September 25, 2009

Naples Originals Launches "Family Restaurant Week"

Naples Originals' Launches "Family Restaurant Week" With a Message: Take the Kids Out to Eat!

Naples Originals' "Family Restaurant Week" launches Monday, September 28 at participating restaurants throughout Collier County with a strong message: Kids who eat with their families five-plus times per week are less likely to abuse alcohol and drugs, according to research undertaken by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse.

This Restaurant Week, a joint promotion with Drug Free Collier, makes it easier on the budget for families to dine out together by offering kids 12 and under half-off the regular menu and free from the kids menu at Naples Originals' member restaurants. The promotion extends thru Sunday, October 4.

Participating restaurants to-date include:
  • Alexander's Restaurant
  • Bamboo CafĂ©
  • The Bay House Restaurant
  • Bayside Seafood Grill
  • BarBha Bha Persian Bistro
  • Bistro 821
  • Capri of Naples
  • The Dock at Crayton Cove
  • M Waterfront Grille
  • Naples Tomato
  • Noodles Italian Cafe & Sushi Bar
  • Ridgway Bar & Grill
  • Ristorante Ciao
  • The Riverwalk at Tin City
The "Family Restaurant Week" promotion is not valid with any other promotion, discount or special.

September 24, 2009

Hilton Naples Walks for United Way

Come out and join the Hilton Naples team during the United Way of Collier County's 4th Annual Walk for the Way event this Saturday, September 26th. Team check in is at 8am, the Walk begins at 9am and the Festival begins at 10am.

Entrance Fee is $10 and includes an event t-shirt, food & entertainment. Kids 6 and under are FREE. The Walk is being held at North Collier Regional Park - 15000 Livingston Road, Naples, FL 34109. If you are a guest of the Hilton Naples and would like to join the Hilton team, please call Niccole Haschak at 239-659-3132 or email

2 For 1 for Hilton Naples Guests

Through October 31, 2009, all guests of the Hilton Naples can purchase a ticket for two of Naples' most popular attractions: The Naples Trolley Tour and/or the Segway Tour of Naples and receive a complimentary ticket for the same attraction.

Hilton Naples guests can contact our Journey Ambassador/Concierge, Hope Haworth at 239-430-4900 or email her at to make reservations for the Two For One promotion.

Big Cypress Open House to Premiere New Documentary

There are a few more opportunities to see the premiere of the new documentary "Big Cypress Swamp: The Western Everglades". I had the opportunity to tag along with producer/cinematographer, Elam Stolzfus, with Live Oak Production, for a day of shooting for the documentary and am excited to be able to see the finished film.

Daily screenings will take place every day until Sunday, September 27, 2009 at the soon to be completed Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center at 33050 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, FL.

The center will be open to the public from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This open house is being held to introduce the new hour long documentary, “Big Cypress Swamp, The Western Everglades”. During the open house a 25 min version of the film will be shown. Additionally, a thirty minute segment of the Ken Burns documentary, “The National Parks, America’s Best Idea” will be screened. The swamp film will show at 11:00 and 12:00 and the Ken Burns intro will show at 11:30 and 12:30 each day.

September 18, 2009

Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Offers 20% off Anything CHOCOLATE!

Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, located less than 2 miles from the Hilton Naples is offering 20% off anything chocolate on September 20th! To ease the guilt of your indulgence, guests of the Hilton Naples can use one of our complimentary bicycles to make the short ride to where they are located at the Village on Venetian Bay. You can stop by the front desk to get directions, a bike lock & helmet.

September 17, 2009

Mayweather vs. Marquez Welterweight Showdown

It’s the next best thing to ringside seats. Catch all the action of the Mayweather vs. Marquez Welterweight Showdown in high definition on the big screen at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, September 19th, at the Regal Hollywood Stadium 20 in Naples. It’s the highly anticipated 12-round welterweight fight between six-time world champion in five weight divisions Floyd “Money” Mayweather and five-time world champion in three weight divisions Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez. The theatre is less than 3 miles from the Hilton Naples. Tickets are $12.50 at the box office.

