September 30, 2010

Naples First Annual Stiletto Sprint

Naples First Annual Stiletto Sprint will be held downtown on Friday, October 1, 2010 at 6:30pm. There will be a special appearance by The Rockettes, strars of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Runners & Walkers are welcome..Men can participate, that is if they are willing to put on a pair of high heels! 

At the conclusion of the Sprint, a "Pink Lighting Ceremony" will take place at Sugden Plaza and then on to a Cocktail Cool Down Reception at Cafe and Bar Lurcat where there will also be an excellent Silent Auction with great items. 

Come & join the Hilton Naples Hotel & Shula's Steak House Naples Teams in supporting such a fun, worthwhile event!  Visit or call 239-498-0016 for more information.

September 28, 2010

October, November & December ~ Perfect Time for Your Florida Vacation in Naples

One of the best things about visiting Southwest Florida during this time of year are the number of people who AREN'T here.  We love our Snowbirds (i.e. Part time residents who live in Naples during the winter to escape the cold & snow up North) although there is something to be said about low priced airfares & accommodations leading up to visits during October, November & December.  Cooler nights & more moderate temperatures are the perfect backdrop for your Florida vacation in Naples.

In addition to the lure of our stunning Naples beach vacations, here are my October picks for Top Reasons to plan your vacation in Naples:

October 1-31, 2010 - Fall Into the Wild at Naples Zoo - Discover nature from apes to zebras plus the all new Giraffe Preview Exhibit at Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens featuring the largest black bear habitat in an acredited zoo east of the Mississippi plus a full day of fun shows and cruises - Hilton Naples guests will get 50% off regular Naples Zoo admission by emailing Niccole at

October 20, 2010 - Shula's Makers Mark Bourbon Dinner - Grab your friends and join us for your only chance to taste three Makers Mark brands that have never been sold to the public and will not be available again. The Shula's Steak House Naples Markers Mark Bourbon Dinner will offer five Bourbons with five Courses.

October 23 & 24, 2010 - City Fest & Stone Crab Festival - In-water boat show, Farmer's market, Powerboat display, Scuba demo, Kayak demo, Paddle board demo, Wine tasting, Cooking demo, Fishing clinic.  10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Being held downtown around the beautiful Naples Waterfront.  Contact: (239) 777-2281

October 31, 2010 - Budweiser Fall Classic Swamp Buggy Race - if you've never experienced a Swamp Buggy Race, check out this video.

Hilton Naples Hotel is offering great fall rates ~ Now is the Perfect Time for your Florida Vacation in Naples ~ Book your hotel room reservations today.

September 27, 2010

National Estuaries Day at Rookery Bay September 25, 2010

Guests from the Hilton Naples shared their experiences from Saturday at Rookery Bay for National Estuaries Day. They enjoyed Free Admission, Face Painting, food vendors, Marine Touch Tanks, indoor Marine Life Displays and a new IMAX film, "Wild Ocean." The most popular experiences were the new half mile Snail Trail nature trail and the free Kayak Tours on Henderson Creek.

Kayaking Henderson Creek at Rookery Bay
If you'd like to visit Rookery Bay, the admission price is $5 for adults, $3 ages 6-12 and under 6 free. The Center is open Monday-Friday from 9am-4pm through the month of October, 2010, and beginning in November, 2010, the Center will be open Monday-Saturday from 9am-4pm.

The regular schedule offers two-hour guided kayak tours of Rookery Bay, Hall Bay and mangrove tunnels to see birds, marine mammals and other sights of nature. Through Oct. 30, 2010 one kayak trip is offered from 9:00am-11:00am on Wednesdays.

Beginning Nov. 1, two kayak trips will be offered on Wednesdays and Fridays, with start times based on tide schedules. Advanced registration is required by calling 239-417-6310 x401.
Henderson Creek at Rookery Bay

The cost for Kayaking is $40 per person ($35 for members) and includes kayak, all equipment, paddling instruction and admission to the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. Paddlers must be 12 or older.

September 23, 2010

Now's the Time to Play Golf in Florida!

The crowds have left and the sizzling summer temperatures have cooled down - it’s time to Play Golf in Florida!

October is one of the best months to play golf in Florida, as the courses are never crowded and many private courses open up to the public. Just pick your tee time and be assured of a leisurely round.

The Hilton Naples is offering the best Golf in Florida Package in town – it includes daily breakfast, your golf cart, Golf at Heritage Bay Golf Course, a Bucket of Beer and a 45 minute Golf Swing Video Session at the PGA Tour Superstore in Naples, Florida. Don’t miss out on this great deal, click here to reserve your Golf Getaway now!

