May 31, 2013

Things to do in Naples, FL

Ok, you have checked into your fabulous home-away-from-home oasis, gone to the pool, had lunch at Shula’s, got the perfect tan at the beach, relaxed a bit and now what? Wait to do it all over again tomorrow? Well, yes but before tomorrow, why not experience Naples today?

From its’ luxurious homes to white sandy beaches, Naples has a lot to offer to the visiting eye! With a combination of rich history and traditional Florida flair, the city has transformed into the metropolis it is today.
Staff recommended things to do, places to see and people to meet (for week ending 6/8/2013):
Naples’ Showcase live – Monday June 3rd, 2013 at 7:00pm at Fred’s Food, Fun & Spirits

What better way to start the week than with good entertainment? The Naples’ showcase live offers an evening of original music and ‘improv’ jams. Musicians are encouraged to come out and share their original music or cover. Diego Verney will be on back up drums and Curt Smyth is on back up bass. This event has been created to support the local talent in the Naples community. Fred’s will be offering tapas and burger specials all night long. Come and see the hidden talent that Naples has to offer!

See the Journey Ambassador in the Hilton Naples lobby for more information.

Walking Tour: Naples Historic District – Wednesday June 5th, 2013 at 9:30am at the Palm Cottage - Naples Historical Society 
Come and enjoy the rich history that is on exhibit in the museum. Afterwards, this popular 2.5 hour tour takes you through parts of Naples Historic District which includes alleys and the Naples pier. Enjoy colorful tales about the people and places of Old Naples. Factual stories gleaned from our oral history project dot this spectacular walking tour. Get a look into what Naples was before it transformed into what you see today!

Naples Historical Society’s Historic Palm Cottage, a house-turned museum, was built in 1895 and is the oldest house in Naples. The cottage is located close to the pier and beaches. After you learn in awe at the history of Naples, go to the beach and see what Naples is known for now.

 
See the Journey Ambassador in the Hilton Naples lobby for more information.
Mangrove Estuary Kayak Tour – Thursday June 6th, 2013 at 9:00am at Waters of Rookery Bay Reserve
This two-hour tour is not to be missed! You will enjoy exploring a beautiful, tranquil 2.5 mile loop on a naturalist-guided paddle. The tour takes you through mangrove tunnels, bays and past a bird rookery in the waters of Rookery Bay Reserve which is located between Naples and Marco Island. Who knows what kind of wildlife you will encounter, each day brings a new surprise! Dolphins, Manatees, Sea-Turtles, each one calls the mangrove home. Let the beauty of nature unfold before you. Learn about Rookery Bay Reserve and how you are connected to this beautiful place.



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Never paddled before? That’s ok! The tour includes brief paddling instructions and all equipment.

 See the Journey Ambassador in the Hilton Naples lobby to book your tickets today!

Don’t just come to Naples, EXPERIENCE NAPLES!
There is always something to do!            

May 27, 2013

Things to do in Naples, FL


Ok, you have checked into your fabulous home-away-from-home oasis, gone to the pool, had lunch at Shula’s, got the perfect tan at the beach, relaxed a bit and now what? Wait to do it all over again tomorrow? Well, yes but before tomorrow, why not experience Naples today?
From its’ luxurious homes to white sandy beaches, Naples has a lot to offer to the visiting eye! With a combination of rich history and traditional Florida flair, the city has transformed into the metropolis it is today.
Staff recommended things to do, places to see and people to meet (for week ending 6/1/2013):

LA TRAVIATA ON SYDNEY HARBOUR – Tuesday May 28, 2013 at 1:00pm at the Silverspot Cinema at Mercato
Verdi’s La Traviata shines in this spectacular production from Opera Australia, performed on a floating stage in the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbor under the stars. This enigmatic performance is sung in Italian. The cinema’s surround sound system allows you to be a part of the magic from 9,000 miles away.

