bay. The dock monitors VHF Channel 16. 239-213-3070 Buses. Naples is served by Collier Area Transit (CAT), featuring a fleet of buses and a variety of routes. A transfer option to Lee County Transit (LeeTran) allows for travel between the counties. 239-252-7777 Limos. Whether you’re traveling to or from the airport or want to ride around town in style, you’ll find that several transport companies offer an elite fleet of luxury vehicles. Ask your Concierge Desk to recommend one. 239-254-5600 Rental Cars. The easiest and most convenient way to get around Naples is to rent a car, and the city offers scores of choices and price ranges. Check online and at the airport, or ask the Concierge Desk for help. 239-254-5600 Primary ground access to Naples is from north and east on Interstate 75. Naples is also directly on U.S. 41, the Tamiami Trail, which extends to Miami. Although this route may be congested at times with local traffic, you’ll be rewarded with magnificent scenery throughout the drive. Seaplane. Tour the lush Everglades and magnificent shoreline from Naples to Key West taking off and

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Water Taxi. Climb aboard the Naples Bay Water Shuttle for a scenic, relaxing and affordable ride to some of the city’s top waterfront shopping, hotel and dining destinations. With a fixed route and stops, the shuttle is more of a water bus than a taxi, perfect for sightseeing, shopping excursions and checking out popular restaurants and bars. 239-206-0160


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Dining & Nightlife BAYSIDE SEAFOOD GRILL & BAR, p. 73 Tel: 239-649-5552 baysideseagoodgrillandbar.com One of Naples’ most beloved waterfront restaurants has been regaling guests with delectable fare that’s always paired with spectacular views of Venetian Village and Venetian Bay. While seafood is a specialty here, guests also enjoy steaks and chops, specialty pasta dishes and more. BLUE MARTINI, p. 81 Tel: 239-784-8925 naples.bluemartinilounge.com Blue Martini Naples offers a mix of atmospheres ranging from a casual patio vibe where you can enjoy everything from tapas and cocktails to a high-energy stage with local bands and DJ mixes from around the world. THE BOATHOUSE ON NAPLES BAY, p. 71 Tel: 239-643-2235 boathouseonnaplesbay.com Seafood has been a decades-long love affair here in southwest Florida. The Boathouse on Naples Bay, overlooking the glistening waters in historic Downtown Naples at the City Dock, has mastered this love affair like no other. Wrapped in floor-to-ceiling windows, with seating indoors and out, The Boathouse on Naples Bay offers unprecedented views and a wonderful yet unpretentious atmosphere. BURN BY ROCKY PATEL, p. 83 Tel: 239-653-9013 burnbyrockypatel.com This evolution in cigar lounges features a design blending Cuban, Asian and Mediterranean motifs to create a sanctuary for those who prize fine cigars and upscale spirits. Beyond stocking a full line of Rocky Patel cigars, BURN features top cigar brands from around the world, VIP service and regular events.   CAFÉ & BAR LURCAT, Inside front cover Tel: 239-213-3357 damico.com Menu features three distinct sections: Market, seasonal; Traditions, established favorites; and Voyage, a culinary journey. Sophisticated dining upstairs, voguish lounge downstairs, plus outside balcony and terrace.  CAMPIELLO, Inside front cover Tel: 239-435-1166 damico.com Campiello is a carefully crafted blend of cosmopolitan style and Italian countryside charm. The “rustic contemporary” menu offers savory meats cooked over open fire, pizzas from the wood-burning oven and modern interpretation of traditional Italian dishes. Beautiful patio and courtyard seating available.   THE CATCH OF THE PELICAN, p. 77 Tel: 239-594-6325 naplesgrande.com/dining The Catch of the Pelican is the signature restaurant at Naples Grande Beach Resort, featuring local seafood, produce and steaks. Enjoy fresh locally inspired cuisine in a relaxed yet sophisticated setting. CAVO LOUNGE, p. 79 Tel: 239-431-8706 cavolounge.com Naples’ finest gastro lounge offers a chic and sophisticated atmosphere with a unique dining flair and elegant lounge. Cavo puts as much care into its cocktail craft as it does with its contemporary menu, which is perfect for sharing.  THE CONTINENTAL, Inside front cover Tel: 239-659-0007 damico.com The Continental, D’Amico American Provisions and Craft Bar is the perfect blend of steak house and craft bar. Meticulously designed indoor/outdoor setting where New York steak house meets 1920s Parisian bistro. Enjoy hand-cut steaks using only the finest prime, Wagyu and Piedmontese beef, as well as fresh fish and seafood selections. DARUMA, p. 78 Tel: 239-591-1200 darumarestaurant.com Enjoy superb Japanese cuisine that is fun, fascinating and delicious. DaRuMa features mouthwatering steak and chicken, succulent seafood and fresh vegetables — plus awardwinning sushi and other Japanese favorites. RIDGWAY BAR & GRILL, p. 73 Tel: 239-262-5500 ridgwaybarandgrill.com This iconic Naples dining destination features five lovely dining settings to enjoy artfully prepared classic American cuisine with timeless French

