June 29, 2012

Sidewalk Sales Shopping in Naples

The waterfront setting of The Village on Venetian Bay is an ideal backdrop for shopping, dining, entertainment and the must-go-to Sidewalk Sale starting June 28. Get an early start on your Fourth of July celebration this year with savings galore and live entertainment daily through Sunday, July 1st.

 The Sidewalk Sale hours are:
  • Thursday, June 28 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Sunday from Noon to 6 p.m.
Support our Veterans!
In conjunction with the Veterans Association of Florida, drop off items during the 4th of July Sidewalk Sale at Yvonne's House of Shoes and Lux Boutique for those who sacrificed so much for our country. Items donated will go to some of the area's Veterans Administration Hospitals and their patients. Needed items include personal toiletries, razors, tee-shirts, socks, puzzles, books or other new items that a patient might need or use during their hospital stay.
Guests of the Hilton Naples Hotel can take advantage of the close proximity to The Village on Venetian Bay~ it is just a 2 mile bicycle ride if you choose to borrow one of the complimentary bicycles available to all our valued guests.

Birthday Celebration at the Naples Zoo

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Naples Zoo's Four Fosa Cubs turn the Big "One"
Beginning today, June 29, 2012, join professional keepers to celebrate the first birthday of Naples Zoo’s four fosa cubs.  Keepers will decorate the exhibit and trees with streamers and deliver papier-mâché gift boxes filled with meaty treats that these endangered Malagasy carnivores find tasty.  And for dessert, the dietician is preparing a special blood-flavored ice cake complete with turkey meat frosting!
Naples Zoo’s keepers continue the celebration over the weekend with additional gift boxes. The fosa party happens at 10:00 each morning from Friday through Sunday (June 29 thru  July 1) during the Meet the Keeper Series presentation at their exhibit. You can also enjoy seeing two of the fosa cubs at the 11:00 a.m. Safari Canyon theater presentation.

June 28, 2012

Naples Hilton Wedding Planner in Naples Daily News Article

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Hilton Naples Hotel specializes in
destination weddings in Naples Florida
Electa Saker, the wedding planner for the Hilton Naples Hotel was quoted in an article: "Getting hitched'- Southwest Florida still a summer wedding destination" featured by the Naples Daily News. 

"95 percent of what I do is work on weddings," said the Hilton's special events manager Electa Saker, adding, "I'm in wedding mode almost all of the time."

Saker says that the hotel's business is split about 50/50 between local and destination brides—many of which find the Hilton on the Internet. "The Internet is such a huge tool for brides, you really can plan a wedding from anywhere. In fact, this year I've already had two brides from the UK and I have a third planning a wedding in January."

Click here to contact Electa Saker or find out more about weddings in Naples or at the Hilton Naples Hotel,

Click here to read more about theNaples Daily News destination weddings in Naples Florida article.

Promoting Forgiveness . Mending Hearts . Saving Lives

Renee Napier is making a difference and saving lives. Renee tells the story of losing her daughter to a drunk driver, talks about the healing power of forgiveness, shows videos that feature Eric, the convicted drunk driver, in prison and since April 22, 2010, she has been allowed to have Eric join her as an inmate, bound by shackles and handcuffs, to share his powerful testimony. They conclude with a compelling slide show featuring Meagan, Lisa and Eric. Afterwards, the audience is invited to go outside and take an up close look at Lisa's mangled car... the car in which she and Meagan died.

On Friday, June 29th from 7pm to 9pm there will be a DUI Prevention Awareness event taking place at New Hope Ministries.  The speaker is a mother who lost her daughter to a drunk driver in 2002.  She started the Meagan Napier Foundation to honor her daughter and now campaigns across the state to help raise awareness about the dangers of driving under the influence.  Her presentations are especially powerful because she travels with the wrecked car in which her daughter died and is often accompanied by the convicted drunk driver, as part of his sentencing. 

She recently spoke to students at 7 Collier County high schools in April and her presentations made such an impact that we received numerous requests to bring her back.  This is a chance for anyone who was unable to hear her important message to come out for this unique and powerful presentation.  We encourage parents with teenagers to attend with their teen, however Ms. Napier’s presentation is suitable for audiences of all ages.

June 21, 2012

Rock Out at Elvis Fest 5

Rock Out at Elvis Fest 5, a Tribute to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, at Seminole Casino Immokalee this weekend, June 22-24.
Enjoy famous Elvis Tribute Artists’ Contest, Free Entertainment, Cash Giveaways, Food and Drink Specials all weekend. 

