Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Thanks for a wonderful year. Have a very Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year!

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Things To Do On A Rainy Day In Naples, Florida

Looking for things to do on rainy day in Naples, Florida? With 264 days of sunshine and just 81 days of measurable precipitation, Naples climate is practically perfect. Most of those storms happen during the summer months and usually pass fairly quickly. But if that rain happens to fall on a week you’ve booked your vacation to Naples, Florida or you’re entertaining out of town guests, here are a few ideas to pass the time. Call ahead. Some of the museums require reservations or have Summer hours in effect.


palm cottage                                    Naples Historic Society’s Historic Palm Cottage

  1. Drop in at a museum. We have the Naples Depot, The Collier County Museums, The Baker Museum at the Artis, Naples oldest house “Historic Palm Cottage” and the Von Liebig Art Center to name a few. The Revs Institute for Automotive Research is an 80,000 square foot automobile museum featuring 100 of the most influential automobiles that changed the world. Whether or not you’re a car buff you’re sure to learn something at this special place.  Note that reservations are required at The Revs Institute.
  2.  Go shopping. In downtown Naples there’s 5th Avenue South, Third Street South, Tin City and Crayton Cove. You’ll find quaint shops, art galleries and boutiques that feature a wide variety of gifts and artwork including some from local artists. With close proximity to the shore, you can make a beeline for Naples beach should the sun come out! At the upscale Waterside Shops in North Naples you find high end designer retail stores featuring: Tory Burch, Gucci, Lily Pulitzer, Michael Kors, Tiffany, Nordstrom’s, Louis Vuitton, Sak’s Fifth Avenue and many more. Or try the Coastland Mall for family favorites like Dillard’s, Macy’s and JC Penney’s.
  3. Visit the consignment shops on North and South 10th street just east of Tamiami Trail/41. Shop for gently used designer fashions for men and women, furniture, antiques and much more. Some of the shops are run by local non- profits to help support their organizations.
  4. Tour the open houses in the Naples area. If you’ve ever imagined living on the beach or in Old Naples stop by an open house! It’s always fun to see the latest trends in new homes, get design ideas and find out more about the area.
  5. Take a class. Not far from downtown, Fire and Earth Ceramic Art Studio has open studio time where you can paint your own pottery or take a class. Walk-ins are welcome. They have hundreds of bisque pottery designs and a helpful staff that can give you tips for the best glaze effects. In Historic Crayton Cove at 749 12th Ave S Naples, FL 34102 .
  6. Hold a Starfish. Visit Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and Learning Center in East Naples. Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve represents one of the few remaining undisturbed mangrove estuaries in North America. The learning center is open to the public and visitors can learn about the important role estuaries serve filtering water to the Gulf and acting as nurseries for a variety of wildlife. Don’t miss the “touch tank” at the learning center where you can touch a starfish or hermit crab! A variety of programs and lectures are offered, or you can tour on your own time.                                                                                              rookery bay learn                                    Rookery Bay Learning Center, Naples, Florida                                         
  7. Spa Day. Looking for a relaxing way to spend those rainy days? There’s a variety of spas in the Naples, Florida area that can treat you to pure relaxation. The Woodhouse Day Spa located in North Naples offers a full menu of treatments in a convenient location across from the Coastland Mall. The Spa at Naples Grande, The Ritz -Carlton Spa, and LaTerre at La Playa Resort are special retreats inside gorgeous hotel properties near or on the beach. A perfect way to relax and rejuvenate on a rainy day in Naples, Florida.
  8. Take in a movie. Naples has several great movie theaters to check out the latest releases and pass the time waiting for the storm. The Silverspot at Shops at Mercato offers 12 movie theaters equipped with state-of-the-art digital sound, wide leather seats, reserved seating and a full restaurant and lounge.

So keep this list handy when you’re looking for things to do on a rainy day in Naples, Florida. Chances are the storm will move through quickly and you’ll be able to enjoy a gorgeous sunset on Naples Pier overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.

sunset gulf of mex                                            Sunset Gulf of Mexico, Naples, Florida

Park Shore in Naples, Florida

Ideally situated between the Gulf of Mexico beaches and Old Naples, lies the upscale beach and bay community of Park Shore in Naples, Florida. Close to shopping, parks and recreation, this is one of the most desirable areas in Naples.

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Park Shore was an ambitious engineering project that began in 1964, turning 760 acres along 1.25 miles of Naples, Florida coastline, between the Gulf of Mexico and U.S. 41, into not only the first planned development district in Collier County but one of the first in Florida.

Park Shore offers a variety of lifestyle options from high rise or low rise condominiums, single family homes and beach front, bay front or park locations. Start your morning with a walk or run on the beautiful 2.54 Park Shore beach walk path. You’ll find a map here.

