Thursday, May 29, 2008

The Von Liebig Art Center

Today's weather in Naples, Florida • Partly Sunny with Thunder Shower
High 91
Low  72

Monday-Saturday 10-4
Sunday 1-4 


Art Encounter 2008 • May 10-June 29

The Art Encounter  2008 exhibit that is at the Von Liebig Art Center is a collection of art from all over Florida.  Every region of Florida is showcased in all mediums.  Photography, sculptures, paintings, and printmaking.  There are 69 pieces on exhibit here by 53 Floridian artists, on two stories of the art center.  If you love art then you will surely enjoy this show, there is something here for everyone. Don't forget the exhibit is gone on June 29th.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Restaurants in Naples, FL

This blog has been created as a guide to anyone visiting Naples, Florida to live as locals live while you are here on vacation. You will find we are a source for the best waterfront restaurants to eat at in Naples, ocean front dining, bayfront dining & dining on the gulf. What Naples' sites to see and the best beaches in Naples. We are also here to answer any questions that you may have about the area and the many things to do here. Just ask away and we will get you the answer as soon as possible.

We are now on our final stages of our Naples Restaurants website called It will feature all water front dining that Naples has to offer. We are anticipating that the site will go live by June 1st. So please visit it once we are up and running.

If you are a company or a restaurant that would like to advertise on are site please contact us.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Naples Zoo in Naples Florida

Today's Weather in Naples, FL • Partly Sunny
High 87
Low 75

Naples Zoo
9:30-5pm • 1590 Goodlette-Frank Road

Ticket Prices:

Adults ages 13 through 64 $18.75
Seniors ages 65 and up $17.75
Children ages 3 through 12 $10.50
Children ages 2 and under Free

The Naples Zoo is a must stop while vacationing in Naples, Florida. There are many exhibits to see and shows to watch throughout the day. The many different sections of the zoo really keeps the crowds coming, like the African Oasis with it's jumping Impalas and gazelles and its rutting River hogs. It really makes you feel like you are on a real safari. At mid-day the gator feeding at Alligator Bay is where you want to be. You can see enormous gators fight over their lunches, jumping out of the water to snag a piece of chicken.

Throughout the day you can do just about anything you would like. There is a very exciting Primate Cruise (my favorite) that you float around and see all the monkeys, apes and of course the lemurs. (I cannot get enough of them) It is about a 20 minute ride so it is perfect when you need to cool off and take a break. It seems as if the primates think we are the shows and they are there to watch us!

I'm sure you will love it here at the zoo and I'm sure you would love the lemurs as well.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Memorial Day Ceremony - Naples Florida

Today's weather in Naples, Florida • Mostly Sunny

High 86

Low 75

In remembrance of those who have sacrificed and given their lives to protect and preserve our freedoms and our way of life...

Hosted by Collier County Veterans Council

Memorial Day Ceremony 26 May 2008
525 111th Avenue N • Naples, FL 34110

I have had the pleasure of working with James H. Elson - Captain, U.S. Army (Ret.) and Realtor for John R Wood, Inc. (click here) in designing the Memorial Day Ceremony for this year and last years event and I just wanted to invite everyone out this Sunday the 26th to give special thanks to all of our troops and to remember our fallen soldiers. The event will take place at 0930 hours and will end around noon. There will be will be cold drinks and coffee available to all at the OPEN HOUSE in the Memorial Funeral Home immediately after the ceremony.

All Veterans are invited to become members
Please call (239) 774-8448

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Lowdermilk Beach Park in Naples, Florida

Today's Weather in Naples, Florida
High 88
Low 73

Lowdermilk Beach Park in Naples, FL 1301 Gulfshore Blvd. N • 239/213.3029 • Opened from 8am - Dawn

This is a gorgeous beach park in Naples, Florida; cool white sandy beach and landscaped to the tee. The kids will be happy with the area and two beach volleyball courts for the older crowd. There is a large grassy field lined with palm trees that give you an amazing view of the gulf, so amazing that there is always a wedding taking place at the gazebo area. You can bring your lunch and eat at the picnic tables or just lay a blanket down and have a real picnic, you will not be disappointed with this Naples beach park.

Lowdermilk Beach park is close to many fine dining restaurants and sandwich shops.

Enjoy your visit.

