Tourism in Collier County breaks records in 2019

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From the Naples Daily News Collier County saw record tourism last year. The county had more than 1.9 million visitors in 2019 — an increase of 5.8% over the year — and the highest number on record. With more visitors came more room bookings and more spending. Spending increased 8.1% … Continue reading

‘Irrational generosity’: Naples Winter Wine Festival raises more than $20 million

Wine bottles in a row

To call the 20th Naples Winter Wine Festival at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples a celebration would not quite capture the fundraiser’s atmosphere. And with an unofficial fundraising total exceeding $20 million, the outpouring of cheer makes sense. As one of the festival’s founders and trustees Valerie Gargiulo said, … Continue reading

Naples ranks as No. 1 beach town to live in

waterfront house with dock and boat in Naples, Florida

The results are in. Naples is the No. 1 beach town to live in. That’s according to a study by WalletHub, a personal-finance website. To determine the most livable beachside communities for 2019, WalletHub compared 192 cities across 62 key metrics for “livability.” The study was divided into two categories, … Continue reading

Naples ranked No. 1 place to retire in the country

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Naples has been named the best place to retire in the nation. The city is one of 10 that Livability.com has named as “Best Places to Retire in 2018.” Data scientists with Livability.com examined nearly 2,300 cities across the country and factored in more than 20 data points, including safety, affordability, … Continue reading

Bayfront Naples: Resurgence of restaurants planned

Southern Latitudes restaurant in Bayfront, Naples, FL - naplesbonitamarco.com

A couple of craft beer lovers are behind another new restaurant, Southern Latitudes Brewpub & Grub, coming this month to a redeveloped end unit near the center of Bayfront that previously was not an eatery. Owner Tim Rogers and General Manager Mike Mettler are longtime friends teaming up to showcase … Continue reading

Naples, Florida – Scenic and Delicious

The Bay House restaurant Naples Florida

Two Naples restaurants make list of 100 most scenic places to eat in America Looking for dining with a view? Two waterfront restaurants with picturesque views of Naples waterways have made a national list of most scenic places to eat. OpenTable, an online restaurant reservation website, announced its 100 most … Continue reading

Naples wine fest tops for 12th time, sets 2019 festival

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On the eve of announcing its 2019 theme, “Joy to the World,” the Naples Winter Wine Festival received a banner to wave over it: a 12th award as “No. 1 Charity Wine Auction” by Wine Spectator magazine. Wine Spectator awarded the honor of “No. 1 in the U.S.” to the … Continue reading

Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club listed on Best Historic Resorts

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These timeless and beautiful resorts on every coast have kept their historic roots intact, while continuing to be grand places to gather at the ocean’s edge. Glitz? Ostentation? Not here. The Naples Beach Hotel comes across like a favorite uncle: unpretentious, friendly, and always able to make you feel special. … Continue reading

Naples Winter Wine Festival

Naples Winter Wine Festival

Naples Winter Wine Festival grew from table talk to event that has raised $160M for kids SHELBY REYNOLDS | naplesnews.com The Naples Winter Wine Festival started as a conversation among friends over lunch. Seventeen years later, the annual festival has raised more than $160 million, making it the most successful … Continue reading