November in Sarasota

By | October 24, 2016


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


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


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! »

Roni’s Café in Sarasota

By | October 4, 2016


Roni’s Café is a great little family operated restaurant in Sarasota just east of Tuttle Avenue on Bee Ridge Road. We are frequent diners for brunch after church on Sundays and like the quality of the food, cleanliness of the space and the friendly service. The menu features your normal breakfast and lunch dishes as well as quite a few Mediterranean items. This past week we were on … Read More! »

Pumpkin Festival

By | September 29, 2016


One of the great things about Fall is the number of festivals happening all over town. The Pumpkin Festival at Fruitville Grove has long been a favorite and it’s now in it’s 28th year! It starts this year on Saturday, October 1st and runs every weekend (Saturday and Sunday) through the 30th. There are many fun activities including: Crafters Pony rides Hayrides Live music Moon bounce Mini-Train ride … Read More! »

October in Sarasota

By | September 26, 2016


The weather is great and our fall season is in full swing. There are a myriad of festivals and fun events going on in the Sarasota area during the month of October. Here are just a few to check out: Date Event or Activity Location Click Link for More Information Oct. 1st National Fossil Day Bradenton South Florida Museum Oct. 1st 2nd Annual Beer, Bands & BBQ Lakewood … Read More! »

Sarasota Real Estate Update

By | September 23, 2016

Red Upward Graph

The Sarasota Manatee Association of Realtors reports that sales of distressed properties in the two-county area continued to decline in August, down 53.9 percent from the same month last year. Distressed sales in August comprised only 5.8 percent of total sales compared to 12.8 percent last August. Closed sales of single family homes and condos combined are up only slightly, 1.8 percent ahead of last August. But a closer look at traditional … Read More! »

The Lazy Lobster of Longboat

By | September 20, 2016


While having a week of “staycation” on Longboat Key this week, we had dinner at the Lazy Lobster. Initially we chose the restaurant because it was one of the few that were not closed for vacation during this slow time of the season on the Key. We did not make a reservation as things didn’t seem to be too crowded during the week with traffic being very light … Read More! »

Ringling International Arts Festival

By | September 15, 2016

Ringling Museum Night

October 13- 16, 2016 With daring audacity and riveting virtuosity, performers from across America and around the world are coming to Sarasota for the most innovative, inventive, and exhilarating RIAF yet.   From the “down under” antics of Australian acrobats, to the “over the top” brilliance of internationally-acclaimed musicians, actors, and dancers, the 2016 Ringling International Arts Festival is your opportunity to experience the outrageously sublime, the profoundly surreal, … Read More! »