Naples Florida Part 2

GW Magazine Group made a second appearance to Naples this month to discover what this beautiful beach town had to offer. This time, we chose some very different locations that proved to hold a weekend of local flavor, sites and sounds for both locals and visitors alike.

The Bayfront Inn, Naples is the quaint and quiet waterfront hotel, that provides the simplicity and comfort of a romantic weekend getaway. “Caribbean Chic” in style, the tropical décor and charming view of Naples Bay, invites guests to stop and relax. The outdoor amenities of the hotel, include a heated pool and outdoor bar, where guests can enjoy a drink watching the sunset, or savor a coffee at sunrise. Guests also have access to a 12-slip marina where they can dock their own boat, or take advantage of the marina’s charter services, and boat rentals.

If you are looking to watch the infamous Naples sunset, look no further than Naples Pier, located a short drive away. This white sandy beach beach resembles a Costa Rican paradise; visit for a sunset like no other, or take to the sand for a day in the sunshine.

Heading into evening, 5th Avenue in Downtown Naples is defiantly the spot to dine. If you are looking to discover the gem of this strip, look no further than Bistro 821. Rated highly by tourists and locals alike, this spot boasts a romantic european style atmosphere and a menu that incorporates a variety of local flavor. For the ultimate experience, sit outside under the gently lit palms, and browse the menu’s sample platter; a unique menu option offered by the restaurant, where you can pick and choose a few “half portions” to try on one plate. Suggestions include the tantalizing Grilled Jumbo Prawns with Crispy Sushi Rice Cake with a Sweet & Spicy Thai Chili Peanut Sauce garnished with Crushed Peanuts, as well as the melt-in-your-mouth Sea Bass Filet, glazed in a Miso-Sake Marinade. Continue the Asian theme with a taste of the Coconut, Ginger and Lemon Grass Encrusted Snapper, served with Coconut-Ginger Jasmine Rice, Stir-Fry Vegetables and a Sweet and Spicy Thai Chili Peanut Sauce.  The latter, washed down with a crisp glass of white wine, under the lights of 5th Avenue, make for an evening to remember.

If you are in town for the weekend, GW recommends exploring the town, the beaches and the waters of this beautiful West Coast area. One area, perhaps best know for it’s famous hangout is Crayton Cove. This spot, which hosts a string of cute boutique shops and a marina of boats, is also home to The Dock at Crayton Cove; a truly local spot with the best brunch and lunch to be found for miles. Set on the water, overlooking the docks, the authentic Floridian style ambience of this restaurant, only enhances it’s delicious food. Famous for preparing the freshest fish with Caribbean and Latin influences; The Dock at Crayton Cove, is also known for it’s infamous bloody mary bar on Sundays.

If you are there for lunch, be sure to get your hands on a Key Lime Colada, and try appetizers such as their Island Style Coconut Shrimp , served with Seasonal Tropical Fruit, Palm Sugar sauce and Fresh mint. Other recommendations include their Great Dock Shrimp Canoe (The Dock’s unique version of a shrimp cocktail) and the Macadamia Grouper Fingers with Crispy Tostones, Pineapple Salsa, Scallions and Bermuda Triangle Sauce. Brunch is equally not to miss! GW recommends trying the Lobster Omelette, or their take on a Crab Cake Benedict. Oh and wait, did we mention the Bloody Mary Bar…again…the best we have seen yet.

As The Dock on Crayton Cove says, “we give people what Naples is all about – Bay views, great food and a laid-back attitude.” If that is what you are looking for in a weekend, look no further than this Floridan, West Coast town.

Blues, Brews & Telluride, Colorado

There is a reason people flock to this small mountainous town. Peaceful, awe-inspiring, and soul restoring, Telluride has a heart that beats steady year round.

Located in the the thick of the Rocky Mountains, while Telluride is perhaps best known as a ski resort, it is in the fall months that this mountain town comes to life. On a September visit, one can both discover the natural beauty of the mountains and listen to the best of blues music at the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival. This festival, which comes to life every year, brings people worldwide to share the “vibe” beneath some of the most stunning mountain-scapes in the world.

The Blues & Brews Festival is a three-day celebration of blues, funk, jam bands, indie, rock, gospel and soul performances – accompanied by some of the best microbreweries in the country, a wide variety of food and craft vendors, children’s activities, late night shows, and much, much more. Although, the festival is only three days and three nights, once you get to Telluride, you won’t want to go home.

If you do decide to make the journey for the three days, expect to get much more out of this trip than just music and beer!

Where to Stay:

THE ICE HO– USE LODGE

Stepping into The Ice House Lodge, one will find a charming and quaint lodge-style boutique hotel. Warm wooden interior invites you into accommodations with “an old fashioned emphasis on comfort and service.” Casual yet sophisticated, The Ice House consists of 22 elegantly furnished rooms and suites and 16 two and three bedroom condominiums. The hotel boasts indoor-outdoor pool, steam room and Jacuzzi, an après ski bar and continental breakfast served in the sky-lit mezzanine.

The Lodge is ideally located, on the River, 100 yards from the Gondola and the Oak Street Ski Lift, and two blocks off Main Street. Adjacent is the River Park, with its cross country ski and nature trail and at the foot of the Bear Creek hiking trail with its spectacular waterfalls. It is also adjacent to La Marmotte, Telluride’s finest restaurant.

