Naples Stay in May Festival 2018

If you love art, music, food, healthy living or any combination thereof, you’re going to want to make plans to be at the Naples Stay in May Festival 2018. Over the course of the 20-day event, thousands of visitors choose from dozens of events all over the Naples area. Only the best of the best showcase their skills in this ultimate celebration of our Southwest Florida lifestyle.

Whether you enjoy fine art, live music, delicious food, or want to enjoy a healthier lifestyle, the Naples Stay in May Festival 2018 has something for you!

What: Naples Stay in May Festival 2018
When: April 23rd to May 12th
Where: Multiple Venues Around Naples, FL
Contact: Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention & Visitors Bureau (239) 252-6292

Naples Stay in May Festival 2018

Art

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Visual artists from the Naples Art District set up installations around the Norris Gardens. The Norris Art District hosts several workshops at the Naples Stay in May Festival 2018 to help you find your inner artist. Cuba has had a tremendous influence in Southern Florida. “Havana Modern” author Michael Connors discusses what he found in his travels to this beautiful country at the Jett Thompson home. Who needs a pub crawl when you can take a gallery hop instead? Visit 32 different galleries featuring various artists at the Alive Alive event. You can’t think of the art deco movement without hearing the sounds of big band orchestras headed up by Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie or Glenn Miller, right? Big Band and Art Deco meet at Rose Auditorium. Three short film festivals are scheduled throughout the entire Stay in May event: April 29th, May 2nd, and May 6th. However, the May 2nd festival is already sold out. So, you’d better get your tickets now for the other two or you might miss out!

Music

Whether you enjoy rock, pop, classical/chamber music or jazz, the Naples Stay in May Festival 2018 features something you’ll enjoy. The Fifth Ave Chamber Orchestra, the Bach Boys, and Seraphic Fire perform classical music. The Bumper Jacksons offer country swing and street blues with a jazz twist. The Naples Zoo plays host to “One Night in Memphis” with their odes to the music of Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and, of course, the king himself, Elvis Presley. And don’t miss the smooth jazz stylings of the William Noll Jazz Ensemble, Wycliffe Gordon or the Dan Miller-Lew Del Gatto Quintet.

Food

Now, you can’t have a Naples Stay in May Festival 2018 without food. Participants in four different high school culinary arts programs put their skills to the test for you at Venue Naples. Celebrity Chef Brian Roland (Crave Culinaire) hosts this can’t be missed event at Venue Naples.

Healthy Living

Finally, a healthy mind creates a healthy body. During the Naples Stay in May Festival 2018, take your first steps into meditation at the Awareness of Breath Workshop. Learn valuable tips about relieving the stress you might feel throughout your day at the Conquering Stress workshop. Finally, they say music soothes the savage beast. Find out how to utilize sound to treat what ails you at the Music as Mind Medicine class.

For a complete list of events as well as prices and tickets for each, please visit the Stay in May Festival website here. Some events require a ticket even if they are free. Take a moment to peruse the website and plan your time during the Naples Stay in May Festival 2018.

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

2017/2018 Naples Fine Art Show in the Park – Final Show of the Season

Residents of Naples embrace the artistic element inside us all. We encourage as well as celebrate creative expression. For one day each month from October to April, the Naples Artcrafters host a fine art show at Cambier Park. This Saturday marks the end of the 2017/2018 Naples Fine Art Show season. So, if you haven’t made it out to any of the previous shows, this is your last chance to see the work of dozens of local talent on display.

The final Naples Fine Art Show at Cambier Park for the 2017/2018 season takes place this Saturday, April 14th. Dozens of local artists showcase and sell their paintings, photographs, pottery, glass, woodwork, jewelry and more.

What: 2017/2018 Naples Fine Art Show
Where: Cambier Park (1 block south of 5th Ave S, Downtown Naples)
When: Saturday, April 14th, 10 am to 4 pm
Admission: FREE
Contact: Naples Artcrafters via email – gnnaples@embarqmail.com

2017/2018 Naples Fine Art Show in the Park

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Sculptures. Photographs. Paintings. Pottery. Jewelry. It’s all here, on display, and available for sale at the final 2017/2018 Naples Fine Art Show at Cambier Park. With Mother’s Day coming up on May 13th, this event would be a great opportunity to pick up something special and unique for your mother or wife. Want to add to your current art collection at home? Interested in starting up a collection? Do you enjoy fine jewelry that you can’t get anywhere else? Peruse the booths set up by our local artists and artisans. Speak to the artists themselves. They’re always happy to discuss their work, including inspiration, where they got their materials, what they used to create it, etc.

