Kitchen Updates That Won’t Break the Bank

Major impact with minimal expense. Isn’t that what we all want in a home makeover? Does your kitchen need a new look? Forget about tearing down walls and ripping up flooring. You can create a whole new look when you utilize these kitchen updates that won’t break the bank.

Kitchen updates don't have to break the bank when you utilize these simple ideas for your Marco Island/Naples home remodel.

Kitchen Updates That Won’t Break the Bank

Countertops

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When performing kitchen updates, many people choose to focus on their countertops. These take up a fair-sized portion of your kitchen’s overall appearance. The good news is that they can be fairly easy for just about anyone to change. Concrete counters are currently trending around the country right now, even in Naples homes. Achieve this look for less by putting up concrete forms around your existing countertops. Then, pour Level Quick Concrete directly on top of your tiled counters. Total cost? Just a couple hundred dollars. Or use paint to change the look of old wood or linoleum countertops. Scuff up the surface slightly with a medium-grade sandpaper, prime it, and then paint it the color you want. Don’t forget to seal it afterward. The same can be done with old tile counters. Talk to your local home improvement store for ideas on how to properly achieve your goal.

Floors

Another large area that shows its age in Marco Island homes is flooring. Decorative rugs help cover a multitude of sins. But, if you want to truly change your floor’s image, stencil a pattern directly onto the tiles. Royal Design Studios provides a wide variety of stencils to choose from as well as a handy step-by-step guide on how to stencil your tile floors yourself.

Cabinets

Paint plays a huge part in kitchen updates. This includes cabinets. Do dark cabinets make your kitchen feel more like a dungeon? Lighten them up with a fresh coat of paint. While time-consuming, painting cabinets yourself costs a very small amount of money. However, even hiring a pro to paint your cabinets costs much less than replacing them entirely. So, if you’re not up to the challenge or hassle of a DIY job, you’ll still save money by enlisting the help of a professional.

Also, adding or changing out the hardware on your cabinets and drawers totally transforms the look of your kitchen. The cost varies, though, depending on the type of hardware and the amount you use. Luckily, most home improvement stores provide a myriad of options to choose from. And, best of all, installation tends to be a breeze for most homeowners. Most of the time and effort involved in your kitchen’s hardware comes when trying to decide which designs to use.

Light Fixtures

Finally, let’s talk lighting. When updating your kitchen, you might be surprised at how much of a difference your light fixtures make. Add more lighting to brighten up a dull, dark kitchen. Take out unattractive fluorescent lights. Canned lights (which can be pricier) or pendant lights (which come in a wide variety of designs) provide a welcome transformation in a very short amount of time.

Looking to sell your Marco Island/Naples home soon? Or do you simply want to do a little home renovation? Utilize these smart, practical kitchen updates that won’t break the bank.

Michelle Thomas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury Naples/Marco Island Homes & Condos

Broadway Comes to Naples: Naples Players Perform ‘Chicago’

Do you love live theater? Don’t waste your time flying off to New York City. Broadway is right here in our own backyard. The Naples Players are currently performing the award-winning Broadway musical ‘Chicago’ until the end of this month. Now’s your chance to experience a real Broadway-style show without having to travel for hours to do so!

Broadway has come to Naples for the month of July. That's when the Naples Players perform the smash hit musical 'Chicago'.

Naples Players Perform ‘Chicago’

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Femme fatales Roxy Hart and Velma Kelly sing their tales of woe on death row in 1930’s-era Chicago in the fast-paced, fun musical of the same name. What did they do to get thrown in prison and what will they do to get out? You’ll have to buy a ticket to find out for yourself.

Tickets for the Naples Players’ version of ‘Chicago’ cost $45 per adult. Playhouse subscribers receive a $10 discount per ticket. Students and teachers get in for just $10 each. Make sure you show a valid school ID to receive this massive discount. Purchase tickets in person at the box office during regular business hours and up to two hours before showtime. Or jump online to buy your tickets anytime. While you’re there, check out the other great shows they have coming up, like Comedy Night @ TNP, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Guys & Dolls, Peter & the Starcatcher, and June & Jason’s Survival Guide to Divorce. If you think you’d like to see more than one of these shows performed by the fantastic Naples Players, consider purchasing a subscription package. It’s a wonderful way to introduce a love of the arts to your children, too.

