Anna Maria Island One of the Top 30 Islands in the World

By | October 29, 2014

The Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau recently announced that Anna Maria Island has been named one of the world’s top islands, by Conde Nast Traveler readers. The travel magazine recently released the winners of its annual Readers’ Choice Awards, which ranks top cities, hotels, resorts, spas and cruise lines in the world, based on readers’ votes. One of only 11 U.S. islands on the list, and the … Read More! »

Lakewood Ranch Information

By | October 27, 2014

As a 25-year resident of the Sarasota area I can tell you that Lakewood Ranch is an extremely popular area and is one of the nicer areas to live on Florida’s Gulf coast – it’s very nicely manicured throughout and there are many, many walking trails, lakes, and public parks to add ambiance. It’s self-sufficient with grocery stores, gas stations, A+-rated schools, and even a downtown area with … Read More! »

November in Sarasota

By | October 27, 2014

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 forMore Information Nov. 1st Ferrari’s On The Circle Lido Key St. Armands Circle Association Nov. 1-2nd 27th Annual Downtown Venice Art Festival Venice ArtFestival.com Nov. … Read More! »

Bijou Cafe for Fine Dining in the Theater & Arts District of Sarasota

By | October 24, 2014

bijou

The Bijou Café is a charming Continental-American restaurant located in the heart of Sarasota’s downtown Theatre & Arts District. Over the years the cuisine, award-winning wine list and exemplary unobtrusive service have set the standard for dining on the Sun Coast and established the Bijou as one of Sarasota’s most sought after fine dining destinations. Since 1986, Chef Jean-Pierre Knaggs and his wife Shay have owned and operated The Bijou Café. … Read More! »

Sarasota Real Estate Statistics for September 2014

By | October 22, 2014

The Sarasota Association of Realtors just released the sales statistics for last month which show that the Sarasota County real estate market remained on pace for near record sales numbers in September 2014, ending the month with 934 closed transactions – 14 percent higher than last September when 817 properties changed hands. Sales for the first three-quarters of the year now stand at 8,784, about 200 sales over … Read More! »

Jazz on the Water Cruise

By | October 21, 2014

The Jazz Club of Sarasota presents another one of its popular “Jazz on the Water” cruises aboard LeBarge, which departs from Bayfront Park in downtown Sarasota. The date is Sunday, November 2nd from 2-4:00pm. Guests will enjoy the swinging Dixieland sounds of The Greg Nielsen Quartet with Nielsen on trombone, Howie Smith on tuba, Bobby Tees on cornet and Dean Fernald on keyboard. Tickets are $30 for Jazz … Read More! »

Save Our Seabirds

By | October 17, 2014

Pelicans

We were looking for something to do on a rainy Wednesday in Sarasota so we decided to take a drive out to Longboat Key off Ken Thompson Parkway. This Seabird Sanctuary is across from Mote Marine Aquarium. It’s a wonderful non-profit organization in the community for birds that are sick, rescued or injured. Birds of all different species are brought into the facility to rehabilitate from injuries and … Read More! »

Rosa Fiorelli Winery

By | October 14, 2014

Rosa Fiorelli Winery

Last weekend the weather was perfect for a convertible ride so we headed east from Lakewood Ranch to check out the Rosa Fiorelli Winery in east Manatee County. We tasted some really nice wines and enjoyed chatting with Heather and Rosa in their tasting room. They have been in business for 16 years. The Winery has its own building for fermenting and bottling, and a separate building for … Read More! »

Sarasota Real Estate Statistics for August 2014

By | October 2, 2014

The Sarasota Association of Realtors recently released the sales statistics for the month of August 2014 which show sales remaining strong during the month. Homes and condos continued to sell at a brisk pace in Sarasota County in August, once again nearly reaching the 1,000 level with 975 closed transactions. The eight-month total from the start of the year now stands at 7,850, about 100 sales ahead of … Read More! »

Sarasota Top Dog Show

By | October 2, 2014

Join Donte’s Den Foundation in supporting the 2014 Top Dog Show on October 18th from 5:30 – 8:30pm at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium. The area’s premier dog lovers event features a Westminster-like dog show where owners can enter their four-legged friends in playful categories including: Best Dressed, Best Hair, Best Catch and Fetch, Best Kiss, Funniest Dog Trick. Patrons will enjoy fine dining with their canine companions or chilling … Read More! »