Everyone gets into the Cambier Park 2017/2018 Naples Fine Art Show absolutely free of charge. Parking is free, too. You can park in the garage located next to Cambier Park for easy access to the event. Please leave pets at home…for their comfort as well as the comfort of those around you. We expect a beautiful, sunny day this Saturday in Naples, with highs in the upper 80’s. So dress appropriately.

Come out and support the arts. Bring the kids. You never know what might spark their creativity.

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

Marco Island Smart Home Features You Need to Install Right Now

Smart homes have gained popularity in the past couple of years. According to a 2016 Smart Homes Trend Study conducted by Houzz.com, 45% of homeowners say they plan on incorporating smart features into their renovation designs. The following Marco Island smart home features ranked highest in popularity among today’s buyers.

Climate control, security, and lighting top the list of the most popular Marco Island smart home features today's buyers are looking for.

Most Popular Marco Island Smart Home Features

Smart Thermostats

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When it comes to Marco Island smart home features, smart thermostats rank the highest in popularity. They’re relatively cheap and easy to install. You can pick them up at your local home improvement store. The Nest brand (both Thermostat E and Learning Thermostat) ranked #1 on several different tech lists. The Ecobee4 also ranked high among tech magazines. Unlike a regular programmable thermostat, smart thermostats actually learn from your day-to-day habits in order to maximize their efficiency. In turn, you save money in monthly utility expenses.

Smart Home Security Systems

Next, everyone wants their families to be safe, especially when it comes to their home. In fact, approximately 90% of today’s buyers want to purchase a home with a security system already installed. Burglars tend to pass by properties with visible security systems in place. Yesterday’s home security systems can’t compete with today’s smart technology. ADT Pulse Vivint Smart Home, and Adobe make the top of many “best of” lists.

Smart Lighting

Another one of the most popular Marco Island smart home features buyers look for is a smart lighting system. Many systems allow you to turn your lights on or off as well as dim the lights in multiple rooms all from an app on your phone. One of the highest rated systems on the market right now is the Lutron Caseta Wireless. Schedule your lights to come on at certain times while you’re on vacation. During the cold winter months, come home to a well lit home even after the sun goes down. This also helps deter burglars.

Investing in these three different Marco Island smart home features increases your marketability to today’s buyers. But, even if you’re not planning on selling your home anytime soon, they can make your life a little easier and your monthly expenses a little less. Plus, they give you peace of mind when you’re away. What more could any homeowner want?

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

Naples Homeowners: Minor Updates Create a Major Impression in the Kitchen

Kitchens represent the heart of a home. But totally gutting and remodeling one costs tens of thousands of dollars. Naples homeowners can use minor updates to create a major impression in the kitchen. And most of these projects can be completed over the course of one weekend by you alone.

Looking to update the look of your kitchen? Don't want to break the bank to do so? Luckily, Naples homeowners have several options available.

Naples Homeowners: Minor Kitchen Updates That Add a “Wow” Factor

Pulls/Knobs/Handles

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Probably the easiest way for Naples homeowners to update the look of their kitchen is by adding or changing out the pulls, knobs or handles on drawers and cabinets. Concentrate on one finish for the entire room. One that complements your faucet or appliances would be a good choice. Or, for something a little more kitschy, look for porcelain/painted knobs. Always make sure to count how many of each you’ll need before you go shopping. You don’t want to come up short.

Fresh Paint

Another simple solution for Naples homeowners to update their kitchen is with a fresh coat of paint. Make sure you tape off the cabinets, counters, backsplash, appliances, etc. before you paint, though. Otherwise, you risk slopping paint onto these surfaces. Sometimes, the preparation done before you paint takes longer than the actual act of painting. But, it’s worth the time it takes to do the job right. You can always hire a pro to paint. However, this may cost you thousands of dollars to do so. The choice is yours. If you take the DIY route, talk to your local home improvement store about how to prep and paint correctly. A little homework goes a long way.

One of the hottest trends right now is to paint one wall with chalkboard paint. It comes in a variety of colors and can be a fun addition to the room. If you’re not that adventurous, painting one portion of a wall and adding a frame allows a space for your menu, grocery list, weekly activities or anything else you might need to remind your busy family members about.