Private beach access and parking is available via the Park Shore Resident’s Beach Association.  A perfect place to picnic and watch the sunset.

parkshore lutgert park                                 Raymond Lutgert Park, Park Shore, Naples, Florida

At the center of Park Shore lies The Village on Venetian Bay a truly elegant shopping and dining experience, with over 45 specialty shops, boutiques and restaurants all located on Venetian Bay. Here you’ll find various events including: a weekly Sunday farmer’s market during season, a Christmas celebration with tree lighting, and a Venetian Boat Parade in Mid-December.

Properties in Park Shore range from modest 1 bedroom condos in the $160,000 range to luxurious waterfront single family homes and condos up to $9 million.

parkshore gulf condos                                    Park Shore Condos, Gulf of Mexico, Naples, Florida

Today, there are more than 600 single-family homes, 25 high-rise condos, many mid-rise condos and commercial real estate property that make up Park Shore. For those that enjoy waterfront living, private beach and park access and many other community amenities, you’ll want to visit Park Shore, Naples.



Dog Parks In Naples, Florida

Looking for dog parks in Naples, Florida? We have three off-leash dog parks in Naples and one dog friendly island!


Central Bark at 99 Riverside Circle, Naples, Florida 34102 is near the intersection of Central Avenue and Goodlette-Frank Road. The park is within walking distance of Old Naples and Fifth Avenue South. This dog park features 1.35 acres and has separate off-leash areas for large and small dogs, benches, water fountains, a shaded structure, dog washing stations, waste-bag dispensers, waste cans and plenty of running room. There’s a nice group of regulars that meet at the park and the area is safe and offers free parking. This park incorporates public art and is connected to the Greenway with trails for walking and biking. Donations for upkeep at the park are accepted and appreciated. Park hours are from dawn until dusk.

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Central Bark Naples Dog Park

Old Naples is within walking distance to many amenities including this well-kept dog park for your family companion.

Rover Run is located in North Naples at 1895 Veterans Park Drive. Naples, Florida in Veterans Community ParkSmall and large dogs have separate fenced-in areas and there is a shaded sitting area for pet owners. You’ll find a clean water source and small kiddie pools for the pups. A waste station with bags and receptacles is also available. This park is maintained by volunteers so any help keeping the park clean or reporting problems is appreciated. If you have questions about the park, you can contact Veterans Community Park’s Administration, which runs this area of the park. Their phone number is (239) 252-4682.

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Rover Run Dog Park, Naples, Florida

The first East Naples off-leash dog park is called the Golden Gate Paws Park and opened in the Summer of 2016. It is located inside the Golden Gate Community Park. The park offers separate fenced-in areas for small and large dogs, a water station, picnic benches, plentiful parking, and dog waste stations.  Large trees provide shade in the dog park area. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to dusk. The park is closed on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 1:00 pm. To 2:00 p.m. for maintenance.


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                                            Golden Gate Paws Park, Naples Florida

A unique way to enjoy the company of other dog owners and their pets is to visit beautiful Keewaydin Island. Accessible only by boat, leashed dogs are welcome to enjoy the sandy beaches and cool waters of the Gulf of Mexico. If you don’t own a boat, Pure Naples boat rental out of Tin City, allows dogs on their rental boats. Or, take the Hemingway Water Shuttle to Keewaydin out of the Rose Marina on Marco Island. Free parking, complimentary water, and umbrella and beach chair rental is available. Just bring your coolers, and of course your dog!

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                                                 Keewaydin Island, Naples, Florida

No matter what dog park in Naples, Florida you choose, you’ll enjoy bonding time with your best friend  as they run, play and socialize with other dogs, and you may meet a few new friends of your own in the process!

And if you’re looking for a few fun dog related events, the Humane Society of Naples hosts their 3rd annual, “Bow Wow Brunch” Sunday, October 15th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at The Continental restaurant on Third Street South. 

And if you’re still searching for your new best friend why not adopt one? There are thousands of pets in shelters that need loving homes. Coldwell Banker founded the Homes for Dogs Project, a partnership with aimed at helping those adorable adoptable dogs find loving homes. Together, the pair has helped more than 20,000 dogs find their forever homes .





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Press Release for Eye Candy Delafield

My designer eye wear client, Eye Candy and Eye Candy Kids in Delafield, Wisconsin was moving to a larger location. Owner, Paula Hornbach asked me to write a press release and pitch the media with this exciting news. The next morning, I received word that it was already published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel! Congrats to Paula on making the move to a new larger location in downtown Delafield, and continued success. Need a press release for your business? Need someone to pitch your business to the media for publicity? Contact me at: Read the original release here:


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Patti Genko Voice Over on Soundcloud.

It’s been a busy Spring and I’ve been posting some voice over work on Soundcloud.
You never know what a client will need. I have quite a few Senior and ethnic voices I have developed. A raspy, younger sound, a good professional corporate read. You can hear some of my latest work at my Soundcloud page. Contact me if you’d like me to audition for a production you are working on.