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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Pinchers Crab Shack - Tin City in Naples, Florida

Today's weather in Naples, Florida
High 87
Low 70

First off let me just say that today was the beautiful summer day which lead into a perfect Naples night. We found ourselves at the world famous "Tin City" tonight eating blue crabs at Pinchers Crab Shack. If you LOVE crab this is the place for you, they serve any kind of crab that you could ever want, blue crab, Dungeness crab, king crab and of course snow crab. This has to be home to some of the freshest seafood in all of Naples. As one of locals favorite restaurants Pinchers offer more then just crab they have fresh Grouper, Mahi Mahi, Salmon, Tuna, and Shrimp and everyone is cooked to perfection, not to mention the non-stingy sized portions.

Enjoy your favorite cocktail and take in all the enchanting nautical views of the Naples Bay.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

2008 Bayfront Festival & Boat Show in Naples, Florida

Today's Weather in Naples, Florida
High 87
Low 67

2008 Bayfront Festival & Boat Show
436 Bayfront PlaceNaples, FL 34102 • 239/261.0882
Thursday, May 15 - Sunday, May 18

Admission is FREE • Parking is FREE

This years Bayfront Festival & boat show is this weekend. Starting on Thursday with the "Preview Night" and go on throughout the rest of the week, ending on Sunday. This festival will include on site vendors selling anything and everything that you may need or want for a day in the boat. There will boats everywhere, in the water at the Marina and also on dry land, for you to view and take tours of. Boats range will range in sizes from flats boats to the big 40' yachts so they have something for everyone.

If you own a boat or are in the market to purchase a boat you will not want to miss this event.

While you're at Bayfront you might want to check out one of there fine dining Restaurants, Chrissy's is open for breakfast and lunch, or you can stop by Roys, Stoneys, Scenes or even the little Cabana Bar that is directly over the water. This whole event is going to be something special, I hope to see you all there.

Times of this event are:
Thursday 6-8:30pm
Friday 10am-6pm
Saturday 10am-8:30pm
Sunday 10am-4pm

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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The Village on Venetian Bay in Naples, FL

Today's weather in Naples, Florida
High 86
Low 65

The Village on Venetian Bay
4200 Gulf Shore BoulevardNorth Naples, FL 34103 • 239/261.6100

Imagine dining on a perfectly cooked steak and having a conversation about what a great bargain you just found. All this while watching the dolphins frolic in the bay...

Welcome to The Village on Venetian Bay.

Located directly on the Venetian Bay in Naples, Florida, it is home to some of Naples, FL must upscale dining and shopping. This beautifully laid out shopping center is home to Art Galleries, Jewelry shops, Waterfront Restaurants & clothing stores for all of your shopping needs. The whole "tropical theme" of the shopping plaza is so inviting that you may want to spend the whole after noon here. Palm tree filled courtyards, brick walkways, and shade trees all over the grounds are perfect for taking a break under and will surely appeal to you when you visit this place.

When you arrive you will want to stop into one of the 7 wonderful Restaurants 0r Deli's that are located here. Bayside, Colyde's Steak and Lobster house, Marie-Michelle's and Maxwell's on the Bay to name a few. If you have not had the pleasure of dining at one or all of the restaurants I highly recommend you doing so. Maybe try one for lunch then shop around for awhile and try another for dinner. They are all just that good!

You can visit to read more about each Bay front restaurant.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Dining on the water - Naples, Florida

Today's weather in Naples, Florida
High 86
Low 63

Bambu Tropical Grille at Bayfront Inn 5th Ave.
1221 5th Ave SouthNaples, FL • 34102
Reservations: 239/649.5800

Bambu Tropical Grille is on the seconded floor of the Bayfront Inn, with one of the best view of the Naples Bay.

With their fresh salads and seafood this is the perfect place for lunch, dinner or even for a Sunday Brunch. You can eat in the open air patio area, inside or at the large bar area. Just sit back and take in all that Naples Bay has to offer, when you are done eating you can walk down to the docks and be at Bay front shopping with a minute or two.

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Sunday, May 11, 2008

Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park in Naples, Florida

Today's weather in Naples, FL
High 87
Low 76

Hours of Operation 8 am until Sunset, 365 days a year.
Admission fee is $5.00 per car load (8 people max)

Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park Gulf beach is rated "one of the best beaches in the nation". This mangrove filled island has a tower for bird watching of the surrounding habitat (island is 80% mangroves), swimming beach, and a fishing area. You can canoe and/or kayak the local estuaries, you can also hike down the walking trails and boardwalks and just take in all the wildlife that the park has to offer. There is a picnic area for the family to eat lunch at or you can visit the concession stand and pick up what ever supplies you may need for the full day of fun. Remember the gates will close when the park is a full capacity so get there early and stay all day.

