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January
23

Ballet in Sarasota: Upcoming Performances

Ballet Sarasota

The arts are alive and well in the Sarasota area! Watch some incredible dancers take the stage at these upcoming ballet performances, just minutes from Bradenton homes for sale and Sarasota homes for sale

  • In Rep - January 27-30, 2023
    Kick off the new year with a delightful variety of performances In Rep at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts. First up is Frequency Hurtz, a world premiere from Company Dancer Arcadian Broad, who also co-composed the music. The second selection is Shades of Spring, set to the classical music of Joseph Haydn, and choreographed by Jessica Lang. Closing out the program is Façade, featuring whimsical vignettes from noted choreographer Sir Frederick Ashton. 

  • Dance Theatre of Harlem - February 24-27, 2023
    Experience one of the most vibrant and exciting dance companies in the world when the Dance Theatre of Harlem takes the stage at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts. Founded in 1969, the group is known for its blend of dance classics and contemporary, ballet-based routines. The 18-member company carries on their tradition of innovative, forward-thinking dances for the 21st century.

  • La Sylphide - March 24-25, 2023
    La Sylphide, a timeless story of romance, takes on fresh life with this performance by the Sarasota Ballet. The narrative recounts the quandary of a Scottish man who is engaged to a local woman but becomes distracted by a vision of a sylph. Designed by Johan Kobberg, the production is acclaimed for retaining the original Danish feel while rejuvenating the choreography. The program takes place at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.

  • Tribute to Balanchine - April 28-29, 2023
    Iconic choreographer George Balanchine revolutionized dance with innovations that remain influential to this day. The Sarasota Ballet commemorates the 40th anniversary of his passing with a triple bill of some of his more beloved ballets, held at the Sarasota Opera Hall. First up is Divertimento #15, set to the music of Mozart. Next, The Four Temperaments takes on the ancient Greek theory of "four humours" comprising a healthy body. The program closes with Western Symphony, a charming tribute to the popular "Spaghetti Westerns" and cowboy adventures of the 1950s.

  • Gala Royale - April 30, 2023
    Show your support and appreciation of the Sarasota Ballet by attending this year's Gala Royale. The evening begins with a specially curated performance on the stage of the Sarasota Opera House. Afterward, the party moves to the Circus Arts Conservatory, where guests will dine on a gourmet meal catered by Michael's on East. Desserts and dancing close out this evening to remember. Guests may attend individually or purchase tables for six to 10 attendees. The event starts at 5 p.m.

  • Images of Dance - May 2, 2023
    The aptly-named Images of Dance brilliantly showcases the next generation of talented performers. In a one-time-only performance, members of the Sarasota Ballet join students from the Margaret Barbieri Conservatory for an exciting program of classic and contemporary works. Other local arts organizations participating in this special evening include the Artists Series Concerts, Sarasota Music Conservatory, and Sarasota Youth Opera. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.

Tickets start at $35. Visit the website for specific showtimes.

Our real estate agents will have you dancing for joy with the successful sale or purchase of a home in Bradenton or Sarasota. Contact us at Wagner Realty to get started.

December
5

Holiday Events Around Bradenton and Sarasota

Bradenton holidays

The holidays mark a time of wonder and excitement – not just for kids but Floridians of all ages. If you have been looking at Sarasota homes for sale or Bradenton homes for sale, you'll be minutes from the holiday happenings that locals here anticipate all year. Get ready to make some wonderful memories!

Our real estate agents have been making a list and checking it twice, and now we're ready to share with you some popular ideas for family-friendly fun in the local area. There's always something going on here in Florida's famous sister cities.

Let's take a look at some top picks for holiday fun in Bradenton and Sarasota:

  • Holiday Tour of Lights – 3941 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota, FL 34233
    Get excited for an annual tradition with the Holiday Tour of Lights right here in Sarasota. The tours will take off at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., with boarding fifteen minutes before. The event is planned "rain or shine" and will guide visitors through some of the most beautiful holiday light displays in Sarasota. Be prepared to be enchanted. Tickets are available online right now for just $20 per participant.

