A Perfect Winter Getaway to Naples, Florida

Naples Travel Short days and low temperatures have us dreaming of heading to warmer, sunnier places for some much-needed rest and relaxation. With its white sand beaches, warm gulf water, a lush tropical backdrop, and excellent shopping and dining options, Naples, Florida, is an ideal winter getaway destination.

To help us plan the perfect travel itinerary, we sought out recommendations from mother-and-daughter duo Martha Talton and Cullen Daane (shown above), co-owners of Pierre & Harry, a pearl and gemstone jewelry boutique in historic Old Naples that is a destination for out-of-towners and in-the-know locals. Featuring pieces that perfectly capture the organic beauty of tropical Naples with their luscious freshwater pearls and aquamarine and turquoise gemstones, the shop is ideal for visitors who come looking to purchase jewelry to commemorate their trip and Naples natives alike.

“My favorite gemstones to work with, of course, are pearls,” says Cullen, who designs and crafts bejeweled works of art available in her store. “After that, I love gemstones that remind me of the sky and the sea. Turquoise, aquamarines and amazonite are among my very favorite.”

With their local expertise (Martha has lived in town for 30 years, and Cullen was born and raised as a Neapolitan), the mother-and-daughter team was able to easily offer some must-see and –do tips for spending a long weekend in Naples. Here are their picks:

THURSDAY

After arriving to town on Thursday afternoon, check into a vacation rental with The Holiday Life (239.349.2494). Spend the night at luxury properties that range from single-family homes in historic Old Naples (within walking distance to the beach and shops!) to estates with incredible amenities (think an infinity pool overlooking Naples Bay). tsg-naples-instagram

After checking in, casually get into the vacation mindset with a trip to the Naples Beach Brewery (4120 Enterprise Ave. Suite 116) for a local craft beer. Ask to sample Black Tulip Coffee cold brew, which the brewery keeps on tap. Cullen and her husband Andrew recently purchased the coffee company and are roasting organic, fair trade beans on site at the brewery.

Parked outside, food truck Porker BBQ (231.645.4025) serves up smoked meats — classic pulled pork sandwiches along with Mexican-meets-Southern tostadas and tacos. “Their chicken ’n’ waffles is the best I’ve had in my life,” Cullen gushes. “They make the waffles fresh and deep fry them.”

FRIDAY

Grab breakfast at the hole-in-the-wall coffee shop tucked in the lobby of Cove Inn on Naples Bay (900 Broad Ave. S.) to energize yourself for a day of shopping on Third Street South. Cullen recommends the pancakes, French toast, and eggs. After breakfast, walk around the corner to the Naples City Dock (880 12th Ave. S.) to watch the boats depart for a day of fishing — an ideal way to see the heart of historic Naples.

Also, near the dock, visit Phil Fisher Gallery (810 12th Ave. S.) to view the namesake artist’s watercolor and oil paintings of the area. A majority of his work is plein air, highlighting the lush landscape of South Florida.

Start your shopping spree down the street from the Naples City Dock at the women’s boutique Brigadoon (719 12th Ave. S.), which has been a Naples gem for more than 30 years. “They have great selection of lightweight cashmere capes, toppers, and basics,” Cullen says.

Walk a half-mile down 12th Avenue to Third Street South, home to fabulous locally owned boutiques and bistros. One of Martha and Cullen’s favorite stops for high-fashion clothing and accessories is Marissa Collections (1167 3rd St. S.), which sells everything from casual washed-out denim by Stella McCartney to fabulous floor-length gowns by Monique Lhuillier. Buy a pair of Oliver Peoples sunglasses and a Eugenia Kim wide-brim straw hat for your walk downtown.

Pop into BRuno (1193 3rd St. S.) for gifts to bring home for friends and family. Finds include elegant home decor, along with personal accessories like jewelry and watches.

tsg-john-craig-clothier-2 Swing by John Craig Clothier (1258 3rd St. S., featured above) to shop for the men in your life. The high-end boutique sells timeless clothing and accessories—brands like Salvatore Ferragamo and Peter Millar.

