Naples-Marco Island Area Travel Guide
July 6, 2010
Naples and Marco Island offer a variety of great shopping experiences, like the idyllic Tin City or great downtown shopping on Fifth Avenue South.
August 14, 2010
POSTCARDS FROM FLORIDA
As I learned on a road trip in June, you have to cope with the elements to take an eco-tour of the Florida Everglades.
August 2, 2009
It was about the third time floating through Clam Pass that all the stress and tension began to flow away with the outgoing tide.
February 22, 2009
No one is wearing Mickey Mouse ears. No girls are going wild.
March 2, 2003
When I tire of mall shopping on South Florida's east coast, I get on Alligator Alley and head to the west coast and Fifth Avenue South on Saturday and Third Street South on Sunday.
August 17, 2003
This year's Gathering of the Florida Humanities Council took place in Everglades City. The "city" in Everglades City is, of course, a grand pretense applied to this burg of fewer than 500 people that's miles from anyplace urban. The real Everglades city is Miami. Before getting drained and filled, almost the entire 150 blocks west of today's 27th Avenue were swamp, dipping from the Atlantic Ridge almost clear to Naples.
December 22, 2002
This Gulf-side town has become a sophisticated retreat with boutiques, galleries, stylish restaurants, stately mansions and two Ritz Carltons. It boasts more millionaires per capita than any other city in the state and more golf courses too.
One of the things I love about Florida is that there are also places where you can escape the mall culture and return to the Old Florida, to cypress swamps and wildlife refuges where birds of every color congregate and alligators bask on sunny embankments.
Naples' Inn on Fifth is hardly a lil' old mom and pop B&B, but then Naples is not exactly a lil' old back country crossroads. And its Fifth Avenue is certainly not just another row of strip mall shops. After all, the Inn on Fifth has a prominent bank in its lineage.
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