Archive for December, 2010

12/1/2010

The Guide: Accommodations

ACCOMMODATIONS The Best Rooms in Town Find your home away from home at these top hotels. Whether you’re in town for business or pleasure, your hotel room should be a home away from home—or even better. After all, how many of our homes have concierge service, valet parking, luxury linens and spa showers? Each of […]

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12/1/2010

The Guide: Beaches

Beaches Life’s a Beach Explore 35 miles of spectacular shoreline. It’s a common visual icon for our area: a gorgeous, white-sand beach edging the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico. But you might not know just how varied our 35 miles of beachfront really are. One beach may be a secluded section of undeveloped, […]

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12/1/2010

The Guide: Sports & Recreation

Sports & Recreation Good Sports From baseball to wind-surfing, outdoor fun abounds in Sarasota.   When Southwest Floridians refer to the "active lifestyle," they’re not talking about apple-picking. Try scuba diving, kayaking and reeling in the biggest tarpon you’ve ever seen. Looking for some swinging pursuits? With dozens of golf courses in the area, you […]

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12/1/2010

The Guide: Arts & Entertainment

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Live, from Sarasota Take your seat and let the shows begin.   Visitors are often amazed at the depth and breadth of Sarasota’s performing arts scene. Somebody is always putting on a show here—and many of those shows could hold their own in much larger cultural capitals. We’re home to half-a-dozen theaters, […]

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12/1/2010

The Guide

ATTRACTIONS The Whole Wild World From art to zoo, Sarasota spells "attractions."   The Sarasota area is home to a menagerie—sometimes literally—of fantastic, family-friendly attractions. You’ll find plenty of places where you really can walk and talk with the animals: Mote Aquarium and Big Cat Habitat provide up-close educational wildlife encounters, while at parks, historical […]

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12/1/2010

The Guide: Galleries

GALLERIES Eye Candy Local galleries offer an endless array of visual delights. Sarasota’s art galleries have a reputation for rare, varied and exquisite works of art—they have to. After all, they’re challenged with drawing your eyes away from our emerald Gulf waters and indescribable sunsets, which are as much competition as they are inspiration for […]

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12/1/2010

The Guide: Attractions

ATTRACTIONS The Whole Wild World From art to zoo, Sarasota spells "attractions."   The Sarasota area is home to a menagerie—sometimes literally—of fantastic, family-friendly attractions. You’ll find plenty of places where you really can walk and talk with the animals: Mote Aquarium and Big Cat Habitat provide up-close educational wildlife encounters, while at parks, historical […]

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12/1/2010

Insider

1  Smooth Sailing With charters both carefree and affordable, three-year-old Key Sailing with Tim and Jan attracts locals as well as visitors. “They realize we’re a great alternative to the hassle and expense of boat ownership,” says owner Janet Hamel Solomon, who serves up “fresh air, fine chocolates and a few hours of peace on […]

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12/1/2010

Luxury Real Estate

Make your Move The tug at your heartstrings is palpable. A few days in Sarasota and you’re longing for a second home—a place to unwind, to retire, perhaps an idyllic getaway where beautiful holidays with the children and grandchildren will be shared. Your fantasies compel you to stop and read the listings on every window at […]

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12/1/2010

Only in Sarasota

If there’s one thing we Sarasotans love to do, it’s brag about the weather. So when Pat Nebel and her husband, Gary, were taking their regular Sunday stroll down Siesta Beach right before Christmas last year, she couldn’t resist taking a photo for a girlfriend in Wisconsin. “It was a delightful day with that beautiful […]

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