Typical Florida Home Architecture
One of the pleasures of our visit to Naples, Florida, was the opportunity that we had to visit long-time friends, Rick and Patti. I had worked with both of them at Warren Township High School in Gurnee, Illinois. When they retired, they moved to Naples where they had a home built.
When they discovered that we would be in Naples for one month, they contacted us and invited us to their lovely home.
So, in this tip, I decided to use their home as the perfect example of what I call the "Typical Florida Architecture"%c. I will used the photographs to show the Typical Florida life style of living.
Photograph # 1: Here is their swimming pool which is enclosed in the typical "cage" used in Florida to keep away the insects. Their Great room opens out onto this beautifully caged pool.
Photograph#2: This is a photograph of their home, which is also typical of the Florida architecture. These homes have no basements, have tile-like roofs, and are landscaped with palms and typical Florida plantings.
Photograph #3: Inside the home...the master bath includes a separate bath and shower. This bath sits beside an arched window with a lovely view.
Photograph #4 pictures the hot tub that is part of the outdoor spa look with the pool and the outdoor kitchen that overlooks the lake.
Photograph#5Patti and Rick took us on a tour of Naples, and I snapped this photo on the Naples Beach. What a treat for us to have spent the time visiting long-time friends.
Walking and Swimming
For a view of paths and pools, see all five photographs
Naples, Florida, is the perfect place to be in January for both swimming and for walking.
We were fortunate to stay at Glen Forest Golf and Country Club, where we had access to swimming pools and to walking/biking paths.
You can see from the photographs that we were fortunate, indeed:
Photograph #1: The swimming pool at Glen Forest Country Club's Club House. Besides the pool, there is a Cabana Bar.
Photograph #2: Allan walking ahead of me on one of the 5 walking paths. When we walked the paths each morning, it was tranquil and somewhat shaded.
Photograph #3: This second path was longer in distance and had a straighter direction.
Photograph #4: Allan sleeping at the smaller pool for our condo group. The water temperature at this pool was more refreshing because the water was cooler than the main pool at the Club House
Photograph #5: Dee standing beside the Club House Pool, which had great chairs for relaxing, and a great Cabana bar.
We certainly enjoyed our walks each day and the use of the swimming pools. Only equipment needed for walking the paths was a good pair of walking shoes and a hat to protect from the sun.
We just needed a swimming suit for swimming and a towel to lie on and to use after being in the water.
Right on the Water
As soon as we left the Fort Meyer Airport, we drove toward Naples, Florida, but we stopped in Bonita Springs, Florida, where we have stayed several times. We were quite hungry so we looked for a spot to eat lunch. We decided to try The Fish House Restaurant.
It was January 1, 2009, and since it was a holiday, several restaurants were closed. The Fish House parking lot was quite busy; thus, we suspected that locals ate here, and we were correct.
#1. As you can tell from the photo, we sat next to the screened window that looked out over the bay. It was a beautiful day with temperatures in the high 70's...our spot was just perfect.
#4. As is evident from photo 4, this restaurant is not fancy. It has character and a Florida aura.
Most of the menu was filled with seafood items, which was what we were wanting. Photograph#2 shows my choice: Coconut Shrimp. It was on the Appetizer page, but since I am not a big eater, it was perfect for me.
Photograph #3 displays what Allan chose: Crispy Grouper with fries and cold slaw. He gave me a taste of the Grouper, and it was marvelous.
We were most satisfied with our selections and impressed with the modest price. The ambience was perfect; the waitress was informed and friendly as well as efficient.
Daily Drink Specials for $1.00!
Once again when Allan and I were buying tickets ahead of time for the movies [you had to on Fridays when new movies came], we noted that across the way on Hollywood Blvd., there was a huge restaurant that was ALWAYS busy so we investigated. The restaurant was Miller's Naples Ale House. After going there, we readily understood why it was always busy...price, quality, and ambience.
Each day on Mondays through Fridays, they had lunch specials for very reasonable prices as well as Drink Specials every day 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. We were especially interested in the Friday drink special of Margarita in a Beer Mug for $1.00!!! Needless to say, we ordered the margaritas. We each had two. On a Thursday one week, we tried the Bay Breeze for $1.00 [pineapple juice, cranberry juice, and Vodka].
They have an indoor and an outdoor bar, several rooms with booths, and extraordinary bar keepers, both men and women.
This is the perfect place to have fun, mingle, and eat excellent food. One of the Friday Afternoon Specials was Fish -N-Chips for $4.95, which both Allan and I tried and enjoyed.
We also had desserts here once as seen in the two photographs: I had Capt'n Jack's Buried Treasure [Homemade Ice Cream Cake with Oreo Cookie Crust, Carmel, Chocolate Fudge, and Heath Bar Crunch]. Allan enjoyed the huge Brownie Hot Fudge Sundae
The restaurant is known as Home of the World Famous Zingers. We had no ida what a zinger was, but we found out that it is boneless chicken wings.
They have an impressive menu with 10 different salads, five soups, including Conch Chowder, 6 different steaks, 7 different pastas, including Miller's Cajun Mahi Pasta [grilled Mahi Mahi, with a hint of Cajun Seasoning served over a bed of Fettuccini with Mushrooms and Tomatoes], and 10 seafood entrees, including [Jambalaya: Shrimp, sausage, chicken, peppers, onions and tomatoes sauteed with Cajun Seasonings and rice].
In addition, they offer a Raw Bar, 9 different hamburgers, 11 kinds of sandwiches including [The Big Red: fried chicken breast smothered with Hot Sauce and topped with Cheddar & Jack Cheeses]. Then they also have Ale House Fajitas and what they term as "Favorites such as Conch Fritters, Blackened Chicken Quesadilla, Ale House Loaded Fried [one pound of seasoned fries topped with melted Jack and cheddar cheeses and bacon bits], Fried Calamari, Crab Mozzarella [Mozzarella and crab with a hint of Jalapeno, fried golden brown and served with remoulade sauce].
Now, it's quite obvious why this place is such a success.
The Naples Pier
You have to se The Pier if you come to Naples. It is downtown off of 12th Ave, S. People are always there, fishing, pelican watching, or viewing the gorgeous Florida sunsets. The beach is breathtaking and goes on for miles. You can buy snacks midway down at the comcession. (Make sure you have quarters for the parking meters.)