November 30, 2013

Public Golf Courses in Naples, Florida: Arrowhead Golf Club at Heritage Greens



Arrowhead Golf Club at Heritage Greens

The 18-hole "Arrowhead" course at the Arrowhead Golf Club at Heritage Greens facility in Naples, Florida has sizable greens, spacious landing areas off the tees and water at almost every hole. It features 6,927 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 73.4 and it has a slope rating of 130 on Bermuda grass.  Designed by Gordon G. Lewis, the Arrowhead golf course opened in 1998. The pace of play is usually under four hours for 18 holes and, because of fantastic drainage; Arrowhead does not close after heavy rains and storms.


2205 Heritage Greens Dr
Naples, FL 34119-3311
(239) 596-1000 

From Hilton Naples: 19 mins / 10.69 miles



November 25, 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 11/30/2013):

Eaglepalooza 2013  – Sunday, November 24th, 2013 at 6:00pm at Germain Arena
Eaglepalooza 2013 will be soaring this Sunday, Nov. 24, at Germain Arena, 11000 Everblades Pkwy., Estero. Doors open at 5 p.m. but the concert is expected to begin at 6 p.m. Though Kendrick Lamar dropped out of the line-up to tour with Kanye West, the Eaglepalooza headliner is still Ludacris. Also expected to perform are Bubba Sparxx, DaCav and DJ Rifik.
Tickets can still be bought at all Ticketmaster outlets by calling 1-800-745-3000 or by stopping by Germain Arena’s box office. FGCU students with IDs can buy up to two tickets for $20 each. Tickets are available to the public for $40 each but will be on sale for $35 from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday.

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

Christmas On Third – November 25th to 27th and November 29th 2013 at 5:00pm at Third Street South

Exactly one month before Christmas––Monday, November 25th––the public is invited to join Santa and Mayor John F. Sorey III for Christmas on Third. This beloved annual event features holiday music, a wide variety of tasty food, and the Mayor’s official lighting of the Old Naples’ Christmas tree on the veranda of Ridgeway Bar & Grill. The celebratory Christmas on Third evening begins at 5pm with bells ringing and music playing all up and down Third Street South, which is decorated from top to bottom with lights and silver bows.




Snow flurries are scheduled to fill the air and turn Third Street South white right in time to the lighting of the Christmas tree at 6:20pm. Then a second snowfall will begin at 8pm. There will also be a live nativity scene at the Third Street South Gazebo, located at the corner of Broad & 3rd Streets.

It's the most wonderful time of the year! 

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

Miami City Ballet, with the Naples Philharmonic, presents The Nutcracker– Saturday November 30th, 2013 at 6:00pm at Artis-Naples

No one does Balanchine better than one of America's most respected ballet companies, the Miami City Ballet. This holiday season, join the Miami City Ballet and Naples Philharmonic for George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™. Like a Broadway spectacular, this signature production has it all—a cast of more than 100 dancers, glorious sets and costumes, magical special effects and exceptional dancing by international superstars. Marrying Balanchine's transcendent choreography with Tchaikovsky's timeless score, performed live by the Phil, this is The Nutcracker as you've never experienced it before. Make Miami City Ballet's production your new holiday tradition.
 

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

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


November 23, 2013

Public Golf Courses in Naples, Florida: Hibiscus Golf Club

Hibiscus Golf Club

The 18-hole Hibiscus Golf Club features 6,540 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 71.5 and it has a slope rating of 125 on Bermuda grass. Designed by Dave Wallace, the Hibiscus Golf Course opened in 2005 and offers broad fairways that cut through indigenous Florida foliage and well-bunked greens that make for interesting approach shots.

5375 Hibiscus Dr
Naples, FL 34113
(239) 774-3559

From Hilton Naples: 16 mins / 9.79 miles

November 21, 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 11/23/2013):

CME Group Titleholders – November 18th to November 24th, 2013 at Tiburon Golf Club   
The 2013 LPGA Tour season will again feature the CME Group Titleholders, a renewed commitment to its existing and long-term corporate partners through a unique qualifying format for its season finale. It's a season-long celebration of tournament title sponsors called the “Ticket to CME Group Titleholders.” The season finale will have a field made up of three qualifiers from every official LPGA Tour tournament. The “Ticket to CME Group Titleholders” will be a season-long unifying program that showcases the best performing players from the 2013 LPGA Tour season, and also highlights each and every title sponsor on the LPGA Tour.

