Marco Escapes: Magnificent March on Marco

nativeYou haven’t experienced true paradise until you spend a beautiful March day on serene Marco Island. Cloudless skies with endless sunshine, moderate temperatures and low humidity make for weather that those stuck in cold climates can truly only dream of. Take advantage of the amazing island weather and mark your calendar for another month of great local events and festivals.

Old Florida Festival
March 7 – 8, 2015, Collier County Museum

Travel back to a time when Marco Island had no high rises or roads, when there were more alligators than the number of people who called Florida home. Celebrate the past, family-style at the Collier County Museum for the Old Florida Festival. For the 25th year, the museum beings together the state of Florida’s finest historical reenactors, the most skilled craft workers and performers, to take a trip over ten centuries back in time to life on the Florida frontier. Sponsored by the Friends of the Collier County Museum and the Seminole Tribe of Florida

For More information: www.oldfloridafestival.com/ or (239)-252-8476
Admission: Adults $10, Children (10-18) $5, Children under 10: Free

Naples St. Patricks Day Parade
Saturday, March 14th, 2015
Throw on your favorite shade of green and hit the streets of historic downtown Naples, located just a short drive from Marco Island. Indulge in the spirit of the holiday with food, drinks (of course), entertainment and shopping. Enjoy the parade from any spot along the parade route, which stretches from Saint Ann’s Church in Old Naples. The parade travels down 3rd Street South to 5th Avenue, and then goes down 8th Street South to end at Crayton Cove.
This parade is the largest privately funded parade in the state, and draws up to 40,000 visitors each year.
For more information: http://naplesparade.com/
Watch a preview of the event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAhW6JqpJn0
Admission: Free for all ages

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Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival

downloadMarco Island Seafood and Music Festival is right around the corner!

What started a mere seven years ago has grown in size and popularity to what it is today….an event that you will not want to miss while on Marco Island!  This year it will kick off on Friday March 20th and conclude on Sunday March 22nd.

All of your favorite seafood varieties will be available including fresh fish, stone crab, shrimp, crawdads, crab cakes and more.  There will be beer and wine available to accompany all the delectable seafood you will be eating.   Over 60 vendors will be onsite with arts and crafts as well as activities for the kids.

While you are enjoying all the great culinary delights, pull out your lawn chair or blanket and take in all the great live music.  Everything from classic rock to country to BonJovi, ZZ Top, James Brown and Journey Tribute bands will be performing throughout the weekend.  There is truly something for everyone at this great family event.

For more information and schedule of events visit http://www.marcoislandseafoodfestival.com/.  We hope to see you there!

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Marco Escapes: February Fun in Marco Island

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Wow, January went by in a blur! It is hard to believe we are already a month into
2015. February is one of the busiest months on the island, as lots of travelers are taking advantage of our amazing island climate and even more beautiful beaches. In February, there are many events, festivals and fairs that visitors and locals alike can take advantage of, all the while enjoying our warm temperatures and plentiful sunshine. Whether you are young, old, looking to relax or looking to be active–below you will
find a list of all of the events you can attend while in Southwest Florida in February.

World Wetlands Day
February 2-3, 2015
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Celebrate World Wetlands Day at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary during their two-day festival celebrating the local ecosystem. At this festival you will discover the relationship between Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and how the health of the Everglades, as a whole, relies on the local area. Expect to enjoy an immersive experience into Corkscrew’s forest’s, marshes, uplands and wetlands with guided tours, exploration of birds and plants, demonstrations and displays of wildlife behaviors, as well as kids activities like scavenger hunts, crafts and live music.

Everglades Seafood Festival
February 6-8, 2015
Everglades City

Drive to the edge of one of the world’s great natural wonders and enjoy the annual Seafood Festival. Held in Everglades City, the festival features three days of live music, rides, arts & crafts and incredible food. More than 100 vendors offer a variety of great seafood, refreshments, midway, and handmade arts and crafts. Friday is
family night.No pets. No coolers.

