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JULY/AUGUST 2019

FEATURES 56 / ROAD TRIP Embark on an unforgettable vacation close to home By Mary Murray, Liz Petoniak, and Paul Rubio

64 / BEACH CRUISERS From a reimagined VW van to a classic convertible, these 10 joy rides are made for summer fun By Howard Walker

70 / FAST LANE

Supercars and luxe pre-fall fashions form the ultimate power duo Photography by Nick Mele

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DEPARTMENTS 18 / FROM THE EDITOR 20 / IN FOCUS Events in support of Golisano Children’s Hospital, The League Club, and Collier County 100 Club

Florida abounds with female entrepreneurs targeting the travel industry

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A guide to the best pool bars, an overview of the art of the bagel, a Mexican hot spot opens at Mercato, and more

The thrill of a bespoke African safari

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No longer relegated to bargain brands, the screwcap is topping off high-end wines By Mark Spivak

BALANCE 89 / NOURISH

Insight into how to stay hydrated and a recipe for a DIY sports drink

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Be skin savvy and incorporate vitamin C into your routine

AGENDA 105 / TOP BILLING

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106 / ARTS & CULTURE

What to see and do this month

Cruise Asia’s longest river aboard the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

SEEN 110 / SOCIAL SNAPSHOTS

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Nicklaus Children’s Hospital celebrates Champions for Children, and Friends of Foster Children Forever hosts its annual Boogie Bash

52 / TRAVEL JOURNAL Cindy Lieber shares a slice of St. Louis

54 / HIGH ROAD The Audi A8 L delivers a healthy dose of hedonistic comfort By Howard Walker

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FROM THE EDITOR

Everything changed the day I drove Roxanne Pulitzer’s Porsche. I’d just interviewed the socialite and author for a story, and she offered the wheel on our way back to my office. When I hit the gas, my head snapped back like I was on a rodeo horse, and my body pressed so deep into the seat that I thought the car was going to swallow me whole. In the time it took for Pulitzer’s 911 Targa to go from zero to 60, which was about five seconds, I became obsessed with the physics of speed—and with the exhilaration and freedom of a well-made ride. In this travel-themed issue, we salute the summer road trip not only for the memorable destinations but also for the joy of the journey itself. Perhaps there’s no better way to survey the sights than with the top down and the coolness factor up, which we explore in “Beach Cruisers,” a showcase of 10 stylish vehicles, starting on page 64. In about 800 miles from Naples, you can roll past waterfalls in Highlands or revel in the restaurant scene in Asheville, both in North Carolina and part of our “Road Trip” roundup, which begins on page 56. It was because of a road trip—to a Fort Lauderdale boat show—that two Naples residents launched a business to throw shade by perfecting the parasol. Another savvy Naples pair, who struggled to find outdoor fitness options abroad, started a website to connect tourists with group classes. To read their stories and more, turn to Insider on page 25. Finally, we invite you to accelerate your style with stunning pre-fall fashions from Fendi, Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta, and others, shown amid the bold colors and sleek lines of the finest automotive imports. “Fast Lane,” our revvedup combination of couture and cars, starts on page 70. We at Naples Illustrated wish you the best as you embark on your summer adventures. And speaking of beach cruisers, I recently realized my decades-long dream of owning a convertible by buying a BMW 128i. There’s nothing quite like the sound of a naturally aspirated inline six soaring down the scenic route. (Car buffs will know.) Safe travels!

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WHAT: Kids’ Minds Matter Secret Garden Gala SUPPORTS: Pediatric mental and behavioral health care at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, a part of Lee Health. WHERE: Shangri-La Springs, Bonita Springs. The event was sponsored by Naples Illustrated.

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Lauren Demarest and Veronica Kennedy still laugh about being named “Naples Notables” by their teachers when they were classmates at Naples High School. “And now, after both having careers in New York, we’re doing business together in Greece,” Demarest says. The best friends who met their freshman year moved back to Naples after college and then ended up in the Big Apple in 2011, where Demarest was an advertising copywriter and Kennedy worked in operations for an investment bank. Although their professions took different paths, their passion for fitness and travel did not. “Two years ago, we totally fell in love with Greece, but we had a problem finding a great outdoor workout,” Demarest says. “Yoga retreats were days or even weeks long, and we wanted to do more than just go running. The few things we found involved a private session, and we wanted the motivation of a group. Plus, nothing was easy to find online.” Both are avid users of ClassPass,

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n her seminal 1937 book, Out of Africa, Danish author Karen Blixen evokes the romance that attracted generations of adventurers, tourists, wildlife lovers, and animal hunters. “Everything that you saw made for greatness and freedom, and unequalled nobility,” she wrote. Andrew Fentiman personally responded to Africa’s siren call, first as a safari guide in East Africa in the late 1970s and then as founder and president of Safari Consultants of London, based in Southwest Florida. The English-born resident of Bonita Springs draws upon his 40 years of experience to recreate the old-world glamour and style of African journeys for global clients, including celebrities and royals, that showcase the continent’s wildlife and culture. “Most people want to see ‘the big five’ [lions, elephants, leopards, Cape buffalo, and rhinos] and have some kind of cultural encounter with tribes,”

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PLAY BY EAR Elevate your listening to an ultra-luxe level with the Bang & Olufsen wireless Beoplay H9i headphones ($500), featuring cushions that blend lambskin and adaptive memory foam. Design West, Naples (dwest.com)

TAKE CHARGE Don’t let a dead phone mess with your travel mojo. Slip off your Uncommon Goods bangle that doubles as an iPhone charger ($149) and revive your connection to the electronic world. (uncommongoods.com) PINK SLIP Proving that necessity is indeed the mother of invention, Patricia Green launched her line when she lived in Montreal and was in need of warm house shoes. Her plush slippers ($72) are ideal for when you reach cruising altitude. Pratt’s Shoe Salon, Naples (prattsshoesalon.com)

GOOD AS GOLD The Gancini pouch ($350) by Ferragamo can do vacation double duty. Use it to store your travel documents, makeup essentials, and smartphone while en route to your destination, and then take it out on the town as a fun clutch. Ferragamo, Naples (ferragamo.com)

BAG CHECK Reinvigorate delicate skin with Chanel’s Le Lift Flash Eye Revitalizer ($130), a serum that targets the under-eye area which tends to sag during sojourns. Saks Fifth Avenue, Naples (saksfifthavenue.com)

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SNOOZE FEST Half the size of U-shaped travel pillows and scientifically proven to hold your head in a better position, the Trtl pillow ($30) is deserving of a place in your carry-on. (trtltravel.com)

FRESH START Wipe away your germ worries with Herban Essentials towelettes ($17 for 20 individually wrapped wipes), made from pure essential oils that are naturally antibacterial and antiseptic. Soft Surroundings, Estero (softsurroundings.com)

SNACK TIME Poppy Handcrafted Popcorn (price varies by size) offers unique flavors like jalapeño cheddar, dark chocolate pretzel, and the Asheville Mix (salted caramel and white cheddar), all of which make for perfect in-flight noshing. Paper Lantern, Naples (239-593-4004)

CALL TO MIND Squeeze in a quick mental workout and avoid summer brain drain with Andrew McMeel Publishing’s Pocket Posh Left Brain/Right Brain 3: 50 Puzzles to Change the Way You Think ($8). Barnes & Noble, Naples (bn.com)

WRAP SESSION Combat frigid in-flight temperatures with this Kinross Cashmere color-blocked cashmere poncho ($285) in birch and truffle. Patina Collection, Naples (patinacollection.com)

TURBO BOOSTER Avoid airborne illnesses by dropping Nuun ($7 for a 12-tablet tube) into your water bottle to get a dose of vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, and caffeine. Whole Foods Market, Naples (wholefoods.com)

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WORKING FOR THE WEEKEND Adopt a “have bag will travel” mentality with this spacious and versatile Reetaa Houdini nylon tote ($169) from Ted Baker London. Nordstrom, Naples (nordstrom.com)

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Seasonal getaways require more than a cheerful wardrobe—they also demand an equally fun bag to carry it all from point A to point B. Designer Christian Louboutin knows this all too well, and once again released a limited-edition traveler inspired by his worldwide quest to discover unique crafting traditions. This year, he found himself in Portugal, energized by

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FELINE FANCY Medium shoulder flap tigerprint calf-hair bag ($3,600), Gucci, Naples

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STYLE NOTES NEUTRAL TERRITORY: Treat prints in natural colors like a new neutral. WILD KINGDOM: To make a statement wear head-to-toe animal print. CAT’S MEOW: Save leopard prints for a future season; they never go out of style.

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SAVAGE BEAUTY Python Bancroft shoulder bag ($1,950), Michael Kors Collection, Marissa Collections, Naples

JUNGLE QUEEN Metal and resin necklace ($2,150), Chanel, Saks Fifth Avenue, Naples FIERCE INSTINCT Small zebra icon shoulder bag ($1,995), Versace, versace.com

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1. GREEN DREAM Assael earrings with Tahitian cultured pearls, handcarved green and deep-black jade, and tsavorites set in 18-karat gold, $29,500. Saks Fifth Avenue, Naples (saksfifthavenue.com) 2. GODDESS OF LOVE Tamara Comolli India necklace with a smoky quartz goddess Kwun Yun, snake wood, citrine, tourmaline, and an 18-karat rose-gold bale, $4,410. Marissa Collections, Naples (marissacollections.com) 3. FIRE BREATHER Effy Jewelry dragon ring with white and cognac diamonds set in 14-karat gold, $3,695. Macy’s, Naples (macys.com) 4. LOTUS EATER Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. lotus bracelet with paillonnÊ enamel, lapis lazuli, cabochon sapphires, 18-karat gold, and diamonds set in platinum, $115,000. Tiffany & Co., Naples (tiffany.com) 5. MOTHER OF DRAGONS David Webb dragon brooch with carved jade, a cabochon ruby, a coral bead, a lapis lazuli bead, green enamel, and 18-karat gold, price upon request. By special order only, David Webb, New York (davidwebb.com) 6. OUT OF INDIA Boucheron Mehndi studs with diamonds set in white gold, $77,100. (us.boucheron.com) 7. THINK PINK Van Cleef & Arpels Charm Lotus timepiece with sapphires and tourmalines set in 18-karat white gold, $65,000. Van Cleef & Arpels, Naples (vancleefarpels.com) 8. BALI BABE Coomi Bali ring with hand-carved bone, diamonds, orange and green sapphires, and emeralds set in 20-karat gold, $9,800. Saks Fifth Avenue, Naples (saksfifthavenue.com)

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WATERY influences abound in this reimagined Marco Island condo By Mary Thurman Yuhas | Photography by Naples Kenny Nothing says sophisticated Florida living like an oceanfront view enjoyed with a glass of Champagne. Savoring life on the water is intrinsic to the Paradise Coast, and it served as inspiration for this whimsical Marco Island renovation. Dawn Harmon, principal at Naples-based Little Palm Design Group, joined forces with fellow interior designer Kirsten Workinger Young to reimagine this circa-2006, three-bedroom, 3,248-square-foot condominium nestled on the twenty-second floor. Their goal: Infuse their clients’ personalities and lifestyle into an open concept. “He is from Finland, so we turned one of the bedrooms into

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The redone kitchen flows nicely into the great room, which features a custom media cabinet complete with a Champagne refrigerator.

a sauna,” Harmon explains. “She loves water and sky colors [such as] turquoise, blue, and periwinkle. We used those fresh and clean colors for the palette. The sparkles and bubbles from Champagne were used to create a theme.” This ode to all things aquatic begins in the foyer. An artistic river— fabricated from custom-colored glass tiles that were cast into one piece and set into the existing marble floor—flows from the private elevator entrance. An architectural side table incorporates detailing that resembles a wave and is crowned with seashell statement pieces. Deep-blue walls serve as a counterpoint to the large image of azure waters. The Champagne references also start here, in the faux Italian micro-plaster cloud ceiling finished in a golden hue and accented with a cast-resin bubble chandelier. Intentionally asymmetrical, the bespoke media cabinet in the great room has a driftwood finish and features many storage nooks. For example, pocket doors open to reveal a Champagne refrigerator outfitted

in the same shade of orange as the label on Veuve Clicquot, the owner’s favorite libation. This piece echoes Harmon’s overall intention for the immediate area. “For the great room, they wanted a nesting space,” she says. “The sides turn up on the sectional sofa so they can sort of settle into it.” Harmon demarcated the music alcove from the great room by spotlighting the Steinway baby grand piano. Here, tiny pinholes placed over a preexisting light create the effect of twinkling stars illuminating

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The master bedroom pairs ocean accents with a grand view.