‘Chicago’ Showtimes

  • Mondays & Tuesdays – dark (theater’s closed)
  • Wednesdays & Thursdays – 7:30 pm
  • Fridays & Saturdays – 8 pm
  • Sundays – 2 pm

For a rollicking good time full of murderesses, mayhem, and music, get your tickets for the Naples Players’ performance of ‘Chicago’ today. After July 29th, it leaves Naples for good. You definitely won’t want to miss it!

Michelle Thomas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury Naples/Marco Island Homes & Condos

Naples Area 2018 July 4th Parade and Fireworks

This Wednesday, we celebrate our nation’s 242nd birthday. Most people have the day off. That means backyard barbecues and outdoor games of all kinds abound. For many, the Naples area 2018 July 4th parade and fireworks show certainly fit somewhere in their schedule. Do you know where to go to enjoy these events? Well, let me tell you.

What are you doing this Independence Day? Barbecue? Beach? Going to the Naples area 2018 July 4th parade and fireworks show? All of the above?

Naples Area 2018 July 4th Parade

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The Naples area 2018 July 4th parade takes place at 10 am on Wednesday. It starts at Broad Ave S and 3rd St S. Participants march north on 3rd St. Then, they turn east onto 5th Ave S. When they get to 8th St S, they go south, past City Hall, until they end up at 8th Ave S. Spectators will see marching bands, decorated floats, and cars full of prominent city officials make their way along the parade route. Feel free to bring a lawn chair with you for comfort. But, I strongly suggest you arrive early to find a good spot. They do tend to fill up pretty quickly. Parking does, too. So, you may find yourself walking a little bit before you find an opening. If you bring your dog, please make sure it is on a leash. This is as much for their safety as it is for yours.

Naples Area 2018 July 4th Fireworks Show

Now, you can’t have an Independence Day celebration without fireworks. Luckily, the City hosts their Naples Area 2018 July 4th fireworks show right at the Naples Pier. The show starts promptly at 9 pm. But, like the parade, you’re going to want to come early to stake your spot. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. Pets, unfortunately, are not. Loud noises not only scare animals, but they may also damage their hearing. Please keep them at home. Public parking will be available. Heed all “no parking” signs as they will be strictly enforced. That means that, if you decide to park in a “no parking” zone, you will be fined and towed. It’s not worth the hassle.

What are you doing this Wednesday? Spending it at the beach? Enjoying a nice barbecue with friends and family? Going to the Naples area 2018 July 4th parade and fireworks show? Please share your annual Independence Day traditions in the comments below. I’d love to hear how you celebrate.

Michelle Thomas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury Naples/Marco Island Homes & Condos

Creating an Outdoor Space Everyone Can Enjoy

As our population ages, more and more people begin looking at expanding their living area to accommodate people with mobility issues. Last year, the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability/UCED released their Disability Statistics Annual Report. In it, they reported that 12.8% of the American civilian population was disabled. Just over half of these (51%) fell into the 18 to 64 age group, with 41.4% in the 65+ age range. Therefore, it seems appropriate to make your living area as accommodating as possible for family, friends, and inhabitants. This includes creating an outdoor space that everyone can enjoy. But how do you do that? It’s easier than you may think.

Make your outdoor space accessible to all of your guests, including children and people with physical limitations by using these simple suggestions.

Making Your Outdoor Space More Mobile-Friendly

Ramps

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Sometimes, even one step provides an unwelcome obstacle for people with limited mobility. One way to make your home more mobile-friendly is by installing ramps. A slowly sloping walkway makes it easier for people with walkers or wheelchairs to maneuver around both the interior and exterior of your Naples home. While private homes aren’t required by law to be handicapped accessible, following official recommendations by the ADA helps you assess how your home fits these guidelines. Arch Daily provides a simple breakdown of making your home’s design more handicapped accessible.

Walkways

Speaking of walkways, your outdoor space should provide clear, wide pathways for everyone to move through. Yes, pavers, cobblestones, and mulch are pretty accents. However, they make it harder for anyone with a limited range of motion to navigate. This includes anyone on crutches or using a cane. Crushed limestone provides an attractive alternative that is also mobile-friendly. And don’t forget to keep weeds and brush trimmed back from all walkways. Rambunctious children fall prey to errant weeds as much as anyone else. It’s very easy to snag a foot or be hit in the face by overgrowth.

