Paradise Coast in the News

Eye on Travel – JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort in Marco Island, Florida., November 24, 2018, by Peter Greenberg
This week, Eye on Travel broadcasts from the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort in Marco Island, Florida.  Listen to the broadcast here:

10 secret places Florida locals vacation that aren’t on your radar
Orbitz, November 26, 2018, by Dalia Colon
Last year, more than 100 million people vacationed in the Sunshine State, according to Visit Florida. But while we’re all vacationing in Florida, where in Florida do actual Floridians vacation? Sure, plenty of locals have Disney passes. But we also enjoy camping, gallery-hopping and under-the-radar beaches. When you’re ready to do Florida like a local, head to one of these low-key destinations. Read the story here:

Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Road Trip Old-School Style With These Low Tech Gifts For Travelers
Forbes, November 23, 2018, by Gretchen Kelly
Reality is the new virtual reality. Move over tech-laden gadgets and make room for some good old-fashioned sensual simplicity for the holidays. Read the story here:

The Inn on Fifth, Naples, Florida
Simply Southern Mom, November 20, 2018, by Pam Wattenbarger
“Unique memorable experiences. The finest personal service. A passion for excellence.” These are the goals of The Inn on Fifth located in the heart of downtown Naples, Florida. Known for their “Chic Boutique,” this 119 room hotel deserves its accolades as a Forbes 4-star & AAA Four Diamond Inn. Centrally located amid shopping and dining, the Inn on Fifth offers comfortable accommodations, world-class amenities, and the chance to relax in style. Read the story here:

Top Things To Do in the Everglades, Florida
EnRoute Magazine, October 18, 2018, by Caitlin Stall-Paquet | Photo by Ryan Walker
Where to Eat, Drink and Sleep in Florida's Everglades. Read the story here:

A Wealth of Meetings Riches on Florida's West Coast
Successful Meetings, October 02, 2018, by Leo Jakobson
Florida's Gulf Coast offers some of the best sugar-white-sand beaches in the country and a laid-back attitude, without giving up the excitement of big cities and the charm of small towns. Read the story here:

Fall Events Bring Some Outdoor Fun
The News-Press, September 27, 2018, by JoNell Modys
The Paradise Coast Blueway Paddling Festival is coming to Sugden Regional Park in Naples, and there are lots of paddling adventures at Rookery Bay and other locations. Read the story here:

8 Reasons to Stay at LaPlaya Beach & Golf in Naples, Florida, September 26, 2018 by Erika Hueneke
Damage from Hurricane Irma closed LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort for four months, but the massive storm — category 3 when it made landfall in neighboring Marco Island — couldn’t keep this Naples mainstay down. Newly remodeled to the tune of $30 million and celebrating its 50th birthday, LaPlaya is once again charming guests with its boutique feel, barefoot-chic vibe and superlative service. Here are eight reasons to make this breezy retreat your next Florida getaway. Read the story here:

The Best Beaches in Florida
Thrillist, September 09, 2018, by Thrillist
Look out the window… if it’s anything other than sunny and 80 degrees, you probably wish you were in Florida right now. Alligators and all. But what is there to do in Florida when you’re not being beaten with reptiles? Go to the beach, of course. And in planning your next Florida fling, here are the 20 best beaches in the Sunshine State. Read the story here:

100 Best Restaurants for Wine Lovers in America for 2018
OpenTable, September 19, 2018, As Voted by OpenTable Diners
Featuring exquisite vintage wines from renowned wineries as well as those harvested from local vineyards, OpenTable's list of the 100 Best Restaurants for Wine Lovers in America highlights some of the country’s best wine lists. Read the story here:

Navigating the sea of red tide info
GoCoastal, August 30, 2018, by JoNell Modys
As the debate over Southwest Florida water quality carries on, many residents and visitors seeking sunshine and time at the beach or on the water are wonder-ing which way to turn. Read the story here:

20 Great Resorts for Getaways With Your Puppers
Travel Channel, August 23, 2018, by Steve Larese
These properties are not only pet-friendly, but they go above and beyond to pamper both you and your dog for a memorable vacation for all members of your family. Read the story here:

19 Perfect Destinations To Welcome Fall
Forbes, August 17, 2018
The 19 cities listed here don’t all feature sandy shores, of course. But be it the mountains or a metropolis, every city has two important things in common: a busy calendar and breathtaking accommodations for a Forbes Travel Guide-approved fall getaway. Read the story here:

Understated Weekend Luxury in Naples, Florida
JustLuxe, August 16, 2018, by Kimberly Fisher Boone
A small town vibe with all of the luxury amenities you would expect from a cosmopolitan metropolis, Naples is one of the wealthiest cities in the United States. Residents include the founder of Best Buy, Florida Governor Rick Scott and others. Read the story here

Good Beach Days on Marco Island
The News-Press, August 16, 2018, by JoNell Modys
Marco Island is a good bet for a great beach day with little to no impact from red tide. Read the story here:

The 10 Best Beaches to Visit in the Fall
Smart Simple Travel, August 15, 2018, by Rachel
The kids are back in school, and you are pulling out those fall decorations, the beach is probably the farthest thing from your mind. But why should it be? After Labor Day, beach towns tend to be forgotten, but there are many beaches that are even better in September and October. In autumn you can appreciate the beach without the crowds, get cheaper hotel accommodations, and enjoy mild temperatures. Need suggestions on where to go? Let’s take a look at the 10 best beaches to visit this fall. Read the story here:

How Todd Brooks built TripAdvisor Favorite Brooks Gourmet Burgers & Dogs in Naples, Fla.
CNBC, August 15, 2018, by Jimmy Im
High school dropout dad cashed in his 401(K) to open a burger joint in Naples, Florida, and now it’s ranked No. 2 in America and bringing in millions. Read the story here:

Why this Naples, Fla., developer keeps his boutique hotels brandless
Hotel Management, August 14, 2018, by Jena Tesse Fox
It’s somewhat rare to find an upscale hotel that is owned by its general manager—but Phil McCabe is a somewhat rare general manager. As an investor and developer, he has opened and overseen several hotels around Naples, Fla., always eschewing brands and doing things his own way. Read the story here

These are the top 25 markets to buy a vacation rental in the USA – Marco Island is #12
USA Today, August 14, by Nancy Trejos
A growing number of travelers are opting out of hotels and seeking condos or apartments that make them feel like they are living temporarily like a local. Vacasa, a vacation rental property management company, has for the first time ranked the top 25 markets for buying a vacation rental in the USA. Read the story here:

13 Underrated Beaches on the Gulf Coast of Florida
Trips to Discover, August 14, 2018, by Charity De Souza
Florida’s Gulf Coast is known for its beautiful beaches that offer postcard-perfect landscapes with swaying palm trees and emerald waters, where laid-back towns invite you to embrace the coastal lifestyle with water sports adventures, fresh seafood delicacies and family-friendly attractions. Stretching from the Panhandle down to South Florida, these beaches don’t get the attention they deserve, which is perfect for those looking for a quiet vacation away from the tourist crowds. Read the story here:

These Are the Most Charming Small Towns in Each State, According to a Report
NBC 4, August 10, 2018, by Benjamin Carroll
A new Reader's Digest report is out that reveals the most charming town in each of the country's 50 states. Reader's Digest has the full town-by-town list of those cozy places to visit for your next trip. Read the story here:

Naples Resort Gives Guests All the Benefits of Sunshine
Hotel Business, August 08, 2018, by Abby Elyssa
NAPLES, FL—Vitamin D is known to be the vitamin of the sun and La Playa Beach & Golf Resort in Naples, FL, is embracing its beachfront location to deliver guests just that—a healthy supply of Vitamin D, a nutrient that many are deficient in. Read the story here:

Insider’s Guide to the Top 25 Markets for Buying a Vacation Rental, August 7, 2018
Vacasa, the largest vacation rental manager in the U.S. combined local expertise with national performance data to rank the Top 25 Markets for Buying a Vacation Rental. Marco Island is ranked at #12. Read the story here:

Paddle Marco offers kayak tours in Marco Island-area estuary free of algae and red tide
Marco Eagle, July 31, 2018, by Lance Shearer
The waterways near Marco Island are unaffected by red tide and open for business. Read the story here

Thrillist, July 27. 2018, by Thrillist Food
When scouring America for its best beach bars (and we do mean scouring -- there's even an entry from Alaska) we didn't want to rigidly rattle off the most popular choices from Florida and Hawaii, though rest assured those particularly beachy states are well-represented. These 21 watering holes represent everything from forward-thinking tiki havens to ramshackle trailers parked on the charred remains of a burned-out tavern. Read the story here:

Solo Vacations: The 30 Best Places to Travel Alone
MSN, July 23, 2018, by Lyn Mettler
From beach retreats to artsy escapes, these spots around the world are superb options for your next solo trip. Read the story here:

Wellness Tourism Task Force to Promote Florida’s Paradise Coast
Travel Agent Central, July 23, 2018, by  Newsdesk
A group of Collier County, Florida, tourism professionals has founded the Wellness Tourism Visionary Task Force to develop strategies establishing Florida’s Paradise Coast – Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades – as a wellness destination and to capitalize on the growing wellness tourism industry. The group was founded by Debi DeBenedetto and Peggy Sealfon, a Naples-based speaker, author and personal development coach. Read the story here:

Business as usual for some tour operators on Marco Island – No red tide here
Fox 4, July 31, 2018, by Adam Pinsker
Despite a few recent signs of red tide, Marco Island virtually unaffected by fish kills that have devastated marine life in Lee and Charlotte counties. Read the story here:

Best Products, July 19, 2018, by Jill Fergus
The JW Marriott, and its spectacular three-mile-long beach, takes pride of place on Marco Island on Florida's Gulf of Mexico. Chill in a cabana, collect seashells along the shore, and drink and dine in the Kane tiki bar, and Ocean Prime Steakhouse, respectively. Read the story here:

Snake Hunters
Florida Weekly, July 11, 2018, by Chelle Koster Walton
AT 11 P.M., UNDER A MOONless sky, Dusty “Wildman” Crum eased into Everglades waters to grab a Burmese python he had spotted at the surface. Read the story here:

America's 30 Most Charming Seaside Towns
Travel Pulse, July 10, 2018, by Patrick Clarke
South Florida's Everglades City is the opposite of bustling Miami. This quiet small town is home to just over 400 people and will definitely speak to travelers who are passionate about fishing and nature as its a gateway to Big Cypress National Preserve and Everglades National Park. Ready the story here:

Naples, FL Hotels Finish Renovations, Begin Reopening
Luxury Travel Advisor, July 10, 2018, by Newsroom
Several hotels and resorts in Naples, FL completed or are about to finish renovations big and small over the past year as a result of the hurricane season in 2017. LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort, The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club and Naples Grande Beach Resort have wrapped up renovations. Soon to join them are The Ritz-Carlton, Naples and the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort, both with plans to reopen in the fall. Read the story here:

What’s the secret to Living in the Moment? Naples wellness experts weigh in on mindfulness practices
Naples Daily News, July 10, 2018, by Ashley Collins
Mindfulness is being embraced in the Naples area through yoga, meditation gatherings and classes, and more.  Read the story here:

Beach Party, Island Style
News-Press, July 5, 2018, by JoNell Modys
Locals and visitors have a chance to enjoy some relaxing, island beach resort-style fun this summer minus the cost of a hotel room, thanks to the new pool and beach day pass at Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa. Also, learn about where to find some of the best dogs in the destination in honor of National Hot Dog Month. Read the story here:

The Most Charming Small Town in Every State
MSN (from Reader's Digest) July 03, 2018, by Lyn Mettler
Named the 'Happiest, Healthiest City' for the third year in a row by a Gallup poll, it seems there's more to Naples than just its charm. Known as a stylish Florida getaway with an upscale downtown filled with sidewalk cafes and tropical landscaping, white sand beaches, and miles of grand homes, this city along the Gulf of Mexico is also a vibrant arts community with multiple art galleries, a symphony, and cultural attractions. Read the story here:

7 of the Most Expensive Hotel Renovations Ever
Architectural Digest, July 02, 2018, by Stefanie Waldek
Ever wonder how hotels keep up with emerging trends in both decor and technology? Well, it’s not really much of a surprise. They are constantly refreshing their properties, with small updates happening each year, and more substantial revamps occurring every seven to ten years on average.  Read the story here:

Collier County welcomes Florida professionals and travel writers
The News-Press, June 21, 2018, by JoNell Modys
The tourism team at the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau recently served as hosts, along with Naples Grande Beach resort, of the Florida Attractions 2018 Annual Conference, which welcomed 300 Florida attractions industry professionals. Read the story here:

Fountains of Youth: The 10 Places Where Americans Live the Longest, June 18, 2018, by Lance Lambert
The data team at set out to find the American fountains of youth - the 10 counties where people live the longest. Collier County/Naples, Fla. is one of them. Read the story here

Drinks on the Beach in Naples, Florida: The Quintessential Vacation Experience
USA Today 10Best, June 17, 2018, by Chelle Koster Walton
Nothing makes a Florida vacation day like a cold drink at the bar clad in your swimsuit with the wafting scent of sea breezes, suntan lotion and pina coladas. Here’s a list of top spots for drinks on Naples and Marco Island, Florida beaches. Read the story here:

Enjoy Summer Pool Parties at the Hilton Marco Island
Coastal Breeze News, June 14, 2018
Starting June 23, 2018, the Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa will introduce Pool Parties as part of the resort’s Day Pass Program. Hilton’s Summer Pool Parties will feature “Winslow and the Rockefellers” on June 23rd and run every Saturday through the summer from 2-6 PM featuring live bands. Read the story here:

Where to Stay and Play on Marco Island
Obsessed by Portia, June 13, 2018, by Portia Smith
Craving a beach vacation?  Alaska Airlines offers direct flights from Seattle to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the perfect gateway to a variety of experiences, whether you’re looking for sand, surf or adventure. I highly recommend heading to Marco Island in Southwest Florida, along the Gulf Coast, just two hours west of Fort Lauderdale, where you’ll find six miles of beach and over 100 miles of waterways within its 24 square miles.  It’s the most beautiful gem tucked in the famous Ten Thousand Islands. Read the story here:

