The Top 5 Travel Destinations for 2016

When you live in The Colony, chances are, every day is a vacation. You’ve got every amenity at your disposal – from private beach

access and a community boat launch to top notch golfing, everything you could ever want is available at The Colony. The surrounding area in Bonita Springs also offers excellent shopping and fine dining options. However, nothing can beat a change of pace. Getting out and exploring what the United States has to offer beyond Florida can bring you the memories of a lifetime and experiences you won’t forget. Read on to find out about the top 5 travel destinations that are perfect for those looking to get away!

#1: New York

NEW YORK CITY – If you’re looking for the excitement of a big city, look no further than New York City! You certainly won’t run out of things to do with all that The Big Apple has to offer. There is a myriad of well-known museums, theatres and operas, like Carnegie Hall and The Metropolitan Opera. For any American, visiting the 9/11 Memorial is sure to be a moving and memorable experience as well. On a lighter note, you could pack a picnic and experience gorgeous Central Park, or get dinner and drinks and feel the buzz of Times Square.  You will also have to visit the historic Statue of Liberty to round out your visit. And we would be remiss if we didn’t mention taking in the views of the gargantuan skyscrapers of Wall Street, too! And this is just a snippet of what you could do in New York!

THE HAMPTONS –  If you’re thinking of a change of scenery that’s not quite as action packed and more on the relaxing side, look no further than the Hamptons. Experience a different kind of beach while still enjoying the comforts of luxury. There are still plenty of activities to do — golfing, fishing, kayaking are just a few things you can do in this top notch vacation destination. Sip on some wine while touring the vineyards. In the Hamptons, you can eat some of the best seafood that the east coast has to offer, all while in the company of people who like to enjoy the finer things in life.

#2: Hawaii

OAHU & KAUAI – Hawaii brings a tropical paradise that is unlike any beach destination on the mainland. Whether you’re visiting the popular Oahu or the less populated Kauai to take in stunning views, there are endless options to satisfy anyone’s vacation tastes. You can be active and go hiking amongst the volcanoes and waterfalls or experience underwater sea life with some of the best spots for snorkeling and scuba diving. You can simply relax on the beach or take advantage of health spas in the area, too. With all the entertainment opportunities, you’ll be able to experience whatever you like — restaurants, shopping, and nightlife options are endless! Hawaii tops almost any vacation destination list because it’s really got everything!

#3: Colorado

ASPEN/VAIL – If you started out as a snowbird and are now living in The Colony permanently, you might miss a touch of snow from time to time. The perfect cure for that itch is to visit the slopes in Vail or Aspen, Colorado! Take in the views of the Rockies while cruising down the slopes.  Although Vail offers more challenging slopes than Aspen, Aspen can add a historical dimension to your trip— visit the mining museums while you’re there to add to your experience!

#4: Nevada

LAS VEGAS – Viva, Las Vegas! Trade in laying on the beach for getting waited on poolside, and once the sun goes down, you can hit up the strip. There are endless casinos, shows, and dining options at your fingertips. Take a tour of the strip or walk it yourself — you’ll never get bored! You’ve also got access to excellent spas and shopping, so this can be a perfect trip for guys and gals alike!

If you’ve had enough of the nonstop flashing lights and never-ending nightlife, take a short trip over to the Grand Canyon and experience it by helicopter! You’ll never be able to get the breathtaking views on land, but it’s definitely a trip for those with easy flying legs. Do more than just the strip and experience nature’s wonders!

#5: Tennessee

Get out there and see something different! Just a short trip away, Tennessee offers majestic mountains and some unbeatable vacation destinations that are just a short trip away.

NASHVILLE – If you’re a fan of country music, Nashville is a must — see a show at the Grand Ole Opry and visit the Country Music Hall of Fame. Have a fun time exploring downtown Nashville, which offers shopping, excellent restaurants, and exciting nightlife. Discover new artists while listening to live country music at any of the honky tonks in the area! Music City is sure to be a pleaser for country music fans and novices alike, and it’s a perfect destination for an extended weekend stay!