The Ace Group Classic
February 13 – 15, 2015
Twin Eagles Club

Since 1988, this prestigious golf tournament annually attracts the strongest field of competitors from the Official Money List and legends from the World Golf Hall of Fame. Names like Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Lee Trevino, Chi Chi Rodriguez, Ray Floyd, Hale Irwin, Tom Kite and Tom Watson have all competed in this esteemed event. The Ace Group Classic will be broadcast nationally on The Golf
Channel.

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Golf Classic
February 16-17, 2015
Tiburon Golf Club

“The event will be held February 16-17, 2015 with the golf classic taking place on Tuesday, February 17th in Naples, FL at Tiburon Golf Club, at the Ritz Carlton. The event will also include a VIP Pairings Party dinner and auction, a Hall of Famer Roundtable and an Awards Luncheon with over 20 Hall of Fame members and Sports Legends participating. Hall of Fame 2014 class members Alonzo Mourning
and Mitch Richmond will also be in attendance.”

Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival
February 24 – 28, 2015
Everglades City

This five-day celebration honors the late and great Majory Stoneman Douglas and her legacy, Honor one of the most important Florida Everglades conservationists through daily activities, programs, workshops and presentations bringing together specialists and professionals who share enthusiasm for the Glades.  Take a canoe trip or guided tour into the gorgeous Florida Everglades to really immerse yourself
in the spirit of Mrs. Stoneman Douglas.

Naples National Art Festival
February 21 – 22, 2015
Cambier Park

The 36th annual Naples National Art Festival kicks off in late February, one of the most beautiful times of the year to enjoy Southwest Florida. Sunshine Artist Magazine consistently votes this event among the top 25 art festivals in the country. The Naples community considers Naples National Art Festival as one of the areas premier, must-do events of the season. As one of the oldest festivals in Collier County, the festival attracts a high quality of art, and festive atmosphere where locals, visitors and artists alike can mingle and appreciate art. Located along 8th Street South, one block from downtown Naples’ premier shopping and dining district, there are more than enough activities and make an entire weekend filled
with fun and festivities.

Blues, Brews & BBQ – Outdoor Concert
February 21, 2015
Ave Maria Town Center

Who doesn’t love great music, tasty drinks and mouthwatering barbeque? This free event, held in one of the area’s most beautiful outdoor venues, is definitely for those who enjoy the simple things in life. Enjoy music from local bands like Deb & The Dynamics and Marty Stokes, and savory food from Jonesez BBQ, Smokin R’s, Scoopz Bistro, and Tropical Smoothie. Local vendors will have gifts and souvenirs for sale and be sure not to miss the hotrods and bikes from the West Coast Muscle
Car Club Show.

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Marco Escapes: January’s Jammin’ Events

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Time to put away the ornaments and kick those New Year’s resolutions into full swing, it’s 2015!

Many of our favorite local events are back for all of us in southwest Florida to enjoy! It is well known that January is host to hands down, some of the most beautiful weather we see all year—so grab your light sweater and flip-flops and get out there.

Southwest Florida Nature Festival

January 16 – 18, 2015, Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center

Explore the local environment through almost 40 guided field trips to 20 wildlife hot spots around Southwest Florida and lectures at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. Field trips, including birding walks, buggy rides and boat tours, are offered in conjunction with partners such as Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Big Cypress National Preserve and Conservancy of Southwest Florida.”

Naples Daily News Half Marathon

Sunday January 18, 2015 Fifth Avenue South

Ranked the #1 Half Marathon by Runners World Magazine!”

The best distance course in the state! Certified! Flat-Fast-Shady-Loop!”

Participants are given 4 colored, gender specific race shirts. Unique quality medals will be awarded to those who finish the race within the time limit of 3 hours. Awards will be 5 deep for 27 different age groups. Door prizes include weekends at beachfront hotels along with the $11,300 in cash awards for open masters, grandmasters and senior grandmasters. There will also be a special $3,500 prize for U.S. citizens. Following the race, there will be a pasta party for all participants!