Judith Liegeois Designs (363 12th Ave. S., featured below, left) is an interior design shop where classic meets contemporary. “It’s a really funky place,” Cullen says. Organic pieces pulled from the sea (think driftwood and coral) intermingle with abstract artwork, upholstered furniture, and delicate china.

The next street up, Martha and Cullen’s boutique Pierre & Harry (374 13th Ave. S., featured below, right) sells opulent pearls and bejeweled pieces at a variety of price points. Perennial favorites include the Cote D’azur Crystal Lariat, a necklace of freshwater pearls and crystals, and the Florida Cuff, a freshwater pearl bracelet with a sterling-silver or gold vermeil bead starfish.

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Nearby, at the stationery shop The Paper Merchant (340 13th Ave. S.), grab a journal to jot down your travel notes, or choose from an assortment of cards to write home about your Naples adventure.

Swing into Tickled Pink (1300 3rd St. S., Suite 202B) for tropical-inspired attire (brands like Alice & Trixie, Shoshanna, and Trina Turk) to wear during the rest of your stay.

Refuel with lunch at one of the fabulous restaurants downtown. Martha recommends lunching at Campiello (1177 3rd St. S.) for wood-fired pizza, Ridgway Bar & Grill (1300 3rd St S #101) for “the best burger in town,” or The Continental (1205 3rd St. S.) for American food and people watching. “The last time I was at The Continental, the Beach Boys were there!” Martha says.

Take an after-lunch stroll two blocks down to the Naples Pier (25 12th Ave. S.), a more than 1,000-foot-long wharf that extends into the Gulf of Mexico. The 120-year-old dock was just restored before the new year, and is the perfect place for bird watching, and if you’re lucky, dolphin watching, too.

Head back to your home away from home to get ready for dinner. Have Third Street South Concierge (239.434.6533) arrange a horse and carriage to pick you up from your rental and take you on a happy-hour ride (complete with Champagne!) to your dinner reservation at Bleu Provence (1234 8th St. S., featured below), which specializes in fare from the South of France. Cullen recommends getting the fresh catch of the day, and a glass of whatever you fancy. “They are really known for their wine selection,” says Cullen.

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SATURDAY

Start your day early at the Third Street South Farmers Market, where the entire street is shut down for local vendors to set up shop from 7:30 to 11:30 in the morning. Grab a cup of Black Tulip Coffee along with a bite to eat from one of the local vendors — sweet and savory crepes and delicious quiches from Chez Boet French Home Cooking, Acai Bowls from The Bowl, or beignets and pancakes from Dutchkinz food truck.

While at the market, stock up on food for a trip to Keewaydin Island later in the day—Maryland crab cakes from Mister Crab Cakes and gluten-free soups from Harvest Soups will fit the bill. And swing into Tony’s Off Third (1300 3rd St. S.) for wine, gourmet snacks, and pastries.

The Holiday Life will schedule a boat to ferry you to a secluded property on Keewaydin Island to spend a quiet evening. Enjoy a picnic on the deck as you watch the sun set, and later, if you’re feeling adventurous, take a moonlit dip in the gulf.

SUNDAY

Spend your final morning in Naples relaxing paddling on the gulf. The Holiday Life will deliver stand-up paddle boards from Old Naples Surf Shop (1311 3rd St. S.), so you can enjoy soaking in the sun.

Before heading out of town, visit the Naples Botanical Garden (4820 Bayshore Dr.), home to 170 acres of manicured gardens with native plantings, along with flora from far-flung places like Asia and Brazil. The property is also home to a wildlife preserve for eagles, otters, and a host of amphibians and reptiles. (Insider tip: Check the calendar to see when they have tai chi and yoga in the garden.)

Text by MARISSA HERMANSON. For additional ideas on where to shop and what to do in the area, browse the print edition of TSG Naples HERE.