the instrument. Horizontal wood separations on the large mirror prevent it from looking like a massive flat surface while still adding reflection and the illusion of space. The kitchen embraces the colors of the ocean and the home’s natural light. The jet-cut glass tile and marble backsplash dances against the white wood cupboards. A trio of barstools boasts periwinkle-colored leather on the inside and an embroidered pattern comprising every

shade in the palette on the outside. An oversized island with a creamy quartzite countertop enables the couple to cook together, while the adjacent wine tower invites festive imbibing. Whether used as party trick or a study in practicality, a dining table fits inside the island and can be pulled out as needed. Lucite ghost chairs complement the table’s high-gloss top and augment the feature’s sense of ease. The formal dining area is a natural extension of the kitchen. A dropped cloud ceiling mimics the clients’ teak table and chairs, while a floating custom credenza covers the length of the back wall. “Geometric diamond cuts, kind of like a puzzle, were used on the wall mirror so it is not a flat piece, and it reflects all of the water back into the space,” Harmon notes. The water imagery continues in the master bedroom, where a woven grass cloth wall is offset by two contemporary nightstands dressed with sea glass knobs and lamps that parrot coral. In the master bath, a cast pierced-resin chandelier with scalloped edges reigns above the porcelain tile and an ottoman upholstered in an indoor/outdoor suede fabric. A glass tile waterfall inset in the walk-in shower increases the luxurious spa-like environment. The powder bath edges toward a more contemporary feel with an unusual vessel sink and a faucet mounted on the mirror. A swimmer print titled “A La Mode” and two images of sliced agate imbue the small

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space with a gallery-esque aesthetic. What was once a bedroom is now a spa to relax in before or after using the authentic Finnish cedar sauna fabricated by 41 West in Naples. While the textured tile appears to be limestone, it is actually porcelain. Real pebbles were used in the two horizontal accent bands. From the artistic entry to the soothing spa, this condo celebrates the majestic setting and speaks to the owners’ interests. “For this home, we brought the outside in,” says Harmon. “The design was built around a happy couple who enjoy life together.” «

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BRANCHING OUT Sandra Hernandez Yedor showcases her passion for updating classic textile designs in this Lili Alessandra leaf pillow ($228) featuring ivory silk and gold embroidery. Clive Daniel Home, Naples (clivedaniel.com)

FINE PRINT Designer Jenifer Davison of Collins & DuPont Design Group used artwork to add dimension to this kitchen. “I draw inspiration from the natural world around us,” says Davison. “Living in Southwest Florida, it’s easy to be inspired by the lush tropical greenery. The colorful palm frond prints hung above the cabinets make use of the often-overlooked space and bring a little color and interest into an otherwise monochromatic kitchen.” Bonita Springs (collins-dupont.com)

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A NEW LEAF The Utopia accent table ($620) from Currey & Company reinterprets the taro plant to create a gorgeous piece forged in aluminum and finished in antique gold. Wilson Lighting, Naples (wilson lighting.com)

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Experience central China’s natural and man-made marvels aboard the SANCTUARY YANGZI EXPLORER By Paul Rubio

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rom the Amazon to the Irrawaddy, upscale river cruising is opening access to locales once limited to backpackers willing to rough it off the beaten path. In China, the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer fills this niche, presenting a luxury-spiked voyage through the most scenic stretch of the 3,915-mile Yangtze River, the longest in Asia. Between the port cities of Yichang and Chongqing, the all-balcony, 38-cabin, 24-suite vessel snakes through the narrow canyons and mountainous splendor of central China’s Three Gorges. And whether choosing the three-night itinerary upstream or the fournight itinerary downstream, both the destinations and the journey leave lasting impressions. Throughout it all, travelers are exposed to the striking contrasts of today’s China—the good and the bad. Start with an excursion to the Three Gorges Dam Project near Yichang. The world’s largest hydroelectric power structure and its turbine, lock, and ship-lift excess is an

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engineering wonder that makes the Hoover Dam look like child’s play. However, between construction and reservoir flooding, it has displaced 1.3 million people, forever altering the physical, cultural, and ecological landscapes of central China. This change is most palpable when ogling the juxtaposition of drab, Tetris-stacked monoliths comprising “new cities” against the sparkling bridges connecting both sides of the Yangtze. On an excursion along the Shennong Stream, a smaller ferryboat ventures deep into Avatar-like scenery, where high among the mist-shrouded limestone cliffs lie hanging coffins of the Tujia people, an ethnic minority that calls this region home. A traditional sampan (open-air wooden boat) ride follows, led by the last generation of local fishermen who delight through song and storytelling in hopes of keeping their customs alive. Another day, cruisegoers are privy to a guided market tour in Fuling—try a hundred-year egg, if you dare—succeeded by a visit to a national library for a heritage-rich afternoon. Look forward to tea ceremonies, cal-

ligraphy demonstrations, the sounds of the Chinese zither, and bian lian (facechanging) performances that reflect a China of yore. The journey, too, mirrors a theme of contrasts. With the largest room product on the river and a trustedbrand backing, the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer is regarded as the most luxurious cruise on the China market. The ship was even dry docked in 2017 for a refurbishment to reflect modern Chinese design with textiles, artwork, and furnishings sourced from area vendors. While the refresh is most visible in the guest rooms and dining room, worn hallways, paint-chipped exteriors, and several dowdy common spaces reveal an incomplete facelift. Not to say this isn’t the finest ship on the Yangtze—it is. But, it’s nowhere near the league of the high-end river cruise products found in Europe, the Amazon, or the

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In addition to its grand suites, The Peninsula Beijing boasts world-class dining in the form of Huang Ting (above) and Jing. It also operates experiences within and around the city, including tours of The Great Wall of China and the Hou Hai district, as well as a deep dive into Beijing’s growing arts scene and community (bottom right).

Above and opposite page: The Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer introduces passengers to the authentic beauty of the Yangtze River. Excursions and onboard experiences include tea ceremonies, tai chi classes, and visits to the Three Gorges Dam Project, the Shennong Stream, and the district of Fuling.

Mekong, so set expectations accordingly. In addition, the ship caters mainly to Chinese tourists, most of whom have booked on an à la carte basis. This can create some confusion for both staff and passengers who’ve reserved sailings marketed through the United States and Europe in which all meals, beverages, and excursions are included. What the ship sometimes lacks in overall finesse, it makes up for with onboard programming. Rise and shine daily to tai chi lessons, make dumplings with the chef, and attend lectures on Chinese arts and crafts, foot reflexology, and traditional medicine. Opt for multiple treatments in the surprisingly affordable spa, where the therapists are remarkably dexterous. Commentary is also excellent when it matters most. Guests are called outside for the separate breathtaking crossings through the Xiling, Wu, and Qutang gorges to learn about their historical importance while admiring the natural grandeur sandwiched between emerald cliffs. It’s times like these that the ship’s imperfections disappear, when the jaunt down this river less traveled begins to surface as one that makes the trek to the other side of the globe totally worth it. (sanctuaryretreats.com)

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BEIJING STOPOVER Don’t miss the chance to explore China’s sprawling capital city on your way between the U.S. and Yichang or Chongqing. Book at The Peninsula Beijing and go into travel-planning cruise control, letting the in-house team map out an agenda that highlights the best of Beijing. Spend your first day savoring the amenities at this allsuite beauty. The lobby—underscored by a colossal gold-trimmed, marble staircase—is a high-ceilinged architectural stunner peppered with intricate sculptures and colorful artwork. The spacious suites are kitted out in dark, handsome furnishings that channel au courant Chinese glamour. Set in a replica of a nobleman’s courtyard home and serving the apex of Cantonese cuisine, Huang Ting is quite possibly the superlative dining experience in the entire city. The only coequal for this accolade is the hotel’s other restaurant, Jing, which specializes in contemporary French gastronomy with Asian influences. Once jet lag subsides, venture beyond the hotel with excursions curated by The Peninsula Academy. A Window on Chinese Contemporary Art offers a taste of

Beijing’s cutting-edge artsy pulse through stops at two studios and one-on-one time with rising artists. To indulge in classic Beijing, visit bucket-list juggernaut The Great Wall of China or take a guided rickshaw tour through the lost-in-time hutong lanes of the Hou Hai district. (peninsula.com) «

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Meet Me in ST. LOUIS

VIBE Enthusiastic, optimistic, outgoing

BEST SEAT IN TOWN The view from the Four Seasons (four seasons.com/stlouis) in downtown cannot be matched. It’s on the riverfront, and you get a spectacular city view at night.

St. Louis

FASHION ESSENTIALS St. Louis summers can be quite warm, so my recommendations for women are Chanel sandals and an Akris sun dress to keep cool. For guys, Gucci driving shoes, Ralph Lauren shorts, and a Tshirt by Hugo Boss.

HOW TO SPEND A FREE DAY Go to a Cardinals baseball game or visit Forest Park. Fabulous Motown Revue

WHERE TO EAT I Fratellini (ifratellini.com) in Clayton is the best. Refined Italian cuisine with a quaint ambience. Make reservations well in advance. LOCAL DISH TO DREAM ABOUT Imo’s Pizza (imospizza.com) CITY SOUNDTRACK Don’t miss the Fabulous Motown Revue (fabulousmotownrevue. com). Steve Schankman is the best trumpet player. GUILTY PLEASURE A frozen custard from Ted Drewes (ted drewes.com) in South City. It’s a landmark. WHERE TO SHOP The Plaza Frontenac (plazafrontenac. com) offers a wide variety, including Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. 52

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Cindy Lieber is a five-year Naples resident who quickly made her local mark, serving on fundraising committees for the American Cancer Society and the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens. However, a big piece of her heart remains in her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri, which she calls a city “full of life, Midwestern values, and always inspiring friendly faces.” Lieber loves the St. Louis lifestyle, citing Cardinals baseball games, Forest Park, the St. Louis Zoo, the Muny outdoor musical venue, the Missouri Botanical Garden, the Gateway Arch, and the Cathedral Basilica with its world-renowned mosaic collection as among the city’s riches. The retired owner of marketing and insurance brokerage firms travels to the River City at least eight times a year to savor its spring and fall colors and partake in community events. —Caroline Ridgway

Imo’s Pizza

Four Seasons

MUST-DO EXPERIENCE NOT IN THE GUIDEBOOKS Visit Venice Café (thevenicecafe. com) in Benton Park. It’s a three-story brick building with a coffee house, restaurant, and night club. Local artists and sculptors display there. SOLO ADVENTURE Ride the trolley to Blueberry Hill (blue berryhill.com) on the Loop for one of the famous hamburgers. Chuck Berry himself performed there monthly in the Duck Room.

Forest Park

Blueberry Hill

Cardinals stadium

FUN CULTURAL OUTING Ride to the top of the Gateway Arch (gatewayarch.com) to see for miles. Visit the on-site museum for information about its construction, the history of the Mississippi River, and the Lewis and Clark expedition to the Midwest.

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Audi’s new long-wheelbase A8 L is pure ease and joy. Did we mention it has a FOOT MASSAGER?

By Howard Walker The crystal ball and tea-leaf readers of the world will readily tell you the über-comfy luxury sedan is heading the way of Game of Thrones and The Big Bang Theory. Oh, you didn’t hear that two of television’s most popular shows ended this past spring? Oops, sorry for the spoiler. It seems fewer of us are buying majestic 7 Series BMWs in preference to the three-row X7 SUV. Sales of Cadillac’s lovely CT6 sedan pale in comparison to the Escalade. Mercedes’ tasteful S-Class? A fraction of what the XXL-sized GL-Class sells. But there’s still something appealing about a sleek, low-to-theground high-end sedan. It might come down to ease; there’s a simple pleasure in a ride that doesn’t require a ladder to climb into nor a captain’s license to maneuver through the Trader Joe’s parking lot. 54

Feast your eyes on Audi’s newest flagship A8—the redesigned, fourth-generation 2019 A8 L quattro—and tell me you don’t love its classic, black-tie look and restrained, dignified elegance. Okay, I’ll relent: Audi may have gone a little overboard on the “restrained” bit. Positioning this new Audi alongside its predecessor is a bit like seeing the Hemsworth brothers together. Is that Liam? Or maybe Chris? No, definitely Liam. Heck, I don’t know. Every body panel has been changed, though you might not immediately know it. What’s hard to miss, however, is that enlarged angular front grille, the bigger wheel openings covering gorgeous 20-inch rims, and the resculpted rear end. And trust me, you’ll want to splurge on the “dynamic lighting package,” which comes with a rear-end light show worthy of Las Vegas on the Fourth of July. Using new OLED technology, the full-width rear lights respond to you locking or unlocking the car by performing a choreographed dance that’s pure Disney. To heighten its flagship status, Audi is only offering this A8 in longwheelbase form. Smart move. Stepping into the back of this stretched limo is guaranteed to induce more oohs and aahs than sinking into a warm bath. The amount of space is amazing. Cross your legs and your feet still won’t come anywhere near the seat in front. And talk about

