Discover Naples

crayton-coveThis is a great time to get out and discover Naples! The roads are easier to navigate so we can travel to those areas that we haven’t been able to experience during the winter months unless we had visitors that encouraged “checking out the sites.” We’ve seen a lot of things changing peripherally while going about life and now we can see what these changes are all about.

water-colorHistorically, Naples is always changing, but some areas have held onto the original character of Naples and added some charm as it has transitioned to hold its own. Crayton Cove is just such an area.

During these “shoulder season” months, this charming business community offers a number of activities to entice you to spend time by the Naples City Dock. During City Fest, Crayton Cove has an event called “Palette to Palate” where the galleries and restaurants are open and offering special food and drink prices and special artist demonstrations for the public to enjoy while live music fills the air.

storefront water colorSaturday, May 9th, the historic Great Dock Canoe Race activates the Cove during the day with this wonderful fundraising event that pulls our community together to help a local charitable group. This is the 39th year it has taken place and the theme is “The Hunger Games”, which seems appropriate for the benefitting charity, Collier Harvest, which helps support thousands of families in Collier County.

After a break in the afternoon, “Art After Dark” jump starts the evening festivities from 6 to 9 p.m., when The Galleries of Crayton Cove are open and welcoming the public to enjoy a leisurely stroll through their numerous galleries and studios to view the newest works by these well known Naples artists.

This event is an opportunity to mingle with the artists and others interested in the arts. Some of the galleries offer live music by some of Naples’ best musicians. Phil Fisher Gallery will host musicians “Stacey & Guy” which will make for a very festive evening! The Galleries of Crayton Cove consist of Phil Fisher Gallery, Arsenault Gallery, Earth & Fire, ArtGallery OldNaples2, Vintage Charm, Random Acts of Art, Naples Ships Store, Nora Butler Designs and Guess-Fisher Gallery.

The Cove Inn lobby hosts an on-going show of works by all the artists featured in the galleries, as well.

If events aren’t your thing, come and visit Crayton Cove and experience the “laid back” environment that enticed many of us years ago to make this “paradise” our home, whenever it strikes your fancy!

The Galleries of Crayton Cove are a professional artist community in Old Naples by the Bay all within a one-block walk.

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