Cabinets and Shelving

Another kitchen update Naples homeowners might want to consider is painting the cabinets. If they’re in good condition, a coat of paint turns dated cabinetry into a modern masterpiece. For a more sophisticated update, take out the center of your cabinet door and replace it with an opaque glass insert. Over the last couple of years, open shelving became a designer trend. Instead of ripping out all of your cabinets, take down one small section and replace it with simple shelves. Stack your prettiest dishes, cookbooks, potted herbs, or anything else you want to show off here.

Add a Backsplash

For a little more money, add a backsplash in your kitchen. Home improvement stores provide dozens of options. Many of these options are both affordable and can be done by Naples homeowners themselves. Talk to the associate at your local home improvement store for any tips and tricks. You only need to invest a few hours of your time to make a major change in your kitchen’s appearance.

Switch Out the Faucet

One area often overlooked in the kitchen is the faucet. It doesn’t take much effort to switch it out for a newer model. And you literally have hundreds to choose from. Go fancy with a touchless faucet. Change out a solid faucet for a pull-out one with extendable sprayer head. Replace a brass finish with a rubbed bronze or brushed nickel. In just an hour or two, your kitchen faucet will look decades younger.

Add or Update the Lighting

Finally, overhead fluorescent lights are out! Pendants create focused lighting and are great for hanging over an island. Recessed lights add extra illumination without overpowering the area. You might even want to think about adding undercabinet lighting for an elegant soft glow during evening hours.

Any of these simple updates create a major impression in the kitchen of Naples homeowners. Relatively easy and much lower in cost than a major overhaul, most of these updates can be completed over the course of a weekend. A low investment of time and money, a big impact on your kitchen’s appearance. That’s cost-effectiveness at its finest. Which project will you be tackling first?

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

2018 Collier County Fair Ends This Weekend

Just last Thursday, the fairgrounds opened their doors for the 2018 Collier County Fair. You have until this Sunday, March 25th, to enjoy all that the fair has to offer. And each day brings something different and interesting to the table. You don’t want to miss out!

The 2018 Collier County Fair offers everything you could ever want in a fair. Live entertainment, fair food, games, rides, pig races & more.

What: 2018 Collier County Fair
Where: Collier County Fairgrounds (751 39th Ave NE, Naples)
When: Now through March 25th, Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri – 6 pm to 11 pm, Wed – 2 pm to 11 pm, Sat – 1 pm to 1 am, Sun – 1 pm to 10 pm
Admission: $5 to $25 (kids under 5 are free)
Contact: Collier County Fair & Exposition (239) 455-1444

2018 Collier County Fair Details

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The county fair always sparks feelings of nostalgia in anyone who’s attended one as a kid. If you want to instill that magical memory in your children, make plans to attend the 2018 Collier County Fair sometime this week. Step right up for a chance at winning a prize with one of the fair’s games. Hop aboard a thrilling carnival ride. Eat fun fair food. Pony rides, livestock shows, magic shows, live entertainment, demolition races, pig races, and so much more await all those who enter. There’s even a beer tent for all guests ages 21 or older to enjoy. (Must have a valid photo ID to enter, purchase, and/or drink alcohol.) Don’t be surprised if you see street performers strolling around. They might even choose to start their show right up in front of you.

Tickets for the 2018 Collier County Fair

Tickets for the 2018 Collier County Fair vary. An adult pass costs $10 per person (ages 12 and up). Kids ages 6 to 11 can get in for just $5 per person. All children under the age of six get in free every single day. Now, if you really want to take advantage of everything the fair has to offer, you may want to consider purchasing a Megapass. Purchase a ride armband for unlimited rides on everything but Speed and the Super Slide. Prices vary per day. For example, anyone visiting the fair today pays just $1 per ride. On Tuesday, armbands cost $12 per person. Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday visitors pay $20 per armband. On Friday, guests pay $25 per armband. And on Saturday (perhaps the busiest day of the fair), you’re going to pay $35 for a ride armband. Wednesday is Senior Day. All senior citizens pay just $5 per person from 2 pm to 5 pm with a valid ID. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or online at the Collier County Fair box office website.

The 2018 Collier County Fair happens come rain or shine. Luckily, we’re looking at mostly sunny skies for the rest of the week. Take the family. Have a blast. Enjoy your time at the fair now. After Sunday, it won’t be back until next spring.