Around the World at the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts

The Naples Philharmonic Orchestra performs All American Pops: Around the World with Arthur Fiedler II, a musical tribute to the legendary Boston Pops conductor, at 8 p.m. Saturday, September 19th, at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts which is located just north of the Hilton Naples. Contact Hope Haworth for information on getting tickets at:

Stargazing at Lovers Key Park

If you are in Naples, Florida this weekend, get a unique glimpse at the stars above Southwest Florida during Island Under the Stars from 7-9 p.m. this Friday, September 18th. The event will take place at Lovers Key State Park on Fort Myers Beach. The Everglades Astronomical Society’s event for all ages, offered by Friends of Lovers Key, will use powerful telescopes to learn about the wonders of the universe. Bring bug spray or wear long sleeves and be prepared for a short walk to the beach. Participation is limited to 30 people so you must register by calling 239-463-4588.

September 14, 2009

Celebrate Milestones at Shula's Naples

Help us celebrate Coach Shula's 20th Undefeated Season in the restaurant business and 10 seasons in Naples. In commemeration, we will roll back our prices to 20 years ago and offer a 1989 price on Shula's 8oz filet. The only place you can eat the Best Beef Money Can Buy, Custom Center Cuts of Premium Black Angus Beef, Aged to Perfection. During the month of September, enjoy our 8oz filet for $20 & receive 20% off any bottle of wine. Shula's Steak House is located off the lobby of the Hilton Naples. For reservations please call (239) 430-4999.

September 8, 2009

Thursday with Julia & Julius at the Bamboo Cafe

If your in Naples on Thursday, September 10th, don't miss out on Bamboo Cafe's three course French dinners inspired by Julia Child’s recipes and executed by executive chef Julius. The $24.95 menu this Thursday is curly endive with bacon and garlic dressing, rabbit or duck ragout and floating islands.

On Thursday, Sept. 17, diners at the Bamboo Cafe will be served Provencal garlic and chicken soup, sole “bonne femme” and honey spice cake with chantilly. Chef Julius will visit with diners to answer questions and share tips and techniques.
Reservations and information: 643-6177. Located at 755 12th Avenue South about 5.4 miles south of the Hilton Naples

September 3, 2009

Six Degrees Exhibitions Gallery In Naples Florida

If you are staying at the Hilton Naples or are in the Naples area for the Labor Day Holiday, you may want to check out some very cool events going on at Six Degrees Exhibitions Gallery.

Become a film critic tonight at 7 p.m. at Six Degrees Exhibitions Gallery in Naples. Enjoy a drink while watching an independent film being judged in consideration for November's Naples International Film Festival. Then voice your opinion with the judges, directors and actors. Bar opens at 6pm & show begins at 7pm.

Open Mic Night with Moony Mann is on Friday, September 4th. Naples musician and local celebrity Moony Mann brings back rock and country classics to the art gallery as host of "Open Mic" every Friday from 8:30pm to 11pm... Where you make the music happen! Location : Six Degrees Exhibitions. Bar opens at 6pm & show at 8:30pm. Naples City Improv performs at Six Degrees Exhibitions on Monday, September 7th from 7pm to 10:30pm. I've taken Craig Price's Improv class at the Sugden Theatre and this is great off the cuff entertainment. Craig started the Naples City Improv Players group in 2008 & quickly gained a following. They feed on the energy of the crowd to entertain you with comedy you can be part of.

All events take place at the Six Degrees Exhibitions Gallery, 1100 6th Avenue South (about 4 miles south of the Hilton Naples). For Additional information contact : 239-331-2678

September 2, 2009

Start Labor Day Weekend at Mercato FIrst Fridays Concert Series

Mercato First Fridays Concert Series will be on Friday, September 4th from 5:00-9:00pm. Listen to the eclectic mix of rock favorites with Pub Mustard or relax & unwind with the classic and modern rock hits of Kenny Grubbs.

Some other reasons to kick off your weekend with great live music, shopping and dining:
  • The Newly Opened Blue Martini has a great Happy Hour with 1/2 price food & drink specials from 4:00-7:00pm

  • The Capital Grille will be offereing complimentary passed appetizers from 4:30-6:30pm

  • McCormick & Schmick's Happy Hour food & drink specials start at $1.95 from 3:30-6:00pm

  • Pandora is offering a complimentary lobster clasp bracelet with every $150 purchase