Sarasota FL Real Estate Blog

Upcoming Event: 6th Annual Suncoast BBQ Bluegrass Bash

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An annual fundraiser providing help for the Suncoast Foundation of Handicapped Children, the Suncoast BBQ & Bluegrass Bash is a great event. You will discover all types of fun at the event including a BBQ contest, Kids Park, cornhole and much more. Here's what you can enjoy at this great event.

Events and Contests

The festival includes multiple events and contest, such as:

  • BBQ Contest
  • Kids Park
  • Sporting Clays
  • Dessert Bake-Off
  • Chili Cook-off
  • Cornhole Tournament
  • And More!

You can compete or just enjoy samples of the food in each of the contests. The event will also include a Bargain Barn, Community Corner and an Outdoor Living area full of great exhibits.

An Afternoon of Bluegrass

You can also enjoy plenty of bluegrass music from top artists at the event. Some of the performers include:

  • The Claire Lynch Band
  • The Boxcars
  • Flatt Lonesome...

Siesta Beach Wins Another Award from TripAdvisor

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For the last three years TripAdvisor has si-highlighted the best beaches in the world. And once again Siesta Beach has made the cut. Out of millions of reviews their name keeps rising to the top. According to the President of Visit Sarasota County, Virginia J. Haley, this is a huge honor. Especially since this is something that was voted on by the fans.

Stands Out Above the Rest

While there are many beautiful beaches in the state of Florida, Siesta Beach is one that always seems to stand out in the crowd. Winning this award again is a reflection of the top notch service provided by both workers and volunteers.

Everyday local citizens volunteer to help keep the beach looking pristine. It is because of this people from all over the world want to come and visit. It is without a doubt one of the most welcoming beaches you will ever visit.

Siesta Beach is located in Sarasota, FL. Here you will find a very vibrant art scene as well culinary experiences that are very diverse. There are many great activities that allow you to get outdoors and enjoy the crystal clear waters. If you are looking for a laid back beach getaway, this is where you want to go.


Upcoming Event: Food Wine on Pine Festival

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If you love food and wine you will love the 5th annual Food and Wine on Pine 2015. This cultural and culinary experience is one the entire family can enjoy. It will be held on Saturday, May 2nd on Pine Avenue between the hours of 11:30am and 6:30pm.

Besides food and wine you will also be able to enjoy music and art at the festival. This unique event is full of fun and excitement and is sure to make your weekend something special.


There will be over 25 local restaurants that participate in this year’s festival. All will showcase some of their best creations from some of the best chefs in town. Your palate will be amazed. Some of the words used to describe the food here are delicious and exceptional.

It will without a doubt be some of the best food you have ever tasted. Here are just a few of the restaurants that will participate in this year’s festival.

  • The Sandbar Restaurant
  • Melt and Company
  • Two Scoops Ice Cream Parlor
  • The Beach House Restaurant
  • And many more!...

The Pirates are Coming for Spring Training!

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Get ready Bradenton. The Pittsburgh Pirates are coming for Spring Training and you won’t want to miss it. This Major League Baseball team is playing their psring training games at McKechnie Field, what field that USA Today calls “the definition of ballpark intimacy” and the “Fenway of spring parks.” When you visit the park, you’ll have access to concessions, gift shops, vending machines and group discounts. Here is a look at the Pirates team and when they’re arriving for spring training.

Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pirates are Pittsburgh’s MLB team that competes in the Central Division of the National League. They are typically found playing in their home stadium of PNC Park, the former Forbes Field. The team commonly called the Bucs is the black, gold and white team with the big P logo. They’ve won the World Series title 5 times.


The team will be training at the McKechnie Field located at 1611 9th Street West in Bradenton. The hours of the facility include Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm, Saturdays from 10am-1pm and game days 9am until the end of the game.


How is Bradenton, FL a Dog Friendly Community?

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If you’re moving to Bradenton, FL, pet lovers should know that you are living in a very dog-friendly community. The Bradenton area not only accommodates family getaways, but they accommodate pets in your family getaway. Being the 100% pet-friendly destination, you’ll see dogs accompanying their family on Main Street during breakfast or playing catch on the beach. Here is a look at places to take your dog around Bradenton.

Local Places Dogs Can Go

The great thing about Bradenton is that dogs are going to be welcome in the same types of places that their human parents are welcome. A day with the dog could include walking on the beach or in colorful areas like Pine Avenue. Take a stroll with your family and dog in nature or while you shop.

Pine Avenue is a shopping street in Anna Maria Island where you’ll find stores like hair salons, shabby chic furniture, boutiques and guest services for property owners. Bring the family and your four-legged loved one to see the art gallery, the gourmet food store, the outdoor gear store and of course the doggie spa. Then grab a bite to...

Where are the Best Spots for Sweets near Bradenton?

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What’s better than a delicious treat like ice cream to cool down during a hot day in Bradenton? Grabbing a sweet treat with friends and family is fun, delicious and an easy to eat treat while you’re walking around enjoying the scenery.

Whether you want to check out the Flip Flop Shop & Candy Store for an ice cream cone and some candy or the Frosted Over Cupcakery for a new way to enjoy cupcakes, there are some really unique sweet shops near Bradenton. Here is a look at the top spots to check out.

Frosted Over Cupcakery – 5120 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton

The Frosted Over Cupcakery is the place to go for amazing cupcakes and cake pops. They specialize in custom cupcakes, cake pops, minicakes, special occasion cakes and other treats. Try menu flavors like red velvet, lemon or s’more.

Mixon Fruit Farms, Inc. -2525 27th Street East, Bradenton

The Mixon Fruit Farms is the perfect place to try an unusual treat. You can take the Orange Blossom Express Tram and tour the grove. While you’re there you’ll get to see the Wildlife Rescue, eat...

What will you Find at the New Waterway Speedway?

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Check out the new Water Speedway, Sarasota’s water recreation destination, the Nathan Benderson Park. Located just west of Interstate 75, the park is a 600-acre community giving you public access to the picturesque lake for recreational endeavors.

When you’re tired of taking a nice boat ride, floating on the waves and relaxing by the sea, you might be ready for something a little more exciting. For those with an adventurous spirit, check out the Nathan Benderson Park for their world-class rowing and aquatic sports center and so much more.

About Nathan Benderson Park

The park just opened in 2014 and this brand new active community is the perfect place to get outside and enjoy some competition. There are 600 acres of park and a massive lake with a 30-acre island. There is an Olympic-style village, digital readout screens, viewing stands and an athletic training center. Check out the 2,000-meter sprint course, coaching lanes and state-of-the-art technology.

This rowing paradise came to be thanks to private and government organizations raising the money for the $40 million plan. They transformed this park into the top competition rowing facility in the nation....