Summer Vacation Ideas You Don't Need A Passport For
Best Products, June 11, 2018 by Jill Fergus
Titgertail Beach on Marco Island is included on this list of top vacation spots. This barrier island along the Gulf of Mexico has 4 miles of unspoiled shoreline. One of the most popular strands is Tigertail Beach, which not only has some of Florida's best bird-watching, but stellar shell-collecting as well — bring a mesh bag and hunt for sand dollars, starfish, coquinas, and other treasures from the sea. Read the story here:

This Alley Restaurant Is One of Southwest Florida's Best-Kept Secrets
Food & Wine, May 24, 2018, by Regan Stephens
On the pool deck at the Ritz-Carlton in Naples, Florida, behind neat rows of chaise lounges where hotel guests can order $16 mojitos and frozen daiquiris, an inconspicuous gate blends into a beige concrete wall that separates the resort from an unremarkable back alley. Inside the hotel, restaurants are serving sushi and escargot and foie gras. Hidden behind that beige wall, though, is one of Southwest Florida’s most intriguing new dining destinations. Read the story here:

It’s time for shorebird nesting season, Naples Pride festival
The News-Press, May 24, 2018, by JoNell Modys
Our annual seasonal resident snowbird season has come to an end but that doesn’t mean the action stops in Florida’s Paradise Coast of Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades. Read the story here:

Florida’s Everglades now have 1,000 fewer pythons
Miami Herald, May 22, 2018, by Jenny Staletovich
Snake hunters for the South Florida Water Management District hit a major milestone when they bagged their 1000th Burmese python, before heading out and quickly catching eight more. Read the story here:

Get back to nature near Marco Island
Orlando Sentinel, June 15, 2018
Marco Island, in Florida's Ten Thousand Islands, is an area rich in nature where you can still find a slice of Old Florida. See the video here:

Southwest Florida well represented on TripAdvisor Florida vacation list
Fox 4 Now, May 11, 2018
A premiere travel website is showing lots of love for several Southwest Florida cities when it comes to vacationing in Florida. TripAdvisor recently released their list of '20 Best Places to Vacation in Florida', which includes five cities in Lee and Collier counties. Read the story here:

Jardim Wins Triple Crown at Pickleball Championships
Coastal Breeze News, May 10, 2018, by Jodi Pree
At the U.S. Open Pickleball Championships, Naples resident, Simone Jardim won gold in each Pro level event: Women’s Pro Singles, Mixed Doubles Pro with Kyle Yates, and Women’s Pro Doubles with Corrine Carr. Of all pickleball enthusiasts, a very small minority make up the number of players who medal in tournaments. Being a consecutive Triple Crown Winner in the U.S. Open Pickleball Championships is an exclusive club few will ever attain. Read the story here:

Marco Island Featured in ‘Places to Love’
Coastal Breeze News, May 10, 2018, by Jodi Pree
Samantha Brown’s new series on PBS filmed a Season Two episode, “Naples & Paradise Coast,” which will be aired in early 2019. Two Marco Island attractions, The Oyster Society and the Dolphin Explorer, will be featured in the upcoming episode. Read the story here:

Spectator Sport
Coastal Breeze News, May 10, 2018, by Coach Wayne Clark
Having spent a good part of my instructional career involved with both amateur and professional tennis tournaments, as a coach, a competitor and as an event coordinator, I am very familiar with the logistics, infrastructure and organizational aspects required to run an event as large as the Minto U.S. Open Pickleball Championships. Read the story here:

These Farm-to-Table Restaurants In The U.S. Elevate What It Means to Eat Local, May 9, 2018, by Jill Fergus
This farm-to-table restaurant in Naples is helmed by Jeff Mitchell, who trained at the Culinary Institute of America. The decor features natural wood-plank floors and retro warehouse lamps, and the menu has everything from roasted beet salad and blackened fish tacos to veg flatbreads and Palmetto Creek Farms pork chops. Read the story here:

Hurricane Irma unearthed pre-European era Native American artifacts on Marco Island, May 07, 2018, by Chaffin Mitchell
Hurricane Irma dug up some interesting ancient artifacts at the Otter Mound Preserve on Marco Island, Florida, this past fall, which gave archaeologists a look into the history of the Calusa Indians. Read the story here:

Explore Florida's Collier County: Ten Thousand Islands, the easy way
Orlando Sentinel, May 6, 2018, by Bonnie and Rob Rountree
Vast and remote, the Ten Thousand Islands off Florida's southwest coast seems challenging to visit, a labyrinth of twisting channels through thousands of remote mangrove islands. Read the story here:

48 Hours in Naples: Where everyone can find an escape
Orlando Sentinel, May 4, 2018, by Richard Tribou
Naples has been a tempting destination for decades. For many, a visit has translated to packing up their worries and retiring to this southwest Florida paradise for good. Read the story here:

10 Florida Islands You’ve Probably Never Heard Of
Coastal Living, April, 2018, by Kara Franker
Ready to escape to a secret island? Florida is full of hundreds (maybe even thousands!) of them, but we’re revealing 10 of our favorite hidden gems. Pack your sense of adventure and make sure you have access to a boat. You’re going to need both. Read the story here:

Off-the-beaten path in Marco Island: Go beyond your hotel pool
Florida Rambler, April 28, 2018 by Bonnie Gross
Marco Island is a beachfront town a half hour south Naples that was carved out of the mangroves of the Ten Thousand Islands during the ‘60s and ‘70s.Today, it is lush, green, manicured and the kind of place where a good deal on a hotel is when you find a room for under $250 a night. Most visitors stick to their hotel resorts located on beautiful flat white sandy beaches overlooking the emerald Gulf waters.But Marco Island is in the middle of an area rich in nature where you can still find a slice of Old Florida. Read the story here:

Top 20 Spring Destinations for Wildlife
TravelPulse, April 27, 2018, by Patrick Clarke
Numerous species call Florida's Everglades National Park home, including the American alligator, leopard frog and the West Indian manatee. Fishing is also incredibly popular here as nearly 300 different species are known to inhabit the park's marshes and marine coastline. Read the story here:

Summer's 25 Most Relaxing Beaches
TravelPulse, April 24, 2018, by Patrick Clarke
Visitors to Florida's Gulf Coast shouldn't sleep on Barefoot Beach County Preserve near Naples. The park features more than 340 acres of natural land and more than 8,000 feet of serene beach. Read the story here:

8 Best Places to See Wildlife in the U.S.
Conde Nast Traveler, April 23, 2018, by Tyler Moss
Both American alligators and crocodiles can be found in Everglades National Park, the only place in the world the species cohabitate in the wild. Still, gators—who prefer freshwater marshes and swamps, but can also thrive in the brackish Glades—are the more plentiful species. Read the story here:

10 Florida Islands You’ve Probably Never Heard Of
Coastal Living, April 18, 2018, by Kara Franker
Ready to escape to a secret island? Florida is full of hundreds (maybe even thousands!) of them, but we’re revealing 10 of our favorite hidden gems. Pack your sense of adventure and make sure you have access to a boat. You’re going to need both. Read the story here:

The Best U.S. National Parks to Visit During Spring
Tasting Table, April 12, 2018, by AFAR
They say timing is everything, and the maxim rings especially true when planning your next trip to a national park. Whether you’re looking to avoid crowds, mosquitoes and extreme heat or to catch seasonal phenomena like Alaska’s northern lights (yes, in spring), consider this your cheat sheet to the parks that show off their best colors in the spring. Read the story here:

3 To Know: Naples, Marco Island on the ballot for Condé Nast
Marco Eagle, April 12, 2018
Voting is now open for the Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards, an annual poll that allows consumers to rank their travel experiences across categories including cities, hotels, resorts, restaurants, islands and many more. Read the story here:

Collier Tourism: Reason to Celebrate
The News-Press, March 29, 2018, by JoNell Modys
Celebration Park, an outdoor food truck park and tiki bar, coming to the Bayshore Arts District. Read the story here:

11 World-Class Wine Lists in Unexpected Places, March 23, 2018, by Fabiana Santana
Searching for a wine-tasting adventure? Leave your passport at home and check out these under-the-radar spots closer to home, including Naples, Florida. Read the story here:

Burrowing owls hold on as threatened species as Marco Island homes rise around them
Naples Daily News, March 19, 2018, by Greg Stanley
The little birds quickly are becoming endangered across Florida, but not on Marco Island. Researchers are racing to learn why. Read the story here

Luxury Easter Celebrations – Florida’s Paradise Coast
ETB Travel News, March 15, 2018
Colorful celebratory experiences to celebrate Easter are available in Florida’s Paradise Coast – Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades: Read the story here:

For the third time in a row, the healthiest, happiest city in the US is...
Today, March 13, 2018, by A. Pawlowski
The posh beach community of Naples, Florida, and the nearby towns of Immokalee and Marco Island once again take the No. 1 spot in the Gallup-Sharecare State of American Well-Being 2017 Community Rankings, outshining 185 other U.S. metropolitan areas. Read the story here:

JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort Welcomes you to Paradise
Just Luxe, March 8th, 2018, by Tiffany Leigh
Hotel chains, even if graced with luxury status and appeal, can have an uphill battle when it comes to changing people’s minds about the notion of “resort food”. One immediately thinks of overpriced dishes that lack pizzazz, finesse, and a soul. But when you stumble upon the unicorn of fine fare in unexpected places, you want to shout it from the rooftops. Read the story here:

Naples: A different Florida awaits just kilometres from the beach
Toronto Sun, March 5, 2018, by Jim Byers
I’m only a few minutes away from one of Florida’s top destinations on a bright, clear morning. But the only sound I hear while wandering along a wooden boardwalk at the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary ( is the shrill warbling of tiny birds in overhead pines, and a light wind tickling the fronds of a palm tree. Read the story here:

Guide to Naples, Florida
Kelly in the City, March 1, 2018, by Mitch Larkin
It’s been two weeks since our Tropical dalliance in Naples, Florida. The tan has faded, my winter despondence has returned, and I think it’s time to bust out these last few Floridian images for selfish reasons. We’re expecting two inches of snow in Chicago today, and I’m expecting to close the shades and quietly sing to myself in a corner. Read the story here:

Wild, wonderful events in Naples, Marco
The News-Press, March 1, 2018, by JoNell Modys
If you’re planning a gathering and want to look beyond the traditional ballroom or restaurant-type location, there are lots of more off-the-beaten-path options available in the Naples and Marco Island areas. Read the story here:

6 Restaurants to Dine at in Naples Florida
Daily Mom, February, 2018, by Elena Ollick
Naples is a gem of a city on the southwestern coast of Florida. Visitors from all over the world travel here for the gorgeous beaches and sunshine. The rich and famous own some of the most decadent vacation homes in Naples. If you come to Naples, you can expect to experience more than just the waves and palm trees. The dining here is just as noteworthy and worth a trip all on its own. Foodies will delight in the many options in Naples, Florida. Read the story here:

What To Do In Naples, Florida: The Ultimate Guide To The Paradise Coast
Travelinmad, February, 19, 2018, by Lori Sorrentino
Bring up Naples, Florida in a crowd and you'll hear the oohs and aahs from anyone who's been there. Did you say Naples? We love Naples! There's a lot to love despite the hot summers and occasional hurricane, and its moniker The Paradise Coast is well deserved. Read the story here:

6 Great Gardens to Visit in Florida
The New York Times, February, 16, 2018, by Geraldine Fabrikant
Although many tourists flock to Florida for its glorious palette of white beaches, blue-gray waters and yellow sun, the state is also home to lush and exotic gardens in every shade of green. Read the story here:

Beachside bliss on Marco Island
The News-Press, February, 15, 2018, by JoNell Modys
Marco Island has long been a beach vacation escape destination for Floridi-ans and visitors from around the world. Read the story here:

33 Incredible Springtime Adventures
Architectural Digest , February 12, 2018, by Hannah Huber
Following winter doldrums and before the rush of summer travel, spring is the perfect time to explore. Here’s AD’s list of the most exciting seasonal trips.Read the story here:

The Best Way To Spend Two Days In Naples, Florida, February 08, 2018, by Erica Firpo
There’s no better place for a weekend recharge than the shores of Southwest Florida, an everglade oasis where traffic is defined as three golf carts waiting to tee off. Ask anyone and they’ll tell you that one of the best addresses for a weekender in this corner of the Sunshine State is The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples, a Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star stay-and-play stunner. Once you check into your Club Level room, you’ll see exactly what we mean. Read the story here:

Learning all the secrets of the Gulf Coast Everglades
The News Press, February 01, 2018, by JoNell Modys
When people hear about the Everglades and Everglades National Park, most think of sawgrass and swampland. While those certainly are key elements of this vast and important eco-system, what’s not so widely known is that almost one third of the national park is a remote saltwater wonderland. Read the story here:

19 U.S. Cities With an Unexpectedly International Foodie Scene
Fodor's Travel, January 31, 2018, by Michelle Gross
For adventurous foodies, these cities are the next best thing to an international plane ticket. Read the story here:

Valentine's Day Getaways Active Couples Will Love, January 25, 2018, by Samantha Lefave
If you and your beau are more into sun and sand (and less into snow), a trip to southwest Florida could be a better fit for you. Nicknamed the "happiest, healthiest city in the U.S." by the Gallup-Healthways Community Well-Being Rankings, Naples has miles of mangroves, wetlands, and white sandy beaches just waiting to be explored.  Read the story here:

Naples Florida where Snowbirds enjoy the winter, January 21, 2018, by Gudmund Lindbaek
Naples, Everglades area destination guide highlights family-friendly natural attractions and dining and craft beer options.  Read the story here:

Florida Getaway Destination of the Week: Marco Island
Outcoast, January 18, 2018, by Rachel Stevenson
When I moved to Florida last year, I had no idea how much the state had to offer in LGBT-friendly getaway destinations. Most people think of Key West, Ft. Lauderdale, St. Petersburg, and Orlando as the top LGBTQ destinations of choice. But Collier County’s Marco Island is another location that’s worth putting on your getaway list! Read the story here:

