Sarasota Memories: How to Take The Perfect Family Portrait

Sarasota Memories: How to Take The Perfect Family Portrait

Sarasota Memories: How to Take The Perfect Family Portrait

If you’ve been searching for tips on how to get the perfect family picture without a professional, look no further! See below for some photography tips to help you get that album-worthy family photo.

 

  • Timing is Key!

Finding the right timing for your family photo is the key for getting the best shot. Sarasota beaches have some of the most pristine sunsets in Florida; but that’s not when you want to take your family portrait. The best time to shoot? The “golden hour” is what you want to aim for; about 45 minutes after sunrise or prior to sunset. There is a very slim window of time when the light will be ideal, so be ready! 

  • Location, location, location!

Location is another key factor you will want to include in your family photo. A unique location in your background that has a special memory associated with it can make the entire shot! Not sure where to take the perfect family portrait? Some ideas are: 

-Siesta Beach

-Longboat Key

-Celery Fields

-Local Nature Preserves 

-Downtown Sarasota

  • Appropriate Attire 

Are you preparing for your Sarasota vacation this year? When you’re going down the checklist, don’t forget: family portrait outfits! If your family likes to color coordinate, that’s recommended, but stay away from khakis and white tops, as those can blend in with many tropical backgrounds. The most important thing about finding the right attire is to be yourself and comfortable. 

  • Consider Booking a Professional Photographer

Taking family portraits can be stressful! If you just want to sit back, relax, and enjoy your vacation, it’s recommended to consider booking a professional. Summer in Sarasota can get busy, so be sure to book four to six weeks in advance. Research your preferred photographer before booking, to ensure their style and technique match well with your own unique style. 

Some things to keep in mind before booking a professional: 

  • Get to know a little about your photographer! 
  • Make sure the photographer can work well with kids and your unique family dynamic. 
  • Read photographer reviews
  • Share any special needs with the photographer prior to booking to ensure they can accommodate.

The key to working with a professional is cooperation; so make sure they are the best fit for your family first. 

 

Regardless of how you spend your vacation, sunny Sarasota promises an eventful retreat! Keep these photography tips in mind to take the best shots of your most memorable vacation yet! 

 

Feel like you are forgetting something for your vacation? See here for a complete road trip checklist, so you don’t miss a thing! 

 

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Summer in Sarasota: A Complete Vacation Guide Part 3

Summer in Sarasota: A Complete Vacation Guide Part 3

Summer in Sarasota: A Complete Vacation Guide Part 3

There’s no place like Sarasota in the summertime! Seas the day in sunny Sarasota with the hottest events of this August. Read below for the complete guide to a beachin’ vacation! 

 

August Events

Venice Cabaret Festival

July 12 – August 25 

Enjoy an evening on the town with Venice Theatre’s riveting Cabaret Festival performances this August! Originally opened in 1950, the Venice Theatre is a frequent favorite of Sarasota locals and visitors alike. Recognized as the largest community theatre in the United States, Venice Theatre brings you the 7th annual Cabaret Festival, featuring many different acts from top performers. 

Shark Days

August 4-10 

Head over to Mote Marine Aquarium for Shark Days, starting August 4th! This fin-tastic shark frenzy is going to be full of fun activities and family-friendly events. Learn all about Sarasota’s shark population while getting a unique perspective on these jawsome aquatic creatures!

Sarasota Slam Fishing Tournament

August 8-10

Get ready for a reel good time at Sarasota Slam Fishing Tournament! Are you ready for a friendly competition to see who wins the biggest catch this year? Sarasota Slam is an annual fishing tournament for pro and amateur anglers. Starting after the captains’ meeting August 8th and concluding August 10th at Marina Jack’s dockside party, this exciting event will have you hooked! 

Pioneer Days in Englewood

August 23 – September 2

End the summer in Sarasota at Englewood Pioneer Days Festival. A South Sarasota annual favorite, this tradition dates all the way back to the 1950s! Featuring kid-friendly activities, such as the Kid’s Shipwreck Dance, Fish-a-Thon, Historical Town Tour, Cardboard Boat Races, and a Diaper Derby. The highlight of the festival will include a parade, Corvette car show, and much more to conclude this fun-filled, annual Sarasota pastime. 