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

2018 Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival

Living on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico, we enjoy fresh seafood year round. And our local chefs are second to none. So, when the Marco Island Sunrise Rotary Club wanted to raise money for their philanthropic endeavors back in 2007, it made sense that seafood should be a part of it. With the help of another local rotary club and the Kiwanis, this annual event quickly became a local favorite. A few years later, music was added into the mix. Now, more than 10,000 people come to the festival every year. The latest incarnation, the 2018 Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival, just may be the biggest event of its kind on Marco Island ever.

Help the Rotary & Kiwanis clubs continue their community programs by attending the 2018 Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival. You enjoy three days of fun. Our community and our children reaps the rewards.

What: 2018 Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival
Where: Veterans Community Park (901 Park Ave)
When: March 23rd & 24th 11 am to 9 pm, March 25th 11 am to 5 pm
Admission: $10 1-day pass, $16 2-day pass, $75 VIP 3-day pass
Contact: Marco Island Chamber (239) 394-7549

2018 Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival

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Naples’ own Bill’s Steak & Seafood restaurant signed up to bring lobster rolls and meals to the masses for the 2018 Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival for the first time. Marco Island’s own Pincher’s Crab House joins in with tasty chowders, crawdads, grouper, fresh fish, shrimp, stone crab, and crab cakes. Not much of a seafood fan? That’s OK. You’ll have plenty of other “landlubber” fare to choose from. A special Kids Zone opens at 11 am each day of the festival. After all, this is a family-friendly event. In the Kids Zone, children are free to do some rock climbing, play in the bounce house, slide down the giant inflatables, and work off their frenetic energy on the trampolines. Meanwhile, you get to shop to your heart’s content on vendor row. While musical acts keep guests entertained throughout the entire day, the headliners are the Ben Allen Band (Fri, 6 pm to 9 pm), Almost ABBA (Sat, 6 pm to 9 pm), and Deb & the Dynamics Band (Sun, 2 pm to 5 pm).

Tickets for the 2018 Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival

Whether you choose to come to just one day of the 2018 Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival or want to be present for all three days, there’s a ticket package for you! Single-day passes cost just $10 per adult (ages 12 & up). Receive a discount when you purchase a two-day pass for $16 per adult. But for the ultimate experience, spend $75 for a VIP ticket. VIPs receive special seating in a reserved tented area, $15 in food vouchers, four drink tickets, private restroom access, and a ticket for a cruise raffle. The VIP ticket is good for all three days of the festival. Kids under 12 years of age and parking are both free all three days of the festival. VIP tickets are in limited supply. Contact the Marco Island Chamber to find out how to purchase your ticket today.

Money raised from the 2018 Marco Island Seafood and Musical Festival helps fund local community and children’s programs sponsored by the Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs. So, not only do you get to have a great time, but you’ll be helping the community at the same time. Not a bad way to spend a lovely spring weekend here in Southwest Florida!

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

Enhancing Your Naples-Marco Island Home’s Curb Appeal

You’ll never have a second chance to make a first impression. This adage rings especially true when selling your home. If you want buyers knocking on your front door, you need to make sure your Naples-Marco Island home’s curb appeal strikes a stellar chord. To do that, you’ll need to know which areas draw a buyer’s eye upon first glance.

Most buyers turn to their computers first when searching for a new home. Your Naples-Marco Island home's curb appeal should be a top priority before you list.

Where to Concentrate Your Naples-Marco Island Home’s Curb Appeal Efforts

Landscape

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Your Naples-Marco Island home’s landscaping most likely makes up the majority of your home’s curb appeal. That’s because it tends to take up the most space. You want it to be visually appealing to buyers. First of all, make sure to keep your lawn mowed regularly. Also, trim your shrubs and check for weeds weekly. For a quick pop of color, add flower boxes to your front windows. If you need a major overhaul, consult your local nursery about what plants and flowers work best for your front lawn. Pay attention to the caretaking requirements of each. Keep lawn ornaments to a minimum. A beautiful birdbath says “I like nature”. Dozens of pink flamingos or garden gnomes do not.