The Silverspot at Mercato offers a different kind of movie experience which includes plush leather seating, fine wine and food. This is a must-do in Naples! If un'opera italiana isn’t your thing but you would like to enjoy the grand movie experience, see the Journey Ambassador in the Hilton Naples lobby for additional movie listings and to book your reservation today!
Naples Zoo Feature Show - Monday-Friday at 11:00am at the Naples Zoo

Got the kids? What better way to stimulate their minds while experiencing the awe that is ‘Mother Nature’. The feature show at the Naples Zoo allows them to discover the important role predators play in nature while viewing live animals from exotic cats to more unusual hunters. The hosts illustrate with wildlife clips and close up views on the live cam while animals exhibit natural behaviors.
The Safari Canyon open-air theater combines the fascinating information and wildlife footage of a nature program with the thrill of experiencing those same animals live and up close. Exclusive to Naples Zoo, the Safari Canyon shows are a fun way to experience wildlife.

Arrive a few minutes early to learn wildlife trivia, recent conservation data, and fun nature facts.  
 See the Journey Ambassador in the Naples Hilton lobby to book your tickets today!

Don’t just come to Naples, EXPERIENCE NAPLES!
There is always something to do!

May 24, 2013

Memorial Day Weekend in Naples

Shula's Annual Memorial Day Weekend Pool Party
So you’re in Naples, FL for the Memorial Day weekend and what’s there to do? Better question, what’s there not to do? After you have checked in and admired the beauty that is the Hilton Naples, your home-away-from-home, get ready to have fun!

 
Number #1 on my fun list is Shula’s annual Naples Memorial Day Weekend Pool Party! Right here at the Hilton Naples Hotel Pool. What more could you ask for? Pool, sunshine, burgers, hot dogs, and Chef Cesar’s marinated Chicken Breasts with his secret recipe!!!! YUM! Drink specials include Frozen Pina Coladas & Strawberry Daiquiris, Canned Beer, Cocktails, Soda and Water. Celebrate your Naples Memorial Day Weekend with your favorite hotel staff! Yeah Baby...we shall see YOU there!!

Ok, so maybe the pool isn’t your thing, you are more of a saltwater type of person. Well, to the beach it is! While you are at it, why not take in the Naples Extreme Volleyball Professionals Island Holiday tournament on May 25 at Vanderbilt Beach Park. The tournament starts at 8 a.m.

Don’t feel like getting wet? Let’s go shopping!! Miromar Outlets is having their Memorial Day Weekend Sidewalk Sale! Voted best shopping center in Southwest Florida, Miromar Outlets features more than 140 top designer and brand name outlets. Find great savings on top names including Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Bloomingdale’s The Outlet Store, and more. Celebrate the holiday with even greater savings off of already discounted prices. Stores open at 10am.

 In the off chance the kids don’t want to go to the pool OR the beach, take them to the zoo! The Naples Zoo is proud to announce – The Cheetahs are here!!!! With only a handful of cheetahs in the nation, the Naples Zoo was honored to be elected as the home for the two newest cheetahs to gain American citizenship! Use this coupon and one child gets free admission to the zoo all memorial weekend!
For more information on any of the things to do this Memorial Day in Naples, please contact our Journey Ambassador in the Hilton Naples Lobby.

Have a safe and fun Memorial Day!

Remember. Never Forget.

May 17, 2013

Things to do in Naples


 Ok, you have checked into your fabulous home-away-from-home oasis, gone to the pool, had lunch at Shula’s, got the perfect tan at the beach, relaxed a bit and now what? Wait to do it all over again tomorrow? Well, yes but before tomorrow, why not experience Naples today?
From its’ luxurious homes to white sandy beaches, Naples has a lot to offer to the visiting eye! With a combination of rich history and traditional Florida flair, the city has transformed into the metropolis it is today.

Staff recommended things to do in Naples, places to see and people to meet (for week ending 5/25/2013):

The Sounds of Sinatra – Tuesday May 21, 2013 at 6:45pm aboard the Naples Princess Yacht
The Sounds of Sinatra aboard the Naples Princess
Enjoy the Sounds of Sinatra provided by the talented Tony Avalon - he'll whisk you away and take you back with all of Sinatra's most popular hits. On this 2-hour cruise, you'll enjoy a delicious buffet dinner as we cruise through the waters of Naples Bay and into the Gulf of Mexico. The beautiful Florida sunset adds as the perfect backdrop. Flipper and friends may even make a guest appearance and do a show from the water. The possibilities are endless!
See the Journey Ambassador in the Hilton Naples lobby to book your reservation today!