Aielli Group to Open Dorona, Joining Acclaimed Sea Salt and Barbatella
Gulfshore Life, December 2017, by Dorothea Hunter Sonne
Ever since they swept into Naples nearly a decade ago, chef Fabrizio Aielli and his wife and business partner, Ingrid, have been expanding their reach. Read the story here:

13 Most Romantic Winter Getaways in Florida
Trips to Discover, December 18, 2017, by Charity Souza
While everyone defines romance differently, few can argue with the alluring charm of Florida’s coastal cities. Winter is the perfect time to escape to these sun-drenched destinations, as you’ll find intimate stretches of beach and quality time to bond and reignite your love. Plan a trip for two at one of these romantic winter getaways in Florida. Read the story here:

All the eggnog to enjoy this season
USA Today Eats, December 8, 2017
For a timeless treat, eggnog's innovative variations still surprise (and delight) each holiday season. This year, winter menus feature the flavor in everything from panna cotta and cheesecake, to a Baked Alaska and dessert hummus. Of course, eggs and cream star in creative seasonal cocktails across the country. Read the story here:

Collier County tourist tax collections jump in October thanks to penny hike
Naples Daily News, December 7, 2017, by Laura Layden
Tourist tax collections in Collier County rose by more than 11 percent year-over-year in October. Read the story here:

Post-natural disasters: 10 places making a comeback
Expedia View Finder, December 1, 2017, by Chloe Mulliner
Just a few months ago, Mother Nature showed us her ugly side, striking with hurricanes, storms, and earthquakes. Those in the line of destruction hunkered down or evacuated, while the rest of the nation stood by, sending positive vibes during and donations and supplies after the damage was done. 10 places making a comeback after natural disasters. Read the story here:

FYI-Food: Restaurant Week, craft beer dinner, weekend brunch and more
Naples Daily News, November 29, 2017
The winter edition of Restaurant Week starts Thursday in Naples, Fort Myers and Cape Coral. The dining event is actually two weeks, though, stretching from Nov. 30 to Dec. 13. Read the story here:

South Florida’s Sun-Soaked Meetings Offerings: Naples is open for business
Successful Meetings, November 21, 2017, by Leo Jakobson
While Naples and Marco Island were among the hardest-hit by Hurricane Irma, the damage to the resorts was not nearly as bad as the national news outlets made it out to be. “People assume our beach was destroyed, but we did not get the huge storm surge they were predicting – and resorts quickly got back to normal. Read the story here:

Winter's coolest food and beverage festivals
USA Today Eats, November 21, 2017
Celebrate winter flavors, from maple to whiskey, at the season's annual food and beverage events. Sonoma County and Naples, Fla., pour winter wines; Charleston, S.C., and Palm Desert, Calif., feature food and wine pairings; and the Lowcountry Oyster Festival celebrates 35 years. Read the story here:

Florida on a Tankful: Big Cypress National Preserve
Spectrum News 13, November 16, 2017, by Virginia Johnson
"We are in Clyde Butcher's Big Cypress Gallery's Swampland- he owns 13 of these beautiful acres," said Carol Gowing as she leads us into the waters of the Big Cypress National Preserve. Read the story here:

Florida On A Tankful: Exploring Clyde Butcher's Big Cypress Gallery
Spectrum News 13, November 16, 2017, by Virginia Johnson
From Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming to the island nation of Cuba, Clyde Butcher has traveled the world with his camera. Read the story here:

Matt Damon visits Naples, takes selfie with fan
Naples Daily News, December 16th, 2017, by Oscar Santiago Torres
Actor Matt Damon spent some time in Naples on Thursday, and a fan shared a 'selfie' with Damon on social media. Read the story here:

Penguins debut at Naples Zoo's temporary African exhibit
Naples Daily News, November 15, 2017 by Shelby Reynolds
The Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens opened its first penguin exhibit Wednesday, and the pitter-patter of tiny webbed feet attracted plenty of adoring fans. Read the story here:

Months after hurricane hit Florida, this winter getaway for Minnesotans is ready for visitors
Minneapolis Star, November 11, 2017, by Sharyn Jackson
Seconds after casting into the soupy waters of the Everglades, I felt a tug on the line. It was my first time fishing in Florida — anywhere, in fact — and this was making it look easy. When Hurricane Irma made landfall here in Everglades City, in September, it stirred up a bounty below the surface of these mangrove-wrapped waterways. Read the story here:

Helping a town in need: Mayo Rotary donates to Everglade City after Irma
Suwanee Democrat, November 10, 2017, by Alexis Spoehr
Hart said in Everglade City some of the homes had mud about two feet high in them. There were small trees on the side of the roads and piles of debris that came from in and outside houses. He showed an aerial view of what the city looked like right after the storm. Read the story here:

Boomer buddies become kids again, kicking back on Florida's southwest coast
Chicago Tribune, November 9, 2017, by Katherine Rodeghier
Our day on Keewaydin Island became a highlight of a week. We had several more as the four friends who graduated high school together 50 years ago set off with their wives to share in camaraderie and experience what Marco Island, Naples and the Florida Everglades have to offer 60-something vacationers like us.Read the story here:

20 Of America’s Most Adventurous and Experiential Tours for 2017, November 8, 2017, by Courtney McCaffrey
From towering mountains to the misty coasts, there is beauty to find deeper within the greater views. rounded up a list of 20 of the country’s best experiential tours. Those that involve observing the best of American Wildlife  include Paddle Marco and Captain Jack’s Airboat Tours here in the Paradise Coast. Read the story here

Naples is a dining destination worth visiting, rich with newcomers and long-standing favorites
Tampa Bay Times, November 6, 2017, by Laura Reiley
It has been a while since I visited the Paradise Coast, so a photographer and I hopped down for the day to check out what is new, noteworthy or just red hot. In the name of journalistic inquiry, we visited seven spots in 12 hours, concluding that Naples has had a remarkable culinary run the past couple of years.
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12 Best Thanksgiving Weekend Getaways in Florida
Trips to Discover, October 18, 2017, by Charity De Souza
The perfect time for a sunny Florida getaway, Thanksgiving weekend offers you a few extra days to appreciate the state’s fun fall events, shopping deals, and beautiful coastal landscapes. Pair your mashed potatoes, gravy and apple pie with exciting attractions, where you can work off your meal with an exploration of the state’s most impressive outdoor adventures. From quaint small-town charms to tranquil beach escapes, here are some of the best Thanksgiving weekend getaways in Florida. Read the story here:

Travel Colorfully – Naples, Florida Travel Guide, October 10, 2017, by Lauren Vandiver Green
After several adventure-filled months of traveling for weddings and more, it’s nice to look at my calendar and see a few back-to-back weekends where I’ll actually be home (hallelujah!) so I can finally have time to fully share those travel experiences here on the blog.  I originally had it on my editorial calendar to do my Reno-Tahoe travel guide this week, but after the devastation that Southwest Florida has been through due to Hurricane Irma, I decided to do a little switcheroo and talk about a more recent trip, first…my girl’s trip to beautiful Naples, Florida with my sister (but don’t worry, my Reno-Tahoe guide will come later this month!) Read the story here:

These Are the Happiest Cities in the United States
National Geographic Explorer, October, 2017 by Dan Buettner / Geroge Stone
Who are the happiest Americans? Ask this question anywhere from Montauk to Maui and you’re bound to pique interest (you may even pick a fight). While fans of the film Moana might sing the lyrics “Happiness is where you are,” for scientists studying the roots and fruits of happiness, location-specific qualities of place, community, and opportunity powerfully inform the way we feel about our lives. Read the story here:

Paradise Coast is Clear
The News-Press, October 12, 2017, by JoNell Modys
Just over one month since Hurricane Irma blew through the state, Southwest
Florida has made remarkable progress putting the pieces of paradise back together
that serve as the foundation of our lives and tourism-based economy. Read the story here:

Watercross roars into Sugden Park
The News-Press, October 5, 2017, by Staff
The Pro Watercross World Championships return to Sugden Regional Park in Naples from Oct. 27 to Nov. 5 for the third year. The action-packed event week starts with the 2nd annual Hydroflight World Championships on Oct. 27-29. Read the story here:

Traveling to Florida? 10 Things you need to know Post-Irma
Best Products, September 26,2017, by Jill Fergus
On Sept. 10, Hurricane Irma battered southern Florida, causing more than $50 billion in damages. The hardest-hit areas, such as the Florida Keys, are still not fully back up to speed, while cities like Miami are trying to get the word out that they're open for business. So, if you're thinking about visiting the Sunshine State post-Irma, here are 10 things you need to know. Read the story here:

Florida’s Hidden Dream Beach Destination: Marco Island and Naples
Taking the Kids, August 21, 2017, by Joanna Mazewski
It’s been several weeks since we’ve been back from our trip to Marco Island and Naples, which just happen to be two of Southwest Florida’s premiere destinations. I still wake up in the morning thinking about our unforgettable hotel room view of the Gulf of Mexico, reminiscent of the Caribbean turquoise waters.Read the story here:

Looking for outdoor adventure? Naples might be your spot
Naples Daily News, August 11th, 2017, by Daily News Staff
Naples isn't just a place to eat, shop and sit on the beach. It's also a great place for adventure, according to the U.S. Tourism Quality Index. The index ranks Naples No. 9 on this year's list of the top U.S. Sports & Adventure Vacation Destinations. Read the story here:

The 21 Best Beach Bars in America
Thrillist, August 8th, 2017, by Matt Meltzer, Andy Kryza, and Matt Lynch
When scouring America for its best beach bars (and we do mean scouring -- there's even an entry from Alaska) we didn't want to rigidly rattle off the most popular choices from Florida and Hawaii, though rest assured those particularly beachy states are well-represented. These 21 watering holes represent everything from forward-thinking tiki havens to ramshackle trailers parked on the charred remains of a burned-out tavern. But they're all the kinds of places where you want to park yourself with a view of the water and lose track of how many times you signaled the bartender to send another round over. And really, that's all that matters. Read the story here:

MANcation in Naples, Florida
MANtitlement, July 24th, 2017, by Daniel George
Follow along on my weekend MANcation in Naples, Florida where my buddies and I hit the best places to eat, drink and have fun! Read the story here:

Healthy, Happy and Indulgent Naples
The News-Press, July 20, 2017, by JoNell Modys
It seems these days everything is about lists of superlatives. Places, hotels, restaurants and more are being listed and ranked as the best, most beautiful, biggest, smallest, friendliest, healthiest or whatever. Recently the Naples-Marco Island-Immokalee metro area was ranked, for the second year in a row, as the #1 happiest-healthiest community in the U.S. With all that health and happiness, there's room for some completely over-the-top indulgence, right? We've got it with the Where To Eat 239 Royal Scoop Kitchen Sink Challenge in honor of National Ice Cream Month. Read the story here: 

Edgewater Beach Hotel | A Home Away From Home
Ana's World, July 10,2017, by Ana Ojha
If you’re looking for a perfect luxury beach escape away from the hustle and bustle of South Florida, the iconic Edgewater Beach Hotel located in Naples in Southwest Florida would be an ideal getaway. Overlooking the panoramic turquoise waters and pristine sugar-white-sands of the unspoiled beach of Gulf, the Edgewater Beach Hotel is not only an epitome of an unparalleled luxury but also it is a perfect blend of an irresistible barefoot elegance and the exclusivity of a boutique inn. Read the story here:

10 Beach Towns with the Highest Quality of Life, Ranked!
Food&Wine, July 10,2017, by Lauren Phillips, Coastal Living
Ranked number one for quality of life by WalletHub, Naples is famed for its high-end shopping and golfing. Its natural wonders are just as attractive: powder-soft beaches, regular dolphin sightings, and calm waters.
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Area attractions make summer learning fun
The News-Press, July 6, 2017, by JoNell Modys
During the summer our nature-based attractions provide excellent educationally-focused activities and programs that are not only fun – many range from reasonably priced to free. Read the story here: 

2017’s Best Beach Towns to Live In
WalletHub, June 28, 2017, by Richie Bernardo
Naples, Florida is the “Best Beach Town to Live In” according to the latest ranking by personal finance website WalletHub. To determine the winner, WalletHub compared 227 cities across 49 key indicators of livability: affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life. Naples ranked #1 for quality of life, which helped elevate the city to #1 on the entire list. Read the story here:

Hotel, attraction providers meet about marketing the Paradise Coast
The News-Press, June 22, 2017, by JoNell Modys
This week more than 90 Collier County tourism partners representing hotels, attractions, tours, fishing and other activity providers, retail establishments, restaurants, chambers of commerce and others gathered with the convention and visitors bureau’s destination marketing team for an annual marketing planning session. The focus is on how to improve our already successful and award-winning tourism marketing efforts.Read the story here:

Swallow-tailed kites highlight spring, summer skies
The News-Press Tropicalia magazine, June 16, 2017, by JoNell Modys
Signs of the changing seasons are subtle in Southwest Florida compared to the colorful onset of spring flowers or fall leaves in northern climates. One notable exception is the spring arrival of the swooping, graceful swallow-tailed kite with its deeply forked tail flying high above our skies. Find out more about “the coolest bird on the planet” and where you might spot them. Read the story here: 

The Great Outdoors: 100 Best Al Fresco Dining Restaurants in America 2017 #OpenTable100
OpenTable, June 7, 2017
As we look forward to the start of summer and prime travel season, we’re excited to unveil the 100 Best Al Fresco Dining Restaurants in America 2017. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 10 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 25,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.Read the story here:

Central & South Florida Meetings: The Sunshine Factor
Association News, May 2017, by Barbara Beckley
“Naples, quite simply, boosts attendance,” said Richard Miseyko, president of Site Search, Inc. The city “provides a unique concentration of high-end properties, world-class dining, shopping and spectacular beaches. And the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades CVB staff is incredibly attentive. 
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ConventionSouth Reveals the South’s 2017 “Top Hot Spots For Winter Events”
ConventionSouth, May 2017, by Editorial Team
After a thorough review of our entire 16 state coverage area, our editorial team selected 20 destinations that they feel exemplify the ideal “Hot Spot for Winter Events”. These destinations were posted on the ConventionSouth Facebook page for voting. Our social media followers voted the following destinations as the top 7 “Hot Spots for Winter Events.” Voting was determined based on the number of likes, shares and comments on social media. The below destinations are listed in order of top votes. The July 2017 Issue of ConventionSouth will showcase the below cities with an editorial spotlight:Read the story here:

Spirited ways to toast to summer
USA Today, May 26, 2017
 Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start to summer, as if you need an excuse to toast with tiny umbrellas. Bars and restaurants across the country are ready for the season with refreshing libations, tiki mugs, many margaritas, carafes of sangria, pitchers of punch and every spin on the spritz. Read the story here:

The 10 Best Budget Hotels Near National Parks
Oyster, May 10, 2017, by Alexandra Temblador
If you want to visit the beautiful national parks of the United States on a budget, you're welcome to camp at one of the many affordable sites across the country. But we know very well that camping isn’t for all. As it might be hard to justify splurging on a luxury hotel, since you'll be spending a good amount of time in the great outdoors, we've come up with a list of wonderful budget hotels near national parks that provide comfortable stays without a huge price tag.
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Murder and Fishing in the Ten Thousand Islands
Gear Patrol, May 10 2017, by John O’Connor
“Are you ready to rock?” This was Captain Bill Blanton, my fishing guide in the Ten Thousand Islands, a 2,000-square-mile mangrove estuary in southwest Florida that’s the Gulf-side doorstep to Everglades National Park. Read the story here:

8 Great Cool Luxury Hotel Free Amenities
McCool Travel, May 04, 2017, by Charles McCool
Travel consumers can choose from a dizzying array of lodging options for upcoming trips. Even within the luxury lodging category, choices seem unlimited. To distinguish themselves from competitors, luxury hotels offer free amenities. Wi-fi really should be free. Same with breakfast or at least tea and coffee. Am I right? Oh, and beach resorts providing beach chairs and umbrellas should also be standard. Read the story here:

Authentic Florida: Adventure in Everglades, Paradise Coast
Florida Today, April 30, by Robin Draper
From the Big Cypress to Everglades City to Naples, follow the adventures of Authentic Florida’s Robin Draper as she uncovers the best avenues for adventure in Florida’s Paradise Coast. Read the story here:

The Pickleball Boost
The News-Press, April 27, 2017, by JoNell Modys
The meteoric rise of the sport of pickleball is nothing short of amazing, and Collier County has established itself now as the Pickleball Capital of the World. Read the story here:

Checklist: Naples, Florida
Paste, April 11, 2017, by Hilary Sheinbaum
The term “South Florida” usually inspires thoughts of raging nightclubs, thong bikinis, blaring music, tacky tourists and art deco—in short: you’re thinking of the East Coast. Read: Fort Lauderdale. Miami. South Beach. There’s nothing wrong with that. But there’s another South Florida—the West Coast: namely, Naples, which most of us don’t consider while booking a flight for some fun in the sun. There are boats, bars and, of course, beaches there … but these have white sand.Read the story here:

Old-Florida Revisited - Nothing Is Old About It!
The Chattanoogan, April 4, 2017, by Diane Siskin
There have been hundreds of writers and journalists who have undertaken journeys to find old or “nostalgic Florida”, only to realize that glimpses into bygone eras are few in the Sunshine state.I too wondered if any places I visited as a child on family vacations remained the same as they did many decades ago. Read the story here:

First catch: Naples vacation memories that last a lifetime
The News Press, March 25, 2017, by JoNell Modys
Chinese visitor's experience fishing for the first time in his life  in Naples; and other "firsts" that can be experienced in the destination that create lasting lifestime memories.Read the story here:

Fabulous Relaxed Luxury Resorts in Florida
McCool Travel, March 20, 2017, by Charles McCool
Charles McCool, known as the Travel Influencer : Travel Happiness Advocate and rated at the #2 Travel Expert/Influencer on Klout, provides a round of up some of the top relaxed luxury resorts in Florida he has recently visited, including The Inn on Fifth in downtown Naples. Read the story here:

Top Value Cities For An Epic Group Getaway
tripadvisor, March 16, 2017, by Natalie Rohrer
Traveling with an entourage this spring? Here’s a pro-tip: TripAdvisor Rentals can take the pain out of planning a group trip and save you money in the process. Sure, you could reserve a set of hotel rooms and hope for the best, but we can give you a few good reasons why booking a rental means more bang for your buck. Read the story here

Farm To Table, Fresh Caught Crab & Chef Art Smith, The Naples Restaurant Scene
30 Day Adventures, March 15, 2017, by Marc Smith
There is something for every foodie palette in Naples Florida. If you love cheap eats, buckets of crab and shrimp and happy hour drink specials there are places for you. If you love a menu that is seasonal, locally sourced and the Chef knows the name of every farmer he works with, they have some of those as well. What about celebrity chefs? Yes, they even have a restaurant headlined by Oprah’s first Chef, Art Smith. So you see the Naples restaurant scene has something for everyone, including a very hungry me!Read the story here:

Who Wants To Feed A Giraffe? Exploring The Naples Zoo At Caribbean Gardens
30 Day Adventures, March 14, 2017, by Marc Smith
It is a zoo in here! Of course, I am saying this from inside the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens in Naples, Florida. Fifty-two acres of exotic plants and animals just a short drive from the white sand beaches of the Gulf Coast. What began in 1919 as a tropical garden by Dr Henry Nehrling was enhanced in 1969 by the famed Tetzlaff’s with the addition of their exotic animals and the opening of the Naples Zoo. Today, it is a great way to spend a day exploring and adventuring. If you time it right you may just get to feed a Giraffe.Read the story here:

Spring Travel
Columbia Living Magazine, March 14,2017, by Katie McElveen
Hop on the big bird, or jump in your car. We've got great options to clear away the winter doldrums and welcome spring in a beautiful new town. Memories are made of this.Read the story here:

Four Different Worlds In One Garden At The Naples Botanical Garden
30 Day Adventures, March 13, 2017, by Marc Smith
Ever since my visit to Butchart Gardens in the late 90’s I have fallen in love with botanical gardens. If a city I visit has one, chances are I’ve visited it and Naples Florida is no exception. I love the beauty and the tranquillity I feel when I spend time in gardens, especially if they are large and allow me to lose myself in my wanderings. A sunny morning in Naples is the perfect time to visit the Naples Botanical Garden in my opinion. The light is fantastic, only the early bird garden lovers are out and you can stay as long as you’d like.Read the story here:

Travel Guide, Naples, Florida
Style Cusp, March 13, 2017, by Marissa Meade
Kendall and I spent 4 days in Naples, Florida and it was such a dream. To say we loved it is an understatement! Naples is absolutely gorgeous, with every corner covered in a stunning bougainvillea or a sprawling, impeccably designed home. The beach was beautiful and restaurant life vast, making it the perfect spot to getaway or vacation with your family. Naples was actually just named the healthiest and happiest city in the US for the second straight year in a row. I guess it’s time to move…
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Sip and Savor Some Vacation Flavor in Southwest Florida
The News Press, March 12,2017, by JoNell Modys
One of the top activities enjoyed by adults during real vacations, staycations and even week nights out with friends is drinking alcoholic beverages. For some people, a sure fire way to bring on that vacation vibe is a fruity frozen concoction. While binge drinking large quantities of alcohol is undoubtedly unhealthy and even dangerous, there is mounting evidence that moderate drinking in the company of friends and loved ones is a key indicator of longevity.
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For the 2nd Year in a Row, the Healthiest, Happiest City in the U.S. is...Naples (NBC), March 7, 2017, by A. Pawlowski
For the second year in a row, Naples, Florida, and the nearby communities of Immokalee and Marco Island take the No. 1 spot in the Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being 2016 Community Rankings, released on Tuesday. The report measures how residents of 189 U.S. cities feel about their physical health, social ties, financial security, community and sense of purpose.Read the story here:

Hilton Naples Hotel Offers Corporate Luxury With Resort Amenities
30 Day Adventures , March 6, 2017 by Marc Smith
Paradise. That is the last stop on my seven cities, three-week tour of Florida. Paradise Coast to more exact. The cities of Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades are my final destination in this epic sunshine state road trip. From start to finish I will have driven over 1400 miles, but I may have left the best for last. The best sunsets, the best beaches and the best hotel room of my entire trip.  Read the story here:

Naples Instagram Round-Up
Styled Snapshots, March 3, 2017
TGIF, everyone! I thought I would end the week with a fun little instagram round-up featuring some of my outfits from our Naples trip. You all have bee so sweet with your comments about some of these pieces I figured it would be easy to put everything in one place for you guys. I also had a few sizing questions so I will do my best to answer them next to whichever piece they apply to.Read the story here:

International Hot Rod Association Promoter Profile: Ralph Hester, Immokalee Regional Raceway
Racer, March 1, 2017, by Steven Cole Smith
Find out the story of how Ralph Hester and his son created one of the nicest, most family-friendly tracks in the country that recently hosted the IHRA Summit Sportsman National Championship.
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What to Cook This Weekend
New York Times Cooking, February 24, 2017, by Sam Sifton
Sam Sifton writes about taking a break from his duties at the Miami Food & Wine Festival. “I won't be cooking this weekend... I'm bound west for Everglades City tomorrow, for snook in the backcountry and a bowl of conch chowder at Triad Seafood afterward.” Read the story here:

JW Marriott Opens its Doors in Marco Island, Florida
AFAR, February 17, 2017, by Charu Suri
Over the New Year, along with a commemorative and festive celebration, the Marco Island property on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico changed into the emperor’s new clothes, from a “Marriott” to a “JW Marriott” which prides itself on casual luxury.Read the story here:

Gauging Tourism
Florida Weekly, February 16, 2017, by Roger Williams
A look at tourism in Florida with a focus on South Florida regions. Read the story here:

Walking Your Family to Fitness in Naples: 6 Trails Your Family Will Love
Neapolitan Family
Walking is the perfect exercise and when you walk together as a family, the benefits multiply. Try these Naples-area options for some great family togetherness time. Read the story here:

What To Do In Naples, Florida & Marco Island
AAA Northeast, February 6, 2017, by Jill Fergus
At this time of the year, who wouldn’t want to shed their puffy coats and head to Naples, Florida to soak up some sunshine along the Gulf of Mexico? I did just that on a recent visit to south Florida’s Paradise Coast, a scenic region comprised of Naples, Marco Island and the western portion of the Everglades.Read the story here:

Getting Healed: Florida Rx for the Frozen Soul, February 3, 2017,  by Scott Eddy
Winter is everyone’s least favorite season for a reason, but that doesn’t mean that it has to be all bad. In fact, traveling in the wintertime is one of the best ways to check out new locations and to find secret spots to sunbathe at when the weather turns nasty. However, I’ve been treated to beautiful weather here in Florida, and FloridaRx has taken care to show me the best of my home state by including a deluxe package. As a result, I was lucky enough to see my state at its most brilliant—and to get some much-needed sun. Read the story here:

3 Reasons You Should Travel To Naples, Florida
Forbes, January 31, 2017, by DeMarco Williams
How famous is Art Smith? Well, former first lady Michelle Obama calls him when she needs a personal chef for an extended weekend. That’s how famous. If Smith makes a move of any substance, the culinary world tends to take notice. So, when the two-time James Beard Award winner opened 1500 South in Naples, Florida, in March 2016, the dining industry turned its collective head in the Gulf of Mexico’s direction.Read the story here:

How to take advantage of living in the tourist destination of Southwest Florida
News Press, January 29, 2017, by JoNell Modys
Living in an area that is a popular destination with both short term visitors here for quick getaways and seasonal residents staying up to six months has many distinct advantages for local residents. Read the story here:

Kane Rum Bar At JW Marriott Island Beach Resort Marco Island
Sweet Leisure , January 23, 2017, by Susan Katzman
Yep. It’s true. I love rum. So imagine my delight discovering a rum bar at the newly refurbished and rebranded JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort. Read the story here:

Visitors’ Paradise
Business Observer, January 20,2017, by Traci McMillan
Tourism in Collier County has also undergone a major shift — especially because it didn’t have a formal tourism promotion agency until 15 years ago. There was some promotion from the individual hotels, but it was almost 100% a leisure destination, according to Jack Wert, executive director of the Naples, Marco Island and Everglades Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. “We had a high season (mid-December to the Easter holiday) and then virtually no season,” he says. Read the story here:

Can you eat your way across Florida? Try these 5 restaurants
Atlanta Journal Constitution , January 18, 2017, by Tracey Teo
Celebrity chef Art Smith opened his newest restaurant, 1500 South, less than one year ago at Naples Bay Resort, but it’s already gained a reputation as one of the city’s top fine dining spots. Smith, former personal chef to Oprah Winfrey and a two-time James Beard nominee, combines the best of the South with the best of Italy, so the menu features everything from stone crab lemon fettuccine to chicken and waffles.Read the story here:

The Best Places to Experience Florida’s Wildlife
Conde Nast Traveler, January 17, 2017, by Paul Rubio
Experience Florida’s most underrated attribute – its nature – with these fun (and educational) day trips. This slideshow features the kayak and boat expeditions from Everglades Area Tours to view birds, dolphins and island life in the Wilderness Waterway section of Everglades National Park, and biking past alligators at the park’s Shark Valley entrance. Read the story here:

Florida: Naples Botanical Garden and The Local
Albany Times Union, January 12, 2017, by Kim Stuart Swidler
Robert and I had a wonderful time celebrating his birthday in Naples and Marco Island. Great travel experiences must eventually come to an end, but we were so sorry when it was finally time to check out of our beautiful accommodations at the Edgewater Beach Hotel. Read the story here:

Organizers eager for NDN Half Marathon's return Sunday; storm canceled race last year
Naples Daily News, January 11, 2017, by Adam Fisher
Perry Silverman, known around town as the architect of the Naples Daily News Half Marathon, has become a bit of an amateur meteorologist as this year’s race approaches. Read the story here:

The Next Great Florida Vacations
Conde Nast Traveler, January 10, 2017, by Paul Rubio
Sleepy Naples is waking up to big changes, as major hotel renovations and burgeoning dining and cocktail scenes are drawing in a younger demographic. Newly opened spots include steakhouse The Continental with a 30-seat craft cocktail bar specializing in classic, Prohibition-era cocktails and live music nightly.  Read the story here:

