Naples is a beautiful town on the Gulf of Mexico in Southwest Florida, USA. Let me introduce myself by telling you why I moved here!
I’ve lived in Virginia, Vermont, New Mexico, Southern California and most recently in West Virginia. I’ve loved each of those places and the mountains of West Virginia are beautiful but after three especially cold, snowy winters I’d had enough freezing weather and icy roads.
Sarasota was my childhood home and the idea of moving back to Florida seemed comforting. I imagined living in a small town where I could ride my bike to the beach, feel the breeze on my shoulders, hear the gulls calling and the waves splashing onto the sand… a place to relax, regroup and start the next chapter of my life.
Over the last few years, I’ve rededicated myself to painting which was my focus in college, so in addition to the beach and warm winters, the many opportunities to exhibit and sophisticated audience of art patrons made Naples my best choice!
Sunny weather all winter long just confirmed that I’d made a great decision. My home in Naples is a short ten minute drive to the beach and to downtown shopping and dining. One of the advantages Naples has over other Florida beach towns is… no bridge! Fort Myers, Sarasota and St. Petersburg/Clearwater, all beautiful gulf beach towns to the north, all require driving over a bridge to get to the barrier islands where the beaches are located. This means you can get stuck in a traffic jam on weekends, holidays or during high tourist season. Not so in Naples. The sugar white sand beaches line the mainland so access is easy!