My Christmas Present

D.O.D. surprised me with a weekend getaway for my Christmas present. She knows I much prefer receiving ‘memories’ as opposed to ‘things’.

The weekend started off with a Sur La Table cooking class titled “Date Night in Paris”. A steak dish was created, much wine was consumed, and a VERY good time was had by all! Cheers to our new cooking mates from Minnesota. Sadly, I cannot recall their names (see wine comment above) but they were a lovely young couple. We retired for the evening to a charming old school Florida Motel called “Fairways Inn of Naples”. It reminded me of the places my family used to stay in the 70’s – a fun walk down memory lane.

The next morning we explored the Naples Botanical Garden. What a place! I can’t wait to return. Here are a few photos:

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Our final stop of the weekend was lunch at Gumbo Limbo restaurant. Located on a deck overlooking the beach at the Ritz Carlton Naples, this place was everything you might imagine it would be. The service, food, and atmosphere were all world class and it was a great way to cap a fantastic weekend.

Awesome present D.O.D. – thank you!!