remember your experience of exploring all
that Matlacha Island has to offer.”
North of Fort Myers, Charlotte County,
which comprises Punta Gorda/Englewood
Beach and the Charlotte Harbor Gulf
Island Coast communities, gives visitors a
taste of old Florida.
“We’re the quiet side of Florida and we
tell visitors our best side is outside, but
you’ve got to come out of the sun to see all
that’s here,” said Tish Sheesley, executive
director, Arts and Humanities Council of
Art galleries, festivals and exhibits, performances from the Charlotte Symphony
Orchestra and theatrical productions offer
visitors artistic and cultural experiences
History buffs can soak up the rich past
at its varied museums, including the
Blanchard House Museum of African
American History and Culture of Charlotte
County. Exhibits tell the story of Punta Gorda’s early African-American pioneers.
The Military Heritage Museum in
Fisherman’s Village in Punta Gorda, and
the Visual Arts Center across from Fisher-
man’s Village, are both unique venues that
can be rented out to groups, according to
Sheesley. The Art Deco Visual Arts Center’s
First Federal Gallery and Goff Gallery are
available for up to 170 guests for rental
after-hours and on weekends.
According to DeBenedetto of the Naples
Marco Island Everglades CVB, there is
varied culture in her neck of the woods
as well, including the Southwest Florida
Performing Arts Center in Bonita Springs,
which opened in June 2016.
“The center brings in all kinds of shows,
including bands and improv troupes,” De-
Benedetto said. “It is a really nice venue for
groups and it holds quite a few people.”
The venue has a 1,000-plus capacity and
more than 20,000 square feet of function
Another spot for groups, Venue Na-
ples, launched earlier this year. Culinary
Institute of America graduate Brian Roland
owns Venue Naples—a place that brings
together art and the art of food—including
the Gallery of Amazing Things art space.
“Corporate groups love hosting events
here because of our flexibility and the
freedom we give groups to change the look
of our space,” Roland said.
The Naples Art Association offers a
creative twist on event and meeting space
at the Watson Gallery, with space for up
to 250-plus for receptions. Rental of the
gallery includes use of the lobby and Young
Plaza, which is the back deck that overlooks Cambier Park.
Discover a world of authentic,
immersive, and memorable
experiences in the most desirable
Competitive group rates and
booking incentives: 855-638-1465
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