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Jan
26
2016

Scouted: Estate Honeycomb Bracelet

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Bailey’s  //  Raleigh, NC  //  929.829.7337

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22
2016

7 Ways to Look & Feel Refreshed in 2016

7 Ways to Look & Feel Refreshed in 2016 When thinking about goals for the new year, we decided to commit to a broad notion of self-improvement rather than a strict health or exercise regimen, and are simply attempting to feel (and look) more refreshed in 2016. By adhering to an “everything in moderation” philosophy and introducing a little variety into our routines, we believe we have a better chance of sticking to our resolution in the long run. To help us stay on track, we rounded up some health, beauty, and wellness inspiration from throughout the TSG network; here are a few of the ways we’ll be working toward looking and feeling our best this year:

7 ways to looks and feel refreshed in 2016

1. A moment of relaxation. Research suggests that a soothing float in warm salt water with minimal distractions can lower stress levels and boost your mood. Charlottesville, Virginia-based AquaFloat offers the opportunity to indulge in a float session in a foot of a mixture of salt and water, letting you enjoy weightlessness in a calm, dark room as your body relaxes.

2. A healthy cleanse. Every once in a while it’s good to hit the reset button with a well rounded cleanse. Austin’s Juice Society makes 3-day cleanses of organic cold-pressed juices that restore and purify the body with nutrient-dense, antioxidant-rich formulas that can be tailored to the individual.

3. A nutrition coaching session. How would you like to have a blueprint for how to improve your health and happiness? The experts at Durham’s Full Lotus Wellness will do that and more, offering advice on everything from exercise to diet to overall steps to optimum wellness.

4. Beautiful brows and lashes. A painless and high-impact beauty treatment, tinting is an excellent way to look instantly refreshed. Charlotte’s Toccare offers brow and lash tinting services (along with many others) that will quickly—and subtly—amp up your appearance.

 5. Dinner at your doorstep. Does having fresh, delicious, healthy meals prepared for pickup or home delivery sound appealing (and easy)? Yes. Birmingham’s Nourish will customize, make, and drop off clean and tasty fare to residents in the area. Check out their breakfast, lunch and dinner options here (warning: images will be hunger-inducing).

6. A sparkling smile. No one can resist a great smile. A visit to a dental professional like Two Rivers & The Shore’s Dr. Dana Fallon to discuss cosmetic procedures can result in a whiter, more vibrant look that will have you feeling more confident.

7. A smoother complexion. We learned at an early age that good skincare is key. Enlisting the help of a professional to keep your skin healthy and refreshed is a must, and experts like Richmond’s Dr. Michael Godin, who offers a range of surgical and non-surgical procedures, can ensure that you look and feel your absolute best.

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Jan
21
2016

A Winter Staple: Society Fair’s Whiskey And Wine Cocktail

Society Fair’s Whiskey And Wine Cocktail As we brace for the first snowstorm of the season, we’re taking stock of the necessary supplies to have on hand. In addition to the basics, there are certain creature comforts that can transform a snowed-in day into something of a staycation. A delicious, cold weather drink is one such element, and when it comes to warming beverages, Society Fair’s Whiskey and Wine Cocktail is tough to beat.

A staple at the Alexandria-based boutique epicurean destination, this cocktail is the ideal antidote for cold winter nights. A mixture of some of our favorite ingredients, it smells wonderfully wintry while you prepare it, and the taste is perfectly in sync with the season. Here’s how to make it at home: 

Whiskey and Wine Cocktail

2 oz. Sauternes Mixture (Recipe Below)
1 oz. 40 Creek Whiskey
1 oz. 4 Roses Bourbon
dash lemon bitters

Serve at room temperature in a rocks glass with an orange peel

 

SAUTERNES MIXTURE

1/2 bottle Sauternes (750ml)
1 orange peel (dried and thinly sliced)
1/2 cardamom pod
1 star anise
3 cloves
1/2 tsp. all spice
1 cinnamon stick
1/8 cup honey


 DIRECTIONS

Add spices to a hot pan and gently toast them.
While toasting the spices, put wine in a pot over medium heat. Add honey and orange peels and stir.
Add in spices and let simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and strain.

Whether you’re in the path of a winter storm or not, we highly recommend making this cocktail throughout the winter. And if you’re in the Alexandria area, be sure to stop by Society Fair to shop the market, sample some of their delicious food, and enjoy a libation!