MEMPHIS – Similarly, if you’re an Elvis or blues fan, Memphis is also a great spot to visit. Have a blast on Beale Street, visit Sun Studios and Graceland, and experience the National Civil Rights Museum, which is located at the Lorraine Motel.

GATLINBURG – Gatlinburg is also sure to hit the spot of those seeking more out of their vacation than beaches and traditional tourist destinations. Get adventurous in Tennessee — go whitewater rafting, zip lining, hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains, camping, and more. When you’re ready for a break from all the activity, take home a mason jar of Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine at their distillery in Gatlinburg.

Get Out and Travel!

If you’re looking to get away, the bottom line is that you’ve got a pick a place that aligns with your interests. What are you hoping to experience and how do you envision your vacation? These are some great options, but it’s a big world out there — get exploring!

Get Involved: Top Nonprofits in Bonita Springs & Naples

One of the best parts about living in Bonita Springs and Naples is that there are a number of things to do — whether you want to relax by the beach, play a round of golf, go shopping or eat out at any of the excellent restaurants in the area, the list is endless. However, when you live a vacation lifestyle, you may develop a desire to do more than just relax. Finding activities in which you can help others can be gratifying and rewarding. This idea is supported by Stephanie Watson, who writes for Harvard Health Publications. She explains that volunteering your time can reward you with both physical and mental health benefits — meaning that individuals who volunteer can experience lower blood pressure and a longer lifespan while thwarting loneliness and depression. It also just feels good to give back!

Here are some options to get involved — the names of each nonprofit link to their volunteer page:

Help People

Literacy Council Gulf Coast

Bonita Springs, FL

If you’d rather not work with animals, the Literacy Council Gulf Coast is a great option to help adults and children improve their literacy. This nonprofit focuses on helping individuals in the immediate area, and you can volunteer your time by sharing stories, tutoring, or helping out with various other activities for the Council.

Cafe of Life

Bonita Springs, FL

Help out the less fortunate with the Cafe of Life, a nonprofit that focuses on assisting and meeting the needs of people in the community with nutritional and supplemental support. You can volunteer to be a cook or server or you can help deliver/pick up groceries. There are also options to help with administrative support. “Care, Share, and Serve” your fellow man!

Bonita Community Health Center

Bonita Springs, FL

The Bonita Springs Community Health Center is a nonprofit that offers a variety of healthcare services to people in the community. They rely on the help from volunteers to keep day to day operations running and to provide health care services. They try to match volunteers with their greatest interest. Contact them directly for more information on how you can help.

Centers for the Arts

Bonita Springs

The Centers for the Arts in Bonita Springs is an excellent nonprofit organization for you to volunteer your time — no special skills needed! Get immersed in the performing and visual arts environment by helping The Centers for the Arts, a nonprofit that seeks to enrich the lives of people in the community through art education, expression and appreciation. You can participate in special events, greet visitors, serve on committees, answer phones and assist with community outreach programs. Additionally, Centers for the Arts also has opportunities to volunteer that don’t require you to be gregarious and outspoken. You can help out the Centers by making copies, filing and entering data, or completing research.

Join a Cause

Habitat for Humanity – ReStore

Ft. Myers, FL

If you have time to volunteer, Habitat for Humanity ReStore offers a multitude of opportunities for people with a variety of skills. From their website, volunteer opportunities include: Driver Helper, Donation Processing, Handyman, Facilities Maintenance, Dispatcher, Social Media, and Volunteer Coordinator. Contact Habitat for Humanity to learn more and to find out how you can contribute.

SUSAN G. KOMEN SWFL

Bonita Springs, FL

Become an advocate for breast cancer awareness and volunteer with the Susan G. Komen Southwest Florida organization. You can volunteer to help out in the office, health care fairs, and help with marketing or as an organizer. You can also participate in or help out the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

Make-a-Wish Foundation Southern Florida

Bonita Springs, FL

The Make-a-Wish Foundation is responsible for orchestrating and making the dreams of children with life-threatening medical conditions come true. Be a part of something special and participate as an airport greeter, office volunteer, speaker, special events volunteer, or wish granter!

