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Gecko’s Grill & Pub: Great Food, Great Spirits, Great Fun!

By | February 20, 2012

Gecko’s Grill & Pub has been a favorite for locals and tourists alike since 1992!  Whether out on your own, with your family or joining a group of friends, Gecko’s Grill & Pubs are the perfect place to relax and enjoy the camaraderie of a favorite neighborhood grill and sports bar.

Serving lunch, dinner and a complete late night menu, Gecko’s features American pub food with a gourmet twist, nightly chef’s specials and a full bar featuring 2-4-1 Happy Hour drinks ALL day EVERY day with the coldest beer and the smoothest spirits…not to mention the friendliest bar and wait staff around.

With lots of televisions and the latest satellite and sound systems to watch your favorite sporting event, Gecko’s is open 7 days a week in 5 convenient locations. For hours and locations of the Gecko’s nearest you check out www.geckosgrill.com or find them on Facebook Gecko’s Grill & Pub – Landings * Gecko’s Grill & Pub – Hillview * Gecko’s Grill & Pub – Clark Rd. * Gecko’s Grill & Pub – SR 64 * Gecko’s Grill & Pub – SR 70

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Sarasota – The Smallest Top-10 Destination In The U.S.!

By | February 8, 2012

Is it the warm weather? The awesome beaches?  … or just something in the water?

It doesn’t matter – people are moving to Sarasota in DROVES. Moments ago, Penske Truck Rental released their annual top-10 list of places to which people are moving.  For the second year in a row, Sarasota came in at #9.

Here’s the full list (Sarasota is the smallest city by far, and one of the warmest, too!):

1. Atlanta
2. Phoenix
3. Orlando, Fla.
4. Dallas/Fort Worth
5. Chicago
6. Houston
7. Denver
8. Seattle
9. Sarasota, Fla.
10. Charlotte, N.C.

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February Events in Sarasota

By | January 27, 2012

Our winter season is in full swing. Take time to enjoy one or more of the many events and adventures in and around Sarasota! Check out just a few of the activities happening during the month of February:

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Feb. 1st Drum Circle at Nokomis Beach Nokomis Nokomis Beach Drum Circle
Feb. 3rd Riverview High School Kiltie Marching Band Wind Ensemble Performance Sarasota RHS Kiltie Band
Feb. 4th 18th Annual Sarasota Highland Games and Celtic Festival Sarasota Sarasota Highland Games
Feb. 4-5th 18th Annual Siesta Key Craft Festival Siesta Key Arts Festival
Feb. 5th Sarasota Ski-A-Rees Season Opening Water Ski Show Sarasota Ski-A-Rees
Feb. 9-12th Greek Glendi – A Greek Festival Sarasota St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church
Feb. 9-20th The Florida State Fair Tampa Florida State Fair
Feb. 10-26th Circus Sarasota Sarasota Circus Sarasota
Feb. 11-12th 3rd Annual Downtown Bradenton Crafts Festival Bradenton Art Festival
Feb. 14th An Evening with Patti LuPone & Mandy Patinkin Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Feb. 14th Valentine’s Day at the Beach Siesta Key Sarasota County Parks & Recreation
Feb. 16th Get Down Downtown Street Party Bradenton City of Bradenton
Feb. 16th Ringling by the Bay – Yesterdayze Sarasota Ringling Museum
Feb. 18th Sarasota Exotic Car Fest Lido Key St. Armands Circle Association
Feb. 18th 5th Annual Bradenton Beer Festival Bradenton City of Bradenton
Feb. 18th Sarasota Succulent Society Plant Sale Sarasota Sarasota Succulent Society
Feb. 18-19th 30th Annual Cortez Fishing Festival Cortez Cortez Village
Feb. 18-19th 24th Annual Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts Sarasota Art Festival
Feb. 19th Joy of Jazz Concert Venice Jazz Club of Sarasota
Feb. 23-26th Venice Italian Feast and Carnival Venice Italian American Club of Venice
Feb. 25th Side by Side “Thrill of a Lifetime” Sarasota Sarasota Orchestra
Feb. 25th Celebration of Pets Fest at the Sarasota Fairgrounds Sarasota Escape to Sarasota
Feb. 25-26th Venice Antiques Show Venice Antique Shows
Feb. 25-26th Lido Tides Arts and Crafts Show Lido Key Art Fair Schedule
Feb. 27th Monday Night Movies – “A Beautiful Mind” Sarasota Historic Asolo Theatre
Feb. 29th Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

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Sarasota History Alive 12th Edition

By | December 28, 2011

Just before Christmas, Santa Claus jumped out of a plane and landed in a Sarasota family’s backyard! This goes to show he doesn’t always shimmy down a chimney to deliver good cheer – in this case yummy candy canes.

Santa took footage of his own jump and we are happy to present it for you to experience what it is like for him during his hectic season. Every now and then, the reindeers need a break; in this case I think they were being fitted for new shoes. To boot, the magic sled needed some overdue maintenance. So, what is a dedicated North Pole resident to do?

