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Tuesday, June 03, 2008


Hi girls. Brent and I had a business meeting together this morning and the location where the meeting was held had this magazine, shown above, in their lobby. Brent was like "Oh it must be a sign." Ha ha! That's right - a sign that the AGD girls weekend is definitely a MUST DO! I mentioned this past weekend that I had spoke with some hotels regarding group rates for our stay. Well luckily, the Naples "Inn on 5th" hotel is willing to give us a group discount of $105 per night. YAY! This is a fab rate considering the regular rate to stay there in the off season like that is approximately $200 a night. You will have up until August 25th to get your room booked under that discounted rate. You will be able to start booking them once I sign off on the proposal paperwork that the hotel emails over to me this week. I'll keep you posted on when that is for sure. When you call to reserve the room, you will need a credit card to reserve the spot. They do not charge anything to it then. It's merely to hold your room under our group rate for that weekend. The Inn on 5th also has a room where we can meet the very first night after everyone has checked in. We'll have tote bags, hats, and tees you can purchase via my website once we get the event logo completed (hopefully tomorrow or before the end of the week). Those will all be handed out at the meet and greet party the first night we arrive. Our thoughts are to do a pajama party that evening. There are more ideas being tossed around as we speak. Should you have some tips, thoughts, advice, all means...please tell us.

The Inn on 5th is an exquisite hotel with a roof top pool that is situated right in the heart of downtown Naples on 5th Avenue. You walk out their doors and you are propelled into a tropical environment with streets that are lined in palm trees. Right outside the hotel room entrance are fantastic restaurants, eclectic and unique shopping boutiques, and the beach which is just a mere 5 blocks from the front door of our hotel. We'll have everything at our fingertips there. I personally love their hotel and love their description of it...."A Mediterranean-inspired boutique inn that lies amid a scenic downtown area alive with arts, entertainment, shops and restaurants." The hotel houses a fitness center, spa, poolside dining, two in house restaurants, room service, wi-fi wireless Internet in your room and throughout the hotel, etc. Gosh knows Angie needs that! Ha ha! Can't live without blogging about our gals while we are snapping shots of all of us beach side, poolside, shop side, etc. Talk about fun!

One other thing, we have also opened the dates up to September 25th-September 28th now instead of the 26th-28th. Brent thought it would be better to tack another day to the event due to all of the flights, travels, etc. biting into our "fun girlie time." You can stay as long or as little as your schedule permits. However, the AGD crew will be there from Thursday the 25th-Sunday the 28th. Therefore, as mentioned above, we plan to do the pajama party meet and greet party that very first night once all of us are there, settled, and checked in. (Thursday September 25th from 8pm-?) On Friday we could spend the day at the beach and then hit the boutique shops and restaurants for dinner and dessert. On Saturday, we have a tour company that can take us by shuttle to the Coconut Point mall in Bonita Springs. You girls know how much I love that place. You will too. However, should we all take a vote to just spend our whole weekend at the beach, we can do that too. Anything works for us. There was even mention by my sister in law of renting a boat on one day and chartering it out/taking it out to have a little fun in the sun with all of us. They do have a company that offers boat tours like that for groups such as ours while there.

In the end, our main goal is just to veg out, catch some rays, make new friends and build on existing friendships, as well as laugh, laugh, laugh, and laugh some more. If shopping isn't in your budget while there, no problem. It's just fun to hang out and window shop with the girls. I can't wait! This is going to be a blast! Are you asking your girlfriends from around home and elsewhere if they are free to join you and us for the wild and crazy event? We sure hope so!

Stay tuned for more exciting details to come....



Anonymous Melinda said...

Hello Ang,
I am looking at booking my ticket and had some questions....the flight that I am looking into taking is getting me to FL at 6:20pm wondering if we are planning on renting cars or taking taxis to the hotel and how far it is from the airport to the hotel? Also the flight that I am looking at would have me leaving FL on Sunday at 4:45pm. I am very excited and spreading the word to many friends.

Let me know what the plan looks like and I am here to help with any of the planning details. I think that the boat idea is a great one:)

Thanks so much!!!

6/03/2008 5:55 PM  
Blogger Angie (Angelica Grace Designs) said...

Hi Melinda. Good questions....I'm going to post these here so that we can make sure everyone sees them. Hope that is ok.

1) The hotel is about 45 minutes from the Ft. Myers airport. There is a taxi/van/shuttle that we use and they are very good and reputatable. The phone # for them is (800) 395-9524. They will pick you up and bring you to the hotel as well as transfer you back. You might want to call and check pricing with them as far as the cost but I believe it is about $79 for 2 people. The airport sets the cost of the taxi and shuttle transportation so therefore they are all pretty much the same price. The difference between this company and others is that they don't stop and pick anyone else up or drop anyone else off along the way. They just transfer your party only. You could rent a rental car if you like. I haven't looked into the price of that yet but its something I might do just to have. The hotel we are staying at has free valet parking as you come and go.

2) I will most likely be arriving into Florida on September 25th at about 11:30am that day. My flight on Sunday will depart on or around 3:55pm. If anyone would like to pitch in on a shuttle with me as we depart that day to cut down on the cost to the airport, I'm game. I'd need to leave and be at the airport by 1:55pm.

Hope this helps some of you. Please continue to ask questions if you have them. I'll post them here for all to see so that all of us are up to speed on the exact details.

Thanks! I too am sooooo looking forward to this. I'm really stoked that you are coming along. We are going to have a blast. It will be great to meet each of you in person.

Blessings, Angie

6/03/2008 6:10 PM  
Anonymous Rhonda said...

Hey Angie,
I would love to come!! I would love to meet you in person! But, I have this 4 year old who has never been away from mommy over night. You all will have a blast!! I was wondering if I could still purchase the shirt and tote bag? I know how cute they will be!!! The place looks fabulous!! Have a super night!!!


6/03/2008 6:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Angie,

Off the subject of your post.. I know you are following the Audrey Caroline story. You MUST go to this link at YouTube and view this video. First is the phone slide show with the story of Audrey. Then there is an actual interview with Todd and Angie that is narrated by their pastor. It has seriously blessed my heart. Makes me realize how trivial my "problems" really are.
Go to YouTube and type in Audrey Caroline.

Rachel M.

6/04/2008 1:01 AM  
Anonymous Leslie said...

I would love to make something for goodie bags for the Meet and Greet Party... Email me please.....

6/04/2008 12:30 PM  
Blogger Angie (Angelica Grace Designs) said...

Leslie, can you send me your email address? I don't have it. Email me at
OK? I'd love to talk to you about adding a goodie to the treat bags for the event. If anyone else out there would like to make things and donate them for the treat bags, it would be a great way to get your name out there. It's an awesome business/networking tool.
Thanks Leslie!

6/04/2008 1:45 PM  
Blogger Angie (Angelica Grace Designs) said...

PS...And yes Rhonda, you can order the bags and tees from the website even if you are unable to attend the event. (I'm so sad!)

I'll keep you all posted on when they've been added to the website.
Hugs, Angie

6/04/2008 1:46 PM  

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