Help Animals

Humane Society – Naples

Naples, FL

If you love dogs and/or cats, you can make a difference in their lives by volunteering at the Humane Society in Naples. You can donate your time and help care for the animals who are being housed and cared for at the shelter by helping with daily operations, education and outreach (shelter tours and social enrichment opportunities), or acting as a canine coach or female ambassador (handling animals in the kennels, at events, and at the mall location).  You can also foster dogs or work special events and assist with the mobile adoption bus. There’s plenty of things to do within the shelter and outside that can benefit the animals in its care.

Naples Equestrian Challenge

Naples, FL

Naples Equestrian Challenge is a nonprofit organization that offers therapeutic horseback riding to adults and children with disabilities of Collier County. You don’t have to be a seasoned equestrian to volunteer your time, but if you have a love of horses, this is the place to be! If you don’t, all you need is a desire to be compassionate and give reliable support. The volunteer opportunities include side walking, leading, grooming, tacking, participation in fundraising activities, serving on the board or committee, and more. Volunteers do go through a training session prior to helping out.

Bird Gardens of Naples

Naples, FL

If large animals aren’t your thing, you can always work with the stunningly beautiful tropical parrots who live at the Bird Gardens sanctuary. This nonprofit focuses on caring for parrots in captivity, which come to the sanctuary from occasions of neglect, abuse, or abandonment. The Bird Gardens provides a beautiful home for the intelligent parrots and further gives back to the community by giving educational tours to the community. There are a multitude of volunteer options — when you visit the web page, scroll all the way to the bottom to reach out and express your desire to help.

Volunteer Today!

Volunteering at a local nonprofit is a fantastic way to help out the community and feel good about yourself. The above is a list of some of the nearby nonprofit organizations. If you have a desire to help, there’s someone out there who needs you. So, get out there and do some good!

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?

Where to Find Quality Wine in Bonita Springs

Now is the perfect time of year to get together with friends to enjoy a nice glass of wine. Though it’s always relaxing to enjoy a glass or bottle in your home, sometimes you want to be a bit more social when enjoying your vino.

Whether you are looking for quality wine at a retailer, fine dining establishment, or in a more relaxed atmosphere, here are 3 places to enjoy a fine wine in Bonita Springs:

The Grape Base

Location: 23101 Fashion Drive Suite 113, Estero

Website: http://www.thegrapebase.com/

The Grape Base provides a unique experience, serving as a cross between a retail wine store and a wine bar and café. This distinct establishment offers an assortment of wines from around the world, including those that are hard to find. In addition to taking home your favorite bottle, you can visit The Grape Base for one of their daily wine tastings, or enjoy wine by the glass or bottle with friends in the café. The Grape Base is also available for private parties, in which they will close their doors to the public and offer you the space for your own special event, complete with decorations and catering.

Angelina’s Ristorante

Location: 24041 South Tamiami Trail, Bonita Springs

Website: http://www.angelinasofbonitasprings.com/

You might see Angelina’s turn up on many “top” lists for dining in Bonita, and for good reason! In addition to a full menu of fine Italian dining options, Angelina’s also happens to have one of the best wine lists in the area. With a 30 foot wine tower in the middle of the restaurant, you can tell they mean business. Wine is available by the glass, half bottle, and bottle. If you are looking for something special, Angelina’s has a list from the Sommelier Collector’s Cellar which includes a fine selection of vintages with limited availability.

C Level Bistro & Wine Bar

Location: 4450 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs

Website: http://www.c-levelbar.com/

If you want to go out and socialize, but you are looking to escape the sports bar scene, C Level Bistro & Wine Bar offers a more refined atmosphere with a French bistro-style design. In addition to a fine selection of wines, the bistro also offers light fare, including an Artisan Charcuterie Gourmet Plate as well as other menu and beer options. This is a great place to bring guests to enjoy a glass in a more relaxed atmosphere.

Wine Lockers at The Colony Golf & Bay Club

The Colony Bay Club is pleased to offer residents the option of securing a temperature controlled custom built wine locker for storage of those special bottles they might wish to share with friends and family when dining at The Bay Club.