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January Events in Sarasota

By | December 27, 2011

 

Kick off the new year by enjoying one or more of the many events and adventures in and around Sarasota! Check out just a few of the activities happening during the month of January:

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Jan. 1st Penguin Island at Mote Marine Aquarium Sarasota Mote Marine Aquarium
Jan. 4th Shake, Rattle & Roll at the Goldstein Cabaret Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre
Jan. 5th BB King Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Jan. 6th Film Fridays “It Happened One Night” Bradenton South Florida Museum
Jan. 6th Thunder by the Bay Sarasota Motorcycle Festival Sarasota Thunder by the Bay
Jan. 8th High Tea Sarasota Historical Society of Sarasota County
Jan. 10th Love Sung in the Key of Aretha Sarasota West Coast Black Theatre Troupe
Jan. 11th Town Hall Lecture Series Featuring Laura Bush Sarasota Ringling College Library Association
Jan. 12-22nd Manatee County Fair Palmetto Manatee County Fair
Jan. 14-15th Coquina Beach “Winter Fest” Anna Maria Island Fairs & Festivals
Jan. 14th Downtown Bradenton Farmer’ Market Bradenton Bradenton Farmer’s Market
Jan. 14th Pioneer Days at the Lord Higel House Venice Friends of Lord-Higel House
Jan. 18th Munchtime Musicales Free Concert: Hoffman & Kock Flute & Guitar Duo Sarasota Sarasota Concert Association
Jan. 20th Towles Court Art Walk Sarasota Towles Court
Jan. 21st 9th Annual Ringling Bridge Run Sarasota New Balance Ringling Bridge Run
Jan. 21-22nd 5th Annual Downtown Venice Craft Festival Venice Venice Craft Festival
Jan. 22nd Pittsburgh Pirates Fantasy Camp Bradenton Pittsburgh Pirates
Jan. 22-Feb. 19th 17th Annual Jewels On The Bay Home Tour Sarasota Designer Showhouse Sarasota
Jan. 24th ABBA The Concert Sarasota Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Jan. 24th Hemingway at the Crosley Bradenton Powel Crosley Shows
Jan. 27th Chinese New Year Cultural Celebration Bradenton South Florida Museum
Jan. 27-29th Made in America Sarasota Sarasota Ballet
Jan. 27-29th Fifth Annual Sarasota Indian Festival Sarasota Indian Festival
Jan. 28-29th Winter Arts Festival at St. Armands Circle Sarasota St. Armands Circle Association
Jan. 31st Super Senior Grand Prix Tennis Tournament University Park SRQ Tennis

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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December Events in Sarasota

By | November 30, 2011

 

The year is coming to an end but there’s no end to the number of fun things to do in the Sarasota area! Check out just a few of the activities happening in the area during the month of December:

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Dec. 1st Eddie Herr International Youth Tennis Tournament @ IMG Academies Bradenton Eddie Herr Tournament
Dec. 1-31st Tram Tours of Groves and Wildlife Refuge Bradenton Mixon Groves
Dec. 1-31st Heritage Holidays at Historic Spanish Point Osprey Spanish Point
Dec. 2nd Holiday Night of Lights at St. Armands Circle Sarasota St. Armands Circle
Dec. 2-4th American Craft Show Sarasota Sarasota Craft Show
Dec. 3rd Downtown Holiday Parade Sarasota Holiday Parade
Dec. 5th Live Music at Oleary’s Tiki Bar Sarasota Oleary’s Tiki Bar
Dec. 6th Rain – A Tribute to the Beatles Sarasota Van Wezel
Dec. 7th “The Last Romance Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre
Dec. 9th Swinging Under the Stars Jazz Concert Venice Jazz Club of Sarasota
Dec. 10th Free Shredding Event Sarasota SRQ Document Shredding
Dec. 10th Two on Tap Bradeenton Manatee Players Theatre
Dec. 10th Porsches in the Park at St. Armands Circle Sarasota St. Armands Circle
Dec. 10th Barefoot Beach Bazaar Nokomis Sarasota County Parks
Dec. 13th “Miracle on 34th Street Sarasota Van Wezel
Dec. 14th Phillippi Farmhouse Market Sarasota Phillippi Estate Park
Dec. 15th “Happy Birthday Ludwig” Sarasota Sarasota Chamber Orchestra
Dec. 15-19th Art Sarasota Holiday Fair Sarasota SeaFair
Dec. 16-27th Lights in Bloom at Selby Gardens Sarasota Selby Gardens
Dec. 17th Arcadia Antique Fair Arcadia Arcadia Antique Association
Dec. 19th 25th Annual Boat Parade of Lights Sarasota Boat Parade
Dec. 19th Liberace’s Christmas Special Sarasota Golden Apple Dinner Theater
Dec. 20th Lego Builders Club Englewood Elsie Quirk Library
Dec. 21st Third Friday Art Walk at Towles Court Sarasota Towles Court
Dec. 22nd Art After 5 Sarasota Ringling Museum
Dec. 29th Open Mike Poetry Venice Jacaranda Public Library

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Sarasota – A Video Tour

By | November 16, 2011

It’s amazing what you can find online! One of our agents recently stumbled upon a really great video that captures the essence of our Sarasota lifestyle. It’s hard sometimes to get to know an area when you’ve never been there in person, but the World Wide Web really has made the world a little bit smaller.

