Naples Winter Wine Festival - Top 10 Affluent Events in Florida

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2015 Naples Winter Wine Festival

Top Affluent Events in Florida

It’s almost time to raise a glass and toast the Naples Winter Wine Festival. The annual event is ranked is one of most successful charity wine auctions in the U.S., according to Wine Spectator. This will mark 15 years of bringing renowned celebrity chefs and vintners from around the globe to Naples to one of the best Florida beach cities. The three-day festival will raise money for children in need. Since starting in 2001, the winter wine festival has raised more than $123 million to support children’s charities.

Guests also have the opportunity to attend a three day gala which includes private dinners prepared by the country's finest chefs and paired with exceptional wines from vintners spanning the globe. This prestigious and rare dining opportunity comes at a price. Tickets to the event start at $8,500 per couple for festival tickets, with a $20,000 package that includes reserved seating for a party of four at the Ritz Carlton, home of the winter wine festival. Naples is the perfect setting and is ranked as one of the wealthiest city in the United States.

Not too far from where the winter wine festival is being held is one of Naples’ first master-planned communities, Pelican Bay winner of our 2014 Bliss Award for Best Beach Community of the Year. It is situated on one of the finest coastal Bay and Gulf preserves in the state of Florida. It is home to an extraordinary estuary system connecting the community to the Naples white sandy beaches. Upper Clam Bay, Outer Clam Bay, and Inner Clam Bay are protected mangrove habitats located between the Pelican Bay neighborhoods and beaches. Community amenities include a private golf club, 18 tennis courts, a fitness center, two beach clubhouses and a community center for social activities. The lush, Arthur Hills-designed golf course is a 27-hole course weaving through the Pelican Bay neighborhoods and around decorative man-made lakes. Home choices include beachfront condominiums, townhomes and single family homes. Set in a prime location, this is one is just one reason why Naples is recognized as one of the best Florida beach cities.

Nearby is Grey Oaks Country Club. Located on desirable Naples’ real estate close to the beach, it is home to three championship golf courses, an 18-hole putting course, two driving ranges, two golf clubhouses, 8 lighted Har-Tru tennis courts, and two top notch fitness centers. It has received many honors as one of the top one percent of private country clubs in the U.S., including the Platinum Club award. Grey Oaks Country Club has also been named the Florida Course of the Year by the National Golf Course Owners Association and a Top 35 Private Country Club. Grey Oaks Country Club home prices average over $3 million.

Lely Resort is another outstanding Naples golf community with home styles of all types. It’s located just 20 minutes from Marco Island. Lely Resort has 3 championship golf courses, 7 tennis courts, 3 resort-style pools, 3 clubhouses, a 20,000-square-foot amenity center and a full service spa and fitness center. Under construction, Lely's new 4-acre tennis facility is expanding their Har-Tru tennis court count to 13. The tennis center will include a pro shop, outdoor seating, and refreshment bar. Lely Resort has been voted Community of the Year for the 5th year in a row by the Collier Building Industry Association. The Flamingo Course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. and The Mustang Course designed by Lee Trevino are Lely Resort golf courses open to the public. The Classics Course designed by Gary Player is the community's private course. The Players Club and Spa is Lely's crown jewel amenity. There are enticing hot tubs, a tropical tiki bar with flat screen TV's, a fitness center, full service staffed spa, tennis courts, bocce ball courts, children's water tot lot, and more at Lely Resort.

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