Naples and Marco Island, FL: Farmers’ Market, Dolphin Excursion and the Marriott
Albany Times Union, Januaray 7, 2017, by Kim Stuart Swidler
After a nice breakfast at Naples’ Edgewater Beach Hotel, my husband Robert and I made the 10 minute or so drive back to Third Street for the city’s popular Farmers’ Market.  As mentioned before, Naples is a very, very affluent city so on the way we traveled by one beautifully decorated luxury home after another. Read the story here:

10 Things You're Missing On Florida's Paradise Coast
Southern Living, January 3,2017, by Abigail Wilt
A trip down to warm, sunny Florida can be about much more than theme parks. Three closely knit communities on the coast – Naples, Marco Island, and Everglades City – provide tons of unique family fun that you won't find anywhere else. Read the story here:

Fun and Sun in Naples, Florida
Albany Times Union, January 3, 2017, by Kim Stuart Swidler
After a great start to our Naples, Florida vacation at the Edgewater Beach Hotel, we woke up the next morning to see that the waters from the Gulf of Mexico had ebbed to reveal a series of sand bars.
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Romantic Paradise at the Edgewater Beach Hotel
Albany Times Union, January 2, 2017, by Kim Stuart Swidler
My husband Robert’s birthday was last month, and I wanted to take him on a short vacation to celebrate this special occasion. Read the story here:

On Holiday in Naples
Unnamedproject, December 2016, Ken Panton
Between the magnificent natural wonder that is the Florida Everglades and the Gulf of Mexico, we recently discovered the quietly elegant, highly cultured seaside town of Naples. The area’s natural beauty begins at its shores, which are graced with wide, natural white sandy beaches, often considered to be among the nation’s finest. Read the story here:

The Hidden Gems of Paradise Coast
The Daily Meal, December 22, 2016, by Laura Pucillo
Florida is known as a retirement safe haven and a winter getaway for us snowbirds up north. But what about its food scene? Read the story here:

Cities With the Longest Life Expectancy in Every State
Wall Street Journal, December 19, 2016, by Steven Peters
To highlight how life expectancy trends vary across the United States, 24/7 Wall St. listed the city in every state with the longest life expectancy at birth. Looking at all U.S. metro areas, life expectancy is highest in Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, Florida, where life expectancy at birth is 83.5 years. In contrast, residents in Gadsden, Alabama have a life expectancy more than 10 years shorter. Read the story here:

America’s 10 Best Beach Towns for Christmas
Coastal Living, December 2016, by Tracey Minkin
We all know Santa comes by boat, so it’s only fitting that we all get to the beach as quickly as possible for the holidays. Here, our travel editor’s favorite beach towns that do it up right for Christmas, from old-fashioned style to all-out light extravaganzas. Read the story here:

8 Great Scenic Drives in South Florida
McCool Travel, by Charles McCool
Travel expert Charles McCool includes Tamiami Trail in his pick of 8 Great Scenic Drives in South Florida. He highlights attractions on the section between Miami and Naples including the Shark Valley entrance to Everglades National Park, Loop Road and the smallest post office in the U.S. in Ochopee.
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South Florida Instagrammers We Love
Naples Illustrated, November 11, 2016 by Rebbecca Rehm
Naples Illustrated, a leading area lifestyle magazine, is big fans of Instagram and its ability to share ideas and experiences through beautiful photos, especially when those photos are focused on our beautiful communities. Here are four of the magazine's favorite South Florida Instagrammers to follow, including @ParadiseCoast! Read the story here:

Best view of Sunday’s supermoon? Try an eco tour
The News Press, November 9, 2016 by JoNell Modys
Kayak and boating eco tours are great bets for watching the rise of supermoons and all full moons. Read the story here:

How to eat your way through Florida's Coastal Paradise
Saveur, November 8,2016, by Saveur Editors
Sugar-fine white sand beaches along the sparkling Gulf of Mexico? Check. Shopping and charming pedestrian thoroughfares? Double check. A bumping restaurant and bar scene that hits every pleasure point, from down-home barbecue to high-end Persian? Triple check; over and out: Naples and Marco Island, Florida, have it all.
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Florida’s Paradise Coast lives up to its name
The Atlanta Journal Constitution, November 6, 2016 by Tracey Teo
“Reel down! Pull up! Reel down! Pull up!” That’s the mantra Capt. Jason Gilbert shouted as I struggled to reel in whatever was on the other end of my fishing line. It was putting up a heck of a fight, and I used every ounce of muscle to get the contrary leviathan on the boat. Maybe I had a bull shark.Read the story here:

25 Best Florida State Parks
Dream Vacation Magazine, November 4, 2016, by Vacationidea Staff
The Florida State Park system is an excellent steward of the state’s natural resources, and houses some of its most beautiful sites. Whether you are looking for excellent beaches where you can swim, sunbathe, or snorkel, to see wildlife and spot birds, to hike, bicycle, snorkel, scuba dive, go horseback riding, or camp, there is a state park for you, beautifully groomed, intelligently maintained, and with picnic areas, concessions, shade, and rangers to answer your questions or address your concerns.Read the story here:

Florida’s left coast serves up some of the best experiences the state has to offer.
AAA Home & Away, November 2016, by William J. Purpura
Seasoned travelers implore those who hope to follow in their footsteps to take the long, dark, lonely roads, as more often than not these serve as the pathways to worlds of enlightenment. Read the story here:

Surprising Outdoor Gems of Naples and Marco Island, Florida, November 2016, by Joel Welin
Just 30 minutes away from the 607,000-hectare Everglades National Park and its vast birding, boating and wildlife-watching opportunities, The Paradise Coast truly is heaven for nature lovers. Read the story here:

Top 20 Small Cities In Florida, October 2016
Long a favorite among the moneyed set, Naples maintains an upscale, small town perspective to life. The population of the town now exceeds 20,000 and boasts of several distinctions. According to Wikipedia, Naples has the 2nd highest concentration of millionaires per capita of any American city and the 6th highest per capital income in the country. Read the stroy here:

Annual Florida Panther fest comes to Naples Zoo
The News Press, October 29,2016, by JoNell Modys
Uno, the Florida panther that was injured and blinded by a shotgun blast and is now a resident at Naples Zoo, is an important ambassador for this endangered species. He will be the star of the show during the annual Florida Panther Festival on Saturday, Nov. 5, which has moved to Naples Zoo in his honor. Read the story here:

Magazine readers pick Naples as a 'favorite big city'
Naples Daily News, October 21,2016, by June Fletcher
Take that, Seattle, San Diego and Washington, D.C. Those are just three of the cities that Naples beat out in Conde Nast Traveler’s “favorite big cities in the U.S.” list in its 29th annual Readers’ Choice Awards survey.
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Time To Flock To Florida
Travel Press, October 20, 2016
Visit Florida along with more than a dozen of its partners were in Toronto earlier this week to update the Canadian travel trade on all that’s going on in the Sunshine State this winter. Read the story here:

Retirees find Classic Charm in Naples, FL
Where to Retire, October 3, 2016
Naples a “thriving city with and enticing social and cultural calendar” well suited for retirees. Read the story here:

Where To Travel in October
Forbes Travel Guide, September 30, 2016, by Jaydine Sayer
Fall inevitably conjures up back-to-school nostalgia, and if you’re missing that air of excitement this time of year, consider traveling to one of these five spots hosting educationally minded events in spectacular settings. But just as the case was when you were in school, it’s not all about classes and workshops this month. We’ve managed to fill our calendar with music, outdoor activities and lots of good food, too. Read the story here:

The Ultimate Girlfriend Getaway on Florida's Paradise Coast
The Rebel Chick, September 14, 2016, by Jennifer Quillen 
When you live in a state with over 1,000 miles of coastline there’s a ton of options for a weekend beach getaway. But not all Florida beaches are created equal. East coast beaches face the Atlantic Ocean. They are good for sunrises and surfing. West coast beaches are protected by the Gulf of Mexico. These are the beaches that epic sunsets are made of and with less waves, seem much calmer. Read the story here:

25 food and drink festivals to taste this fall
USA Today, September 9, 2016, by Ashley Day
Fall has more flavors in store than pumpkin spice. Travelers and locals alike can indulge in California lobster, St. Louis barbecue, Las Vegas fine dining and Florida stone crab at these flavorful festivals in September and October. Read the story here:

Travel Leisure Readers award Naples #3 Favorite Beach Town in America
Visit Florida, September 8, 2016
Travel Leisure, one of the world’s leading travel publications, lists Naples, Florida at No. 3 on its list of “Favorite Beach Towns In America”  and No. 27 on the list of “America’s Favorite Towns” within its 2016 America’s Favorite Places survey. Read the story here:

3 Reasons To Get A Babysitter And Relax When Visiting Naples,FL, September 5th, 2016, by Hannah Rinaldi
Naples, Florida is a picture perfect beach town. The family friendly atmosphere makes it’s an ideal place to vacation with the kids. It’s a family favorite because it’s not a party town like many of the beach towns in Florida. Don’t let the family friendly atmosphere fool you, though. You can still find plenty of fun things to do without the kids! Read the story here:

The 9 Best Beaches in Florida, August 31, 2016 by Lilly LeClair
Summer may be winding down in the Northern Hemisphere, but if you are anything like most of us at -- that is to say, complete and total beach fanatics -- you may find yourself already fantasizing about a winter escape.Read the story here:

Naples a Favorite Beach Town
North Palm Beach Life, August 31, 2016
Travel Leisure  Naples, Florida at No. 3 on its list of “Favorite Beach Towns In America”  and No. 27 on the list of “America’s Favorite Towns” within its 2016 America’s Favorite Places survey. Read the story here:

15 food and drink festivals to taste this fall
USA Today, August 30,2016, by Ashley Day
Fall has more flavors in store than pumpkin spice. Travelers and locals alike can indulge in California lobster, St. Louis barbecue, Las Vegas fine dining and Florida stone crab at these flavorful festivals in September and October.
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Collier tourism: Keep calm and carry mosquito repellent
Fort Myers News Press, August 29, 2016, by JoNell Modys
The Zika virus has been in the headlines a lot since locally transmitted cases were discovered in two small neighborhoods in Miami and Miami Beach at the beginning of the month. Read the story here:

The best beachcombing beaches around the USA
USA Today, August 26,2016, by Terry Ward
For the ultimate beachcombing booty, head to these six beaches spanning from Washington to Rhode Island for rare finds underneath the sand. Read the story here:

The best bars on Fifth Avenue South in Naples
The News-Press, August 20, 2016, by Sharon Kenney
Naples’ most famous commercial street is known for its great collection of restaurants, but some of Naples’ best bars are also located here. Read the story here:

Collier tourism: Keep calm and carry mosquito repellant
The News-Press, August 25, 2016, by JoNell Modys
The Zika virus has been in the headlines a lot since locally transmitted cases were discovered in two small neighborhoods in Miami and Miami Beach at the beginning of the month. Read the story here:

The best small towns to visit across America
Curbed, August 15,2016, by Megan Barber
From New York to Los Angeles, urban life can take a toll. Whether you’re battling traffic, the subway, or you’ve just have had enough of that sweaty urban smell (you know the one), it might be time for a change. If the dog days of summer have you yearning for a getaway, look no further than the small towns within just a few hours of America’s biggest cities. Read the story here:

Resorts entice beach lovers to the coast
Coastal Life, August 14,2016, by JoNell Modys
Summers are more popular than ever in Naples and Marco Island. Continued promotion by the convention and visitors bureau of the great destination values available this time of the year is a given and has worked to great effect, especially the past few summers with summer hotel occupancies remaining as high as 80 percent. Read the story here:

7 Florida towns Miamians need to visit right now
Curbed Miami, August 12,2016, by Josh Baumgard
Miami can be a relaxing and beautiful place and a vacation destination for many but for residents it may be too busy and fast to provide an adequate staycation, especially with all of those standout South Florida drivers gracefully sharing the road... Read the story here:

8 of the cheapest fall flight deals on Southwest
Fox News Travel, August 12, 2016, by Lyn Mettler
Prime summer vacation season is almost over-- but that doesn’t mean travel should come to a halt. There are plenty of fantastic airfare deals starting right now for fall travel with carriers like Southwest slashing fares for popular destinations. Read the story here:

New life for Lake Trafford
Coastal Life, August 7,2016, by Eric DeVaux
Dubbed “the little lake that could” by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Lake Trafford is on the national fishing map, thanks to a recent article in a popular anglers magazine chronicling its near death and rebirth as a healthy bass habitat. Read the story here:

Hotels, attractions lure visitors with PokemonGo! meet-ups, events
Coastal Life, July 27,2016, by JoNell Modys
The Pokemon Go! phenomenon is global, and if you think it’s just a passing fad, think again. Read the story here:

Collier tourism team goes into action: No toxic algae-bloom here
Coastal Life, July 13,2016, by JoNell Modys
All South Florida beach destinations, including ours, were cast under a cloud of uncertainty by the headline that screamed across the country through top national media outlets and internationally via BBC News a few weeks ago. Read the story here:

The Most Beautiful Places in All 50 States
Town & Country, July 12, 2016, by Heather Finn
Photo/caption slideshow features one location photo to represent the most beautiful spot in each state. Naples Pier represents the State of Florida.Read the story here:

Redefine a Tropical Vacation at JW Marriott Marco Island
Honest Cooking, July 11,2016, by Alyssa Holder
Debuting in January 2017, the J.W Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort will elevate the expectations for wanderlusts seeking beauty beyond their imagination, with views surpassing Instagram “worthiness” and food embodying the flavors of the Paradise Coast, Florida. Read the story here:

Everglades National Park Video: Here the whisper of the Everglades
USA Today Travel, July 8, 2016, by NPS
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Mangrove Madness, July 7, 2016, by Capt. Ali Hussainy
Read Capt. Ali’s report on his recent adventures fishing in the Gulf of Mexico and coastal estuaries around Marco Island during the Mangrove Madness outdoor media event. Read the story here:

