Experience the Flavor of Naples in Luxury

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Meet a chauffeured limousine at the front door of your luxury vacation rental and get whisked away for a flavorful experience in Naples, Florida. Located approximately 30 minutes away, don’t suffer the stresses of dining and driving—allow the experienced drivers and expert dining guides of the Taste of Naples Tour to take you to the best locations for food and wine in Southwest Florida.

Every destination of the night has been hand selected for quality, prestige and local authenticity. The tour focuses on locally owned restaurants that are sure to satisfy your taste buds. Don’t forget to bring a camera to capture memories—and  savory presentations—that will last a lifetime.

Guests will also benefit from expert commentary provided by the local tour guide hosts of the night. Learn about the history and background of beautiful Southwest Florida and come home with a greater understanding of why tourists and snowbirds flock to Florida’s Paradise Coast each year.

At the end of the night, you will be whisked home in style, back to the comfort of your vacation rental.

For pricing, reservations, gift certificates and more information, please visit the Taste of Naples Tour’s official information page located here.

Reservations are required and tours fill up quickly, especially during the winter and spring months. We urge you to make reservations ahead of time.

For more information, please contact Taste of Naples Tour directly at 239.250.9040.

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Marco Island Movies in The Park

 

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Grab a cooler, lawn chair or blanket and book it to Mackle Community Park for some family fun at the winter “Movies in the Park” series. Completely free of charge, enjoy family favorites under the Marco sky during the most temperate time of the year.

Hosted by The City of Marco Island Parks and Recreation, Movies in the Park is a long-standing community event where locals and visitors can enjoy the beauty of Marco while enjoying a film in the company of other families and couples.

Movies start 15 minutes after sunset and everyone is welcome!

Hot dogs, drinks and popcorn are available for purchase, but feel free to bring your own favorites and enjoy dinner and a movie under the stars.

Please note, no pets are allowed on the field and alcoholic drinks are prohibited.

Mackle Community Park is centrally located at 50 Bald Eagle Drive, and can be reached by both car or by bike. Click here for directions from your location.

The 2016 Winter “Movies in the Park” schedule is as follows:

Big Hero 6 Friday, February 26, 2016 Sunset: 6:08pm

Minions Friday, March 11, 2016 Sunset: 6:27pm

Cinderella Friday, April 29, 2016 Sunset: 7:58pm

 

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Island Culture: Thursday Evenings Marco Island

JY059P56O1Marco Island may seem like a sleepy barrier island, but if you know where to look, you’ll find art, culture and nightlife tucked away in various nooks and crannies across the island. Thursday night is no exception.

The Shops of Olde Marco, a cobbled cove of artisan shops and gourmet eateries plays host to art lessons, complete with food and wine with local artist Malenda Trick. Join Malenda, a self taught artist at her gallery, The Malenda Trick Studio & Gallery, located in this historic shopping district. Follow her professional instruction to create a masterpiece in just a short period of time. Socialize with locals and visitors alike during the weekly course, all the while you munch on delicious “themed” snacks. Whether or not you’re already skilled or have no skills at all, you’re sure to take away new skills, as well as a painting worthy to hang on your wall.

The Malenda Trick Studio & Gallery is located at 160 Royal Palm Dr #274, Marco Island, FL

For more information, please call (239) 394-2787

Experience mediterranean life on the edge of the Gulf of Mexico at one of Marco Island’s largest and most popular entertainment and dining complexes, The Esplanade. Browse a number of shops, and check out the local music scene at CJs live music thursday. Every Thursday, from 6:00pm – 11:30pm, treat your ears to the best entertainers in Southwest Florida. Cozy up at CJ’s for a drinking and dining experience, directly on the waterfront overlooking Smokehouse Bay. Soak up the sounds and sights as the night slips away into Friday morning.

CJ’s is located at 740 N. Collier Blvd., Ste. #105 Marco Island, FL
For more information, please call 239-389-4511.

 

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Exploring the Marco Island Farmers Market

qExperience the unique flavors of Florida every Wednesday at the Marco Island Farmers Market. Open seasonally, November 18, 2015- April 13, 2016, enjoy your morning perusing and purchasing a variety of locally-grown treats, locally-made artisan crafts and more. The unique selection of vendors invite you to explore their selection of homegrown and homemade items that can only be classified as “oh-so-Marco”.

Our year-round sunshine and tropical temperatures create the perfect conditions for producing delicious fruit, vegetables and meats. A number of vendors offer fresh, florida grown fruits and veggies , keep an eye out for C&J Produce and Capri Produce. Indulge in Florida grass-fed beef from vendor Arrowhead Beef or taste the freshest seafood in Southwest Florida with just caught fish from vendor Bob’s Fresh Seafood.

Snag a few gifts and souvenirs from vendors like Better Choice Products, all-natural soap and skincare aficionados, Cardzbynikki, specializing in homemade greeting cards and invitations, Starfish on the Rocks, handcrafted sea life art– and many more.

You can even pick up a souvenir for your pooch from Bark Street Bakery, passionate pet lovers that specialize in all natural dog food and treats.

