September 30, 2011

Enjoy Sunset in Naples Florida

Sunset Photo Credit: Naples, Marco Island, Everglades CVB

One of the great things about living in Naples Florida is the wonderful sunsets that we are able to watch.  This weekend enjoy sunset each night approximately at 7:10pm.  A couple of my favorite places to enjoy sunset are:
1) From the Beaches in Naples - any beach will do & we have several in very close proximity to the Hilton Naples Hotel.
2) From The Turtle Club Restaurant - long one of my favorite restaurants in Naples, The Turtle Club offers up delicious food, wonderful libations and an unbeatable view of the sun going down over the Gulf of Mexico
3) By Sunset Cruise - many to choose from. A few of  my all-time favorite are the Naples Princess, Double Sunshine & Sweet Liberty

September 28, 2011

Vodka Tasting at Shula's Steak House Naples

Shula's is hosting a Vodka Tasting, featuring sample vodkas by Russian Standard.  Go to online RSVP's or call Jeff at 239-659-3176

Shula's Steak House Naples is located off the lobby of the Hilton Naples Hotel.

September 27, 2011

On the Rocks with Shula's Vodka Tasting

Shula's Steak House Naples is now featuring Russian Standard Vodka. To celebrate the partnership, Shula's is hosting a Vodka Tasting, featuring sample vodkas by Rusian Standard.  Join the team of Shula's this Wednesday, September 28th and enjoy complimentary appetizers prepared by Chef Ceasar & his culinary team.

According to, there are three senses involved in a tasting of vodka: smell, sight and taste.
  1. Smell. Smell the vodka as you briefly swirl it about in your glass. A good vodka will have a creamy, sweet or grainy odor. A bad vodka will smell medicinal or "aggressive," with a strong odor of ethyl spirits.
  2. Sight. Hold the vodka glass up to the light and look at the liquid's clarity, texture and luminescence. A fine vodka will have a thick and creamy texture when frozen; it may also have a bluish or yellowish tint. One expert Russian taster noted that vodka is valued "not just for clarity, but for a crystalline lustre, an internal energy."
  3. Taste. It all comes down to this. A good vodka should taste soft not hard, creamy not watery, smooth not rough. It should not be bitter or caustic, it should not burn your palate. 

Shula's Steak House is located off the lobby of the Hilton Naples Florida Hotel in Naples Florida.

Everything is Happening at Shula's Steak House

September 22, 2011

Final SummerJazz on the Gulf

Love Jazz?  The final SummerJazz on the Gulf evening takes place on Saturday, September 24th from 7-10pm.  The night features Blue Dice, a 9-piece band known for its soulful, hard-hitting Funk,Rock, Blues and Jazz.
Gorgeous sunsets, beautiful views of the Gulf, and refreshing breezes provide the perfect backdrop for the fun, free concert series overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. There will be parking at Lowdermilk Park, with free parking provided to those with a Naples beach sticker. Free trolley service running to and from the venue also will be available. Guests may bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating, but coolers are not permitted.
Admission: Free to the public
For more information contact our Hilton Naples Concierge at 239-430-4900

September 20, 2011

Walk for the Way with United Way in Naples Florida

The Hilton Naples team will be once again walking in this year's Walk for the Way which is the kickoff event to the 2011-2012 United Way Fund Raising Campaign.  This year's event is on September 24, 2011 beginning at 9am.  The event will be at North Collier Regional Park which is located about 5 miles from the hotel.  If you're in town, why don't you join us for a wonderful morning walk for a great organization.

September 19, 2011

Celebrity Bartender Night at Shula's Steak House Naples

Join us for an unforgettable evening at Shula's Steak House Naples, located off the lobby of the Hilton Naples Florida Hotel.

Hilton Naples Hotel Among Top Rated Hotel in USA

The Hilton Naples Florida Hotel has earned the AAA Four Diamond designation for the past 11 years consecutively!
Much like appraising diamonds, when it comes to Guest experiences, quality is everything. Hilton properties continuously go above and beyond in providing top-level service to meet Guest expectations. This commitment to excellence has resulted in 73 Hilton properties in the Americas earning the prestigious AAA Four Diamond designation. 
While real diamonds are scored on the four Cs, the AAA Diamond rates properties on 27 indicators that reflect all elements of Guest stays, including range of on-site amenities, d├ęcor, room cleanliness and level of services a property offers.

The AAA Diamond rating system is North America’s leading hotel scoring method, and this recognition places the Four Diamond Hilton properties, including the Hilton Naples Florida Hotel among the top 4 percent of more than 31,000 hotels across the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

September 17, 2011

Rookery Bay in Naples Florida Celebrates National Estuaries Day

Rookery Bay celebrates National Estuaries Day on Saturday, September 24th from 10am-3pm.  Get on the water -- in the half-hour narrated boat tours of Rookery Bay, half-hour guided kayak trips leaving from the back lawn and through a paddle board demo on Henderson Creek.  To help the festivities, Rookery Bay in Naples Florida will also have tours of their science labs, a marine critters touch tank, guided trail walks, face painting, a food vendor, music, games, films, fish printing, family programming.

