September 30, 2013

My Weekend at The Hilton by 'Naples IS...' winner Lauren Gardner

Our 'Naples IS' winner, Lauren Gardner, stayed at the Hilton Naples this past weekend as part of her grand prize for winning the 'Naples IS... Your Paradise summer photo contest. She shared her experience on her blog site

September 18, 2013

Things To Do In Naples, Florida

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 9/28/2013):
Mangrove Estuary Kayak Tour Tuesday September 24th, 2013 at 9:00am at Waters of Rookery Bay
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.

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

Girls Night Out Thursday September 26th, 2013 at 1:00pm at Lux Boutique   
If you're looking for a fabulous girls night out, look no further…This is your opportunity to treat yourself to a truly memorable evening out. Relax, unwind and enjoy some girl time!
Have your make up done by NARS artists, get a complimentary fresh coat of nail polish from Luxe Nail Lounge and all while shopping the latest fashions from Lux Boutique.
See the Journey Ambassador in the Naples Hilton lobby for more information.

Celebrity Bartender NightFriday September 27th, 2013 at 6:00pm at Shula’s Steak House
Shula's and Hilton Naples present Celebrity Bartender Night featuring former Miami Dolphin legendary players from Coach Don Shula's "1972 Perfect Season".

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

September 13, 2013

Treat Yourself To Norman Love Confections

Southwest Florida has a lot of major attractions for the visiting eye but it is the small tasty pleasures in life that make visiting so worthwhile. Apart from being voted as one of the best vacation spots, Southwest Florida has numerous attractions that are unique to the destination. From Marco Island’s Dolphin Study to Naples, the most popular golf city in Florida, there is a lot to do! Although the physical activities are interesting, it is the more indulgent activities, like Norman Love Chocolates, that make visiting a treat.

Chocolate lovers in the U.S.  may argue about which nationality can lay claim to the finest chocolates—Belgium? Switzerland? France?  For some reason, we never consider our home grown names. But that would change if Norman Love had the same visibility as Neuhaus or Lindt or La Maison du Chocolat. 
“Norman Love Confections is artistry in chocolate. Norman Love blends a master’s appreciation of the sensuous with the art of the chef to create handcrafted chocolates...exquisite, silky, rich chocolates...reserved for those who expect nothing less than perfection. His adventurous flair, love of the avant-garde and penchant for perfection are basic ingredients in the ultra-premium chocolates that are revered as representatives of the industry’s finest gourmet sweets.”
And if indulging in his chocolate masterpieces aren’t enough, Norman Love offers the true chocolate lover an opportunity to learn from his staff with his Chocolate candy making classes. 

Now that’s what I call a double chocolate treat!