Archive for December, 2012

12/1/2012

Vacation Guide: Beaches

Castles in the Sand There’s an excellent reason Dr. Beach (aka world-renowned beach expert Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman) named Siesta Beach America’s No. 1 beach in 2011: the sugar-white, silky smooth sand, of course, made of 99 percent quartz crystals. (Once a beach attains that No. 1 distinction, it is “retired” from further competition, joining […]

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12/1/2012

Vacation Extras: Hot Spots

A few of the area’s free WiFi locations. First Watch 1395 Main St. Sarasota; (941) 923-6754. Whole Foods 1451 First St., Sarasota; (941) 955-8500. Barnes & Noble Booksellers 4010 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota; (941) 923-9907. Books-A- Million 4225 14th St. W., Bradenton, (941) 748-3911. Melinda’s Cafe 5315 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, (941) 779-2131. Downtown Unplugged […]

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12/1/2012

Vacation Extras: Sarasota Must-Sees

Don’t leave town without experiencing these iconic attractions. Go to the Circus! In 1997, Pedro Reis, a 25-year veteran circus performer, and his wife, Dolly Jacobs, a celebrated, world-class aerialist and daughter of the legendary clown Lou Jacobs, created Circus Sarasota, a one-ring, European-style circus. Expect amazing performers from around the world. Circus Sarasota’s winter […]

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12/1/2012

Vacation Guide: Arts & Entertainment

All-American Arts From the Asolo Rep’s rousing production of 1776 to the Sarasota Opera’s powerful Of Mice and Men and a Sarasota Orchestra pops series that highlights Broadway, Dixieland jazz and the Great American Songbook, this is a red, white and blue cultural season that celebrates all things American. Among the highlights: Gloria Musicae presents […]

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12/1/2012

Vacation Extras: Eco Trips

Nature rules on these expeditions. Explore a portion of Myakka River State Park‘s 53 miles of wetlands, prairies and woodlands aboard the Myakka Maiden or the Gator Gal, air-powered boats that venture into shallow areas to reveal the natural wonders of Upper Myakka Lake. This one-hour guided tour affords ample time to photograph alligators on […]

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12/1/2012

Love on Lido Key

An intimate look at a pair of black skimmers raising their chicks. At dusk Sarasota’s beaches are often thick with colonies of sea birds; most of us have thrilled to seeing them fill the sky as they take flight around us. But one spring evening on Lido Key, photographer Ted Mase noticed that two white-and-black […]

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12/1/2012

Vacation Guide: Attractions

Seaworthy Meet three playful sea lions at Mote Aquarium this winter. A trip to Mote Aquarium is always an adventure, but even more so this winter, when Patagonian sea lions Stella, Rose and Kitty star in a special exhibit, “Sea Lions: On the Water’s Edge.” The sea lions came to Sarasota from a Myakka City-based […]

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12/1/2012

Vacation Guide: Galleries & Museums

MODERN AT THE MUSEUM If it’s been a while since you visited the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, you’re in for a surprise. Yes, you’ll still see a world-class collection of works by the Old Masters, including the magnificent tapestries by Peter Paul Rubens that fill two galleries. But alongside works by El […]

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12/1/2012

Vacation Extras: Kids’ Stuff

It’s playtime in Sarasota—and kids and adults are invited. Kids can join the circus without running away at the circus playground at Payne Park. This multicolored playground offers one zone for children ages two to five and another for ages five to 12. More than 300 children can play at the same time, enjoying swings, […]

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12/1/2012

Home of The Month: Fantasy Island

A private island may well be the ultimate real estate fantasy. There’s something about total seclusion combined with a luxurious lifestyle that speaks to the soul of every billionaire, and we’re sure that the news that Little Bokeelia Island is currently on the market must be spreading like wildfire through the grapevine of the world’s […]

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