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touches made with artisanal ingredients. And since Ridgway’s wine list has won Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence since 2013, you’re sure to find the perfect pairing for your meal here. RIPTIDE BREWING COMPANY, p. 75 Tel: 239-228-6533 riptidebrewingcompany.com Riptide is made up of three good friends — Bob Menzies, Scott Alexander and Norm Scherner — who love beer but like brewing beer even more. The Brewhouse and fermentation tanks are in the middle of the Taproom so you can see all the action as it happens. Enjoy 10 to 12 beers on tap, as well as guest taps from other local brewers and a selection of good wines. SAILS RESTAURANT, p. 69 Tel: 239-360-2000 sailsrestaurants.com Just steps from the beach, Sails Restaurant offers the finest flavors from France, Italy and Greece; fresh seafood; handmade pastas; Kobe beef delicacies, handcrafted cocktails and an expertly curated wine list. SOUTH STREET, Inside back cover Tel: 239-435-9333 southstreetnaples.com When you’re looking for straightforward, deliciously familiar fare plus a great selection of beers and the right ambience to unwind, head to South Street. Superb takes on classics like pizza, ribs, mac and cheese and more complement a lively crowd, good bands and fun events like karaoke and open mics.  T-MICHAELS, p. 67 Tel: 239-261-0622 t-michaels.com Spectacular steak and seafood make T-Michaels an obligatory stop if you haven’t sampled the classically prepared, sumptuous fare before. The waterfront location on Venetian Bay further adds to the enjoyment of the cuisine and may be why T-Michaels has become a popular gathering place known as Naples’ version of Cheers.

Real Estate MICHAEL LAWLER, p. 6–7 Tel: 239-261-3939 michaellawler.com With nearly 30 years of real estate experience, Michael Lawler has focused on luxury residential properties in coastal communities throughout the southwest Florida area. In sales volume, he ranks among the top 50 residential real estate brokers in the U.S., according to the REAL Trends 2016 report of brokers. STOCK DEVELOPMENT, p. 91 Tel: 239-592-7344 stockdevelopment.com Building homes in southwest Florida’s most exceptional communities, Stock Signature Homes are move-in ready and irresistibly inviting. Proudly presented by an award-winning homebuilder with 15 years of experience and 4,000+ homes built.

Services KARI STENHOLM PHOTOGRAPHY, p. 94 Tel: 305-762-7533 karistenholmphotography.com Kari Stenholm is a passionate photographer who has worked with the best names in the world of fashion and photography. His work has been featured in international publications such as L’Uomo Vogue, L’Officiel Hommes, GQ and Men’s Health.

Shopping CASANOVA BOUTIQUE, p. 8–9 Tel: 239-450-6844 facebook.com/casanovasnaples  Located in Venetian Village, this luxury women’s fashion boutique introduces cutting-edge brands of apparel and accessories from all corners of the globe. Owned by Italian native Marina Montmorency, Casanova is an avantgarde “green boutique” supporting brands that use organic and eco-friendly materials.  CASANOVA VENETIAN GLASS & ART, p. 8–9 Tel: 239-571-1610 casanovavenetianglass.com | casanovaart.com Offering the largest selection of Murano glass in the United States, Casanova Venetian Glass & Art combines art glass with paintings from many world-renowned artists. Its owners visit over 30 furnaces in Murano to choose only the finest glass available, including Venetian mirrors and masks, vases, chandeliers, sculptures and jewelry. EVERYTHING BUT WATER, p. 13 Tel: 239-659-2782 everythingbutwater.com Everything But Water offers stunning swimwear from top designers like Solid and Striped, Marysia