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comfort—there’s rear-seat heat and a back massager, and if you’re lounging in the rightrear La-Z-Boy, you can get a foot rub in a dropdown section of the front seat. For the driver, life isn’t quite as laid-back. l FOLLOW HOWARD WALKER’S THE WHEEL With this A8, Audi has gone so overboard in WORLD BLOG ON NAPLESILLUSTRATED.COM cramming technology into the dashboard that a degree in computer science should be a prerequisite to ownership. The majorYes, there’s a V-8 coming later ity of the controls are incorporated into this year (probably Audi’s wonPOWER FILE Audi’s so-called Virtual Cockpit comprisderful 4.0-liter biturbo) though PRICE: FROM $84,795 ENGINE: ing a pair of stacked, black-paneled glass I’m sure the V-6 will satisfy the 3.0-LITER TWIN-TURBO V-6 screens. To adjust pretty much anything, needs of most owners. POWER: 335 HP TORQUE: 369 LB-FT TRANSMISSION: you need to take your eyes off the road And the engine works sub8-SPEED AUTOMATIC 0-60: and do a finger tap dance. limely well with the 8-speed paddle-shift automatic and quattro all5.6 SECONDS TOP SPEED: 155 As for the actual driving, this hefty Audi wheel drive. Throw in active suspension, four-wheel steering, and a MPH LENGTH/WIDTH: 209/77 is a true master of sashaying from A to B in super-stiff body, and this big Audi never feels anything less than agile, INCHES WEIGHT: 4,751 POUNDS hushed, hedonistic bliss. The only engine athletic, and composed when the going gets twisty. WHY WE LOVE IT: BECAUSE currently available is Audi’s whisper-quiet A8 L prices kick off at just over $84,000, though by the time you’ve IT REMINDS US THAT LUXURY 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 yielding 335 hp added all the extras you’ll want/need, you’ll be closer to $100,000. Still DOESN’T HAVE TO MEAN A and 369 lb-ft of torque—output that seems a huge amount of car for the money. As for stretching out in that rear TALL-RIDING SUV. a little skimpy for a 4,751-pound flagship. seat while having your back and feet gently massaged? Priceless. «

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ROAD TRIP These destinations close to home promise cultural delights, fabulous food, and vacation memories aplenty

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Highlands, NC Mountain Calling

Urbanites have long found respite from the summer heat in Highlands, a charming town located in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains and sought out for its cool temperatures, unaltered beauty, and unlimited outdoor pursuits. In recent years, a posh resort and concentration of high-brow restaurants have gained national notoriety, earning Highlands a reputation as the ultimate refined yet rustic getaway. —Liz Petoniak

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Highlands’ foremost accommodations are intertwined in the town’s history. Part of what now stands as the Old Edwards Inn & Spa (oldedwardsinn.com), a Relais & Châteaux property, was once Central House, Highlands’ first boarding house circa 1878. As summer guests continued to flock, the hotel changed hands and underwent a few expansions until Palm Beachers Art and Angela Williams took ownership in the early aughts and invested in its restoration. Today, Old Edwards’ Historic Inn matches the feeling of a cozy mountain lodge with old-world sophistication. Oriental rugs and antiques from Angela’s travels outfit the suites, many of which boast fireplaces for curling up next to on a brisk night. The resort also encompasses multi-bedroom cottages ideal for families and estate rentals like the Rockwood Lodge manse with scenic surrounds. Those seeking a truly remote retreat should stay at the affiliated Half-Mile Farm (halfmilefarm.com), a renovated 1880s farmhouse on 14 idyllic acres just outside the center of town.

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Clockwise from right: Experience wine dinners at Madison’s as well as its Sunburst trout and signature Caesar salad; find solace at the relaxation room and mineral pool at the Old Edwards spa; walk underneath Dry Falls.

EAT THOUGH SMALL, HIGHLANDS POSSESSES A MIGHTY FOOD SCENE WITH SIX OF ITS ESTABLISHMENTS BEARING WINE SPECTATOR AWARDS. GUESTS AT THE OLD EDWARDS WILL FIND ONE OF THE BEST SEATS IN TOWN RIGHT UNDER THEIR NOSE AT MADISON’S, WHERE CHEF CHRIS HUERTA COOKS WITH INGREDIENTS PLUCKED FROM THE RESORT’S OWN 5-ACRE FARM. GO FOR ONE OF HIS SOUTHERN PLATES WITH FINESSE, LIKE THE CAST IRON–ROASTED PORK CHOP WITH CORNMEALDUSTED OKRA, SQUASH RELISH, AND A PEACH-

SEE + DO Elevated at 4,118 feet above sea level, Highlands’ unique ecosystem is home to a temperate rainforest filled with flora and fauna best observed on its many hiking trails. First, discover a bird’s-eye view of town and share a golden-hour picnic atop Sunset Rock, an easy half-mile hike starting across from the Highlands Nature Center. Next, prepare for a more challenging 2-mile loop up Whiteside Mountain, thought to be one of the oldest in the world with granite dating back more than 390 million years. After pursuing peaks, chase waterfalls—Highlands is brimming with them—including Bridal Veil Falls, visible from U.S. Route 64, and Dry Falls, nestled another mile or so down the road. Those who prefer admiring nature at a distance can play a round of golf at the Old Edwards Club, an impeccable course with vistas of faded blue peaks. Naturally, these rigorous activities should be matched with relaxation in equal measure. Plan a day at the resort’s renowned spa and luxuriate with a customized Biologique Recherche facial and a restoring dip in the mineral pool. Then, reinvigorate the mind at The Bascom: A Center for the Visual Arts (thebascom.org), home to ceramics workshops, impressive exhibits featuring regional artists, and a walking trail with large-scale sculpture installations.

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DON’T MISS

This town loves to eat, and the Old Edwards Inn caters to resident and visiting gourmands by hosting monthly wine dinners with vintages from Laurent-Perrier and Whispering Angel paired with courses from James Beard–caliber chefs. The culinary events hit a high note during the annual Highlands Food & Wine Festival (highlandsfood andwine.com), happening November 7-10, where the weekend lineup runs the gamut from food truck rallies to a Southern gospel brunch.

INFUSED PORK JUS. AND LOOK OUT FOR THE OLD EDWARDS’ NEW RESTAURANT NEXT DOOR, 465, TO BE COMPLETED THIS SUMMER. OUTSIDE OF THE RESORT’S UMBRELLA, GRAB BREAKFAST WITH THE LOCALS AT HOMEY BUCK’S COFFEE CAFÉ OR A NEXT-LEVEL SANDWICH AT MOUNTAIN FRESH GROCERY (MFGRO.COM), BOTH MANDATORY FUELING SPOTS FOR HUNGRY HIKERS. FOR ADVENTURES OF THE CRAFT BEER VARIETY, VISIT SATULAH MOUNTAIN BREWING COMPANY TO SAMPLE AREA ALES. WIND DOWN FOR THE EVENING AT WILD THYME GOURMET (WILDTHYMEGOURMET. COM), AN INTIMATE EATERY SITUATED ON A QUAINT COURTYARD THAT SERVES CLASSICS WITH SUBTLE ASIAN FLAIR, OR KEEP IT CASUAL AT THE UGLY DOG PUBLIC HOUSE (THEUGLYDOGPUB.COM), A COMMUNITY WATERING HOLE WITH LIVE MUSIC AND SUPERB BAR BITES. 

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When in Highlands, you’ll need to dress as the Highlanders do. Fortunately, there are plenty of charming shops throughout the town center. Pick up high-end outdoor gear at Highland Hiker, select a cashmere wrap for chilly evenings from the rainbow knits at McCulley’s Cashmere, or catch redecorating fever from the boho-cabin aesthetic at Bardo. (highlandschamber.org) NAPLESILLUSTRATED.COM | JULY/AUGUST 2019

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Nashville, TN

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Southern Melody

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Nashville’s allure has long been rooted in country music, but it’s currently in the midst of a renaissance propelled by its rebranding as a hub for all genres and creatives. As one of the nation’s fastest-growing cities, Nashville balances past with present, glorifying its euphonious traditions at music venues and attractions, while also welcoming new businesses, restaurants, art, and experiences. All of these factors inform the Music City of today, a locale that pulsates with the spirit of the great artists of yesteryear and promises to captivate audiences for decades to come. (visitmusiccity.com) —Mary Murray

STAY

Nashville is composed of neighborhoods, all of which have something to offer in terms of sightseeing. Make your home base downtown, where accommodations are plentiful and the nightlife is booming. As with most outposts of this boutique chain, Hotel Indigo Nashville (ihg.com/hotelindigo) takes cues from its direct environment. Located in a former bank in Printer’s Alley, this hip hideaway boasts interiors influenced by the district’s printing legacy, as well as daily live music that’s also omnipresent in the surrounding streets. A couple blocks away rests the city’s grand dame, The Hermitage Hotel (thehermitagehotel.com). This five-star property opened in 1910 and quickly became a beacon for visiting politicians and celebrities. Its Beaux Arts decor is on display in its lobby decked in Tennessee marble and topped with a painted skylight. While its name derives from Andrew Jackson’s estate, management takes the definition of hermitage (a place of rest and seclusion) to heart by outfitting its 122 guest rooms with custom mattresses. 58

Clockwise from top right: Honky Tonk Highway on Lower Broadway; lobby of The Hermitage Hotel; exterior of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and its wall of gold records.

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SEE + DO Music—and its related industries—remains Nashville’s biggest draw. From the honky tonks of Broadway to the legends of Music Row, there’s lots of history and tunes to soak in. Begin at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum (countrymusichalloffame.org) to get a sense of the evolution of the art form and the personalities behind it. The Hall of Fame also houses Hatch Show Print (hatchshowprint.com)—a 140-year-old letterpress printing company that specializes in concert posters—and operates tours to Historic RCA Studio B (studiob.org). Visitors can pose at Elvis’ beloved Steinway piano, test the acoustics at the fabled sweet spot, and learn about the Nashville Sound forever engrained in the walls. For those whose interests extend beyond music, Nashville doesn’t disappoint. Aesthetes will appreciate the Frist Art Museum (fristartmuseum.org), which stages rotating exhibitions in an Art Deco The Grand Ole Opry (opry. building that once functioned as a post com) is an icon, and for good office. Animal lovers should head to the reason. This radio show has Nashville Zoo (nashvillezoo.org), home morphed into a shindig of to a new Sumatran tiger exhibit and a epic proportions, one that state-of-the-art veterinary hospital. Archihosts performers who repretecture and design fans will be wowed by sent every chapter in the story the Belmont Mansion (belmontmansion. of country music. Attend a live com), the quirky, antebellum-era summer concert in the Opry’s 4,400home of Adelicia Acklen. seat hall or get a behindthe-scenes look at how it all comes together with daytime and post-show tours.

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DONN JONES, COURTESY OF THE COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM

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Clockwise from left: The Grand Ole Opry; interior of 5th & Taylor; Nashville hot chicken at Hattie B’s; Able retail location in the Nation’s neighborhood; the Frist Art Museum; Elvis’ favorite piano at Historic RCA Studio B off Music Row.

THE CITY’S DIVERSE RESTAURANTS MAKE FOR AN IDEAL GASTRONOMIC GETAWAY, WHETHER YOU’RE ON THE HUNT FOR WHOLE HOG BARBECUE AT MARTIN’S BARB-QUE JOINT (MARTINSBBQ JOINT.COM), THE FRENCHMEETS-SOUTHERN BISTRO FARE OF LIBERTY COMMON (LIBERTY-COMMON.COM), OR THE DIVE BAR DIGS, CHEESEBURGERS, AND FRIES AT DINO’S. YOU CAN’T LEAVE NASHVILLE WITHOUT SAMPLING HOT CHICKEN, A SEARINGLY SPICY DELICACY BORN OF ONE COOK’S DESIRE TO GET BACK AT HER CHEATING LOVER. HATTIE B’S (HATTIEB. COM) OFFERS HEAT LEVELS UP TO THE ATOMIC “SHUT THE CLUCK UP.” PERHAPS THE BEST THING ABOUT DINING IN NASHVILLE IS THE SEAMLESS BLEND OF HIGH AND LOW. FOR EXAMPLE, THE GRILLED CHEESERIE (GRILLEDCHEESERIE.COM) CRAFTS THE CLASSIC COMFORT FOOD WITH TENNESSEESOURCED PRODUCTS. THIS HILLSBORO VILLAGE HOT SPOT PRIORITIZES CREATIVITY, AS

SEEN IN COMBOS LIKE THE PIMENTO MAC AND CHEESE GRILLED CHEESE. OVER IN GERMANTOWN, 5TH & TAYLOR (5THAND TAYLOR.COM) ALSO PUTS A REFINED SPIN ON FAMILY FAVORITES. BOOKEND YOUR MEAL WITH SAUSAGE-CHEDDAR BISCUITS WITH PEPPER JAM AND HOUSE-MADE ICE CREAM IN FLAVORS SUCH AS TURMERIC AND LEMONGRASS.

