Five things I miss from my Naples, Florida vacation
I returned to Michigan last week after five beautiful and relaxing days in Naples, Fla. It was a fun family vacation with my dad and sister. These are the things that I already miss …
1. Warm weather and sunshine
High daytime temperatures in the 80s and evenings cool enough to don a cardigan — what a perfect transition to summer. Oh, wait. I’m back in winter weather now. We had sunshine for swimming and sunbathing by the pool and at the beach. At night, it was comfortable to dine al fresco or sail the open water wearing a light jacket or sweater.
2. Beautiful sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico
On our last night in Naples, my dad and I drove down Central Avenue to where it dead ends after Gulf Shore Boulevard at the beach. We paid several quarters to the meter and set off for a walk along the sand as the sun dipped below the horizon. It is such a beautiful sight to see.
3. Waterfront dining
Whether I was drinking a bottle of Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon or a frozen strawberry daiquiri embellished with an orange paper umbrella and a slice of pineapple, it was the waterfront view that I was really drinking in.
4. Delicious seafood
On our first night in Naples, we dined on fried calamari and entrees of salmon and scallops at Sea Salt on Third Street South in Old Naples. The following night we ate Italian, but again seafood was a central theme in our orders at Campiello — another fried calamari appetizer served with a delicious lemon aioli; a Tuscan panzenella salad; linguini with king crab, tomatoes and basil in a white wine sauce; gnocchi with Maine lobster in a butter truffle sauce and a Florida Gulf shrimp salad. To celebrate my birthday, we dined on jumbo lump crab cake, jumbo Florida Gulf shrimp, filet mignon, beef wellington and Chilean sea bass at T-Michaels Steak & Lobster House. Even at the casual eateries, seafood reigned king. Poolside at our hotel, I ate delicious coconut shrimp served with a sweet Thai chili sauce. At Coconut Jack’s Waterfront Grille in nearby Bonita Springs, Fla., we again ordered coconut shrimp, which was served with mango and raspberry sauces, and a refreshing seafood ceviche.
5. Poolside Bloody Marys
If you’re going to be hungover from too much vacation fun — AKA wine — you might as well cure your hangover sunbathing by the pool with a cool and spicy Bloody Mary.
Wish you were here,