Let’s go bike riding on Marco Island.

If you have bikes or access to them while staying in an excellent Marco Escapes vacation rental, you are in the center of a cycling nirvana. One resource for bicycle route information and directions in Marco Island is MapMyRide One route they feature runs Cyclists Picalong the beach. Others run through residential areas, allowing riders to see beautiful Marco Island homes up close. The web site also has a provision for loading trail maps to your smart phone so you can keep track of your directions, distance and rate. Or, if you are more adventurous, Everglades Guided Cycling tours invite you to explore the largest remaining wilderness in the United States – The Everglades.

All Equipment is included and large or small groups are accommodated for a fun and unique experience in the Everglades. For more information, call 239-455-4611

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French Bistro Petit Soleil

petit-soleilAt Marco Escapes we are always striving to ensure our guests enjoy the best that Marco Island has to offer. For those who love French fare, there is a quaint bistro called Petit Soleil that offers delectable French breakfast and lunch selections. The restaurant is in the Shops of Olde Marco at 210 Royal Palm Drive. Breakfast and lunch are served daily. The restaurant is open from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Petit Soleil is owned by Bistro Soleil. Chef Denis Meurgue delivers delicious breakfast choices including croissants, Belgian waffles, baguettes, omelets, traditional Egg Benedict or Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon.

Lunch fare includes favorites such as comte macaroni and cheese, croque monsieur, croquet madame, salads, traditional French sandwiches on a baguette, famous quiches, French country pate, a cheese plate, jambon beurre or roast beef boursin.

Beverages include cappuccino, lattes, soft drinks, juices and beer and wine.

Petit Soleil is truly a touch of France right here in beautiful Marco Island! You can dine in or enjoy outdoor patio seating. The restaurant offers the perfect ambience for meeting with family and friends. Takeout is available for those in a hurry.

In addition, Petit Soleil offers gourmet cooking ingredients for you to create fabulous recipes at home for your family and friends. Why not take some of these delights back to your vacation spot and surprise your mate with a homemade French meal? A Marco Escapes Vacation is always enhanced when it’s topped off with great cuisine.
Bon appetit!

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Marco Island’s Caf-fiends may have a new place to stoke their cravings.

Proposed new Starbucks location. Photo by Lance Shearer / Marco Eagle Correspondent.

Proposed new Starbucks location. Photo by Lance Shearer / Marco Eagle Correspondent.

Starbucks is a fascinating business. It built an entire world-wide franchise based on strong coffee and a strong brand. Lots of people go out of their way to have a cup of Starbucks, sit on a comfy easy chair and power up their laptops and tablets on the cafe’s free wifi.
We’re sure Marco Island has it share of these dedicated aficionados, either living here or visiting and relaxing in an outstanding Marco Escapes vacation rental property.

Here’s good news for all. Marco Island’s Planning Board has approved an application for a new, freestanding Starbucks venue.
Assuming approval by the City Council, the new location will be on Collier Boulevard near the intersection with East Elkham Circle. It’s unclear whether the new store will replace the exiting cafe store in the Esplanade or will be an additional home for those who can’t go anywhere without a cup of mocha or dark coffee.

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Tigertail and Sand Dollar Spit

One of the most natural local places for people staying in a Marco Escapes vacation rental home is Sand Dollar Spit and the lagoon that separates it from Tigertail Beach, Tigertail Lagoon.
Tigertail Lagoon is a wonderful setting for water adventures in a generally sedate body of water. Because it is separated from the Gulf, it tends to be calmer. Locals say it’s ideal for paddle boards, aqua-trikes, kayaks and squirt boats. Families with younger children can hang out there in relative comfort. There even are cabanas for rent from a nearby vendor. By the way, it’s wise not to slough off the availability of cabanas. After a few hours in the sun, the relief of a shade cover is a welcome respite.
Once in the lagoon, you can pull into little inlets in the mangroves to disembark and stroll to the Sand Dollar Spit beach,where nature abounds with shells, sea birds, herons, ibis and kingfishers strut their stuff. Bring your camera for great nature shots. (Please keep your distance so as not to disturb the birds, who may be nesting.)
Bring water and snacks if you plan to be on the Spit or the lagoon for several hours.

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Rarities and unusual things to see

There are many rarities and unusual things to see in the Western Everglades that border Marco Island.
These wonderful sights are available to be seen by guests staying in the comfort of Marco Escapes excellent vacation rental homes.
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Among them is the “ghost” or white orchid. Discovered in the Corkscrew Sanctuary in 2007, it has since been monitored regularly by sanctuary staff. They report that, as of July 6, 2014, there are 15 fresh blooms.
According to an article posted on the Sanctuary website, “Once a ghost orchid bud opens into a flower, barring any interferrence (sic), it usually stays in bloom for about 1.5 to 2 weeks, yellowing and eventually shrivelling toward the end. If lucky the flower will be pollinated and produce a seed pod, however this does not happen every year.“
This is the largest example of this rare plant known to be anywhere. It is high in a bald cypress tree in the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, about ¾ of a mile out the Sanctuary boardwalk. Binoculars are required to see it, although there often is a spotting scope at the site and pointed n the right direction.
More information is available at the Sanctuary website (see link)

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A Double Dip of Comedy: It’s a Summer of Fun at the Marco players.

