Archive for December, 2003

12/1/2003

Rooms Without Walls

Florida homes have taken the design party outside. Lavishly appointed and leviathan in scope, outdoor living spaces now boast a world of comforts, as any tour of the region’s luxury model homes will show. Designers have gone all out on these new outdoor rooms, seamlessly integrating interior and outdoor spaces with disappearing sliders and decorating […]

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12/1/2003

Top Tickets

Who says the luxury market is crumbling? In other parts of the country, the uncertain economy and billowing national deficit may be moderating consumer spending, but here in Sarasota, plenty of people are still pampering themselves with a wealth of luxury items. They’re just continuing a proud tradition, says Dr. Fred Strobel, Selby professor of […]

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12/1/2003

The Spirits of Sarasota

You know you’re really on vacation when you’re finally served a tall, cool tropical drink. Exotic island fruits, sandy beaches, delicious indolence and a hint of romance-all that and more is packed into that icy glass topped by a paper umbrella, and with just one sip, everyday stresses and obligations start to slip away. Most […]

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12/1/2003

The Back Country

The battered pickup slalomed down a muddy rut, became briefly airborne, then landed with a bone-bruising thud. Park ranger Marcus Campion winced and gunned it clear. "Sorry ’bout that," he said. "No problema," I said, hoping I sounded more gung ho than I felt. Actually I was glad he had a heavy foot; the backcountry’s […]

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12/1/2003

The Rules of Attractions

Who needs animatronics and technological wizardry when our attractions offer dazzling displays of natural beauty, from the rare and spectacular orchids of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens to Jungle Gardens’ languorous pink flamingos? Sure, the beaches top everyone’s list of "Things to Do," but do make time to explore our state parks and science and aquarium […]

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12/1/2003

Hot Tickets for 2004

December Through Dec. 7: Grease onstage at Venice Little Theatre. 488-1115. Through Dec. 12: Dark Shadows and Curious Circuses on view at Selby Gallery, Ringling School of Art and Design. 359-7563. Through Dec. 14: The Competition onstage at FSU/Asolo Conservatory’s Cook Theatre. 351-8000. 3: The National Dance Company of Siberia performs at the Van Wezel. […]

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12/1/2003

Homes for Your Holidays

Sarasota is known as much for the quality and diversity of our resorts as we are our natural attractions. If you crave the relaxation of balmy, sub-tropical breezes, look to those on our barrier islands and beaches. If the cultural circuit is more your taste, we’re blessed with stylish hotels and national chains just moments […]

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12/1/2003

Calling All Connoisseurs

You’re familiar with the expression "think globally, act locally." In this resort town, that sentiment can aptly be applied to the enjoyment of shopping. Because this part of Southwest Florida is an international playground, shopping just naturally assumes a cosmopolitan character. You’re vacationing in the perfect place to acquire 18K gold and diamond jewelry creations […]

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