  • Mommy & Me Holiday Cookie Decorating Class – 4914 Lena Road #104, Bradenton, FL 34211
    Mommy & Me Holiday Cookie Decorating Class is a chance for kids and parents to get some fun family bonding in time to create something delicious for Santa. Taking place on December 10 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., it will have a reprise on December 17. Sponsored by the local Pineapple Kitchen and Cookie University, five undecorated cookies and icing will be provided, plus professional instruction.

  • 7th Annual Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl – See Website for Location Information in Sarasota, FL
    The 7th Annual Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl will give adults the chance to enjoy some holiday cheer as the group makes its way to some of Sarasota's best bars on the evening of December 10. There will be all kinds of fun, including Christmas movie trivia, a registration party for all guests, DJs playing holiday music, and – of course – an after-party. It's "Bring Your Own Sweater," but commemorative shirts are available.

  • A Christmas Carol – 140 Tampa Avenue West, Venice, FL 34285
    If you are looking for holiday festivities near Venice homes for sale, you surely can't go wrong with A Christmas Carol as performed at the historic Venice Theatre. This venue is at the heart of the community theater scene in the metro area. It will stage Dickens' classic starting December 9. Showings occur Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 in the afternoon. Be there and experience the magic!

Ready to find a home near all your favorite local events?

Contact us for more insights on the best local real estate opportunities.

November
14

Get to Know Sarasota's Historic District

historic district sarasota

Sarasota's historic district offers visitors an incredible opportunity to become better acquainted with the city's past. Spanning over two miles of walkable city space and featuring a variety of cultural, architectural, and culinary attractions, this area is a must-see for anyone traveling near our Sarasota homes for sale. Let's take a closer look at some of the buildings and businesses that make this area so remarkable.

Arts and Culture

One of the downtown historic district's biggest claims to fame is its arts scene. Even though the buildings here are old, the artistic community is very much alive and thriving.

You can visit the Art Centre Sarasota, home of the Sarasota Art Association, every weekday from 10 AM to 5 PM and on Saturdays from 12 PM to 5 PM. This building offers the city's talented artists a place to showcase their best works to the public. On top of the usual exhibitions and juried shows, the center also offers classes and panel discussions to help community members improve their own artistic skills and further their understanding of the field. 

Looking for some live entertainment? You'll find plenty at the Florida Studio Theatre. This venue hosts all kinds of productions, ranging from plays and musicals to improv comedy. It's a fantastic place for a night out, and the historic building that houses these performances is a spectacle in its own right. 

You'll love attending concerts and performances at the gloriously grand Sarasota Opera House. Under its sweeping high ceilings and elaborate balconies, you're sure to feel the majesty of this timeless art form. Our real estate agents are always excited when a new show is announced!

Architecture 

Sarasota's historic district also contains many beautiful old buildings showcasing various architectural styles. Some of these sites have even made their way onto the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

You can observe the hallmarks of the gorgeous Art Deco style in the ornate fixtures and arches of the Kress Building, an old discount storefront built on Main Street back in 1932.

With a slight detour onto S Orange Avenue, you'll find the imposing marble columns of the Federal Building. This colossal structure is an excellent example of the Neoclassical Revival architecture that was popular in Sarasota during the 1930s.

A little further down Main Street, you'll easily spot the distinctive H-shaped design and Mediterranean influences of the Sarasota County Courthouse. This type of design was another favorite back in the 1920s, but its recent revival has made this building look a lot like many of the trendiest new homes available today.

Shopping and Dining

The historic district is full of small shops and restaurants that are well worth a visit. 

You can experience sumptuous French fine dining at the Bijou Garden Café, a renowned local restaurant housed in a former gas station. This establishment is run by an award-winning local chef and features a menu that changes with the seasons to showcase the freshest and most flavorful ingredients. 

Later in the evening, you can order a few drinks at The Gator Club, the upscale bar and lounge currently occupying the building that was once known as Worth's Block. The building dates all the way back to 1912 and is one of the oldest structures still standing in modern-day Sarasota.

Sarasota's future is sure to be just as exciting and eventful as its past. It's time for you to become part of it. Contact us today to take a closer look at our many homes in Sarasota and find a property where you can begin building your own legacy.

November
7

6 Restaurants You'll Love in Downtown Sarasota

Dining Downtown Sarasota

Sarasota has a little bit of everything that makes Florida special, and that includes delicious food. While the area is best known for seafood, there's something for everyone near Sarasota homes for sale. You can try out a new place every week of the year and never run out of things to discover!