SHOP A byproduct of the

city’s economic growth has been an outcropping of ethical commerce. Clothing and accessories brand Able (livefashionable.com) addresses generational poverty by creating sustainable job opportunities for women in Nashville and countries such as Ethiopia and Mexico. Similarly, bath, body, and home goods maker Thistle Farms (thistlefarms. org) provides survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction with transitional housing and reliable work in social enterprises.

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Asheville, NC

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Asheville has emerged as one of the South’s top destinations— and the food scene is a big reason why. Its restaurants rival those of larger metropolitan areas, both in terms of creativity and quality of ingredients. And while this quirky city in the Blue Ridge Mountains honors its regional heritage with barbecue and biscuits, it has also embraced global cuisines, ushering in a new era for Appalachian dining tourism. —M.M.

TIM ROBINSON

Feasting in the Foothills

LUNCH

EVAN SUNG

Cúrate

FORGET CALORIES AND RELISH THE BEST VERSIONS OF DECADENT MORNING FAVORITES. STOP BY BISCUIT HEAD (BISCUITHEADS.COM) FOR ITS EPONYMOUS QUICK BREAD PAIRED WITH MEATY OR VEGETARIAN GRAVIES. FOR A FULLON BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS, OPT FOR THE ASHEVILLE BENEDICT SERVED WITH SCALLION

DRINK

` Craft beer is a religion in Asheville, and there are dozens of taprooms to choose from. Make a sudsy day of it, hitting up breweries around town including Wicked Weed (wicked weedbrewing.com), Wedge (wedgebrewing.com),Green Man (greenmanbrewery. com), and One World (one worldbrewing.com).

CREAM CHEESE, TOMATOES, AND ROASTED RED PEPPERS. ON THE SWEETER SIDE OF THE CARB SPECTRUM, HOLE DOUGHNUTS (HOLEDOUGHNUTS.COM) CRAFTS CIRCULAR DROPS OF HEAVEN. OF ITS THREE STANDARD FRESHLY FRIED YEAST DOUGHNUTS, WE RECOMMEND THE TOASTED ALMOND SESAME CINNAMON. WHEN IT COMES TO SEASONAL VARIETIES, THE TEAM EXPERIMENTS WITH UNEXPECTED HERBS, SPICES, FRUITS, AND FLORALS, SUCH AS ORANGE CLOVE, CRANBERRY GINGER, AND HIBISCUS. Clockwise from top left: Food and scene at Buxton Hall Barbecue; pulled pork biscuit at Biscuit Head; cockles in vermut sauce at Cúrate.

DINNER

Cúrate (katiebuttonrestaurants.com/curate) is always packed with sophisticated diners sampling authentic Spanish tapas that recall idle afternoons spent imbibing and indulging. The seasonal menu is heavy on jamón in the form of croquetas and charcuterie, but there are plenty of non-ham options, too, including a veggie-forward paella. To embrace meat in all its Southern glory, make a beeline to Buxton Hall Barbecue (buxtonhall.com). Chai Pani’s chef Irani teamed up with fellow James Beard nominee Elliott Moss to launch this down-home eatery that marries an urban atmosphere with country classics like whole hog pulled pork with a vinegar-based sauce, as well as dynamite baby lima and butter beans. EVAN SUNG

MOLLY MILROY/CHAI PANI RESTAURANT GROUP

Chai Pani (chaipaniasheville. com) brings India’s street food culture indoors, offering a modern take on chaat (savory snacks) in colorful surrounds. Chef Meherwan Irani’s creations are so addictive that you’ll yearn to return for such flavor bombs as kale pakora, aloo tiki chaat, and sev potato dahi puri (pictured), all washed down with a mango lassi. For something totally different yet equally worldly, visit White Duck Taco Shop (whiteducktacoshop.com), where unconventional fillings perplex and please a devoted clientele. Travel via your taste buds—stamping your passport in Vietnam, Korea, and Thailand with banh mi tofu, beef bulgogi, and Bangkok shrimp—or stick with new-world eats like jerk or spicy buffalo chicken.

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Winter Park, FL

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Morse Museum

Old-World Oasis

Although founded as a vacation destination in the 1800s, this idyllic city nestled north of Orlando feels quainter than its hustle-and-bustle neighbor. Winter Park has the vibe and walkability of a European village, complete with restaurants that celebrate Florida’s bounty through myriad culinary languages, as well as a wealth of art, museums, and natural beauty that’s next to none. —M.M.

COURTESY OF THE RAVENOUS PIG

STAY

Part of Winter Park’s growth was due to the establishment of Rollins College. Today, The Alfond Inn (thealfondinn.com) is supporting Rollins students by directing its profits toward full scholarships for incoming liberal arts majors. While this mission is reason enough to book a room, The Alfond Inn also offers an unparalleled location and stylish surrounds. Guests can easily enjoy the city’s main street, Park Avenue, located two blocks away. They’re also invited to explore The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art for Rollins College, which appears throughout the boutique hotel. Attend a happy hour art tour, held every first Wednesday, or peruse the pieces on your own and snap your favorite to share on social media.

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Clockwise from top right: The Ravenous Pig; chocolate onyx pastry at The Glass Knife; The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art; Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour.

MARY MURRAY

On your way into Winter Park, stop at East End Market (eastendmkt.com), a food hall situated just outside the city limits. Highlights include La Femme du Fromage, which specializes in innovative grilled cheeses, and Gideon’s Bakery, whose giant cookies have earned a cult following.

SEE + DO

In between all that eating, take advantage of the city’s landscape and museums. Learn the local history by setting sail with Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour (scenicboattours. com). Afterward, head over to The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art (morsemuseum.org), a treasure trove of all things Tiffany & Co. In addition to Tiffany jewelry, pottery, lamps, and more, it also houses objects from Louis Comfort Tiffany’s Long Island home, including a restored version of his Daffodil Terrace. The museum’s pièce de résistance, however, is the interior of the chapel Tiffany created for the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.

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BEGIN AT THE GLASS KNIFE (THEGLASSKNIFE.COM), A QUIRKY-MEETS-ELEGANT EATERY ANCHORED BY A COLLECTION OF ITS NAMESAKE KITCHEN TOOL. THE MENU BALANCES SWEET AND SAVORY, INCLUDING FRESH DOUGHNUTS, PASTRIES, AND DESSERTS. CONTINUE ON TO PRATO (PRATO-WP. COM), WHICH CRAFTS ITALIAN CUISINE FROM STATESOURCED INGREDIENTS. THE MENU CHANGES DAILY, BUT A RELIABLE FAVORITE IS THE MEATBALL FINISHED WITH CIPOLLINI AGRODOLCE AND POLENTA. NO TOUR IS COMPLETE WITHOUT A MEAL—OR MORE—AT THE RAVENOUS PIG (THERAVENOUSPIG.COM). THE SEASONAL MENU IS A STUDY IN FAMILIAR CONCEPTS ELEVATED TO THE FLAVORS OF FINE DINING YET PRESENTED IN A DOWN-TOEARTH MANNER. SAVE ROOM FOR THE SIGNATURE PIG TAILS, A SPIN ON CHURROS.

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South Florida by Rail All Aboard

SMART

The sleek locomotives are impressive inside and out. They were, after all, designed by the talented team at the famed Rockwell Group. Though the aesthetic is that of an all-business-class jet, there are, in fact, two classes. In the standard Smart option, the seats are spacious, comfortable, and constructed with a durable combination of easy-to-clean natural and synthetic leathers (read: no dirty airplane seats here). There are two USB ports and two power outlets per seat plus free, reliable Wi-Fi. Personable attendants are also on standby with an assortment of beverages and snacks for purchase.

Lucky us: America’s first privately owned and operated intercity passenger train premiered last year in none other than South Florida. The futuristic, multibillion-dollar, high-speed rail service—currently rebranding from Brightline to Virgin Trains USA—links the downtowns of West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami, bypassing issues like traffic, parking, and designated drivers. Drive east from Naples to any of these cities and then explore all three via the Brightline. (gobrightline.com) —Paul Rubio

SELECT

THE EXPERIENCE GOES UP A NOTCH IN SELECT, WHICH BEGINS WITH LOUNGE ACCESS IN THE HYPER-MODERN STATION OF YOUR DEPARTURE CITY. BEFORE THE RIDE, FUEL UP ON FINE WINES, CHAMPAGNE, CRAFT BEERS, SOFT DRINKS, FRESH-SQUEEZED ORANGE JUICE, ILLY COFFEE, AND HEARTY SNACKS APLENTY. AS YOUR TRAIN PULLS IN, HEAD TO THE PLATFORM FOR PRIORITY BOARDING, WHERE A DEDICATED SELECT CLASS ATTENDANT WILL PRESENT YOU WITH A COLD TOWEL BEFORE ESCORTING YOU TO YOUR SEAT. WHILE ON BOARD, FOOD AND DRINKS ARE DOLED OUT FREE OF CHARGE UNTIL YOU REACH YOUR FINAL DESTINATION. 62

Brightline boasts ultra-sleek stations and trains with extra-wide aisles and bike storage. Select-ticket holders can partake in free snacks at the stations.

STATIONS

Parking is available at all Brightline stations and is complimentary with Select tickets. While the stations are centrally located within each city, visitors can venture to other areas through connecting transit in the form of public transportation and ride-sharing services. The Virgin MiamiCentral station incorporates dining and retail—though both ventures are still in progress. Its food hall concept, CentralFare (centralfare.com), is in the midst of a gradual debut. The nowopen brasserie La Estación anchors the eateries, which also include a crêperie, a gelateria, and an Italian bakery, with more on the way.

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The Norton Museum of Art (norton.org) reopened in February following a grand renovation courtesy of lauded architecture firm Foster + Partners. This summer, the museum will host an array of special exhibitions on the subjects of movie posters (right) and society imagery, as well as a showing of European drawings and prints culled from its permanent collection.

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Good Spirits Fifth & Fed (goodspirits restaurant.com) puts a contemporary twist on classic culinary and cocktail favorites. Try its take on oysters Rockefeller or chicken cordon bleu and imbibe on libations like the El Jefe margarita or a perfect iteration of the Old Fashioned. Bonus: The restaurant patio is dog-friendly, as is the Brightline. Another culinary hot spot is Sparrow at The Dalmar (thedalmar.com), a new bar from the same creative team behind New York’s Death & Co.

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Embark on an evening of culture, people watching, and authentic Mexican cuisine in Miami’s Wynwood District. Reserve a table on the cacti-lined terrace at Bakan (bakanwynwood.com), where an Instagram-ready atmosphere, a mezcal-forward drink menu, and blue corn–tortilla tacos equally impress. Afterward, view the latest street art at neighboring Wynwood Walls (thewynwoodwalls.com) and, if you feel like some nightlife, opt for drinks at 1 800 Lucky (1800lucky. com), a funky Asian food and drink hall with a side of karaoke.

THE TRAIN TO MIAMI IS THE STATION’S PROXIMITY TO THE ADRIENNE ARSHT CENTER (ARSHTCENTER.ORG) AND THE AMERICAN AIRLINES ARENA (AAARENA.COM). CHECK OUT THE INTERNATIONAL HISPANIC THEATRE FESTIVAL OF MIAMI AT THE ARSHT JULY 12-29; HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE ARENA’S SUMMER LINEUP INCLUDE JENNIFER LOPEZ JULY 25-27, SHAWN MENDES JULY 28, AND THE JONAS BROTHERS AUGUST 7.

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Numerous locally owned dining options are within walking distance of the West Palm station. Head down Clematis Street to sample lowcountry bites at Batch Southern Kitchen & Tap (batchsouthernkitchen. com) or continue on to Pistache French Bistro (pistachewpb.com) for excellent wines paired with rustic delicacies. Walk in the opposite direction to arrive at The Regional (eatregional.com), where chef Lindsay Autry fuses her North Carolinian heritage with Mediterranean influences. COURTESY OF THE DWIGHT M. CLEVELAND COLLECTION

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Clockwise from left: Tomato pie at The Regional; Pistache interior; Wynwood Walls; Bakan terrace and tacos.

Stroll along Fort Lauderdale’s main thoroughfare, Las Olas Boulevard (lasolasboulevard.com), which teems with restaurants, art galleries, and boutiques. Then, hop on a Water Taxi (watertaxi.com) to the beach, enjoying the leisurely boat ride past waterfront mansions and traditional Floridian homes lining the Intracoastal.

From left: Old Fashioned and oysters Rockefeller at Good Spirits; Frost Museum of Science.

