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Season Preview

Season returns with a full slate of shows, openings and events for 2021-2022—and the creative energy is clear across every sphere: Theater makes a triumphant comeback with a robust lineup of musicals and original plays; craft cocktail culture finds its footing in Southwest Florida; and independent boutiques make stylish debuts. Looking ahead, buzzy restaurants are on the horizon and green spaces keep gaining ground. This isn’t a return to normal—it’s better.

Taste of the Town

Eat and drink well at cocktail lounges, hidden gems and long-awaited openings.   

The Bohemian opens soon
(Photo by Anna Nguyen)

Coming Soon: The Big 5

While the pandemic made the past year quiet for restaurant news, restaurateurs come out swinging with bold new concepts this season.

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Chartruese bar in Bonita Springs
(Photo by Anna Nguyen)

The Bar Boom

A bumper crop of new cocktail lounges comes along with rooftop views, boutique spirits and a dose of tiki fun.

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The Bay House in Naples
(Photo by Nick Shirghio)

Feast of Flavors

New restaurants offer a much-needed infusion of international cuisine.

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ART FIX

Theater shines and shows diversify in this season’s cultural lineup. Here are the events and names you’ll want to know.

Na Hale 'O Waiawi stick sculpture
Courtesy Patrick Dougherty/Paul Kodama [“Na Hale ’Eo Waiawi” by Patrick Dougherty (2003)]

Nature as Art

Naturalist sculptor Patrick Dougherty bring his enchanting creations to Naples Botanical Garden.

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(Illustrations by Joe McKendry)

Power Plays

With an abundance of theatrical productions to choose from this season, we tapped three in-the-know patrons to share their must-see shows.

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Maniscalco
(Courtesy Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall)

Hot Tickets: Performing Arts

Celebrate a return to the stage with international orchestras, riotous stand-up and substantive stories.

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Naples artist Holly Manneck
(Photo by Scott McIntyre)

Hot Tickets: Festivals

Gather with kindred spirits, discover new artists and paint the town at these leading events.

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Retail therapy

With major upgrades at Waterside Shops and Provident Jewelry and new independent boutiques, there are plenty of reasons to get out and shop.

Provident Jeweler expands and adds champagne bar
(Courtesy Provident Jewelry)

Provident Expands

Ladies of Naples, frost yourselves.

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Marissa Collections expands
(Courtesy Marissa Collections)

Keep It Local

Sophisticated swimwear, timeless threads and modern furnishings provide plenty of new reasons to shop now.

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CONSERVATION MATTERS

Groups step up to protect wild spaces while ensuring locals have enhanced access to the thing that drew us here in the first place: the natural setting.

Conservancy of Southwest Florida sunset
(Courtesy Conservancy of Southwest Florida)

Greener Pastures

State and local efforts support preservation as the population balloons.

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Playtime

Resort life gets an upgrade with elevated digs for staycations and more options for jet-setting, outdoor events and multigenerational family fun.

Ria Bar Dining View
(Courtesy The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples)

Puttin’ On The Ritz

Redesigns and new amenities give locals new reasons to visit.

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Wonder Gardens in Bonita Springs
(Photo by Tina Sargeant)

Weekend Plan

Break out the golf clubs, catch the latest flick in style or spend some time with the Wonder Gardens’ adorable new denizens. 

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