Snow Fest Sarasota

By | November 30, 2016

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Do you miss all that snow when you’re here in Sarasota? Well…miss it no more. The weekend of December 16-18th the 6th annual Snow Fest will take place at the Premier Sports Campus at Lakewood Ranch. Celebrate the holiday season at Sarasota’s signature winter event. This is your chance to get out and play with the only snow in Florida with daily snowfall! From giant snow slides to … Read More! »

Inventory of Homes on the Market on the Rise

By | November 29, 2016

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The inventory of properties for sale in Sarasota and Manatee Counties is up by 17.5 percent from last year, and also shows an increase of 3.1 percent from last month, reversing the downward trend that started earlier this year. Year over year, single family home inventory in Sarasota increased by 15.7 percent, while Manatee experienced an 11.3 percent increase. Sarasota condo inventory increased by 35.8 percent and Manatee County increased … Read More! »

December in Sarasota

By | November 25, 2016

Happy Holidays

With Thanksgiving behind us the holiday season is in full swing in Sarasota. There are many of activities and events to choose from. Here are just a few: Date Event or Activity Location Click Link for More Information Dec. 1-31st Holly Days and Mangrove Lights Osprey Historic Spanish Point Dec. 1st Holiday Nights at Ca’ d’Zan Sarasota Ringling Museum Dec. 1st Annual Christmas Walk Venice City of Venice … Read More! »

A Culinary Dining Experience at Puccini’s

By | November 10, 2016

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I had the good fortune of eating at Puccini’s last week (2881 Clark Rd., Sarasota) and gave it 5 STARS! Puccini’s Chef Richard does his magic and cooks in the rear half of the restaurant for those in the back half to see. All the food looked delicious and ours was truly top-notch. A few pointers: 1. Call for a reservation. There are only about 16 tables. 2. … Read More! »

Visit Arcadia

By | November 1, 2016

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A short drive east of Sarasota lies the quaint city of Arcadia. It is the county seat for DeSoto County.  Arcadia is famous throughout Florida for its historic downtown antique district. Additionally, on the fourth Saturday of each month, vendors from surrounding locations take over our streets with even more wares and precious finds. My husband and I decided to check out the town during one of these antique … Read More! »

7th Annual Siesta Key Crystal Classic International Sand Sculpting Festival

By | October 29, 2016

This is one of the more popular events on Siesta Key. Held each November when our weather is picture perfect, the sand sculpting festival draws artists from all over the world to compete for the grand prize. Recently named America’s #1 Beach, the Siesta Key Crystal Classic has become a favorite of the professional sand sculptors who have competed here. The event begins on Friday November 11th and … Read More! »

November in Sarasota

By | October 24, 2016

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With cooler fall temperatures, it’s a great time to get out and enjoy all that the Sarasota area has to offer. Here are just a few of the many events going on around town during November: Date Event or Activity Location Click Link for More Information Nov. 4th Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street Nov. 4-13th Cine-World Film Festival Sarasota Sarasota Film Society Nov. 5th … Read More! »

Real Estate Prices Continue to Rise in the Sarasota Manatee Market

By | October 20, 2016

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The Sarasota Manatee Board of Realtors reports that total closed sales in September in the two-county area are up 2.6 percent over September of last year, with single family sales up 3.8 percent, and condo sales down just under 1 percent. Single family home sales in Manatee County posted a 13.8 percent increase, while condo sales in Sarasota County were up 3.3 percent over last year. Sales were … Read More! »

Lakewood Ranch Tour of Homes

By | October 18, 2016

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From October 21st to November 20th, experience life in Lakewood Ranch during the annual home tour featuring more than 50 stunning model homes throughout the community. Some of the communities featured are The Lake Club, Country Club East, Bridgewater, Esplanade, Mallory Park, Indigo, Harmony, Arbor Grande (villas), Del Webb (over 55 community) and the Waterfront at Main Street (condos). Even if you’re not in the market for a new home it’s … Read More! »

The Origin of the Name Sarasota

By | October 7, 2016

Residents of Sarasota have long speculated about the origin of the name. A plausible sounding daughter Sara was invented for explorer Hernando de Soto, who landed in the Manatee River in 1538, complete with a tragic love story to dramatize a 1916 “Sara de Soto” pageant. The pageant (scene pictured above) became an annual week-long celebration climaxed by a circus parade, and declined when the Barnum & Bailey … Read More! »