November 30, 2011

Shula's Restaurant Open on Christmas Day!

Dear Santa,
All I want for Christmas is Dinner at Shula's! 
Love,
Your Family

Looking for restaurants open on Christmas Day?  Enjoy Shula's Steak House Naples ~ offering a special Christmas Menu from 11:00AM -10:00PM.  Regular dinner menu will also be offered all day.  Now accepting reservations and filling up fast!  Make your reservations now by calling 239-430-4999 or for Private Room Reservations call Jeff at 239-659-3176.



November 28, 2011

Premier Rum Tasting! Happy Hour in Naples

Shula's Steak House is featuring a premier Rum Tasting Happy Hour in Naples on Wednesday, November 30, 2011.  Join us at the Shula's Lobby bar from 5:30PM-7:30PM as you sample the world's finest rums from Barbados paired with complimentary hors d'oeuvres by Chef Ceasar.

The signature drink for the evening will be a Mojito with Mount Gay Eclipse Silver.

Reserve your spot today at http://www.shulasrumtasting.eventbrite.com/ or call Jeff at 239-659-3176

Everything's Happening at Shula's Steak House Naples!

November 26, 2011

Holiday Shopping in Naples & a Complimentary Cocktail!

Don't forget to drop off unwrapped toys to Blue Martini located in the Mercato Shopping in Naples Florida beginning today through December 16th!  Get your holiday shopping done and enjoy a complimentary cocktail courtesy of Blue Martini! 

November 24, 2011

Black Friday 2011 Deals at Mercato Shopping in Naples

Black Friday Deals, Sales & Promotions are kicking off at the Naples Shopping district of Mercato.  A sampling of Special Holiday Sales & Promotions include: 
Black Friday 2011 Deals
at the Hilton Naples Hotel
  • Bio New York: 30% off all full-priced merchandise for Black Friday weekend.
  • Blue Martini & Toys for Tots Annual Toy Drive begins November 26-December 15th: Donate an unwrapped toy to Toys for Tots at Blue Martini and receive a complimentary cocktail.
  • Coldwater Creek:  40% off the entire store until 12:00 pm on Friday, November 25th and Buy One Get One Half Off all weekend long.
  • GiGi's Children's Boutique:  Black Friday "Grab" Bag Giveaway with the chance to win gift certificates, percentage off coupons and more. 9am-9pm Friday, Nov. 25th.
  • Sportalm: 15% off everything in the store Friday, Nov 25th through Sunday, Nov. 27th.
Thanksgiving Day Hours:  All Mercato Shops will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 24th with the exception of the following. Happy Thanksgiving!
  • Blue Martini - 4 pm to 2 am
  • Burn - 5 pm to 2 am
  • McCormick & Schmick's - 11:30 am to 10 pm
  • Silverspot Cinema - 12 pm to 10 pm
  • Stage 62 Delicatessen - 8 am to 3 pm
  • Whole Foods Market - 8 am to 2 pm
Mercato Retail Holiday Hours
Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 24th:  Closed
Friday, Nov. 25th:  9 am to 9 pm
Nov. 26th through Dec. 18th:  Monday - Saturday 10:00 am to 9:00 pm; Sunday 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Dec. 19th through Dec. 23rd:  10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24th:  9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Christmas Day, Sunday, Dec. 25th:  Closed
Monday, Dec. 26th:  9:00 am to 9:00 pm
New Year's Eve, Saturday, Dec. 31st:  10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sunday, Jan. 1st:  12:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Don't forget to take advantage of Black Friday 2011 Deals at the Hilton Naples Hotel  beginning November 25, 2011.  Mercato in Naples is located just 3 miles from the Hilton Naples Florida Hotel.

Naples Town Hall Featuring Newt Gingrich Moved to Hilton Naples Hotel

A Naples town hall meeting featuring Newt Gingrich moved to the Hilton Naples Hotel will take place on Friday, November 25th at 5:00pm.  The town hall is free and open to the public.  During the meeting, Newt Gingrich will give some opening remarks and then open the floor up to attendees to answer questions.  The Hilton Naples Hotel has complimentary valet & self parking for attendees and is located at 5111 Tamiami Trail North, Naples just south of Pine Ridge Road.

November 23, 2011

No Fear of Mayhem Here!

This Thanksgiving we are very thankful you found the Hilton Naples Hotel and avoided creepy Motel Mayhem!  Our Four Diamond hotel accommodations in Naples Florida are safe & secure.  No fear of Mayhem here!

