Marco Island at sunset.
Fodor lists ten islands in the world where you can beat the winter blues. Marco Island is on the list with these comments: With its white-sand beaches, abundant resorts, and reasonably priced restaurants, Marco Island draws families wanting to enjoy the simple pleasures of collecting shells and playing in the warm Gulf waters (or the resort pool). For those looking for a day off the island, there’s nearby Everglades National Park—you can book one of the many “swamp buggy” or airboat tours on the island (kids love them).f
Fodor’s Insider Tip: For some local charm, take the 10-minute drive to the tiny fishing community of Goodland, on the southeast corner of the island, especially on a weekend. They say you don’t have to be a card-carrying eccentric to live here, but it doesn’t hurt. Spend an hour or two with a cold beverage in hand, soaking in the character.
We at Marco Escapes truly are privileged to have Marco Island vacation rental homes available in a place that is so universally respected, blessed and loved. We love to share it all with you.
This could be more piano music than you have ever experienced in one instance before.
Members of the Michigan State University piano faculty will bring massed pianos into play at the Moorings Presbyterian Church in Naples, FL on March 9th.
Deborah Moriarty, Chair of the Piano Area, (photo), will be joined by Panayis Lyras, Derek Polischuk and Minsoo Sohn in performance at 4:00 PM. Each is a professor of Music with a extensively credentialed resume. This sterling ensemble comes a long distance from the frigid tundra of the Michigan State campus to perform for Neapolitans and Marco Islanders, including residents in Marco Escapes vacation properties.
The Moorings Presbyterian Church is located in nearby Naples at 791 Harbour Drive.. You can get more information at 239-261-1487 or by emailing to email@example.com
On 2/19/14, the world’s largest travel site announced their Top Island Destinations for 2014.
Marco Island ranked the #1 Island in the United States! “Marco Island is the perfect destination for those who crave a peaceful retreat but don’t have time to travel too far off the grid. The jewel of Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands, Marco Island’s soft white beaches overlook the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Scavenge for seashells or hit the links for a sunny session of golf. Explore the Everglades in a swamp buggy or enjoy a rejuvenating nature hike at the Rookery Bay Reserve.”
Marco Island was followed by #2, Chincoteague Island, Virginia, #3, Anna Maria Island, Fla., #4, San Juan Island, Washington and #5, Maui, Hawaii.
See the national list at: http://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Islands
Marco Island ranked among the Top 10 Islands in the world! It came fourth after #1, Ambergris Caye in Belize Cayes, #2, Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos, and #3, Bora Bora in the Society Islands.
See the international list at: http://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Islands-cTop-g1
See all the 2014 Travelers Choice Awards at: http://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice
TripAdvisor rankings are based on the reviews and ratings of actual travelers.
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We know that people who vacation in an elegant Marco Escapes rental property are smart, by definition. We suspect they may also be hungry learn more.
Here’s news for our inquisitive thinkers.
The IMAGINE SOLUTIONS 2014 Conference is taking place in Naples on February 24, 2014 at the Ritz Carleton Golf Resort. With so much to learn from 27 world class intellects in five thought provoking sessions, this not a two hour event. It starts at 8:45 and runs until 5.00 pm.
Topics to be covered are :
“The Greatest Challenge for Science in the 21st Century – The Brain Initiative”
“What Can We Learn from History?”
“Revolution in Education – Online Education”
“An Audacious Potpourri – Inspiring Leaders”
“The Future of Exploration”
In addition to brilliant speakers, there will be multiple “breaks” for networking and discussion of ideas that have been stimulated by the subject matter.
Tickets are limited by the number of seats available for the full event and are $600 per participant. Call 214-205-2274 214-215-6000 to order or obtain more information
Sunday afternoon Musicales at Mackle.
if you are “escaping” in a Marco Escapes vacation rental property during season. with nothing to do on Sundays, here are some outings for you.
Sundays from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, local musical groups entertain in Marco Island’s Mackle Park on the following schedule:
Feb. 23 – Marco Island Strummers
Mar 2 – Bob Smith and Friends
Mar. 9 – Mr. & Mrs. trio w/ Michael Nardi
Mar. 16 – Music of Marco Big Band
Mar. 23 – Marco Island Strummers
Apr. 6 – Music of Marco Big Band
Apr. 13 – Mr. & Mrs. trio w/ Michael Nardi
Apr. 27 – Bob Smith and Friends
Please bring a lawn chair. LIMITED SEATING AVAILABLE
If you’re staying in an excellent Marco Escapes vacation rental property you may not know about the Marco Island Farmer’s Market yet.
Here’s your heads up.
Marco Island Farmers’ Market is open every Wednesday morning during the months of November 6 through April 30. It’s a gathering local southwest Florida vendors selling home good items and crafts including: fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, salsa, sauces, fresh flowers, seafood, soaps, crafts and more.
The venue is Veterans’ Community Park, 901 Park Avenue. Admission is free and the public is invited. Come by and get your health on.