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Starting July 20, you have a theater date at the Marco players. Performances of two one-act side-splitters. Wanda’s Visit by Christopher Durang and The Way of All Fish by Elaine May.
Friday and Saturday, July 11 & 12 at 8:00 pm; Sunday, July 13 at 3:00 pm; Friday and Saturday, July 18 & 19 at 8:00 pm; Sunday, July 20 at 3:00 pm
Performances are staged at 1055 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island, FL 34145. Admission is $20 per adult.

For information or tickets, call 239-642-7270 or visit The Marco Players Website

You’ll laugh all the way back to your exclusive Marco Escapes luxury vacation rental property.

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When in the course of “Marco” events…

marco fireworksJuly 4th, also known as Independence Day, commemorating the US Declaration of Independence that begins with those first five words, is the most “American” of American holiday celebrations. It’s a time for picnics and fireworks. If you are staying in a Marco Escapes property in July, you are just one or two beaches away from a classic Fourth of July fireworks display.
The action starts at 9 PM, according to the Paradise Coast VCB. The venue is the Resident’s Beach,
130 S. Collier Blvd., Marco Island, FL 34145, where the VCB suggests you are early to stake out a favorable viewing spot. Parking at the beach is restricted to island residents only. The VCB recommends non-residents use valet or paid parking at one of the beachfront resorts.
For more information, phone 239-389-5000.

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All Elvis, All Day

Almost everyone “bets” at one time or another. From a buck on a Florida lotto ticket to a coin-flip for who goes first. Whole industries are built on this human tendency. If you are a gaming fan, you may already know about our nearby Seminole Indian Casino in Immokalee.

Even if you don’t gamble, you may find this event something you don’t want to miss. June 27-29, from noon to 8 PM, the Seminole Casino will feature non-stop Elvis impersonators.

Four different Elvis clones, Irv Cass, Doug Church, Jerome Jackson and Peter Alden, will do their best to see that Elvis is in the house. Maybe you should be too.semcasinologo-shcc

More information at http://seminoleimmokaleecasino.com/ or 800-218-0007

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Wind Across the Everglades to be shown and discussed on June 11.

Historic Smallwoods Store, part of Everglades history.

Historic Smallwoods Store, part of Everglades history.

If there is a name associated with excellence in film-making, Schulberg will qualify. From famed Budd Schulberg, screenwriter extraordinaire, to producer Stuart Schulberg and Stuart’s son, K.C. Schulberg, there’s not a lot left wanting.

On June 11, Marco Island/Collier County motion picture fans will have an opportunity to hear K.C. Schulberg discuss Stuart Schulberg’s 1958 classic, “Wind Across the Everglades” at the Collier County Museum. The film also will be screened at the event. Schulberg also will discuss his new 2014 film, “A Dream Last Night”, which is scheduled for shooting in nearby Everglades City. There also will be a reception following the presentation.The program begins at 2:00 PM. Admission is free, but reservations are a must since space is limited.

For more information, please call 239-258-3738.

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Do you love TV soap operas?

Soapfest_logoIf you love or loved TV soap operas, you’re going to love this weekend on Marco Island. Marco Island’s Island Theater Company is presenting SoapFest from May 23 through May 26.

SoapFest is a re-union of some of the stars of the shows you couldn’t wait to see the next day. Shows like Young and the Restless,General HospitalOne Life to LiveAs The World Turns and Guiding Light.

Christian LeBlanc, a current member of the cast of Young and the Restless, will be in attendance, joined by Y&R alums, Jeff Branson and John Driscoll. Kristen Alderson. Chad Duell, Bryan Craig and Kelly Thiebaud of General Hospital are scheduled to join in, as are alums of One Life to Live, Melissa Archer and Eddie Alderson, and Tom Pelphrey, star of Guiding Light and As The World Turns.

There will be events on Friday, May 23, Saturday, May 24, Sunday, May 25 and Monday (Memorial Day) May 26. Events include a behind the scenes VIP Party at a private home, a “Night of the Stars” at the Olde Marco Island Inn, a cruise of the Ten Thousand Islands aboard the Marco Island Princess, a Celebrity Karaoke Bar Bash and a VIP Brunch.

Proceeds will benefit several children’s charities, including Camp Able, providing educational and outreach services for children with special needs; and the Island Theater Company kids program.

For more information, including admission prices, use the internet connection in your Marco Escapes luxury vacation rental to visithttp://www.theateronmarco.com/soapfest/

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