Dining: Best Oysters in Naples

Living on the Gulf means you’re all but required to love fresh seafood. Raw oysters have become one of my favorites to order in the months with “R”—even though it took a little while to get over the appearance of them—and luckily, Southwest Florida offers plenty of places to indulge. Read more…

Travel: Girls’ Weekend in St. Petersburg, Florida

One of the things I love about Naples is that it’s only a short drive away from so many great vacation spots, making it fairly easy and inexpensive to plan little getaways, whether with my husband or for a girls’ weekend. Every year, my lovely friend Cori Sue escapes the snow and heads south to spend Christmas in the St. Petersburg area, which gives me the perfect excuse to head north for a few days of sun, shopping and good ol’ gossip. Read more…

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The New Naples: Naples Winter Wine Festival’s First-Ever Online Auction

A few things signify season in Naples is well underway: hordes of Midwestern license plates clogging our roads and parking lots (making the two, at times, interchangeable); all but required restaurant reservations (we miss you, summer dining specials); and the buzz surrounding the ultra swanky Naples Winter Wine Festival (which has, consequently, already sold out). Read more…

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Wellness: Outdoor Yoga Classes in Naples

It was the promise of yoga in a lovely-sounding spot called the Caribbean Garden, beneath palm trees and a much-needed dose of vitamin D after too much time in the office lately, that finally drew me to Naples Botanical Garden on Sunday for Bala Vinyasa Yoga studio’s Yoga in the Garden class.
Plus: More out-of-the-ordinary options for taking your yoga practice outdoors. Read more…

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Date Night at: The Continental

I had been counting the days until the opening of The Continental. It’s the latest from D’Amico—the restaurant group behind Masa, Lurcat and Campiello—and it’s touted as steakhouse meets gastro pub in a fabulous indoor and outdoor setting. Accurate, I decided, within about a minute. Read more…

Social: Purple Party, The Shelter Next Generation Committee

The Shelter Next Generation Committee’s third annual Purple Party brought a splash of color to Ridgway’s on Oct. 3 as guests sampled a selection of wines and hors d’oeuvres pairings and bid on silent auction items to benefit The Shelter’s mission to provide advocacy, counseling and other programs for victims of domestic violence. Read more…

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The Guide: Where to Volunteer Is Live!

One question we get a lot: “Where do all the young people volunteer?” We polled our ever-generous readers and came up with our newest Guide, Where to Volunteer, to highlight the best-loved nonprofits in Southwest Florida among the young professional set. Read more…

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