Wine Lovers’ Alert – Mark this on your Marco Escapes calendar

2014 Grape PosterMark this on your Marco Escapes calendar.

June 6 (Sunday) is the date for the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce 2014 “Glory of the Grape” event at CJ’s on the Bay.

The wine tasting, food, live auction and fun will start at 6:00 PM. If you are staying in a Marco Escapes vacation rental property, getting to CJ’s on the Bay is easy. Just point your vehicle to the Esplanade, 760 North Collier Blvd. (Rte 951).

This is an annual event and a highlight of each Marco Island year. Tickets are $50 per person, including selected wines and pairings with “heavy” hors d’oeuvres, and may be purchased through the Chamber of Commerce at 239-394-7549.

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Marco Island is on golf’s Leader Board again


Marco Island often is joined with Naples, FL when viewed from a national perspective. As those who have stayed in a Marco Escapes exclusive vacation rental property will attest, the Marco Island /Naples “Metro” Area offers a wide range of world class entertainment and recreational attractions. Now, Marco Island and Naples are being recognized as a contender in the USAToday 10Best Readers Choice Travel Awards. The Awards’ 10 Best expert panel has included Naples & Marco Island on the list of finalist for being one of the 10 best golf destinations in the world.

The area is “… is sunny and warm year-round, and holds nearly 100 courses – a mind-boggling number, drawing players from around the globe” according to USAToday. Here’s the best part: You can play a role in the final selection. Visit to vote for your favorite golf destination. You have until midnight Monday, April 21, 2014

And, rest assured that you will be in good company when you cast your vote for Naples/Marco Island, also known as Florida’s Paradise Coast. Earlier this year, in a separate competition, the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (AGTO), the Paradise Coast (Marco Island and Naples) to be the 2014 Golf Destination of the Year for North America.

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Marco Island ranked 7th “happiest” metro area in the United States

MarcoEscapeAerial72Gallup, the people who do polls and surveys, recently reported on their efforts to determine which of 189 metro areas in the United States were “happiest”, based on several criteria including “wellness”

More than 178,000 interviews were conducted nationwide.

The results placed Marco Island (combined with Naples into a single metro area) in 7th place nationwide.

The survey asked people to consider a set of six sub-indices, which individually examined life evaluation, emotional health, work environment, physical health, healthy behaviors, and access to basic necessities.

Coming in 7th out of 189 is significant accomplishment, even if it has to be shared with Naples. (Marco Island actually shares many life enhancements with its neighbor to the north)

If you are fortunate enough to have stayed in a luxurious Marco Escapes vacation rental property at any time, you will have sampled the excellence that is Marco Island. We hope you took some of that “magic” home with you. Marco Escapes loves to share the goodness. After all, that’s part of what brings people back season after season.

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Marco Movies

MarcoMoviesMarco Movies: For Marco Escapes guests, all that the name implies, and then some.

Watching a film on a wide screen video monitor is a popular way to spend a Marco Island evening, espcially if you are staying in a Marco Escapesvacation rental property, where wide screens are plentiful. But there is nothing quite like seeing a movie in a movie theater. That pleasure awaits you at Marco Movies, Marco Walk, 599 S. Collier Blvd.

Marco Movies bills itself as a family owned Movie Theater dedicated to showing only the best first-run movies, in a clean and comfortable environment.

Current showings include Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Noah and Rio 2.

But, it’s not all movies. Marco Movies also serves restaurant quality food, giving a new interpretation to the term, “dinner and a movie.”

All menu items are made fresh to order, using only the finest, fresh ingredients, professionally prepared by Marco Movies’ culinary staff.

Adult beverages also are available. So, for a change of place some day, you should consider Marco Movies while on Marco Island.

Tickets range from $8.50 to $13.50, depending on matinee or evening performances, age of attendee and if 3D projection is offered. They may be ordered online, where the showtimes are listed, or by telephone. Arrival at least 30 minutes before screening time is advised.

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Italian Cuisine

ciaobellalogo copySomeone once told me, “you can get a good meal in France, but you’ll never get a bad meal in Italy.”

Thus, is the reputation of Italian cuisine. And we have a splendid example right here in Marco Island.

The point is, if you tire of creating meals in the kitchen of your Marco Escapes rental vacation home, no matter how luxurious the surroundings, and you yearn for real Italian pasta, anti-pasta or fish, chicken or meat prepared in the regional styles of Italy, check out, located at 1000 N Collier Blvd. (Heritage Plaza) Suite 6. Or call 239 970 0505 for reservations.

And check out the exceptional wine list. Nothing like a nice glass of red with dinner. Buono Appetito!

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Marco Island celebrates art. Again.

MarcoEscapeAerialIt’s been a while since Marco Island had its own outdoor fine art and craft show. On Saturday and Sunday, April 5 and 6, 2014, the art festival scene will return to Marco with The Marco Island Festival of the Arts from 10 AM to 5 PM. The venue is Veteran’s Park off N. Collier Blvd in Marco Island, FL. There’s a list of artists whose work will be available at

This outdoor fine arts festival makes this an excellent time to be staying on Marco Island in an luxurious Marco Escapes property. In addition to opportunities to purchase outstanding art and décor objects to take back home. You could even win a a stunning Dennis Goodman photograph with an estimated value of $650.

But then, when isn’t it an excellent time to rent a Marco Escapes up-scale holiday home?

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“Art” comes to Marco Island. But not just any “art”.

Art-with-arms-3001In the tradition of excellence pursued by Marco Escapes, we are pleased to point you to a new stage production by the Marco Players.

“Art” is a 2007 Tony Award winning play by Yasmina Reza. Originally written in French, it was translated into English by Christopher Hampton before appearing in NYC. The plot involves three friends and a painting, the latter a white canvas with white lines.

The friends have different reactions to the painting when it is presented to them by the new owner. These differences trigger disagreements so extreme that they threaten friendships of many years in duration. The play’s setting is minimal, with focus on the crumbling friendships, the true cause of their deterioration and the tension generated by the controversial and, as it turns out, expensive, “art”.

The Marco Players, in its 39th season, is presenting “Art” from March 19 through April 6 at the The Marco Players venue, 1055 North Collier Boulevard, Marco Town Center Mall, Marco Island, FL Tickets may be purchased on line at or by telephone at (239) 642-7270

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Marco Island Scores another hit.

Marco Island at sunset.

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.


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Do you love piano music?

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

Deborah Moriarty

Deborah Moriarty

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TripAdvisor ranks Marco Island Best Island in the U.S. – #4 of Top 10 Islands in the world!


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:

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.

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See all the 2014 Travelers Choice Awards at:

TripAdvisor rankings are based on the reviews and ratings of actual travelers.


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