Everglades National Park 360 Degrees Video
USA Today, July 1, 2016, featuring conservationist Franklin Adams
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Naples, Florida, Has The Glam And Sophistication Of Beverly Hills
Culinary Travel, Featured, Florida, Luxury Travel, USA, June 30,2016, by Parm Parmar
I had a whirlwind 24 hour trip to beautiful Naples Florida, one of the wealthiest cities in the U.S.; with the second highest proportion of millionaires per capita in America. Many ‘captains of industry’ have vacation homes in Naples. Read the story here:

Adventure and luxury both await visitors to Naples, Florida.
Lake Norman Magazine, June 28,2016, by Katie Coleman
Florida’s paradise coast strikes a balance for many visitors. Bordered on the east by the Everglades and on the west by the Gulf of Mexico (complete with white-sand beaches and oceanfront manses), Naples is situated in a pristine location to explore the best of Florida. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, Miami is only 90 minutes away. Read the story here:

Claw Your Way to the Paradise Coast
Honest Cooking, June 20,2016, by Alyssa Holder
The natural environment in and around the Paradise Coast creates the picturesque tropical dream worthy image equivalent to what you will find outside the United States. A Caribbean- esque destination yet you do not need a passport to go there. Read the story here:

Last-Minute Weekend Getaway Ideas for Father's Day
U.S. News & World Report, June 16,2016, by Sheryl Nance-Nash
Don't kid yourself – dad doesn't want another tie or tool for Father's Day. This year, why not try to be more creative?
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10 Top Underrated Golf Courses
U.S. News & World Report, June 11, 2016, by Sery Kim
With Father's Day just around the corner, now is the time to pick up an original and thoughtful gift. But if you're stumped on what to present dad this year, fear not: We've got a great gift idea. Read the story here:

The Rise of Bourbon: Hotels Are Jumping in Full Barrel
U.S. News & World Report, June 8, 2016, by Lyn Mettler
Bourbon sales are on the upswing across the U.S. with revenue from whiskey sales up 7.8 percent from 2014 to 2015 and showing significant growth over the last decade, according to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States. 
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7 Spots to Visit with Kids this summer
The Magazine – Insure My Trip, June 6,2016 by Lyn Mettler
With school days behind us and the long days of summer in front of us, it’s the perfect time to travel. School schedules and track meets are long gone yet the kiddos need something to keep them occupied. Read the story here:

The Quiet Corner of the Sunshine State, June 2016, by Steve Winston
Florida, the nations third most-populous state, gets a lost of publicity for its bright lights, big citys and renowned attractions. Read the story here:

Sunshine State: Forget about pizza & pasta, Naples on the Florida coast will get you in a Sunshine state
Scottish Sun, May 30, 2015, by Heather Lowrie
Explore Florida’s Paradise Coast of Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades with Heather Lowrie as she discovers top hotel accommodations, blinding white sand beaches, top dining and beautiful nature. Read the story here:

Spring savings on Florida vacations - 2016
Toronto Sun, May 13,2016, By Nicole Feenstra
Planning a last minute spring fling in Florida? There are a number of hotels in the Sunshine State offering savings and getaway packages for a sunny getaway before summer officially arrives. Read the story here:

The 10 Best Beaches in Florida
Barefoot Beach Preserve County park ranked at #4
Coastal Living, May 1, 2016, by Tracey Minkin
Barefoot Beach Preserve County Park is a white-sand strand on one of Florida's last undeveloped barrier islands on the state's southwest coast. Read the story here:

Naples has been named #27 in Travel Leisure’s round-up of “America’s Favorite Towns."
Travel Leisure, May 2016, By Katrina Brown Hunt
This southwest Florida town struck readers as pretty serene: it ranked for being quiet, safe and relaxing. Read the story here:

Florida travel calendar for May
Orlando Sentinel, April 28,2016, by Adrienne Cutway
Check out festivals and events in May across the state. Read the story here:

TripAdvisor again ranks Marco Island in its Top 10 Islands – United States, April 2016
White beaches, a sparkling sea, a strawberry daiquiri in hand—what more do you need in a vacation? 
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Page Six columnist Cindy Adams writes about her visit to ‘pure and pristine’ Naples
Naples columnist responds to Cindy Adams snarky Naples write up.
Naples Daily News, April 25, 2016, by Batten
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My lavish time in the quiet Naples, Florida
New York Post, April 24,2016, By Cindy Adams
Naples. Not la città in Italy’s boot. I’m talking west coast of Florida’s high-stepping kick in the assets colony.
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Sun in fun goes on
Florida Weekly, April 20,2016, By Roger Williams
Like everything else these days, “season,” as Floridians have long called the manna from (not heaven) the North or Europe that rolls in to create robust local economies each year, came and went swiftly. Read the story here:

Rebirth of Lake Trafford
Florida Game & Fish Magazine, April 2016, By Jimmy Jacobs
Bassmaster Elite Series professional angler Bobby Lane of Lakeland stood on the casting deck of his Phoenix bass boat preplexed and looking down at the water of Lake Trafford. Read the story here:

America's annual seafood festivals and cook-offs
USA Today Travel, April 15,2016, By Susan B Barnes
From shrimp to oysters, lobster to crawfish, Maine to Alaska and Florida to California, we Americans love our seafood, which is quite evident in the number of festivals celebrating the stuff throughout the country each year Read the story here:

Exploring Florida’s Everglades – Navigating the wild, wonderful (and a little bit weird) national park that’s made out of water
Coastal Living, April 1, 2016, by Jonathan Miles
Just a few hours into my exploration of the Everglades, and already my sense of time seems to be warping. Read the story here:

Woman Who Came Face-to-Face with a Panther
Inside Edition, Aril 1,2016
The woman who recorded a video of a panther whizzing right by her called the encounter “amazing.” See the video here:

The Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa just may be Florida’s best kept secret.
Travelscope Magazine, Spring 2016, By Barbara Beckley
Spring is a time for growth and new beginnings. While this year the Travelscope eMagazine celebrates more than 30 years of delivering the best of travel.Read the story here:

Five hotels on Florida's Gulf of Mexico coast drop thier rates for Canadians
National Post, March 23,2016, By Rochelle Lash
The captivating vacation town of Naples, on Florida’s Gulf of Mexico coast, is popping with accessible dollar deals for Canadians. Read the story here:

Five Timely, Sun-Filled Spring Trips Near Miami, March 2016, By Tom Austin
In spring, when high season rates begin to ebb and reservations are easier to come by, it’s an ideal—and relatively affordable—time to hit the open road in Florida. Read the story here:

Hyatt House set to debut in Naples, March 09,2016, by Robert Silk
Hyatt House Naples/Fifth Avenue is set to open March 15. Read the story here:

A Naples snapshot: Spring awakening, March, 2016, By Elizabeth Amore
On a recent, weekend trip to the Bellasera Hotel, I got to experience its exotic, tropical charm. Bellasera’s lush vegetation and implicit luxury echo the intimacy of a private island. Read the story here:

New in Florida 2016, March 2016, by Staff Reports
The new Hyatt House Naples/Fifth Avenue along the picturesque Gordon River section of Naples Bay opened on March 15, 2016. Naples architect Matt Kragh designed the 183 residentially inspired rooms and suites with an Old Florida feel with modern touches, featuring an off-white exterior plus parapets and cornices. Read the story here:

Fla., Miss. destinations perfect for a grown-up spring break
Boston Herald, Thursday, March 03, 2016, by Moira McCarthy
Remember when spring break meant heading to the wildest beach town you could find, cramming in a room with a dozen or more college friends and reveling in craziness? Ah, those were the days. Read the sotry here:

The happiest, healthiest city in the US is..., February 23,2016, by A. Pawlowski
It has a Fifth Avenue, lots of shopping and a hot real estate market, but the country's healthiest and happiest city is nowhere near the Big Apple. Read the story here:

On Holiday In Naples, 2016
Between the magnificent natural wonder that is the Florida Everglades and the Gulf of Mexico, we recently discovered the quietly elegant, highly cultured seaside town of Naples. Read the story here:

Last minute Valentine's Day vacation ideas, February 09,2016, by Staff Reports
There are many people still looking for a gift for Valentine’s Day. Travel expert, Lyn Mettler, has getaway ideas to take a short, weekend vacation for the holiday. Read the story here:

Getting to beaches on Florida's Gulf Coast from N.J. just got easier, February 04, 2016, by Jeff Goldman
For the first time in nine years it will be possible to take a commercial flight from Newark to Naples, Fla. 
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26 Best Things to Do in Naples, Florida, February 04, 2016, by Vacationidea Staff
Naples is one of the wealthiest cities in the United States. Located on the Gulf of Mexico in southwest Florida, this sophisticated, cultured city is a popular tourist destination. Read the story here:

10 warm and wild destinations for families this winter, February 04, 2016, by Lyn Mettler
It’s February, and we’re fed up with winter. Whether your kids are nuts for animals or just love the great outdoors, here are some great adventure-filled escapes for your family to get warm again.Read the story here:

Charity Wine Auctions Are More Than Parties, January 29,2016, by Paul Sullivan
DENISE COBB, a former CNN anchor, and her husband, Brian, a media executive, have had some great chefs in their kitchen over the years. Thomas Keller, the owner of the French Laundry in Napa Valley and Per Se in New York, has cooked there three times. Eric Ripert, the chef at Le Bernardin in New York, has been there, too. Read the story here:

Romantic getaway ideas for Valentine's Day
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, January 27,2016, by Amy Bertrand
What could be more romantic than to surprise your sweetheart with a weekend getaway? We found a few deals both near and far to help you with your Valentine's Day planning. Read the story here:

9 Beach Destinations to Visit This Winter, January 15, 2016, by Sery Kim
With winter just around the corner, many of us are already itching to escape the cool air and retreat to a warm-weather locale with powdery sands and swaying palms. Read the story here:

Everglades National Park – A Look Inside Big Cypress
Active Planet Travels, January 9,2016, by Ronald Robbins
One of best solo trips to be made while visiting the Paradise Coast of Florida is inside the Big Cypress Preserve of Everglades National Park. Read the story here:

The Best Beaches in America, Ranked, January 8, 2016, by Staff Writter
You’ve got your sun, sand and surf--a universal marker of serenity, right? Well, not so fast, bathing beauty--some beaches are intrinsically better than others. Here we rank the top 14 for you. Read the story here:

Miami’s Five Best Winter Getaway, January 5, 2016, by Tom Austin
Naples is identified as one of the five best winter getaways from Miami.Read the story here:

12 Affordable Flight & Hotel Deals to Get You The Hell Out of Boston
Thrillist / Boston, by Meaghan Agnew
Hey, remember last winter? (Obviously.) When you procrastinated on booking a vay-k, and then the snows came snowin’ down and buried us all in inertia and despair? Read the story here:

America's Best Cities, States for Hotels in 2016, December 27, 2015, by Patrick Clarke
The site recently released the results of its 2016 index, revealing the best U.S. cities and states for hotels next year. 
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Best Date Night Restaurants in Naples, Dec. 15, 2015, by Kareem Gantt
Naples is one of America’s fanciest cities. Everything here in this picture-perfect town in Southwest Florida speaks of elegance. Read the story here:

America's Best Ranked Cities to Stay in 2016, Dec 3rd, 2015
Reviews give us the best restaurant recommendations, lead us to the best buys - even the best neighborhoods to live - and when you're checking into a hotel, they're also the best way to make sure you're getting exactly what you want to book. Read the story here:

Naples Wins Best U.S. Destination for Luxury Travelers, Here's What to Experience While There, Dec. 3rd, 2015, By Janice Nieder
USA Today’s 10Best Reader’s Choice poll recently voted Naples, Florida the nation’s top “Best Destination for Luxury Travelers,” leaving high-roller contenders such as Beverly Hills, Palm Beach, Maui, and Aspen in the dust.
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Forget El Niño, Chef Vincenzo Betulia is the Real Reason Florida's Restaurant Scene is Heating Up, November 24th, 2015, By Janice Nieder
This was a very good year for Chef Vincenzo Betulia, who scored a double whammy when he was honored with two 2015 Naples Illustrated Dining Awards: one for Best Restaurant and the other for Best New Chef. Read the story here:

Chickee Magnet: Everglades Wilderness Waterway
Tampa Bay Times, Wednesday October 21, 2015, By Terry Tomalin
When the Seminoles wanted a place to hide, they'd head to the Everglades. The Wilderness Waterway, 99 twisted miles of country most Floridians would consider wasteland, runs from Everglades City to Flamingo on the state's southern tip. 
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22 Best Small Town Family Weekend Destinations, September 28, 2015, By VacationIdea Staff
From beautiful sandy beaches to scenic mountains, America's small towns offer families a diverse choice of things to see and do. Whether you like children's museums, botanical gardens, shopping, wilderness trails or water parks with slides, our list includes choices for every taste. Read the story here:  

Exploring Florida's Paradise Coast
GoodLife Magazine, September, 2015, By Laurie Wallace-Lynch
Ah, just another day in Paradise. Start your day walking on a seemingly endless white sand beach, head to the upscale shops and restaurants on 5th Avenue South, and then get set for an afternoon adventure on an airboat ride in the Everglades. Read the story here:

Resort and Cruise News
The New York Times, September, 8th, 2015, By Elaine Glusac
In the post-Labor Day travel lull, a number of resorts in South Florida are offering deals on rooms, sometimes by cutting prices, other times by including extra freebies. Read the story here:

Fall foodie festivals offer affordable vacation fun
Stars and Stripes, September 3, 2015, By Myscha Theriault
Now that the weather's getting a bit cooler and shoulder season hotel rates have started to kick in, it's a great time to start thinking about planning an autumn getaway. Add in this fall's drop in airline ticket prices, and the savings opportunities become even more appealing. So, how could you possibly add to the value of such a vacation? You have only to research the food festivals at your chosen destination. Read the story here:

10 Great Places to Go After a Divorce, August 30th, 2015, By Sheryl Nance-Nash
A divorce will rock your world; send you crashing into the abyss so deep you feel you can’t find your way out. If there ever was a time to baby yourself, it’s now. Doing so seems fitting, afterall, you’re starting over. Read the story here:

Hotel and Resort News: Fresh Produce in Florida; Champagne in London, August 25, 2015, By Shivani Vora
The Ritz-Carlton, Naples in Florida has an innovative new source for its vegetables: The resort recently purchased a 45-foot-long repurposed shipping container that has the capacity to grow an acre of produce. Read the story here:

