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Marco Island and More

Posted by Nancy J. Cohen on August 28, 2011

With the threat from Hurricane Irene gone from South Florida, we ran off to Marco Island for two days of fun in the sun. The Hilton offers the best rates and has great food, a beautiful pool area, free beach chairs (but there is a fee for parking, use of wi fi Internet in rooms, and beach umbrellas), a business center with free computer use, and friendly staff. The rooms are comfortable, many with lovely views.

Marco pool    



We like the café and the lounge in the hotel. Here are other restaurants we’d recommend: Snook Inn, Pelican Bend, and Capri Fish House. They’re all great for seafood.


Then on Saturday, I attended a meeting over on Florida’s west coast. The Southwest Florida Romance Writers meets regularly in Estero, located between Naples and Fort Myers. Whoever wants to meet for lunch first gathers in the Bistro downstairs at the Miromar Design Center. The meeting with a speaker begins at 1:00 on the third floor. Member Michael Joy shared some tips he’d learned during a residency in a Master of Fine Arts program. I enjoyed his teaching technique as much as the tools he mentioned on creating realistic dialogue.

Writers are very generous in sharing what we know. Attending local meetings, reading online blogs, going to conferences, and entering writing contests offer a tremendous amount of valuable information and feedback. In Florida, we have branch chapters of RWA, MWA, and Sisters in Crime. This year the Ninc national conference in October will be held in St. Pete Beach. It’s New Rules, New Tools: Writers in Charge, an essential and dynamic topic. And in case you didn’t already know, Sleuthfest will be moving to Orlando in March 1-4, 2012 so you can bring your families along.

Whether you escape for a carefree weekend or to a writing workshop, it’s always good to have a change of pace. Where is your favorite two or three-day getaway?


6 Responses to “Marco Island and More”

  1. Looks heavenly! Sannibel, Naples and Ft. Myers Beach used to be our favorite getaway spots. Nowadays we’re making do with the backyard pool. Which, to tell the truth, isn’t bad either!

  2. There’s always Fort Lauderdale beach!

  3. Suzi Boess said

    I love MArco Island and Naples. I’d be happy browsing around there for a few days:)

  4. It’s a great weekend jaunt, isn’t it? Naples has more to do, and Marco is more laid back. Both have beautiful beaches.

  5. Jeanne Meeks - said

    I’m glad you enjoyed Naples and sorry I missed your visit to SWFRW. I attended several of their meetings last winter and plan to join as a member this coming winter. It’s a good drive down from Fort Myers, but worth the effort. Marco is great –Tiger Tail beach? Can’t remember the exact name, but it’s a wonderful beach.

  6. The SWFRW group meets now at Miromar Design Center, at exit 123 off I-75. It isn’t that far from Fort Myers and it’s next to the outlet mall.

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