and Kiini, among others, plus a spectacular array of resort wear like sundresses, pareos and jumpsuits, along with exquisite accessories. J&K COLLECTIONS, p. 17 Tel: 239-262-4040 jkcollections.net Located at The Village Shops on Venetian Bay, J&K Collections is a fashionable women’s boutique offering unique clothing and accessories for discerning buyers. MAUS & HOFFMAN, p. 11 Tel: 800-628-6287 mausandhoffman.com Offering classic sportswear for men and women since 1940, the Maus family continues to offer only the best in quality and service. Every customer and every inquiry is treated with the courtesy, generosity and sincere interest one expects from a good friend. Stores showcase an even greater selection of merchandise than on the website. NAPLES SOAP COMPANY, p. 55 Tel: 239-325-8263 naplessoap.com Naples Soap Co. opened its doors in 2009, and since then, people from all over the world have become loyal users of their products. With various retail locations throughout Florida, you’ll find beautifully packaged and effective products, including soap, moisturizer, hair care, candles and more. NORMAN LOVE CONFECTIONS, p. 55 Tel: 239-561-7215  normanloveconfections.com With an emphasis on artistry, premium ingredients and innovative flavor combinations, Norman Love has been producing beautiful handcrafted chocolate since 2001. The renowned chocolatier has earned significant national and international acclaim for his edible masterpieces. PANDORA, p. 4–5 Tel: 239-431-5520 estore-us.pandora.net Enjoy stylish and affordable luxury. PANDORA offers a universe of beautiful hand-finished jewelry in sterling silver and 14k gold adorned with precious and semiprecious stones.  THIRD STREET SOUTH, p. 1 Tel: 239-434-6533 thirdstreetsouth.com Known for glamour and good times since the 1930s, Third Street South brings together some of Naples’ finest dining and shopping options. Refined fashion boutiques and jewelers, elegant shops with fabulous décor offerings, fascinating art galleries, pampering spas and exquisite dining options are rounded out by gorgeous gardens and architecture. TICKLED PINK, p. 53 Tel: 239-435-0004 An adorable yet sophisticated women’s clothing store that has become a favorite shopping spot for residents and visitors alike. Colorful walls and comfortable seating surround all dresses, tops, pants, shoes and accessories. The excellent staff makes everything pleasant and easy. TOURNEAU, Back cover Tel: 239-591-1342 tourneau.com One of the best places to shop for luxury watches, top featured brands include Tourneau, Rolex, Cartier, Panerai, Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin and more. Located in the Waterside Shops, Tourneau also offers a wide range of styles, a selection of pre-owned luxury watches and expert service and repairs. THE VILLAGE SHOPS ON VENETIAN BAY, p. 15 Tel: 239-261-6100 venetianvillage.com Local, exquisite boutiques with handcrafted goods, superb and inviting restaurants and a wonderful waterfront setting make The Village Shops a must-stop for visitors to Naples. And with so many local stores with unique sourcing, you’re bound to make some exciting new discoveries.

Tours & Activities ALL WATER EXCURSIONS, p. 33 Tel: 239-594-0213 allwaterexcursionsmarina.com Southwest Florida’s number one location for everything on the water, with direct access to the Gulf of Mexico. Offering backwater and offshore fishing, kayak and paddleboard rentals and guided tours, sunset cruises, dolphin ecotours, WaveRunner and Jet Ski tours, boat rentals, private charters, shelling excursions and more. EVERGLADES EXCURSIONS, p. 43 Tel: 239-260-3272 everglades-excursions.com Experienced guides will show you the mysteries of