Our real estate agents know that having places for a hearty meal, a family outing, or a romantic night out is an important part of enjoying your new community.

Here are some of the local favorites you might like to try:

  1. 1592 Wood Fired Kitchen & Cocktails – 1592 Main Street, Sarasota, FL 34236
    1592 Wood Fired Kitchen & Cocktails has a history as one of Sarasota's most beloved Greek restaurants. It still serves up such Mediterranean favorites as gyro kebabs, chicken souvlaki, and spanakopita, plus it has now expanded into neighboring cuisines. The modern menu includes entries from Portugal, Italy, Syria, and Turkey, among others. Its two-course lunch special is one of the most generous in town.

  2. The Bijou Garden Cafe – 1287 First Street, Sarasota, FL 34236
    The Bijou Garden Cafe has been a Sarasota mainstay since 1986. Owner Jean-Pierre Knaggs gives this warm and welcoming eatery a fusion flair that reflects his own French and South African background. The innovative, seasonal lunch and dinner menus mean you will want to stop in after you take in a day at the museum or a night at the theater. The Cafe's desserts are true works of art!

  3. Cafe Epicure – 1298 North Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236
    Cafe Epicure brings the spirit of the Italian trattoria to Sarasota, offering simple but robust food in an unfussy setting. Pasta, salads, and pizzas anchor the menu, along with small-plate appetizers. The Cafe touts a fine assortment of wines by the glass, providing terrific pairings with mains such as the chicken Milanese and the carbonara. Carpaccio is the most selected starter. Ask about the chef's specials!

  4. Caragiulos – 69 South Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236
    If you are looking for a neighborhood pizza place to bring the kids or visiting nephews and nieces, then Caragiulos may be the perfect place for you. Kids can craft their own pizzas out of diverse ingredients while adults savor the homemade Foccacia bread and other specialties. These range in complexity from the unassuming spaghetti and meatball platter to the authentic linguine with clam sauce and lasagna.

  5. C'est La Vie – 1553 Main Street, Sarasota, FL 34236
    C'est La Vie is here to bring the joie de vivre to Sarasota through a slate of French classics handmade with an "Old Country" dedication to craft, artistry, and freshness. Crepes, quiches, and croissants are available warm from the oven, filled or topped as you like it. Ideal for a little Parisian-style sit as you nibble your pastries and a small coffee – or a quick jaunt to take those delectable treats home with you.

  6. Drunken Poet – 1572 Main Street, Sarasota, FL 34236
    As the name suggests, Drunken Poet is a Bohemian cafe and has been known to host poetry (slam and otherwise) on occasion. Here, you'll discover an array of Thai, Japanese, and Chinese dishes, all whipped up from a small kitchen while you wait. It has built up quite a following for its versatile list of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free selections, while meat lovers rave about the Thai crispy duck and lamb shank.

Piqued your appetite? Contact us to find out more about Sarasota and neighboring Bradenton.

October
24

Lakefront Fun at Waterside Place

Waterside Place

When moving to a new city, it's important to know what the area has to offer. There are plenty of great Sarasota homes for sale, but where can you go shopping nearby? There are all sorts of wonderful Bradenton homes for sale too, but where can you get a bite to eat around them? You'll want to check out Waterside Place. It has everything you need - with a beautiful lakefront view to boot. Here's a taste of some of the establishments Waterside Place has to offer.

Waterside

  • Crop Juice - 1580 Lakefront Drive, Suite 100, Sarasota, FL, 34240
    If you're looking for breakfast that's healthy, ethical, allergen-free, and delicious, Crop Juice is the place to go. They serve up donuts, croissants, and other menu items, all using the finest quality plant-based, gluten-free ingredients. They also have a wide array of healthy juices to help you get a nutritious start to your day.

  • Monkee's - 1551 Lakefront Drive Ste 104, Sarasota, Florida 34240
    Monkee's
    provides a great, upscale shopping experience. This fashion boutique sells women's clothes, shoes, and accessories from all different designer brands. They strive to provide a personalized shopping experience that caters to each customer's individual taste.