Gardens

Do you enjoy gardening? It’s a great way to stimulate your mind. Some studies show that gardening helps reduce dementia in seniors by as much as 36%. It’s also a wonderful way to teach children where their food comes from. And it looks pretty, too. But it wreaks havoc with your hands, knees, and back. One solution to this is to raise your gardens. Another is to plant vegetables or flowers using a trellis (peas, beans, star jasmine, and wisteria are great for this). Talk to your local garden center or home improvement store for tips on raising your gardens in your outdoor space.

Even if your physical health is excellent at the moment, that could change as you age. You may even know friends and family with physical limitations. A good Naples homeowner wants all their guests to enjoy themselves. With summer in full swing, that means many backyard barbecues. Make your outdoor space easy for all abilities to maneuver by concentrating on the three areas listed above.

Do you or someone you love have a physical limitation? What would you suggest Naples homeowners install to make it easier for guests with physical limitations to relax and enjoy themselves when visiting their home? Please share your ideas and stories in the comments below. Thank you.

Michelle Thomas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury Naples/Marco Island Homes & Condos

Naples SummerJazz on the Gulf 2018

The Gulf of Mexico provides a romantic backdrop for one of Southwest Florida’s most popular annual traditions: Naples SummerJazz. Yes, it’s back again for its 32nd year. Naples Beach Hotel hosts their annual celebration of summer with smooth jazz, warm ocean breezes, and a sunset to die for.

On one glorious Saturday night each month this summer, guests enjoy a free Naples SummerJazz concert on the gulf at the Naples Beach Hotel.

What: Naples SummerJazz on the Gulf 2018
Where: Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club (851 Gulf Shore Blvd N)
When: June 23rd, July 14th, August 18th & September 15th, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Admission: FREE
Contact: Naples Beach Hotel (239) 261-2222

Naples SummerJazz on the Gulf 2018

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On one Saturday each month between June and September, the Naples SummerJazz on the Gulf 2018 heats things up. Each month, a different act performs relaxing tunes in front of a live audience. And it’s absolutely free to the public. The open-air venue allows guests to bring lawn chairs for their comfort. With no assigned seating available, it might be a good idea to get there a little early to scout out your favorite spot. Just keep in mind, there really are no bad spots at the Naples Beach Hotel. However, thousands of people show up on the Watkins Lawn each year just to listen to this free concert. Early arrival is definitely encouraged.

While guests may bring their own lawn chairs or blankets from home, outside food and beverages are strictly prohibited. Since the Naples SummerJazz on the Gulf concerts take place during dinner time, the hotel bars provide burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, and beverages for purchase by concert guests. All food is fresh and made to order by the hotel’s talented chefs. Please keep your area neat and clean by throwing away any trash in the designated containers located throughout the venue.

Naples SummerJazz on the Gulf 2018 Schedule

June 23rd – Show Biz Kids
July 14th – Late Night Brass
August 18th – TBone Hamilton’s Big Easy Revue
September 15th – Pocket Change

Michelle Thomas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury Naples/Marco Island Homes & Condos

Hurricane Preparedness for Marco Island and Naples Residents

Many Floridians like to say that hurricanes rarely hit our portion of the state. However, anyone who lived through last year’s Category 3 Hurricane Irma would correct them. Since hurricane season officially began on June 1st, it would be a good idea for Marco Island and Naples residents to take create or update their hurricane preparedness program at home.

Hurricane season lasts from June 1st to November 30th. Hurricane preparedness is important for anyone living in Naples or Marco Island.

Hurricane Preparedness

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Follow the Boy Scout’s motto to always be prepared. The sooner you create a hurricane preparedness plan, the better. First of all, sign up for an alert system (CodeRed, for example). Download the FEMA mobile app for easy access on your phone.

Then, put together a getaway bag: one per family member. Backpacks probably make the best getaway bags because they can be quickly identified by each member of the household and are easy to transport. Inside each bag, include at least three days worth of clothes, toiletries, food, water, medicines, and cash money (small bills). Include a flashlight, extra batteries and at least one radio per each adult and teen. You may want to prepare a separate bag for your pets, too, that includes food and water for them. Inside each bag, write the name of the person the bag belongs to, the name and phone number for their emergency contact, that person’s relationship to the emergency contact, and your home address.

Next, create a plan of evacuation. Designate one person (such as an aunt, grandparent, cousin, close friend, etc.) who lives outside of your immediate area as your emergency contact. If you get separated during an emergency, make sure everyone knows who to contact.