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Beach CRUISERS D R IVE A LO NG TH E S U R F A N D SA N D I N ST Y L E W I T H NI ’S S H OWC A S E OF TH E 1 0 B E ST J OY RI D E S O F Y E ST ER DAY, TO DAY, A N D TO M O R R OW

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Volkswagen I.D. Buzz All you tie-dye hippies and children of the ’60s, rejoice: Volkswagen is bringing back the legendary microbus. And this time, it’s going to be an eco-friendly, all-electric version. Reaction to the VW I.D. Buzz concept van at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show was so passionately positive that Volkswagen execs have finally given the go-ahead to a production model that’ll land at dealerships in 2022. Just like VW’s upcoming Buggy, the I.D. Buzz will have its batteries mounted under the floor powering a single electric motor driving the rear wheels, with the option of another electric motor up front to make it all-wheel drive. Depending on battery size, VW is talking about a zero-emission range of between 200 and 340 miles. And as with the original, it’ll be an ideal beach hauler, with space inside for up to eight and room on the roof to carry as many surfboards as you need. Roll on 2022, dude.

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The Volkswagen I.D. Buzz was inspired by the beloved VW bus that first emerged on the scene in 1950. But while that version only offered 30 hp, this new model boasts 369 hp from a duo of electric motors. Another bonus is the battery, which can regain roughly 80 percent of its energy capacity in 30 minutes using a patented VW fastcharging system. That translates to more time on the road and lounging at the beach.

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Mercedes-Benz’s all-electric, drop-top Smart cabriolet might not be good for too many things—a range of just 57 miles sees to that. But as far as Florida beach cruisers go, it’s just about perfect for zipping around Naples. Much of its appeal comes down to its charming, cartoonish look, from its smiley-face grille to its wide-as-it-is-long stance. As a city car it’s a delight to drive; step on the throttle and it scoots off the line like a spooked gecko before whirring along in near silence. See that prime beachfront parking space and you’re nabbing it, courtesy of the Smart’s minuscule 9-foot length and astonishing 22.8-foot spin-on-a-dime turning radius. Inside there’s room for two and a teeny trunk that will swallow a couple of beach bags. Sadly, Mercedes will stop importing Smarts to the United States by the end of this year, but there will be plenty on dealer lots for the foreseeable future. Grab one while you can.

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Volkswagen I.D. Buggy No doors, no roof, no worries. That’s the idea behind Volkswagen’s new, take-it-to-the-beach I.D. Buggy, a contemporary spin on the VW-based dune buggies of the swinging ’60s. But instead of an old Beetle motor, this one is bang up-to-date with electric power. While Volkswagen is calling the Buggy a concept, word is there are firm plans to have it in production within the next couple of years. Using Volkswagen’s innovative MEB electric skateboard chassis, the Buggy comes with a 62kWh battery pack and a 200-hp electric motor. That’ll get you from zero to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds and up to 155 miles on a single charge. VW designers have captured the look and feel of the original Meyers Manx beach buggy, with its sweeping curves, angled windshield, and lack of doors. The entire interior is made from waterproof materials for hose-it-out cleaning, with a basic canvas top to protect against that stray shower. Better start stocking up on those Beach Boys 8-track tapes. NAPLESILLUSTRATED.COM | JULY/AUGUST 2019

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Originally designed as a military vehicle for the British army, the modern Moke has taken on a chic life all its own. The electric version is supremely customizable and available in an array of colors as well as camouflage. Prices for a new Moke start at $17,975.

Full disclosure here: This is my personal 1976 Cadillac Eldorado convertible. I’ve owned it for more than 20 years, and for 20 years it has been the best beach cruiser on the planet—and the biggest head-turner. If your budget can’t accommodate a $300,000 lime-green Lamborghini convertible, a $20,000 ’76 Eldorado convertible will garner just as many dropped jaws and selfie snaps. This car is so huge—stretching more than 18 feet—it practically warrants its own zip code. You don’t so much park it as dock it, preferably with the help of several small Smart cars acting as tug boats. But nothing compares to the way I feel driving this thing top down, six passengers squeezed on the two big Barcalounger-like bench seats, and a little Jimmy Buffett on the stereo. While a monster 500-cubic-inch, 8.2-liter V-8 powers this beast, it surely runs on molasses because it’s so whisper-quiet and refined. We won’t talk about fuel economy, however. Purchase a restored or well-looked-after example for around $20,000, and every trip to the beach will become a joy ride.

Fiat 500 Spiaggina In 1958, the Fiat 500 Jolly was the coolest, cutest beach cruiser money could buy. Italian playboy and Fiat chairman Gianni Agnelli commissioned Turin coachbuilder Ghia to slice the top off a pint-sized Fiat 500 and create a runabout for him to carry aboard his 82-foot sailing ketch, the Agneta. Ghia went on to forge another 400, and potential owners can expect to spend up to $100,000 for an original. Or you could order a brand-new Jolly from Garage Italia Milano, owned by Agnelli’s charismatic grandson, Lapo Elkann. Based on the latest Fiat 500, the 500 Spiaggina—a name derived from the Italian word for beach—is brimming with la dolce vita. Taking cues from a classic ’50s speedboat, the windshield has been cut down, the front seats replaced by a bench covered in two-tone, waterproof leather, and carpeting has been updated with nautical cork decking. And don’t forget the built-in spray shower for a quick spritz before aperitifs. 66

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Moke America During the 1960s, the British-made Mini Moke was the must-have accessory of le jet set. Brigitte Bardot used hers for scooting around Saint-Tropez, and you simply weren’t part of the St. Barth’s fold unless you were behind the wheel of one. Most of these open-top runabouts eventually rusted away or were left abandoned in beach bar parking lots before collectors started rescuing them. Today, an original might cost you $25,000 and up, but you can also buy a new one built in Sarasota and powered by zero-emission electric motors. Moke America’s modern-day incarnation is classified as an LSV, or low-speed vehicle, designed for streets with a 35-mph limit. With its 10 batteries fully charged, the e-Moke has a top speed of 25 mph and can run 40 miles before needing to be plugged in. With seats for four and a range of wild colors, from sunshine yellow to Barbie pink, this silentrunning Moke makes for a fun beach cruiser.

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WaterCar Panther Is it a car that thinks it’s a boat? Or a boat that wants to be a car? Amazingly, the California-built WaterCar Panther is pretty impressive at being both. On land, it looks and drives like a stretched Jeep Wrangler, capable of speeds up to 55 mph. When it comes time to tread water, the Panther will splash right in and part the waves at up to 44 mph. Power comes from a rear-mounted 3.7-liter 305-hp VTEC Honda V-6 that drives either the back wheels or a marine water jet. Not enough might? One owner had the company install a 500-hp 6.2-liter Corvette V-8. Once in the water, pull back on a lever to make the wheels retract into the glass-fiber body and engage the jet drive—a feat achieved in 15 seconds. The whole family can enjoy this wet-and-wild roadster, but remember to bring lifejackets just in case. Prices start at $139,000. NAPLESILLUSTRATED.COM | JULY/AUGUST 2019

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Mustang convertibles have been cruising the beach ever since Ford’s iconic pony car first rolled off the production line in April 1964. Trouble is, those early Mustangs are getting on in years and they’re a mechanical mishap waiting to happen. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be that way. One call to Orlando-based Revology Cars and you could be creating a 1966 Mustang convertible all your own. Revology doesn’t do restorations; instead, this small team of artisans builds brand-new cars, with modern components wrapped in a bodyshell identical to the original. The gorgeous, silver-blue Revology 1966 Mustang GT convertible shown here comes with Ford’s 5.0-liter Coyote V-8 packing 460 hp. It has the latest smooth-shifting transmission, brakes, suspension, and safety features. As you might suspect, the price of such best-of-the-best craftsmanship doesn’t come cheap, so expect to pay around $175,000 for a well-equipped example.

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If there was a template for the perfect beach cruiser, it would be Jeep’s rugged Wrangler. Any Wrangler, in fact. From a cheap and cheerful “beater” off Craigslist, to the shiniest 2019 version, the Wrangler is the most fun open-top four-seater on the market. But this latest model—the one Jeep aficionados lovingly refer to as the JL—is a huge step up in terms of comfort, refinement, and quality. While it boasts a taller body and a longer wheelbase, it looks the same as before; anything too radical would have caused Jeepsters to riot in the streets. Under the hood, the standard engine is still the 3.6-liter V-6, but now there’s also a highly appealing 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder motor with some serious muscle. Couple this with a smoother ride, better transmission shifts from a new 8-speed automatic, and a massive improvement in interior trim, and the latest Wrangler is hard to resist.

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Vanderhall Venice Want to draw attention like a Meghan and Harry sighting at J. Crew? Then head to the beach in a Vanderhall. These blast-to-drive, open-top three-wheelers are the creation of Provo, Utah–based Vanderhall Motor Works. Imagine the thrill of riding a motorcycle but sitting securely in a glass-fiber body with your passenger alongside. These are true pieces of automotive art, with craftsman quality and stunning detailing. Power comes from a trusty General Motors 1.4-liter four-cylinder cranking out 180 hp and spinning the front wheels via a 6-speed automatic. And boy, are they fast. Zero-to-60-mph sprinting takes just 4.5 seconds with a top speed of 140 mph. Prices kick off at around $27,000 for the single-seater Venice Speedster, but there are no fewer than seven Vanderhall models to choose from, including an all-electric version, the Edison. As a beach cruiser, it does, however, have one fundamental flaw: a shortage of storage. But a towel and a tube of sunscreen will fit just fine. «

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Even before retiring with a Super Bowl ring in 2005, former St. Louis Rams guard Tom Nutten was passionate about food and wine. “I’ve always been a self-proclaimed foodie,” he admits. “I enjoyed experimenting at home on family and friends, and I always felt there was a better meal just around the corner.” Nutten fell in love with Spanish cuisine during a visit in 2013 and opened his eatery, Lamoraga, a year later. Inspired by a restaurant in the southern region of Andalusia, the Naples Lamoraga serves a menu of classic items such as octopus, garlic shrimp, Catalan seafood stew, and Paleta Iberico Bellota ham.

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While paella (pictured) is the best-selling dish, Nutten is partial to the Piri-Piri swordfish. Chunks of fish are marinated in a sauce of mild capsicums, olive oil, and spices, then skewered with onions and red bell pepper, and served over soft polenta and sautéed arugula. The wine list is short but well-chosen, with a strong Spanish component and an emphasis on noncommercial labels. “What I like about our place is that no matter what mood I’m in, I can always find something to eat or drink,” Nutten says. “Our atmosphere is casual and energetic, a perfect place to share dishes and bottles with friends.” (lamoragarestaurant.com)

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HOT SPOTS

POOL PARTY It’s the essence of Florida living: the ability to grab a chilled beverage and hang out poolside. And with the seasonal crowds gone, this pastime is even better in the summer. These four locales excel in food, drink, and ambiance.

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Island Gypsy Poolside Café Restaurateur Jerry Alajajian, who also owns the Island Gypsy Café & Marina Bar, transformed this spot in the Park Shore Resort earlier this year. The lush, tropical atmosphere is enhanced by a menu that features everything from peel-and-eat shrimp to filet mignon. Relax with a flavored piña colada or a gypsy punch (light and dark rum, brandy, schnapps, and fruit juices) and find out why this place is “locally world famous.” (gypsypoolsidecafe.com)

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Gulf Coast Oasis Pool Bar The Baja-influenced cuisine at this poolside retreat in the Naples Grande Beach Resort includes chicquitos (guacamole, nachos, and Southwestern egg rolls), plus sandwiches, salads, tacos, and bowls. Registered guests can wash it all down with a tropical drink or a mocktail and luxuriate on the terrace or in the privacy of a cabana or lounge chair. (naplesgrande.com)

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Pool Bar at Edgewater Beach Hotel Who says poolside fare can’t be healthy? This pool bar slings items from the hotel’s Coast restaurant kitchen, with some dishes inspired by the Blue Zones Project, a community-led wellness initiative. Try the meze platter (roasted garlic hummus, local crudités, feta, country olives, and warm pita chips) paired with a “skinny” blueberry lemonade or a shaken agave limeade. (edgewaternaples.com)

Harold’s Place One of Naples’ best-kept secrets has been tucked away off Tamiami Trail North for 33 years. On any given afternoon or evening, locals congregate at the chickee bar for carefully crafted tiki cocktails accompanied by burgers, smoked fish dip, Gulf oysters, and quesadillas. Indulge in happy hour Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m., and don’t miss karaoke every Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m. (naplesharolds place.com)

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Beyond the Schmear Don Quixote tilted at windmills; displaced New Yorkers search for an authentic bagel. At times, both quests seem doomed to disappointment and failure. The truth is, an authentic bagel is in the eye of the beholder. Ever since it originated in the Jewish community of Krakow, Poland, in 1610, the bagel has spread around the world, morphing in the process. Residents of the Big Apple may believe they have a monopoly on it, but there are many styles to choose from—Montreal, Chicago, East Coast, and London, to name a few. While they’re now available in supermarkets and on breakfast buffets at chain hotels, those items are nothing more than clumps of white bread molded into the shape of a bagel. And in all honesty, it’s not easy to find an authentic bagel in Manhattan anymore, either. Two Naples establishments are ahead of the curve. At Straight from New York Bagels (straightfromny.com), transplanted New Yorker Kurt Sexton has been turning out 18 varieties, including bialys, since 2007. There’s a similar story at Brooklyn Dough with a Hole (239-231-3159). Steve Batitsas opened the Naples outpost in 2017 following 25 years operating five bagel shops in New York and New Jersey. Both Sexton and Batitsas follow the traditional method of boiling before baking. Aficionados will tell you that only two things truly matter when it comes to bagels: They shouldn’t be more than an hour or two out of the oven and should always be consumed untoasted. When should you toast a bagel? Only when it’s stale.