 

There’s no end of fun in the sun and adventures to be had in Sunny Sarasota! Explore Sarasota’s hottest summer events for your best vacation yet. 

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Enjoy Sunny Sarasota’s Coastal Charm: Part 2

Enjoy Sunny Sarasota’s Coastal Charm: Part 2

Are you planning your Sarasota vacation and looking for the best places to have fun? Full of coastal charm and tropical attractions, no matter how you choose to spend your time, Sunny Sarasota has endless fun in store for all.

 

Here Are Some Of Sunny Sarasota’s Best Local Attractions:

 

Sporty Sarasota Spots

Ed Smith Stadium

Kick back and relax with America’s pastime at a baseball outing. Sarasota spring training is in full swing and a hotspot of fun! Spend your holiday the all-American way while snacking on Dippin Dots and watching the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium.

Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf

Feed the baby alligators before your game at Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf! Featuring a beautiful freshwater reptile habitat, you can head over to the course after feeding the gators. A full Floridian adventure with caves, waterfalls, pirate ships and more, this mini golf course is a family-friendly outing all will enjoy.

TreeUmph! Adventure Course

Get ready for the ultimate adventure at TreeUmph!, a 14-acre zipline park. This fun Bradenton favorite has courses of all kinds, from dangling ropes, ziplines, aerial tours and more. Keep in mind if you are looking for an adventure for the whole family, TreeUmph! has an age restriction of seven years and older. Containing obstacle courses and endless fun, this is sure to be an unforgettable adventure!

 

Sarasota Tours

Sarasota Bike Tours

Take an intimate tour of Sarasota and gaze over the beautiful landscape with Sarasota Bike Tours. This biking adventure runs from Siesta Beach to the Ringling Museum, and goes along the Sarasota Bayfront, giving you a full view of Sarasota. Learn all about the scenic gems you pass from the knowledgeable and friendly guide leading your tour.

Cruise The Seascape On LeBarge Tropical Cruises

Explore the Sarasota seascape on LeBarge Tropical Cruises, where you will see dolphins, manatees, and many other sea creatures. Your cruise will be guided by educated marine biologists, who will acquaint you with the beauty of Sarasota Bay.

 

Looking for more coastal sun in the fun? See part one for more of Sarasota’s best local attractions!

 

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Enjoy Sunny Sarasota’s Coastal Charm At These Local Attractions!

Enjoy Sunny Sarasota’s Coastal Charm At These Local Attractions!

Enjoy Sunny Sarasota’s Coastal Charm At These Local Attractions!

There’s no place to be like Sunny Sarasota this summer! No matter how you choose to spend your time, Sarasota has endless fun in store for all.

Here Are Some Of Sunny Sarasota’s Best Local Attractions:

 

Artist’s Retreat

The Ringling

Art lovers from all over revel at The Ringling’s 66-acre breathtaking bayfront hideaway. Once the estate of art appreciators John and Mable Ringling, this historic museum includes priceless art, a circus, gorgeous gardens, historic tours, and more! With classic collections from the original owners to modern artists, the magnificent art display at The Ringling has something for everyone.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

This 15-acre scenic site is full of blooming florals and many different types of plant life. If you’re looking for an artsy adventure for the whole family, the Selby Botanical Gardens features The Children’s Rainforest, which has many different kids activities to enjoy. A tropical paradise filled with orchids, banyan trees, ferns and many more local plants, this peaceful retreat is a spot you must visit.

Nature Lover’s Paradise

Sarasota Jungle Gardens

Another adventure the whole family can enjoy, Sarasota Jungle Gardens allows you to take an intimate look at the habitats of florida’s most fascinating animals. This 10-acre site is home to over 150 rescued animals, including parrots, lemurs, monkeys, crocodiles and many more. Feed the flamingos or watch the reptile show on this intriguing tropical venture.

Big Cat Habitat

If you can’t get enough of florida’s exotic animal life, check out the Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, a Sarasota non-profit and rescue sanctuary. Pet the goats and llamas, or watch the giant cats and vibrant birds in the animal shows performed.