Finally, practice your plan regularly. Keep your getaway bags close to an exit point in your home (front door, mud room, garage door, etc). Once a month, put your plan into practice. The more often you practice, the easier it will be to implement when a real emergency arises. Include calling and checking in with your emergency contact so that younger children know what to do. For more tips and information, please visit Ready.gov’s website.

Hurricane Preparedness – Alert Systems

The Cities of Marco Island and Naples want residents to receive up-to-date information as soon as it’s available. When it comes to hurricanes, the more warning you have, the better. Sign up for the free CodeRed alert system. Whenever an emergency arises in the Marco Island/Naples area, CodeRed sends an alert via text, email, landline and even social media. In addition to hurricane warnings, CodeRed alerts you about evacuations, utility outages, floods, chemical spills, and any other emergency situation that may come up. Marco Island residents can sign up for CodeRed here. You can also sign up for e-notifications from the City by visiting the City of Marco Island’s website here. Just keep in mind that the CodeRed system is completely different than the City’s e-notification system. So, you may want to sign up for both. Naples residents must sign up for CodeRed online here.

Do you and your family have a hurricane preparedness plan in place for your home? Please share any tips you think are important in the comments below.

Michelle Thomas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury Naples/Marco Island Homes & Condos

Keep Your Naples Home Safe While You’re on Vacation

Last Monday was Memorial Day. This signals that summer is close at hand. Our local schools let out soon. Many people choose the summer to take long family vacations, intimate getaways with their significant other or a fun jaunt somewhere with their friends. The last thing you want to do is come home to find that someone has broken into your home. Keep your Naples home safe while you’re on vacation. Utilize these helpful hints to lessen your risk of a burglary while you enjoy a much-deserved time away.

Going away this summer? Make would-be thieves think twice about targeting your home by using these vacation tips to keep your Naples home safe while you're gone.

Naples Home Safety Tips

Social Media Blackout

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First and foremost, the biggest Naples home safety tip I can give you is to keep off social media while you’re away. Enjoy your time. Take pictures to mark the occasion. But delay posting anything about your trip until after you return. You don’t need to advertise to would-be thieves that your house sits empty while you’re hundreds of miles away. This extends to email, as well. Some of us set automatic responses when we’re out of the office. Instead of saying “I’m on vacation between this date and this date”, a simple, “I’m currently out of the office. Please contact so-and-so if you need immediate help.” Don’t get into specifics of the why or when. Of course, you could forget about the “out of office” auto-reply altogether and have someone in your office monitor your emails while you’re away.

Set Your Timers

Next, use timers for your lights. Many thieves watch homes for days…even weeks before they actually strike. They learn the daily habits of its residents. If you don’t already own one, consider purchasing a timer for your lights. They’re available online or in home improvement stores. Some allow you to set up timers for various rooms at different times while you’re away. This helps keep up the appearance that someone is home. FabatHome.com provides a list of the best outlet timers on the market right now based on user-friendliness, type, and design. Check them out to learn more before you head out to buy a system of your own.

Unplug Unnecessary Appliances

How would you feel if you came back from vacation to find that your Naples home burned down due to an electrical fire? Avoid this by unplugging any unnecessary appliances. Coffee pot, TV, computer, toaster, you name it. If you don’t use it while you’re gone, unplug it. Depending on the amount of time you’ll be gone, you may even want to unplug your refrigerator. Just make sure all perishable food items are not left inside and leave the door open to avoid mildew. Set your water heater to vacation mode by lowering the temperature. You can even turn off your thermostat as long as you don’t have plants or animals inside to worry about. If you do, you can still set the thermostat to a higher temperature than you normally would.

Keep Up Appearances

Nothing says “no one’s home” like a pile of mail or a lawn that looks like it hasn’t been mowed for a while. Put a hold on your mail with the post office for the time you’re away. It’s a quick form you can fill out at the post office. They won’t deliver your mail during the time frame you indicate. Regular delivery starts up again when you say. You can do the same for your daily or weekly newspaper delivery. Do you already have a landscaping service? Then, you won’t need to worry about your lawn. However, if you don’t, you might want to hire someone to take care of it while you’re gone.

House Sitter

Another way to keep your Naples home safe while you’re on vacation is to hire a house sitter. This can be costly but ultimately worth it if their presence thwarts a robbery. Or, instead of boarding your dog while you’re gone, have a pet sitter come by once or twice a day to check on them. The pet sitter feeds, waters and walks your dog. They can also bring in your mail and packages. But, the best thing they do is provide the appearance that someone is at your Naples home every day.

