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Burns Court Dining

By | April 14, 2011

The Burns Court Historic District has been designated a U.S. historic district since 1984. The district runs from 400 through 446 Burns Court and 418, 426, and 446 South Pineapple Avenue and contains 24 historic buildings. The area is a mix of residential, art and antique galleries, shops, restaurants and the Burns Court Cinema.

Retropolitan in Burns Court

I had the pleasure of dining at the Retropolitan last week and would highly recommend it. The owners refer to it as a gastro pub which is a British term for a public house that specializes in serving high-quality food which it was. It’s not your run-of-the-mill menu and everything we tried was good including crab cakes, tilapia, grilled meatloaf and fried chicken salad. As sides, the watermelon, feta and mint salad and fried green tomatoes were tasty. There are only 12 tables and no reservations for parties less than 6 so arrive early or expect to wait a bit.

If you’re in the mood for good food in a quaint atmosphere check them out at http://www.retropolitangrill.com/.

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April in Sarasota

By | March 31, 2011

Spring has sprung and the weather couldn’t be better! Get out and enjoy all that Sarasota has to offer. Here’s just a few of the activities happening in the Sarasota area during the month of April:

Date Event or Activity Location Click Link forMore Information
April 1st SFF Moonlight Movies: Megamind Nokomis Sarasota Film Festival
April 2nd 25th Annual Run for the Turtles Siesta Key Mote Marine Aquarium
April 2-3rd Flea Market & Collectible Fair Sarasota Flea Market
April 2nd YouthArts Fest Sarasota Sarasota Arts
April 3rd US Polo Assn. Southeast Regional Classic Lakewood Ranch Sarasota Polo
April 3rd DeSoto Seafood Festival Bradenton Seafood Festival
April 4th Asolo Rep’s Starry Night Dinner: Dinner on Stage Sarasota Asolo Theatre
April 6th Viagara Falls @ Van Wezel Performing Art Hall Sarasota Van Wezel
April 8-10th Vinyl Music Festival Sarasota Vinyl Festival
April 8-10th Shark’s Tooth Festival Venice Shark’s Tooth Festival
April 7-17th Sarasota Film Festival Sarasota Sarasota Film Festival
April 9th Eco Fest Celebrating 41st Anniversary Earth Day 2011 Sarasota Sarasota Eco Fest
April 10th The Broadway Boys – Venice Theatre Concert on MainStage Venice Venice Theatre
April 11th Sarasota Film Festival: Youth Screenwriters’ Circle LIVE! Sarasota Sarasota Film Festival
April 14th Art after 5: Gallery Walk and Talk Sarasota Ringling Museum
April 15-17th Suncoast Boat Show Sarasota Suncoast Boat Show
April 15th Reels at Rossi: Secretariat Bradenton Rossi Park
April 15th Sarasota Orchestra Pops: Hitchcock Sarasota Sarasota Orchestra
April 16th Suncoast BBQ Bash Venice Suncoast BBQ Bash
April 16th Hula Hooping at the Downtown Farmers Mkt. Bradenton Bradenton Farmers Market
April 16th Pups at the Point-Spanish Point Osprey Spanish Point
April 20th Monty Python’s Spamalot Sarasota Van Wezel
April 23rd Annual Easter Party and Egg Hunt Siesta Key Siesta Key Egg Hunt
April 23rd Bunny Breakfast and Egg Hunt North Port North Port Egg Hunt
April 23rd Easter Egg Hunt Bradenton Bradenton Egg Hunt
April 28-30th Gulf Coast Open Fishing Tournament Sarasota Gulf Coast Open Fishing Tournament
April 30th 33rd Annual Siesta Fiesta Siesta Key Art Festival
April 30th DeSoto Grand Parade Bradenton DeSoto Parade

Call us when you are ready to make your move! To search for homes in the area go to Search for Sarasota Homes. We’re here to help you every step of the way…call us today!

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Dining on Siesta Key

By | March 11, 2011

The Cottage on Siesta Key is my second home.  I am so fortunate to be a part of another wonderful business.  I have been in a management position for this exceptional restaurant for over a month now.  It is hidden behind The Hub on Avenida Messina in the Siesta Key village.  Chef Darwin Santa Maria is well known for his unique and sensational peruvian entree dishes.   My favorite is the Tuna Tiraditos which is a sashimi dish.  If you have not yet enjoyed this restaurant, please come visit me, soon.  We have live entertainment on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings.  Ladies night is Wednesday with DJ Russ.  Looking forward to your arrival!

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Biking the Legacy Trail

By | March 7, 2011

Biking just got better..

We are so lucky down here in Venice. Along the Intercoastal Waterway are paved paths that can be used by bicyclists. On one side the path takes you all the way to South Venice and ends at the Shamrock Park and Nature Center. The other meanders along the trail with a detour through quaint neighborhoods ending at Casperson Beach. Both start at the Historic Train Station located next to the Venice Bridge. (http://www.vabi.org/vwp.htm)

 In addition you can choose the new Legacy Trail which runs from the train station all the way up to Sarasota offering multiple stops along the way. (http://www.co.sarasota.fl.us/LegacyTrail/default.asp)

 Whether you use the Venetian Waterway or the Legacy Trail, there is ample parking at various designated parking areas. So come on down and have a fun day!

