Category Archives: Dining

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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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Best Places for Brunch in Bonita Springs

Category : Dining , Lifestyle

As summer approaches, it’s time to wind down and cool off. What better way to relax in paradise than enjoying a nice summer Sunday brunch? Southwest Florida boasts some of the finest restaurants, and I’ve put together my top choices for the best brunch places in Bonita Springs.

Angelina’s Ristorante

Hours: Sundays, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Location: 24041 U.S. 41 S., Bonita Springs, FL

Contact (239) 390-3187

You may already know and love Angelina’s for its fantastic upscale dinner options, but did you know their brunch is just as good? Angelina’s offers a buffet style Sunday brunch with an assortment of delectable options, including frittatas topped with parmesan, spinach and tomato, as well as a variety of meats, cheeses, marinated vegetables, fresh fruit, and desserts. With unlimited champagne, mimosas, and Bloody Mary’s, this is an adult brunch, you just can’t miss!

Survey Café

Hours: Sundays, 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Location: 10530 Wilson St., Bonita Springs, FL

Contact: (239) 992-2233

The Survey Café offers more than just delicious food. This historic house turned café is an excellent place to meet friends for a brunch with a Southern flair. The simple menu options are made with only the freshest ingredients. Though the specials are always changing, ongoing menu options include a variety of breakfast choices, sandwiches, soups, salads, and classic French baguette sandwiches.

Tarpon Bay

Hours: Sundays, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Location: 5001 Coconut Road, Bonita Springs, FL (Hyatt Regency Coconut Point)

Contact: (239) 390-4295

Tarpon Bay’s Sunday Brunch is another great option for those who are looking to treat themselves to an extravagant brunch buffet. This brunch includes complimentary champagne, mimosas, and belinis, as well as live music entertainment. Menu options include classic items like stuffed French toast and cage-free egg omelet, as well as surf and turf entrees for those with an appetite! If you plan on enjoying Tarpon Bay’s Sunday brunch, you should make a reservation because this popular brunch tends to sell out!

Enjoy Sunday Brunch in Bonita Springs Every Sunday

Bonita Springs is a luxury location that offers plenty of dining and entertainment options for year-round and seasonal residents alike. If you want to purchase your next home in the Bonita Springs area, contact Jill Kushner. Jill is an experienced real estate professional who has been working in the area since 1984. She specializes in helping people find the perfect homes in The Colony. What are you waiting for? Find your own little piece of paradise in Bonita Springs today!

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Thanksgiving Entertaining Ideas

Turkey - Thanksgiving Entertaining IdeasFor anyone who has hosted Thanksgiving dinner at his or her home before, it can be a stressful undertaking.  Whether you’re hosting it at your home in Florida or at your northern residence, expectations are high. The food has to be great, the table should look beautiful and you still have to find time to entertain your guests. Well don’t fret! Here are some steps to help you work out the details of both your meal, and the holiday table. The only thing this won’t do is stop giving you nightmares about forgetting to defrost the turkey in time.

Make a Plan

  • Something that has always worked for me is finalizing the menu well in advance. That way you know what you’re going to be serving.
  • If you want to try new recipes, perhaps only do one or two. Have a dry run of the new recipes before the day to reduce any surprises and to see if the recipe is going to be a good match.
  • Another great idea is creating a timetable of the things that need to be done on Thanksgiving Day. I’ve been at gatherings before where the host doesn’t really know when dinner will be served. Hours go by and guests start to get grumpy. So for starters, determine what time you want to sit down to eat and work from there.
  • Identify what needs to be done and at what time.
  • Prepare your grocery list ahead of time. There’s nothing like getting home after grocery shopping and realizing you forgot a key ingredient for the meal. Instead of having to call someone last minute and asking “can you pick up a few more sweet potatoes on the way over?” make sure you go through your recipes and write everything down. And above all, don’t forget the turkey!

Arrange Your Table

An attractive table requires giving a little forethought to individual place settings, serving pieces, and flower arrangements. I typically like going online or even on Pinterest to get some ideas on how to arrange my Thanksgiving table. I’ve gathered some quick links that may provide some inspiration.

Day of: Don’t Stress

  • Try cooking in advance of the big day. Start preparing desserts and side dishes a few days before Thanksgiving if you can. This will help you space out the holiday cooking and keep you from getting worn out.
  • Assign people tasks – have someone in charge of drinks, another for taking the food to the table, someone for cleaning up, etc. Remember, you should enjoy this day too.

Give Thanks and Dig In!

After all the planning, prepping, and stressing, this day is about giving thanks and being with family and friends. So raise your glass, give a toast, enjoy yourself amongst your guests – and enjoy the feast you just created!

Now, for those of you who prefer dining out on Thanksgiving, The Colony Golf & Country Club hosts a Thanksgiving buffet that is sure to make your mouth water. Arrive hungry, leave satiated. From 1-4 p.m. you are your family will enjoy a variety of delicious food from golden roasted turkey with traditional cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes to oven-seared tenderloin of beef and cavatelli pasta Provencal. Best of all you don’t have to clean up after the feast! For reservations call 239-390-4702.

Have any other entertaining ideas you’d like to share? Leave your comments.

I wish all of you as well as my Colony friends a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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Uncovering your Dream Home in Bonita Springs, Florida

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Searching for a new or second home is easier once you understand what’s most important to you. I always tell clients who are considering moving to The Colony Golf & Bay Club that it’s best to organize your thoughts by writing down what you absolutely need in a new or second home, and what you don’t. After all, buying a home whether it be here at The Colony in Florida or elsewhere, is a huge decision. Here’s a good list to help you narrow down your decisions:

Look at the Community

  • Variety of architectural styles (vs. cookie cutter homes)
  • Natural lush landscaping
  • Walking and biking trails
  • Amenities like golf, tennis, and swimming
  • Activities and social events
  • Sense of community
  • People my age

Look at the Location

  • Beach access
  • Quick drive to shopping and dining
  • Access to theater, museums, and nightlife
  • Proximity to airports and public transportation
  • Quality school system (for families)

Determine the type of Home Structure

  • Single family or high-rise home
  • One- or two-car garage
  • Home office
  • Guest bedroom/bath
  • Formal living room
  • Eat-in kitchen
  • Patio or lanai
  • Bonus room

Think about Your Living Style

  • Low maintenance (high-rise homes)
  • Private land for tending a garden, making home improvements (single-family homes)
  • Gourmet appliances
  • Outdoor living area
  • View (Gulf of Mexico, natural preserve or Golf Course)
  • Light and bright
  • Lots of shade
  • Onsite amenities without leaving your home

I’d love to take you on a tour of The Colony, so feel free to contact me today. Happy Dream Home Hunting!