November 22, 2011

1st Annual Festival of Trees at The Village on Venetian Bay

The Boy's & Girl's Club of Collier County is proud to kick off the 1st Annual Festival of Trees at The Village on Venetian Bay beginning November 25th through December 11th.  Come and enjoy our winter wonderland to view the beautifully decorated trees, wreaths and garland swags. There will also be fun and festive events throughout these 16 days of fun! For more information please call 239.325.1765. Hours: M, Tue, Wed, Sat- 1 to 6 p.m.; Thurs, Friday- 1 to 9 p.m.; Sunday- 1 to 5 p.m.  The Village on Venetian Bay is a short 2 mile drive from the Hilton Naples Florida Hotel.

Black Friday 2011 Deals at the Hilton Naples Florida Hotel

Still thinking about ways to get away this holiday season? One of the best things about the Thanksgiving holiday is what comes after: Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals!

This year, the Hilton Naples is jumping on the Black Friday 2011 Deals bandwagon with their offer - The December Sale. Get 25% off our best available rates when you book hotel rooms for getaways starting December 8, 2011 through January 8, 2012.

This December Sale is the best sale of the year on hotel rooms in Naples Florida!
Take advantage of Black Friday 2011 Deals by Hilton Naples
Take advantage of Black Friday 2011 Deals
at the Hilton Naples Florida Hotel



The December Sale can be booked beginning November 25, 2011 through January 1, 2012. These rates are good for hotel stays beginning December 8, 2011 through January 8, 2012.

A 7-day advance purchase and pre-payment is required. No changes or cancellations will be allowed with these special rates.

Stay Tuned for my top picks of things to do in Naples Florida from December through January.

November 17, 2011

Franklin Templeton Shootout PlayerPass on Sale Now!


To celebrate the success of the Shark Shootout event, the Hilton Naples unveils its new TeeTimesUSA golf vacation booking engine which allows future guests to go online and book tee times, hotel reservations and car rental all in a one-stop. Franklin Templeton Shootout returned to Naples 11 times to host their premiere PGA TOUR Post season event - now you too can play Florida Golf on one of Florida's Best Courses by booking the Hilton Naples Hotel.

November 16, 2011

Who Will Win the Franklin Templeton Shark Shootout?


Photo by Michael O'Bryon
Courtesy of Franklin Tempeton Shootout website
Below is a snapshot of the remaining 12 teams striving to earn this year’s title (List courtesy of the Franklin Templeton Shootout Website)

Stewart Cink & Bo Van Pelt: Van Pelt is the hot player on this team, which will compete for the first time. Including his win in Malaysia, Van Pelt has six top-10 finishes this year in addition to the eight he accumulated in 2010 and is currently ranked 25th in the world. Cink, winner of the 2009 Open Championship and owner of six career victories, will be making his sixth appearance at the Shootout.



Jason Dufner & Sean O’Hair: This is a rookie team to the Shootout. Both will compete for the first time and bring impressive credentials. O’Hair has won four times, including this year’s Canadian Open. Dufner is enjoying his best year on TOUR, with seven top-10 finishes that include a pair of runner-up finishes in playoffs–one of which occurred at the PGA Championship.


Chad Campbell & Chris DiMarco: Campbell has four career victories and DiMarco three. Although this will be the first time they have played together, both have two top-five finishes in past Shootout appearances with different partners. Another common factor, each has finished second in major championships during their career—DiMarco three times and Campbell once.


Rory Sabbatini & Jhonattan Vegas: Sabbatini is from South Africa and Vegas is from Venezuela, where the entire country celebrated when he became the first ever Venezuelan to not only be a member of the TOUR but to win this year at the Bob Hope Classic. Sabbatini is a veteran player who won for the sixth time this year with his victory at The Honda Classic.

Mark Calcavecchia & Nick Price: Two of the game’s nicest guys and great competitors have a combined 25 appearances in the Shootout. Calcavecchia is a two-time Shootout champion, most recently in 2007 with Woody Austin. Both of these major champions spend most of their time on the Champions Tour these days. Each has earned a victory this year and, combined, they have 24 top-10 finishes on the age 50-and-over circuit.

J.B. Holmes & Kenny Perry: This Kentucky duo has experienced Shootout success together. This will be Perry’s eighth appearance and Holmes’ fourth. Perry is a multiple champion of the Shootout, most recently in 2008. For Holmes, a two-time TOUR winner, this will mark the first time back in competition since undergoing brain surgery in late summer. Perry, a 14-time winner on TOUR, won this fall on the Champions Tour for the first time.