Winter Classics: Swamp Buggy Races

January 24 – 25, 2015, Florida Sports Park

Held at one of the largest premier entertainment venues in South Florida, The Florida Sports Park is pleased to once again host Swamp Buggy Races! Watch huge vehicles race around the muddy track in hopes of claiming the trophy and dunking the swamp buggy queen. This event is perfect for those who love cars, engines and a laid back day in the Florida sunshine.  This is one of the few places in the world that you can witness these unique races, all the while mixing in with the “local” crowd.

Seminole Tribe PRCA Rodeo Finals

January 16 – 17, 2015, The Lakeland Center

Though a few hours from Marco Island, for the rodeo lover, no event is too far. Don’t miss your chance to attend one of the country’s premier rodeo events and experience the “other” side of Florida—away from the ocean.

“Experience Polk County’s largest wild-west extravaganza as the Seminole Tribe PRCA Rodeo Pro Series rides into Lakeland for another amazing weekend! Top PRCA cowboys and cowgirls travel from across the nation to compete in the seven traditional rodeo events earning the points needed to qualify for the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas! Grab your boots and spurs for a night of fun for the whole family.”

Sunshine State Steak Cook-off and Family Fun Day

January 24, 2015 Ave Maria Town Center

Does the thought of smelling 2,500 steaks cooking make your mouth water? I bet it does… This cook-off is hosted in lovely Ave Maria, just a short drive from Marco Island. Head over for some of the most delicious steaks you will ever taste!

“Over 20 teams will be competing for the Title of the best Steak in the Sunshine State– The day begins at 10:30 with the Grill Team parade and includes live music, vendors, a 5K Rib eye Run, family activities and more!  Serving lines open at 5pm and awards to grill teams are announced at 6:30pm.”

“Dinner tickets include:  16oz. boneless rib eye steak, corn, salad and drink for $20 in advance/day of $25 until sold out. It is strongly recommended that you purchase tickets early as the event has sold out in past years.

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Marco Escapes: Ringing in the New Year on Marco Island

Every year, come December 31st, there is always an air of excitement and electricity for what will come in the New Year. 2014 has been a fantastic year for us here at Marco Escapes and we can only hope 2015 will be the same or better.

If you are a visitor or resident of Marco Island, there are plenty of local events to attend to celebrate. Let’s bring in the New Year together, island-style.

Naples Beach Fireworks

December 31st, 2014

“Find a spot anywhere along Naples Beach for the annual New Year’s Eve fireworks, blasting off from Naples Pier. Most area boat sightseeing tours offer passage to watch the fireworks from the water vantage point. Advance reservations are required. Admission is free”

Naples Pier 12th Ave. S., Naples, FL 34102

Mango’s Dockside Bistro: New Years Eve Party

December 31st, 2014

“Come celebrate New Year’s Eve at Mango’s! Toast the night away with friends and family while you listen to the amazing Lauren Mitchell Band Live from 9 pm to 2 am! No reservations. First come, first serve! The Lauren Mitchell Band just released a new blues album that they will be performing from as well as other beloved favorites.

Located at Esplanade Shoppes, 760 N Collier Blvd # 109, Marco Island, FL 34145. (239) 393-2433

Downtown Naples New Year’s Art Fair

January 3-4, 2015

The Naples Art Association presents the 19th Annual Naples New Year’s Art Fair on Saturday and Sunday, January 3rd and 4th. Start the New Year off in style along 5th Avenue South in downtown Naples at this well-established art festival.”

The Naples New Year’s Art Fair offers residents and visitors with an alternative to football and a place to walk off calories from holiday overeating. Shoppers will have the opportunity to mingle with about 250 professional artists from around the country in categories ranging from original oils and acrylics on canvas to watercolors, 2D and 3D mixed media, limited edition prints, photography, digital art, sculpture, wood carvings, ceramics, hand-crafted jewelry, leather works and more.”

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We Couldn’t Be More Excited For December!

Screen Shot 2014-11-24 at 3.44.13 PM“It’s the most wonderful time of the year…” especially in beautiful Marco Island! Whether you have booked the holiday vacation of a lifetime, or are considering a last minute getaway, we will always provide you with all of the amazing, and worthwhile community events taking place on our fantastic (and seasonably warm) island this December!