September 15, 2011

Agave is a New Opportunity for Dining in Naples

Although Agave (pronounced ah-GAH-vay) is best recognized as the plant from which tequila is made, it will soon be known as another delicious opportunity for dining in Naples Florida!

Agave Southwestern Grill is scheduled to open at 6 p.m. Sept 16.  Agave will feature authentic Southwestern cuisine and an array of more than 150 tequilas. Executive Chef Thomas Rieman, previously the executive sous chef at Angelina’s, created the menu, which is a fusion of Mexican, Spanish and Native American cuisines.

The signature calling card of Agave will be a broad range of tequilas. Presenting a selection of more than 150 tequilas, some of which are not currently available in the local market, the beverage menu will highlight various bouquets and tastes of each specific brand. The tequilas will be creatively displayed throughout the restaurant accentuated by a 12-foot tequila tower complete with a rolling library ladder. Special tastings will be held at the tequila bar, dining tables or in the tasting room with a relaxing water feature.

The uniquely enclosed bar, which is open daily until midnight, will feature specialty drinks unique to Agave as well as Agave’s own draft beer.

The exhibition kitchen offers guests a view of the wood-burning grill where hot entrees will be prepared. Agave’s menu will also offer a selection for health-conscience diners including salads and four distinct ceviches and items less than 500 calories. All items will be made from scratch.

Agave Southwestern Grill is located less than 5 miles from the Hilton Naples Florida Hotel at 2380 Vanderbilt Beach Road, near the southwest corner of the Airport-Pulling Road intersection in North Naples. For more information, call 239-598-FIRE (3473).

September 12, 2011

Hang Ten With Hilton Naples During Season 2 of Hawaii Five-O

HHonors Members Hang Ten
 Need another reason to become a HHonors Member?  Hilton will be celebrating it's 2nd year as production partner with the CBS hit, Hawaii Five-0 by running a Sweepstakes to win Five Free Nights at a Hilton Hotel in Hawaii!  If you have a HHonors Membership number, you will also receive an entry upon staying at any Hilton hotel ~ including the Hilton Naples Florida Hotel!

Even if you Hang Ten on the beaches in Naples with the Hilton Naples Florida Hotel, you can enter to win as a Hilton HHonors™ member!

Sweepstakes launches October 1 and runs through November 23rd.  Hotel rooms booked through January 7, 2012 are eligible.

Click here to Sign Up for Hilton HHonors™

September 10, 2011

NAACP "Affirming America's Promise" 29th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet

NAACP "Affirming America's Promise" 29th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet will be held at the Hilton Naples Florida Hotel on October 29, 2011.  Tickets are currently available
Each year, the funds raised go to support or sponsor:
  • Funded laptops to high school students.
  • Supported educational scholarship programs.
  • Sponsored the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest.
  • BTS/SIS – Back to School/Stay in School Program for high school students.
  • ACT-SO (Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics) An enrichment program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academics and cultural achievement among school students. The program relies on the dedication and commitment of community and business leaders who volunteer as mentors and coaches to promote academic and artistic excellence and to make a difference in the lives of the future of Collier County youth.
  • Legal Redress - Legal direction in the area of discrimination.

September 7, 2011

Dining in Naples Cooks it Up A Notch!

Foodies & Carb lovers Unite at the September PastaBASH.  Bayside Seafood Grill & Bar is hosting its 2nd "Cook It Up" live cooking event with executive chef Abel Gonzalez this Saturday, September 10th from 5:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.
The September PastaBASH will feature tastings of Shrimp & Lobster fettuccini. Guests will receive complimentary wine tastings of Shooting Star Sauvignon Blanc 2009 and Ferraro Carano Chardonnay 2009.

Bayside is one of my favorite places to sit back with a drink on the Upper Deck Bar & soak in the views of Venetian Bay.  They have live music Thursday through Sunday from 6:30-9:30pm.  Bayside is located at the Village on Venetian Bay which is just minutes from the Hilton Naples Florida Hotel . For more information on the PastaBASH or dining options call the hotel direct 239-649-5552 or contact the Hilton Naples Concierge.

September 6, 2011

Names of Love Leads up to the Newest Festival in Naples

One of our newest Festivals in Naples is the Naples International Film Festival taking place this year from November 3-6, 2011.

Each month, the NIFF Film Society Selects a film to showcase and the September Film Selection is...Names of Love.

A New York Times Critic's Pick and winner of two Cesar Awards (the French Oscars) for Best Actress and Best Original Screenplay:

Baya Benmahmoud, a young, extroverted liberal, lives by the old hippie slogan: "Make love, not war" to convert right-wing men to her left-wing political causes by sleeping with them. She seduces many and so far has received exceptional results - until she meets Arthur Martin, a Jewish middle aged, middle-of-the road scientist. Bound by common tragic family histories (the Algerian War and Holocaust under Vichy), the duo improbably falls in love. Amid the bubbly amour, humorous lasciviousness and moments of sheer madness, filmmaker Michel Leclerc injects satirical riffs on such hot-button sociopolitical issues as Arab-Jewish relations, anti-Semitism, immigration, and racial and cultural identity. In French with English Subtitles.

