September 28, 2012

Everglades National Park & Big Cypress National Preserve

Everglades Adventure, airboat tour, Hilton Naples Hotel
Photo courtesy of Naples, Marco Island, Everglades CVB
This weekend is a great time to get out and enjoy the wonderful nature and wildlife that Naples and the surround areas are known for.

Collier County is home to many parks, including the Everglades National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve.  Saturday, September 29th marks the 19th annual National Public Lands Day which encouragees everyone to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors.

Hilton Naples Hotel, Director of Marketing, Niccole Neebling, The Everglades Adventure
Hilton Naples Director of Marketing, Niccole Neebling
posing during a Swamp Walk with Rick Cruz Expeditions
Big Cypress National Preserve protects over 729,000 acres of the freshwaters of the Big Cypress Swamp.  Visitors to this vast swamp located in Ochopee, FL should plan on spending at least a few hours in the Preserve, exploring the scenic drive and several of the viewpoints and boardwalks.  The Big Cypress National Preserve is home to a diversity of wildlife, including the Florida panther.

Nearby Everglades National Park is the largest subtropical wilderness in the USA boasting 1.5 million acres.  Photographing birds, hiking, observing alligators are just a few of the many adventures you can choose when you visit the Everglades National Park

A great way to experience and Everglades adventure in both parks is via Airboat.  

Everglades Area Tours also offers a guided kayak experience that is one of the best I've taken.  Each trip is different and you never know what your going to see. 
Rick Cruz Expeditions heads up an fun and informative Swamp Walk which is definitely for those of you looking for a fun way to experience The Everglades.
Stop by the Concierge at the Hilton Naples Hotel to learn all the ways to get the most out of your Everglades Adventure!  And don't forget your camera - you'll definitely want to document your journey into The Everglades however way you choose to go.

September 21, 2012

Bachelor Auction in Naples

Special guest bachelor Jason Resmini , from the Bachelorette TV Show , and 11 spectacular local bachelors are creating exciting dates for the highest bidders!   
Join the Hilton Naples Hotel as we create the ambiance for eligible doctors, businessmen, an executive chef, a fireman among others in equally interesting careers who are looking forward to meeting you!   We’ve checked them out, and they are all gorgeous and fun!   So put on your most dynamite dress, invite your most enjoyable girlfriends to join you, and come for a night of fun.
bachelor auction, charitable events, charity benefit, breast cancer fundraisers, Hilton Naples Hotel,
Bachelor Auction to Benefit Cancer Alliance of Naples
At 7 pm doors will swing open to reveal the Hilton Naples transformed Enchanted Ballroom, with Scrumptious Dinner & Chocolates, Raffles, Music with the fabulous DJ Chris Ceron, and above all, the guys…. It will truly be an elegant, fun, Some Enchanted Evening!  Note to those married ladies who want to join in the fun - it is OK to Look!  Come support your single friends to win a memorable date, and have a great time.   The evening is scheduled to end at 10:30 pm.  Then again, there will be a dance floor….

All proceeds will be used to financially assist LOCAL low-income cancer survivors in Collier County with basic needs of food and gas, rent and utility payments during the time they are in chemo or radiation.  Let’s help them get on with their lives while they fight for their lives.  Please email, facebook, twitter and call all your friends to come out to support this cause.
The first 50 to register will receive a free copy that night of “Think & Date Like A Man”, written by April Masini, nicknamed “The New Millennium’s Dear Abby” by the media.

September 17, 2012

Shula’s 2nd Annual Champagne & Chocolate Tasting

Shula’s will be hosting their 2nd Annual Champagne & Chocolate Tasting benefiting the United Way of Collier County. Taste exceptional champagnes from Shula’s paired with delicious gourmet chocolates from Norman Love Confections. Norman Love will be presenting the perfectly paired chocolates. This event is sponsored by Florida Weekly and Norman Love Confections.

The champagne tastings will include Rosa Regale by Banfi, Poema-Cava, Domaine Carneros by Taittinger and Charles Heidsieck Rose Reserve.

Tickets are available at or by contacting Jeff Jerome at 239-659-3176.

Shula's is located inside the Hilton Naples Hotel on 5111 Tamiami Trail North; Naples, FL 34103

September 13, 2012

Tonight! Children's Museum of Naples Adult Only Night

Children's Museum of Naples Hilton Naples Hotel
Not only does C'mon encourage children to be free to play, learn and dream, it also lets adults have a night of fun on their own!

Tonight is their adult-only playtime where you can relax, explore, learn and just have a lot of fun!
Food, drink, music, themes and other 'big-kid' fun.  The night will be anything but typical, as the Museum opens its doors to grown-ups looking for music and a chance to recapture the feeling of childhood curiosity and wonder.

September 13, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Theme: Tailgate Party
Cost: $15 members/$25 non-member (21+)
Call: (239) 514-0084

**The Children's Museum of Naples will be closed from September 17, 2012 to October 1, 2012 for scheduled maintenance.

September 3, 2012

Local Author Randy Wayne White to do Book Signing in Naples for "Gone"

After a summer of reading 50 Shades of Grey, I am ready to make room in my beach bag for favorite local author Randy Wayne White as he introduces a new series in his book GONE.  Classified as a psychological thriller, "Gone" takes place on Captiva, Sanibel, Port Royal in Naples, and in the Ten Thousand Islands.  Locals of Southwest Florida love reading Randy's novels as they take place in locations we can relate to while reading. Pick up a copy of any of the 18 novels Mr. White has written for great fictional beach reading.
I'm looking forward to meeting the heroine of the story, Hannah Smith.  Randy Wayne White will be doing a book signing on Friday September 7, 2012 beginning at 11am in Costco which is located 3 miles from the Hilton Naples Hotel