Society Fair  //  Alexandria, VA  //  703.683-3247

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Jan
20
2016

Scouted: Black Octopus Coral

 

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Katy Briscoe Home  //  Houston, TX  //  713.662.9886

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Jan
19
2016

The Scouted Calendar / February 2016

tsg-february-scouted-calendar-1 It may be the shortest month, but February brings so many wonderful events to our Scouted cities. In addition to art festivals, golf getaways, and horse shows, the month holds many fun and festive opportunities to give back to our communities. Here are some of the activities that are on our Scouted February calendar:

Charleston, South Carolina

Ladies who like to hit the links should consider booking a trip to South Carolina February 25-28, when Kiawah Island Golf Resort is hosting a women’s golf getaway. At the “Golfing Gals Bootcamp,” attendees will address trouble shots and learn new skills with the help of seasoned professionals in a setting dubbed the #1 golf resort by Travel + Leisure Golf{Find local recommendations for what to do and see in Charleston here.}

Equestrian

On February 3, six weeks of Hunter, Jumper, and Equitation classes kick off at the Pima County Fairgrounds in Tucson, Arizona, for the HITS Arizona Winter Circuit—a show that’s sure to be exciting! {Find more equestrian events we’re looking forward to here.}

Jackson, Mississippi

Design firm and furniture boutique SummerHouse offers Jackson residents the opportunity to enjoy art and refreshments and support a good cause on February 11 from 5 – 8 p.m., when they will host “For the Love of Art.” At the event, which is part of the Lee Loves Local campaign organized by Lee Industries, works by regional artists will be on display, and attendees are encouraged to make a $10 donation to Stewpot Community Services, which assists Jackson’s poor and homeless population. {Find local recommendations for what to do and see in Jackson here.}

Miami, Florida

Celebrating its 75th year, the Miami International Boat Show will take place February 11-15, and will be held in a new venue: the historic Miami Marine Stadium Park. Powerboats, sailboats, yachts, classic models, and antiques will all be on display. Overlapping the boat show to make for quite a weekend of fun, the Coconut Grove Arts Festival offers the opportunity to check out original art and enjoy live music in Miami’s classic artist enclave. {Find local recommendations for what to do and see in Miami here.}

Minneapolis, Minnesota

A fashion show featuring Twin Cities local celebrities—including TSG Minneapolis editor Kerry Ciardelli!—the fifth annual Red Dress Collection in support of The American Heart Association’s Go Red Women’s Program will take place on Saturday, February 13 at the Loews Hotel. Sponsored by St. Jude Medical, the event includes a cocktail hour and the chance to see one-of-a-kind gowns on the runway. {Find local recommendations for what to do and see in Minneapolis here.}

Nashville, Tennessee

February 12 – 14, the Antiques & Garden Show of Nashville, which benefits Cheekwood and ECON, will be held in the Music City Center, with Gwyneth Paltrow as the featured speaker; a lecture by Bunny Williams and Brian McCarthy; a Bourbon Party hosted by The Scout Guide; a design panel with Suzanne Rheinestein, Mark D. Sikes, Winsor Smith, and Brian Murphy; and more. {Find local recommendations for what to do and see in Nashville here.}

New Orleans, Louisiana

Mardi Gras is Tuesday, February 9, but of course the festivities are in full swing way before then in New Orleans. Don’t miss the gorgeous floats, but be sure to visit the fantastic boutiques, art galleries, antiques and home furnishing stores, restaurants, and more while you’re in town! {Find local recommendations for what to do and see in New Orleans HERE.}

Raleigh | Durham | Chapel Hill, North Carolina

There is always so much to do in the Triangle! February includes Fearrington’s annual Folk Art Show, which takes place on the 20th and 21st, when the Barn at Fearrington Village is filled with work by folk artists from across the South; three nights of romantic dinners at Durham’s Counting House to celebrate Valentine’s Day on the 12th, 13th, and 14th; and the Carolina Ballet Winter Ball, which features cocktails, delicious fare, live and silent auctions, and a brief performance by Principal dancers, on February 27 downtown at the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium. {Find local recommendations for what to do and see in Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill here.}

Richmond, Virginia

February 20, the Children’s Hope Gala, which will benefit two of Bon Secours’s pediatric programs, will be held in the historic Jefferson Hotel. Previously known as forty one, the event supports palliative care, hospice, and intensive physical therapy programs for children and young adults. {Find local recommendations for what to do and see in Richmond here.}

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Jan
15
2016