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ALL-DAY FIESTA The next generation of Mexican cuisine arrived in Naples in February with the opening of Rocco’s Tacos in the former Masa space at Mercato. Exuberant owner Rocco Mangel launched his first location in West Palm Beach in 2007 and now operates eight in Florida as well as one in Brooklyn. Just how exuberant is he? Mangel’s trademark move is to jump on top of the bar and dispense shots of tequila to get the party started. Theatrics aside, he’s really a purist. “We assembled our recipes during travels throughout the U.S. and Mexico,” says Mangel, who also logged stints at a few L.A. food trucks for background and experience. “Everything is made fresh daily, and we use the freshest ingredients possible.” That commitment is reflected in the house-made sour mix, customizable gua-

camole prepared tableside, and handmade tortillas cooked on a traditional Savor creative tacos in a high-energy atmosphere. Mexican comal, or flat griddle. The menu boasts something for everyone, from chorizo and carne asada to healthier choices and vegetarian dishes. Other than freshness, Mangel’s obsession is tequila. More than 300 varieties are offered, from entry-level choices to bottles selling for well over $1,000. His personal favorite is Clase Azul Reposado, although he’s been known to reward lucky customers with shots of Patron. Even without the free tequila, Rocco’s Tacos has quickly established itself as a place to dine, imbibe, and congregate. (roccostacos.com/naples)

NI ’s curated dining guide for Greater NAPLES THE LISTINGS The Naples area is packed with an abundance of great eateries, serving up food and drinks to satisfy every palate. Naples Illustrated has rounded up details on can’tmiss places for dining delights. = NI’s Dining Hall of Fame* *Dining establishments that have won three or more Dining Awards in the same category are inducted into NI’s Dining Hall of Fame.

AMERICAN 7TH AVENUE SOCIAL Eclectic Southern fare and craft cocktails with an outdoor patio and live music. 849 Seventh Ave. S., Naples (7thavenuesocial.com) BALEEN AT LAPLAYA BEACH & GOLF RESORT Dine amid elegant tropical surroundings indoors or on the patio to soak up the view. 9891 Gulf Shore Drive, Naples (laplayaresort.com) THE BEVY Everything old is new again at The Bevy, where specialty cocktails cull inspiration from beloved classics. 360 Twelfth Ave. S., Naples (naplesbevy.com)

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BISTRO 821 A long-time favorite, thanks to executive chef Jesse Housman’s Natural Fusion menu. 821 Fifth Ave. S., Naples (bistro821.com) BLUEBERRY’S RESTAURANT There’s something for everyone at Blueberry’s, from a hearty skillet to an egg white scramble to pancakes. 3350 Tamiami Trail N., Naples (blueberrys-restaurant.com) BROOKS GOURMET BURGERS AND DOGS Brooks augments its traditional menu with exotic options. 330 Ninth Street S.; 12655 Tamiami Trail E.; 843 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples (brooksburgers.com) KC AMERICAN BISTRO As the name implies, American regional cuisine is on tap. 885 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples (kcamericanbistro.com) THE LOCAL Fresh, healthy meals dominate the menu, and its brunch is one of the best in town. 5323 Airport Pulling Road, Naples (thelocalnaples.com) M WATERFRONT GRILLE Contemporary decor, a view of the bay, and fine cuisine. 4300 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples (mwaterfrontgrille.com) RIDGWAY BAR & GRILL Master chef Tony Ridgway continues wowing diners with classic American fare. 1300 Third St. S., Naples (ridgwaybarandgrill.com) THE ROOSTER Serving Southern cuisine during breakfast and lunch daily except Mondays, and dinner on

Tuesdays and Fridays. 600 Goodlette Road N. Suite 101, Naples (theroosternaples.com) SEASONS 52 A rotating menu of healthy, seasonal dishes and international wines. 8930 Tamiami Trail N., Naples (seasons52.com)  TAVERN ON THE BAY This popular sports bar boasts huge televisions, great comfort food, and a lovely view of the Gordon River. 489 Bayfront Place, Naples (tavernonthebay.net)  TOMMY BAHAMA RESTAURANT & BAR Born in Naples, the Tommy Bahama laid-back lifestyle is full throttle in this festive eatery and bar. 1220 Third St. S., Naples (tommybahama.com) YABBA ISLAND GRILL A fun place for steaks, seafood, and classic tiki cocktails. 711 Fifth Ave. S., Naples (yabbaislandgrill.com) YARD HOUSE Known for its plentiful tap options, Yard House offers an array of hearty American entrées. 4251 Tamiami Trail N., Naples (yardhouse.com)

SEAFOOD AQUA The restaurant’s look is fresh and airy, just right for the seafood-centric menu. 862 Fifth Ave. S., Naples (aquafifth.com) NAPLESILLUSTRATED.COM | JULY/AUGUST 2019

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High-quality coffee is available at many venues throughout Naples, but there’s only one place to savor Lavazza. Last October, the Naples Bay Resort & Marina transformed their Catalina Café into Café on the Bay, with an emphasis on the famed family-owned coffee brand founded in Turin in 1895. The menu features an assortment of espresso and signature lattes, along with smoothies, teas, and both drip and cold-brewed coffee. “We wanted to recreate the atmosphere of an authentic Italian coffee bar,” says Paul Ditheridge, director of marketing and sales. “The resort has a Portofino-inspired, Mediterranean feel, and Lavazza is an excellent fit. It’s not mainstream, and it’s more distinctive than the mass-market brands.”

BAYSIDE SEAFOOD GRILL & BAR This Venetian Bay favorite boasts grand water views, live music, prime grilled meats, and seafood specialties. 4270 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples (baysideseafoodgril​land​bar.com) THE BOATHOUSE ON NAPLES BAY Arrive by car or dock your boat at this waterfront restaurant on Naples Bay. 990 Broad Ave. S., Naples (boathouseon naplesbay.com) THE DOCK AT CRAYTON COVE Serving fresh, local catches prepared with Caribbean and Latin influences. 845 Twelfth Ave. S., Naples (dockcrayton​cove.com) FISH RESTAURANT Fabulous water views complement the outstanding seafood. 4360 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples (fishrestaurantnaples.com) HB’S ON THE GULF This eatery in The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club pairs a breathtaking view of the Gulf with fresh seafood. 851 Gulf Shore Blvd., Naples (naplesbeach​hotel.com) OCEAN PRIME Enjoy exceptional hospitality, a delectable seafood and steak menu, and luxe cocktails. 699 Fifth Ave. S., Naples (ocean-prime.com) RIVERWALK AT TIN CITY The menu brims with innovative interpretations of salads, sandwiches, pastas, and steaks, as well as seafood entrées. 1200 Fifth Ave. S. Suite 45, Naples (riverwalktincity.com) SAILS This acclaimed addition to the Naples dining scene is a bona fide “pescatarian’s haven.” 301 Fifth Ave. S., Naples (sailsrestaurants.com)

 JIMMY P’S CHARRED Known for its Wagyu beef,

Complementing the beverages is a casual menu available from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Croissants and breakfast breads are served until 11 a.m., when the focus shifts to sandwiches and salads. Beer and wine were recently added, making it the perfect place to relax at happy hour with a view of the water. In addition, boaters docked at the Naples Bay Marina can place their orders in advance and have a Café on the Bay picnic basket waiting for them upon arrival. “It’s a unique concept,” says Ditheridge. “You can walk or bike here from downtown, and feel free to bring your dog. You can get a snack or a meal that you couldn’t find at another coffee bar, and the atmosphere is both elegant and fun.” (naplesbayresort.com)

SEA SALT Chef Fabrizio Aielli prepares wild-caught fish, naturally raised meat, and poultry using modern techniques. 1186 Third St. S., Naples (seasaltnaples.com)

the popular butcher shop’s steaks and other fine foods are served in the restaurant next door. 1833 Tamiami Trail N., Naples (jimmypscharred.com) SHULA’S STEAK HOUSE In the tradition of NFL coach Don Shula, the “Shula Cut” is one of the best steaks in town. 5111 Tamiami Trail N., Naples (shulasnaples.com)

FRENCH  BLEU PROVENCE Authentic dishes from the South of France are paired with wines from the vast, award-winning selection. 1234 Eighth St. S., Naples (bleu​provencenaples.com) CÔTE D’AZUR Intimate Provencal bistro serving standouts like Maine lobster roasted in a clay pot. 11224 Tamiami Trail N., Naples (cotedazurrestaurant.com) THE FRENCH BRASSERIE RUSTIQUE Rustic French cuisine with desserts prepared by an in-house pastry chef. 365 Fifth Ave. S., Naples (thefrenchnaples.com) TARTINE & TARTELETTE Traditional fare with wine pairings as sweet as the restaurant’s name. 11121 Health Park Blvd., Naples (tartine-tartelette.com)

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are nearly overshadowed by the beachfront setting. 9225 Gulf Shore Drive N., Naples (turtleclubnaples.com) USS NEMO UNDERSEA CUISINE & ADVENTURES Everything is a cut above, but the signature misobroiled sea bass is a must. 3745 Tamiami Trail N., Naples (ussnemorestaurant.com) WHARF TAVERN RESTAURANT & LOBSTER HOUSE Stop by for an authentic New England seafood experience. 909 Tenth St. S., Naples (wharftavernnaples.com)

AGAVE BAR & GRILL This hot spot serves innovative Southwestern cuisine in a comfortable setting. 2380 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples (agavenaples.com) ROCCO’S TACOS AND TEQUILA BAR The signature tacos are a hit, along with the savory guacamole, made fresh tableside. 9123 Strada Place Suite 7135, Naples (roccostacos.com)  TACOS & TEQUILA CANTINA The name says it all. The many varieties of tacos are made with fresh, local products and handmade tortillas. 4834 Davis Blvd.; 8971 Tamiami Trail N., Naples; 10952 Eagle Village Drive, Fort Myers (tacosandtequilanaples.com)

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THE CAPITAL GRILLE Fine dining with an array of dryaged steaks, fresh seafood, and an extensive wine list. 9005 Mercato Drive, Naples (thecapitalgrille.com) THE CONTINENTAL This D’Amico restaurant is a stylish steak house and gastropub. 1205 Third St. S., Naples (damicoscontinental.com) DORONA Local culinary superstars Fabrizio and Ingrid Aielli have excelled again with this modern Italian steak house. 2110 Ninth St. N., Naples (doronanaples.com) THE GRILL Luxe dining in The Ritz-Carlton features aged prime beef, chops, and fresh seafood. 280 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples (ritzcarlton.com/naples)

 BAR TULIA This late-night brother of Osteria Tulia

 THE TURTLE CLUB Fresh seafood and fine steaks,

serves outstanding pizzas and a variety of irrestible small bites. 462 Fifth Ave. S., Naples (bartulia.com) BARBATELLA Pizzas and pastas are delish, but don’t overlook offerings like the grilled salmon. 1290 Third St. S., Naples (barbatellanaples.com) BELLINI ON FIFTH ITALIAN RISTORANTE The Bellinis treat guests to cuisine inspired by matriarch “Nonna” Maria. 445 Fifth Ave. S., Naples (bellinionfifth.com)  CAMPIELLO RISTORANTE & BAR A perennial gathering place with Italian delicacies that live up to the hype. 177 Third St. S., Naples (campiellonaples.com)

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MOLTO TRATTORIA The homemade pasta, sauces, pizza Napoletana, and Italian home-style dishes are all top-notch. 368 Fifth Ave. S., Naples (moltonaples.com)  OSTERIA TULIA Chef Vincenzo Betulia’s authentically rustic venue and “peasant” cuisine are homey, hearty, and delizioso. 466 Fifth Ave. S., Naples (osteriatulia.com) PARMESAN PETE’S Chef and owner Peter Della Rocca creates meals that taste like a “big bite of Brooklyn.” 7935 Airport Pulling Road, Naples (parmesanpetes.com) ROMA ITALIAN BISTRO No-fuss bistro specializing in pizza and Italian specialities made with ingredients imported from Italy. 655 Fifth Ave. S., Naples (239-776-7042)

