July 27, 2016

Naples, FL Recap

If you follow me on Instagram (shameless self-promo), you might know that I spent most of last week on the other coast of Florida with my cousin, brother, sister, and grandma. For the last eight (nine?) summers, excepting one, we've spent five or so days in Naples. I'm not huge into traditions because I don't like repetition, and I do tend to get bored doing the same things, but I always look forward to this annual trip. It's weird that this past summer might have been my last family trip to Naples; next summer is mere months before I graduate college in December, and I don't know what I'll be doing or where I'll be. I definitely realized while I was editing this that I talk about food a lot/really like food... anyway, here's a brief look at what we did and where we went! 

Wednesday ::

Once we got off the highway, we went straight to Publix to grab some snacks for the hotel room and then next door to Rita's for some frozen custard (to-die for. Even better than gelato, and I've OD'd on the real stuff in Italy). We ended the day with a movie (Finding Dory) and dinner. I had chicken wings for the first time in forever, and they were so. good. Can I just eat chicken wings every day?

Thursday ::

We started the day with Panera breakfast before attempting to go to the beach. It began to pour right as we pulled into a parking spot, and thunderstorms + beach is not a good combination, so we went back to the hotel to change before heading over to the mall. After walking around for a bit and grabbing some lunch, we went back to the hotel, again, to chill before going out to eat at Mr. Tequila (so good and I highly recommend it if you're ever in the Naples area and like Mexican food. The burritos a la roqueta are my favorite). After dinner we I grabbed some DQ and went for a swim.

Friday ::

Friday morning we left for Sanibel at 10:30 AM. I love Sanibel just because of all the pretty seashells. I didn't find very many this trip, but I just love the beaches on the Gulf side of Florida; the water is so much calmer and clearer, and it's just overall more peaceful than the beaches over here on the Atlantic side. We spent a few hours on the beach and a couple more trying to find food and the interstate :) When we finally did make it back, the afternoon thunderstorms had passed, and we rinsed off in the pool and showered before getting ready to go out to dinner. 

Saturday ::

Saturday was our last full day in Naples. Another Panera breakfast and then we went mini-golfing. I came in last, par usual (do you see what I did there?). It was extremely hot out, so once we hydrated and cooled down, we grabbed lunch at Skyline Chili. Definitely my guilty pleasure. I don't even like/eat hot dogs (uh... gross), but I live for Skyline Chili. We hung out back at the hotel for a couple of hours before heading over to the mall again to do a little shopping. After eating at the Cheesecake Factory (and stopping at Rita's for me because I passed on the cheesecake), we rented The Avengers to watch for the hundredth time.

Sunday ::

We had Sunday brunch at this place called Skillets, and I ordered a scrambled egg sandwich with chives and bruschetta on wheat (it was as good as it looks). 

Anyone who knows me knows that I love doughnuts. It's quite literally an unhealthy obsession. I insisted on stopping at Peace, Love & Little Donuts after brunch before we got on the road to head home, and I really wish there was one of these closer to me. There had to be 30 different varieties, and they all looked so good. We ordered a half dozen, but I easily could eat a full dozen myself ;)



  1. Naples is beautiful, my boyfriend's family lives near there so I've been a couple of times. Rita's custard is probably my favorite thing in the universe. They don't have Rita's where I go to school which is heartbreaking so I'm glad they're here in New Jersey for when I come home. Also, I wish I could reach through my screen and grab one of those donuts ahh they look delicious.

    Lauren // laurenpepperman.com

    1. The doughnuts were SO good! Definitely jealous that you have access to a Rita's— the one we had at home closed and now the closest one is two hours away :(

  2. Your photos look so beautiful! I need to get myself down to FL asap!

    xo Jen
    Skirt The Rules

    1. Thanks so much, Jen! Florida weather is pretty great most of the time, but it's definitely better in the winter when the humidity is down and it's not in the 90s every day ;)


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