  • Korê Steakhouse - 1561 Lakefront Drive, Suite 111, Sarasota, FL 34240
    For authentic and delicious Korean barbecue, Korê Steakhouse is the place to go. They use the best ingredients and the finest cuts of meat, from filet mignon to New York strip to short ribs to Wagyu - all made to order. No reservations at this restaurant and no tipping - just delicious food and great service.

  • Tim's Wine Market - 1551 Lakefront Drive Suite 100 Lakewood Ranch, FL 34240
    A family-owned establishment, Tim's Wine Market focuses on smaller production, handcrafted wines that you might not be able to find elsewhere. They have a huge collection available, which means whatever your wine preference is, whether you're just getting started or a seasoned connoisseur, there's something for you.

  • Forked at Waterside - 7600 Island Cove Terrace, Suites 100 & 101 Sarasota, FL 34240
    Forked at Waterside is your perfect Sarasota brunch spot. Serving up all the traditional favorites, from eggs benedict to waffles and French toast to steak and hash browns, and more - plus an array of delicious cocktails, Forked is a great place to gather with friends for a lazy Sunday morning - or any day of the week.

  • Farmers' Market at Lakewood Ranch - 1561 Lakefront Drive Sarasota, FL 34240
    If you're looking for both shopping and dining options, don't forget to check out the Farmers' Market at Lakewood Ranch. Open every Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm, it features over 90 different vendors, selling everything from fresh produce to baked goods to jewelry and more. If you want to support local, independent sellers while also getting food that's fresh and delicious, the farmers' market should be one of your regular stops.

Our real estate agents can help you find your perfect home in a neighborhood that can meet all your needs. Contact us if you're ready to make the Bradenton or Sarasota areas your new home.

July
11

Beaches Your Dog Will Enjoy in Sarasota

Sarasota Beaches

Our real estate agents find that Florida's incredible natural beauty is even more special when they share it with their best four-legged friend. Head out for a great day with your pet at one of these dog-friendly beaches near Sarasota.

  • Brohard Paw Park - 1850 Harbor Dr. S., Venice, FL 34285
    Brohard Paw Park, located just minutes from Venice homes for sale, is the Riviera Coast of dog-friendly beaches. After romping in the leash-free fenced-in park, Fido can head to the adjacent beach for a refreshing dip. There are drinking fountains, trash receptacles, and showers, along with an accessible boardwalk and plenty of benches and picnic tables where humans can have lunch or just relax as their pets have fun. Park hours are 7 a.m. - dusk daily.

  • De Soto National Memorial Beach - 8300 De Soto Memorial Hwy., Bradenton, FL 34209
    Bring your leashed pet along to explore De Soto National Memorial Beach, not far from Bradenton homes for sale. The stunning hiking path meanders around a number of different ecosystems, such as a mangrove forest, just like the ones the first visitors found. Afterward, the two of you can cool off wading in the waters of Tampa Bay. Park grounds are open from dawn to dusk, but note that the parking lot gates close at 5 p.m. Admission is free for all guests.

  • Palma Sola Causeway Park - 9000 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, FL 34209
    Once you and your precious pooch visit delightful Palma Sola Causeway Park, you may never want to leave. Dogs and horses alike can be found, along with their humans, traversing the sandy stretches of this waterfront area. Visitors give the park high marks for the clean, well-maintained grounds and peaceful ambiance. Grills are available, so pack a picnic lunch with plenty of doggie treats. Palma Sola is open seven days a week from sunrise to sunset.

  • Indian Beach Park - 2703 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota, FL 34234
    Tucked right in the center of the magnificent Sarasota Bayfront, Indian Beach Park packs a lot of activity into its single acre of land. The prime location makes it a popular spot for launching kayaks and canoes, while many others come to try their hand at fishing. Wind down after a long day by taking in some amazing sunset views with Fido at your side. Hours are 5 a.m. - 11 p.m. daily.

  • Bayfront Park - 5 Bayfront Dr., Sarasota, FL 34236
    Are you into multitasking? Culture, education, and entertainment meet head-on at Bayfront Park. One of the prominent features is the recently installed bioswale, designed to capture and treat stormwater runoff from surrounding surfaces. See if you can identify cabbage palm, mangrove spider lily, and other native plants inside the bioswale. Take a stroll with Fido to see the charming art installations, including Olympic Wannabees, Dolphin Fountain, and Ominous Ikon 69. Bayfront Park also offers opportunities for kayaking, canoeing, and fishing. Plans are underway to design and rebuild an upgrade to the kids' fountain on-site. Park hours are 5 a.m. - 11 p.m., seven days a week.