Tickets on Sale Now for the September NIFF Film Society Viewing of the Names of Love! Get your tickets early as past events have sold out.
  • When: Tuesday September 13, 2011
  • Where: Silverspot Cinemas at Mercato
  • Time: 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30 for food & drink)
  • Cost: $25 (which includes one movie ticket, choice of house wine, beer or 12 oz. fountain drink, savory bites & sweet treats
Film Discussion immediately following the screening.

NIFF members receive complimentary promo size popcorn with NIFF membership card
For tickets go to

Reserve your rooms now - we sold out of rooms last year so make plans to stay at the Hilton Naples Florida Hotel during theNaples International Film Festivals in Naples.

September 4, 2011

Lotsa Lobster Dining in Naples Florida this September!

Visit the Dock Restaurant throughout the month of September & enjoy two 1 lb. lobsters with black beans and rice or fries and slaw for just $26.95. This offer is good Friday, Saturday and Sunday all month long. It is not valid with any other offer. Open at 11 am for lunch, raw bar. and dinner daily, and for Naples -style Sunday Brunch with a Make-Your-Own Bloody Mary Bar beginning at 10:30 am.

The Dock Restaurant is located in Crayton Cove - Crayton Cove is an Old Naples village-style destination on Naples Bay, imbued with historic ambience and rustic charm. 

 All Crayton Cove businesses are locally-owned and operated. Visitors find working artists in their studios and galleries, enterprising merchants of one-of-a-kind shopping in Naples and renowned restaurateurs. Crayton Cove's heart is Naples City Dock, home to Naples' largest charter fishing and sightseeing fleet.

September 3, 2011

Burrito Group or the Nacho Group on Labor Day in Naples Florida ?

Are you part of the Burrito Group or the Nacho Group? 

Not the question that typically comes to mind when discussing things to do in Naples on Labor Day.  However, those who are so inclined can spend Labor Day taking the perfect holiday ride.  Organized by the Naples Velo cycling community, the Moe’s Labor Day Fun Ride, a 40-mile ride starts at 7:30am and is a perfect way to spend a relaxing Labor Day in Naples Florida.  There are two Ride Options:

The Burrito Group: NO speed limit!
The Nacho Group: 20-22 mph
 And every rider gets a Perk: a FREE Burrito from Moe's! A few things to know:
Registration Opens On-Site: 7:00 a.m
Registration Fee: $20 per rider, $10 for youth (10-18 yrs)
Helmets Required
Youth under 14 yrs must be accompanied by an adult at all times
Hilton Naples Florida Hotel Guests can use one of our complimentary bicycles-just stop by the front desk to sign one out.
Questions and Comments should be directed to Naples Velo's Tish at

September 2, 2011

Discover Crayton Cove Can Save You 10%

If you happen to be downtown Naples on Sunday, stop by Slip 76 at the Naples City Dock to celebrate the 10th season of Island Sailing aboard "Island Dreams!" Tour the vessel, have some free birthday cake and enter a drawing for a free full moon cruise. Time of celebration is between 10am and 2pm.  Mention "Discover Crayton Cove" & you will receive a 10% discount on any sailing trip before December 31st! Call (239) 248-0834 for more information or to book a sail.

Happy Birthday to Island Sailing from all your friends at the Hilton Naples Florida Hotel!

May the next 10 years be Smooth Sailing for you all!

Visit Naples Zoo Labor Day Weekend in Naples

No Monkeying Around!
Visit Naples Zoo over Labor Day Weekend and get one free child ticket with the purchase of a regular paid adult ticket

Still don't have hotel reservations?  Hilton Naples Florida Hotel has a few rooms left - book now & enjoy your Labor Day Weekend in Naples Florida!

September 1, 2011

Labor Day Weekend in Naples Sidewalk Sale Shopping

Shop-a-holics & Deal-Lovers Unite!  Starting about 15 minutes ago through Saturday at 5pm it is time to Shop 'til you drop at the Village on Venetian Bay in Naples Florida

Take advantage of exceptional savings on top-quality merchandise from Village merchants - some of my faves are Chicos, Pratts & Jami's! Kicking off the three-day event at Village Nights is One Good Daywhich starts tonight, Thursday, from 6-9 p.m. The four-piece band performs a wide variety of classic and alternative rock along with funk and dance. Popular mother and daughter duo It Takes Two will energize the crowd with their diverse renditions of rock, country, jazz and more. On Friday, from 1-4 p.m., Amy Bright, an accomplished songstress performs smooth jazz to traditional jazz tunes. The Cloud Nine Duo with high-energy vocalist, Chloe, entertains with a hip mix of classic and contemporary hits. The fun continues on Saturday from 1-4 p.m. with Juliette Pennington Trio singing R&B and dance hit classics. Or, sway to the cool island sounds of Keith Atkins. 

Shopping in Naples + Live Entertainment = Great time!

Guests of the Hilton Naples Florida Hotel are welcome to check out a bicycle and take a leisurely bike ride over - it is less than ten minutes from the hotel and you'll have extra time to check out the gorgeous scenery in Naples!