Mote Marine Aquarium

This amazing aquarium houses over 100 species of marine life! The “Shark Zone” is a 135,000 gallon tank of shark frenzy fun everyone will enjoy gazing at. Stroll by the touch tanks and pet the stingrays, sea cucumber and other aquatic life. Don’t forget to wave goodbye at the friendly Mote mascots, the manatees Hugh and Buffett!

Mixon Fruit Farms

Yet another family-friendly adventure Sunny Sarasota offers, Mixon Fruit Farms has tram rides, historical charm and more! Wind through the citrus groves on a relaxing tram ride and check out the butterfly garden, all while learning of the Sunshine State’s fabulous fruits.

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Dive Into Sarasota’s Tastiest Seafood Spots

Dive Into Sarasota’s Tastiest Seafood Spots

Dive Into Sarasota’s Tastiest Seafood Spots

By Hannah M.

 

Are you planning your Sarasota vacation and on the search for the best seafood spots? Southwest Florida has the freshest fish on the Gulf of Mexico! Take a look below at some of Sarasota’s favorite fish restaurants.

 

Walt’s Fish Market, Restaurant & Tiki Bar

4144 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

Originally started as a fish market by the Wallin family, this restaurant took off in the 40’s when Tom Wallin began to cook up the catch of the day for local fishers. Since then, they have relocated and refreshed their entire business to include a full bar and a variety of fresh fish, including a rotating catch of the day. The grouper sandwich is a local favorite and said to be the best in the area!  

Crab & Fin

420 St. Armands Circle, Sarasota

A fundamental pitstop on St. Armand’s Circle for over four decades, Crab & Fin is known for the freshest fish in the region. Serving seafood from near and far, this seafood spot is one of the tastiest around! Their menu features a variety of seafood, from mahi-mahi to crab claws; Crab & Fin will satisfy all of your seafood cravings.

Eat Here

5315 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach

If you are craving the most savory seafood tacos in Southwest Florida, Eat Here has it all!. Featuring fish tacos in a truly authentic setting, this fish taco restaurant brings only the best ingredients to your plate. Served with Sriracha and crunchy vegetables, this taco promises a mouthwatering fare no matter what you fill it with.

Indigenous

239 S. Links Ave., Sarasota

A go-to spot for Sarasota locals, Indigenous offers great meals and good times. While they serve a variety of local food, Indigenous is most renowned for their seafood specials. Chef Steve Phelps carefully crafts each plate to perfection and is devoted to promoting renewable species. This restaurant is a fundamental fishy spot for your Sarasota vacation!

Spearfish Grille

1265 old Stickney Piont Rd, Sarasota

Quaint and relaxing, Spearfish offers fresh fish, shellfish and more right from the Gulf while giving you an close perspective of local life. Serving some of the most scrumptious seafood in the area, Spearfish doesn’t focus on appearance, but rather being known for the freshest catch around.

 

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The Complete Sarasota Road Trip Checklist

The Complete Sarasota Road Trip Checklist

The Complete Sarasota Road Trip Checklist

By Hannah M.

 

You’ve booked accommodations, you’ve planned out the perfect vacation itinerary, and you’re almost ready to hit the road to Sunny Sarasota! See below for your complete road trip checklist to make sure you don’t miss a thing.

 

1. Bring The Party Bus In For A Check Up!

To ensure you don’t hit any unforeseen mechanical bumps on the road, bring your car in for a tune up before leaving. If your car has recently been serviced, be sure to still fill up fluids and check tire pressures for a smooth trip.

2. Don’t Forget Your Paperwork

Don’t forget to bring any necessary paperwork you may need for the trip, such as hotel reservations and insurance information.

3. Emergency And First Aid Kit

Having an emergency kit on hand is a must for any road trip! See here for some ideas of what to include in your emergency road trip kit. You will also want to ensure that your car’s first aid kit is fully stocked and ready to go.

4. Snack Cooler

No road trip is complete without some sweet and savory snacks to munch on. Easy and tasty road trip snacks include: trail mix, cheese sticks, grapes and berries, cut fruit, and granola. Make sure you have plenty of water and choice drinks to stay hydrated with.