Skip breakfast or brunch, and enjoy a variety of freshly prepared and ready to eat snacks and meals are available to all who visit the Farmers Market. Get your coffee fix Jimmy’s Java, snack on fresh baked bread and pastries with JC’s Daily Bread, or chow down on authentic barbeque created by Herbeque BBQ.

For a full list of vendors, please click here.

Attend the seasonal Marco Island Farmers Market every Wednesday from 7:30am- 1:00pm at Veterans Community Park, 901 Park Avenue, Marco Island, FL.

 

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Santa Arrives in Marco to Celebrate Christmas Island Style

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Every year, on the Friday after Thanksgiving, Marco Island, Florida kicks off their annual Christmas Island Style celebration with none other than the arrival of jolly ol’ St. Nick!  Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive in style to greet the community at the Shops of Marco on November 27, 2015, at 6 pm.

Make your plans now to visit our island paradise, where we are ready to indulge you in the finest accommodations mixed with sublime relaxation before the hustle of the holidays shifts into high gear. While visiting with us, please join in the island’s annual holiday kickoff celebration.  The evening will be filled with joy and merriment as The Shops of Marco are transformed by holiday music and cheer. Many merchants will have extended hours of operation, and some will have information tables set up along the sidewalk.  Come dressed as your favorite reindeer or elf, enjoy face painting and photos with Santa and Mrs. Clause, and the sales and giveaways being offered on this special night by The Shops of Marco merchants. The team from ‘Joy of Giving’ will be on hand collecting donations for their annual drive to raise funds to benefit the underprivileged in Collier county.  

On Saturday, November 28th, we’ll gather at Veteran’s Community Park to further turn up the holiday cheer with the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony.  Local musicians and dance groups will be on hand to entertain the crowds as residents and visitors gather in droves.  Many tailgate, and it’s a celebration and opportunity to reacquaint with old friends while making new ones, too.

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Sail into Marco Island brings the Christmas Parades!

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Marco Island, FL is revered for its subtropical beauty year round, but come the Christmas holidays, Marco brings the joy and spirit of the season to life with the annual Christmas Boat Parade followed a week later by the Street Parade!

The annual Christmas Boat Parade, held Saturday, December 5th from 6pm – 8pm is an enchanting, festive family evening. Watch as festive boats sail by, decked out with glittering holiday lights and decorations! Recommended viewing spots include The Esplanade and Snook Inn.  However, you can set up your own spot anywhere along the Marco River and around Collier Bay.  Pleasure crafts of all sizes, Santa’s ship, and the Marco Island Princess will be adorned and aglow with holiday finery and lights from bow to stern, steering down Marco River, leaving onlookers full of the joy of the season.  Honors will be bestowed upon the vessels winning for People’s Choice, Best in Parade, Best Holiday Spirit, and Most Entertaining. It’s a can’t miss, must be there or be square event for kids of all ages!

On Saturday, December 12, 2015, join us for the 28th Annual Christmas Street Parade! The festivities start at the corner of San Marco Rd. and Balfour.  You’ll want to start your stay with us on Friday so you’re well settled into the Island life and ready to get there early for the best viewing spots.  
We look forward to the magic of Christmas island style, and hope you do, too!

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Seeking Seafood in SWFL: 6th Annual Stone Crab Festival

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Welcome to Fall from Marco Escapes!  No matter the time of the year, we relish the surprise and awe from our guests as they take in the wondrous tropical beauty that envelops them as they settle in with us. Perfect for a romantic getaway or family reconnect time, we welcome each and every one to our paradise on Marco Island, FL.

When planning your October adventure, plan to come for the 6th Annual Stone Crab Festival, taking place October 23-25, 2015. This annual festival is a weekend of food and fun featuring all things stone crab, designed to inspire and entertain the entire family.

Attend the festival for live entertainment, amazing food, kid’s activities and FREE admission!  The festival begins with a kickoff party at Pincher’s Crab Shack with live entertainment by Deb & the Dynamics to get everyone in the fun zone! Over 20 craft vendors will be on hand with their local art, custom-made jewelry and unique Florida novelties. Fresh stone crabs, drink specials and more await. The family fun atmosphere offers something for everyone, your appetite will be dancing along with your feet as you enjoy the best of Fall’s festivals in one of Southwest Florida’s premier venues.

The party begins at 4 pm on Friday October 23rd and continues through to October 25th. You do not want to miss all of the excitement!! For more information visit the official event website, here. Proceeds benefit a variety of local non-profit organizations, which include: Freedom Waters Foundation, American Cancer Society, Paws Assistance Dogs, Golden Retriever Rescue, VA, and the Boy Scouts.

 

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Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary: “Critters of the Night”

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Just a short ride north of our Marco paradise sits the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, an ancient Bald Cypress sanctuary that lives in Collier County.  The first of their ‘After Hours’ events is October 16, 2015.  In celebration of Halloween, join the sanctuary for “Critters of the Night”, a night of fun, education and stargazing! Kids (up to 18 years) are FREE with Parents admission of $14 per person (good for 2 consecutive days).

