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My Valentine’s Day Surprise (SHH, DON’T TELL KIMBERLY)
Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays of the year. I love spoiling my wife, Caren, so I usually make a point to take some time away from work (even though Valentine’s Day falls smack in the middle of our busy season) to buy some flowers and make her a home- cooked meal. I love writing poetry, so I always write her a little something, too! Basically, I try to keep our celebration low-key and close to home because I think that makes the romance even more real. That said, I’m changing up my usual MO this year. Caren and I have decided to take Kimberly and her husband, John, along for the Valentine’s Day ride and do a couple’s cooking class together at our local Sur la Table. There’s a running joke in our little circle that Kimberly doesn’t cook (John has even wisecracked that she doesn’t know where the dishes are), so I thought I’d surprise them with the opportunity to cook together. Basically, we’ll all spend a few hours in cooking school, then eat what we cook and wash it down with great wine. The theme of the evening is “Tuscan Night,” so we should get a taste of Italy along
with bites of delicious steak. Caren and I even plan on bringing a bottle of our own wine along for the festivities. We’ve done other cooking classes at Sur la Table before and always have a good time, so I’m really looking forward to the night out! “If you want to steal my plan down to the letter for your own Valentine’s Day celebration, you have my full permission.” If you want to steal my plan down to the letter for your own Valentine’s Day celebration, you have my full permission. However, don’t forget to look around for other options! Everyone deserves to enjoy a beautiful night on Valentine’s Day, and luckily Naples has a host of incredible restaurants and romantic experiences to choose from. I can actually walk to some of the best restaurants in town from my home, including Osteria Tulia on Fifth Avenue (my favorite spot for Italian), and The French (a fantastic spot for a lunch date). So many fine restaurants come to mind that I can’t even list them all!
Beyond food, the Gulf provides a thousand of its own opportunities for romance. If your partner is adventurous, you could rent a boat and sail off at sunset or take a paddle board class together. If they’re more laid-back, you could plan a beautiful picnic on the beach. To really experience Valentine’s Day in luxury, you could even book a cabana at La Playa Resort or set up a spa day (complete with couple’s massage) at The Spa at Naples Grande. Still, I really don’t think anything beats a cozy, romantic Valentine’s Day in your dream home. Caren’s and my kitchen is truly the best place in the city to open a bottle of quality wine, linger over a home-cooked meal, and laugh together. If you can’t picture that kind of romantic night at your own house, it might be time for an upgrade. When you’re ready, Kimberly and I are here to help, and in the meantime, have a fantastic Valentine’s Day out!
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Find a Home You’ll Fall in Love With YOU’RE JUST 3 STEPS AWAY!
When you’re ready to shop for your next home, there’s no need to settle for “good enough.” You deserve a home you’re head-over-heels in love with, and we’re here to make it happen! After years in the real estate business, we’ve developed a foolproof strategy to help people find their dream homes. It’s only three steps, and the end result is true love, every time. STEP 1: CREATE YOUR LOVE LIST First, we ask each client to write down everything they’d love to see in their new home. Are you dreaming of ocean views? A library? Your very own boat dock? A dining room that seats 12? Golf course access from your front door? Write all of those things down. No dream is too small, and it’s impossible to have too many. STEP 2: SEPARATE YOUR WANTS AND NEEDS Now for the hard part. Take a look at your list and start highlighting the things you feel you absolutely need in order to make your home purchase worth it. For many of our clients, things like waterfront property, golf course access, Like the Olympics and presidential elections, leap years only occur once every four years, which is why many people look forward to Feb. 29. But there’s a lot that you might not know about this quirk on the calendar. WHY To keep the calendar in sync with Earth’s orbit around the sun, an extra day is added to it every four years. Earth takes exactly 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds to orbit the sun. Those extra hours add up over time, so another calendar day becomes necessary. But a leap year doesn’t occur every four years. Adding that extra day still doesn’t quite keep Earth on track, so the calendar skips leap years that occur during century years not divisible by 400. For example, 2000 was a leap year, but 2100 won’t be. WHO The odds of being born on Feb. 29 are 1 in 1,461. That means that of the roughly seven billion people in the world, only about five million of them are “leaplings.” The number of leaplings currently living in the U.S. is roughly
and turn-key condition are deal-breakers. Once you’ve highlighted your needs, you’ll know everything you didn’t highlight is a want. Maybe you need beach access but want a private beach. Or maybe you want your home to be both on the water and adjacent to a golf course. With the right property, both your needs and wants can happen (yes, gorgeous, private country club homes on the water exist here!), but having your priorities in order will make the shopping process easier. STEP 3: LEAVE IT TO THE EXPERTS At this point, leave the hunting to us! Hand over your list, and we’ll scour our beautiful city to
find homes that check off all of your needs and as many of your wants as possible. Our deep roots here in Naples mean we have access to dozens of little-known listings, and we’re ready to put all of our contacts to work to find you a home you’ll not only like, but love.