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ASIAN AZN AZIAN CUIZINE PanAsian cuisine and a large sushi menu. 9118 Strada Pl., Naples (aznrestaurant.com/naples) DARUMA Visit this Southwest Florida institution for traditional service or teppanyaki-style cooking. 241 Center St. N., Naples (darumarestaurant.com) NAMBA Named for a district of Osaka, Namba specializes in aburi sushi, a style of nigiri where the fish is partially grilled on top. 8447 Tamiami Trail N., Naples (nambanaples.com) SUSHI ONE Freshness is paramount at Sushi One and each order is painstakingly prepared by hand. 1410 Pine Ridge Road, Naples (sushionenaples.com)

GLOBAL ARIO The menu focuses on dry-aged meats, local seafood, and salts and spices from around the world. 400 S. Collier Blvd., Marco Island (marriott.com)  BHA! BHA! PERSIAN BISTRO Michael Mir’s popular restaurant serves a wide choice of delicious Persian specialties. 865 Fifth Ave. S., Naples (bhabhabis​tro.com) FERNANDEZ THE BULL CUBAN CAFÉ Offering traditional Cuban cuisine with a few twists. 1201 Piper Blvd.; 3375 Pine Ridge Road, Naples (fernan​dezthebull.com)  JANE’S GARDEN CAFÉ ON THIRD Having worked in places such as London, Hong Kong, and Frankfurt, the owners of this popular downtown spot offer a world of choices. 1209 Third St. S., Naples (janesgardencafe.com) LAMORAGA Spanish cuisine with an international twist. 3936 Tamiami Trail N., Naples (lamoragar​estaurant.com) MEDITERRANO This Mediterranean restaurant serves up authentic dishes like Galician-style grilled octopus. 336 Thirteenth Ave. S., Naples (mediterrano-naples.com) PETAR’S RESTAURANT Chef Petar’s international fare is superbly fresh (no freezer or microwave). 3300 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs (petarsrestaurant.com) VERANDA E As Hotel Escalante’s signature restaurant, Veranda E fuses Asian and French flavors in a romantic setting. 290 Fifth Ave. S., Naples (hotelescalante.com)

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orks have been the preferred method of sealing wine and spirits bottles for centuries. After the Industrial Revolution replaced mouth-blown glass bottles with the cheaper machinemade versions, corks became uniform in size and even more popular. Over time, they’ve evolved to represent part of the mystique of the wine-drinking experience. It’s no wonder then that screwcaps were immediately viewed as the red-headed stepchildren of the wine world when they first appeared. Many consumers looked down on them, associating the screwcap with subpar libations, such as Boone’s Farm, best enjoyed in convenience store parking lots. That image gradually changed as quality wine from Australia and New Zealand flooded the American market; before long, some unassuming California wineries were also adopting alternative closures.

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The issue of cork taint accelerated the acceptance of the screwcap. No one seems to know exactly where this fault came from, but it rendered wine undrinkable. Napa’s PlumpJack Winery (which also owns two other esteemed properties: Odette and Cade) estimated that as many as 8 percent of wine bottles sealed with cork were ruined by taint. In 2000, PlumpJack took the radical step of bottling half of its 1997 Reserve Cabernet in screwcap and half in cork. For the first time, consumers were offered the opportunity to pay $150 for a wine with a screwcap closure, and it paved the way for other top estates to follow suit. (PlumpJack continues to bottle half of its Reserve output that way, along with a portion of its estate wine.) The jury is still out on the question of how well screwcap wines age relative to their cork counterparts. The University of California at Davis conducted a study on 600 bottles of Cade Sauvignon Blanc, and after

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five years found little difference between the bottles sealed with cork, synthetic cork, and screwcap. There have been numerous informal tastings of the 1997 PlumpJack Reserve Cabernet that compare the two closures side by side after intervals of 10 to 15 years. In every case where the wines were tasted blind, participants found the screwcap version to be fresher and more vibrant. I recently had the opportunity to sample the 2016 estate Cabernets from Cade ($110), Odette ($155), and PlumpJack ($145), all bottled under screwcap. The deeply colored, mountain-grown Cade had a fragrant nose redolent of boysenberry jam. It was rich and concentrated in the mouth, with a panorama of dark berry flavors and hints of crushed herbs. The addition of 12-percent Petit Verdot and 7-percent Malbec added to the wine’s texture and stiff tannins. Odette, from a 45-acre vineyard in the Stags Leap district, was virtually opaque and nearly black. The cool, refreshing nose yielded whiffs of minerals, anise, black plums, and mint. Despite its fierce concentration, it was also graceful and balanced, with supple tannins and a fine herbal edge. Good acidity offset the wine’s viscous texture, and the exceptionally long finish resonated with an assortment of black fruits. The nose of the flagship PlumpJack Cabernet was clean and fresh,

with recessed aromas of dark berries and new oak. On the palate, notes of ripe blackberries mingled with mocha and baking spices. The medium-bodied texture was accented by pinpoint acidity, and the wine was an absolute pleasure to drink—far more so than many Napa Cabernets at the same or higher price. While we don’t know how these wines will age, there’s much to recommend now. We’ve come a long way from the convenience store parking lot. «

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PHILIP DOUGLAS & CO. Lydia Sarfati, CEO and founder of Repêchage, proudly announces the exclusive Naples launch of the Repêchage Vita Cura Gold Collection at Philip Douglas & Co. “We have collaborated with Philip Douglas & Co. for the past 10 years and consider them family,” says Sarfati. “Philip Douglas & Co. will offer our most advanced formulation, the Vita Cura Gold Collection, which features the highest concentration of our signature Repêchage Laminaria Digitata Seaweed Filtrate and naturally occurring, scientifically proven niacinamide/vitamin B3.” Independent laboratory tests of the Vita Cura B3 Serum Complex have shown a 58 percent reduction in the appearance of wrinkles and a 41 percent reduction in the appearance of pores. 2118 Tamiami Trail N., Naples 239-643-0233 | philipdouglas.com The new Repêchage Vita Cura Gold Collection

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How to HYDRATE Here’s a familiar scenario for Floridians: It’s time for your daily power walk or golf outing, but it’s 92 degrees and 100-percent humidity. The key to weathering the weather? Proper hydration. NI asked Barbara Lewin, a Naples-based registered dietician, sports nutritionist, and integrative nutritionist, for guidance. “Fluid needs vary based on your size, level of training, environment, and fitness level, so it’s important to know your individual sweat rate,” she says, adding that fluid intake should be about the same as your loss from sweating. Dehydration or a decrease in weight of 2 percent can affect performance, and further losses can lead to serious heat illness. To determine sweat rate, weigh yourself before working out. Keep track of the fluids you drink, and then weigh yourself after the workout. Do this on several occasions with different workouts to determine your sweat rate. For every pound lost, consume 2 to 3 cups of fluid, Lewin says. Keep in mind that drinking plain water may not be adequate. “When we sweat, we’re not just losing water but also electrolytes,” she explains. “Diluting the sodium concentration in the body can result in hyponatremia. If working out for more than an hour, I usually recommend some type of electrolyte replacement. This can be done with foods that are good sources of potassium and sodium along with fluids, or you can use a sports drink.” For those who prefer to bypass the commercial variety, Lewin shares an easy recipe here. (sports-nutritionist.com)

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“I come in a bad mood, and I leave feeling happier.” That pretty much sums up one reason many people practice yoga. In this case, the quote is more meaningful. The speaker is a child at Youth Haven, the area’s only emergency and residential shelter catering to kids between the ages of 6 and 18 who have been removed from their homes as a result of abuse, neglect, or abandonment. Partners in Shine, a volunteer-based service organization, teaches yoga at Youth Haven weekly. Led by Gina Monteiro, the volunteers encourage kids to come as they are, in jeans, pajamas, or whatever, so that yoga feels accessible to them. The class may incorporate props and games—for example, basketball yoga under the stars The new 31-acre Lee Health Coconut ending with a resting pose on Point campus in Estero provides the court. Sometimes it’s glow more than a diverse array of medical yoga with glow sticks and services. The facility also focuses on paint or mandala coloring, wellness and preventive care within yoga Jenga, or excursions for its Healthy Life Center, which offers beach and paddleboard yoga. screenings, walking club meet-ups, A favorite is chocolate mediclasses, seminars, and workshops tation wherein each student as well as a demonstration kitchen receives a Hershey’s Kiss to where registered dietitians teach mindfully unwrap and savor how to cook for good health. Demos as a meditation is read. cover meal preparation, international “I have been told by cuisine, and plant-based menus, students that they have among other topics. The center never felt as peaceful in their also has a solution for those eager whole lives as they felt in to develop better eating habits but yoga class,” says Monteiro. don’t know how to start. For a $100 “Their sleep improves, they fee, the five-week FARMacy RX Carfeel calmer, more peaceful, diac Cooking Series addresses the and happy. By the end of the culinary skills and smarts needed to class, we see it on their faces.” help control weight and strengthen (youthhavenswfl.org) the heart. (leehealth.org)

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And we strive to educate each and every patient on the facts. Did you know that at least 80% of American adults have gum inflammation/disease? Gum disease is linked with blood vessel disease, heart attacks and strokes. Gum disease and tooth loss also increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Likewise, if an individual has diabetes and bleeding gums, the risk of a premature death increases by 400 to 700 percent. Essentially, your mouth talks to your body and your body talks to your mouth. To assess each patient’s oral health, we have an Oral DNA test available. This provides us with concrete evidence of the high-risk bacteria living in the mouth. When these tests come back with high levels of high-risk bacteria, we have an array of methods we can use to fight these bacteria and make sure that they will never come back. Here at the office of Dr Mantikas, we strive for optimal dental fitness. What’s a healthy outside without a healthy inside? The answer is simple. It’s nothing. So, YOU work on the outside and WE WILL work on the inside.

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What’s the most important item of equipment for any female athlete? Her sports bra, of course. But for a sports bra to do its job well (i.e. provide comfort, support, and confidence) you’ll need to start with a proper fitting with a trained professional, advises Russ Kozar, owner of Fleet Feet in the Bell Tower Shops, Fort Myers. A perfect fit is in the DNA of this specialty running and walking shop, renowned for expertly measuring athletic shoe size. “We interview each customer,” Kozar says. “You want to know what activities they’re going to be doing. Do they have any preferences? Do they like padding? Underwire? We get training through corporate [and have] a series of videos on bra fitting. Once you learn and constantly do it, it’s an easy process to do a couple of measurements. Then we talk about the levels of support.” Sports bras fit differently than everyday bras because they are more compressive and used for a specific activity. “Many women wear a band that’s too big or a cup that’s too small,” adds Kozar. “If the band isn’t tight enough it’s not going to support. If the cup is too small it’s not going to contain. It can be difficult to do it on your own.” Once you’ve made the selection, be sure to take good care of the sports bra so that it takes good care of you. Always wash it in cold water with a sport-wash detergent and air dry. Never let that bra have a birthday. When it becomes loose, it’s time for a new one—and your next expert fitting. (fleetfeetfortmyers.com)

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ALL TOGETHER WELL Collier County reigns as one of the healthiest places in the nation. Recently, the greater Naples area topped the Gallup National Health and Well-Being Index for the fourth straight year. And Collier is second in health and wellness among Florida counties for the sixth year in annual rankings by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in partnership with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. What’s the secret? “Collier County has many dedicated organizations that collaborate to promote well-being in our community,” says Deb Logan, executive director for the community-health-building Blue Zones Project of Southwest Florida. “It takes the collaboration of so many agencies, including health, law enforcement, education, local businesses, and nonprofit organizations. Our community is rich with generous individuals and foundations who donate time and money to promote well-being. Every individual who chooses to make personal safe and healthy behavioral choices contributes to helping our community thrive.” Echoing Logan, the Florida Department of Health in Collier County states, “These rankings… emphasize that health is not a singular effort but a combined work in progress with many community partners. DOH-Collier works in collaboration with local governments, nonprofit organizations, health care facilities, business groups, schools, faithbased organizations, and many other stakeholders to improve the health of all.”