This is a great spot to park during The Blues & Brews Festival, located only a few blocks from the event itself and walking distance to all that the town has to offer.

THE LUMIERE RESORT

Up the mountain, a captivating gondola ride away, you will find The Lumiere Resort. The resort itself is comprised of 11 rooms and 18 other residence and penthouses, that all combine intimacy with modern luxury and ultimate elegance.

World class style meets laid back leisure in rooms designed for ultimate relaxation and vast windows that open your eyes to mountain views. Interiors of woods and leathers are enhance by furs and modern touches. Intimate warmth is provided in personal fireplaces, and ultimate luxury in balcony hot-tubs and spa steam showers.

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Located in the main forum of the hotel one will find the hotel bar and restaurant, that opens up for a 5* continental breakfast each morning, overlooking the hotel’s own outdoor pool, sauna, and plunge pool terrace.

The ultimate getaway that this hotel provides, is both fitting for romantic trips and events such as The Blues & Brews Festival, where penthouse suits can accommodate large parties or extended families. Penthouses boast fully equipped kitchens, dinning areas, living areas and more for the ultimate home away from home experience.

Rooms are also equipped with large flat screens, top notch sound systems and adjustable heated floors. No details has been overlooks in terms of comfort and luxury in large spacious rooms that provide stylish relaxation.

Year round this hotel is proof that paradise isn’t always found by the beach. In fact, looking out over your balcony  here at the magic of the mountains, you may just find your own piece of heaven.

Where to Play

The New Sheridan Hotel is a famous spot in town, well known for its cowboy style bar and pool tables. Beware it gets busy, especially during the festival, so if your looking for a game get there early!

Where to Dine

The Smugglers Brew Pub is hands down the best place to get a burger in Telluride. After a day of music and dancing, this is a great spot to go get your fill on local brews and a good old piece of meat!

How do I get there?

During the summer/fall months it is much cheaper and generally recommended to fly into Denver Airport and drive from there. Don’t dismay, the 5-6 hour drive is definitely well worth the awe inspiring views along the way.

Naples, Florida

Naples, Florida is perhaps one of the most overlooked paradise destinations.

“Relaxing” by reputation, this location has been given a modern face-lift of new restaurants, bars, hotels and hot spots that have added pep into the step of this once quiet coastal town.

The Old Town in Naples, boasts 5th Avenue; a street of lit with stores and dining variation, as well as several bars and cafes. A perfect getaway to Naples wouldn’t be complete without a night or two at The Inn On 5th, located right there on the high street.

Elegant, yet fresh and modern, the hotel boasts both club level suits and spacious rooms overlooking the avenue. At club level, expect an array of complimentary drinks and horderves served throughout the day, as well as a private rooftop jacuzzi.

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The hotel’s swanky restaurant, Avenue 5, is also not to miss, serving exceptional cuisine from the local waters and land. Recommendations include the scallops and succotash, as well as the mussels served in a creamy coconut broth. Seal the deal with a smooth glass of their Malbec, and you are good to go.

If you take a boat to Naples, be sure to explore the area’s beautiful white sandy beaches, bejeweled with shells and sea- life alike, that stretch for miles along tropical blue waters. If you prefer to stay on land, the public beach is located directly down the avenue, and makes a magical spot to view perhaps Naples most famous site – the sunset.

Orlando Florida

For most travelers, when you say Orlando, the thought of Disney and Universal comes to mind. However, I decided to take a different path on my travels through this city. Whether passing through for a romantic weekend away, or taking a family vacation, there are plenty of places to discover.

DAYTIME Seaworld Park

Not just for kids, Seaworld is a great option, when looking for a theme park that doesn’t daunt you in size, but still provides that “Orlando” experience you seek. The park itself is easy to walk around, enjoyable both for those who like rollercaosters and those who just want to be entertained. The educational aspect of the park is also unique, and much of the sea life you come in contact with is impossible to see anywhere else. The live shows around the park are incredibly exciting to watch, and on weekends there is live music and bbq served by the park’s centrally located lake. The best part of it all, is that lines aren’t even half as long as those you will experience at Disney or Universal, and yet you will leave just as entertained!

NIGHTIME

Stay – Grand Bohemian Celebration

A unique and quaint spot, tucked away from the bustle of larger Disney resorts, Celebration provides a wonderful spot to rest your head after a day out and about. Located on a lush lake, the hotel is situated amongst cafes and restaurants and charming residential properties that are reminiscent of a seaside town. The hotel itself is beautifully decorated in a modern theme that pays tribute to its downtown counterpart, The Grand Bohemian, but classically stylized with images throughout of old Florida and Seminal Tribal artifacts.

Play – Downtown Orlando

THE MORNING AFTERThe Boheme Brunch

The Grand Bohemian in Downtown Orlando is not only famous for its lavish and modern decor, but also its decadent brunch spread, which unveils itself every Sunday. Included in the pre-set buffet is a unique blend of regular breakfast items, such as custom omelettes, alongside fresh mahi and lobster. The bloody mary’s are punchy and the crab cakes to die for. This spot is defiantly one worth reserving ahead of time.