Category Archives: Amenities

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7 Luxurious Additions to Make to Your Colony Home

When you live in one of the gorgeous Colony homes, you’ve got the best of the best. Colony homes in Bonita Springs offer exceptional amenities and options for every taste. However, making your home truly yours is something every homeowner seeks. Putting your personal touch on your space can make your condo go from a Colony model to your home.

We have a list of seven luxurious additions that can accommodate your needs and really make your home a reflection of you. Read on to discover what luxurious additions you can add!

1. Wine Closet

Who doesn’t love a glass of wine?! After all, indulging in a glass of red wine daily can provide a number of health benefits. If you’re a wine connoisseur, keep your wine at your fingertips and stored properly in a custom wine closet. To create a true wine closet, you’ll want to make sure that you can control the temperature and humidity, as well as storing it away from UV light (this is what makes converting a closet an ideal location). You can create this yourself or hire a contractor to make your vision a reality. Houzz offers step-by-step instructions and images of some spectacular in-home wine closets that would be a perfect fit inside any Colony home. If wine isn’t your thing, there are number of other luxury options you can add to your home, so keep reading!

In-Home Theatre

An in-home theatre is a perfect addition to take advantage of rainy days or when you just need a time-out from the sun. Cuddling up on theatre style seating complete with top of the line audio and video can take simply watching a movie to a supreme theatre experience. This addition is also great for a night in with friends — catch up on the latest blockbuster hits, watch the classics, or even relive a time in your past by watching a home movie with the best quality sound and video. Nothing quite matches the rumble as you feel part of the action in your favorite action flick. You can create an in-home theatre environment by including video projection, premium sound, dimming lights, and the theatre seating of your choice. If you’re making it an entertainment space, elevate the back row for a true in-home movie-going experience!

Heated Floors

All Floridians know that the winter in Florida can still put a chill in the air. Despite the normally warm climate, rainy days in January can still make you close up the lanai and crank up the heat. And nothing beats getting out of a shower or bath and stepping out onto a warm floor! Whether you choose to install heated flooring in just your bathroom or throughout your Colony home, heating flooring is beneficial not just from a luxury standpoint — it also can help you feel comfortable and warm. Living in comfort is certainly a must-have!

Towel Warmer

Speaking of comfort, adding a towel warmer will give you that warm, just out of the dryer feeling every time you step out of the shower or bath. Pamper yourself with a towel warmer that reflects your personality — there are a variety of styles to choose from. You can have a free-standing towel warmer, one hardwired and installed in the wall, or you can even have a tucked away towel warming drawer. For open towel warmers, you can add in a modern flair or keep it classic looking. There really is an option for everyone!

Kitchen Improvements

From upgrading your entire kitchen to a chef’s kitchen or adding in simple luxuries, kitchen upgrades are sure to please everyone. Gourmet kitchens are an excellent option for those who enjoy cooking, but if you don’t plan on cooking large meals regularly, these features will surely be a waste of money. Opt for the upgrades you know you’ll use, like a touchless water faucet or flush countertop steamer. Your kitchen is also an excellent place to display your natural side. Install eco-friendly features like bamboo flooring or countertops or cork flooring and help out the environment while making a statement. If you don’t want to scream green, you can still upgrade your appliances (if they aren’t energy efficient already) or add in a recycling center conveniently into your existing cabinets.

Wireless Home Automation

Wireless home automation might be an improvement for the tech-savvy homeowners, but it really can be a benefit for everyone. Most of these systems are quite user-friendly, so even the technically challenged can find it’s a breeze to use. Wireless home automation allows you to control everything in your home from a smartphone or tablet. This is a phenomenal feature, especially for Colony residents who like to travel and want to check in on their home while they’re away. You can also just install the parts that matter most, like smart thermostats, and reap in the benefits of being energy efficient, or you can make your outlets and switches wirelessly controlled. The options are really endless, and this is also a great feature to add to your home theatre.