This year, Golf Channel will televise Friday and NBC will broadcast the weekend competition.
To celebrate the success of the Shark Shootout event, the Hilton Naples Hotel unveils its new TeeTimesUSA golf vacation booking engine which allows future guests to go online and book tee times, hotel reservations and car rental all in a one-stop. Franklin Templeton Shootout returned to Naples 11 times to host their premiere PGA TOUR Post season event - now you too can play Florida Golf on one of Florida's Best Courses by booking the Hilton Naples Hotel.

Don’t forget to vote on the Hilton Naples Top 5 Tuesday Poll: Which Franklin Templeton Shark Shootout Team Do you Want to see Win in Naples Florida? Voting ends Friday at 2:30pm

Hilton Naples Top 5 Tuesday Poll: Who's Your Fave Franklin Templeton Shark Shootout Team in Naples Florida

Don’t forget to vote on the Hilton Naples Top 5 Tuesday Poll:   Which Franklin Templeton Shark Shootout Team Do you Want to see Win in Naples Florida? Voting ends Friday at 2:30pm

Photo by Michael O'Bryon Courtesy of
Franklin Tempeton Shootout website

Below is a snapshot of the 6 of the 12 teams striving to earn this year’s title (List courtesy of the Franklin Templeton Shootout Website)

Fredrik Jacobson & Greg Norman: These two will be playing together for the first time. Jacobson earned his first career victory earlier this season at the Travelers Championship. He also finished T14 at the U.S. Open and T16 at the Open Championship. Norman, who won in 1998 with Steve Elkington, will be making his 22nd appearance while Jacobson will be making his Shootout debut.
Jerry Kelly & Steve Stricker: This marks the fourth consecutive year the 2009 champions will play together. Kelly and Stricker are both from Madison, Wisc., and were born exactly three months apart (Kelly-Nov. 23, 1966, Stricker-Feb. 23, 1967). They have combined for 14 PGA TOUR victories– Kelly three and Stricker 11, including two this year. Kelly has won two Shootout titles in six appearances. His first came in 2006 with Rod Pampling. Stricker, currently ranked fourth in the world, will compete for the fourth consecutive year.
Keegan Bradley & Brendan Steele: This duo of PGA TOUR rookies combined for three wins this year. Bradley is a two-time winner, including his victory at the PGA Championship. Steele won the Valero Texas Open. Both have famous relatives. Steele’s uncle is an actor who plays “Luke” on General Hospital and Bradley’s aunt is World Golf Hall of Fame member Pat Bradley.
Charles Howell III & Justin Leonard: This Oklahoma State and University of Texas team is together for the first time. Howell III is a two-time winner on TOUR and has enjoyed a consistent year, finishing third twice and among the top 10 on seven occasions. Leonard is a 12-time winner whose best finish this year was second at Disney. Leonard will be making his seventh appearance in the Shootout while Howell III is making his fourth and first since 2007.
Rickie Fowler & Camilo Villegas: You might have to fight the crowds to follow this team. These two dynamic young players could be favorites when the competition begins. Both have a “go-for-it” attitude. Fowler recently won his first professional event in Asia. Since 2010, when he was named Rookie of the Year, Fowler has been among the top 10 in 11 tournaments and finished second three times. Villegas is a three-time winner on TOUR and was a member of Norman’s President Cup team in 2009.
Anthony Kim & Webb Simpson: Another dynamic young team. Simpson has enjoyed a breakthrough year with multiple wins that earned him the No. 2 spot on the TOUR’s Official Money list, a nomination for Player of the Year and a trip to his first Presidents Cup. While this is Simpson’s first Shootout, Kim returns for his third. Last year, he and Chris DiMarco were tied for third. Combined, this duo has won five TOUR titles in the past four years.

This year, Golf Channel will televise Friday and NBC will broadcast the weekend competition.


To celebrate the success of the Shark Shootout event, the Hilton Naples unveils its new TeeTimesUSA golf vacation booking engine which allows future guests to go online and book tee times, hotel reservations and car rental all in a one-stop. Franklin Templeton Shootout returned to Naples 11 times to host their premiere PGA TOUR Post season event - now you too can play Florida Golf on one of Florida's Best Courses by booking the Hilton Naples Hotel.