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March in Sarasota

By | February 28, 2011

   

"Unconditional Surrender" on Sarasota's Bayfront

Spring is here and our weather is outstanding so get out and enjoy the area. Here’s just a few of the activities happening in the Sarasota area during the month of March:

 

Date Event or Activity Location Click Link forMore Information
March 1st An Evening with Lucille Ball: “Thank You for Asking” Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
March 1st Baltimore Orioles vs. Tampa Bay Rays at Ed Smith Stadium Sarasota Baltimore Orioles
March 1-18th National Watercolor Society Annual Traveling Exhibit Bradenton Art Center Manatee
March 2nd “Better Together: Life is What You Make It” A Concert and Conversation with Peter Buffett Sarasota Community Foundation
March 3rd Blue Grass Jam @ Bee Ridge Park Sarasota Sarasota County Parks
March 4th Sarasota Ballet presents “Out of Denmark” Sarasota Sarasota Ballet
March 5-6th 10th Annual Downtown Venice Art Classic Venice Venice Art Classic
March 5th 4th Annual Chillounge Night Sarasota Chillounge Night
March 5th Englewood Music Festival Englewood Englewood Music Festival
March 6th Siesta Key Organic Farmer’s Market Siesta Key Siesta Farmer’s Market
March 6th Sarasota Polo BrightHouse Networks Cup Lakewood Ranch Sarasota Polo
March 7th Lecture: “Tracking the World’s Largest Shark” Sarasota Mote Aquarium
March 7th Line Dancing @ Venice Community Center Sarasota Sarasota County
March 7th Free Admission @ Ringling Museum of Art Sarasota Ringling Museum
March 8th “Masquerade – Mardi Gras St. Armands Style” Sarasota St. Armands Circle
March 9th think & drink (science): The Science of Brewing Bradenton South Florida Museum
March 10-18th Mixon’s Free Concert and Orange Blossom Festival Bradenton Mixon Fruit Farms
March 11th Badminton @ Arlington Park Sarasota Sarasota County Parks
March 12th Imagine – The Artwork of John Lennon Sarasota St. Armands Circle Assoc.
March 12th Spring into Outdoors Fest @ Snook Haven Venice Snook Haven Park
March 16th Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training vs. Toronto Blue Jays Bradenton Pittsburgh Pirates
March 17th Moon Over Myakka Bike Ride Sarasota Myakka State Park
March 19th Sarasota Springfest 2011 Sarasota Springfest
March 19th Downtown Bradenton Farmer’s Market & Art Show Bradenton Farmer’s Market
March 19-20th 11th Annual Art at the Ranch Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Main Street
March 21st Couture in the Courtyard Bradenton South Florida Museum
March 25th Movies & Martinis @ Village of the Arts Bradenton Realize Bradenton
March 25-26th Fuzion Dance Artists @ Jane B. Cook Theater Sarasota SRQ Magazine
March 26-27th Sarasota Folk Festival Osprey Sarasota Folk Festival
March 31st Brown Bag Concert @ Phillippi Estate Sarasota Sarasota County Parks

Call us when you are ready to make your move! To search for homes in the area go to Search for Sarasota Homes. We’re here to help you every step of the way…call us today!

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The Warm Winter Florida Weather is Here!

By | February 24, 2011

Finally we are seeing the weather that makes Sarasota one of the most desirable places in the winter months to visit or live!!  This past week we have enjoyed temperatures in the mid 70’s with lots of sunshine and beautiful sea breezes.  Both the locals and the visitors have been hitting our beaches to soak up the Florida sunshine. In the afternoons and evenings outdoor restaurants are filled with folks who come to unwind and enjoy the pleasant weather.  When much of the country is still cold and gray, it is nice to have a place to put your toes in the sand and sit back and relax!  As we like to say, “We are living the dream in Sarasota!”  Come spend a Summer this Winter in Sarasota.

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Sarasota Arts, Attractions, and Information

By | November 29, 2010

Sarasota is much more than just the best beach town on the Gulf Coast – it’s also a cultural haven complete with museums, universities, theaters, and a world-famous aquarium. Stroll through beautiful St. Armand’s Circle or charter a boat for a deep-sea fishing expedition. Catch a ball game at Ed Smith Stadium or enjoy fine dining and outdoor music in one of the myriad downtown cafés. Whether you’re looking for a night out on the town or just a quiet day with the family, Sarasota, Florida is the place to be.

Part 1: Introduction to Sarasota, Real Estate Highlights, Beaches, and Points of Interest

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Part 2: Sarasota Arts and Culture

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The Today Show: Sarasota Is The #1 Place in the US To Buy A Home

By | November 29, 2010

Thanks, Today Show, for telling the country what so many of us already know:

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Home sales are surging at an incredible pace as the national economy rebounds; the average sale price went up 13% in the last quarter, inventory is at its lowest point since before the boom (yes, BEFORE the boom) and buyers are getting into bidding wars over the best properties on a regular basis.

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