Wet Paint LIVE takes place on Wednesday, February 12th
Each year, local artists step out to paint “en plein air” ie, outdoors, all around Marco Island. The event this year is set for Wednesday, Feb 12 from 9:00 to 3:00. The culmination of all this art-making is that all the works will be offered for sale at auction. The auction venue is the Rose history auditorium at the Marco Island Museum on Heathwood Drive. Viewing will be from 5:30 to 6:45, with the auction action commencing at 7:00 PM.
Among the artists contributing work will be Carolyn Burger, Judy Chinski, Popo Flanagan, Sara Jane Foltz, Judy Harthorn, Lee Horton, Inez Hudson, Don Mills, Mary Moran, William Ward Mosely, Betty Newman, Tara O’Neill, Phylis Pransky, Gail Trent Risner, Joan Scherer, Karen Swanker, Malenda Trick and Victor Hugo Vaca Jr. Proceeds from the auction will support the Leadership Marco Scholarship Fund. Admission is $35 per person and includes a buffet from Kretch’s Restaurant with a cash bar. Tickets may be purchased at the Marco Island
Area Chamber of Commerce, the Marco Island Center for the Arts or at the door on the night of the event.
If you are staying in a Marco Escapes vacation property, winning a painting of Marco Island scenery will make an excellent, one-of-a-kind souvenir of your Marco Island vacation.
Call 239-394-7549 for more information.
Marco Island is pretty close to Paradise, to be sure. But even in a place this idyllic, bad things can happen: an accident, a fall, a moment of inattention. That’s when the call goes out for EMS (aka ambulance service).
The good news is that the City of Marco Island has announced today (1/31/2014) that Collier County has added another ambulance for the season. It will be housed at the Marco Island Fire Rescue Station #5 on San Marco Road through the end of April. It will be operational from 9:00 to 9:00 each day.
So, while we wish you the most relaxing, carefree, safe and excellent vacation during your stay in a Marco Escapes vacation rental property, we are pleased to let you know that a call to 911 in the event of a health or fire emergency will be answered that much faster because of this new ambulance. We say, “Thanks”, to the City of Marco island and Collier County.
May the sun shine benignly and all your experiences on Marco island be uplifting in the coming months.
Catch a battle between the US Army and the Seminole Nation, Jan 31- Feb 1 & 2
Talk about unusual events. On the weekend of January 31-Feb 3, the Seminole Tribe of Florida will stage the Big Cypress Shootout at the Billie Swamp Safari about midway between Marco Island and Fort Lauderdale. This battle recreation from the Second Seminole War is something you won’t witness anywhere else in the country, to our knowledge.
Granted, it is a bit of a drive from Marco Island (east on Alligator Alley – I-75 to Exit 49, FL833, Snake Road, then north about 17 miles).But it is unique and entertaining, especially for kids and others who may know little about this Native American Tribe. While there you also can visit the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki museum with extensive displays and exhibits featuring the history, traditions and culture of the Seminole Indians.
The hours for the museum are 7 days a week from 9 to 5. Museum admission is $9 for adults and $6 for students and military with ID. Admission to the battle, recreated on Saturday, Feb 1 at 11 am and 3 pm and on Sunday Feb 2 at 2 pm, is $10 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under.
You can pack a lunch in the kitchen of your Marco Escapes rental accommodations or purchase lunch at one of the three restaurants serving the Big Cypress Reservation.
Plan to spend a day on this adventure, plus $2.50 toll each way on I-75.
Return with us now to the days of yesteryear as the Marco Island Historical Museum presents “Enchantments: The Photographic Adventures of Julian Dimock, 1904-1913″ Exhibition
Ever wonder what Marco Island and its surrounds was like 100 hundred years ago?
In the first decade of the twentieth century, Julian Dimock and his father traveled throughout southwest Florida photographing the land, the people, and the waterways of this frontier Eden.
The former Wall Street moguls turned gentlemen explorers published hundreds of articles documenting their journeys in Harper’s, Field & Stream, and other periodicals, introducing Americans to the mysterious world of the Florida Everglades and its inhabitants. Their base camp was on the undeveloped outpost of Marco Island. From here, they trekked through the swamps and savannahs of the western Everglades by canoe and oxcart.
The exhibit features reproductions from their original glass negatives. These treasures were discovered in 1978, almost 50 years after the co;;ection was donated to the American Museum of Natural History. They preserve a rare and fascinating view of a primitive land, a land now offering sumptuous private homes – some of which are offered as vacation rentals by Marco Escapes – inviting beaches, luxurious hotels and an escape to sunshine and hospitality in a world of excellence.
Indulge you self in comparison with today during a visit to this free exhibit at Marco Island Historical Museum
through March 29, 2014. The museum is located at 180 S. Heathwood Drive , Marco Island, FL 34145
For additional information, please call (239) 642-1440 or visit www.colliermuseums.com