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

3rd Annual ‘Pigs in Paradise’ National Chamionship BBQ Festival – November 22nd to November 24th, 2013 at Seminole Casino Immokalee   

Enjoy three days of pure mouthwatering pork fun when six nationally renowned ribbers will cook up the best in ribs, chicken, pulled pork and beef brisket, in hopes of winning the championship title at Seminole Casino Immokalee’s 3rd annual —Pigs in Paradise” National Championship BBQ Festival. Competing ribbers include Porky ‘N Beans from Port Saint Lucie, Fla.; Big Boned BBQ from Knoxville, Tenn.; Fat Fred’s from St. Petersburg, Fla., Uncle Bub’s BBQ, Johnson’s BBQ from Chesapeake, Va. from Westmont, Ill. and Blazin’ Broncos BBQ Team from Parma, Ohio. Last year, an estimated 18,000 people attended the three-day festival. Local celebrity judges and barbecue enthusiasts will determine who gets crowned in this invitational cook-off. In addition to mouthwatering treats, festival-goers will enjoy live musical performances, a classic car show, pig races, motorcycle rally, arts and crafts and much more.

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

Dive in Movie Night Double Presentation – Saturday November 23rd, 2013 at Hilton Naples   
This weekend, the ‘Dive In’ movie series has a special twist. Families of all ages are welcomed to attend our weekend Dive-In Movie event double feature held by the Hilton Naples’ pool. We've opened our pool and chairs to all visiting guests to come splash around or lounge as you recreate your own childhood memory of true cinematic adventures under the stars. The movie and popcorn are complimentary. Food and beverages will be available for purchase by Shula's Steakhouse. Keeping with tradition, we will be airing Looney Tunes cartoons beginning at 7 p.m.

The Double Feature Presentation is 'Grown Ups' at 6 p.m. and ‘Grown Ups 2’ at 8:00 p.m.

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

Don’t just come to Naples, EXPERIENCE NAPLES!

There is always something to do!             

November 20, 2013

Public Golf Courses in Naples, Florida: Lely Resort Golf & Country Club

Lely Resort Golf & Country Club

Flamingo Course

One of the game’s most prolific and innovative golf course architects, Robert Trent Jones, Sr, designed Flamingo Island to emphasize the hallmarks of his architectural style. The 7,171 yard course is characterized by extensive sculpting and shaping of the land over the 18 holes with a par of 72. He implemented strategic deployment of water as a playing hazard and a scenic complement to the course as well as the use of multiple teeing areas with large, contoured greens. The signature hole is #15, a par 3 with it's own beach.



Mustang Course
Lee Trevino’s philosophy of making the game challenging but fair even for average golfers is evident on this masterful 18 hole par 72 championship course. Designed with a forgiving layout where a player can recover from a bad shot, this course will have you coming back time after time. Twelve lakes decorate the landscape and extensive bunkering is found throughout. However, Trevino designed generous landing areas and fair entries to the greens. At 7,217 yards from the back tees, it is a course that provides varied and spectacular conditions for players of all skill levels.

8004 Lely Resort Blvd
Naples, FL 34113
(239) 793-2600

From Hilton Naples: 23 mins / 14.12 miles

November 18, 2013

3rd Annual 'Pigs in Paradise' National Championship BBQ Festival

Enjoy three days of pure mouthwatering pork fun when six nationally renowned ribbers will cook up the best in ribs, chicken, pulled pork and beef brisket, in hopes of winning the championship title at Seminole Casino Immokalee’s 3rd annual —Pigs in Paradise” National Championship BBQ Festival. Competing ribbers include Porky ‘N Beans from Port Saint Lucie, Fla.; Big Boned BBQ from Knoxville, Tenn.; Fat Fred’s from St. Petersburg, Fla., Uncle Bub’s BBQ, Johnson’s BBQ from Chesapeake, Va. from Westmont, Ill. and Blazin’ Broncos BBQ Team from Parma, Ohio. Last year, an estimated 18,000 people attended the three-day festival. Local celebrity judges and barbecue enthusiasts will determine who gets crowned in this invitational cook-off. In addition to mouthwatering treats, festival-goers will enjoy live musical performances, a classic car show, pig races, motorcycle rally, arts and crafts and much more. 

November 22 - 24, 2013

Gates open 3pm on November 22nd; 12 a.m. to 9 p.m. on November 23rd & 24th
Seminole Casino Immokalee, 506 S. First St.,, Immokalee, FL 34142

November 15, 2013

Public Golf Courses Naples, Florida: The Links of Naples



The Links of Naples

Arriving into town late? The Links of Naples is Naples’ only day and evening golf course, offering stadium lighting for night and evening golf experiences until 11:30 PM daily. It is an 18 hole, par 61 challenging layout that measures 4005 yards and offers several par 4 holes over 300 yards in length with well bunkered, elevated greens, continuous mounding and multiple tees. It is a layout challenging for all skill levels of golfers.


16161 Tamiami Trl E
Naples, FL 34114
(239) 417-1313

From Hilton Naples: 26 mins / 18.38 miles


November 12, 2013

Public Golf Courses in Naples, Florida: The Golf Club at Fiddler's Creek



The Golf Club at Fiddler's Creek

Designed by acclaimed golf course architect Arthur Hills, this signature 18-hole, Par 72 course combines open water, saw grass marshes, 72 bunkers, broad fairways and elevated greens, along with majestic stone bridges and luxurious comfort stations. Instead of just one “signature” hole, The Creek Course features a series of great holes that are strategic and challenging, yet offers seven sets of tees playable for golfers of all skill levels. The Creek Course, sprawling 7,157 yards from the tournament tees, was named one of Golf Week’s “Top 100 Best Residential Golf Courses” for eight consecutive years, 2006-2013.