Contact us at Wagner Realty for cheerful and experienced assistance with all your real estate needs.

May
23

Where to Pick Your Own Produce Near Sarasota County

Sarasota Farms

One of the great things about living in Florida is that fresh fruit and vegetables are never really out of season. Local farms around Sarasota and Bradenton cultivate corps that change with the calendar.

Even so, spring is almost certainly the best season when it comes to u-pick produce. These are some of our real estate agents' favorite pick-your-own fruit and veggie farms in the Sarasota and Bradenton area!

  • Albritton Fruit Farms - 9600 State Rd 72, Sarasota, FL 34241
    A beautiful farm in the rolling countryside just outside Sarasota, Albritton Fruit Farms offers u-pick blueberries and sunflowers throughout the spring harvest season. This family-owned and operated farm is just minutes from these Sarasota homes for sale and includes 60,000 blueberry plants of four distinct varieties. The u-pick season usually runs from mid-March through late May, and specific dates are frequently updated on their website. 

  • Hunsader Farms - 5500 Co Rd 675, Bradenton, FL 34211
    Bradenton's Hunsader Farms is one of the best places around to get fresh produce. In addition to u-pick offerings that change with the seasons, they offer a fully stocked farm stand where you can shop an amazing variety of fruits and vegetables. U-pick offerings throughout April and May include eggplant, green beans, black-eyed peas, purple hull peas, and okra, and many more options are available pre-picked at the farm stand. There's also an on-site petting zoo and playground, and the farm is only a short drive from many Bradenton homes for sale.

  • Brown's Grove - 16015 Winburn Dr, Sarasota, FL 34240
    One of the leading citrus growers in the Sarasota area, Brown's Grove produces a wide range of fruit in their large, picturesque farm. Brown's Grove has been owned and operated by the Brown family since 1915, and their offerings include red and yellow naval oranges, Meyer lemons, red and white grapefruits, and Tango tangerines. The u-pick citrus season runs from December through February, but Brown's Grove also sets up a fruit stand at Phillippi Farmhouse Market in Sarasota.

  • Honeyside Farms - 24105 FL-62, Parrish, FL 34219
    An organic vegetable farm spanning 12 beautiful acres, Honeyside Farms is the pride and joy of Tiffany Bailey, a 4th-generation farmer who started growing her own produce just outside Bradenton in 2008. Today, the farm grows dozens of different crops a stone's throw from these Parrish homes for sale and offers weekly organic veggie box subscriptions. U-pick is offered on select days that are announced in advance via their social media pages. Honeyside Farms also sells produce at the Lakewood Ranch Farmers Market during the growing season from November to May.

  • Fruitville Grove - 7410 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota, FL 34240
    Fruitville Grove is a working farm as well as a farm market, and they offer a huge variety of local homemade goods year-round, as well as fresh produce in season. You'll always find fresh baked goods, jams and preserves, honey, and dairy products at the market. December through March is the peak season for most of their organic fruits and vegetables, but many crops are available well into spring. Fruitville Grove is perhaps best known for its annual Pumpkin Fest, which includes u-pick pumpkins and a wide range of food, games, and entertainment every October. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in Florida! Fresh local produce year-round is just one of many things that make this part of the world special, and our real estate agents can't wait to help you find your dream home in Sarasota, Bradenton, and the surrounding areas. 

April
25

Sarasota: One of the Best Places to Visit in Florida

Sarasota

Lauded by U.S. News & World Report as the #1 place in Florida to visit, Sarasota truly stands out. Whether you're looking for Sarasota homes for sale or at neighboring Bradenton homes for sale, you'll have the chance to enjoy all the amenities this sun-soaked community offers. Our real estate agents are excited to show you more.

Replete with natural wonders and fascinating Florida history, Sarasota excels in more ways than one. As you explore, you'll encounter striking architecture, some of the best restaurants on the East Coast, and more than a few examples of the things that make Florida unique.