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Thursday, May 8, 2008

Sugden Regional Park in Naples, FLA

Today's weather in Naples, Florida
High 88
Low 71

Sugden Regional Park Beach
4284 Avalon Drive
Naples, Florida

Hours: 8am - Dusk • Open Year-Round - FREE Admission

Sugden Regional Park is not you typical Naples, Florida beach park. This park is on the prestigious Lake Avalon, with its beautiful views and sandy beach for sunbathing and playing you will surely love it. You can kayak, canoe, water ski and even sail. Classes are offered by the Collier County Parks and Recreation so even if you do not know how to ski or sail by the end of the day you will. There is literally something for everyone to do here; a waterfront gazebo to lounge in, play ground area for the kids, picnic areas for lunches, amphitheater, pavilions, paved fitness trail to walk and jog on, 60-acre lake (Lake Avalon), paddle boats and swimming beach. This is a place you can bring the whole family for a whole day of fun in the sun.

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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Philharmonic Center for the arts in Naples, Florida

Today weather in Naples, Florida is
High 86
Low 68

The Philharmonic Center for the arts.

"The Phil" is a gorgeous center that host one of the top regional orchestras in all of the US. It has been a non-profit organization since it was established in 1989 and has been entertaining our young and old since the very first day. This season the main attraction in the museum is Pablo Picasso's Preoccupations and Passions collection. It is the first major Picasso exhibit on our west coast and the Naples Museum of Art brought it to us, but only on till the 18th of this month. The Phil put on events every year for more then 57,000 youngsters, anything from concerts and shows to modern dance classes and music lessons. So you can see how The Phil really connects with our community and our youth.

If you are looking for something to do in the Naples or Southwest Florida area I would highly recommend going and spending a day at The Phil.

Open Tuesday-Saturday,
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, noon-4 p.m.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Canoe Races - Naples, Florida

Saturday, May 10 • 11am Crayton Cove • Naples, FL
32nd Annual Great Dock Canoe Race

Whatever Floats Your Boat is this years theme:

Every year the Dock at Crayton Cove host "The Great Dock Canoe Race" to celebrate the end of the Naples busy season, this has been a tradition for the past 32 years. Kids of all ages come out to have a great time and watch the events. When you arrive at the the Dock you will see contestants and spectators all dressed up in their best costumes that are linked somehow to that years theme, this years theme will be "Whatever Floats Your Boat". Contestants decorate their bodies and canoes to compete for the grand prize of $1,000 for the best interpretation of theme; the more elaborate the better. There are trophies given out for each of the 3 races that are held. The Ambitious Amateurs, Practically Professionals & the Next Generation (12-17 year old with his/her parent).

If you are going to be in Naples or Southwest Florida this May 10th I would highly recommend you going down to the Dock and watching this exciting community event.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Dining on the Bay - Naples, Florida

Here is a look at the newly Opened Scenes on the Bay.

Located at • 489 Bayfront PlaceNaples, Florida 34102

Scenes on the Bay, just had it's grand opening this past weekend. The relaxing feel of this upscale restaurant with its multiple tv's, live entertainment and views of the Naples Bay makes you not want to leave this place. We only stopped in for a few drinks so we didn't get the chance to sample the food but from what I could see and smell I know it had to be good. I did read over the menu and was surprised on how diversified it was. With Asian, Caribbean, Italian and American food there is sure to be something here for the pickiest eaters. And with one of the most impressive beer and wine list in all of Naples how could you not stop in for a drink or two.

Here is a shot from our table we sat at over looking Naples Bay.
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Dining on the Bay - Naples, Florida

Naples, Florida

Today weather is
High 88
Low 63

This is our first blog for our new company. We are creating a new website devoted to all of Naples, Florida water front dining. We have a few more days left on production of the site but we are anticipating that it will be up by this weekend.

About our Blog:
We plan on sending a blog out everyday about the Naples lifestyle, and things that are going on in and around our area. If you have any questions about Southwest Florida please ask, if I do not know the answer I will do my best to find it out for you.