3470 Club Center Blvd
Naples, FL 34114
(239) 732-3030
From Hilton Naples: 29 mins / 17.41 miles


November 11, 2013

Let’s spend the Weekend with Wildlife!



This weekend, it is all about the animals! The 3rd annual Florida Panther Festival is a free, family-friendly event aimed to increase awareness of the endangered Florida Panther. Panthers go by many other names including mountain lion, fire cat, catamount, cougar, painter, puma and klandagi, which means "lord of the forest" in Cherokee. The word "cougar" is from a South American Indian language and translates to "false deer." The Indians chose this name because the cougar can blend into the same habitat as its prey. 


This family-friendly event is a great way to enjoy the outdoors while providing a fun educational experience for everyone in the family. Activities include children’s games and crafts, Living With Wildlife Pavilion, panther biologist presentations, guided trail walks, predator-resistant enclosure display, educational exhibits, arts and craft sales, food vendors, live music and field trips to panther habitat.



The Florida panthers aren't the only stars this weekend, the Naples’ Zoo Children’s Gala is back! Enjoy an enchanted evening with thrilling up-close encounters with the animals, special performers, kid-friendly food and finer fare for the adults, fabulous fables present by world renowned storyteller Jim Weiss. There will also be exciting games, music, activities, prizes, along with live and silent auction with exclusive items selected with kids and families in mind. Go and see these fascinating animals from all over the world!




Let's make it a Wild Weekend for Wildlife!

November 8, 2013

Let's Go To The Movies!

One of my favorite memories as a kid is going to the drive-in movies. We’d all get packed up with our favorite lawn chairs, blankets and flash lights. Mom would gather up snacks and pop popcorn for the movie. We’d all pile into the car and head to this large open field where hundreds of families were out for the same cinematic adventure as we were. Dusk settled in and as the stars were coming out, with the click of the projector, our evening of excitement had begun.


This weekend, enjoy a twist on an old-time favorite that time almost forgot. Families of all ages are welcomed to attend our weekend Dive-In Movie event held by the Hilton Naples’ pool. Instead of sitting in your vehicle or lawn chair in a big open field, we've opened our pool and chairs to all visiting guests to come splash around or lounge as you recreate your own childhood memory of true cinematic adventures under the stars. The movie and popcorn are complimentary. Food and beverages will be available for purchase by Shula's Steakhouse. Keeping with tradition, we will be airing Looney Tunes cartoons beginning at 7 p.m. The Feature Presentation is 'Zookeepers' and the movie will begin at 8 p.m.

November 4, 2013

5th Annual Naples' International Film Festival

In keeping with our theme of ‘Naples IS…,’ we are proud to promote the 5th annual Naples International Film Festival. This festival encompasses everything that states Naples IS…CULTURE.

The mission of the Naples International Film Festival is to celebrate independent film and filmmakers in an intimate festival setting that enhances the cultural and artistic life of the Naples’ community.

The Naples International Film Festival (NIFF) is quickly becoming the signature film event in Southwest Florida.

NIFF’s opening night gala is held at the glamorous Artis-Naples. Competition films screen at the Silverspot Luxury Cinema. Silverspot’s intimate setting allows filmmakers to interact with each other and the audiences in a luxurious yet casual setting. NIFF includes panel discussions, Q&A sessions after screenings and an awards presentation.

Filmmakers are invited to attend the festival, where they will be welcomed by our friendly staff, dedicated volunteers and enthusiastic community. All visiting filmmakers are treated like VIPs and encouraged to participate in festival events such as the director’s dinner, special screenings and to relax in the filmmaker's lounge.

Located right on the beautiful Gulf coast, NIFF celebrates film and filmmakers against the gorgeous backdrop of white-sand beaches and warm breezes. In addition to its natural beauty, Naples also embraces the arts with more than 35 galleries, five museums, a symphony and both a community and equity theater.

Share your NIFF experiences with us! @hiltonnaples, #niff #fallfestivals #naplesis

November 2, 2013

Public Golf Courses Naples, FL: Eagles Lakes Golf Club

Eagle Lakes Golf Club

Eagle Lakes Golf Club is a new 7,150 yard, par 71 championship course that will match-up well against the lowest handicappers while providing casual players with a one-of-a-kind Everglades golf experience. Abundant wildlife, including a pair of American Bald Eagles, will accompany you as you make your way around the 18 hole track. Designed in the Olde Florida tradition, Naples' best new golf course offers truly unparalleled ambiance. 

18100 Royal Tree Pkwy
Naples, FL 34114
(239) 732-0034


From Hilton Naples: 28 mins / 19.39 miles