Archive for December, 2005

12/1/2005

How may I assist you?

Beth Price, concierge supervisor of The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota’s swank eighth-floor club level, is a whirlwind of efficiency. Hard-to-find theater tickets? No problem. Dinner reservations? Piece of cake. Likewise with car rentals, boarding passes, where to go Latin dancing or even arranging a last-minute memorial Mass. For twin six-year-olds who were taking a holiday pastry class, […]

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12/1/2005

Lap of Luxury

Beautiful, sparkling water has an uncanny power to inspire and soothe the human spirit, and our miles of sun-drenched waterfront have lured residents and visitors to Sarasota for generations. But you don’t have to live on the water to enjoy the refreshing and restorative qualities of a pretty water view. See how some Sarasota homeowners […]

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12/1/2005

Shopping for Art

As a curator for museums and a consultant to collectors, for almost 30 years I’ve had to judge the quality and value of art. In museums, galleries and private collections, I’ve sorted through the bad, the good, the better and the best. Whenever I look at a work, I consider how this new object measures […]

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12/1/2005

Alone at Last

Isn’t it amazing the way the luxury market has exploded over the past several years? This magazine is a perfect example. Look at the price of the diamond earrings on page such-and-such ($30,000). Or the car a couple of pages later ($320,000). But I suppose both make perfect sense, as they are being sold to […]

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12/1/2005

Higher Math

How can something so square be so hip? Easy, or at least easy-looking, when designer and client agree on modern geometry. In this case, the simple square and three easy colors-red, black and gray-chart the course for a stylish downtown loft at the brand-new Courthouse Centre. Owner Mark Sarason saw designer Lance Licciardi’s work in […]

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12/1/2005

Room at the Top

It happens all the time. You’ve just moved to Sarasota. You’ve bought one of those $2 million condos downtown, the kind on the second floor with no view. Let’s say you’re a couple in your 50s, early retirees or still running some business up North. You love Sarasota. It’s beautiful and there’s so much going […]

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12/1/2005

Siesta Key

While locals might wish they could keep it their little secret, the word is out: Siesta Key’s beaches are acclaimed worldwide for their dazzling white sands and silky smooth texture. In fact, this sugary stuff has even been sold on eBay. But Siesta Key is not just about beaches. This eight-mile-long, lushly beautiful barrier island […]

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12/1/2005

Stay Awhile

It’s nice to have a place to lay your head-even better when that place has a spa, gourmet restaurant and high-speed Internet access. Whether you’re spending the days relaxing at the beach or browsing the shops, luxurious accommodations are close at hand, ready quench your thirst, cool your sunburn and fluff your pillow. Sarasota has […]

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12/1/2005

Art City

Thanks in part to John Ringling, who built his museum in 1927 and then filled it with an impressive Baroque collection, Sarasota continues to attract more and more artworks and their admirers. Paintings, sculptures and other artifacts from around the globe are on display throughout the city and help inspire local creative types to make […]

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12/1/2005

Lido and Longboat Key

It’s not just their proximity to the sunsets, quiet neighborhoods or miles of waterfront in every direction that pull people westward, these barrier islands are famous for their world-class restaurants and posh, walkable shops, which happen to go great with a morning on an exclusive golf course or a sun-drenched day at the beach LIDO […]

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12/1/2005

The Fab 52

1. Visit Selby Botanical Gardens to admire its remarkable collection of tropical orchids, then take your own orchid home from the plant shop. These beautiful plants with long-lasting blooms are surprisingly easy to grow, and the volunteers will help you determine which species fits your skill level. (Dendrobiums or phalaenopsis, anyone?) 811 S. Palm Ave., […]

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12/1/2005

Venice and Englewood

One of the earliest planned cities in the United States, Venice is known for its charming historic downtown district, scenic parks and spectacular beaches. Venice has long been favored as a retreat from the hustle and bustle of contemporary city life; the people who vacation and live here choose the area for its graceful ambiance, […]

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