February 28, 2011

Hilton Naples Hotel Congratulates the Recipients of the ABWA Women in History Awards

Joining a distinguished list of award recipients, the Hilton Naples Hotel congratulates the following individuals for being recognized during the ABWA Neapolitan Chapter Women in History Awards Celebration:
  • Nancy Anne Payton, Florida Wildlife Federation
  • Liz Albritten, The Immokalee Foundation
  • Sharon Treiser, PNC Wealth Management
  • Adria Starkey, The Naples Trust Company
WINK News Anchor Lois Thome, a former Women of History honoree, emceed the event.

February 24, 2011

Weather Forecast for the Weekend in Naples Florida

The weather in Naples Florida this weekend is in low 80's and sunny! So many festivals and events going on !
  • The Naples International Art & Antique Fair runs through March 1st. Call 239-949-5411 for more information
  • Take a walk on the wild side with the Fakahatchee Safari includes guided tours from noon to 7pm on Saturday. Call 239-695-2905.
  • Hit the red carpet at the Hilton Naples Florida Hotel at the Naples International Film Festival's 2011 Oscar Party on Sunday from 7:00pm-11:00pm. Call 239-775-3456 for more info.
There is still time to make your hotel reservation at the Hilton Naples Florida Hotel and take part in the festivals and events going on!

February 22, 2011

Top 5 Tuesday Poll: What is your Favorite Festival in Naples Florida ?

With the upcoming 32nd Annual Naples National Art Festival and all the excitement over the debut of the Naples International Art & Antique Fair being advertised on TV, it was easy to come up with this week’s Hilton Naples Top 5 Tuesday poll: What is your Favorite Festival in Naples Florida ?  We will also include festivals in other parts of Collier County in this poll.

Each year more organizations are seeing the enthusiasm that residents and visitors have for events and festivals year round. In addition to Naples National Art Festival, we have the exclusive Naples Winter Wine Festival, the ever-growing Naples International Film Festival (NIFF), Everglades Seafood Festival just to name a few.

2011 Festivals in Naples are growing in numbers and attendance. Whether your preference run towards Jazz Festivals, food festivals, art festivals, or craft fairs you can bet you will find events and festivals to your liking in Naples, FL .

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite festival in Naples and the surrounding areas. This week’s voting will be open until 5pm on Wednesday ~ YOUR OPINION COUNTS. Please vote for your favorite festival in Naples Florida & post comments or opinions on our Naples Best Blog, FaceBook Page or Tweet it out to @hiltonnaples.

Don’t see your favorite festival in the Hilton Naples Top 5 Tuesday Poll? Tweet your favorite to @hiltonnaples, add it to our FaceBook Page, or add it to the comment section on our Naples Best Blog.

To view last week’s Hilton Naples Top 5 Tuesday results for the Top 5 Favorite Beaches in Naples

February 17, 2011

Oscar Party at the Hilton Naples Hotel

I caught up with Jill Wheeler, Director of Fundraising and Special Events for the Naples International Film Festival and asked her what was the deal with the Oscar Party at the Hilton Naples Hotel.  She told me "ANY excuse to watch films or celebrate and we are THERE!"  Jill invites all of you to come out and join Naples International Film Festival friends, supporters and cinephiles as we cheer on the best of the best in film.

The Academy has once again chosen what we already know to be great, an official NIFF 2010 festival short film is up for an award! Last year it was The Cove, our opening film, that won an Oscar, this year we will be cheering on God of Love at on Sunday, February 27th at the Hilton Naples Hotel from 7-11pm. Bid on unique, one of kind auction items, including two invitations to the exclusive invite-only Filmmaker Dinner next fall during NIFF 2011!

Today is the LAST day to GUARANTEE your spot to the 2011 Naples International Film Festival Oscar Party.  Watch the 2011 Oscars at Hilton Naples Hotel on multiple screens, while enjoying delicious appetizers, a 3-course dinner, and cash bar.

Sunday Brunch in Naples Florida

One of my absolute favorite things to do when I have guests in town is take them to Sunday Brunch in Naples Florida at The Dock in Crayton Cove. Overlooking Naples Bay on a beautiful Sunday afternoon is heavenly and in true Naples tradition, enjoy The Dock's Make Your Own Bloody Mary Bar.

Every Sunday from 10:30am. to 2:00pm The Dock at Crayton Cove features a bloody mary bar that is out of this world.

Florida Travel + Life Magazine just selected The Dock at Crayton Cove one of "three hot spots where the weekend's top meal is a ritual." They wrote, "The Dock had a bloody mary bar long before it was in vogue. Once your server gives you your glass of vodka, hit the bar to add your choice of Clamato or tomato juice; then dress it up with olives, artichokes, ginger and other unexpected garnishes. The choice dish is the fresh herb lobster omelet, enjoyed at a waterside table with an amazing view of passing watercrafts."

Sunday Brunch in Naples Florida is definitely a great way to wind down another beautiful weekend at the Hilton Naples Florida Hotel in Paradise!