the Everglades during your excursion through one of the most beautifully diverse ecosystems in the world. Winner of the TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence award for the past five years and in the “Hall of Fame” as a consistently top-ranked tour. NAPLES BEACH WATERSPORTS, p. 37 Tel: 239-572-2953 marcoislandwatersports.com Choose your adventure: scoot around the warm Gulf waters in a WaveRunner, get a bird’s-eye view of the coastline from a parasail, have fun and get fit in kayaks or stand-up paddleboards — or opt for a banana boat for a little Gulf-style thrill ride. NAPLES GRANDE GOLF CLUB, p. 45 Tel: 239-659-3700 naplesgrandegolf.com The Rees Jones–designed private course recently completed an $8 million renovation that included the addition of its first formal clubhouse. Named one of North America’s “Top 100 Resort Courses” by Golfweek magazine, the 18-hole, 6,955-yard, par-72 course is set among a lush landscape and brilliant water features. THE NAPLES PLAYERS, p. 82 Tel: 239-263-7990 naplesplayers.org The Naples Players Sugden Community Theater in Downtown Naples is one of the top theaters in the country. They offer a variety of plays and musicals in two intimate spaces: Blackburn Hall and the Tobye Studio, both located in one building on Fifth Avenue South. The Naples Players continually seeks to enrich, educate and entertain the community through a superior theater experience. NAPLES PRINCESS CRUISES, p. 39 Tel: 239-649-2275 naplesprincesscruises.com The most elegant luxury yacht in southwest Florida awaits. Taking a lunch, dinner or hors d’oeuvres cruise adds freshly prepared culinary delights to the spectacular sights in Naples Bay and Port Royal. Besides the daily public cruises, you can also charter the Naples Princess for private events. NAPLES TROLLEY TOURS, p. 43 Tel: 239-260-3272 naplestrolleytours.com Enjoy a fascinating tour that showcases the natural beauty, history and charm of Naples, all from a comfortable vintage trolley. Fully narrated, the trolley tour covers more than 100 points of interest. PURE FLORIDA, p. 38 Tel: 239-263-4949 PureFL.com Pure Florida specializes in water experiences that bring the beauty and wonder of southwest Florida within reach. Its locations in Naples and Fort Myers offer sightseeing, river and sunset cruises, Jet Ski tours and rentals, boat rentals, fishing trips and charters, ecotours, jet boat rides and private and corporate cruises. SEGWAY OF NAPLES, p. 43 Tel: 239-260-3272 segwayofnaples.com The latest and great Segway i2 machines — coupled with state-of-the-art headsets — will take visitors and locals alike on a fun, insightful trip through Naples’ past and present, all on the only AAA-approved tour in Collier County. SWEET LIBERTY, p. 35 Tel: 239-793-3525 sweetliberty.com Sweet Liberty offers a variety of cruises to choose from, such as shelling, sunset or sightseeing tours. Cruise the pristine local waters on one of the daily Naples cruises aboard the 44-passenger, 53-foot sailing catamaran. It’s the perfect way to spend your day.

Transportation DOLPHIN TRANSPORTATION, p. 95 Tel: 239-530-0100 dolphinnaples.com Known as the top transportation company in Naples, Dolphin Transportation is the preferred choice for luxur y airport transfers, group charters, limousine rentals, wedding transportation and more in southwest Florida. A wide array of vehicles and superb ser vice allow guests to relax while they handle transportation details. NAPLES TRANSPORTATION & TOURS, p. 43 Tel: 239-260-3256 naples-transportation.com NT&T is the leading provider of reliable full-service transportation in southwest Florida, with a fleet of over 60 vehicles and 75 professional and courteous chauffeurs. The company can accommodate all transportation needs 24/7, delivering five-star quality, value and personalized service.


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SOUTH STREET has been voted best craft beer selection and live music restaurant with award winning entrees and brick oven pizza, full bar, signature craft cocktails, and over 50 craft beers on tap. From the cool vibe to the unforgettable artwork on the walls to the music stage and lighting, South Street has become a legendary favorite by locals, tourists, celebrities and world-class musicians alike. Our Tippling Room offers a unique, quieter, more relaxed space to dine and visit if that's your preference.

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TEL: (239) 435-9333

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Neapolitan 2018  

Neapolitan is the official in-room, lifestyle magazine for the Naples Grande Beach Resort in Naples, Florida.

Neapolitan 2018  

Neapolitan is the official in-room, lifestyle magazine for the Naples Grande Beach Resort in Naples, Florida.