With sister city Bradenton adjoining it – just 25 minutes away from downtown – residents of either one can boast they are right in the midst of two of Florida's most desirable cities. Miles of quality beach and Florida vacation getaways like Longboat Key and Holmes Beach await.

Let's take a closer look at some of the unusual attractions in Sarasota:

  • The John N. & Mable B. Ringling Museum of Art – 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL 34243
    The John N. & Mable B. Ringling Museum of Art is located on the former estate of circus magnate John Ringling. Established in 1927 and including 21 galleries of art and antiquities from Europe, Asia, and the Americas, it spans 66 acres. In addition to the Museum of Art, you can visit the Circus Museum commemorating the history of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

  • Siesta Key – See Website for Location Details
    Siesta Key may just be the #1 place in Florida to enjoy the soft sand and glittering surf of the Gulf of Mexico. This barrier island is known for Siesta Key Public Beach, where the fine white sand is cool all year around. It also features a number of secluded spots where you might spot a dolphin.

  • Marie Selby Botanical Gardens – 1534 Mound Street, Sarasota, FL 34236
    Marie Selby Botanical Gardens features two campuses giving visitors the opportunity to see an array of air plants from all over the world. The facilities are deeply connected with the traditional land stewardship of Florida's native people and are open all year long except on Christmas Day.

  • Mote Marine Lab & Florida Research Aquarium – 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236
    Mote Marine Lab & Florida Research Aquarium is one of the crown jewels of Florida's tireless efforts to uncover secrets of the Atlantic. Researchers here nurse injured marine life back to health while gathering data that helps humans and the environment. You may have the chance to see manatees, dolphins, sea turtles, sharks, and many others. The rays are among the most popular at the aquarium.

  • Save Our Seabirds1708 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236
    While you're learning more about the unique Florida ecosystem at Mote Marine Laboratory, you can take a two-minute walk to Save Our Seabirds, an animal hospital that rescues, rehabilitates, and then releases ill and injured Florida wildlife, especially birds. You can visit with and learn about the birds, including the facility's permanent residents, with the help of experienced scientists and caregivers.

  • Saint Armands Circle – See Website for Location Details
    Located on the island of Saint Armands Key, just across from Sarasota, Saint Armands Circle is a lively shopping, dining, and entertainment district. Under the watchful eye of the famous John Ringling statue, you can discover more than 130 boutiques and specialty shops, including many you won't find anywhere else. Connected to the mainland by two bridges, it's a world away from the hustle and bustle.

Inspired to turn your visit to Sarasota into a move? Contact us to find out more or get started.

January
17

Plan Ahead for These Sarasota Events

Sarasota Events

If you live in Sarasota, FL, you're lucky to experience the area's amazing weather, abundant recreational opportunities, and countless family-friendly destinations. You'll also find numerous special events that cater to nearly every interest, whether you're a baseball fan or are searching for the perfect antique.

Our real estate agents suggest checking out the following events coming to Sarasota in 2022:

  • The Simon & Garfunkel Story - Feb. 12, 2022 - Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236 
    The Simon & Garfunkel Story is an immersive, concert-style theater show that tells the story of the folk-rock duo using a full live band and state-of-the-art video projection and lighting. It takes you through their history, starting with their beginnings as Tom & Jerry and culminating with "The Concert in Central Park" in 1981 with over half a million fans. Along the way, you'll be treated to such hits as "Bridge Over Troubled Water," "Mrs. Robinson," "Homeward Bound," and more.

  • Sarasota Audubon Society Guided Walks: The Celery Fields, Second Mondays - Feb. 14, and Mar. 14, 2022 - Celery Fields, 6893 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34240
    Join bird experts Peter Brown and Kelley Berkey on a Sarasota Audubon Society Guided Walk in The Celery Fields. The 400-plus acre site is owned by Sarasota County and is on the Great Florida Birding Trail, so you're likely to see many species along the way. Over 200 species of birds have been identified at The Celery Fields. Walkers and bird-watchers should meet at the Raymond Road Boardwalk and then proceed on the walk.

  • The Sarasota FL Antiques Show - Feb. 26-27, 2022 - Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236
    If you love antiques, you won't want to miss The Sarasota FL Antiques Show, where you'll be able to shop inside in an elegant, comfortable atmosphere. Over 50 national and regional exhibitors will have smaller wares displayed in showcases and larger pieces such as furniture attractively arranged so you can appreciate them up close. You'll be able to see and buy fine antiques as well as decorative and fine arts from ancient times to the 20th century.