5. Pet Supplies

Doggie bags, a small treat bag stored in the glove compartment, and chew toys are all good ideas to bring along for your furry friends!

6. Map Out Route

Before heading out, you will want to print out your directions and research some stops or meal options for a seamless ride.

7. Car Games

8. Trash Bin

9. Tissues and Wet Wipes

10. Headphones/AUX and USB cables

11. Change For Tolls

12. Rain Jacket/Sweater/Extra Clothes

 

With this complete road trip checklist, you are ready to hit the road to sunny Sarasota this summer!

 

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7 Group Tours To Further Your Sunny Sarasota Explorations

7 Group Tours To Further Your Sunny Sarasota Explorations

7 Group Tours To Further Your Sunny Sarasota Explorations

7 Group Tours To Further Your Sunny Sarasota Explorations

Learn all about Sarasota’s rich history, taste the local brews and fully experience all of the breathtaking sights Sunny Sarasota has to offer with these 7 group tours!

 

Discover Sarasota

Discover all of Sarasota’s most intriguing stories and folklore aboard Discover Sarasota’s trolley tour. With multiple tours to choose from exploring every corner of Sarasota, you are in for an unforgettable adventure. “Love Stories of Sarasota” is a local favorite, with complimentary beer and wine offered prior to boarding. The sweet peak of this tour is certainly the stop at Peterbrooke Chocolatier, a chocoholic’s dream!

Sarasota Suncoast

Another tour that delves into the rich history of Sarasota, Sarasota Suncoast Tour is a creative’s ideal exploration. The “Gods, Goddesses, & Myths” tour is a wonderful way to learn about Sarasota’s folklore while viewing the local art.

Key Culinary

Key Culinary, run by the same management as Sarasota Suncoast Tours, gives a savory perspective of Sarasota’s tastiest spots. Sarasota is a foodie paradise and aboard Key Culinary you will experience all of the best flavors! Travel across the world on the “International Flavors” tour, which comes highly recommended.

SRQ Fun Trolley

Make sure to reserve your spot on SRQ’s Fun Trolley’s Sunday Tour for a fantastic day of fun around the town! Sample Sarasota’s microbreweries and local wine on this entertaining and relaxing Sunday afternoon tour.

Sarasota Bike Tours

Breeze by Sarasota’s most intriguing sights on Sarasota’s Bike Tours! All equipment for the tour is included, along with a tour guide to give you all of the interesting facts about the local area. With a plethora of different tours to choose from, Sarasota Bike Tours has something for everyone! The “Downtown Historic Tour” is a crowd favorite that runs year round.

 

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Historical Vacation Destinations Part 2: Matlacha, Florida

Historical Vacation Destinations Part 2: Matlacha, Florida

Historical Vacation Destinations Part 2: Matlacha, Florida

By Hannah M.

Island Living in Historic Matlacha, Florida

A historic gem with an abundance of Seminole culture, Matlacha (Mat-la-SHAY) is a prismatic and peaceful paradise. The legacy left by the Seminole tribe is scattered throughout the tiny town, making Matlacha a historical hotspot full of fun adventures. This matured fishing village, nestled on a small island between Cape Coral and Pine Island, brings a charismatic charm unlike anywhere in the world and promises a serene stay.

What to do in Matlacha

  • Bridge at Matlacha Pass

Not only is this historic utopia full of fascinating culture, it is a fisherman’s dream! The bridge over Matlacha Pass (nicknamed the “World’s Fishing-est Bridge”) is famed for the abundance of aquatic life. The currents sweeping under the bridge brings an array of fish that draw in locals and visitors alike. Take in Matlacha’s aesthetic with a peaceful stroll down the bridge lined with local anglers casting their lines in “Matlacha Reeboks”; these tall white rubber boots are an essential part of the coastal lifestyle here.

  • Shopping and More

This vibrant and cheerful island gives you a sunny welcome to their tasteful art community. Matlacha is scattered with vintage Floridian style homes, fishing boats moored just outside the doors, art galleries, shops, and a tranquil atmosphere throughout. The serene seaside experience is reminiscent of Florida Keys without the hustle and bustle. If you were searching for the perfect peaceful getaway, Matlacha is the place to be!