The best Elvis tribute artists from all over the United States will celebrate and compete to become King. The big weekend kicks off with a concert by award-winning and nationally acclaimed Elvis tribute artist Dwight Icenhower. Elvis enthusiasts will also enjoy musical performances by The Great Pretenders and Todd Martin, winner of Elvis Fest 4. Admission to all Elvis Fest 5 events (excluding Dwight Icenhower concert) is free for Seminole Player’s Club members. Anyone who’s 21 or older can join; it’s fast, free and easy.
Seminole Casino Immokalee is located approximately one hour from the Hilton Naples Hotel.

June 19, 2012

On The Water in Naples

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Photo courtesy of: Windstalkers Kiteboarding and Paddleboard
Summer begins tomorrow with temperatures scorching the Northeast, Mid-West, Southwest and everywhere in between.  Naples is seemingly a pretty cool place to be and water temperatures are perfect to enjoy a little adventure on the water. 
A few activities on the water to keep cool this summer in Naples Florida:
  1. Rent a boat or take on of many boat tours in Naples & surrounding areas 
  2. Kayaking the Paradise Coast Blueway - Naples Kayak Company can set you up with rentals
  3. Fishing the Naples Pier - no fishing license needed
  4. Stand-up Paddleboarding - try a SUP Eco-tour
  5. Try Paddle Board Yoga to combine the serenity of yoga and water in one practice
  6. Kiteboarding - Take lessons in Kiteboarding for your next adrenaline rush
  7. Waverunners - Choose to do your own private adventure or be led into a guided excrusion through Naples Bay or the Everglades.
Naples by water can be as relaxing or adventurous as you make it. Just know that water is all around and just waiting for you to explore.  Ask your Hilton Naples Concierge for additional information on these water activities and other things to do in Naples Florida.

June 8, 2012

Father's Day At Shula's Steak House Naples

Please Join Us for Father’s Day.
Sunday, June 17th

Special Menu For Dad's Highlighting
The SHULA CUT 22oz. Cowboy!!!

Make Your Reservations TODAY!!!
Phone: (239) 430-4999 / Online Reservations

Host your next Private Event at Shula's Steak House!

Email Jeff Jerome at jdjerome@cooperhotels.com 
or call (239)659-3176 to inquire about reserving 
our Wine Room or the Coach's Room.

Book your next evening event of 12 guests or more
and you'll receive a

Shula's Steak House
5111 Tamiami Trail North
Naples, FL 34103

June 7, 2012

Naples Florida in Smithsonian Magazine: 20 Best Small Towns in America

Naples Florida has long been known for it's beautiful beaches and charming appeal. It is also being recognized as a small town alive with lots of arts and culture. Naples already has been honored with being named one of the #1 Top 100 Best Art Towns in America by author and art critic, John Villani and as one of "The Top 25 Cities for Art" in American Style magazine.
ALouise Nevelson work at the art museum. (Brian Tietz)
Most recently, Naples Florida was featured in The 20 Best Small Towns in America by Smithsonian Magazine in their May 2012 issue.  Per the article, to create the list, the magazine researched cities for their high concentrations of museums, historic sites, botanic gardens, resident orchestras, art galleries and other cultural assets common to big cities...however, they focused on towns with populations less than 25,000 (Naples population is 19,500), so travelers could experience what might be called enlightened good times in an unhurried, charming setting.

According to the United Arts Council, the offical Local Arts Agency for Collier County,  the local arts community of Naples consists of 59 nonprofit cultural groups, 100+ galleries, 500+ artists & entertainers, thousands of art-lovers.

Naples has designated the month of November as Celebrate the Arts Month in which a spectacular array of the arts happen in every venue.  Live Performances, free concerts, festivals, galleries, musicians and artists all unite to celebrate the vibrant arts & culture Naples offers.

The Hilton Naples Hotel is centrally located within a five mile radius of most major art venues including The Philharmonic, Naples Zoo, Naples Players, von Liebig Art Center, Naples Museum of Art and the Design District of Naples.

June 4, 2012

NIFF Film Society Summer Series - American Graffiti

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Join Naples International Film Festival (NIFF) Society for their first Summer Series Film, the 1973 Summer Blockbuster American Graffiti.  See the film written & directed by George Lucas and starring Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfus, Harrison Ford, Cindy Williams and many other well-known actors. 

Your $25 includes one movie ticket, choice of house wine, beer or 12 oz. fountain drink, savory bites & sweet treat. Movie will be at the state of the art Silverspot Cinema located at Mercato in Naples.  Doors open at 6:30pm and movie starts at 7:00pm.  A film discussion will occur immediately following the screening.  Go to www.silverspotcinema.com to get your tickets in advance.

June 1, 2012