Tell Your Neighbors

If you’re friendly with your neighbors, let them know you’ll be away. They can keep an eye out for suspicious activity and report it to authorities when they see it. Of course, if you plan on having a house or pet sitter drop by, let them know that, too. The more eyes, the better.

Lock it Up

Finally, this may sound obvious, but lock your Naples home up tight. Check all windows and exterior doors to make sure they are locked before you leave. This includes the sliding glass door and french doors. Oftentimes, burglaries happen due simply to opportunity. An unlocked car or home allows easy entry. Thieves take advantage. You lose out. This could have been avoided simply by making sure everything was locked up.

These small, simple tips make your Naples home safe while you’re on vacation. They can be very effective in making thieves think twice about targeting your property while you’re away. Then, you can enjoy your vacation without the worry of your home’s security.

Michelle Thomas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury Naples/Marco Island Homes & Condos

Naples Homeowners: Identifying Potential Foundation Problems

Homes require maintenance to stay in tip-top shape. But, sometimes, repairs can be costly. Correcting foundation problems ranks high on the list of expensive fixes. However, identifying potential foundation problems early might save Naples homeowners thousands of dollars. While huge cracks quickly throw up red flags, foundation issues aren’t always so easy to spot.

Foundation problems can be some of the costliest to repair for Naples homeowners. Learn how to identify potential foundations early on.

Identifying Potential Foundation Problems

Doors and Windows

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Some squeaky doors and windows only need a squirt of WD-40 to work properly again. However, if you find it increasingly difficult to open or close them, this could be an indicator of a bigger problem. The same goes for gaps between the window frame and walls. As a foundation shifts, it distorts the alignment of your Naples home’s frame. Take care of these issues early to save big bucks later on.

Floors and Walls

Next, keep an eye out for floors or ceilings that sag or slant. Shifting weight puts more pressure on other areas of your home, creating sagging. You can use a level to see whether your floor is slanting or not. If the slant continues to increase over a period of time, call a pro in to check it out. Another indicator of a potential problem is a bowed wall. However, don’t mistake a large paint blister/bubble for bowing. That should also be addressed since it could be from heat or water damage. But it does not mean there’s a foundation problem. Have you noticed nails pulling away from the drywall? If this happens regularly, it could be due to foundation problems.

Smells

Musty, moldy smells may point to a plumbing problem. On the other hand, they can also signify a potential foundation issue. If you see mold or smell mildew, try to locate the source of the moisture right away. Check for leaks around the windows or other areas that might be letting moisture gather in the area.

Chimney

Finally, have you looked up at your chimney and thought that it appeared to be leaning slightly? That might be the beginning of a foundation issue. If your chimney moves too much, it could fall over and rip a hole in your roof. Or, worse yet, it could tumble down, raining bricks on unsuspecting people down below. As soon as you notice that your chimney is leaning to one side or the other, contact a specialist to come out right away.

Large cracks are the most obvious signs of potential foundation problems. Call a pro if you see any of the following around your Naples home:

  • Any crack more than 1/8″ wide,
  • Cracks that are narrow on one end and wide on the other,
  • Create a 45 degree angle or run horizontally,
  • Have any leaking water coming from it, or
  • Cracks that run in a “stair-step” pattern on the inside or outside of your home.

Michelle Thomas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury Naples/Marco Island Homes & Condos

Liven Up Your Naples Home With a Fresh Coat of Paint

Spring means renewal. It’s also when many Naples homeowners choose to switch things up in their home decor. That includes new paint on the walls. Painting is one of the easiest things you can do that make a big change on the look of a room. Liven up your Naples home with a fresh coat of one of these paint colors.

Spring is a time for renewal and change. Liven up your home with a fresh coat of one of these Naples home paint colors currently on trend.

Naples Home Paint Colors for Spring

Persimmon

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This warm spicy hue works great in a dining room or kitchen. If you feel it’s too bold, use it as an accent above your kitchen backsplash and the wall above the stove. Or choose one wall in the room to use as a focal point/accent wall. Silver accents work great with a lighter persimmon color while a darker, reddish toned persimmon color pairs well with hunter green.