Dreamgirls (the musical) - at Artis-Naples
DREAMGIRLS (the musical) – Live at The newly branded Artis-Naples (aka The Philharmonic Center for the Arts), Wednesday May 22, 2013 at 8:00pm
This Tony and Academy Award-winning musical sparkles like never before! Full of onstage joy and backstage drama, Dreamgirls tells the story of an up-and-coming 1960s singing girl group, and the triumphs and tribulations that come with fame and fortune.

 See the Journey Ambassador in the Hilton Naples lobby to book your tickets today!

Don’t just come to Naples, EXPERIENCE NAPLES!
There is always something to do!

May 13, 2013

Shula's Naples Macallan Scotch Dinner

5111 Tamiami Trail N, Naples FL 34103

MACALLAN SCOTCH DINNER
Guest Presenter Macallan Scotch Ambassador, Randy Adams

Wednesday, May 29th at 6PM / Shula's Player's Area

Enjoy Shula's Legendary Cuisine Perfectly Paired With Macallan Scotch. 

APPETIZER COURSE:
Blackened Sea Scallops 
with pineapple-mango salsa and agave nectar

Scotch Pairing: Macallan 12

SALAD COURSE:
Shula’s Steak House Salad
with romaine and mixed greens, cucumbers, 
hearts of palm, asparagus, cherry tomatoes, 
and Shula’s vinaigrette

Scotch Pairing: Macallan 15 Fine Oak

ENTREE COURSE:
Shula Cut ® 12oz. Bone-in Filet Mignon
with potato gratin, grilled asparagus and béarnaise

Scotch Pairing: Macallan 18

DESSERT COURSE:
Seasonal Berries in an almond florentine basket
 with whipped cream and raspberry coulis

Scotch Pairing: Highland Park 18

$95 per person 
plus tax & gratuity.

Reservation Required.
Please Contact Jeff Jerome at (239) 659-3176.



May 4, 2013

Hilton Naples Awarded TripAdvisor Green Leaders™ Platinum Status


Hilton Naples Earns Platinum Level in the Trip Advisor Green Leaders Program
Our Hilton Naples team proudly announces we qualified for the Platinum Level Green Leader status into the new TripAdvisor® GreenLeaders™ program, which helps travelers plan greener trips by identifying environmentally-friendly accommodations across the U.S.
 
TripAdvisor GreenLeaders have met a set of environmental standards developed for TripAdvisor by a leading environmental consulting firm, with input from expert partners. The more green practices a hotel has in place, the higher its GreenLeader level, which is shown on the property’s listing on the TripAdvisor site.  Hilton Naples earned the top distinction of Platnimum Level for it's sustainability practices.
 
“TripAdvisor GreenLeaders are leading the hospitality industry in making efforts to improve their environmental footprint,said Jenny Rushmore, director of responsible travel at TripAdvisor. “We greatly applaud these accommodations and are pleased to share their eco-friendly practices with our online audience of more than 200 million travelers.”
 
The TripAdvisor GreenLeaders program was developed in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® program, the U.S. Green Building Council, and the United Nations Environment Programme.
 
Hilton Naples Hotel is part of The Florida Department of Environmental Protection Green Lodging Program and the Hilton Worldwide Lightstay Conservation program.
 
The Hilton Naples Hotel became the first hotel in Naples to become a Florida Green Lodging Hotel in November of 2007. After successfully implementing their initial green initiatives and sustaining them for more than one year, they became “Two Palm” certified in May 2009.  In order to remain a green lodging certified property, new and innovative plans must be put into place each year to further conservation efforts.  
 
To read more about green efforts and some of  current initiatives that the Hilton Naples currently participates in, check out our "Green Tips" for travelers.