Sweet Liberty Winter Naturalist Cruise in Naples Florida

Sweet Liberty's Winter Naturalist Cruise in Naples Florida depart City Dock every Friday through April 29. The boat leaves at 9:30 for a three-hour environmental excursion with two naturalists on board from the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. Explore a magical habitat where dolphins often play in the waves around the boat, and exotic shore birds preen while overhead osprey eye prey from tree tops. The lucky passengers aboard the Sweet Liberty Cruise visit Keywadin Island to join the naturalists for a nature walk, or shell, or just go for a stroll on a quiet beach. Please call 239 793 3525 for reservations. City Dock is located approximately 5 miles south of the Hilton Naples Florida Hotel.

February 15, 2011

Hilton Naples Top 5 Tuesday Polls

The weekly Hilton Naples Top 5 Tuesday Polls Start Today!

This week's topic:
What are your Favorite Beaches in Naples Florida ?

We listed 6 choices on our NaplesBest.blogspot.com Blog Poll - don't see your favorite? We invite write-ins & you are welcome to add your favorite with comments below on this blog, tweet them to me @HiltonNaples, post on our FB Fan Page or email them to nhaschak@cooperhotels.com

YOUR OPINION COUNTS…please vote each week & post comments or opinions on our Naples Best Blog, FaceBook Page or Tweet it out to @hiltonnaples.

Some background on the
Hilton Naples Top 5 Tuesday Polls:

Naples Florida is known for its beaches, dining, golf, shopping and the arts. With so many choices, the Hilton Naples team is determined to find the best of everything that Naples Florida has to offer. And we want to know from the people who have experienced Naples – the truth from our guests, our blog readers, FaceBook fans, Twitter followers and local Naples residents.

The Hilton Naples Top 5 Tuesday Polls kicked off when our guests would ask a member of our team what our favorite things to do, favorite restaurant, favorite tours, etc are. Instead of giving them one persons view, our thought is to provide a much more rounded view and ask the real experts, people who have “been there, done that” to provide their input.

Each week, we will provide a topic with a list of choices to choose from. The current poll will be open for votes on our Hilton Naples Best Blog on Tuesday and Wednesday of each week. Each Tuesday we ask all of our current Hilton Guests, previous Hilton Guests, FaceBook Fans, Naples Best Blog Readers, and anyone who has been to Naples Florida to help create our Top 5 Tuesday Topic winners. The voting will be open until Wednesday evening of that same week. The votes will be tallied on Thursday and the Top 5 Tuesday winners will be announced on Friday.

Photo courtesy of Angie Seaman Photography

February 9, 2011

ENJOY! WATCH! BID! VOTE! at the Oscar Awards Party

at the Oscar Awards Party being held at the Hilton Naples Hotel
 by Naples International Film Festival
on February 27, 2011
ENJOY! a 3 Course Dinner
WATCH! the Oscar's Telecast on the big screens
BID! high & often on the raffle and silent auction
VOTE! on the Oscar Ballot Games

February 3, 2011

Valentines Day Idea in Naples Florida

Another Valentines Day idea:  Champagne Sunset Kayak Tour for Valentines Day.  Choose from two dates and locations.  Rookery Bay in Naples Florida is the setting for the Sunday, February 13 kayak tour.  Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park is the location for the February 14 kayak tour.  Ask the concierge at the Hilton Naples Florida Hotel for more great Valentines Day idea!

February 2, 2011

Mercato First Friday on February 4th

Mercato Shopping in Naples Florida is having their monthly Mercato First Friday on February 4th!

10 Year Old Naples Resident Debuts in Rookery Bay Annual Photography Exhibit in Naples

"Lubber"  Original Photograph by 10 Year Old Kayla Goodman
 to be exhibited at Rookery Bay Annual Photography Exhibit

Clyde Butcher is an internationally-acclaimed photographer with an eye for talent.  He also may find himself sharing the spotlight with a new photographer in town!  At only 10 years old, Kayla Goodman, local Naples resident, is making her exhibit debut this Thursday at the Rookery Bay Annual Photography statewide competition.

Clyde serves as juror of the Rookery Bay's Photography Annual and chose the works of more than 30 talented artists.  The works of these artists will be on view, and for sale, from Feb. 3 through April 1.    
Kayla began her love of taking photos by going out on photography shoots with her dad, local photographer Dennis Goodman, owner of Dennis Goodman Photography.  Mom, Kristen Goodman, is also in the photo business in the form of preserving memories into albums through her business as a Unit Leader with Creative Memories.  Dad & Daughter were both chosen to exhibit by Mr. Butcher. 

There is a free opening reception on Thursday, February 3 from 5:30-7:00pm at Rookery Bay in Naples Florida to showcase the beautiful pictures of this young photographer along with her dad and the other artists chosen.

This is the first chance to purchase one of young Kayla's original photographs.
Pictured: "Lubber" by Kayla Goodman.)