Sunday, December 6, 2014- 6:00 p.m.

Marco Island Christmas Boat Parade:

Can you believe another year has gone by? Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the unforgettable annual Marco Island Christmas Boat Parade. Gaze at beautifully decorated vessels, gliding down the Marco River and around Collier Bay. Glimmering with holiday cheer, the participating boats are strewn with reindeer, garlands, lights and any other holiday decoration our captains could come with! There are many locations to view this not-to-miss event; we recommend The Esplanade and The Snook Inn. There is no way you won’t be in the holiday spirit after the last boat has faded into the distance.

Sunday, December 13, 2014- 6:30 p.m.

Marco Island Christmas Street Parade:

Grab your friends and loved ones, post up along San Marco Road and soak up the holiday atmosphere, island style. Admire floats, cars, bands and local entertainment as the street comes alive with Christmas cheer. A favorite for kids, this family-friendly event is sure to delight the little ones, as well as bring out the inner child in everyone. Attendees are welcome to dress in their best holiday attire and costumes. Keep an eye out for our on-island celebrities, school groups and charity organizations. Feel free to join in with all of our fantastic carolers, it is said, “the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!”

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November and Early December Festivities 2014

Screen Shot 2014-11-24 at 3.46.19 PMFall is here at Marco Escapes, as well as on our lovely island. ‘Tis the season for some of our community’s most cherished events that are sneaking up sooner than you may think! There is a hint of a chill in the southwest Florida air and Marco Island is kicking off many of their annual season events this month. Get ready, that merry time of year is here!

The weekend of November 28th- November 30th is jam packed with opportunities to get yourself, your family and your friends into the holiday spirit!

Friday, November 28th – 6:00 p.m.

Santa’s Arrival at the Shops of Marco

Kicking off the holiday shopping season is the one-and-only Santa Claus, who always knows how to arrive in style! In southwest Florida, Santa ditches the sleigh and will usually arrive on a chopper!

Kids and kids-at-heart are more than welcome to line up and meet the man behind the beard, and we hope everyone is ready to begin spreading that Christmas cheer!

Located at the southeast corner of the intersection of San Marco Road and S. Barfield Drive. Marco Island, FL, 34146

Saturday, November 29th  – 6:00 p.m

Tree Lighting at Veterans Community Park

Once a year, the Marco Island community comes together to participate in the ceremonial lighting of our island Christmas tree. The ornately decorated tree is surrounded by children and adults alike, who, when the clock hits zero, “ooh” and “ahh” at all of the festive twinkling lights.

Located at 901 Park Avenue, Marco Island, FL, 34145

Sunday, November 30th – 8:30 a.m.

“Joy of Giving” Motorcycle Run at Porky’s

“All proceeds benefit the Joy of Giving Inc, which will generously supply presents for over 1000 underprivileged local children this year. Every penny collected goes toward giving these beautiful children a wonderful holiday—smiling faces, Santa and more!”

Located at Porky’s Last Stand Restaurant and Lounge, 2560 39th St SW, Naples, FL 34117.

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Farmer’s Market

011 Farmers-MarketWhile most of the country is heading into a deep freeze Marco Island’s Farmers Market is in full swing!  This is one of the best farmers markets you will ever experience.  Not touristy or flashy, it is all about simple goodness and local flavor.

You will find everything from fresh seafood, grass-fed beef, beautiful tomatoes, tropical fruit galore, freshly baked breads, vegetables, salsa, olive oils, cheeses and works from local artists.

The market is at Vetran’s Community Park (Park Ave and Elkcam Circle) every Wednesday from 7:30am-1:00pm November through April.  For additional information or to see a list of vendors visit the City of Marco Island’s web page at www.cityofmarcoisland.com/farmersmarket.  Be sure to bring cash as a lot of the vendors do not accept cards and you will not want to go home empty handed!

