Posts Tagged ‘Naples’

Alligators and Affluence

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Florida can be a study in contrast, as the drive along Alligator Alley reveals. This unique stretch of road leads to alligators and affluence, simplicity and luxury.

Alligator Mississippiensis

The wild Florida Everglades surround much of Alligator Alley.

Alligator Alley is, in fact, I-75. It runs from Fort Lauderdale, in Southeast Florida, to Naples, in Southwest Florida. In between, there isn’t much in the way of “civilization.” The bulk of the road traverses an enormous expanse of Florida Everglades, home to birds and alligators, not shops and eateries.

Alligator Alley isn’t a dirt road, but it feels like one. Your cell phone won’t work on most of Alligator Alley. There aren’t numerous gleaming pit stops. Fill your tank at the Miccosukee Indian Reservation when you get the chance. Take a moment to stop your car, wait for a lull in the traffic, and listen. Imagine what lurks on the other side of the fence.

Flying solo

Sunset in Naples.

A whole different world awaits at the end of the road in Naples–a world of tranquility and luxury. Naples is the kind of place to visit with the person you love. It has restaurants for intimate dinners and beaches for strolling hand in hand. There is affluence here, but little attitude; the atmosphere of Naples is relaxed and welcoming.

Take some time to drive a stretch of Alligator Alley and explore Naples when you next stay in a Southwest Florida Bed and Breakfast. It’s a wonderful study in contrast.

Visit Naples, Florida

Friday, April 8th, 2011
Tropical Bar on the beach - Naples, Florida

Cool off with a drink at this tropical, beachfront café in Naples, Florida.

Naples is one of Southwest Florida’s gems. It boasts superlative beaches and many beautiful, challenging golf courses. It is widely recognized for its world-class shopping and abundant restaurants. Opportunities for outdoor recreation are numerous and varied: salt-water and fresh-water fishing, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, bird watching, and more.

Explore the nearby Florida Everglades or take a manatee sightseeing tour. Enjoy a Champagne Sunset Cruise aboard a Catamaran, or look for alligators and panthers during a wilderness adventure tour. Kayak into the backwaters of the Everglades, or learn to sail. The possibilities may not be endless, but they are numerous enough to keep guests of Southwest Florida Bed and Breakfasts happy for weeks.

In addition to outdoor activities, Naples is home to several fine art galleries and museums. The Naples Museum of Art displays sculptures, paintings and drawings by acclaimed artists from around the world. Its permanent collection continues to grow and includes French Protest Posters from May 1968 and Masters of Miniature; current visiting exhibitions include Modern Mexican Masters and Leaders in American Modernism.

Other draws of Naples Florida include the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra - considered one of the top regional orchestras in the country – and a variety of festivals that take place throughout the year. Book a room in a Southwest Florida Bed and Breakfast in April during the Venetian Carnival. Visit in May for the Outstanding Artists of Florida Exhibition and the Kayak Fishing Classic, or come in June for the Festival of Great Organ Music.

Couples will find Naples, Florida, ideal for romantic getaways. It is a place made for long walks on sugary beaches and cool drinks at sidewalk cafés. There is fine dining in Naples, Florida, as well as plenty of casual places to enjoy a meal. Seafood is of course a specialty here, but guests of Southwest Florida Bed and Breakfasts will also find a wide variety of cuisines such as Thai, Caribbean, French and Irish.

Naples is less than 30 minutes from the Florida, Everglades and an hour south of Sanibel Island. It’s a wonderful addition to any SW Florida Bed and Breakfast vacation.

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Friday, February 11th, 2011
Chouette rayée / Barred Owl

Barred Owl.

The Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is one of many delightful spots tucked away in SW Florida. It is open daily (weather permitting) from dawn until dusk. Corkscrew is just over an hour southeast of Cape Coral FL Bed and Breakfasts, and an hour northeast of Naples.

The best way to visit the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is on foot. A boardwalk meanders more than two miles through marsh, cypress forest, wet prairie, and pine upland. Interpretive signs relate the various qualities of these four distinct environments, and volunteer naturalists wander the boardwalk, answering questions. It is best to allow two to three hours to walk the boardwalk, as there is much to see. (more…)

Christmas in Florida

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Christmas is a wonderful time to visit Florida, be it in Amelia Island or Key West, Tallahassee or Naples. Florida Bed and Breakfasts across the state welcome old friends and new during this special time.

Disney - Main Street Train Station at Night - With Christmas Decorations

Disney's Train Station, dressed for Christmas

There is snow in Orlando (only in designated areas of course) and a holiday light show at the Miami Seaquarium. There are walking and garden tours in historic Naples, and a St. Nick Open Golf Tournament in St. Petersburg. Historic St. Augustine is lit by more than two million tiny white lights each night – the perfect place to stroll with the person you love.

Christmas means beach parties in Key West and dancing in Miami. It means karaoke and theatre performances in Sarasota. Christmas means tours of festively decorated holiday homes in Ormond Beach and Deland, and ice skating with Santa in Daytona.

If you’re looking for something different this holiday season, head to Florida for Christmas. Instead of plowing the driveway on Christmas day, take a long walk on the beach. Instead of skiing, swim. Give yourself a gift this year: vacation in a Bed and Breakfast Florida.

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