Each locker may hold up to 16 bottles, depending upon bottle format and type, and as an added benefit, when dining at The Bay Club a personalized, up to date wine list is placed at your table prior to your arrival, allowing you to hand pick which of your wines would best suit the dining experience.

The yearly lease of the wine locker includes the waiving of any corkage fee for bottles brought into The Bay Club for the Resident of record; and also allows the resident of record to purchase wines from the club at a very favorable rate, either for storage in their locker or to enjoy at a later date at their residence.

Live the Lifestyle You Want at The Colony

If you enjoy the finer things in life, you want to live in a community that supports your lifestyle. The Colony is perfect for those looking for a luxury residence with high-class amenities in beautiful Bonita Springs, FL. Residents enjoy a private, waterfront dining facility, championship golf course designed by Jerry Pate, spacious Clubhouse, fully equipped Spa and Fitness Center, as well as an outdoor pool.

Interested in seeing what life at The Colony is like? Contact Jill Kushner today to find out more about the abundant amenities, luxurious lifestyle, and available homes in The Colony.

What are some of your favorite wine bars? Leave your answers in the comments!

The Best Shopping in Bonita Springs: Top 5 Shopping Destinations

With some of the best shopping and specialty retailers in Southwest Florida, Bonita Springs is a shopper’s paradise. There are so many great places to shop in Bonita, that you might have a hard time deciding where to stop first. The list below covers just a few specialty retailers that are local favorites.

La Maison d’Elise

Location: 26831 South Bay Drive, Bonita Springs

Hours: Mon – Sat: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sun: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Located at The Promenade, La Maison d’Elise brings a little taste of Europe to Southwest Florida, with unique luxury items and gifts from France and Europe. This French luxury Boutique is a great place to pick up distinct housewares or purchase a unique gift.

Blue Diamond Jewelers

Location: 23151 Fashion Drive, Suite 109, Estero

Hours: Mon – Sat: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sun: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Blue Diamond Jewelers is a local jewelry store specializing in custom design work, conveniently located in Coconut Point Mall. Custom design specialists are available to help you create one of a kind pieces, and the store also carries award-winning designer lines with classic and contemporary styles consisting of diamonds, precious and semi-precious gems and pearls.

To the Moon Boutique

Location: 26811 South Bay Drive #138, Bonita Springs

Hours: Mon – Sat: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sun: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

To the Moon Boutique, located in The Promenade at Bonita Bay, offers unique styles for the fashion conscious. If you are looking for the perfect outfit for brunch, a girls day, or a fun, casual outing, this independent women’s boutique offers classy yet trendy clothing and accessories for those that want a more casual and spunky look.

Jami’s

Location: 26811 South Bay Drive, Bonita Springs

Hours: Mon – Sat: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sun: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Jami’s is a local boutique in The Promenade that delivers elegant, handpicked clothing and accessories for women with a classic style who enjoy fashion and the good life in Southwest Florida. This boutique offers a variety of looks, and the concierge service offers a personalized shopping experience for those who are looking for the perfect look.

Dipidy Dawg

Location: 2311 Fashion Drive, Suite 107, Estero

Hours: Mon – Sat: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sun: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

When you are out and about on your shopping day, don’t forget your four-legged friend! Dipidy Dawg in Coconut Point Mall is a gourmet dog bakery and boutique that sells organic dog baked goods, treats, and

other dog supplies. In addition to specialty food and supplements for your pooch, Dipidy Dawg offers a variety of dog fashions, specialty items, toys, bath supplies, and accessories. They also provide grooming and spa services.

Don’t see what you’re looking for on this list? Perhaps you just want to shop the brands that you know and love? Check out The Promenade at Bonita Bay or the nearby Coconut Point Mall for a variety of great shopping and dining options all in one spot.

Do You Want to Be Closer to Bonita Springs?

Bonita Springs is a great area for those who enjoy shopping, dining, and a luxury, tropical lifestyle. An expert realtor for The Colony at Pelican Landing in Bonita Springs, Jill will help you find the perfect home in The Colony that matches your tastes and lifestyle. For more information about The Colony, contact Jill today.