  • 33rd Annual Venice Italian Feast & Carnival - Feb. 24-27, 2022 - Venice Airport Festival Grounds, 610 Airport Ave. E., Venice, FL 34285
    You know an event is going to be fun when it's been an annual event for over 30 years! Head over to the Venice Airport Festival Grounds for the 33rd Annual Venice Italian Feast & Carnival. The festival put on by the Italian American Club of Venice has live entertainment, carnival rides, and of course fantastic food! Be sure to stop by after looking at Venice homes for sale.
     
  • Baltimore Orioles MLB Spring Training - starting Feb. 26, 2022 - Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th St., Sarasota, FL 34237
    When Major League Baseball starts spring training in 2022, they'll have 15 teams playing in Florida's Grapefruit League and taking advantage of the area's great weather. Teams include the Baltimore Orioles, who play their home games at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota. Games offer a fun, relaxed way to see your favorite MLB players, as well as some promising minor leaguers who are trying to break into the major leagues. 

Contact us if you'd like to see Sarasota homes for sale or Bradenton homes for sale. Established in 1939, we've earned a reputation for providing professional, personal service. We live and work in the community and would love to help you with your real estate transactions. 

January
10

One-of-a-Kind Restaurants to Try Near Sarasota

Sarasota Dining

Our real estate agents want to introduce you to the taste of Sarasota!

Florida is known for its excellent seafood, but that is only the beginning. No matter if you are exploring Sarasota homes for sale, going with Bradenton homes for sale, or looking elsewhere in the area, you are sure to enjoy this region's food culture.

While all your favorite chains are represented, unique chef-led restaurants are a big part of what makes Sarasota special. These run the gamut from small, family-owned eateries – often in historic buildings – to acclaimed locales led by some of the most famous chefs in the world.

As a result, the flavors of Sarasota incorporate influences from all across the globe. With such a strong blend between local community restaurants and celebrity chefs who come to the city to show they've made it big, there's an endless array of options for you to savor.

Let's take a closer look at some prime Sarasota picks:

  • The Garden Room Cafe at Shoogie Boogies – 1919 Morrill Street, Sarasota, FL 34236
    The Garden Room Cafe at Shoogie Boogies has been described as a dining experience nothing short of being transported to Europe. With a dining room that exudes careful attention to detail in the spirit of continental European elegance, it is one of the top fine dining event venues in Sarasota. 

  • Michael's on East – 1212 East Avenue South, Sarasota, FL 34239
    Michael's on East is "top of the line" all the way, starting with one of the most auspicious domain names in dining ("bestfood.com") and following through with world-class food and guest experience. Whether you are looking for a full three-course dinner, desserts like the chocolate peppermint torte and layered pumpkin kiss, or a relaxing time in the lounge, Michael's on East will never disappoint.

  • Euphemia Haye – 5540 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228
    Euphemia Haye features both a lounge and a dedicated dessert room that has received high praise from the local culinary press. The lounge was converted into a relaxed "bachelor pad" atmosphere, as it was the former owner's apartment. The dessert lounge allows you to view the complete selection of daily fresh-baked pastries and other delights before you select the one that's right for you.

  • Indigenous Restaurant – 239 South Links Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236
    Indigenous Restaurant is a seasonal American eatery focused on the freshest local ingredients with the lowest environmental impact. It emphasizes sustainable seafood with a carefully designed supply chain that empowers local fishermen, artisans, and farmers. As a result, the menu can change as frequently as twice a week, and there's always a delicious new delicacy for you to try.

  • The Old Salty Dog – 1601 B. Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236
    With three locations across Sarasota and Venice, The Old Salty Dog is a popular selection for authentic Floridian family dining and fun. The menu has a little bit of everything, from starters to soups and salads, sandwiches, dogs and burgers, and food baskets. The homemade crab dip, lobster roll, firecracker wrap, and Caribbean jerk tacos are just a few of the favorites.

The culinary scene is one of the many draws of living in the Sarasota area. Contact us today to learn more about what Sarasota has to offer.

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