Archive for December, 2009

12/1/2009

Siesta Key Sand Sculpture Contest

Sarasotans have long known there is something special about the sand at Siesta Key, whether it’s the perfect white color, the cool-to-the-touch feel, or the soft powdery texture. And on Saturday there was something else special about it: Sand sculptors from around the region gathered for the 38th annual Siesta Key Sand Sculpture Contest. It’s […]

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12/1/2009

That Old Florida Magic

Remembering Eden In this city of the arts, I’ve developed an artistic passion of my own—for works that capture the sights and feelings of old Florida. Below, roseate spoonbills in a mangrove forest, from Sarasota’s Estate Sales Outlet; a lithograph from the 1940s. I was prowling around a little resale shop, where a gargoyle with […]

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12/1/2009

Sense of Place

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12/1/2009

Mr. Chatterbox

I’ve been spending a lot of time over at the Sarasota Convention and Visitor’s Bureau lately. Boy, what a community resource that place is. In addition to handing out free information and advice to anybody who walks in, did you know they will prepare customized packs of brochures and such if you’re having a wedding […]

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12/1/2009

Homefront

Legends Bay at IMG Academies Ruben-Holland Development reports real estate activity is heating up at Legends Bay at IMG Academies. This unique real estate project located directly on the bay in Bradenton is presently the only waterfront community under development in the area from Bradenton to Venice. Homeownership at Legends Bay at IMG Academies includes […]

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12/1/2009

Fashion Statement

What are you wearing? A black chiffon dress by Elie Saab with custom beadwork across the bodice. He and Zuhair Murad are my favorite designers; they’re both from Lebanon, and I’m from Syria. Where do you shop? I shop in Europe, and, again, Lebanon. They have the best fashion; I go there a few times […]

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12/1/2009

Tropical Modern

One more victory for Sarasota’s unique architectural heritage—the De Vries Craig House in Lido Shores, designed by Tim Seibert in 1955 at the height of the Sarasota School of Architecture movement and now on the City of Sarasota’s historic register, has been sensitively preserved by architect Guy Peterson and real estate investor Howard Rooks.   […]

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12/1/2009

Transformers

If Sarasota has become an exciting culinary destination in the last few years—and I unabashedly declare that it has—it’s in large part because of six transformative restaurants and the creative spirits that run them. This is their story, and I’m going to start it with an unapologetic love song to my favorite of them all. […]

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12/1/2009

A World of Water

Whether you’re a first-time tourist or a longtime resident, chances are what brought you to this beautiful part of Florida was our waterways—not just the Gulf of Mexico, which meanders Along 35 miles of sugar-white beaches from north Longboat to Manasota key, but also the Intracoastal Waterway and our bays, the numerous tributaries that flow […]

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12/1/2009

Vacation Basics

Getting Around There are more ways to travel around our townthan you might think. Sarasota Pedicab Company offers bike cab tours of downtown Sarasota. (941) 724-2244. Florida Ever-Glides offers guided Segway Personal Transporters tours of downtown Sarasota. (A  Segway is a scooter-like vehicle that is fun and easy to operate.) (941) 363-9556. Sarasota Trolley features […]

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12/1/2009

Shopping Destination Guide

Go Native Pack your flip-flops  and get ready to give them a workout:  You can’t shop Sarasota in six-inch Christian Loboutins. Vacations and shopping go hand-in-hand, as you can tell from any travel guide to Paris, Hong Kong or Florence. But the real joy is finding something exquisitely made that’s also locally designed—and perhaps if […]

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12/1/2009

Arts & Entertainment Guide

A Festival of Art When thousands of arts lovers converged on the Ringling Museum grounds for the inaugural Ringling International Arts Festival this past October, it was an exciting new celebration, bringing innovative dance, theater and music performers from around the world and visitors, including festival partner Mikhail Baryshnikov, from many points out of town. […]

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12/1/2009

Attractions & Nature Guide

Secrets of Mother Nature At water’s edge, the stream was no more than a thin, damp sheet ribboning up the beach. Higher up on the sand, it became deeper,  a wet channel leading toward the wall of red mangroves, before disappearing into them. How could we not follow it?  My mom and I ducked into […]

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12/1/2009

Endless Vacation: 20 Must-Do’s

World-Class Caviar Mote Marine Laboratory, known to scientists around the world, is now making a name for itself with gastronomes. Mote is producing caviar in a way that’s both economically and environmentally responsible, raising the sturgeon indoors as part of an extensive fish-farming project. Gastronomes compare the smooth Mote caviar ($123 per ounce) to that […]

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12/1/2009

Insider Tours: Eat, Do & Shop

Siesta Key The world’s whitest sand isjust one of the many attractions. Sarasota on the Half Shell Taking its name from the briny bivalves, the Siesta Key Oyster Bar serves up the freshest in town. Equally titillating are the fish tacos served with your choice of grilled grouper or shrimp and an irresistible cilantro cream […]

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12/1/2009

Best Beaches

As director of the county’s parks and recreation department, John McCarthy knows a lot about Sarasota’s beaches. In fact, just last year, he walked all 35 miles of them, for an article for our 2009 Visitor’s Annual that proved to be one of our most popular stories ever. (Click here to read his “A Walk […]

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12/1/2009

Secrets of Mother Nature

At water’s edge, the stream was no more than a thin, damp sheet ribboning up the beach. Higher up on the sand, it became deeper,  a wet channel leading toward the wall of red mangroves, before disappearing into them. How could we not follow it? My mom and I ducked into the dark archway. The […]

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