February, 2016, in Naples, Florida

Karen and I travelled to Naples Florida in February of 2016 for our Winter get-away vacation. We spent some time researching where to stay and what to do, and especially where we could play golf. We ended up on the VRBO website and found the Naples Bay Resort, and a condo owned by a very nice person named June Prophet. We rented the condo and June helped us further by letting us play at two private courses of which she is a member. More about golf later.

Naples Bay Resort is beautiful and our condo was exactly what we had hoped for. Our condo had three bedrooms (we only used the master bed room, which had a huge bathroom with a giant shower). We had a living room, dining room, kitchen, and patio. Our exterior was bordered by a thick treeline ensuring total privacy, with our front view into the courtyard. We were on the second floor, and we had quiet and privacy. The condo was equiped with everything one might think of. Everything was clean and top grade. There was large screen HDTV with DVR in the living room and master, and smaller TVs in the other two bedrooms. We had built-in WiFi. Everything was on Comcast, so we were very familiar with the channel lineup and so on.

The Naples Bay Resort - resort rooms, condos, and the marina; and one of the pools (the one we used most):
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A view of the Naples Bay Resort Marina Naples Bay Resort Pool

A beautiful entrance illustrating the degree of care in the resort:

The resort was a short walk to the old city downtown of Naples - where you wanted to be in the evening. On the walk, we passed the wharf area known as "Tin City", which was full of hip on-wharf restaurants and little shops. While we could walk into downtown, the resort provided a limo to take us and pick us up from dinner or whatever/whereever we wanted to go. We utilized the limo, which was really a very nice Mercedes van with drivers who were upbeat, helpful, and fun.

We ate dinners in town mostly, at Yubba Grill on Fifth Avenue, T-Michael’s Steak and Seafood on the water in Naples, proper, Campiello’s on Third Street for an excellent Italian dinner, Felipe’s Taqueria for a surprisingly great informal Mexican meal, Citrus on Fifth Avenue for an elegant dinner with wonderful service, and funky little Greek place for an informal dinner, finally, Ridgway on Third for another sumptuous meal.

Chuck on Naples Pier; and the Naples Beach:
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Chuck on Naples Pier Naples Beach

Karen at Yubba Island Grill (our first night):
Karen on Marco Island

We golfed three days at three different courses:

We liked all three courses, and thought The Rookery with all its water was the best to play of them. On The Hammonck Bay course we played with another couple, delightful folks with whom we had lunch afterwards. The Rookery was a shotgun start because of an upcoming tournament. Lely was played with another couple, who was another delightful pair. All in all, great golf and fun.

The view at Hammock Bay Golf Course; Karen at Hammock Bay:
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Golf at Hammock Bay Karen at Hammock Bay

Chuck at The Rookery:
Chuck at The Rookery

We of course when down to Marco Island to make that tour, as well. Much of Marco Island seems over-developed to me, but it has its beauty. We played with a big old Albatross for a while, and drove around to look at things, walked on the beach and so on.

Karen at Marco Island; Chuck at Marco Island:
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Karen at Marco Island Chuck at Marco Island

All in all, a great trip and a great break from the bleakness of mid-winter in the North.

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