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Healthy Mix A new holistic health resource has sprouted downtown. Svetlana Kogan, MD, offers her blend of integrative medicine at the concierge internal medicine practice she opened in late spring on Fifth Avenue South. “I’ve always practiced holistic medicine, even though I’m a medical doctor,” she says. “I can prescribe and do what all the usual medical doctors do. But I was always interested in the mind-body aspect of medicine.” In addition to implementing alternative approaches such as Ayurveda, she also recommends herbal therapies, yoga, and breathing techniques to interested clients. Another practice on offer is energy therapy with Ondamed, a pulse electromagnetic field device used to treat insomnia, counteract lack of energy, and heal wounds. As a certified clinical hypno92

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Few live shows inspire the same sense of awe as those by Cirque du Soleil. Since forming in 1984, the Montreal-based entertainment group has grown from a team of 20 street performers to a traveling troupe of 1,400 artists from more than 50 countries. From July 17 to 21, this “Circus of the Sun” will take up residence at Hertz Arena in Estero to introduce audiences to the wonder of Corteo. The narrative follows Mauro the Dreamer Clown as he observes and participates in his own funeral procession. Despite this macabre concept, Corteo presents a joyous, carnival-like atmosphere, one filled with floating angels, leaping acrobats, and death-defying stunts executed on poles, teeterboards, beds, and even chandeliers. (hertzarena.com)

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JULY GOINGS ON 1 Free for Military Families, Naples Botanical Garden, to Sept. 2, free admission for active duty military families. (naplesgarden.org) 4 Fourth of July Fireworks, Naples Pier, free. (naples gov.com)

Fourth of July Parade, begins at Broad Avenue South, Naples, free. (naplesgov.com)

A Moment of Hope, Alexander Dimitrov This summer, East West Fine Art in Naples will display “A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Otherworldly Paintings by Bulgarian Artist Alexander Dimitrov,” July 1-15; “Summer Heat: Bold Abstracts from Herve Lenouvel and Pierre Bellmare,” July 16-31; and “Caribbean Deco: Enchanting Portraits by Slava Fokk,” August 6-27.

Moe’s Firecracker 5K, Fleishmann Park, Naples, $12-$30. (gcrunner.org)

Red, White, and Bloom, Naples Botanical Garden, wear red, white, and blue to receive $5 off regular garden admission. (naplesgarden.org) Rosa de Monte, Slava Fokk

6 Corkscrew Swamp Meditation, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Naples, also Aug. 3, $10-$25. (corkscrew.audubon.org)

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26 PBR Touring Pro Division, Hertz Arena, Estero, also July 27, $17-$80. (hertzarena.com)

AUGUST GOINGS ON 1 First Responders Appreciation Month, Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, to Aug. 31, free admission for active and retired first responders. (napleszoo.org)

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Free House Tours, Historic Palm Cottage, Naples, also July 13, 20, 27, Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31, free for Collier County residents. (napleshistoricalsociety.org)

Free Saturday, Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, also Aug. 3, free admission for Collier County residents. (napleszoo.org)

Tasting the Tropics, Naples Botanical Garden, free with garden admission. (naplesgarden.org)

10 Our Stories, Our Voices: Nancy “Safari Jane” Tetzlaff, Collier Museum at Government Center, Naples, free. (colliermuseums.com)

11 Evening on Fifth, Fifth Avenue South, Naples, also Aug. 8, free. (fifthavenuesouth.com)

Summer Night Walks, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Naples, $20-$40. (corkscrew.audubon.org) 12 Meet Marvel Superheroes, Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, free with zoo admission. (napleszoo.org)

17 Walking Tour of Naples Historic District, Historic Palm Cottage, Naples, also Aug. 21, free, reservations required. (napleshistoricalsociety.org)

18 “Illegal Trades in the Everglades” lecture, Museum of the Everglades, Everglades City, free. (colliermuseums.com)

Third Thursdays on Third, Third Street South, Naples, also Aug. 15, free. (thirdstreetsouth.com)

19 “America: Great from the Start” lecture with Brian Kilmeade, Southwest Florida Event Center, Bonita Springs, $25-$35. (swfleventcenter.com)

23 “Stewardship and Citizen Science: Success Stories and How You Can Make a Difference” lecture and breakfast, Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, Naples, $15, registration required. (rookerybay.org)

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Resort, Naples, $100 per team of five. (cmon.org)

THE FOURTH OF JULY IS AN ALL-DAY AFFAIR IN NAPLES, BEGINNING WITH A PARADE AT 10 A.M. IN THE HEART OF THE CITY’S DOWNTOWN DISTRICT. THE FESTIVITIES CONTINUE WITH A 20-MINUTE, CHOREOGRAPHED FIREWORKS DISPLAY AT THE NAPLES PIER AT 9 P.M. (NAPLES GOV.COM)

JOIN THE GOLISANO CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF NAPLES FOR ITS ANNUAL CASTLES FOR KIDS SANDSCULPTING CONTEST ON AUGUST 7 AT LAPLAYA BEACH & GOLF RESORT IN NAPLES. TEAMS OF FIVE MUST HAVE AT LEAST ONE ADULT, AND THE REGISTRATION FEE OF $100 INCLUDES A BUCKET, A SHOVEL, AND LUNCH FOR EACH TEAM MEMBER. (CMON.ORG)

14 Our Stories, Our Voices: Alfie Oakes, Collier Museum at Government Center, Naples, free. (colliermuseums.com) 15 “Edison and Ford in the Everglades” lecture, Museum of the Everglades, Everglades City, free. (colliermuseums.com)

20 “Water Quality and Seabirds: The Lost Summer of 2018” lecture and breakfast, Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, Naples, $15, registration required. (rookerybay.org)

24 Family Field Day, Collier Museum at Government Center, Naples, free. (colliermuseums.com)

JULY PERFORMANCES 2 Mamma Mia!, Blackburn Hall, The Naples Players, to July 28, $45. (naplesplayers.org) 5 Carlos Mencia, Off the Hook Comedy Club, Naples, to July 7, contact for ticket prices. (offthehookcomedy.com) Madagascar a Musical Adventure Jr., The Sugden Theatre, Naples, to July 7, $10-$20. (naplesplayers.org) 6 Naples Jazzmasters, Norris Community Center, Naples, also July 13, 20, 27, Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31, free. (naplesjazzsociety.com)

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7 Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples Castles for Kids Sand-Sculpting Competition, La Playa Beach & Golf

Enjoy a day at the beach as part of the Castles for Kids sandsculpting contest.

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Together We Can, Judith Carlin

7 Music in the Garden: Kelly and Mason Duo, Naples Botanical Garden, free with garden admission. (naplesgarden.org)

Musical Moments: Summer Sensations, Moe Auditorium & Film Center, Center for Performing Arts, Bonita Springs, $25. (artcenterbonita.org)

10 Smash Brothers Comedy Tour, Off the Hook Comedy Club, Naples, contact for ticket prices. (offthe hookcomedy.com)

11 John “Goumba Johnny” Sialiano, Off the Hook Comedy Club, Naples, contact for ticket prices. (offthehookcomedy.com) 12 Just for Laughs: A Comedy Variety Show, Moe Auditorium & Film Center, Center for Performing Arts, Bonita Springs, $20. (artcenterbonita.org)

Mike Epps, Off the Hook Comedy Club, Naples, to July 14, contact for ticket prices. (offthehookcomedy.com) 13 The Naples Players Comedy Night, Tobye Studio Theatre, Naples, $20. (naples players.org)

Marco Island Center for the Arts hosts “Art for Social Justice” (above), July 1-30, and a La Petite Galerie exhibition of works by Dale and Gail Horn (left), August 5-27.

14 Back to Chicago, The Pointe, Naples Bay Resort & Marina, also Aug. 11, $45-$85. (naplesbayresort.com) 17 Cirque du Soleil presents Corteo, Hertz Arena, Estero, to July 21, $49-$125. (hertzarena.com)

Musical Interludes: Denny Scott and Mango Tones, Marco Island Center for the Arts, $25-$30. (marcoislandart.org)

18 I Hate Hamlet, Moe Auditorium & Film Center, The Lone Gondola, Dale and Gail Horn

Center for Performing Arts, Bonita Springs, to July 21, $25. (artcenterbonita.org)

Comedian Carlos Mencia will take the Off the Hook Comedy Club stage July 5-7. Born in Honduras and raised in the United States, Mencia got his start on the Los Angeles stand-up circuit and went on to appear on television shows such as In Living Color and Moesha. His career took off during the 2000s, when he headlined the successful “The Three Amigos” comedy tour and made his pop-culture breakthrough as the star of Mind of Mencia, which aired on Comedy Central between 2005 and 2008. In the years since, he’s undergone some professional highs and lows but has weathered it all. Besides, a single bad day can breed a million great jokes. Naples (offthehookcomedy.com)

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Emily James Gallery, Naples. “Summer Delights,” July 1 to Aug. 31. (emilyjamesart.com)

The Naples Zoo will present a First Responders Appreciation Month in August (above) and will host a Meet Marvel Superheroes event (right) July 12. Attend SummerJazz on the Gulf (far right) concerts July 20 and August 17.

Center for Performing Arts, Bonita Springs. “Visions of Color,” to Aug. 24. (artcenterbonita.org)

20 SummerJazz on the Gulf: Late Night Brass,

Center for Visual Arts, Bonita Springs. “This Land,” July 5-25; “Being Human,” Aug. 2-15. (artcenterbonita.org)

Watkins Lawn, The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, free. (naplesbeachhotel.com)

21 Music in the Garden: Little Eddie and the Fat Fingers, Naples Botanical Garden, also Aug. 18,

Marco Island Center for the Arts. “Art

free with garden admission. (naplesgarden.org)

22 WWE Summerslam Heatwave, Hertz Arena, Estero, $23-$98. (hertzarena.com)

25 Matt Iseman, Off the Hook Comedy Club, Naples, to July 28, contact for ticket prices. (offthehookcomedy.com) 26 Brian Regan, Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts

4 Music in the Garden: The Woodwork, Naples Botanical Garden, free with garden admission. (naples garden.org) 17 SummerJazz on the Gulf: Pocket Change, Watkins Lawn, The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, free. (naplesbeachhotel.com)

Hall, Fort Myers, $48. (bbmannpah.com)

UB40, Southwest Florida Event Center, Bonita

28 Motown Night featuring The Ex-Bachelors,

Springs, contact for ticket prices. (swfleventcenter.com)

The Pointe, Naples Bay Resort & Marina, also Aug. 4, $45-$85. (naplesbayresort.com)

24 The Artimus Pyle Band, Southwest Florida Event

30 Paw Patrol Live presents “Race to the Rescue,” Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, Fort Myers, also July 31, tickets start at $21. (bbmannpah.com)

AUGUST PERFORMANCES 1 Les Misérables student production, Gulfshore Playhouse, Naples, to Aug. 9, $20. (gulfshoreplayhouse.org)

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for Social Justice” and “Jan Fontecchio Perley,” both July 1-30; “Dale and Gail Horn” and “Seeing Myself: Artists’ Self Portraits,” both Aug. 5-27. (marcoislandart.org)

Marco Island Historical Museum. “Building a Dream: The 25-Year History of the Marco Island Historical Society,” to Sept. 26. (themihs.info)

Naples Art Association. “Camera USA 2019,” to July 5. (naplesart.org)

Naples Botanical Garden. “Natural Oasis: The Art of Mally Khoransantchi,” to Sept. 2. (naplesgarden.org)

Center, Bonita Springs, $32-$75. (swfleventcenter.com)

GALLERIES East West Fine Art, Naples. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Otherworldly Paintings by Bulgarian Artist Alexander Dimitrov,” July 1-15; “Summer Heat: Bold Abstracts from Herve Lenouvel and Pierre Bellemare,” July 16-31; “Caribbean Deco: Enchanting Portraits by Slava Fokk,” Aug. 6-27. (eastwestfineart.com)

Naples Depot Museum. “Trains Around the World: Railroad Photographs by Fred M. Springer,” to July 31. (colliermuseums.com) Naples Stone Gallery. “Michael Monroe’s Walls of Light,” July 1 to Aug. 31. (michaelmonroeart.com) Rosen Gallery, Naples. “Resident Artists’ Group Show,” to Oct. 1. (rosen.gallery) NAPLESILLUSTRATED.COM | JULY/AUGUST 2019 109

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NICKLAUS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL WHAT: Event celebrating Barbara and Jack Nicklaus as Champions for Children HONORS: The Nicklaus family for their support of the Nicklaus Children’s Health System, which includes the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami, a network of outpatient centers, and other programs that advance pediatric wellness. WHERE: A private home in North Naples

NARENDRA KINI, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF NICKLAUS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL, ADDRESSES GUESTS.

JACK AND BARBARA NICKLAUS, BARBIE AND PAUL HILLS

NARENDRA KINI, DENISE COBB

SHIRLEY HARTMANN, JACK NICKLAUS

BRIAN COBB, SHAHLA SIMPLER, JIM DOYLE

JENNIFER ZIEGELMAIER PHOTOGRAPHY

NAN O’LEARY, SARA JOLLY, PATTY MCDONALD, RACHEL AZQUETA

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FRIENDS OF FOSTER CHILDREN FOREVER WHAT: Twelfth Annual Boogie Bash “Roar into the ’20s” SUPPORTS: Programs that provide educational and enrichment opportunities for children who enter, or are at risk of entering, the foster-care system in Collier, Hendry, and Glades counties. WHERE: Grey Oaks Country Club, Naples

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DIANA RICHTER, GARRETT RICHTER

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