Visitors Coming to Town? Tips for Entertaining Guests at The Colony

With summer fast approaching, the entertaining season begins as family and friends will be making their way down to your little piece of paradise for a visit. Choosing between all of the great things to do in Southwest Florida can be quite tough, but residents of The Colony don’t have to travel far to entertain visitors as there are a number of fun Florida activities right at The Colony Golf and Bay Club.

The Pelican Landing Beach Park

The beach – it draws many visitors in each year and even convinces some of them to stay! Bring your visitors to the Pelican Landing Beach Park for some fun in the sun. Both residents and their guests of The Colony have access to this private beach and it’s a great way for your guests to enjoy the beauty of Southwest Florida without having to navigate all of the typical summer beach traffic. A brief retreat on the white sands of this beautiful beach park while catching a striking sunset is the perfect way to spend a weekday afternoon.

Kayak & Canoe Park

Kayaking and canoeing are a great way for guests to enjoy the natural beauty of Southwest Florida. Luckily, The Colony makes getting out on the water a breeze. You and your visitors can head to the Kayak & Canoe Park for a lovely afternoon paddle on Spring Creek. This can be one of the best ways to get a view of the stunning Florida sunsets that out of town folks love to see. If you haven’t had a chance to visit the park yourself because you’re new to the activity, take a look at my recent blog post with some tips for new kayakers/canoers.

Tennis

For visitors that like to stay active, The Colony is one of the best spots for a friendly game of tennis. With six Har-Tru tennis courts, you and your visitors can get a match or two in before dinner. If your guests did not bring their tennis gear, bring them to the helpful Pro-Shop nearby to pick up their gear.

Dining

Southwest Florida has a number of fabulous dining options, but few restaurants can beat the view of that the Bay Club offers of beautiful Estero Bay in Bonita Springs, FL. Ask guests to join you for a delectable dinner while taking in a fabulous Florida sunset in the casual dining lounge or on the dining terrace. With two private dining rooms, you can also host a private meal at The Bay Club for your visitors.

One of the Finest Lifestyle Communities in Southwest Florida

Once you bring guests into your home at The Colony, chances are, they won’t want to leave! For more information on available residences or to take a tour of The Colony, contact Jill Kushner. Jill specializes in helping buyers find just the right home in one of The Colony’s luxury residences in Bonita Springs. At The Colony, you’ll be sure to entertain guests with the many amenities offered at The Colony for years to come!

If you’re a resident of The Colony, what are some of your favorite ways to entertain your guests? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

A Club for Any Interest: Groups at The Colony and Pelican Landing

What do beautiful weather, pristine beaches, and abundant activities have in common? These are all reasons that people choose to make the move to Southwest Florida. Though Bonita Springs has no shortage of enjoyable activities from its fine dining and plentiful shopping options, residents of The Colony do not even have to leave their own community to have fun and stay active.

Art Club

Pelican Landing Art Club members range from beginners to professionals who get together to network, talk about art, offer constructive criticism, and find inspiration. Members also enjoy guest speakers who present on a variety of art topics.

Where: The Community Center

When: Every 4th Wednesday from 1pm-3pm (October – March)

Contact: Renata Vigoda at wombatwear@comcast.net or (239) 272-8883

Birding Club

The Pelican Landing Birdwatching Club takes field trips to a number of different local habitats to get a look at some of Southwest Florida’s most beautiful birds.

Where: The Community Center

When: Every 2nd Wednesday at 7:30am (October – April)

Contact: Pat Gladstone at gcat2bird@aol.com or (239) 992-6968

Book Club

If you love reading and talking about literature then you will enjoy the Book Club, which meets every second Wednesday to discuss great titles from a variety of genres.

Where: The Community Center

When: Every 2nd Wednesday at 1pm (November – April)

Contact: Carol Hull at (239) 495-7775

Bridge

Residents at The Colony never have to look too far for a bridge group. Throughout the month, residents get together to have fun playing bridge. The Bridge Club’s schedule and proper contact information has been listed below.

