Bravo TV’s hit series “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” may be about splitting up, but if there’s one thing real-life besties know for sure, it’s how to stick together. The Lemon Tree Inn, a motel-chic boutique hotel located in Naples, Fla., invites girlfriends to create their own getaway.
Designed to evoke the feel of Old Florida, but with a 21st-century ambience, Lemon Tree Inn is an enclave of tranquility just steps from the high-end shops of Fifth Avenue South. All of its 34 individually decorated guest rooms face a landscaped garden courtyard. Gather in the gazebo to toast your reunion then settle into Adirondack chairs in a garden setting to plan your getaway — of follow these suggestions:
Shop ’Til You Drop: A short walk from Lemon Tree Inn, Fifth Avenue South is one of the country’s most well known shopping meccas, home to an array of boutiques, galleries and alfresco dining venues. Waterside Shops, just a bit north of Downtown Naples offers valet parking, so there’s no need to worry about loading up on shopping bags filled with treasures from Louis Vuitton, Saks Fifth Avenue and Salvatore Ferragamo. Find knick-knacks and quirky gifts at Tin City or head a bit south to find deals at the Naples Outlet Center.
Nature Calls: Lemon Tree Inn boasts a heated swimming pool, but plan at least one beach day into your stay. Just eight blocks from Lemon Tree, white sand beaches fronting the Gulf of Mexico beckon. All beaches offer public access. Feeling sundrenched? Head for Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary to wander the 2.25-mile boardwalk through the nation’s only remaining old-growth cypress forest. Time your return to the hotel to include an evening stop at Naples Pier to watch the sun set over the Gulf of Mexico.
Dine Around: Naples boasts a bountiful dining scene ranging from long-time favorites to casual pubs to chic alfresco eateries. New in 2016, 1500 South is a waterfront venue by celebrity chef Art Smith whose unique cuisine pairs the best of Southern cooking with an Italian influence. On Third Street South, Continental American Provisions and Craft Bar serves up hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood, craft cocktails and live entertainment seven nights a week. Another hot spot, 7th Avenue Social features an eclectic menu and entertainment into the wee hours.
About The Lemon Tree Inn: The Lemon Tree Inn is a locally owned 34-room boutique hotel. Individually decorated guest rooms feature four-post mahogany beds, wicker sleigh beds and unique artwork combined to evoke the feel of Old Florida. Complimentary continental breakfast is served poolside and cold lemonade is on offer all day. For more information or to book a reservation, call 888-800-LEMO or visit www.LemonTreeInn.com.