Gecko’s Trivia Wednesday

By | March 28, 2011

Why haven’t you been to the new Gecko’s on Hillview?   Gecko’s fills a void that Southside Village was lacking: really good food at a really good price.  It feels like Southside Village and not like you’re at a bar in a strip mall (like, um, at the original Gecko’s at the Landings).  It’s really nice in there: loft celings, beautiful rough-edged granite bar and table tops, and plenty … Read More! »

Florida Housing Bucks The National Trend (Again)

By | March 25, 2011

Bucking the national trend (yet again :) ), Florida’s housing market showed rising sales in February and stable housing prices.  This is indicative of where our market has been for the past 2 years. Out here in the trenches, we can attest to the same – the market is really hot right now and buyers are facing stiff competition for the houses that are priced right and in … Read More! »

February ’11 Market Stats: Sales up; Inventory Drops to 6 Year Low in Sarasota Market

By | March 15, 2011

The number of available properties in the Sarasota real estate market dropped to a six-year low in February 2011, and sales were up 24.2 percent from the previous month. Median sales prices for both single and condominiums dropped as bargain hunters continued to grab foreclosures and short sales, which represented almost 47 percent of all sales. Compared to this time last year, sales were up 27 percent to … Read More! »

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 … Read More! »

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 … Read More! »

March in Sarasota

By | February 28, 2011

    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 … Read More! »

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 … Read More! »

It’s Strawberry Season At Detweiler’s Farmer’s Market!

By | February 21, 2011

One of the coolest things about living in Florida is our year-long growing season.  We’ve got the juiciest tomatoes in the summertime, the biggest strawberries in the wintertime, the best you-name-it in the meantime – and no matter what your flavor, we’ve got the best place to get it: Detweiler’s Farmer’s Market. To us locals, Detweiler’s isn’t a big secret (no matter how much we’d like it to … Read More! »

Bonefish Grill

By | February 15, 2011

  I lived in Chicago for half a decade, and I would have been mortified to bring a weekend guest to the Cheesecake Factory downtown.  Shortly after I moved here, a new friend suggested we go to Bonefish.  I said “sure!”all while turning up my inner nose at the idea.  Who would go to a chain restaurant with all these great seafood restaurants around?  Years later, I’m not … Read More! »

February 2011 Schedule of Events

By | January 27, 2011

Whether you’re here for a visit or able to enjoy this “Winter” weather all year long, there’s something for everyone in and around Sarasota during the month of February. Take a look at a just a few of the events: Date Event or Activity Location Click Link forMore Information Feb 1st Improv at Florida Studio Theatre Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre Feb 1-5th Sarasota Jazz Festival Sarasota Sarasota Jazz … Read More! »