Sarasota: Pieces of Paradise
The Visit Sarasota website covers all the see-and-do basics, but in our quest to make each of your visits memorable we also publish monthly "Pieces of Paradise" (POP) newsletters to share what’s happening and happy-ning in the Sarasota area.
Quick Point Nature Preserve
POP September 2021
Longboat Key is known for its beautiful white sand beaches (Whitney Beach is a public beach at the north end of the island) and delicious restaurants (Maison Blanche and Euphemia Haye are the top LBK fine dining restaurants on Trip Advisor). This Mother's Day, though...
Big Cat Habitat
POP April 2022
Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary is a small-venue, large-animal rescue with a uniquely Sarasota circus twist. Kay Rosaire, who founded and remains very involved in the rescue, is an...
POP March 2022
Remember school projects and field trips that exposed your class to the historic people, plants and animals of your hometown lands? Building or viewing dioramas of local Native American tribes seems to have been a common component. And it provided a totally different perspective on the place you called home!
The Legacy Trail
POP February 2022
Although January and February have brought colder temperatures than usual to Florida this year, there's no denying the weather still makes Sarasota paradise. We took advantage of a sunny day with temps in the high 60s by hopping onto one of Sarasota County's recreational jewels: The Legacy Trail.
POP January 2022
We enjoy exploring Sarasota's food scene any chance we get. While downtown Sarasota is nearest to our Home Watch service zone, Lido and Siesta Keys and downtown Venice have their fair share of locally-owned restaurants, too. This month we went to St. Armands Circle to check off a longstanding activity on our to-do list: a more formal tasting experience via food tour.
POP December 2021
You've probably seen them on the road and wondered "What is that?" "Is that even street legal?" or "How do I get my hands on one of those babies???!" The answers are 1. A slingshot, 2. Yes, and 3. They are available for rent through multiple vendors in Sarasota County. We used Sarasota Slingshot Rental. The 4-hour two-person rental...
POP November 2021
Selby Gardens has been the subject of much debate the past few years. What's the hub-bub about? The desirable waterfront location, nestled among historic homes near the heart of downtown Sarasota, isn't without its drawbacks.
POP October 2021
Sarasota County celebrated its Centennial Anniversary this summer. With one hundred plus years of history under its belt, we thought this Halloween season would be a perfect time to delve into the county's spooky past. A quick internet search for "Sarasota ghost tours" yielded several results. We ended up on the Ghosts and Gruesomes Walking Tour.