Shula's Naples Maker's Mark Bourbon Dinner-Oct 20th!

Wednesday, October 20 6PM, 5 bourbons, 5 courses! Experience 3 Maker’s Mark Brands that have never been sold to the public and will not be available again!

Shula’s Blackened Beef Tenderloin Tips, The Original Maker’s Mark
Shula’s BBQ Shrimp, Maker’s Mark Star Hill Whiskey-Less than One day Old
Shula’s Beef Steak Tomato Salad, Maker’s Mark Star Hill Farm-1 Year Old
Shula’s Steak Maryann, Makers Mark Star Hill Farm-Over Matured
Shula’s Chocolate Lava Cake, Maker’s Mark 46

$65 Advance/$70 Door. Advance Tickets: EventBrite Paypal Link
(Tax and gratuity charged seperately at the close of the dinner.)

Shula's Oktoberfest Beer & Burger Tasting-Oct 14th!

Thursday, October 14 5:30-7:30 PM. Sampling of 5 beers and mini burger trio!

Strap on your lederhosen and get ready to sample 5 distinct beers. You can't get better than Shula's for burgers crafted from their signature Black Angus beef!

Mini Burger Trio Menu
Blue Burger: Blue Cheese Dressing, Bacon, and Caramelized Onions.
U Don't Know Jack Burger: Pepper Jack Cheese, Crispy Onions, and BBQ Sauce.
Classic Burger: Ketchup/Mayo, Lettuce, Tomato, Pickle.

$20 advance/$25 door
Advance Tickets: EventBrite Paypal Link

September 15, 2010

National Estuaries Day at Rookery Bay - Hilton Naples Hotel

Come celebrate National Estuaries Day at Rookery Bay. This has the Hilton Naples vote for top family friendly things to do in Naples next weekend. The celebration takes place next Saturday, September 25th and has all kinds of free things going on. The event includes free boat tours, free guided kayak trips and free admission to the learning center. There will also be the local premiere of the documentary "Wild Ocean" about migrating marine life. Call Rookery Bay at 239-417-6310 for more information.

September 10, 2010

Creative Memories Event at the Hilton Naples Hotel

This weekend over 85+ men & women will be attending this year's Camp Crop A Lot, a Creative Memories event at the Hilton Naples Hotel. This fun thing to do in Naples is to help attendees complete those family albums & photo projects through traditional scrapbooking as well as digital scrapbooking. Local Creative Memory Leader, Kristen Goodman, is thrilled to be hosting this event for the first time at the Hilton Naples Hotel. The program consists of a 24 hour "Crop" room where all attendees are able to gain ideas, shop for album making supplies & catch up with one another. Lots of oohing & aahing over pictures and completed album pages are being heard! On Saturday, local teachers and photographers will be teaching several classes over the course of the day. Want to find out easy solutions for preserving & displaying all your photographs & mementos...stop by the Hilton Naples & ask for Kristen. Already an avid Creative Memories fan & need to purchase some supplies? There is a store open in the Hilton Naples ballroom each day to replenish supplies! Want to learn how to "Get Digi With It" and learn how to preserve your photos & memories by Digital Scrapbooking? Attend the "Get Digi With It" Class being held on Saturday night at 8:30pm.
Although Camp Crop A Lot is a pre-registered event, everyone is invited to stop by & see for themselves how so many families are getting together to comple photo albums, reconnect & learn new skills & techniques. The theme of the weekend is Live Laugh Love...and we are already feeling the love at the Hilton Naples Hotel.

September 3, 2010

Champagne Tasting at Shula's Naples Sept 23rd!

Hilton Naples Champagne Tasting September 23rd!

Our first ever Champagne Tasting is at Shula's Naples on Thursday, September 23, from 5:30-7:30pm. Champagne Sampling (Half Glass-3oz Pours) will be paired with Chef selected Hors d' oeuvres.
Also, featuring Norman Love Chocolates!

3 Champagne Tasting includes:

Moet Chandon Imperial
Veuve Clicquot, Brut "Yellow Label"
Lois Roederer

$20 Advance/$25 Door

6 Champagne Tasting includes:

Moet Chandon Imperial
Veuve Clicquot, Brut "Yellow Label"
Lois Roederer
Perrier Jouet "Fleur de Champagne"
Bruno Paillard Rose

$50 Advance/$55 Door

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