Contract/Social

  • 1st & 3rd Friday @ 12:30pm
  • Contact Jane Roberts at 498-9480 or jrobertsfl@aol.com. (sign up by preceding Tuesday)

Couple/Partners

  • 1st & 3rd Tuesday @ 7:00pm
  • Call Pat Smart at 495-8295 (sign up by preceding Friday)

Duplicate

  • 2nd & 4th Tuesday @ 7:00pm
  • Contact Fred Scott at 390-9630 or fred_j_scott@yahoo.com (sign up by preceding Friday)

Men’s Bridge

  • 1st & 3rd Wednesday @ 12:30 pm
  • Call Bob Steinke @ 233-2773 (sign up by preceding Friday)

Cycling Club

Do you like to cycle? Cycling is a great way to stay fit, and the cycling club at Pelican Landing has three groups of varying fitness abilities that meet 3 times a week to ride about 30 to 40 miles.

The Pelican Landing Cycling Club’s schedule and contact information is based upon the group. For more information, click here!

Fishing Club

Fishing club is a great opportunity for residents to have fun, learn and develop relationships in the beautiful Southwest Florida environment.

The Pelican Landing Fishing Club meets at the Community Center and future dates for scheduling can be found on their website here.

Garden Club

The Pelican Landing Garden Club meets monthly to enjoy lectures and demonstrations by local horticultural experts and take field trips to fun areas. Guests are welcome to attend one meeting before joining.

Where: The Community Center

When: Every 2nd Thursday at 10am (January – April)

Contact: Anne Deggendorf at adeggend@yahoo.com or (413) 387-5498

Photo Club

Are you a photographer? Residents of The Colony can join like-minded friends to discuss photography techniques and share their favorite photos that they’ve taken. For more information about the Pelican Landing Photo Club, click here.

Singles

The Pelican Landing Singles are a group of active single residents that meets monthly for activities both in and outside of Pelican Landing, such as sunset cocktails, group dining at The Colony, or day trips.

To learn more about becoming a member of the Pelican Landing Singles, contact Donna Walker and Ron Smith at pelicanlandingsingles@hotmail.com.

Travel Club

If you love to travel, the Pelican Landing Travel Club plans organized trips where members can often benefit from significant group discounts. Past outings have included trips to Bermuda, Charleston, Bahamas, and Port Canaveral.

To learn more and become a member of the Pelican Landing Travel club, contact Ken and Susan Schwinn at PLTravelClub@aol.com or call (239) 221-7493.

Between the fabulous amenities and this great group of clubs, residents at The Colony has an abundance of ways to make new friends and stay active.

Do You Like to Stay Active?

With all of the fun activities taking place at The Colony, who wouldn’t want to live here? If you’re ready to start living the active Southwest Florida lifestyle that you’ve always dreamed about, contact Jill Kushner today to learn more about life at The Colony.

Jill Kushner is an expert realtor (and resident) of The Colony at Pelican Landing in Bonita Springs. Specializing in helping new residents find their perfect home in The Colony, Jill will be happy to assist you on your journey for finding the perfect Colony home!

Where to Enjoy the Fine Arts in Southwest Florida

There is no shortage of things to do in Southwest Florida, and that certainly applies to the fine arts. There are many excellent local galleries and art centers where you can appreciate the visual arts. Below are just a few:


Center for Visual Arts Bonita Springs

26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs

www.artcenterbonita.org

The Center for Visual Arts has two galleries which host a wide-ranging selection of exhibitions from both national and local artists. If you would like to participate in the arts, the center also offers lectures and adult education classes and workshops in a variety of mediums, including painting, drawing, sculpture, and photography.


The Baker Museum at Artis–Naples

5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard, Naples

www.artisnaples.org

The Baker Museum at Artis—Naples is a three-story, 30,000 foot museum with 15 different galleries offering exhibitions with an emphasis on modern and contemporary artists. In addition to diverse exhibitions, The Baker Museum also offers museum lectures and visual arts events for all ages. Current exhibitions include Gods and Heroes: Masterpieces from the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris (through May 17, 2015) and Weegee by Weegee: Photographs from the Jean Pigozzi Collection.


