Alisa Marie Coccari

Correspondent

  • Naples, Florida, USA

Alisa Marie Coccari is a Forbes Travel Guide correspondent who lives in Naples and covers Southwest Florida. She’s the former editor in chief of Home & Design Magazine, a luxury design publication for Southwest Florida, and her design work is also published in Naples Illustrated, Your Home Magazine, and The San Francisco Chronicle. While living abroad in the resplendent Cayman Islands for the past several years, Coccari was a full-time writer and was published in REAL LIFE Magazine, Good Taste Magazine, Explore Magazine and The Resident Magazine. Her travel writing extends as a contributor for Livestrong.com, and her work has also appeared in the Arizona Republic News.

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    What are the rooms like at The Gasparilla Inn & Club?

    The Gasparilla Inn & Club offers 66 elegantly appointed rooms and suites, as well as a grouping of 18 quaint, comfortable private cottages and villas that are fully equipped for families, reunions and wedding parties. The pet-friendly cottages and villas can be configured to one- to four-bedroom units (making the resort's total room tally 142). Crisp white linens paired with bright pillows and candy-colored fabrics accent rooms with charming white wooden furniture. Spring-green lattice-designed carpets are soft under bare feet after a long day on the beach. The pastel-hued palette sets the scene for an easy casual elegance. The smell also helps set the scene — you’ll likely get a whiff of a citrusy fragrance. The luxury hotel uses a light orange scent throughout to relax its guests.

    The private cottages and villas, located a hop-skip across the street from the main inn, have a series of bedrooms, baths, kitchens, living rooms (some with fireplaces) and screened and lanai porches. They are great for families who need to sprawl out on vacation. Their Old World charm and simple grace are matched with technology and modern conveniences, including flat-screen televisions, wireless Internet, private temperature controls and comfortable Tempur-Pedic beds.
  • On September 9, 2013
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    What’s the best time to visit The Gasparilla Inn & Club?

    The best time to visit The Gasparilla Inn & Club is between October and July, when it’s open for the season. The 2013-2014 season kicks off October 10 for the quiet respite; the time of year offers idyllic weather for tennis, golf, croquet and the beach. The winter also welcomes the official social season and the holidays, when the resort bubbles with socialites and families who visit for Old Florida traditions such as afternoon tea (gentlemen must wear coats during social season), sandcastle-building contests, game nights, children’s outdoor movie nights and the Gasparilla Kids Krewe programs. In January, the Florida Gulf Coast hotel hosts the annual Food & Wine Weekend with master chef Peter Timmins and other culinary notables.

    When the weather turns warmer, sportsmen arrive at the inn. They come out for the Boca Grande Fishing Classic in May and tarpon-fishing season in May to early July. The warm temperatures, beach and sand also draw in families who vacation at the kid-friendly resort during spring break. Another event that draws in people is the B4 - Beach, BBQ, Bourbon and Beer Weekend held in June, which offers cooking demonstrations and tastings with plenty of food and libations. The Fourth of July is also a popular time for families to visit. The luxury hotel is decorated with patriotic bunting and fills the holiday week with activities, barbecue cookouts, croquet, golf and tennis. As it celebrates America’s birthday, the resort also marks the closing of its season.
  • On September 9, 2013
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    What is the design style of The Gasparilla Inn & Club?

    You can’t help but notice The Gasparilla Inn & Club’s design style when you arrive and see its stately Neo-Classical façade, complete with impressive white columns. A duo of doormen welcomes you at the grand plantation-style porch, which is dotted with white rocking chairs meant for sipping lemonade and relaxing into a quieter pace. The foyer is superbly fragrant with the scent of mandarin oranges and citrus swirling up to the tall antique ceilings. A grand staircase, reminiscent of bygone days, leads upward to the resort’s suites, while downstairs, a formal sitting room, parlor, gentlemen’s lounge, game room and restaurant brim with fresh orchids. There is a resident floral designer on staff who cares for the magnificent arrangements of blooming orchids. Some of the inn’s original furniture has been carefully restored, painted a crisp white and upholstered with punchy, bright fabrics in lemon yellows, minty greens and hibiscus pinks. The colors resemble the Lilly Pulitzer preppy palette. Original antiques fill this historic inn — from near the entryway to the parlors — but it still manages to exude a casual-chic atmosphere.
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