Here’s the video. I couldn’t say it better myself!

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O’Leary’s Tiki Bar & Grill at Island Park in Sarasota

By | November 5, 2011

Welcome to our waterfront tiki bar complete with a huge palm-frond covered deck and waterfront tiki bar! O’Leary’s has been around for years and is situated right on Sarasota Bay overlooking the water on Island Park in Sarasota. The restaurant is quite casual with window service only. It has waterfront picnic tables and is dog-friendly.

O’Leary’s features a guitar player (at least every time we go there) singing beach tunes. The energy and setting is great, the beer and wine is priced ok, and the food is, well, what you’d expect for window service. O’Leary’s serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and dinners usually run between $6-12. A pitcher of domestic beer is around $9. They have a full bar too.

We love O’Leary’s for its casual, waterfront atmosphere and because it is, unfortunately, one of the few remaining waterfront restaurants still around. Don’t forget, many people bring their dogs because it is very dog-friendly, so come and walk Island Park and settle in for some tunes at O’Leary’s, enjoy some average food and a great Sarasota waterfront lifestyle-if only for an hour or so. Oh yeah, you can come by boat as well but docking is limited and is adjacent to Enticer Watersports where they rent jet-ski’s and power boats, etc. O’Leary’s is calling your name and is located at 5 Bayfront Dr. on Island Park near Marina Jack’s in Sarasota.

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November Events in and Around Sarasota

By | October 28, 2011

 

Fall festivals, art shows, new theatre productions, music and more! It’s a great time to get out and enjoy some of the activities happening in the area during the month of November:

 

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Nov. 1st Artist Series Concert – Jessica Mathaes, Violin Sarasota Historic Asolo Theatre
Nov. 1-30th Get Lost in the Maze Myakka City Dakin Dairy Farms
Nov. 1-30th ‘That’s Life, Again’ at the Goldstein Cabaret Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre
Nov. 3rd ‘Now and Then’ Chamber Soiree Sarasota Sarasota Orchestra
Nov. 4th Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Main Street
Nov. 4-7th Sarasota Chalk Festival Sarasota Chalk Festival
Nov. 5th 24th Annual Downtown Venice Arts Festival Venice Art Festival
Nov. 5th Sarasota Blues Festival Sarasota Sarasota Blues Fest
Nov. 9th Courthouse Square Concert Bradenton Realize Bradenton
Nov. 10-14th Siesta Key Crystal Classic Sand Sculpting Siesta Key Crystal Sand
Nov. 11th Veterans Day Parade Sarasota City of Sarasota
Nov. 12th Downtown Bradenton Farmer’s Market with Chef Brady Bradenton Realize Bradenton
Nov. 12th Pioneer Day at the Park @ Crocker Memorial Church Sarasota Historical Society of Sarasota County
Nov. 12th Benny Kimsey’s Bluegrass Picnic at Turtle Beach Siesta Key Turtle Beach Bluegrass
Nov. 12-13th 23rd Annual St. Armands Art Festival and Sidewalk Sale Sarasota St. Armands Circle
Nov. 12-13 and 19-20 Sarasota Medieval Fair Sarasota Sarasota Medieval Fair
Nov. 15th New College Fall Chorus Concert Sarasota New College of Florida
Nov. 17th Get Down Downtown Street Party Bradenton City of Bradenton
Nov. 19th Cortez Village Folk Art Festival Cortez Cortez Village
Nov. 19th Holiday Music Magic Bradenton Realize Bradenton
Nov. 19-20th Harvest Festival and Craft Fair Bradenton Mixon Fruit Farms
Nov. 20th 5th Annual Children’s Reading and Art Festival Sarasota The Children’s Garden
Nov. 23-26th Sarasota Six-A-Side Festival Lakewood Ranch Sarasota International Cricket Club
Nov. 26th Venice Holiday Parade Venice Ciry of Venice
Nov. 30-Dec. 7th Holiday Festival of Trees Sarasota Powel Crosley Estate

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Another Reason Siesta Key Beach is #1: Giant Lego Men

By | October 26, 2011

Yet another reason to visit the #1 beach in the country: giant Legos.

Early yesterday morning, passersby noticed that something strange had washed ashore.  Ego Leonard (a name apropos for a giant plastic man?) washed in from regions unknown and gave quite a start to early morning beach-goers.

He’s not a part of the new Legoland amusement park in Orlando, he’s not officially sanctioned by the Lego Group (the official Lego manufacturers), and apparently, he’s not very good at speaking English – his shirt reads ‘No Real Than You Are’.  Yeah, we don’t know what that means, either.

Maybe we can finally replace our famous chaperones at Island Park?

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