The Von Liebig Art Center

585 Park Street, Naples

www.naplesart.org

The Von Liebig Art Center is one of the galleries organized by the Naples Art Association. This association aims to present a variety of contemporary art exhibitions from local, national, and international artists as well as young student artists. The exhibitions present pieces from a variety of mediums, and the center also offers art workshops and lectures to promote arts education in the local community.


Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center

2301 First St., Fort Myers

www.sbdac.com

The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located in the historic downtown Fort Myers river district. This art center offers a variety of visual exhibitions, as well as theatre performances and film screenings. The center opens its doors during Art Walk, a celebration of art which takes place every first Friday of each month from 6-10 p.m. Some of the upcoming exhibitions include experimental art by David Acevedo (May 1 -22) and Art of the HeART (June 5-25).


Florida Gulf Coast University Art Galleries

10501 FGCU Boulevard South, Fort Myers

www.artgallery.fgcu.edu

The FGCU art galleries are a wonderful place to see exhibitions from local, national, and international artists as well as pieces from students and faculty at FGCU. If you are in the mood for something a little different or just want to support student artists, you will enjoy the diverse mediums, content, and culture presented at these on-campus galleries.


Enjoy the Fine Arts in Bonita Springs Anytime

Southwest Florida is full of life, culture, and art. In our little piece of paradise at The Colony in Bonita Springs, you’ll have easy access to these art galleries as well as many other activities to enjoy. The Colony, located in Pelican Landing, is a gathering of luxurious communities. Whether you’re looking for a high-rise with a beautiful view or a custom single family home, The Colony is the place to be. Amenities offered at The Colony include a private beach park, a canoe/kayak park, access to The Colony Golf & Bay Club, and so much more.

To learn more about homes in The Colony, contact Jill Kushner, expert realtor for The Colony, today!

5 Dinner Party Hosting Tips

Summer is the perfect time to gather your closest friends for a fun and relaxing dinner party. Whether you’re a seasoned host/hostess or this is your first real dinner party, you’ll need to keep some important things in mind while you plan and execute your next dinner party.

With the following 5 tips, you can make entertaining a breeze:

  1. Make the beverages easily accessible to all incoming guests. Whether you have a portable bar cart or just a display set up on a nearby table, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks should be readily available to guests. Allowing guests to serve themselves gives you time to greet others and make preparations without having to make sure that all of your guests’ beverage needs are taken care of.
  2. Create a simple, yet stunning, dining display. One way to add some extra oomph to the dinner table is to use a white table cloth with one or two accent colors for the dishware and other décor. Make sure that any centerpieces are not tall enough to block friendly dinner conversation across the table.
  3. Use individual place cards. Who can remember everyone’s name anymore!? Though it might seem a bit formal to use place cards to assign seats for your guests, it will make them feel welcomed and important. Place cards help set your dinner party apart from a typical dinner, and they allow you to strategically seat your guests for the most successful conversation. They also make for lovely decorations. If more casual…consider having pre-made nametags.
  4. Set up the dessert station before the dinner even begins. Since your desserts will be made prior to the main meal, you can set up a table for these after dinner treats before your guests even arrive. Be sure to stock up on plenty of plates and silverware. Setting up ahead of time allows you to spend your after dinner time entertaining and cleaning up.
  5. Don’t refuse help. Many hosts and hostesses will refuse when guests offer to help. The truth is most guests offer because they want to, and chances are you could use the help. Offer these guests simple duties like setting the table, replacing hors d’oeuvres, or small food preparation tasks. This will leave one less thing for you to do, and leave your guests feeling accomplished.

Host a Dinner Party at The Colony

Colony residents have the perfect setting for hosting dinner parties. Whether they’re from your high-rise home with beautiful, panoramic views of the water or in the private dining room at The Colony Golf & Bay Club, your venue will be perfect for hosting guests.

At The Colony, we encourage neighbors to become friends and dinner parties are a great way to make friends within The Colony. Occasionally, residents of The Colony will host dinner parties (even fantastic BBQs), which is a great way to connect with your neighbor and build lifelong friendships.

If you’re interested in learning more about homes in The Colony at Pelican Landing, contact Jill Kushner, an expert realtor (and resident) of The Colony.

What are some of your dinner party hosting tips? Leave them in the comments!

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!