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Remembering the Fallen: Top Memorial Day Events In and Around Sarasota

Memorial Day 2013, American Soldiers, SarasotaFalling on the last Monday of May, Memorial Day honors the men and women who lost their lives while serving in the American military. A day observed by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades, this holiday weekend also unofficially marks the beginning of summer.

While the extended weekend and beautiful weather create an easy distraction, it’s important to remember that Memorial Day is more than just a time for picnics, barbecues, family gatherings and sporting events. The true meaning behind this holiday weekend rests in the sacrifices made by millions of American Service men and women, and the sincere observance those sacrifices deserve. This Memorial Day, be sure you take a moment of quiet reflection to commemorate those who gave so much to ensure our freedom. Express your humble thanks by honoring your loved ones, ancestors and friends who exemplify the strength of our great country. (more…)

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Summer of Love: Top 10 Wedding Venues in Sarasota

Sarasota wedding venues,Siesta Key,Beach wedding,Wedding flowersSummer wedding season is fast approaching, and for many blushing brides-to-be the Gulf Coast is truly a dream wedding destination. From casually elegant beach ceremonies to the opulent surroundings of a historical mansion, the stunning array of venues make Sarasota and the surrounding area the perfect place to say “I do”. We’ve compiled a list of the Top 10 wedding venues in our area, making the search for a beautiful backdrop a piece of (wedding) cake! : (more…)

Sarasota’s Jeweled Museum Area: A Royal Tour

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What do you get when you mix one-of-a-kind luxury real estate, prime waterfront locations, top-performing MSC agents, a little innovation and a lot of teamwork? An exclusive Broker’s open house of Sarasota’s jeweled Museum Area. (more…)

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Living and Loving the Gulf Coast: Top Reasons to Move to Sarasota

Some of us are lucky enough to call Sarasota “Home”, and it’s easy to see why those who live, work and play here are so passionate about it. Frequently gracing lists of the world’s best places to live, people from across the nation and around the globe have discovered the exceptional lifestyle the Gulf Coast has to offer. With this in mind, here are a few top reasons to make the move to Sarasota:

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Crescent Beach – Siesta Key

– Beaches

Sarasota is home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Siesta Key is renowned for its endless stretches of impossibly soft crystal quartz sand, framed by the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico. With many other gorgeous beaches, you’re truly spoiled for choice in this area. From sunrise to sunset, the unsurpassed beauty of Sarasota’s beaches makes our area truly unforgettable. Check out our top 10 Sarasota area beaches HERE.  (more…)

Here’s to you, Mom: Top 10 Sarasota Mother’s Day Events and Ideas

Mothers day 2013, Sarasota events Sunday May 12th marks this year’s Mother’s Day, an opportunity to pull out all the stops and show our amazing Moms how much we care. Your Mother’s Day gift traditions may have started with crayon-scribbled cards starring your stick-figure family, but this year consider treating Mom to something a little more sophisticated with one of the many fantastic events taking place in Sarasota. We’ve made it easy for you and compiled a list of the best event and gift ideas in the area; so you can be well on your way to establishing “favorite child” status! (more…)

National Symposium Celebrates Sarasota’s Modern Architecture

The Umbrella House on Lido Shores will be among the buildings featured at this week's national symposium, Modern Matters. Photo credit: Liz Waytkus

The Umbrella House on Lido Shores will be among the buildings featured at this week’s national symposium, Modern Matters. Photo credit: Liz Waytkus

Among Sarasota’s cultural riches, there is none perhaps more lasting then its architecture, at least, in the physical sense. I spoke with a visiting architect last week who said, “The essence of architecture is that we leave traces.” If that’s the case, then some rather remarkable traces were left in Sarasota during the mid-20th century.

April 18-21st, there will be a national symposium, Modern Matters, held at the Ringling College of Art and Design celebrating the work and genius of architect Paul Rudolph and the Sarasota School of Architecture, a movement which left behind many significant modern buildings found on Casey Key, Siesta Key, Lido Key, and throughout Sarasota and Bradenton. (more…)

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Louies Modern and The Francis Open in Downtown Sarasota

Photo courtesy Louies Modern

Photo courtesy Louies Modern

The urban fabric of downtown Sarasota has an exciting new layer. Louies Modern and The Francis have now opened at 1289 N. Palm Avenue. The sophisticated 11,000+ square foot destination includes a restaurant, special event space, bar, outdoor lounge and seating, barista bar, and even a private dining room that overlooks the elegant palm tree lined avenue.

The past several years has seen huge improvements in an already vibrant downtown Sarasota. It was not long ago that two unsightly parking lots monopolized prime real estate along Palm Avenue. The City of Sarasota helped lead a spur of revitalization with landscaping beautifications, new roundabouts, and the award-winning Palm Avenue Parking Garage, which, despite its chief function, enhances the streetscape and urban dynamic. (more…)

A Rosy Outlook: Sarasota in Bloom

Mable Ringling's Rose Garden- Photo by Carol Marie Hanlon

Mable Ringling’s Rose Garden- Photo by Carol Marie Hanlon

Sometimes we really need to take a moment to appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds us, and this April provides the perfect opportunity to quite literally ‘Stop and smell the roses.’ 2013 marks the 100th anniversary of Mable Ringling’s Rose Garden, completed in 1913, and featuring a stunning display of over 1,164 roses in 317 varieties. The garden usually blooms every year around the date of Mable’s birthday, March 14th, but with the spell of colder weather it hasn’t quite happened yet. Lucky for us, this means we still have time to see the thousands of buds burst into bloom, a dazzling display for Sarasota residents and tourists alike. The garden is expected to be in full bloom in the next week or so, and can be enjoyed at the Ringling’s palatial mansion, Ca’d’Zan. With the wonder of nature in mind, we are featuring luxury real estate listings with gorgeous grounds, perfect for budding gardeners! (more…)

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5 Luxury Home Theaters: Create your own Sarasota Film Festival

The Sarasota Film Festival is returning for its 15th year. The buzz is palpable as we anticipate viewing some of the best new cinema right in our backyard and the chance to rub elbows with the stars. This year’s 180 choices of films and an array of exciting events are sure to make for a spectacular experience!

All this excitement got us thinking about the joy of watching films; we relish in a good movie experience, from seeing a suspenseful thriller to just sitting in a dark theater with a box of popcorn. With that in mind, we are featuring several luxury real estate listings that offer the best in premium home theaters. These ultimate spaces are sure to transform watching any movie into a pure cinematic escape.

Home theater from luxury listing along the Manatee River

Home theater from luxury listing along the Manatee River

This Riverview Blvd in Bradenton, FL has Sold.

Located in an architectural jewel on the Manatee River, this home theater brings to mind the art of movie-watching from a bygone era when films were truly the centerpiece of all entertainment. The adjoining bar area won’t have anyone missing a minute of the plot as your guest helps themselves to cocktails and popcorn.

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Off the Beaten Path: Sarasota Children’s Garden

Enter into a whimsical playground at Sarasota Children's Garden.

Locals who are in the know visit the Sarasota Children’s Garden.

You’ve been to The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, St. Armands Circle, and Siesta Beach, but do you ever wonder where the locals really go?

This new series on TheSaundersBlog will unveil local hotspots within Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties—and beyond—that may escape the notice of some of our seasonal residents.

This week, we are shining the spotlight on Sarasota Children’s Garden, which is conveniently located just north of Sarasota’s downtown in the Rosemary District.
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