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!

Second Home Buyers & Retirees: Why buying a home in a community with Amenities is important.

Naples and Bonita Springs, Florida are rich with gated communities. A well-planned community offers a variety of housing choices, and of course, amenities.

But how do you decide which community is right for you? I always tell clients I work with that price, floor plan and location are important, but so are the community’s amenities.

To help you through the process, here are some of the main benefits you should look for when looking for a second home or seasonal retirement home within a gated community:

Architectural integrity – A planned community incorporates master architectural guidelines for the homes, which ensures that neighborhoods have a unified theme with enough variations to complement one another. In other words, it’s not cookie cutter. The Colony’s high-rise towers, mid-rises and custom single-family homes were built with the highest standards of design aesthetic and quality.

Amenities to enhance quality of life – Master-planned communities offer homes or high-rise condo’s that don’t require much maintenance coupled with amenities that make it easy to enjoy free time with friends and neighbors. Amenities will vary by community and may include golf, tennis, a Country Club, dining, social events, and canoe park just to name a few.

Sense of community – Many master-planned communities have these on-site amenities to make life’s daily activities easy and convenient. These amenities help to foster a strong sense of community, since fellow residents get to know one another through neighborhood activities and events.

The residents of the Colony Golf & Bay Club have a host of amazing amenities at their fingertips. Best part is, they don’t have to sacrifice space by settling on a smaller floor plan. The high-rises and single-family homes at The Colony offer spacious, open floor plans perfect for guests or entertaining, plus high ceilings, state-of-the-art appliances and custom cabinetry to reflect their individual personality.

Are you looking for a second home or seasonal home? Contact me today!

Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle this Summer

It doesn’t matter if you’re still running your own business or retired, staying healthy is important. And summer is the best time to be active since there’s so much to do.

Many of my clients here at The Colony Golf & Bay Club are wise when it comes to growing their financial nest egg. What impresses me most is their investment in their own health  – which ensures that secure retirement down the road.

I gathered up some of the activities that Colony residents shared with me on how they are staying fit and active this summer:

  •  Playing Golf – It’s the perfect sport that keeps your mind sharp and keeps you moving. According to research presented in a recent article, burning 2,500 calories a week can greatly reduce the risks of heart disease, diabetes and cancer.  As such, it is easy to see how playing more rounds of golf – at The Colony Golf & Country Club of course! – can factor into a healthy lifestyle.
  • Tennis – It keeps you healthy, fit and in shape, so it’s also the sport for a longer lifetime. Grab a friend and your racquet and get to the courts. You’ll see that tennis can be just the fitness vehicle you’ve been looking for.
  •  Water Aerobics – This is a great activity to do with friends in a class setting. It’s also a great stress reliever plus, in the water, you’re weightless so you get a good workout without straining your muscles.
  •  Swimming Laps – People of all ages can enjoy swimming as a workout since it is a low impact sport that protects joints from damage. It’s also a great cardiovascular workout, helps exercise your lungs, and promotes weight loss!
  • Exercising your brain – Like every other part of your body, you brain needs regular exercise to stay healthy. While residents at The Colony are quite active, they also enjoy activities that work up a mental sweat like dancing, playing Bridge or Mahjong, playing a musical instrument, doing crossword puzzles, and reading.
  • Stay socially active – Having networks of family and friends is associated with better mental and physical health and lower death rates. And it’s easy to be social here in Southwest Florida. Sitting down to a nice meal in Naples or Bonita Springs, accompanied by several companions and a stimulating discussion while music plays in the background just might be the ticket to better brain health!

What activities are you taking part in to stay healthy this summer?