Driveway

Next, your Naples-Marco Island home’s curb appeal can be hindered by an unkempt driveway or walkway. When weeding your flower bed and lawn, check for overgrowth or weeds in the separation between stones, concrete slabs or pavers. A cracked driveway creates a disheveled look. It may also form a tripping hazard for guests. If your driveway or walkways are too cracked or broken to repair, you may want to consider investing in replacing them completely. Make sure to keep the walkway to the front door completely clear of any overgrowth. And add high wattage bulbs to your exterior light fixtures.

Entryway

After you’ve tended to the landscaping and driveway, your next curb appeal efforts should be focused on the entryway. Does your door look a little tired? Paint it. Color coordinate it with your trim and/or shutters. Or, paint it a bright red for a pop of color all its own. Replace your welcome mat. A lovely water feature, potted plants, and hanging plants add a nice “homey” touch. If there’s room, include a rocking chair or two. Welcome visitors with a pretty wreath on the front door. Leafy ones with daisies, daffodils, and other blossoming blooms for spring. Bundles of twigs with sunflowers, autumn leaves, and berries for the fall. Make sure your doorbell works, too. If your light fixtures appear a bit worse for wear, replace them. And always add higher wattage bulbs for the outside.

Roof

Finally, an often overlooked area of importance for your Naples-Marco Island home’s curb appeal: the roof. Keep gutters clear of debris. It’s March. Your Chrismas lights should be taken down and stored neatly away by now. If you used clips to hang your lights and/or other holiday decorations, take them down. You want a nice clean look for buyers to see. And, if your roof needs mending, now’s the time to do it. Broken tiles and torn shingles can make even the newest of homes feel old and tired. And, buyers might worry about damage seeping inside through these cracks.

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

Questions Naples Buyers Should Ask When Considering a Home Purchase

Every home has its own unique quirks. Maybe a light switch for the dining room is located around the corner in the hall. Perhaps the deadbolt on your front door must be parallel to the door frame in order to be locked rather than perpendicular (opposite of what you’d expect). And maybe neighborhood noise kicks up every afternoon. But it tends to settle by evening time. The longer you live there, the more used to these eccentricities you become. A new owner could definitely benefit from this knowledge. Here are a few important questions Naples buyers should ask when considering a home purchase.

It's easy to overlook things when you find a house you're excited about. But, it's important that Naples buyers ask a few crucial questions when considering a home purchase.

What Naples Buyers Should Ask the Seller When Considering a Home Purchase

What Eccentricities Do I Need to Know About This House?

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For example, are there light switches or electrical outlets in unique places? Do any of the windows or doors stick when you open or close them? Does the thermostat actually kick on a few degrees higher/lower than where it is set at? Ask them if there is anything you should know that would make daily living a little easier in this Naples home. Of course, make sure any questions about the home’s quirks get asked before you do your final walkthrough.

How Does This Work?

While on the topic of questions Naples Buyers should ask before the final walkthrough, find out how the different electrical/electronic/”smart” features work. Just because you know how to operate your own thermostat at home doesn’t mean you know how this new one works. Are the sprinklers on a timer? Ask the seller or their representative to demonstrate how they operate. Same goes for the alarm system, intercom system, appliances, and anything else that you may not have ever used before. Of course, asking about these when you’re initially checking out a home may not be appropriate. These should probably be saved for after you’ve entered escrow but, before your final walkthrough.

What Problems With the House Have You Encountered in the Past?

Was there a leaky roof? Did a pipe burst under the sink? Did they ever have to deal with mold? Mice? Termites? How long ago were the problems discovered and what did they do to fix the situation? Florida law requires sellers to disclose any past or present issues with a property. And they can’t refuse to answer any questions Naples buyers ask if the homeowner actually knows the answer. Feel free to compare the answers they provide to your questions with what was or was not revealed in your official disclosure statement. If there’s a discrepancy, definitely bring it up to your REALTOR@.

What Do You Think of the Neighborhood?

When you’re considering a specific Naples home, I highly recommend driving around the neighborhood at different times of the day and days of the week. This gives you a sense of the day-to-day goings on in the area. But, Naples buyers also need to ask the seller how they feel about the neighborhood. Find out how they really feel about living there (both good and bad). Also, request their recommendations for the best coffee shop, bookstore, restaurant(s), grocery store, etc. This gives you a better sense of the community as well as helps you develop a bond with the seller themselves.

When searching for the perfect home, Naples buyers may get excited about amenities. But they often forget to ask about these specific things. When you’re ready to start looking for your next home, please contact me.