Details! Feature Lighting & Hardware

Your hardware and lighting choices are simple details that are often overlooked. You can really show off your personality in a subtle way by incorporating lighting fixtures and hardware that echo your sense of style. For example, the kitchen is an excellent place to install feature lighting to show off your dishes or illuminate your latest cooking creation. Additionally, knobs, pulls, and handles are everywhere in your home and offer the perfect opportunity for you to incorporate a touch of you. Selecting high-end, yet classic hardware can show a refined taste. Or, if you’re more whimsical, splurge on exciting or fun pulls, like silverware in the kitchen, etc. This is your chance to show off your style, whether it’s modern, traditional, luxe, or minimal! You’ll be amazed at what a big difference such a small touch can do!

Make a House a Home

At the end of the day, your home in the Colony should be just that — your home.  Make additions to your home to personalize it, increase comfort, and make you happy. By adding luxurious items like the above, we hope you’ll find that your home is your happy place. After all, nothing beats easy living! Which items will you be adding?


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Beach Essentials: What to Bring for the Perfect Beach Day

One of the things that Bonita Springs is best known for is its beautiful beaches. Though Southwest Florida surely has some stiff competition when it comes to beaches, Bonita Beach is one of the best spots to enjoy a picture-perfect beach day. As summer approaches, it’s important that you bring all of the essentials for a relaxing day on the sand.

What to Bring for a Perfect Beach Day

It’s that time of the year! Though it may be getting hotter, it’s also approaching the time where locals can best enjoy a comfy spot on Bonita Beach. If you’re ready for a day at the beach, don’t forget to bring the essentials:

  • Sunscreen – To avoid sun damage, make sure that you apply sunscreen before you head to the beach, and reapply throughout the day.
  • Lip Protector – Many people forget to protect their lips from sun exposure. Bring a lip protectant with an SPF to avoid damage from the UV rays.
  • Summer Gear – With the heat at its peak, you’ll need to bring appropriate summer gear to keep you cool and protected from the sun. Wearing a light colored t-shirt or swimsuit cover-up, sunglasses, and a hat with a brim help protect your skin, while also keeping you cool.
  • Funds for Parking – Don’t forget to bring money for parking! At Bonita Beach, parking fees are $2/hour, and are strictly enforced at the designated parking locations. If you’re a resident, you can purchase a parking sticker for Lee County parks online at leeparks.org.
  • Water – In order to get the most out of your beach visit, it’s important to hydrate throughout the day, especially in the summer heat. Bring bottles of water or a plastic container for your drink as glass is not allowed on Bonita Beach.
  • Your Friends and Family – What better way to make your beach day the best than spending it with the people you love!

Now that you’ve got your essentials, you’re ready to head to the beach! With the weather getting a bit hotter, you’ll want to make sure that you visit during the cooler hours of the day. The best time to go to the beach in the summer is the morning hours. That way, you can avoid being exposed to UV rays when the sun is at its peak. This is also the best time to avoid the Florida summer showers.

Enjoy the Beach without All of the Crowds

Does the idea of access to a private beach appeal to you? This is just one of the many amenities that residents of The Colony Golf and Bay Club can enjoy. At The Colony’s private beach park, you’ll need not worry about funds for parking or any of the other hassles that come from visiting a public beach. The Pelican Landing Beach Park is available exclusively to residents of The Colony and their guests.

If you’re interested in finding out more about one of Southwest Florida’s most thriving lifestyle communities, contact Jill Kushner today. Jill is an experienced real estate agent who loves helping new homebuyers find the perfect home at The Colony in Bonita Springs.

What are your favorite beach supplies? Share them in the comments below!


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Season’s Winding Down: Summer Events for Full-Time Colony Residents

Just because season is winding down doesn’t mean that you have to. There are plenty of wonderful summer events available to full-time residents of The Colony. If you’re looking for something to do this summer, look no further.

Travel Club

Are you interested in seeing all the sights that Switzerland has to offer? The Travel Club will be taking a spectacular trip this summer to see Scenic Switzerland by Train from July 31 – August 8. This memorable 9 day trip, includes visits to Zermatt, Lucerne, Montreaux, Zurich, and St. Moritz. For more information, email PLTravelClub@aol.com.

Canoeing & Kayaking

Both new and experienced paddlers in The Colony are always able to enjoy the natural beauty of Southwest Florida from a kayak or canoe at the Colony Kayak & Canoe Park. Don’t miss the last sunset/moonrise paddle of the season on May 4. You can sign up for the long paddle at 6:45 p.m. or the short paddle at 7:30 p.m.