The Delicious, Invasive Species You'll Be Eating Next
Bloomberg Businessweek, August 19, 2015, By Maridel Reyes
Served at Sea Salt in Naples, Fla., these resemble baby-back ribs but are more tender. They come from Amazon Fish Co., which employs locals to catch the 200-pound beasts throughout Brazil. Read the story here:

What to do in Naples, Marco Island in Summer
Miami Herald, August 14, 2015, By Marjie Lambert
Naples is an easy getaway from Miami — smaller, low-key and a lot more seasonal with its high percentage of winter residents. Some museums, restaurants and other attractions close every year for a month or two about now; some other places schedule construction and big repair jobs because this is when business is slowest. Read the story here:

Fall Savings: 23 Affordable Dream Destinations For Autumn Vacation Rentals
Tripadvisor Vacation Deals Blog, August 01,2015
An urban chic oasis known for high-end shopping and sophisticated dining, Naples comes in as the number one most affordable US getaway for the fall. Read the story here:

The Best Small Cities In America, July 31, 2015, By Debbie Strong
Here are the small American charmers, as voted on by Condé Nast Traveler readers. All have populations of under 100,000, and often as much to offer as cities ten times their size. Read the story here:

In Naples, Fla., Bostonians will fit right in
The Boston Glove, July 18, 2015, By Rich Fahey
There are plenty of reasons for Bostonians to visit the Naples area. There’s the weather, the golf, the beaches, and, in spring, the chance to visit the training camp of the Boston Red Sox in nearby Fort Myers. Read the story here:

10 Most Popular U.S. Islands for Summer Vacations
Yahoo Travel, July 7, 2015, By Jenny Adams
Islands really move us to explore, party, reflect, and revive, whether you’re an artistic, wistful soul or a pessimist who finds optimism in a great slice of coastline … despite the inevitable sand in your sheets. Read the story here:

11 Of America's Best Small Towns, Perfect For A Long Weekend Trip
The Huffington Post, July 02, 2015, By Suzy Stutner
Whether you've got an extra vacation day to spare or not, summer is ALWAYS a good excuse for a long weekend trip. Life moves a little slower, food tastes a little sweeter and everything is just a bit simpler than in the place you left behind. Read the story here:

10Best Island Escapes You Can Drive To
USA Today, June 26, 2015, By Travis Marshall
Florida's Marco Island sits along the Gulf Coast between Naples and the mangroves of the Ten Thousand Islands as they stretch into the Everglades. Here you can find perfect white-sand beaches along with some of the best beachfront dining and shopping in the state. Read the story here:

Great day trips for Father's Day, June 18th, 2015, By Sarah Sekula
Surprise dad with a fun excursion this Father’s Day. Paddle your way through the Everglades, learn the ancient art of throw-net fishing or go on a shark-tagging expedition. Chances are, he’ll appreciate your surprise trip way more than a necktie.  Read the story here:

Road trip USA: 50 states, 50 must-see stops, June 8,2015, By Sarah Sekula
Pack up the car. Crank up the radio. And make your way through unknown territory. Getting behind the wheel for an extended road trip is always an adventure, but these carefully chosen pit stops along the way will add a little extra oomph to your next road trip. Read the story here:

Lean About Dolphins With the 10,000 Islands Dolphin Project, June 07,2015, By Erin Gifford
It’s hard to find a child who doesn’t love dolphins, and there are plenty of programs that allow kids of all ages to get up close to the animals. On Marco Island in Florida, however, budding scientists can actually help researchers catalog dolphins as part of 10,000 Islands Dolphin Project. Read the story here:

18 Great Places to Go Camping, June 4th, 2015
When it comes to getting up close and personal with nature, Budget Travel editors know the spots where you'll find elbow room, nightly lodging for under $30, and North America's most beautiful flora and fauna. Read the story here:

America's 40 Best Seafood Shacks, June 2,2015, By Nikkitha Bakshami
The folks at City Seafood, located in a tiny fishing village, pride themselves on catching all of their seafood and stone crabs from their own fishing and crabbing boats. Read the story here:

Florida Smashes All-Time Record Quarter for Tourism, May 15th, 2015, By Will Seccombe
I am pleased to share that today Governor Rick Scott announced during a press conference at the Naples Zoo that Florida has set another record in tourism numbers by welcoming the highest amount of visitors of any quarter in the state’s history.  Read the story here:

10 recently Renovated Destination Spas in the United States, May 11, 2015, By Zachary Laks
Set on the calm shores of Outer Clam Bay, right off the Gulf of Mexico, Naples Grande Beach Resort reemerged this past February from an $18 million renovation. Read the sotry here:

20 Insanely Gorgeous Locations for a Beach Wedding, May 7th, 2015, By Samantha Shelton
Surf, sand and swapping vows. If those four words describe your perfect way to walk down the aisle, then step right this way to your ideal beach wedding. Read the story here:

Five Great Cities For A Great Burger, May 6, 2015, By Tom Bastek
May is officially National Burger Month, as if a food item of such vast popularity around the world needed more recognition. One of those classic, go-to foods in the U.S., we as a country consume over 50 billion burgers a year. Read the story here:

22 Best Small Town Family Weekend Destinations, April 30th, 2015
From beautiful sandy beaches to scenic mountains, America's small towns offer families a diverse choice of things to see and do. Read the story here

Drop anchor in Florida's Naples, Marco Island, Everglades region, April 23, 2015, By Moira McCarthy
Imagine a place where nature, shopping, great dining and fun activities are within minutes of each other. Read the story here:

Discover Vacation Serenity in Naples and Marco Island, Florida: Sand, Surf, Sun, Nature Galore & More, April 21, 2015, By Laura Manske
Glistening on the Gulf of Mexico in Southwest Florida, Paradise Coast harbors the charmingly elegant city of Naples as well as the resort community of Marco Island, both showcasing luxuriously long, white sand beaches. Read the story here:

TripAdvisor names Travelers' Choice islands of the world, April 21,2015, By Nancy Trejos
This year's list includes more than 100 islands worldwide from Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Europe, South America, the South Pacific, the U.K. and the USA. Read the story here:

Relax on the Refund, April 15,2015, By Jennifer Nied
Today marks the dreaded tax deadline, or for some an exciting opportunity to plan a fun spa splurge with refunds.
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2015 Tax Day Freebies, Promotions, Deals and Specials, April 14, 2015, By Kelly Phillips Erb
Tax Day is just around the corner. Nobody likes writing a big check to Uncle Sam but there is some good news: Tax Day also means free stuff, promotions, deals and specials. Read the story here:

Dream Destinations: 5 of the Most Relaxing Spa Treatments from Around the World, April 13,2015
It’s National Stress Awareness Month so it makes sense that we’re looking for ways to keep ourselves sane.
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America's Best Food Cities
Condé Nast Traveler, April 13,2015, By CNT Editors
Though Miami may grab the bulk of the accolades when it comes to Florida's hottest food cities, there's a food revolution happening in the Sunshine State's southwestern quadrant, with Naples at the helm. Read the story here:

Where to Spend Your Tax Return: Tax Day Deals, April 9th, 2015, By Kristine Hansen
Looking to catch some sun? Head to one of this hotel group’s three hotels in Florida between April 15 and July 31 to shave 15 percent off room rates. Read the story here:

Paradise Coast Festival Season in Florida, April 7th, 2015, By Bryce Gruber
It’s festival season on the Paradise Coast of Florida. It’ll be warm. You can wear shorts non-stop. Read the story here:

Florida’s 5 sexiest, secluded off-shore islands.
New York Post, March 23,2015, By Beth Landman
At the tail end of a punishing winter, an island’s sun and seclusion provide the perfect relief. Read the story here:

Quick and easy travel getaways to ease winter’s chill., March 07,2015, By Jaime Freedman
Jaime Freedman, Senior Editor at Travelzoo, joins TODAY to talk about some of the best deals on hotels that can help melt away those winter blues. View the story here:

5 picks from the emerging restaurant scene in Naples, Florida., March 06,2015, By Caitlin Martin
You won’t believe the emerging culinary scene in Naples. There are new restaurants and bars opening everywhere, all led by young, energetic chefs, elevating the Naples dining experience. Read the story here:

Ritz-Carltons, A Direct Flight From Boston, Offer Late-Winter Escapes., March 05,2015, By Paul E. Kandarian
You can play a round at the 36-hole, Greg Norman-designed Tiburon, or check out the nearby Naples Zoo.
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Naples, Florida with Kids: 25 Things to do on a Family Beach Vacation.
Mommy, March 1, 1015, By Allison Tabaldi
We recently visited Naples and have to add it to our list of favorite Gulf Coast towns. Naples, Florida offers families miles of sun-drenched Gulf beaches dusted with powdery white sand and gentle surf. Read the story here:

Prepare yourself: These zoo babies are dangerously cute.
USA Today Travel, February 25, 2015, by Carri Wilbanks
Even during the winter, new life is springing forth, especially at zoos. These new zoo babies are too cute to miss.
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Gourmet Getaways: Three Places to Eat in Naples, Florida., February 11, 2015, By Allison Tibaldi
Join writer Allison Tibaldi on her culinary tour of top places to dine in Naples.Read the story here:

Florida's most famous foodstuff, the orange is enjoyed any which way by all kinds of people.
USA Today Travel, February 9, 2015, By Eric Grossman
Florida's most famous foodstuff, the orange is enjoyed any which way by all kinds of people. A handful of envelope-pushing restaurants and bars are putting their own unique spin on the ingredient with innovative approaches.
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Experience a blend of continental flavor, from African wildlife to Balinese paradise, in Southwest Florida.
The Tennessean, February 8, 2015, By Renuka Christoph
After having explored Tampa, head to Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort Golf Club and Spa. Travelers will glory in the seaside luxury of the resort, which sits on three miles of Southwest Florida beach. Ready the story here:

Bring Your Appetite to Naples, Florida
Daves Travel Corner, February 4, 2015, By Allison Tibaldi
If you think the Florida restaurant scene is all early bird specials and buffets that cater to the denture set, meet Naples. Ready the story here:

Top Ten Gulf Coast Activities In Naples And Everglades City, Florida
Family Travel Forum, February 2, 2015, By Allison Hyman-Tibaldi
Our top ten activities in Naples and Everglades City represent the yin and yang of family vacations, so why not embrace variety and enjoy a taste of both cities on Florida's Gulf Coast. Read the story here:

Cozy up to exotic birds at Florida sanctuary
Boston Globe, January 31, 20105, By Nancy Heiser
At Bird Gardens of Naples, the nonprofit organization she owns and runs with her husband, Griffith, small lovebirds and cockatiels, large macaws and cockatoos coexist in generous flight spaces among lush foliage on the couple’s five-acre property. Read the story here:

Naples is #2 Best City to Stay for 2015 on’s list ranking cities for quality hotels, January, 2015
You don’t have to sacrifice quality in order to pay less for a hotel, and to make sure that you’re staying in the best rooms available while still paying the ideal price. Read the story here:

Do I Dare Eat Asian Shrimp from Costco?, January 27th, 2015, By David Hammond
In early January, I spent a few days in Naples, Florida, a beautiful town of extremely wealthy people with excellent skin tone. My first stop was at The Local, a superb restaurant run by owner-chef Jeff Mitchell, a straight-ahead dude who seems totally committed to sourcing his ingredients locally…and in Naples. Read the story here:

Award-winning chef, and Boston's own, Barbara Lynch returns to the Naples Winter Wine Festival this year., January, 2015, By Paul E. Kandarian, Globe Correspondent
Lynch said in a release, it's about the cause: Since it's inception in 2001, the festival has raised more than $123 million for its founding organization, the Naples Children & Education Foundation. Read the story here:

Naples, FL Named a Best Gulf Coast Beach by FlipKey
Flipkey, January, 2015, the vacation rental company of Leading travel site TripAdvisor has announced Naples, Fla. as a Top Gulf Coast Beach Destination. This designation is based on industry research and traveler feedback.. Read the story here:

How to Plan a Multi-day Camping/fishing Adventure in the Everglades.
Sport Fishing, January 20, 2015, By Adrian E. Gray
Since my first trip to the Everglades two decades ago, I’ve been enamored with the fishery and its splendid tranquility. However, trailering a skiff 140 miles back and forth from Miami to the park in a single day not only makes me anxious, but it also severely limits my fishing time. Read the story here:

25 Best Warm Winter Family Vacations to Escape the Polar Vortex
Mommy Poppins, January 16,2015, By: Allison Tibaldi
We were warned. From the Farmer’s Almanac to Al Roker, weather forecasters across the nation predicted a ruthless winter. It only took a few days of frigid air to get me dreaming of warmer climes. The ingredients for a toasty vacation are only a plane ride away. Read the story here:

Best Family Beach Hotels
Travel Leisure, January, 2015
Ten minutes’ north of downtown, this oceanfront boutique resort delivers access to one of Naples’s few secluded beaches. Read the story here: 

A Wildlife Beach Getaway
The Tennessee Tribune, January 14, 2015, By Renuka Christoph
Experience a blend of continental flavor from African wildlife to Balinese paradise in Southwest Florida.
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Fly-Fishing The Everglades
Rhapsody, January 2015, By Jacob Baynham
Alligators and panthers, eagle rays and fish: South Florida and the Everglades offer a bestiary of darting, prowling, leaping and swimming creatrues. To take it all in, you'll want a guide, a good rod and a soft bed in Naples when the day is done.
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Collier County Artificial reef project a game changer, January 7, 2015, By JoNell Modys
With the advent of Collier County’s extensive new artificial reef system on the immediate horizon, I can’t get the tune of the chorus to Donovan’s pop-folk classic “Atlantis” out of my head. Read the story here:

10 Toasty Golf Destinations for Winter
USA Today 10Best, January 2, 2015, By Kristopher Neild
When the mercury level drops, golfers trapped in the northern hemisphere need places to snowbird. These 10 locales offer great golf courses that can be be played under the comfort of nice, warm sunshine any time of year. Grab your foursome and book your trip today. Read the story here:

The Everglades: Take a walk on the wild side
USA Today Travel, November 24,2014, by Amber Nolan
As the only subtropical preserve on the North American continent, much of Florida's Everglades National Park consists of wetlands and a maze of mangroves. Read the story here:

America’s Best Towns for the Holidays
Travel Leisure, November 2014
This Florida town lacks snowman-building material—it ranked highly in the survey for warm weather and beach getaways. Read the story here:

Where to see 'snow' in Florida for the holidays.
Orlando Sentinel, November 18,2014, by Adrienne Cutway
In Florida, dreaming of a white Christmas is little more than wishful thinking. Read the story here:

Christmas Island Style: Rudolph the red-nose dolphin?
Marco Eagle, November 17, 2014
The pick is in. Santa’s sleigh pulled by dolphins – one with a red nose – was chosen for the 2015 Christmas Island Style ornament. Read the story here.

