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Starfish Company Cortez
December 2014

Exactly Where to Eat on Your Sarasota Vacation

You’ll find great views, food and fun at these local favorites.

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Sarasota hotels and accomodations
December 2013

The Vacation Guide: Accommodations

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Sarasota World Rowing Championship
December 2013

The Vacation Guide: Sports and Recreation

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Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Sarasota
December 2013

The Vacation Guide: Arts and Entertainment

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Sarasota Season of Sculpture
December 2013

The Vacation Guide: Galleries and Museums

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December 2013

The Vacation Guide: Attractions

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Returning champion Tommy Mylkinov
December 2012

Vacation Guides: Sports & Activities

Rising Stars A thousand of the world’s best young tennis players, representing more than 50 countries, descend on IMG Academy’s Bradenton campus each November to compete in the Eddie Herr International Championship. On its ever-growing campus, IMG trains young athletes, pros and amateur adults in myriad programs, from soccer and baseball to golf, performance enhancement […]

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Looking towards the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota from the docks at Hyatt Regency Sarasota.
December 2012

Vacation Guide: Accommodations

Here to Stay A roundup of the region’s best resorts. Sarasota is no stranger to great hotels—and why should it be? We’ve got great local amenities—from our beaches to our arts scene—and our lodging aims to be equally as great, whether you’re in town for business or pleasure, whether you want your hotel room to […]

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BeachWalk
December 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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Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, at Van Wezel March 1.
December 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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SeaLion
December 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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December 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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March 2012

The Guide: Arts & Entertainment

ATTRACTIONS Sharks, orchids, clowns, tigers, Conquistadors, world-class art and more await your discovery. THE SEA, THE SCENERY, SCIENCE AND THE CIRCUS ALL shine in Sarasota’s world-famous attractions, which highlight natural wonders and local history while ushering in the artists and  innovators of tomorrow. The area’s history spans prehistoric Native Americans and pioneer settlers, whose stories […]

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December 2011

The Guide: Attractions

ATTRACTIONS Sharks, orchids, clowns, tigers, Conquistadors, world-class art and more await your discovery. THE SEA, THE SCENERY, SCIENCE AND THE CIRCUS ALL shine in Sarasota’s world-famous attractions, which highlight natural wonders and local history while ushering in the artists and  innovators of tomorrow. The area’s history spans prehistoric Native Americans and pioneer settlers, whose stories […]

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December 2011

A Day at the Beach

7:00 a.m. Sunrise at Siesta Beach is a slow unveiling. From darkness, the sky warms to blue. Then the green Gulf waters start to sparkle. Finally, from the shoreline in, that famous expanse of Siesta sand fades from pre-dawn gray to brilliant white. When the early risers begin their beach routines, the least terns and […]

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December 2011

The Guide: Galleries & Museums

COMBINE SARASOTA’S STUNNING NATURAL BEAUTY AND OUR LONGSTANDING ARTISTIC POPULATION, and you get our visual arts scene, a vibrant array of works—and people who know how to appreciate them. The world-famous John and Mable Ringling Museum of Arts is the hub of it all. Down the road at Ringling College of Art and Design, galleries […]

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December 2011

The Guide: Accommodations

IT’S THE LAST THING YOU SEE BEFORE YOU DRIFT OFF TO SLEEP and the first thing that greets you in the morning: your hotel room. And whether you’re looking for a starlit sky and the soothing sound of waves or a shining cityscape and 24-hour dining, Sarasota’s lodging services have it all. Fresh off the […]

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December 2011

The Guide: Attractions

THE SEA, THE SCENERY, SCIENCE AND THE CIRCUS ALL shine in Sarasota’s world-famous attractions, which highlight natural wonders and local history while ushering in the artists and  innovators of tomorrow. The area’s history spans prehistoric Native Americans and pioneer settlers, whose stories are highlighted at the South Florida Museum and can be experienced firsthand at […]

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