Yellow

Another great option for your Naples home paint colors is yellow. Avoid neon or greenish-tinted yellows. Instead, opt for the pastel variety of yellow. Kitchens, bathrooms, and sunrooms play up the sunlight with a lovely soft shade of yellow. If a navy-colored theme runs through your room, add a deeper yellow accent like marigold to the mix.

Turquoise

The blue-green color of turquoise adds an earthy quality to any Marco Island/Naples home. With the ocean right outside our back door, it makes sense to bring some of that beauty inside your home as well. But too much can feel a little overwhelming. Stick with an accent wall in any room in your home: master bedroom, family room, bathroom, kitchen. Create the perfect beachy theme or spa-like tranquil feel anywhere throughout your home.

Mauve/Lilac

A similar light-colored purple, the final Naples home paint colors to consider when livening up your home are mauve and lilac. Mauve tends to be a softer tone of purple, adding a lovely neutral background to any living space. Lilac ranges from light to ultraviolet. It works well with dark cherry wood in a library or den.

If you’re looking for a change without breaking the bank, consider painting the interior walls of your home. These bright spring Naples home paint colors reinvigorate tired old walls. And, if you want a small change but don’t want to commit to painting the entire wall one color, add the new paint to just one area for an accent wall. Make a powerful statement without overwhelming yourself or your visitors. What color did you add to your home? Which room did you change up? Was it the whole room or just an accent wall? Please share your story in the comments below.

Michelle Thomas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury Naples/Marco Island Homes & Condos

Marco Island-Naples Sizzle SWFL Restaurant Week 2018

Do you consider yourself a “foodie”? Ever wanted to dine at one of our area’s upscale restaurants? Perhaps the pricier places make your wallet quake. During Marco Island-Naples Sizzle SWFL Restaurant Week 2018, guests sample from a pre-fixed menu at various Collier and Lee County restaurants for a reduced price. And a portion of the price paid for each meal gets donated to charity.

Marco Island-Naples Sizzle SWFL Restaurant Week 2018 takes place May 31st to June 13th at more than 70 local area restaurants. Who's going?

What: Marco Island-Naples Sizzle SWFL Restaurant Week 2018
When: May 31st to June 13th
Where: Participating Marco Island and Naples restaurants
Cost: Varies per restaurant ($16+ for lunch, $26+ for dinner)
Contact: Naples, Marco Island & Everglades Convention & Visitors Bureau (239) 252-6292 or via email

Marco Island-Naples Sizzle SWFL Restaurant Week 2018

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For two weeks of the year, the Naples, Marco Island and Everglades Convention & Visitors Bureau partners up with local area restaurants to bring Sizzle SWFL Restaurant Week to life. Thanks to sponsors like Mercedes-Benz of Bonita Springs, the Greg Norman Collection at Miromar Outlets, and the Kagan Law Firm, you receive the opportunity to dine at more than 70 different restaurants throughout Lee and Collier Counties. Some restaurants offer vegetarian selections as well. Choose from a two-course lunch or three-course dinner. Chefs create their own special pre-fixe menu for this event.

How You Can Participate in Marco Island-Naples Sizzle SWFL Restaurant Week 2018

While reservations aren’t always necessary, organizers advise that you contact the restaurant you wish to visit to make one ahead of time. As you can imagine, our restaurants fill up pretty quickly during this time. Simply go to the SWFL Restaurant Week website here, choose the city you want to visit, then click the menu link next to the name of the restaurant you’re interested in. You can even preview the menu at the website. It’s that simple. One dollar from every meal purchased goes to the Sizzle SWFL FGCU Food & Beverage Scholarship.

Sizzle SWFL FGCU Food & Beverage Scholarship

In a tourism-driven economy like Southwest Florida, utilizing educated people in the hospitality business is crucial. The Sizzle SWFL FGCU Food & Beverage Scholarship awards money to Southwest Florida high school students interested in pursuing a degree in hospitality services at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU). Sizzle SWFL promises a minimum of $10,000 to be donated to the scholarship. If you want, you may also donate $1 more per meal to increase the money paid into the scholarship. Just let your wait staff know that you’d like to do that when you order.

Make plans to eat out at participating restaurants during Marco Island-Naples Sizzle SWFL Restaurant Week 2018. Sample amazing food from some of the area’s most talented chefs. Visit several different establishments to experience the most you can out of this two-week event. Is your favorite restaurant on the list? Share your faves in the comments below. Bon appetit!

Michelle Thomas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury Naples/Marco Island Homes & Condos