Love on the Beach

Every Valentine's Day, committed couples from around the world gather on Siesta Public Beach to renew their wedding vows. While many have participated faithfully for years, for us, it was a first that came gift-wrapped in wonderful surprises, including a personalized certificate......more

The Charms of Our Farms

Imagine what it’s like to drink milk fresh from a cow, taste sweet honey from local bees, or sip wine where the grape was grown… or to sink your teeth into a just-picked peach or an ear of corn so juicy and tender that its delicious......more

Bradenton has Something to Brag About

Condé Nast Traveler readers voted Longboat Key, Florida, as the No. 2 island in all of North America, for its blend of wild, natural beauty and manicured elegance. Visit Florida reports.......more

Polo: The Sport of Kings

Mention polo, and most people conjure up images of Prince Charles, wealthy aristocrats and fine-bloodline ponies. The common folk tend to associate polo with the rich jet-setting life played out in the international media. Not here in Sarasota. But for the beauty of the sport, champagne......more

Pet Friendly Resorts in Sarasota, Florida

Sarasota has not only earned its moniker as the "Cultural Capital of Florida," it could easily lay claim to the "Canine Capital," as well. This city by the bay on the west Florida coast is replete with pet friendly parks, restaurants and resorts,......more

Sunset Cruises in Sarasota, Florida

One of the most dramatic ways to experience a Sarasota sunset is aboard a cruise. There are several to choose from, and all afford opportunities to witness the area’s sea life, blazing sunset and opulent waterfront mansions. Whether you prefer a party boat, dinner cruise or......more

Sarasota’s Golf Resorts Entertain Non-Golfers

Gracious greens, softly undulating fairways, tranquil waters… it’s no secret that Sarasota’s resorts boast some of the lushest links in the country. Longboat Key Club and Resort, The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota and The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort offer gorgeous championship courses that challenge golfers from novice......more

A Horse of a Different Color

They change color, twine their tails together and look more like mythical beasts than fish. Wondrous creatures, seahorses have enchanted children of all ages for centuries. Mote's Seahorse Conservation Laboratory provides the rare opportunity to get up close and personal with these quirky critters. Learn about......more

Sailing Sarasota

Sarasota is a sailor’s delight. Dolphins leap along side starboard and port, and manatees lumber in our tepid waters; exotic birds nest on mangrove islands and scamper along sandy beaches. Our picturesque gulf, bays and inlets are perfect for dropping anchor, and reveal the secrets of......more

Don’t Just See the Circus, BE the Circus!

ANYONE can fly through the air with the greatest of ease at the Tito Gaona Flying Trapeze Academy - I’m uncoordinated, non-athletic, and let’s just say my muscles and cardiovascular system have been on vacation for about a year. Oh, and I just turned 50. But Tito......more

Forgotten Florida

Nestled amid the glitzy high-rises on Longboat Key lies Forgotten Florida; The Sandpiper Inn. An anachronistic single-story resort perched on the Gulf, the intimate enclave is a step back in time… to when innocence prevailed and nature ruled. I have a passion for wildlife, but also for......more

Brunch Anyone?

Brunch (brunch) n. [Colloq.] a meal that combines a late breakfast and an early lunch According to Webster’s, “brunch” is a noun, but common usage suggests otherwise and we’ve been brunching for more than a century. Englishman Guy Beringer coined the portmanteau (combination of words) in 1895......more

Fresh, Not Frozen

Every Saturday morning, a farmers' market blooms along Lemon Avenue at Main Street. Colorful umbrellas and tents pop up before 7 a.m., the stands underneath bursting with organic produce, fresh cut flowers, beautiful bromeliads and orchids, homemade cookies and an imaginative array of arts and crafts.......more

Lite Bites

When you're hungry for quality but not quantity, savor a myriad of morsels at Sarasota's award-winning restaurants. Sampling hors d'oeuvres, antipasti or tapas is a playground for the palate and easy on the purse in any language.......more

Hot Dog Digs

The hot trend in travel is for resorts to cater to pets as well as their owners, and Sarasota overlooks no "de-tail" while leading the pack. In this pet-friendly paradise, every dog has its day, whether it's uptown, downtown, beachside or bayfront. Here's the scoop on......more

Talking Travel

Talking Travel with Roy Lowey is a production of Travel Talk Radio Network at WTMY 1280 AM. It is broadcast live Sundays at 5 p.m., and AVAILABLE 24/7, WORLDWIDE, at www.ttrn.com. Lisa is a frequent guest and occasional co-host on the show.  Click on a segment to......more

Forgotten Florida

Perched amid the glitzy high-rises on Longboat Key lies Forgotten Florida. The Sandpiper Inn is reminiscent of "the good old days" - when the only sounds heard were laughing gulls and lapping waves. You can do as much or as little as you please. We opted......more

Lasting Impressions

Art appreciation may be subjective, but at The Bijou Café, the reviews are always unanimous. For more than 20 years the restaurant has elevated food to fine art status, presenting award-winning fare with universal appeal. In an industry with a national success rate of just 15......more

Nautical and Nice

There may be no better way to work up a healthy appetite than by spending a sunny day cruising our shimmering waters, inhaling the salty sea air and feeling the constant caress of balmy breezes.......more