Matlacha home to a variety of creatives and artists, including international artist Leoma Lovegrove. You can observe her dazzling and unique paintings in Lovegrove Gallery and Gardens; her vibrant Impressionist-Expressionist style paintings are just the start of the artwork you must see while in Matlacha!

A Historic Slice of Heaven

This historic, colorful town is a tropical slice of heaven and a must-see when visiting Florida. Matlacha Cottages has a variety of places you can stay, most located directly on the water. An artist’s paradise, Matlacha’s tranquil and exquisite landscapes draw you in the second you step foot on this island; you won’t want to leave this historical heaven-on-earth!

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Mercedes-Designed Yacht Is Out On The Water

Mercedes-Designed Yacht Is Out On The Water

Life is hard. You drive your luxurious Mercedes to the marina, and then you have to leave it land-locked while you board your yacht. If this sounds familiar to you, you’re a very lucky individual. But you won’t have to make that compromise anymore, as Mercedes is ready to brave the water.

Marking its world debut on the Côte d’Azur, the vessel is the first example of the new Arrow460-Granturismo designed by Mercedes-Benz Style for Silver Arrows Marine. As we’ve seen in previous stages, the motor yacht strives to combine the best of automotive design and naval architecture in one 46-foot form with car-like proportions.

Rather than separate the interior from the exterior, Daimler’s designers penned the vessel with retractable side windows and a windshield that can be raised to open up the cabin. The interior is coated in eucalyptus wood and furnished with adjustable tables, on-board wine cellar, bathroom, and dressing room.

No skimping was made in the engine room, where Silver Arrows Marine fitted a pair of diesel engines made by Yanmar with a combined output of 960 hp. That’s enough to cruise at 28-30 nautical mph and top out at 40 nautical mph.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen an automotive design house create a yacht, nor the first time Mercedes has assigned its designers to venture beyond automobiles. Heck, it’s not even the first time we’ve seen Mercedes partner on a boat launch. However, this could be one of the most stylish transitions from shore to sea we’ve seen yet.

Of course if you are looking to see some of the most luxurious yachts in all of Florida, be sure to stop by Riviera Dunes Marina. With a specialty in luxury yachts, our tenants have a few yachts that may make your mouth drop in excitement. Looking to stay next to these beautiful boats? Be sure to rent a slip and enjoy the luxurious views 24/7 at Riviera Dunes Marina.

The Best Yacht Promotion We Have Ever Seen

The Best Yacht Promotion We Have Ever Seen

A coworker visiting Australia during the holidays was surprised to see a 70-foot yacht in Sydney Harbor with the name “Visit Seattle” fixed across the hull.

The yacht is taking part in the “Clipper Round the World Yacht Race,” an adventure that will bring the yacht through 14 ports around the world in just under a year.

Visit Seattle, a public-private partnership that markets the region, launched the race last summer to promote the Puget Sound area as an international visitor destination.

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR CLIPPER VENTURES. Clipper yacht LMAX Exchange is seen under sail on Sydney harbour, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015. (AAP For CLIPPER VENTURES/Dan Himbrechts) NO ARCHIVING

The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, which benefits Unicef, is the world’s longest ocean journey. The race consists of 12 teams competing against each other over 40,000 nautical miles.

“The race gives us a great opportunity to take the iconic image of our skyline across the globe and helps to position our city as an exciting, international destination,” said Tom Norwalk, Visit Seattle president and CEO.

Since the race began last summer, the yacht has already visited several ports. It will next travel to China before returning to Seattle. Then, it will head to Panama, New York, Northern Ireland, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

The yacht race is only one of several strategies created by Visit Seattle, which is working to attract tourists from all over the world. How would you love to see a yacht like this around the Manatee River? Would you love to see a “Visit Bradenton” yacht sailing around the Gulf of Mexico? Here’s to hoping that we can get a glimpse of marketing like this in the near future from one of our amazing slip owners over here at Riviera Dunes Marina!