Butterfly Garden

If you are interested in gardening or enjoy butterflies, then join the weekly garden gathering at the Butterfly Garden every Wednesday from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. This gardening group is always in need of volunteers to maintain the garden and keep the ecosystem healthy. Every Wednesday you can meet others who share your passion and use your knowledge and experience to help the garden thrive.

Sports Club

If you are looking to stay active this summer, there are plenty of opportunities to get together with friends for a game of golf or a tennis match at The Colony. There are multiple sports events offered by the club throughout the summer, which offer you the opportunity to meet others and keep your game sharp. Not a golfer or a tennis player? If you like cycling, the Cycling club meets every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning for a fun and refreshing group ride.

Other Colony Activities

Here are some other fun activities taking place this summer:

  • Mosaics Class: If you’ve been looking for a way to exercise your creativity, sign up for the Stained Glass Mosaics Class on May 7 from 1 to 3 p.m. If you have never worked with glass before, have no fear. The instructor will guide you through each step of the process.
  • Lunch Brunch: Who doesn’t love great food at a waterfront restaurant? On May 20, a group will be leaving at 11:30 a.m. for a fun lunch brunch at Coconut Jack’s.
  • Mah Jongg: If you like to play Mah Jongg (at the intermediate level), join the group on Mondays and Thursdays at 1 p.m. for a fun game with friends.

Find Your Place at The Colony Golf & Bay Club

Want to get in on the fun? There is always something exciting going on at The Colony Golf & Bay Club. Both in and out of season, this community offers a variety of activities for its residents. If you want to live in a vibrant community like The Colony, contact Jill Kushner to see what you’ve been missing!


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4 Helpful Tips for New Kayakers & Canoers

Are you new to kayaking or canoeing? Participating in these water activities can be a great way to stay active while also enjoying the beautiful Florida scenery. If you live in The Colony, you do not have to go very far to enjoy these fun Florida activities. Along with 34 acres of white sand beaches, The Colony Bay Beach Park also offers a Back Water Bay Canoe Park. If you have been wanting to try canoeing or kayaking, but haven’t gotten the chance to get out on the water yet, have no fear!

If you’re a new kayaker or canoer, you may not know where to start. Use these tips to help you get started and enjoy some fun in the sun:

Go Canoeing and Kayaking With Friends

The best way to learn how to kayak or canoe is to practice, and practice is much more fun when you can enjoy the activity in the company of others. Bring your spouse or find a friend who is also interested in learning how to kayak or canoe. If you have friends who are experienced, ask them to show you the ropes. If not, learn together!

Join (or Create) a Community Canoe or Kayak Group

One of the best ways to stay motivated and continue to spend time on the water is to find a local kayak or canoe group. Here, you can meet others who enjoy these activities, including experienced paddlers who can give you some pointers. At The Colony in Pelican Landing, we have a number of residents that enjoy the occasional kayak/canoe season. Find others in the community who enjoy these activities and make kayaking or canoeing a weekly or monthly event.

Take a Canoe or Kayak Paddling Lesson

If you’re new to canoeing or kayaking, your first paddle might be a little daunting. The Colony Kayak & Canoe Park offers a first time paddle training session for those who have not yet been out on the water. During this training session, you can learn the basics of paddling and build your confidence so that you’re ready to get paddling.

Enjoy a Guided Canoe or Kayak Session

Southwest Florida offers many opportunities for guided canoe or kayak tours. These tours are led by seasoned paddlers who can teach you the basics while showing you the natural beauty of Florida. If you live at The Colony, you don’t have to go far for a guided paddle experience. These sunset/moonrise paddles are regularly scheduled throughout the season, but as the season comes to a close, the last paddle will take place on May 4, with a long paddle at 6:45 p.m. and a short paddle at 7:30 p.m.

Are You Ready to Enjoy the Best Kayaking in The Colony?

Imagine having these activities right in your own backyard. The Colony Bay & Golf Club offers this and more as part of its offering of luxury amenities. To find out more about how you can enjoy the best that Bonita Springs has to offer, contact Jill Kushner today!