The evening’s line up will allow participants to experience the boardwalk in the evening light and join in the fun of educational programs, interpretive exhibits, guided walks, and stargazing with astronomers from the Everglades Astronomical Society.  While there, you will enjoy live music and art exhibits in the Blair Audubon Visitor Center, shop for unique and beautiful gifts in the Nature Store and enjoy a treat in the Tea Room Cafe.

The Blair Audubon Visitor Center will have all sorts of activities for kids: Face Painting, 3D Puzzle Station, Creation of Slime and dry ice bubbles, exploration discovery stations with real skulls, skins and furs, critter crafts, and living critters to inspire you, too!

Learn “How to be a Bat Scientist.” Allyson Webb, Corkscrew’s Resource Manager for Panther Island, will deliver a kid-centered program focusing on bats. Lisa Trebilcock, children’s book author, will have a table where she will be helping children write a story, ‘S is for Swamp.’ Lisa can autograph any of her books purchased from the Nature Store during this After Hours event.

Festivities run from 5:30 until 9 p.m. There will be guided walks beginning intermittently from 6-7pm. Space is limited, so get there early to sign up at the admissions desk.  While there be sure to register for the raffle for one chance to win a family membership to Corkscrew and a special gift from the Nature Store.

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2nd Annual Pepper Ranch Sunflower Festival

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In Southwest Florida, we enjoy temperate weather year round, and Fall is no exception with sunny days washed with mild sea breezes and calm, comfortable evenings that render themselves to quiet moonlit strolls. At Marco Escapes, we are surrounded by the idyllic beauty of subtropical flora and vegetation. When you visit, you can find yourself entranced by the allure of our paradise oasis, your toes sunk deep in the inviting, white sandy beaches as you relax, stroll for shells and soak in our bliss. In October, you can also revel with us during the treasured 2 – 3 weeks when we see Fall bloom all around us as sunflowers open themselves to the glorious sky!  

Conservation Collier and Collier County Parks and Recreation reunite to bring the 2nd Annual Pepper Ranch Sunflower Festival at Pepper Ranch Preserve. This festival honors nature’s stunning display as the fields are blanketed in fall’s golden hues of the Southeastern Sunflower.  These beauties are an annual herb found only in Florida and parts of southern Georgia.  

This event brings Fall to life in Collier county with a day of festive, fun, family style activities.  Entrance to the festival, hayrides, tours, hikes, presentations and children’s activities is free to the public. Ranch tours will offer a glimpse into the day to day operations of the preserve. Tours and old fashioned hayrides begin around 11 am, be sure to get there early as they fill up fast. Children’s activities will begin at 10 a.m. and will be ongoing throughout the day. There will be two guided, 45 minute hikes beginning at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and will go along the mile and a half Kowiachobe Trail.  Everyone will have eyes open looking for the wildlife most often observed at the ranch, including wild turkey, crested caracara, hog, deer, alligators and sandhill cranes.
It’s a day for everyone and will surely become a treasured memory.

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National Estuaries Day at Rookery Bay

Aerial_view_of_an_island_in_Rookery_BayWhen planning your September visit to Marco Escapes, you have an array of beauty, mystery, history and fun to look forward to! Located on the largest barrier island in the Ten Thousand Island chain, Marco Island’s white sand beaches, idyllic year round weather and stupendous adventure opportunities make Marco the ultimate vacation destination for those seeking an outdoor experience.

Join Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve as they host National Estuaries Day on September 26, 2015. This annual event includes boat tours, introduction to kayaking 30 minute trips, and stand up paddleboarding demonstrations on Henderson Creek. For kids of all ages, there will be a marine critter touch tank, live animal presentations, games and crafts, behind-the-scenes tours of the science labs, native plant walks, films, food and more. Don’t miss the featured presentation (9:30am-10:15am): Tales from the Coast: 30 Years of Adventures at Rookery Bay, by former reserve director, Gary Lytton

The Rookery Bay Estuarine Research Reserve started in 1964 when concerned citizens blocked the “Road to Nowhere” and started on the path to raising money and purchasing what is now 110,000 acres of pristine mangrove forests, upland hammocks and protected waters of Rookery Bay. Situated at the northern end of the Ten Thousand Island chain, Rookery Bay is one of few remaining undisturbed mangrove estuaries in North America, home to 150 species of birds and many threatened or endangered animals.

Whether your visit coincides with the annual National Estuaries Day or not, the next time you are at Marco Escapes, do plan a visit to this remarkable reserve. Spend some quality time at the Environmental Learning Center, over 16,000 square feet offering four research laboratories, classrooms and a variety of hands on experiences including a 2300 gallon aquarium. Schedule a Naturalist Guided Tour, by boat or kayak, to take in the astounding beauty of the mangroves, learn about the area wildlife, and engage in memorable recreational activities. There are also lots of ways to explore on your own. Geocaching, with four caches placed in the reserve, give visitors the opportunity to go on a modern day treasure hunt. Nature trails, fishing and primitive camping are also available to those wanting to become ‘as one’ with the outdoors.

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