A wooden footbridge leading to the beach

Florida Vacation Connection

Spotlight On Our Team: Michele Knuese

Meet our fearless leader, Michele Knuese. Having been in the local vacation rental business for over 30 years, Wisconsin-born Knuese was perfectly poised to take the helm of Florida Vacation Connection in 1994. As owner and manager, Michele calls upon her decades… Read More

How To Do The John & Mable Ringing Museum of Art

When circus maestro John Ringling settled in Sarasota with his wife, Mable, they decided they needed an art museum on the property to house their considerable collection. It took two years to build the Ringling Museum, which opened in 1927. Today, the museum’s… Read More

Our Fave Fall & Winter Festivals In Sarasota

If you’re here in Sarasota in the fall and winter, you’ll want to take advantage of all that’s on offer. The area comes alive with festivals and events that highlight everything we get to enjoy here year round: fresh-caught seafood, great local music… Read More

Sarasota’s Sea Turtle Season: What To Know

You’ve probably heard about Sarasota’s wildlife scene—frolicking dolphins, osprey and egret, sandhill cranes plucking along the shore. . Our warm coastal waters are rich with manatee and all manner of fish, a dynamic ecosystem that many creatures call home. But there’s one… Read More

Spotlight on LBK’s Newest Park

Longboat Key’s premier park is one of the most beloved places on the island, and not just because of the three—count ’em three—pickleball courts. No, these nine acres set right on the water are dedicated to sports and recreation of all kinds,… Read More

Where To Fish In Sarasota

If you’re an angler, you’ve chosen well: Longboat Key and the Sarasota area host some of the best fishing in the Sunshine State. We’ve got offshore and deep sea in the Gulf, freshwater fishing from inland lakes, and the unique ecosystem provided… Read More

Top Tennis Around Town

The Sarasota area is no stranger to sports—we’ve sung the praises of local Major League Baseball training and golf—so it’s no surprise that tennis is at the top of a long list of recreational sports embraced by our community. Among the many academies, clubs,… Read More

After Hours On The Islands

It’s after 6 p.m. on Longboat Key. The sun is about to set and dinner plans are calling. It’s a gorgeous evening all around, and there’s absolutely no reason not to extend it well into the night. The area’s evenings are generally balmy,… Read More