A wooden footbridge leading to the beach

Culture Archives

Spotlight On Our Team: Sue

Dinner restaurant: Columbia Restaurant. The best Cuban food in town. Breakfast spot: Sage Biscuit Cafe in Bradenton. On-the-waterfront dining:  Anna Maria’s Waterfront Restaurant and Craft Bar.  Ask about their daily specials; they’re sometimes unique but always delicious. Seafood restaurant:… Read More

Must Do: Downtown Sarasota

While there’s plenty to see and do along the coast, turn your attention to the city of Sarasota (it’s that gorgeous, glittering skyline that greets you upon your descent from the Ringling Bridge, FYI). Head for Downtown, where you’ll quickly discover some… Read More

Spotlight On Our Team: Dallas

Dinner restaurant: So many great places in Sarasota. My home for 31 years has been Anna Maria, so if you want to think outside the box, try The Feast. It’s in a small shopping center on Anna Maria, and it’s AH-Mazing!! Make… Read More

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

A Stroll Through Sarasota’s Farmers Markets

Given the Sarasota area’s endless sunshine and natural beauty, it’s no surprise that there’s a robust farmers market scene here. Both the islands and the mainland host markets that showcase the food, products, artwork and more that reflect the spirit of… Read More

Classic St. Armands Circle

If you’ve spent any time on Longboat Key or in Sarasota proper, or done any amount of research on the area, you’ve heard of St. Armands. John Ringling’s fancy shopping circle is a bustling, beautiful promenade just steps from the beach, and… Read More

Sarasota History In 5 Easy Pieces

The Sarasota area’s unique journey from wild and untamed Gulf coast paradise to sophisticated, cultivated cultural mecca is a colorful one. To really understand its unconventional history, you simply have to experience it for yourself. In the meantime, our handy cheat-sheet to… Read More