10Best: Prettiest Southern streets for a stroll
USA Today Travel, November 12,2014, by Lena N. Katz
The main artery of Old Naples Historic District is an Instagrammer's dream, thanks to the colorful flowerbeds, hedges and tropical trees that line the sidewalk.  Read the story here.

The 10 Most Popular U.S. Beaches — Where Everyone Wants to Be Right Now
Yahoo! Travel, August 25, 2014, by Kelly O'Mara
In south Florida on the Gulf Coast side, Naples is a wealthy beach enclave, with one of the highest proportions of millionaires per capita in the country.  Read the story here.

Red Rooster Restaurant wins best breakfast on Marco Island review from Ft. Lauderdale Local Reviews blog
FTL Today, August 3, 2014, by Mark
Red Rooster is by far the Best Breakfast restaurant in Marco Island. Read the story here.

Naples, Austin Head List Of Best Cities For Job Growth, July 23, 2014, by Kurt Badenhausen
Florida has crawled back from the depths of the recession and the  employment outlook is bright, particularly for the retirement enclaves in the southern part of the state. Read the story here.

Everglades National Park Voted Number 7 Best National Park
USA Today and 10Best Reader's Choice, July, 2014
Florida's Everglades National Park protects what Harry Truman once called "an irreplaceable primitive area".
Read the story here.

Map your way around Marco Island for cool places to beat the summer heat
Naples Daily News; July 10, 2014; by Sheila Mesulam
Fun places on the water to find ice cream, salads, cocktails and more.Read the story here.

Summer Fun Girls Getaway in Naples, Florida, July 6, 2014, by Kay Dougherty
Kay's review of a summer fun getaway for the girls will make you want to book YOUR reservations!
Read the story here.

A Century-Old Landmark of the Everglades Confronts the Possible End of the Road
New York Times, July 6, 2014, by Lizette Alvarez
The historic Ted Smallwood Store, now a museum and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, faces an uncertain future in the legal battle over the surrounding property owners’  wish to remove the only road leading to the museum.Read the story here.

VISIT FLORIDA and Dr. Beach announce 4 beaches make list, Sunshine Matters Blog, 6/24/14, by Pam Forrester
Blog about the national satellite media tour to announce this year’s Top Ten USA Beaches, including our very own Barefoot Beach and Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park. Read the story here.

Fine dining in Naples, Florida: Originality, Luxury and Excellence, June 24, 2014, by Chelle Koster Walton
In 2014, Conde Nast Traveler magazine listed Naples at number 17 on its Top Cities for Foodies readers' choice awards. That was a first, but a well deserved honor for a small town stuffed with talented chefs and to-die-for-restaurants. This 10Best list includes the creme de la creme, from inimitable Italian cuisine in a town with uncountable Italian restaurants to creative global fare. Read the story here. 

Profiles in Paradise: Introducing the Paradise Coast to the world
Naples Florida Weekly, May 22, 2014, by Bob Harden
Naples Internet radio host Bob Harden profiles JoNell Modys and the work she does to promote Florida’s Paradise Coast Read the story here.

Top Five Hidden Beaches for Families in Florida
By,, June 19, 2014 
Planning a Florida beach vacation means looking for that perfect beach destination full of sugar sand beaches, sunshine, beautiful sunrises, and spectacular sunsets. Read the story here.

Verizon customers will now be able to text 911 in Naples, Marco Island, Everglades.
Jessica Lipscomb,, June 16, 2014
Last week, two teens covertly texted their grandfather for help during a home invasion robbery near Immokalee. With new technology. Read the story here.

Dr. Beach Names 4 Florida Beaches to His Top 10 List
Lauren Tjaden,, June 13,2017
Barefoot Beach in North Naples should be ranked as the best beach in the country—not number two. Read the story here.

Naples area is world-class golf spot, says USA TODAY award
Laura Ruane, 5:40 p.m. EDT April 24, 2014
USA TODAY has named the Naples area one of the best golf destinations in the world.. Read the story here.

De-stress on Florida’s Paradise Coast during National Stress Awareness Month
Tammilee Tips, April 13, 2014 By Tammilee
One of our favorite places to explore in Florida’s Paradise Coast! We visit Everglades National Park every chance we get. There is nothing quite like bird watching in the Everglades. Read the full story here.

Marco Island a top destination for your health
Marco Island Sun Times, March 31, 2014, By Dr. Carlos Portu
Marco Island may be one of the top destinations in the country to live a long healthy life.
Read the full story here.

Downtown Surprises in Naples and Fort Myers, Florida
 on March 11, 2014
Don’t limit yourself to the beach when you visit southwest Florida’s Gulf Coast. There are plenty of cosmopolitan pleasures just a few blocks away.
Read the full story here. 

Historic Naples Pier One of 25 Beautiful Piers, Promenades, & Boardwalks
USA Today, March 2014
The historic Naples Pier made the list of 25 beautiful piers, promenades, and boardwalks from around the country in a article. The Pier is featured in slide no. 6
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Orlando, with an adventure on the side: Walk on the Wild Side
USA Today, March 08, 2014 By Sarah Sekula
The Ten Thousand Islands portion of Everglades National Park is profiled as one of several side trips worth taking from Orlando. Read the story here.

Naples Bonefish & Tarpon Trust Fundraising Event Success 3/11/14
The recent Bonefish & Tarpon Trust annual Naples fundraising event at Foxfire County Club was attended by over 150 recreational fishing enthusiasts and featured a keynote presentation by former Olympic downhill skier Andy Mill. Read the story here.

Florida’s Paradise Coast will find countless ways to warm couple’s hearts this Valentine’s Day
Spa Travel Gal, Feb. 10, 2014 by Ava Roxanne Stritt
From toasting the sunset on a champagne cruise to dining at one of the area’s charming restaurants, Florida’s Paradise Coast will find countless ways to warm couple’s hearts this Valentine’s Day. Read the story here.

Secrets of Florida Everglades revealed during annual festival
The News-Press,Feb. 6, 2014, by JoNell Modys
Collier County Tourism column about the annual Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival in Everglades City. 
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Southwest Florida best Northerners warm to ads
The News-Press,Jan. 31, 2014, by Laura Ruane
Ad campaigns by Collier and Lee County tourism bureaus use our warm weather to attract frozen Northerners in winter months. Read the story here.

Aptly named Mereday's Fine Dining delivers exceptional food, service
Naples Florida Weekly, September 12-18, 2013,by Karen Feldman
Chef Charles Mereday's new restaurant at Naples Bay Resort has been drawing well-deserved rave reviews.
Read more here. 

Dolphin Explorer combines fun adventure travel with marine science education
International Travel,September 14, 2013, by Jill Zima Borski. 
Read the story and see a slide show here. 

LPGA-Underdog Lewis Now Atop LPGA - CME Group Titleholders in Naples, Fla.
USA Today,November 15, 2012, by Steve DiMeglio
Naples, Fla. There is no quit in Stacy Lewis.  There wasn't when she wore a back brace 18 hours a day for seven years after being diagnosed with scoliosis as a kid. 
Read the full story here.

Marco Island fishing guru Don Robb dispenses wisdom along with tackle
Marco Island Eagle, August 9, 2011 by Lance Shearer
When fishermen or women come into Sunshine Ace Hardware on San Marco Rd., they're looking for more than just merchandise. They're looking for tips, for the magic lure, the right combination of tackle and bait, any bit of information that will give them the edge in reeling in that elusive catch.
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9 Most Relaxing Beaches
U.S. News & World Report/U.S. News Travel, June 2011
There are beaches with amusement park rides, casinos, pick-up volleyball games and even airport landing strips in the background -- but are there any more spots to just go for a little peace and quiet? Our analysis finds there is: You just have to know where to look and when to travel. Let this list guide you to the most relaxing beaches in the United States and the Caribbean. (Naples, Florida is ranked #5).
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Marco Island's Tigertail Beach Draws Serious Wildlife Photographers
Marco Island Eagle, July 26, 2011 by Lance Shearer
Tigertail Beach's lagoon draws serious wildlife photographers from across the state of Florida with its abundance of bird life. Click to read the full story.

Where the Wild Things Are - A Coast to Coast Guide to Endangered Species
The New York Times, May 13, 2011 by Bryn Nelson
An overview of where to see endangered species across the country. The Big Cypress National Preserve is mentioned as the primary habitat of the Florida panther, and Everglades National Park is mentioned for the Florida manatee, American crocodile, the wood stork and more. Click to read the full story.

The Coast is Clear
Ft. Myers Nature Examiner,, July 19, 2010 by Renee Wilson
A report on Southwest Florida beach conditions and favorite activities.
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Marco Island: River Wading
Wall Street Journal, July 15, 2010 by Douglas Belkinon
What to do, where to eat and where to stay on Marco Island, Fla.
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Marcophiles: Wall Street Journal's home run on Marco
Marco Eagle, July 19, 2010 by Don Farmer and Chris Curle
Marco Eagle columnists dish on the details in recent Wall Street Journal profile of a Marco Island vacation.
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Gulf of Mexico: Come on in, the water's fine
The Travel Educators Blog, June 15, by Bijan Bayne
Click to read the full story about writer Bijan Bayne's recent eyewitness look at four Gulf Coast destinations, including the Paradise Coast.

Where America's Money is Moving: Collier County #1 spot where wealthy Americans moved in 2008, June 15, 2010,by Jon Bruner
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Collier gets increase in tourism during April, convention business rises, too.
Naples Daily News, May 24, 2010 by Laura Layden
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Naples hotel keeps guests coming back for more
Naples Daily News, May 23, 2010, by Laura Layden
The Doubletree Guest Suites Naples Wins the "Connie" Award as top Doubletree in the workd, for the sixth time.
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Tourism awards: Naples area hospitality industry workers recognized for outstanding service
Naples Daily News, May 14, 2010, by Laura Archazki-Pacter
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Collier beaches remain oil free, tourism officials to promote in ads
Naples Daily News, May 13, 2010, by Laura Layden - Studio 55 Video story by Carrie Wise.
Click to read the full story and watch a video report.

The South's Most Secret Beaches
Southern Living, April 2010, by Annette Thompson
Click to read the full story including a feature on Keewaydin Island, located between Naples and Marco Island.

36 Hours in Naples, Florida
New York Times, March 28, 2010, by Ted Loos
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Naples, Florida: A Quick Trip to the Mediterranean - without a Transatlantic Flight
The Fussy Diner blog, February 1, 2010 by The Fussy Diner
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Der Duft der S'mpfe (The smell of the marshes)
Die Zeit December 23, 2009 by Elsemarie Maletzke
Click to read the full story about ghost orchids at Fakahatchee Strand (in German).

Affordable getaways on Florida's Paradise Coast Story details summer savings, top local dining and shopping., August 4, 2009 by Clara Bosonetto Maerz
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The folks at Fred's Diner work hard to be customers' best friend Story on dog friendly dining.
Naples Florida Weekly, June 11-17, 2009 by Karen Feldman
Click to read the full story on dog friendly dining at Fred's Diner.

Committment and Conviction Main Ingredients at Food & Thought
Naples Florida Weekly June 4, 2009 by Karen Feldman
Organic farmer and entrepreneur Frank Oakes doesn't simply talk the talk. He's devoted himself and his livelihood to making a difference in the lives of everyone who enters his market and cafe, Food and Thought, which he describes as "militantly organic." And that's the pure essence of the place. Read the full story.

Animals 24/7: A zookeeper who's wild about her calling.
Naples Florida Weekly May 14, 2009 by Roger Williams
With a day off and the snake pit behind her - along with the public exhibitions and private ministrations she provides for the big cats (Bengal tigers, African lions, leopards, Western cougars) and the little cats (the old ocelot in particular, her favorite) - zookeeper Cindy Hall is chasing hay for her horses.
Read the full story about Naples Zoo zookeeper Cindy Hall, known for her appearance on Survivor Guatelmala.

Florida Weekly Cuisine
Locals don't have to check into The Ritz in order to check out the new sushi bar...and more area dining tidbits from April 30-May 6 edition.

A Natural Paradise
Kevin Rollason of the Winnipeg Free Press provides an excellent overview of the Paradise Coast including a kayak eco tour in the Everglades, visits to the beaches and area attractions, hotel stays in Naples and on Marco Island, and lots more.
Click to read the full story from March 21, 2009 and to watch the Paradise Coast travel video.

Rare orchid found in Fakahatchee not seen in Florida since 1980
The Naples Daily News, March 17, 2009 By Eric Staats
It was about lunch time, and the three men had been traipsing through the swamp at Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park for a couple of hours. Little did they know they were about to step into the botanical history books with the rediscovery of a lost orchid species...
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I Got Crabs in Everglades City
Miami New Times, Jan 5 2009 by Gail Shepherd
Miami New Times blogger Gail Shepherd raves about a recent trip to Everglades City, where she feasted on stone crabs and more...
Read the story here

Best places for a long life, September 22 2008
Residents of these 25 counties enjoy some of the highest life expectancies in the U.S....Collier County, which includes the City of Naples on the Gulf Coast, is the picture of Florida Leisure.
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On the Hunt for the Elusive Ghost Orchid 
St. Petersburg Times, March 3 2008 by By the Associated Press
The visitors are barely out of their cars before the chorus starts: "I just want to see a ghost orchid!" The ghost orchid is among the world's rarest flowers, the star of the popular book The Orchid Thief and the movie Adaptation and is the biggest lure to the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park in southwest Florida.
Read the story here

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