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Marco Escapes: Our Guide to October in southwest Florida

As our island slips into fall’s cooler temperatures, our city’s calendar of events begins to heat up. Whether you prefer to mingle with those who appreciate great food, or don’t mind getting your boots a little muddy, October is not a month to miss for those who like to be out-and-about. Whichever you decide to take part in, or attend both events, you are sure to take advantage of our beautiful southwest Florida weather. 

crabStone Crab Festival (October 24, 25, 26, 2014) 

This relatively new festival has become one of the sought-after events of the fall season. Hosted by The Old Naples Waterfront Association (ONWA), the stone crab festival is a huge block party style experience complete with live entertainment, kids events and of course—stone crab! Munch on stone crab served in many styles, each equally as delicious as the next. Spend the afternoon wandering between vendors, taking in the beautiful Naples waterfront, and hopping aboard discount boat rides. The festival does take place in both Naples and Tin City, but the Bayfront Naples location is closest to our island.

 http://www.stonecrabfestival.org/

Address: Bayfront Naples/ Bayfront Inn 

Swamp Buggy Races at Florida Sports Park (throughout October 2014)

Held at one of the largest premier entertainment venues in South Florida, The Florida Sports Park is pleased to once again host Swamp Buggy Races! Watch huge vehicles race around the muddy track in hopes of claiming the trophy and dunking the swamp buggy queen. This event is perfect for those who love cars, engines and a laid back day in the Florida sunshine. This is one of the few places in the world that you can witness these unique races, all the while mixing in with the “local” crowd.

www.thefloridasportspark.com

Address: 8250 Collier Blvd, Naples, FL 34114

Phone: (239) 774-2701

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Marco Escapes: Your One Stop Destination For Island Fun

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While staying at Marco Escapes vacation rentals, we have listed some fun activities you can enjoy while you are visiting the area in October.

Kiwanis Family 5K Run in Hideaway Beach

When: Saturday, Oct. 4, 8 a.m.-10 a.m.

Where: 490 Hernando, Marco Island. The event is family friendly and is ideal for all ages and abilities. Whether you are running, jogging or walking, the course offers beautiful views. The scenery on this 3.1-mile course includes the exclusive Hideaway Beach community and its gorgeous preserves, scenic golf course and Gulf views. Net proceeds from the event will go to project, eliminate a charity dedicated to ending maternal/neonatal tetanus. Stroller runners are also welcome.

The race will begin and finish at Tigertail Beach. All runners, volunteers and sponsors will be eligible for free parking.

Early Bird Registration Fees:

Adults (13 years and up) $17.50 plus $2.50 sign up fee
Children (5-12 years-old) $12.50 plus $2.50 sign up fee
Young Children (1-4 years-old) FREE

Race Day Registration: (payments by cash or check only):

  • Adults (13 and up) $25
  • Children (5-12) $20
  • Young Children (1-4 years old) FREE-no time chipping or t-shirts

Please register between 7:00-7:45 am (*Shirts & Gift Bags Not guaranteed if you register on race day*). For more information go to www.marcoislandkiwanis5k.com/

2nd Annual Golf Tournament for the Arts

When: Sat. Oct. 11
Where: Island Country Club Marco Island
Cost: $125 per player includes lunch, cart and green fees. Shotgun start is 1 p.m. The top prize is a two-year lease for a Mercedes Benz. For more information call (239) 394-4221.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday October 24- 26 Fifth Annual Stone Crab Festival in Naples.

For those of you who love stone crab, the season begins in mid-October. You can come and enjoy these succulent crustaceans as well as locally harvested fish and shellfish at the Fifth Annual Stone Crab Festival October 24-26.

The event is taking place at the historic Old Naples Waterfront including Tin City, Bayfront and Port O’Call Marina. Event goers can enjoy free admission, live music, a variety of events and can enter to win valuable prizes by completing the Stone Crab Festival Treasure Map. By visiting the key locations on the map, getting it stamped and turning it in you will be eligible for all the drawings.

Parking is $5 at the former Grand Central site and Port O’Call Marina. For more information call 239 430-7020 or go to www.stonecrabfestival.org

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