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

Naples Named Happiest and Healthiest City in the USA…Again

Orlando may house one of the happiest places on earth. But the healthiest? Not so much. This comes as no shock to anyone who lives here, but Naples/Immokalee/Marco Island made it to the top of the “Happiest and Healthiest Cities in the USA”…again. That makes two years in a row that our Naples community ranked #1 on the Well-Being Index. Should we tell people why?

For the second year in a row, our Naples community ranked #1 on the "Happiest and Healthiest Cities in the US" list, according to a report by Gallup-Sharecare.

How Did Naples Become the Happiest & Healthiest?

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Earlier this year, Gallup-Sharecare released their 2016 Community Well Being Rankings. They looked at almost 200 cities across the United States to determine who was the happiest and healthiest. They polled citizens of each city to find out how they felt about their community in general, how strong their social ties were with others, their financial security, their physical well-being, and whether they felt a sense of purpose in being a part of their community. For Naples, this was a no-brainer. We’re extremely proud of how well our community rallies around each other, especially in times of need. Art and nature both play a large part of life here. And our local economy thrives thanks to its support of small businesses in the area.

The only other Florida community to be named in the top 10 was Sarasota. Seven California cities made the top 25, by far the most of any state in the US. We are only one of three cities to make it in the top 10 “happiest and healthiest” since Gallup began their list almost 10 years ago. Boulder, CO and Provo, UT share this honor with us.

Top 10 Happiest & Healthiest Cities in the US (according to Gallup-Sharecare)

  1. Naples/Immokalee/Marco Island, FL
  2. Barnstable Town, MA
  3. Santa Cruz/Watsonville, CA
  4. Urban Honolulu, HI
  5. Charlottesville, VA
  6. North Port/Sarasota/Bradenton, FL
  7. San Luis Obispo/Paso Robles/Arroyo Grande, CA
  8. Lynchburg, VA
  9. Hilton Head Island/Buffton/Beaufort, SC
  10. Boulder, CO

Do you think we can make the list for an unprecedented third time in a row next year? We’ll find out when they release their results in the spring of 2018. I feel pretty confident. Do you?

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

Naples Botanical Garden Night Lights 2017

We may not enjoy white Christmases in Naples, but we certainly can celebrate “merry and bright”. At the Naples Botanical Garden Night Lights 2017, that’s exactly what you get. Between now and January 3rd, guests will be entertained by lights, live music, and much, much more.

Enjoy a magical winter wonderland right here in South Florida at the Naples Botanical Garden Night Lights 2017 event.

What: Naples Botanical Garden Night Lights 2017
Where: 4820 Bayshore Dr
When: Now through January 3rd (Closed 12/24/17, 12/25/17 & 12/31/17), 6 pm to 9 pm
Admission: $10/Adult Member, $20-$25/Adult Non-Member, $5/Child Member, $10-$15/Child Non-Member
Contact: Naples Botanical Garden (239) 643-7275 or via email

Naples Botanical Garden Night Lights 2017

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Throughout the next couple of weeks, the gardens close their doors at 5 pm for their regular guests. Then, it transforms itself into the magical Naples Botanical Garden Night Lights 2017. Thousands of twinkling lights illuminate the gardens, accentuating the already beautiful foliage found there. The Fogg Cafe remains open in case you find yourself in need of sustenance after wandering around the grounds. Patchouli and Terra Guitarra perform Christmas classics on their guitars most nights of the event. The Kelly and Mason Duo join them from time to time. Several fun holiday-themed activities are scheduled as well. You aren’t going to want to miss it!

Tickets for Naples Botanical Garden Night Lights 2017

Tickets cost $20 to $25 for adults and $10 to $15 for children, depending on the date and time you attend. Are you a member? Then you only pay $10 per adult and $5 per child no matter what day or time. If you’re not a Botanical Garden member, I highly suggest you become one. This is a great place to visit any time of year. All children ages three and under are free. You must purchase your tickets in advance for the Naples Botanical Garden Night Lights 2017 event. They will not be sold at the door. To do so, visit the Naples Botanical Gardens’ website here. Members must sign in to receive their discount.

Naples Botanical Garden Night Lights 2017 closes its doors just three days throughout its run: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. Otherwise, it’s open each and every day of the week. Tickets sell out pretty quickly. So, you’d better purchase yours today!

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