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LEAP INTO 2020 FACTS ABOUT THE LEAP YEAR
187,000. Some famous leaplings include motivational speaker Tony Robbins, rapper Ja Rule, and singer Mark Foster of Foster the People. However, the most famous leapling is probably Superman. When you invent a super- being, you might as well give him a super-birthday. WHERE Anthony, Texas/New Mexico (a single town that straddles the two states’ borders), claims the title “Leap Year Capital of the World.” The city throws one massive birthday party for all leaplings but invites everyone to join the celebration. Two leapling neighbors from Anthony began the tradition in 1988, and it’s blossomed into a festival with thousands of participants every four years. It includes banquets, hot air balloons, a carnival, concerts, parades, and more. When you have four years to plan in between each shindig, there’s time to go big. Celebrate this leap year by doing something unusual or new. It’s a special day that doesn’t occur often, so make the most of it by doing something you’ll talk about for another four years.
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MAKE ROOM FOR LOVE 3 MASTER BEDROOM FEATURES DESIGNED FOR ROMANCE
When you’re shopping for a new home, one of the most important spaces in the house to consider is the master bedroom. A beautiful, romantic master suite can make a home a real contender for your heart, while a cramped, featureless master will send an otherwise perfect choice to the bottom of the barrel. In the past few months, we’ve seen a significant evolution of what’s hot and what’s not for master bedrooms in Naples. In the past, Mediterranean-style rooms were in demand, but now, coastal contemporary has top bidding. With this new, open-floor plan style, the master becomes a place where homeowners can really enjoy their time. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so this seems like a perfect time to share the top three romantic features we’re seeing in master bedrooms this season. Next time you’re in the market for a home, consider adding these items to your “wants” list. A HORIZONTAL FIREPLACE A stunning, low-slung fireplace can turn up the heat in a master — literally! The crackling fire adds ambiance to the space, and warm, soft light makes things feel cozy and romantic.
A SITTING AREA FOR 2 Many spacious masters on the market right now include intimate sitting areas designed to invite couples to relax, chat, and drink wine together at the end of the day. An area like this will turn your master into more of a living space, and you might never want to leave! A PERFECT WATER VIEW Large windows are a must for a master, and if they overlook the ocean or a backyard pool, even better. Almost every luxury home in Naples includes a pool, and a view of the blue water reflecting sunlight or lit softly from below is always a beautiful sight. It’s easy to check off all three of these things from your list here in Naples. Imagine: Pretty soon you could be sitting in a cozy chair in your master, warming up by the fire as you enjoy your pool view. Balconies overlooking the ocean, steam rooms, and glass doors leading poolside are also common master features here. Really, the sky’s the limit for romance in Florida — and Kimberly-Vincent can find the perfect type for you.
Date Truff les
TAKE A Break
• 1 lb medjool dates, pitted (about 1 1/2 cups) • 1/2 tsp sea salt • Warm water • 1/4 cup peanut butter • 1 cup bittersweet or dark chocolate, chopped • 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1. Using a food processor, blend dates and sea salt until dough can be formed into a ball. Slowly add enough warm water to mixture to thicken dough. 2. Roll dough into tablespoon-sized balls. Freeze for 20–30 minutes. 3. In microwave, warm 1/4 cup peanut butter for 30 seconds, then drizzle peanut butter on top of balls. Freeze balls for another 20 minutes. 4. Meanwhile, in microwave, warm chocolate with coconut oil until melted. Stir well. 5. Coat balls in chocolate and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. 6. Top with additional salt and freeze for 30 minutes. Serve at room temperature.
Inspired by The Minimalist Baker
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Create Your Own Odyssey MYTHICAL ADVENTURES AWAIT IN THE MEDITERRANEAN
One of the oldest stories in Western literature is Homer’s “The Odyssey.” This epic poem tells the story of Odysseus and his long journey home after the Trojan War. While Odysseus’ travels were fraught with mythical monsters and magic, many of the places he visited are said to be inspired by real islands in the Mediterranean. Even today, travelers flock to these islands looking for peace, adventure, and epic stories of their own. SICILY, ITALY One of the most popular stories in “The Odyssey” is the tale of Odysseus rescuing his crew from Polyphemus, a man-eating Cyclops. It’s said that Polyphemus made his home on what is now modern- day Sicily. Fortunately, there are no Cyclopes in Sicily today; there are only cultural festivals, world-class golf courses, and delicious food. GOZO, MALTA While Odysseus’ journey was perilous, he did enjoy one peaceful stop. Odysseus spent seven years on
the mythical island of Ogygia, home of the nymph Calypso. Historians suspect that Ogygia was Gaudos, now modern-day Gozo, Malta. Gozo is home to the Ġgantija temples, which are older than the Egyptian pyramids. In addition to exploring its archaeological marvels, Gozo’s visitors can also enjoy snorkeling, horseback riding, and other memorable adventures. ITHACA, GREECE If you want to chart your own odyssey, make your final stop Odysseus’ home, the island of Ithaca. Covered in lush greenery and quaint villages, Ithaca is a wonderful place to relax at the end of your trip. Visitors can enjoy their morning coffee by a seaside cafe before lounging on a secluded beach for the rest of the day. It’s no wonder why Odysseus fought so hard to get back to Ithaca! With dozens of other islands to explore, the Mediterranean is the perfect place to plan your own odyssey — minus the mythical monsters, of course.
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