November 15, 2011

Franklin Templeton Shootout Spurs New Golf Deals by the Hilton Naples Hotel

This December 7-11, the 23rd Annual Franklin Templeton Shootout returns for the 11th time to Naples Florida.  Up to 40,000 spectators will be attending the Shootout golf charity event hosted by Greg Norman.  A collection of golf’s most decorated individuals have been paired into two-man teams.

Old Corkscrew Golf Course

Per a recent press release on the Franklin Templeton Shootout website, Mr. Norman recently announced the 24-man field that features some of golf’s young stars, including 2011 PGA Champion Keegan Bradley, Player of the Year candidate Webb Simpson and the talented and colorful Rickie Fowler. In addition, World No. 5 Steve Stricker leads a group of 12 individuals who have compiled 15 titles this year. There are also six major championship winners and a pair of Hall of Famers scheduled to compete. As a group, they have amassed 132 total PGA TOUR victories, including nine major championship trophies.

This year, Golf Channel will televise Friday and NBC will broadcast the weekend competition.

To celebrate the success of the Shark Shootout event, the Hilton Naples unveils its new TeeTimesUSA golf vacation booking engine which allows future guests to go online and book tee times, hotel reservations and car rental all in a one-stop.  Franklin Templeton Shootout returned to Naples 11 times to host their premiere PGA TOUR Post season event - now you too can play Florida Golf on one of Florida's Best Courses by booking the Hilton Naples Hotel.

November 8, 2011

Naples Florida Celebrate the Arts During November

November 2011 is Celebrate the Arts Month in Naples Florida.  This year over 100 events are on the Celebrate the Arts Month Schedule.

A complete schedule of events for Celebrate the Arts Month & information about each one can be viewed at http://www.celebratethearts.org/ .  Naples is recognized as Florida's Cultural Paradise offering hundreds of choices for arts enthusiasts.  This month and all year round residents & visitors in Naples can enjoy street festivals, free outdoor concerts, museums, lecture series, working artists' studios as well as dance, music and theatrical perfromances. 

 Don't forget to vote on this week's Hilton Naples Top 5 Tuesday Poll which is dedicated to the 2011 Celebrate the Arts Month:  What Are The Top 5 Things To Do To Celebrate the Arts in Naples Florida during November?

Planning a Meeting in Naples Florida

The Hilton Naples Florida Hotel joined forces with the Naples CVB and several other South Florida CVB's to host 70+ meeting planners in Tallahassee. It was a fantastic event with the intent to strengthen relationships between hotels with meeting space in Naples (and South Florida) and the meeting planners who plan events around the State of Florida.

Here is what one of our event attendees had to say about the event: "It really means a lot to have such a wonderful group travel to Tallahassee to give us an opportunity to meet and talk with each one of you about what your area has to offer. We get numerous emails from hoteliers about their facility, but it is really good when you meet the person face to face to talk about what they have to offer. I know we see some of you twice a year or more, but still there are new and innovative things that are happening at your site that is of interest to us. We as meeting planners are always looking for uniqueness in each event, but more than that we are trying to form relationships with our hoteliers. It is relationships that move this industry............word of mouth encounters, experiences we share-good or bad and being connected to someone that has a stake in your event. All of this makes for a great event, time and time again........it is called repeat business."

Meetings in Naples are gaining momentum. Getting to Naples is quite easy for those planning meetings in Florida. U.S. 41 (also called the Tamiami Trail) and Interstate 75 are the main corridors. The Interstate also heads to Florida's east coast through the Everglades along Alligator Alley.

Most importantly, Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) in Estero is within easy reach via I-75 and is located 28 miles from the Hilton Naples Florida Hotel. Direct air service is increasing. Various types of transportation, from shuttle buses to limos, whisk visitors to the Naples area from the airport.

Naples Municipal Airport, where dozens of private jets , is minutes from the Hilton Naples.

The Hilton Naples has a dedicated Catering and Conference Services Team as well as full service audio-visual team on property. 

Factor in the great Meeting Planner Specials the Hilton Naples is offering & you have just a few of the reasons that make it even easier for meeting planners to plan their events at this Naples Florida Hotel.

November 2, 2011

Jimmy Keys Performs at the Hilton Naples Florida Hotel

Jimmy Keys is performing live at the Hilton Naples Florida Hotel on November 9th.  Join us for non-stop musical comedy entertainment.  Buffet begins at 6:00PM with show following. Cash Bar.  Email Liz at lsanders@cooperhotels.com for more info.